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Discussion in 'General Marketing' started by Mem700X, Jan 6, 2014.

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    I have been running wordpress blogs for quite some time but my weak point has always been how to earn money from them. I know content is VERY important but how exactly can you maximize your earnings? For example, if I have a sports blog I have google adsense up. How do you make good money from that? Is there any other good ways of making money from it?

    Who has had success?
     
    Mem700X, Jan 6, 2014 IP
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    Numenorean7 Well-Known Member

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    How many unique visitors visit your blog daily?
     
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    • Keep on improving your traffic. Keep finding ways to become closer to an authoritative site. I know you're up against the big dogs like ESPN, but I'm sure you have your own niche and unique selling proposition. Check out blogs such as social triggers for some tips on growing a blog.
    • One quick way you can probably drive traffic is get a breaking news, and start a topic on that in some related forum with a link to your site as a source. Something like that will probably spur a long discussion in the board.
    • Sign up for cj.com or some similar sites to begin promoting sports merchandise or with Zappos for sports equipment and apparel.
    • If your traffic is good enough, you can approach some college kinds sites similar to college humor, and get them to advertise on your site (that's a whole different topic)
    Hope that helps
     
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  4. Gary Chesnut

    Gary Chesnut Active Member

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    Besides adsense, you can monetize your blog with :
    • Affiliate links - Promoting someone else's product
    • Email List - So you can market to them after they have left your site
    • Create a product - Ebooks, videos, audio
    • Coaching/Consulting
    • Offer advertising on your site.
    Those are just a few ideas. The most important, you already mentioned....content.
    Provide great content that helps and informs your site's visitors!
    If you are providing great content, your visitors will return and also tell others about
    your site.
     
    Gary Chesnut, Jan 6, 2014 IP
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    OnTilt Peon

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    It's hard to say exactly which way to go since the query is very general.

    I'd say that your best bet (got it?) for a sport blog is to search online for well known bookmakers who offers an affiliate program. I see on your signature website that you already offer sport predictions so why not point them in the right direction to make a bet as well? Even if your predictions are good most of them will end up losing whatever they deposit anyway.

    Register, start driving traffic there and earn 25-50% of whatever your lead loses for a lifetime. That's a good deal for you!
     
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  6. Mem700X

    Mem700X Well-Known Member

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    My sites are sports news only. Not betting site.
     
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    -You could use adsense
    -You could promote an affiliate product (something sports related) (Workout type products would probably work good too)
    -You could sell ad space

    That's about all I can think of for a sports news blog.
     
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    You might have to brainstorm to come up with an idea of how to create an entirely new sports niche not already heavily market-saturated. That's a competive business, but if you have a passion for it and stay committed to your audience, your readers will notice.
     
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    Google Adsense is only really profitable if you have high CPC or lots of traffic.

    Selling banner ad space privately will likely make you more money if you want to just go the ad route but affiliate marketing is likely to be the most profitable for most blogs.

    Search out relevant affiliate programs or products on Amazon, Clickbank, Ebay, ShareASale, CJ.com or other programs and work them into your content and emails.

    Best thing to do is to actually recommend products you have used and can vouch for. Review them, show people how to use them and get the most out of them, how it can benefit them etc.
     
    Stuart Walker, Jan 8, 2014 IP
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    OM.SEOExpert Banned

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    You can earn by following ways:
    1. Buy Banner Ads
    2. Buy Affiliate links
    3. Buy Blogroll Links
    4. Buy Guest Post
    5. Google Adsense
    6. Publish News for big Sports Company
     
    OM.SEOExpert, Jan 8, 2014 IP
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    Well, one of the main benefits of having a blog it getting picked up with the search engines and getting organic search traffic.
    You need to do keyword research using the google keyword planner or some other tool and build content around those keywords keeping in consideration your on-page SEO. The other side of the coin is you need to product backlinks to your blog.

    Be consistant with adding content as well as with your off-page SEO and over time you will build organic traffic from the search engines. You monitize with testing banners and placements.

    Add a opt in form giving away something and monitize that funnel to produce both front end and back end sales for you.

    You can run amazon ads on it as well. Just sign up to become an amazon associate

    Really its all about testing your own page! What works for me might not necessarily work for you!

    Hope I helped,

    Ethan
     
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    Epol gave some great pointers...especially....test, test, test to see
    what is working for you. Then continue building upon that.
     
    Gary Chesnut, Jan 8, 2014 IP
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    Make sure your site's content is unique, otherwise adsense will soon ban your account.
    About income with adsense, it depends on a lot of factors, like: your Click-through-rate (CTR) (theme, content, position to put ads, etc) and Cost per click (CPC) (you'd hardly earn much with low-paid keywords.
    Good luck!
     
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    You could sign up as an Amazon Associate and sell Sports related Goods.

    Adsense could be another way.

    Another way would be to sell customized T-shirts through TeeSpring
     
    Ethan Alvin, Jan 8, 2014 IP
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    You could use affiliate banners or links to products. Simply write a review on the product or products and include the affiliate links.
     
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    Playing with adsense on wordpress website is kind of like gambling where you can suddenly lose everything.

    I'd say - set up ad server (or sign up with ad network that runs one) or go on buysellads and look up for direct advertisers.
    Oh, and stay with cpm networks just for the sake of it :)
     
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    She's right. But it also might take more than that. You might need to hire a professional consultant or perhaps a kind-hearted friend with some business savvy can sit down with you and brainstorm ideas based on your goals. Any activity that gets your site visitors active really helps.
     
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    All of the options mentioned are great to try. When it comes to affiliate products it is ideal to really build a connection with your audience so they understand you are an expert in your sector, sports. Then you can write a blog recommending a particular product that is available through affiliate options and visitors have a higher tendency of purchasing the product since it was recommended by you.
     
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    You can even consider setting up an advertising networking website, using some easy and efficient tools like Inout Adserver www.inoutscripts.com. Anyway if you cannot get advertisers, it is of no use.
     
    jacob.baby, Jan 10, 2014 IP
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    Google Adsense is the best option in my opinion and write long-tail keyword articles.
     
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