How do you make 10k/month with no Adsense and just a few affiliate links?
Some guy asked me this question a while ago, but it turned out it wasn’t just him.
I’ve been getting a lot of emails and since it turned out to be such a hot topic, I decided to go sun’s out guns out (LOL don’t know if that really fits here) about blog monetization.
First of all, 10k/month is peanuts, but it’s a number that gets people going… it just sounds right.
Everybody wants to make 10k/month.
It’s not stupid money, and it’s not a little… that’s why it’s such an attractive number.
Anyway, adsense is not really the way to monetize a blog. It’s fine for news sites, You Tube channels, some huge sites etc, but it’s horrible for a blog.
Blogs are personal. They are used to create communities.
But it’s a bitch.
I’m telling you, I’ve spent years on the blog and it still doesn’t make that much, I mainly keep it going because of you, and other top blokes like you… cause, you know, it’s a jungle out there and you deserve a place where you could just hang out without feeling like kicking some sleazy salesman’s ass.
Well, makes me sick seeing all those people just caring about sucking the next buck and nothing else. We gotta be humans before all and help others, money is easy.
Man, that’s some deep shit. I gotta write a new book… maybe I’ll try to find some time.
Back to blogging for the big bucks.
It takes a while to get a blog going, unless you have a massive budget.
You shouldn’t even think about making money at first.
Once you get to a couple thousand (at least) visitors a month, then it’s gonna happen on its own.
But let’s get to the meat, and potatoes, and all that’s good – let me tell you how I make money with this blog.
“where the fuck are them ads?”
…or maybe without the fuck, but you most likely are wondering what ads I’m talking about.
As you can see, I don’t do ads on the site, but I do ads in general.
See, when you are famous (couldn’t go without a little self promotion LOL), people start reaching out.
Let me give you a quick example… or two.
The other day a company reached out asking to promote their product.
I was like:
“I don’t do ads on the site, so we have to think of something else”
They were like:
“There are plenty of options like You Tube, or maybe driving our monster truck for a month or two while going to events and shit”
OK, you got me, they did not say shit, I added that LOL.
I’m not a You Tube guy, but I sure love trucks and I instantly accepted.
People also call for speaking, joint calls, a lot of people ask to show them how to rank on the first page of Google and so on and so on.
Banner ads and conventional ads in general are too basic, and annoying, the real ad money comes when you become famous.
That’s just what the times we live in are.
I have also done some banners like the one in this article, but that’s because I knew the guy and their forum was actually quite cool.
2 Affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketing is the bomb.
As you know, I used to have a fast food chain and a bunch of other businesses before the 2008 crisis and can tell you running them was a bitch (gotta stop saying that).
There’s so much to deal with, like employees, taxes, rents, construction, documents, customers, production, leftover food and all kinds of shit I don’t even want to think about… and with affiliate marketing, you just sell.
Gotta love that.
Yeah, you have to learn how to sell, but that’s all you have to do, the rest is taken care of.
And believe me, when you become rich, you start to realize the only thing you can’t buy is time.
I don’t go crazy with the affiliate links and only promote proven legends in the tools section and some times, when it’s handy, in the articles I write.
I don’t currently collect emails (if you see a form anywhere on the site, it’s temporary), but I used to.
Marketing via email is huge. It has been and it will be for a long time.
Read these articles to learn how to do it:
Why did you stop, you ask?
Well, short answer – it became too much work.
I’m the kind of guy that takes people seriously. I respect each of my subscribers and treat all like friends.
People are not just numbers to me like they are for others.
But when you grow an enormous list, that becomes almost impossible and I got to a point I had to hire a bunch of people just for the replies.
Call me crazy, but I’m like that.
I’ll finish the post here, bud, as I started the article about a month ago LOL. I’ve been dead busy lately and if I had to list all monetization methods, it’d take a shit load of time.
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