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bizbox: how to live off of your blog


today's bizbox post is all about how one might make a living from a blog. most people assume that i live off of d*s but the big secret is that i don't. i combine revenue from my freelancing jobs with ad revenue from d*s to pay my bills and keep the cats fed and clothed. that said, i still get a few dozen emails a day asking how to make a living from one's blog. so, i figured i'd share any advice and expertise i had on the subject right here. you can read about what it's like to live this way and see my top 6 tips for creating and running a successful ad program. but please make sure you catch the part about not quitting your day job- blogs can create a healthy side income but most people claiming that they do this full time have the support of a spouse, side job or a wealthy benefactor. best wishes for any bloggers out there looking to generate side income from their site- it's entirely possible and hopefully these tips will help you along the way.

[ac just sent this over. it can't believe that programs like these exist. i think this is the wrong way to live off of your blog. hands down.]


Anonymous atelier455 said...

Hi Grace, just wanted to let you know that I've really enjoyed your posts at bizboxblog - you've shared some sound information and advice, and it's been very interesting to get an insight into your work-life and how you keep your business going.

1:14 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks so much. i'll have to say, i was a bit worried at first about what i'd have to say but i've enjoyed this project to no end. it's not often that i step back and look at the site and shop as a "business" but it's been really fun. it's been especially exciting to see young women connecting and starting their own local business women meet ups...


1:19 PM  
Anonymous Alexander in Texas said...

I firmly believe that any type of marketing that uses words like "leverage" to describe something other than actually moving something is suspicious. similiar buzzphrases abound in the blogsphere: net equity, "reap the benefits", automated blogging, syndicate, and my favorite "self-serve".

Thanks for keeping D*S clutter free and chock full of great content!

As Zappa says, "not a speck of cereal!"

4:29 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks to everyone for their emails and comments on this post. i know advertising is a slippery slope but i hope we can all learn together on the way. some days i want to do away with ads all together and then some days i feel that it's ok to keep them tucked away on the right...it's something we all have to deal with day to day. but thanks for everyone's thoughts and ideas- it's been fascinating to hear all your thoughts on the subject :)


4:42 PM  
Blogger lowcountrydogleah said...

In publishing my free dog magazine in Charleston, SC I've found that as long as content is good and not driven by those who advertise then readers are generally happy. And if you strive to help your advertisers create ad programs that fit into your venue's stylistic scope the ads can even enhance the reading experience. In your case Grace, I actually enjoy looking at the ads on your blog and don't find them bothersome at all. They mesh well with the look of your site and fit nicely with your content. I say GOOD JOB!

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Alexander in Texas said...

What Low said...

I've clicked on a lot of the ads on the right of the blog because they showed something that I was interested in. I've actually bought several items from those ads. I think the presentation does it for me; if the ads screamed "BUY THIS!" it would be an automatic ignore. Now however, I've bookmarked some of the stores, since i found them so close to my preferred styles.

1:08 PM  

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