Saturday, April 28, 2018

Monetizing Your Blog: Adsense and Amazon

"Hey, Cie!" you say. "I've heard about monetizing my blog! How do I do that?"
The absolute easiest way, if you're on the Blogger platform, is to activate Google Adsense.
Adsense does all the work for you. All you do is choose the Adsense widget from your layouts menu and fill in the simple form. You can choose to have ads in the sidebar, at the bottom of your posts, or both.
On a smaller blog like mine, Adsense can take up to a week to become active while Google's bots decide what to advertise on your blog. From there on out, unless you violate terms of service, Google will run ads on your blog.
With Adsense, you can't choose your ads. Thus, even though I am opposed to diet culture and weight loss schemes and will never promote such, I may sometimes see diet and weight loss ads from my Adsense widget, and I will roll my eyes. Adsense offers more pros than cons for me, so I keep it active.
With Amazon, I need to be proactive. I have to select the widgets and links I'm going to put in my posts or my sidebar. I have to generate sales, or Amazon will shut down my affiliates account. This is a bit of a pain, but I'm giving it a go. My blog is still pretty small, so I'm honestly not sure how it will work out. However, the program is free to join, so it's worth a shot.
Best of luck on your ventures!


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