The fact is that once you get on a roll with blogging, you can develop a readership that is willing to support your brilliant/controversial/entertaining thoughts with a monetary exchange. Blogging was once scoffed at by serious ecommerce mongers, but it has grown into big business, with bloggers reporting six-figure and even million-dollar incomes. Buying a domain name and hosting a blog has become so inexpensive it makes sense to use blogging as a revenue stream.
Can you imagine getting paid just because thousands of people love what you have to say? Amazing isn’t it. An important point to remember is that you don’t want to irritate your loyal followers by slamming them in the face with an overload of obnoxious advertising.
There are a number of ways you can turn your blog into a cash cow without being offensive. For example, CafePress makes it a snap to imprint your blog’s logo on t-shirts, baseball caps and other useful items. You can also try your hand at a hard copy version of your inspirational writings through self-publishing services such as Lulu. Ebooks, donation buttons and affiliate advertising also generate passive income.
The geeks that love WordPress have crafted a number of plugins that make it so much easier to monetize your blog. These are 5 of them:
This plugin for WordPress manages, rotates and optimizes your Google Adsense and other ads and makes it easy to import all your ads. It recognizes pretty much all of the most popular ad networks.
This WordPress plugin creates an easy way to put up those “buy me a coffee” buttons you see on the sites of the guru bloggers. You can customize your buttons or use a default button with your PayPal ID.
Amazon Reloaded for WordPress
This plugin is great for a blogger like you to insert text and image links to Amazon products of your pages and posts. You will need PHP5 for this one to function correctly.
This plugin gives you a total system for managing your ads with scheduling, rotation and widgets. It tracks impressions and clicks for each as so you can tweak your ad display more favorably.
CafePress Ad Rotator
A very cool little plugin for WordPress that creates a widget to randomly display items from your CafePress.com store. You will Need a CafePress API key. Your web host will need to have the cURL extension for PHP.