So maybe it's incredibly bad form for me to talk about how much money this blog makes, but I have to think there are people who are curious. And honestly, it's so little money that *I* should be embarassed about it.
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I think I love the idea of making money from blogging more than I'm willing to put in the effort to create an actual blog that would bring in real cash. For one thing, I blog about random stuff. I just can't focus on one thing and create a specialized niche blog like I'm supposed to. I also don't have enough time to endlessly tweak for SEO, maintain my own hosted Wordpress, etc.
But I was curious about whether I could make *any* money. Turns out the answer is yes, which is kind of cool.
I've had Amazon referral links for a little while, maybe 3 years, but I put them in pretty rarely when I'm discussing a specific book or product. Over that time I've earned a kingly $21 from Amazon in credit, which of course, I promptly used.
This household spends a LOT of money on Amazon. It's so convenient, and since we gave up our Costco membership, we actually use it to buy some things in bulk, like Apple Sauce Cups for T's preschool lunches. (See how I put my link in there? Tricky, right?)
I had Google ads for a while because Blogger makes it so easy. Unfortunately Google doesn't pay you until your balance reaches $100. I think I've made about $8 total there. I'll probably never get to the $100 threshold, which I'm sure they expect, so I don't count this in my total.
Someone on Etsy told me about Project Wonderful ads, which I have on the left sidebar. It's an auction-based inexpensive marketplace, and is pretty easy to set up. I've had these since 2008, and have made about $40 from them, which is pretty good. I suppose I could set my minimum ad price a little higher, but I often have times where the spots aren't filled (because so many people set a $0 minimum) so I think my 1-cent minimum is working out ok.
I also have BlogHer ads, which are my favorite. They're really nice people to work with. Some people make real money with them. I'm not one of them.
I started with their ads in 2007 and took a hiatus when I wasn't posting for most of 2010 and 2011. In total during that time, I've probably made about $40 from those ads. In addition, I've done a few book reviews through their awesome Book Club, for which I got a free book (yay) and $20 each, so by far those have been the most "lucrative". I'm glad to be reading for pleasure again, and have discovered some pretty fantastic books that way. The per-hour rate for all that work isn't much though, so clearly this is a labor of love.
So, I've been blogging since 2005 and have made a total of $141, plus some awesome free books. Not exactly time to quit my real job, huh? But enough to pay for my domain name and the brief period I spent hosting my own Wordpress instance (disaster).
And, I still have money left over for a couple of Starbucks soy chai lattes! Sweet. So, wanna share your lucrative blogging stories?
*Edited 4/23/2012 to add Project Wonderful stats.