Blogging For Money – April 2007

by derek on May 1, 2007 · 25 comments

At the beginning of April, I took a look back and reviewed my progress on blogging for money and was extremely pleased with an income of $116.70 for the month. While not overly impressive to many people, I was happy because that was the first month I had really earned more than just a few dollars.

Being one to always try to set the bar higher for myself, I stated a goal of earning $125 in the month of April. At the time, I had planned to introduce monetization to this blog and I started with an AdSense block in one post and a short-lived experiment with Kontera.

Unfortunately, the early results were not encouraging so I removed Kontera and plan to hold off on the monetization of this site for the time being. However, my personal finance blog continued to make progress on monetization and I will be focusing my efforts on increasing the potential of that site in the coming months.

More Monetization Options
As I mentioned last month, I’ve realized the importance of not being too dependent on any one source of blogging revenue. Initially I had been focusing only on AdSense but added a few new options in March, such as Text-Link-Ads and Kontera.

In an effort to continue that trend, I added an additional ad network in April and also closed my first private advertising deal right at the end of the month. The new ad network is LinkWorth and I’ve already sold one ad placement.

The private advertising deal was something that came about right at the end of the month when I received an email inquiring about advertising options. The deal was for a banner ad in the right sidebar and I received a 6-month commitment paid in advance. Since this closed at the end of the month, I will not be counting these funds in this month’s Blogging For Money totals.

Last but certainly not least, I was able to use my *skillz* to win a blogging contest courtesy of The Details and that added $10 to my bottom line. 😆

Dollars and Cents
In the first installment of Blogging For Money, I set a goal of $125 for the month of April and unfortunately I am reporting that I have missed that goal by a little bit. However, as I mentioned above, I am not counting the earnings from my private ad deal this month even though I received the funds on the last day of the month. Instead, I will spread those earnings out over the 6 months that the ad will run.

With that said, here are my Blogging For Money results for April:

  • AdSense:
  • Kontera:
  • ReviewMe:
  • TextLinkAds:
  • Amazon:
  • LinkWorth:
  • Private Ads:
  • Contests:
  • Grand Total:
  • $22.87
  • $11.77
  • $0.00
  • $26.21
  • $0.00
  • $21.00
  • $0.00
  • $10.00
  • $91.85

If I were to include the entire earnings from the private ad deal, I would have tripled my goal of $125 for the month. So even though I fell a little short of my goal, I’m still pleased with the results for the month.

As motivation for the month of May, I’m going to push myself a little more and set a new goal of $150 in earnings. It’s going to take quite a bit of work but I am confident that I can continue to build momentum and increase my earnings from month to month.

With my decision not to monetize this site right now, I’ll be busy over at My New Choice. Feel free to stop by over there and share your thoughts on a variety of personal finance topics!

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