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is it possible to make money from a general football (soccer) blog?

Discussion in 'General Marketing' started by Jerrysbodyguard, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. redjackers

    redjackers Member

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    #21
    may i give u advice ..
    football blog, i think good idea,, but think other blog that have same content,,they have many visitor n have old blog,,i must work hard n use several social media, like fb fanspage, twitter account and g+ fpr optimize your blog,,n u must great visual, thats make your blog look unique
    SEMrush
     
    redjackers, Sep 15, 2013 IP
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  2. Isadore Gregory

    Isadore Gregory Member

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    #22
    Some of the things you can do is to monetize via Adsense, via direct advertising (make sure you have a contact form on your page for direct advertisers to find you), affiliate marketing - yes promoting soccer related products and ebooks to your readers. make sure you build a list. have an optin form on your blog to collect emails from subscribers.
     
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    Isadore Gregory Member

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    #23
    For building a responsive audience on your blog...You should
    1. ensure every post is highly valuable and helpful to readers and not just some piece of rubbish information that are already widely available in Google
    2. not too lengthy nor too short
    3. have an engaging and clear title
    4. make it easy for people to comment on, no difficult captcha or log in requirements just to comment.
    5. promote on social media. this is where you find people online. you can target your audience by building a fan page specifically on your niche.
    6. respond to every comment as much as possible to encourage them to keep commenting
     
    Isadore Gregory, Sep 15, 2013 IP
  4. Jerrysbodyguard

    Jerrysbodyguard Greenhorn

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    #24
    I currently have a bounce rate of 20% which i assumed was pretty good
     
    Jerrysbodyguard, Sep 16, 2013 IP
  5. Helge Sverre

    Helge Sverre Notable Member Affiliate Manager

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    #25
    Go to the amazon affiliate page, Find football accessories and supporter shirts and what not, And put affiliate links to them with images in the sidebar or in a post, it might make you a few bucks.
     
    Helge Sverre, Sep 16, 2013 IP
  6. Jerrysbodyguard

    Jerrysbodyguard Greenhorn

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    Also when i tried sharing my latest blog post on google + it said "sorry your post was not shared. Please try again" any help?
     
    Jerrysbodyguard, Sep 16, 2013 IP
  7. Mark Web

    Mark Web Peon

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    #27
    yes you can make money with every site or blog
     
    Mark Web, Sep 16, 2013 IP
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    #28
    Well you certainly missed a trick by writing a review of FIFA 14 & not including an affiliate link ;)

    I work with football myself, FIFA/Pro Evo & the new kits are always worth promoting at the start of each season, but I wouldn't bother past September - everyone who wants them has bought them by then. Match tickets seem to be a no-go due to the prices such companies charge, but I'm sure it will work if you can find someone with better prices - make sure to let me know if you do!

    The biggest seller for the football niche though is without a doubt gambling, which provides the vast majority of my income.
     
    EddieC, Oct 20, 2013 IP
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    dcristo Illustrious Member

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    #29
    This. Although if you know nothing about sports betting it can be difficult writing content that converts.
     
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    usasportstraining Notable Member

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    #30
    You can monetize almost any type of site. There's the obvious Google Adsense, but I think you could make more as an Amazon affiliate. A lot more. There's so much that you could mention in your blog, such as your favorite football videos and games, sports equipment, training videos, etc.

    You could also make a fair amount by selling advertising space, although I think doing an advertising exchange with some other related sites could be mutually beneficial.
     
    usasportstraining, Oct 20, 2013 IP
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    You would think so, but Amazon has flopped hard on every football site I've put it on.
     
    EddieC, Oct 21, 2013 IP
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    usasportstraining Notable Member

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    #32
    I wouldn't use the "tools" provided by Amazon, but just the link, when you review something. Or, an image of it along with a product link.

    I've never found real success with the carousel or any of the other product 'tools'.

    But, the benefit of Amazon is that so many people know it and have accounts on it. There's less chance of people balking when they realize that they would have to register for yet another site and submit their credit card info.

    When they follow the Amazon link, even just to see what you're mentioning, they may look at other things on Amazon and purchase those instead. You get commission for whatever they buy.

    Try different methods of sprinkling Amazon links. Do a review or update of latest FIFA video game maybe. You could also show an image of a new football gizmo, while just casually mentioning it. The image is a link to the product on Amazon. Or, maybe its something ridiculous for sale, that you know nobody would ever buy. Curiosity could take over and Voila, a sale of something else! All they have to do is buy something before the cookie expires.

    Sometimes, showing the product can actually be a form of interesting content for your visitors. You just have to figure out a way to present it, without making it seem like you're pushing a sale on them.

    Overuse of advertising can really turn off one's visitors, but carefully placed, they can still earn you money and not turn people off.


    * I don't like it, but almost nobody in the US is an Amazon affiliate right now, because of all the political crap going on between the states/feds and Amazon. On the bright side for you, you'll have a lot less competition from US sites. Maybe it'll make a difference in sales this year.
     
    usasportstraining, Oct 24, 2013 IP
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    #33
    You can monetize your blog as long as your product is targeted to the majority of your visitors of your site! Since this is a soccer blog I would sell something that a soccer enthusiast would find value in and buy.
     
    Michael Mayer, Nov 27, 2013 IP
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    #34
    hi,
    you can earn a lot from you blog by using these techniques .
    by using text and impression ads on your site you can make handsome money.
    Google adsense is the best .
    you can also join any affiliate program for this purpose.
    Amazon ,linkshare, ebay etc.
     
    dean1122, Nov 28, 2013 IP
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    gamingaffiliatesguide Well-Known Member

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    #35
    Surprised not to hear about sportsbook affiliate programs. Football fans might be interested in betting on the game. Some good UK focused sportsbooks are Bet365, Betfair, Betfred, Sky Bet.

    For the moment stay away from William Hill, they might be a well known brand for players in the UK but they have a bad reputation with affiliates that relates to tracking and affiliates we talk to say they don't trust their results with the program. If you do work with this program work on prepaid basis.
     
    gamingaffiliatesguide, Nov 30, 2013 IP
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    gamingaffiliatesguide Well-Known Member

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    #36
    Have you tried sportsbook affiliate programs? They pay out some high CPAs and great commissions.

    A few recommended sportsbooks you could work with include Bet365, Betfair, Betfred, Coral. Be cautious with William Hill, they might have a great brand presence in the UK but many affiliates are not happy working with them and don't trust their tracking at all. Many affiliates that do work with WH tend to request an advance payment up front plus revenue share to ensure they at least get something if tracking or results doesn't add up.
     
    gamingaffiliatesguide, Nov 30, 2013 IP
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    loaf1011 Well-Known Member

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    #37
    I own PremiershipTalk.com, and I've made a living from it since 2008. Feel free to shoot me a message...I'm 100% interested in helping out a fellow footy blogger! Bigger football sites helped me get a start in the industry, so I love passing that on.
     
    loaf1011, Nov 30, 2013 IP