Thursday, June 28, 2007

Affiliate Ads

                     So, how do indie bloggers or professional network bloggers earn money?

                        Just like many hardcopy media, advertising is primarily the way to earn money on the web. Affiliate ads are a big part of this and are pretty easy to find and sign up for., for example, is one place that offers these sorts of ads. Anyone can sign up to be an affiliate. Once you set up your account with them, you can select products, create the links (using tools from Amazon), and then copy and paste the link into your blog. With Amazon, you can even include a picture of the product. When someone clicks on that link, gets sent to Amazon, and then buys the product, the affiliate gets a little kick back. And, yes, little is usually the word here; however, a lot of “little” can add up to a lot of money if you work at it long enough. There are other ad revenue sources available to the interested blogger, but affiliates are usually the easiest for newbies to get started with advertising options.