"What is the best source of income for your blog?"
This is the most common question that I am regularly asked by people who are interested in commercialising their existing blog or plan to start blogging as a source of income.
As they always say, "don't put all your eggs in one basket. Similarly, I have multiple sources of income from my blogs. These include contextual ads such as Google adsense, button and banner ads, text link ads and of course sponsored posts. However, from all these various sources, only one has consistently provided a steady flow of income.
As you might have guessed from the title of this post, I am talking about Text Link Ads.
Though I earn more by writing reviews/ sponsored posts/ advertorials, I really like Text link ads because once an advertiser has bought space on my blog, all I have to do is to cut and paste a piece of code into my sidebar and I can just forget about it. I earn at least US$25 per month from Text Link Ads. Though not much, it does contribute to the overall earnings.
Remember the old poem:
"Little drops of water,
little grains of sand,
make the mighty ocean
and the beauteous land.... (Julia Carney, 1845)"
You can have it done automatically using a script but I have elected to do it manually. This means a little bit of work every time an advertiser buys ad space on my blog or stops advertising but it gives me the choice to reject advertisers I don't like.
I have also signed up with their affiliate programme as well, which means that if you sign up as a publisher using the link above, I will earn some money as well - a win-win situation.