When I started blogging way back in 2009, the first thing I was made to understand was that it was going to be easy making money with Google Adsense. So I started out with a lot of expectation, hoping that Adsense was the quickest way to make money blogging. I did everything I felt could make the money come fast – including duplicating my content and sending them to multiple sites, participating in Adsense revenue sharing sites, etc; but after several months of blogging, only some cents were trickling into my account.
It was frustrating eventually; my hopes of making money with Google Adsense were becoming unrealistic. I kept checking my Adsense account daily to see my balance or if anything had improved. Nothing happened; the situation was simply the same. Gush! It’s either I had been lied to or I expected too much from Google Adsense.
Days turned into weeks, then months and eventually into years and I was still expecting my first check lol. Expectations began to turn to frustration and then into anger. I began to be suspicious of Adsense. Could it be they were deliberately adding cents to my account? Then I added more sites and I was getting traffic, but there was only little change in my story. Google Adsense is certainly not the quickest way to make money blogging – the money is in other areas so neglected by bloggers.
Are bloggers making money with Google Adsense?
My story is the same with so many bloggers’ out there. Just pay a visit to any bloggers’ groups on Facebook or other bloggers’ forums and you will hear them asking questions on how to get Adsense account approved or how to get an already existing account to buy. Everybody has been programmed to believe they would fail or even die if Google Adsense did not approve them.
Why do bloggers think that way in the first place? The answer is simply because they have been made to believe that Adsense is the easiest way to make passive income. They are told money just keeps coming into their accounts whether they worked or not. That is the reason a lot of them are desperate and even go to the extent of stealing other people’s content, scraping, adding duplicate content, etc
When we say that making money with Google Adsense is not easy, there is no doubt that pro bloggers like John Chow, Darren Rowse, Pete Cashmore, Heshan Zebida, Mohammad Mustafa Ahmedzai, Linda Ikeji, Jeremy Schoemaker, etc are making thousands of dollars monthly from Adsense; but the question is how much traffic do you require to get to where they are? To be frank to yourself as you are reading this, how much do you earn from Google Adsense monthly? Is it enough to take care of your family? Be free to let us know in the comment box later at the end of this post.
Having tried my best and not making enough progress, I am considering taking down Adsense from my sites and try other means of making money with blogging. I must say that were it not for other things generating revenue for me, I would have long quit blogging. I know it is the same thing with so many bloggers out there who are already tired of waiting on end for Google to send them their first check ever.
How do I make money from blogging?
I don’t know about you, but I am going to talk about myself and what is helping me make money blogging. I started making money after building up my blog to become relevant, with at least some sizeable traffic, better Alexa ranking and improved Domain Authority. At least now I can boast to be among the few people earning money with their blogs. Though I am not yet satisfied with my monthly earnings, I am getting much more from other sources than from Google Adsense is bringing in. So where are the money coming from?
1. Paid Text Link:
I have made some money from Paid text links. They sure have given me something tangible in the past few months compared to waiting for Google’s check that never comes. If you concentrate on quality content and traffic, sooner than later, people would start approaching you to place their links on your site for specific period and you get paid for it.
2. Sponsored posts:
Periodically, money comes in through this channel and when they come, they come real good. This has been one of the few issues of controversy in blogging. If somebody is willing to pay to post a quality article on your blog, why refuse? Make sure you don’t compromise standard and that you are also not doing it to pass link juice, if it is to help drive traffic in order to increase sales, you may accept and use a “no follow” tag as well a disclosure statement on the post.
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3. Sponsored reviews:
I have not made much from this source, but have had one or two. I am hoping to hit it big here one day. The rules of unbiased review apply here. And it must also be disclosed as sponsored review for your readers to be aware.
4. Affiliate programs:
Finally, this is one area I am trying to make more money from. When I saw that making money with Google Adsense wasn’t easy, I decided to try affiliate marketing. From the few I have promoted, there are high prospects here. I have made a few bucks here too. Promoting quality affiliate programs is a lucrative way of earning money on your blog. As I am going to be expanding and laying more emphasis on how to make money, I am going to try more of this too.
If you really want to make money, you must be aware that Google Adsense is not the quickest way to make money blogging, and then think of how to utilize other sources that would easily earn your more revenues.
What are the ways you are using to generate revenue on your blog? Are you making money with Google Adsense? Do you receive check monthly from Adsense? Have you been using any of the methods I highlighted in this post? And have they been giving you positive results? Please leave your comments using the comment box below. Remember to Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our updates, announcement and newsletter.