Can you make money with a blog?

Hi Writers,
I’ve been saying for a while now that there will soon be a time when many writers will be writing blogs as a full-time job. Since I’ve encountered a lot of skepticism about this, every time I find an article in the mainstream media to support this viewpoint, I’m going to post it here.

This is from the Los Angeles TimesNewspapers, Bloggers, Now on the Same Page.”

This year, the Washington Post added a sponsored blog roll to its
website, a directory of links to blogs that specialize in travel,
technology, health and more. If the Post sells an ad on the blog roll’s
main page, the bloggers split the money with the newspaper. So far,
about 100 bloggers have signed up.

To Caroline Little, the chief
executive of Washingtonpost Newsweek Interactive, the ad network is
good business. Most ad buyers don’t want to take the time to buy space
on dozens of different blogs, she said, and the staff-driven side of
the website often doesn’t have enough stories about technology,
business or health for advertisers looking to place ads near that
content. With the blog roll, the Post can grab ad revenue that might
have gone elsewhere.

Have you found a creative way to make money blogging? If so, please share here with your fellow writers.

Keep Writing,
Maria

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6 thoughts on “Can you make money with a blog?

  1. HP van Duuren

    I Sell my own eBook via my Blog, and also sell other peoples products, writing on my blog about all kinds of subjects that I like to write about, in the process (pre)- selling products of affiliates.

    ‘Some time ago I also asked myself
    the same question ‘Can I Make Money Writing?’
    You can find out what I wrote in
    my Blog post at the link here below:’

    http://hpshappy.blogspot.com/2007/06/is-it-really-possible-to-earn-lot-of.html

    Also some time ago wrote a blog post about ‘Successful Writing’
    you can find that one at:

    http://hpshappy.blogspot.com/2007/06/successful-writing.html

    Please don’t be a stranger, don’t be shy I like
    to receive your feedback.

    All the Best,
    HP

  2. Velvet in Dupont

    I live in D.C. and The Washington Post contacted me to be on their blogroll. I said no. I never want to feel like I have to censor what I say on this particular blog. There are plenty of outlets where I can write and have my content either edited, or manipulated – whether self-imposed or not.

    I also don’t like feeling like one of the "last ditch efforts" of a newspaper whose local reputation is not good. This is the paper who forgot to renew their URL at one point in time and temporarily lost it – and we as local bloggers are supposed to bail them out? No thanks.

    http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/biztech/02/06/washpost.outage.ap/

  3. Helen Gallagher

    I have two blogs and two web sites. Web sites are great for static, poised presentation of services and skills. Blogs, though, are as easy as typing an email, offer an outlet for creative expression and become a reflection of the author’s personality.

    As for making money, I have long said you might make money not on your blog, but because you have one. It showcases your style, your work, and your commitment by it’s current value to your readers. And one things for sure: You’ll never get hired to write for a blog if you don’t have one.

    Helen Gallagher, my blog: http://www.releaseyourwriting.blogspot.com

  4. Michele L. Tune

    I’m not sure about "donations," but I agree with Melissa that if you have a book to promote, the blog would be an awesome marketing tool.

    I also think it’s a great place to have links available to a few of your recent clips.

    Maintaining a blog can bring money by just being a link you can refer editors to in your query emails. If they like what they see, they may bring you on board as a paid writer.

    I, personally, started my own blog "Writing the Cyber Highway" http://writingthecyberhighway.blogspot.com/ for that reason. I list a few of my recent online clips, and always include the link to my blog in query letters.

  5. Melissa

    What about making money via a blog because of your writing as an independent author. Forget the donation button, sell your book. Make money by promoting yourself via a wonderful blog/site.

  6. Kelley

    PayPal. As in a blogger I read has a PayPal button on her site. And she asks for donations. I think at first I was shocked, but then it made sense. If she was a print columnist, I’d certainly pay to buy the publication she was in.

    And I guess, in some ways, it’s no different than a street performer who solicits donations. I know because blogs are essentially free, you could ask why anyone would pay for free content. Yet there are many sites which are free (such as Duotrope)but ask for donations. And receive them.

    I have no idea if people have paid her, and I haven’t myself. Nor have I put one on my site. But it’s certainly creative, particularly if it works.

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