So you want to be a blog mogul …Written by Lisa Renee Ward | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Setting aside the controversy over being paid to blog and should you disclose and if so what constitutes full disclosure, this week’s column and next week’s column will focus on what happens when you’ve made the decision that you want to make money from your blog or blogs. I’ll share what I’ve learned while trying this and how that can help you find the right program or programs to be paid to blog.
The primary factor that controls how much money you can make from your blog is your Google Page Rank, which is a very complicated system, based on a zero to ten scale, and your traffic numbers. My favorite tool to check Page Rank is here, there are others, but in my opinion that one is the easiest one to use. Google Adsense and all of the other programs out there like Amazon’s affiliate program and even Café Press, where you market your own creations are nice, but the reality is the majority of us don’t have the traffic to make a profit from any of those. I highly recommend checking your TOS (Terms of service) because some free blogging platforms, such as WordPress will not allow paid blogging. Blogger (blogspot) will but some advertisers prefer bloggers who are on their own paid domains. You will also need a PayPal account since the majority of these programs only use that as a form of payment. Please also remember that most of these companies will send you a 1099 for tax purposes at the end of the year and they will want your Social Security number.
I have done paid posts or signed up for most of the popular paid blogging formats on two blogs, Liberal Common Sense which has a page rank of 6, which is pretty good, and one that started out with a page rank of zero and is now a 3, Unrealistic Expectations.
The easiest pay to blog program if you have at least a page rank of three is PayU2blog.com. Once you are approved you are sent a weekly list of links to advertisers with the key word they want you to use. All you have to do is write at least 60 words using that link in the context of your post. In return you are paid $5.00 for each post and the money is paid thru PayPal bi-weekly. The downside to PayU2blog for some is they do not want these posts disclosed as paid posts. The upside is you do not have to worry about logging into get assignments and you can write them in any order.
CreamAid is open to all bloggers, the opportunities pay from $1.00 and up with increased earnings being paid to you if people click on your post to write a post of their own. CreamAid pays thru PayPal, typically one or two days after a post has been approved. The downside to CreamAid is the chance you could write a post that ends up not being selected and therefore not paid and you have to put a piece of code on your blog post that clearly identifies this as a CreamAid post. CreamAid does not ask for your Social Security number, only your PayPal account email.
Next week we continue with some of the more “big money” paid blogging platforms, even for those of you who have Live Journal, Xanga or MySpace blogs. In the meantime, Lisa Renee can be found on Glass City Jungle and if you have a story you’d like to share about making money blogging or a blog you’d like her to visit, email email@example.com.