Blog Links Like it or not, blogging is going the way that nearly everything else on the Internet has gone - for profit. Although many people feel that monetizing a blog is a blow to the freedom that the blogosphere is supposed to represent, it's very rare that those complainers are the same people who are paying for a blog's bandwidth and hosting fees. More and more of the people who are actually spending both the time and money necessary to launch their blog and keep it running are starting to come around to the concept that there is indeed nothing wrong with receiving some well-earned compensation for all their hard work. Regardless of which side of the fence you're on, the beauty of running your own blog is that you're able to choose whether you are going to turn it into an income-generator or not. Right now, probably the most popular way to monetize a blog is to throw some Google AdSense links up and wait for people to start clicking. And while some bloggers reportedly are getting fat checks from Google every month, others are barely making enough to make the effort worthwhile. That's why so many bloggers are turning to Text Links to help pay the bills. A text link ad is just that - it's a plain html link that's made up of a word or words rather than graphical images like banners and such. A text link can vary from a simple "click here" all the way up to several words or sentences buried deep within a paragraph somewhere in your most recent post.
Who's Buying And Who's Selling Text Link Ads
No matter what your blog is about, there's a good chance that some web site admin is willing to pay you to give him a link. The "buyer" in this transaction is the webmaster who is willing to pay money to have his link appear on someone's blog pages. The "seller" is the one who is selling a little piece of her blog real estate to host that link. Webmasters who pay blog owners for text link space are either looking for a way to increase their Page Rank, or they are looking for visitors who may end up purchasing their products or services, or both.
Paid Blog Posts
Also, bloggers are now selling posts about their advertiser's websites. At www.linkadage.com
there is now a category where you can sell or buy blog posts
. Writing a post or two that includes links to the advertising site can be profitable for the blogger and very good for the advertiser. Don't confuse text link ads with link trading. They are as different as night and day. Link trading has deteriorated to the point that Google itself now warns against the practice. Buying and selling text link ads, on the other hand, is a legitimate advertising transaction that benefits both parties.
If the idea of making money from your blog is appealing, look into text link ads as a way to generate some cash without turning your blog into a Google-dominated billboard that comes across as if you're begging for money.