How do you make money on a blog?

I get asked how one makes money from blogging at least once a week, so I thought I’d answer it real quick for ya. The short answer? Advertising.

I’m gonna expand on that a bit, though.

If you want to start a blog and make money at it, you’ll want to have some way of getting ads. I’m using ad networks for the vast majority of mine right now. I’ve done some work on contacting individual advertisers, but it’s a lot of work for not much return (in my case– mileage may vary).

If you’re interested in trying it out, I’d start by getting your blog up and putting up some Google Adsense ads. Then once it’s been running for a month or so, you can start applying to other ad networks, like BlogHer, Federated Media, etc. See where you can get in and run the ads for a while, then decide which ones you want to keep.

Good luck, and send me a link if you decide to launch! I’d love to see it.

What else have I been up to lately?

What I Wrote

I attempted to make Jello Worms. They turned out gross, but not exactly in the way I’d planned.

After a weekend of fails, I failed again. But no one was surprised.

The Pintestes came up with many revolting reasons why one might have bloody fingernails, besides that one painted them on as a manicure.

Which finger cookies? Witch finger cookies. Sort of.

On Teh Internets

Agent Courtney is doing a critique contest but she needs another comment on this post in order to do it. Soooo, go comment, ok?

Other Crap

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