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What's your blog's primary income source?

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12:40 pm
January 25, 2013


Pat S

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Just out of curiousity (for those Yakezie members earning income from your blogs), what has been your most successful source of online income? 

Historically, I've done the best with direct advertising and staff writing.

Adsense, Amazon Associates, Clickbank, CJ, VigLink and numerous other experiments have reinforced my experience (Although I admittedly don't have a high traffic level). 

Just curious what the experience of others here on the forums has been? 

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1:22 pm
January 25, 2013


Edward Antrobus

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I'm still at hobby-level income myself and my answer is complicated by my different sites having different purposes and different income sources.

My PF blog gets all of it's income from AdSense. I'm also an Amazon affiliate, but haven't made any money from that yet. EdwardAntrobus gets about a dollar per month in AdSense Revenue.

My food blog gets revenue from cookbook sales, AdSense, taco seasoning sales, and another CPM ad network. Sales are very inconsistent and averaged out, AdSense is my highest income, currently bringing in $3-5 per month

My ebook site is my primary source of income. I make money with is from selling and formatting ebooks. I'm currently bringing in about $50 every couple months.

 

In my opinion, freelancing is going to be the best source of income for bloggers that don't have large audience.

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1:44 pm
January 25, 2013


debtroundup

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I do very well with direct advertising.  I have Adsense and it brings in about $30-$60 a month, but that is small compared to my direct advertising sales.  I have only been on this site for a little over 4 months.  The amount you make is directly correlated to the amount of effort you put in.

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7:09 pm
January 25, 2013


Zoracle

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I agree with Deb completely.  I know this because I really don't put in enough effort on my blog.  I always have a lot of projects going on, hence the true generalist, and the blog is becoming less and less motivating.  Any tips on how to remain motivated?  For me, making more money would definitely do it.  I would like to see myself giving talks, doing something like that, but I don't feel I have anything to really be proud of yet.  How do you make the transition into stuff like that?

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8:48 am
January 26, 2013


Pauline

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I make money with direct advertising and writing for travel blogs. I don't use adsense yet but will give it a try now that I have a reasonable amount of traffic.

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9:23 am
January 26, 2013


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90% or so from direct ads. I've tried affiliate stuff, but no luck so far. I think you have to have more than 10-20k visitors per month to get the affiliate income rolling in. 

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3:45 pm
January 26, 2013


Jeff Rose

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Before my blog got hit with Panda in 2011, my only source was Adsense.  Since then I've really focused on diversifying income on my blog. 

In our last income report, adsense only represented 15% of my blog's total income.   I can't tell you how good it feels to NOT have to solely dependent on Adsense.  ;-)

But it takes time as it took me over a year and half to realize that and then focusing on other revenue streams with affiliates being the main focus.

5:23 pm
January 26, 2013


Pat S

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Interesting responses, all! Thanks. 

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10:51 pm
January 26, 2013


OneCentAtatime

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I'd say 10% Affiliate and 90% direct sales. I think I am lacking proper direction here as to which route to go.. 

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11:14 pm
January 26, 2013


maria@moneyprinciple

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Direct advertising (100%) – which I am trying to change and diversify.

 

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8:05 am
January 27, 2013


This That And The MBA

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100% direct advertising here.  I had very little success with adsense…and then took it down for a while because it was taking up space and earning me nothing..

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8:12 am
January 27, 2013


Financial Samurai

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Post edited 6:38 am – January 29, 2013 by Financial Samurai


I encourage everyone to go the large majority to affiliate income and much less in direct advertising in 2013 and beyond. Find products you use and love and tie them in with content you have a deep understanding for and interest about. Much safer, more passive, and more sustainable over the long run.

Based on my conversations with friends at Google (I'm based in SF and have a regular VC/internet poker game), there is going to be continued large changes this year. Those who didn't take heed in 2012 and didn't adapt are at higher risk.

Good luck everyone!

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2:55 pm
January 27, 2013


My Personal Finance Journey

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I have a question about affiliate ads. In everyone's opinion, what is the minimum required traffic level in order to make a modest amount of money with affiliate ads? Is it 200k visitors per month, or can it be 10k per month? Just curious..

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3:58 pm
January 27, 2013


Financial Samurai

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Jacob, depends on what your definition is of modest. Perhaps as low as 25k pageviews a month for $500-$1,500/month in affiliate income if it's focused traffic.

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6:57 pm
January 27, 2013


Nunzio Bruno

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Thanks for the heads up Sam – I've been really thinking about kicking up the my affiliate efforts. But I totally agree with making sure that they will be things that I can 100% get behind. 

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8:04 pm
January 28, 2013


Lena Gott

United States

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Wow, this is some good stuff.  Keep it comin'!

I'm super lazy with my blog advertising and primarily rely on AdSense for now. I've been burned before and didn't learn my lesson…planning on changing the mix in the future.

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6:10 am
January 29, 2013


KyleAAA

Atlanta, GA

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I'm about 50/50 between adsense and affiliates, but I've been slowly shifting towards affiliates. Adsense is effective, but it's ugly. 

8:55 am
January 29, 2013


Jake@iHeartBudgets.net

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Direct ads, but have an affiliate strategy in play. Can't get approved for those darned CC's! Got frustrated enough to write my CC rewards churning article (quickly becoming the most popular article on my site) and link to the CC's for free. But working with a few reps to make it happen. Got a payout from one of my other affiliates, but not much. Haven't worked on may other products thus far, but there are deifnitely opportunities.

 

I like Jeff's strategy of spreading out the income streams. I'm not using adsense at the moment, but will most likely implement once I load my new theme (sometime after tax season).

 

I'm also with Sam, I'm trying to move away from direct ads to affiliate, adsense, and others within the next year.

9:06 am
January 29, 2013


Financial Samurai

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Post edited 7:53 pm – January 29, 2013 by Financial Samurai


Jake,

If it makes you feel better, I've been a client of USAA for over 10 years, have about 8 different products open with them, have half a mil in CDs there and they declined me as an affiliate. My grandfather fought in WWII and my father fought in Vietnam for USA. Oh, and Financial Samurai has a lot of relevant content about insurance, banking, investing, and retirement.

Perhaps they are against anything Japanese theme related given the atrocities of WWII? Who knows. The point is, bloggers get rejected from seemingly logical affiliate products all the time. I go the path of least resistance most of the time. If an affiliate doesn't see value in my platform, I'll just move on and continue to find products that see the synergies.

Sam

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7:50 pm
January 29, 2013


Budget & the Beach

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Were most of you going out to find direct ad sales, or did they come to you? I'm still waiting for a google PR (I switched over to self-hosting after the last update was done, so I'm at 0), so what might happen after I get a rating? 

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