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Making it Big by Working For Yourself

Work for yourself

Do you work for yourself?

You may think you do. As a blogger, you have your own schedules, you write when you feel like it, you write about things you love and so on.

But that’s not what I mean when I ask if you really work for yourself.

Even though you have a blog and you do whatever you want to do with it, you’re still limited by certain choices. Do you rely on Google for traffic? Do you rely on a ad network to monetize your blog? Do you promote others’ products to make small commissions?

In all those situations, you work for others. In particular, you depend on others to monetize your blog, to make it profitable, and to make your efforts worthwhile.

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Google Launches Long Awaited AdSense For Feeds

This morning when I logged into my AdSense account, I instantly noticed a new product category just below the referrals earning report, called AdSense For Feeds.

With AdSense for feeds you can run AdSense in your feeds just like you do on your blog/website, with almost as much control over the appearance and position of ads as you are used to having in AdSense for content.

But to use AdSense for feeds, you need to migrate you Feedburner account to your Google account, which is currently a manual process. That is, you have to email Google at and provide following info with the request to migrate your account:

  • Your FeedBurner account username
  • The Google Account email address you use to sign in to AdSense

Head over to Google help center for more info.

I can see those huge blogs with many thousands of subscribers making even more money with AdSense for feeds.

And hey, I’ve never placed AdSense on Blogging Bits, but I’m considering giving AdSense for feeds a try as it seems less annoying compared to on-site ads. What do you think?

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On Selling Your Passion

Whether you are a marketer, a pro-blogger, or a visionary trying to change the world one post at a time, you’re trying to sell something to the world. Whether you sell ideas or tangible or digital products, you’ve got a potential market that you want to convert.

And no matter how good you are at what you do, if you aren’t passionate about what you sell, your target market will know you aren’t being honest with them.

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Adsense: The Art of Blending And The Outstanding

This is a guest post by Shivanand Sharma. He is a full time blogger and a renowned Web Developer. Check out his web technology blog for more of his excellent tips.


AdSense is the choice of many when it comes to monetisation. It’s used by starters and pros alike. While there’s a lot written about it on the net and offline, I’m here today to share a few of my tried and tested tips and help you make the most of your ad space. Since this information comes right off my several years of experience as a professional blogger and web-developer, it would be fair to say that these are the lesser known tips of the trade.

First a little background. Many of us would already be familiar with the Adsense heatmap. It is basically a schematic of the regions of a web page most likely to receive visitor clicks. Essentially, these are the regions which are better suited for placing the ads on a site. So take a good look at the figure and keep it handy for the rest of this article.

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Skip the Middleman: Monetizing Your Blog Without a Network

This guest post by Matt Harzewski (a.k.a. “redwall_hp”) of Webmaster-Source, provider of daily tutorials, tips, roundups, and links for bloggers and designers alike.

What sort of ads does your blog have? Let me guess… It’s an odd combination of AdSense, Kontera, AdBrite, and other ad networks, which add clutter to your blog and straddle the border between “tolerable” and “That’s it, I’m installing AdBlock.” Sure, it’s easy to slap some JavaScript snippets into your template and be done with it, but it’s not the best way to handle things. If your blog is new, then you won’t have much choice but to go with AdSense. But as the site grows, you may find it limiting, as you may with most ad networks.

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5 Downright Evil Ways to Use Blogs For Profit

In my previous post I asked everyone if they made money blogging, and not surprisingly, majority of commenters replied in the negative.

The reason why many, or should I say most, people don’t make money from blogs is that most of the easy ways to effectively make money from blogging are considered somewhat bad, unethical, user-unfriendly and so on.

So bloggers who have worked hard to build a community around their blog, stay well away from money making practices that may harm their reputation and put off their readers. They happily choose the community over money.

I, too, fall in the same category of bloggers. I could run AdSense and plethora of other types of ads to monetize my blog, but I consider this to be bad from user experience perspective as well as an ineffective monetization strategy.

Ineffective? Sure, in my case, my readership consists mainly of bloggers and web masters who are pretty tech savvy and immune to advertisements. They either ignore the ads, or are turned off by them because they come here for information, not to see ads, especially when they can tell an ad from the real content.

So if you are one of the bloggers who don’t make money blogging, here’s good news for you. You don’t have to monetize your current established blog with evil ads to make money. There are other ways to make money from blogs. Some of these are really tough ones. For example, creating a product and selling it on your blog, or using your blog to promote your expertise a.k.a services.

The good news is that you don’t have to use any of the above methods to make money from blogs. Instead, take a look at the following ways.

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Is Your Blog Worth Two Pennies?


Do you make money blogging? I, for one, don’t.

It may seem like a a strange question, but do you really blog for money? Will you stop blogging if you don’t make money with your blog?

When I started this blog, I wanted to make money from it. But slowly, as time passed, my perspective changed. My blog became my identity, and people who read me (yes, you!) became my friends.

Now I don’t blog for money. I blog just to share my take on different issues in internet marketing, blogging, and web design world. And I really love doing it.

Note: I’m not averse to money. And I certainly wouldn’t reject it if a money making opportunity arises!

In my observation, most bloggers start blogging for money, but as time passes and they don’t make more than a few pennies, they either give up, or persist – just for the fun of it!

Those who persevere, gain new insights into their target market, and actually find out how to monetize their blog, directly or indirectly. Those are the ones who really make money blogging, and become an inspiration for a new generation of bloggers.

Well, see, I’m still here. And I don’t make money from blogging (though in my case, it’s intentional). I’m in the second phase of blogging.

Now the real question (and please answer) Do you make money blogging? What phase are you in? How long have you been blogging? Do you plan to keep on blogging no matter what?

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