As many of you already know, i’m a big supporter of paid posts. It honestly is a great way for noob bloggers to start monetizing their blogs. It’s very cut and dry. You write a post, you get paid. No gamble whatsoever. On the flip side, i’m also a huge supporter of affiliate commissions too. This has a great upside, but the only thing is, that it’s a gamble. Sometimes you’ll won’t get paid for your posts. If the visitor you send doesn’t signup or buy, then you get nothing. But if it’s a hot item and you did a great job marketing it, the potential is huge. You could make hundreds even thousands off of one affiliate link.
Before i started bloggernoob, i already made a few affiliate landing pages. I made a few bucks with these static pages. But i didn’t realize the potential until i started bloggernoob dot com. I started off strong in the affiliate commission department, but have since slowed down cause i’ve been focused on growing my blog. I’ve been working my keywords, and promoting this blog more. I don’t have that much time to devote to this blog, so i have to pick which areas i want to work on for the week. Right now, i’m in LA to plan my wedding, so i’ve had even less time to work on this blog. But i still manage to get at least a post in everyday. I do it cause it’s necessary. And it’s not a big deal cause it doesn’t take more then an hour a day. Sometimes less cause i have draft posts i can use for days i don’t feel like writing anything. I update via my iphone when necessary. Updating on a daily basis is absolutely necessarily when you want to build up a blog. That’s the only card you can play when you’re a noob. If you keep posting, people will start visiting. Even with light promotion, i managed to get grow this blog to where it is today.
Anyway…the post title is about paid posts and affiliate posts. What’s the better method? Do you even need to choose? I have both affiliate links and paid posts on my blog. In the first month, i made more in affiliate commissions. But month two and three have been dominated by paid posts and referral commissions. What do i think is the better method. If i have to choose, i would pick affiliate links. Here’s why.
Posting about your affiliates can yield you more blogging income. It’s cause the sky’s the limit on these suckers. Paid posting will only pay you the fixed amount. If you get paid 30 bucks for a paid post about web hosting, you’ll only get 30 bucks. It doesn’t matter how many people sign up after reading that post. You’ll only get 30. But if you wrote the post using an affiliate link, you could potentially make hundreds. Even if you sell one hosting plan, you’ll make at least double the paid posting price.
This only works when your blog gets to a certain traffic level. If you only have a few readers, you should take the paid posting money and be happy with it. But if you regularly get hundreds of visitors to you site a day, you should work the affiliates.
My January 2008 archives is filled with paid posts. Most of them receive zero comments and are usually ignored. But i’ve been noticing that my recent paid posts have been getting more and more attention. Some people are clicking thru and joining these services. If those posts were affiliate posts, i would have made more money. So i think i will start working my affiliates more after i return to Chicago.