Making any sort of worthwhile money on my personal finance blog — The Penny-Wise Provider — has been no easy task. As a matter of fact, I even wrote an article a while back entitled, “Why My Blog Doesn’t Make Any Money.”
However, things have started to get a little better since then, although not much. I’m a patient man though, and I’m willing to keep at it until I start to see some results. As the revenue begins to trickle in though, and I being to near a small but acceptable income from my efforts, here are a few of the things that I’m finding are helping me to maintain and grow my blogging income.
Networking a Little at a Time
I’ve admitted before that I’m just not very good at forcing myself on the world…especially a world of people I don’t even know. However, as I meet others online, gain followers, and find those who are interested in the same sort of things that I am when it comes to personal finance, I’ve begun to get better at networking.
Personally though, I’d rather gain a small group of loyal readers who are interested in my core ideas and ideals, than a slew of “followers” who really don’t care about the financial messages I’m trying to convey.
Linking and Promotion
Over time, I’ve begun to learn the process of linking from other articles to my blog and vice versa, as well as the ways to promote my blog from other sites. While I’m far from an expert in this area, I’m beginning to learn. By using articles posted on other sites, and mentioning or linking to my blog when writing those articles, I’ve been able to drive more traffic there through outside sources, thereby increasing advertising revenue.
I’m still haven’t begun to draw my own advertisers to the site. Therefore, I rely upon Google AdSense to handle my advertising for me. From what I’ve seen so far, I might be content to let it remain this way. Allowing Google AdSense to determine and place the advertisements that fit best with my personal finance titles, and just sitting back and reaping the rewards while they handle the payment system and structure for me, makes it much easier and less time consuming to make money on my blog.
If I’d given up on my blog a year ago when things weren’t looking too good, there’d be no chance of growing my income possibilities with my blog. Maybe a buck here and there would trickle in every so often, but the chances of a big payday ever occurring would certainly have faded. However, even with only a few hits every day to keep my motivated in the beginning, I pushed forward diligently, continuing to post, continuing to backlink, continuing to check daily, and continuing to promote when and where possible.
While it has been slow progress, it has been progress nonetheless.
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