This is a guest post by Steven Papas.
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Blogs mean more than just a web log with a few pages of content. They mean more to search engines, to web surfers and specifically to bloggers who are now leveraging the various earning potentials there is to blogging. A lot of people now create, sell, and do all sorts of things with blogs which surprisingly, have turned into a lucrative profession for many. If you have a blog or you are planning to come into the blogging industry, here are some of the methods you can use to increase your earning potential with blogs.
We all want to build authority blogs. There is no doubt about that. But sometimes we are often faced with lack of focus, poor content quality; wrong monetization methods that totally lead to increased bounce rates and many other factors that tend to keep us from achieving our goals as bloggers. Despite these, most people just don’t want to spend way too much time on a single blog for personal reasons. Whether you have multiple blogs or because you need that money pretty fast, blog filliping has proved a faster way to bring some income. If you already have such blogs that you don’t want to keep, you can flip them on places like Digital Point, Flippa, or Sitepoint. On the other hand, you can also create a fresh blog with a good domain name and quality content and flip it in a week or two for profit.
Events like sponsored webinars, blog contests, featured story, giveaways, blog marathon, and many others also have huge earning potential for bloggers. I have seen a couple of blog owners use a single event to pull good traffic to their blog while earning some cash at the same time. If you are running a blog on dog training, you can throw an extremely publicized webinar on how to train a dog and get a relevant company to sponsor the webinar. The opportunity is limitless; a blogging tips blogger can run a contest and get a WordPress theme designer to sponsor it; if your blog is on relationship and personal lifestyle, you can get one of this dating sites, like eHarmony to sponsor a featured story on your blog; if you are writing about digital products, you can get a digital product creation service site, like Mixbook or Snapily to sponsor a featured story on your blog. The list can go on, but I hope you get the idea.
However, getting big companies to sponsor your event may depend totally on your reputation and the amount of traffic your blog commands per month. But hey, when done well, you will be amazed at the kind of traffic and income it will bring.
Sell Or Rent A Page
Let me ask you this question. If you are a business and you come across an offer of a page on a highly placed blog in your niche, will you take it? If you have a blog with good traffic, selling or renting a page will offer target customers the opportunity to gain more exposure, not just to the world but to a huge community of potential customers. Selling or renting a page is a good income opportunity for bloggers. However, owing to the fact that your customers target your blog readers, it is necessary to ensure that nothing done on such pages are meant to hurt your visitors. To this end, you must do everything you can to maintain the reputation of your blog and its honesty while allowing your customer the opportunity of marketing your visitors in a true and fair manner.
I have seen some blogs leveraging the earning potential of job boards; talking about blogs like Problogger, ReadWriteWeb, etc. With good job board software, like JobThread, WebScribe Job Board, SimplyHired Job-o-matic or Jobberx, you can create another income stream with your blog. However, job board is perfect for blogs that are focused on a particular topic. Plus you need huge traffic for this to really work.
Money widget is another hot earning opportunity for bloggers. In this program, ads will be served on your blog through a widget embedded on the sidebar of your blog. Ads that are served on the widgets can be a PPC scheme, text link ads or affiliate links. You can sign-up with WidgetBucks, ScratchBack, SmartLinks or any other company that provides monetization widgets to test out this method.
Steven from VBS is a professional photographer who also loves writing about business opportunities and technology tools he uses at work, like Mixbook and Snapily photo albums. He uses and reviews online services for digital creations, including photobooks, ecards, personalised calendars and many others. From time to time he also publishes coupons and new upgrades when available.