How do Bloggers Make Money?

How Do Bloggers Make Money? | Organize 365

I bet THIS is a blog post hubby will read!  ;)

The quick answer is MOST don’t. And I didn’t either for the first 4 years.  I have just turned the corner into making an income from my blog.

The FTC, Federal Trade Commission, wants it to be ABUNDANTLY clear that blogs can and do make money AND they want us to tell you how.

So I’m gonna get all naked and let you know how I make money so the FTC is happy, and if you so choose, you can then help me make money.

How Do Bloggers Make Money? | Organize 365

Advertising

I have a few paid-for ad spots on my blog. I am working on private advertising from companies I LOVE that would be of value to you. Some picture ads are paid spots and others are affiliate links {more below}.

The FTC is cool with that.

eBooks

I have published both with a publisher and on my own with eBooks. Traditional publishing pays the author a teeny tiny percentage of the retail book price.

eBooks are published by the author. So, in theory you can make 100% of the profits minus Pay Pal fees.

Most eBooks are sold on Amazon or other blogs and websites. In those cases, there are affiliate programs where the author and the seller or website split the sales.

Oh, and FYI, you can be an affiliate for me and make money, too!!

The FTC is cool with eBooks, too.

 

Affiliates

Every time you click and buy on the web, someone gets paid. PERIOD.

If you Google a store and buy directly from the store, you pay x for the item you want. If you are on a blog and click on a link that takes you to a store and buy the SAME product for the SAME price, a percentage of that sale is paid to the blog you came from as a referral fee. That is called an affiliate sale.

I will often go see if there are coupons for a product online before I buy. The LAST place I was before I click over to a store to buy – gets my referral credit. That’s how the coupon blogs make money.

AND in the case of some stores {I believe Amazon} the referring blog gets a % credit for EVERYTHING you buy, not just the product you went to buy. On MY new Successful Direct Sales Membership site, my sales referral cookie will last 60 days. So if you send someone a link to become a member, YOU will get the credit up to 2 months later, if they don’t buy today.

The referrals are tracked in web codes and cookies.

Here’s where the FTC comes in. They want ME to let you know that this happens by having a disclaimer in EVERY post I write that has a referral {affiliate} link. SO you know BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT I would make money if you purchase.

 

Will you see a difference?

No. I only blog about what has helped me get organized, organize others, helped me in business, or in my transformation. If there is a product I LOVE and I USE, I will recommend it. IF there is an affiliate opportunity for me with that product, I will pursue it.

However, there are products I use and recommend all the time that do NOT have affiliate programs. And I am offered money to post content that I do not feel fits my readers, and so I don’t.

Ultimately, it comes down to what I preach in my Successful Direct Sales trainings, YOU are your brand. It would be moronic of me to sell a $100 post to lose my audience and my credibility. So I won’t.

But since this is the World Wide Web, and I have to, here is my “disclaimer”:

Disclosure:  In addition to the many expenses of growing a blog, Organize 365 is an income source for our family. Some of the ways I make that income are through affiliate links, ads and sponsored content. Some of the links in my posts and ads on my side bar pay me a percentage of the sale when you purchase from my site. Your purchase here supports our family. THANK YOU!

No need to memorize it;  I will be posting it EVERY time I put a link in my post. And you can thank the FTC that my already lengthy posts just got 70 words longer.

Comments

  1. says

    Congratulations on turning the corner into profitability, I know the feeling so it’s nice to see others be successful. It can be a hard slog at first. Targeting down a sub niche and staying up-to-date with organic SEO strategy help take the edge off things.

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  1. […] Disclosure:  In addition to the many expenses of growing a blog, Organize 365 is an income source for our family. Some of the ways I make that income are through affiliate links, ads and sponsored content. Some of the links in my posts and ads on my side bar pay me a percentage of the sale when you purchase from my site. Your purchase here supports our family. THANK YOU! […]

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