Even though I am still in the process of adding plugins, designing, and monetizing this site, without content it is worthless, so I thought I would take a minute to explain the process I am going through in turning this new blog into a potential money maker.
If you are want to make some i-money (internet money, real money made from the Internet) then soon after you have your website or blog designed, you should plan on monitizing. Yes, first design, then monetize(even though monetization can be apart of the design). Monitizing is inserting ads or other means to earn revenue into your blog or website. Here are some key points to remember regarding website monetization, all of which are equally important.
Placement of your ads.
Location is key. My absolute favorite place to insert an ad is in the loop of blogs (like WordPress) and forums (like phpBB) so that they appear after the first post, which I have done here. I’ll explain more on that later. Sidebars or navigation panes are ideal places for ads as visitors look for places to click there, which I have also done here. Lastly, ads placed towards the top of the page (without having to scroll to see them, also called above the fold) seem to get more clicks, again another strategy I have employed here.
The design of the ads
I have found that text ads seem to work best, especially when they are blended with fonts and styles that match the rest of the page. The big flashy banners that have been used since the Internet was created are easily tuned out by visitors.
The last thing to consider is the type of ads to promote. You want to have ads that will appeal to your target audience and / or products you feel would be useful to your readers. Many ad providers, like
Google’s Adsense, provide ads based on the content of your site, which work great. Other useful ads would be for products your readers would be interested in that you could personally recommend.
To sum it up, Monitizing your blog or website is really quite simple. Just remember to consider the following:
- Location for Optimum Click Throughs
- Ad Design Blended to Match Your Layout
- Relavant Ads that Your Audience Will Find Useful
One more thing, it is ok to experiment and try different things, then go with what works best for you.
Now that a few ads have been optimally placed, I can continue on with adding pluggins and finishing the design.