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How to Monetize Your Blog: 8 of the Best Ways

Kate Swanson wrote her first novel at 15, created her first blog in 2006 and has been writing for profit and creating websites ever since.

Discover some methods for making money off your blog, from selling products to featuring tailored ads.

Discover some methods for making money off your blog, from selling products to featuring tailored ads.

"Monetizing" a blog means using various methods to earn money from your blog. Once upon a time, the answer was simple—you signed up with an advertising network like Adsense or Chitika, and you collected a few cents every time someone clicked on one of their ads.

All that has changed, for several reasons.

  1. One, advertisers are paying less; their advertising budget is now spent on Facebook and other social media.
  2. Two, Google will penalise your blog for having too many ads (ironic, since they're often Google Adsense ads!).
  3. But the third reason is by far the biggest: ad blockers! Millions of people have installed ad-blocking software, meaning that about half your readers won't even see your carefully placed ads!

As a result, bloggers everywhere are reporting a collapse in earnings from Adsense on blogs.

If Adsense is dead, what do you do instead?


Selling direct to your readers is the new way to earn income from a blog. That doesn't mean you have to become a retailer with a garage-load of stock, mailing products out to customers. There are many options that don't require you to handle stock.

Virtual Products

The easiest products to sell are virtual products—an ebook, a game, or an app. If you are going to create your own, the easy way to sell this type of product is to make it downloadable from eJunkie, because it takes care of the whole process of downloading and payment. For ebooks, Smashwords or Booktango are good options—don't limit yourself to Amazon.

Short ebooks offering further advice related to your blog topic can sell well. If you can manage a series, so much the better.

Local Products

If your blog has a local flavour (for instance, a travel guide to your hometown), don't assume you need a vast readership to attract advertisers. Some local businesses will pay a small fee to be reviewed or featured on your blog, even in its early stages.


If your blog is on a topic where you have expertise, you could offer related consultancy services—tarot readings, website design, interior design, etc. Or you could gather a panel of experts and charge them a referral fee for every client you introduce through the blog.

Arts and Crafts

If you're good with your hands, you can sell products you make yourself. Artworks, pottery, clothing—handmade items are in demand. You don't have to make a lot of stock. Provided you have enticing images on your blog, customers will be willing to wait for you to make goods to order.

Drop Shipping

Drop shipping means that you behave like a retailer—advertising products for sale, accepting payment and dealing with the customer—but you don't hold stock. Instead, you send the order details to the wholesaler, who sends the product directly to the customer. Commissions are high, but of course, there is a lot more work and responsibility involved and life can get complicated (e.g. when a customer wants to make a return).

There are networks for drop shipping, but most of them charge fees to join. Do your research first. Another option is to approach a merchant direct. For instance, on my pointe shoe blog, I did a deal with a dance physiotherapist whereby I earned a 30% commission drop-shipping her books.

Advertising and Affiliate Networks

As I've already said, Adsense and affiliate banners don't make much money these days. In the long run, you will get a much better return by selling ad space direct to merchants. However, if your blog is new, you'll have to wait until you have evidence of good readership before merchants will even look at you - so in the meantime, the networks are better than nothing!

Tailored Ads, Not Banners

Many new bloggers make a fundamental mistake: they put ads in their sidebars and a banner or two at the top and bottom of their blog and think that's enough. It isn't. Readers come to your blog to read the content. If they're on a mobile, they may not ever see your sidebar! You need to use affiliate or advertising links within your blog posts or on dedicated "shopping" pages, if you want to make real income.

Tip: Never put an ad banner above the text on your blog. Google will hate it.

Ads in a Blog Post

This used to be the best method of selling affiliate products, but there's increasing evidence Google doesn't like them. If you can find a product which is directly relevant to the subject and which they're likely to want to buy after reading your post - do it. Otherwise, don't.

Google wants authoritative blogs that provide solid information, and advertising within posts may be one signal they use to decide, is this person being genuinely helpful or are they just trying to sell something? Because of that, I'm much more cautious about selling products within posts now and am more likely to make separate shopping pages.

Ads on a Shopping Page

You may have noticed that although Google doesn't like blogs that have too much advertising, it has no problem with shops! Capitalise on that by creating dedicated shopping pages. Here you can showcase multiple products on each page, perhaps providing brief explanations of which product is best for which type of customer or which application.

My own blogs follow this pattern. I am always astonished that people will keep coming back to my blog to buy something when they could just as easily go straight to Amazon or eBay. The key is that they find my "shop" easier to navigate, because they don't have to wade through lots of irrelevant products.

For instance, say they're looking for a belly dance costume. If they search on Amazon or eBay, the search results will be full of silly Halloween costumes, cheap hip scarves, saucy lingerie, tablets to remove belly fat—and somewhere in there, maybe, a few belly dance costumes. Whereas when they come to my shopping pages, I've already found them and they're displayed for them to choose from.

A banner from the Affiliate Summit

A banner from the Affiliate Summit

Where to Find Products

There are many stores which offer affiliate programs. Amazon and eBay are perhaps the most famous—but you will usually get much higher commissions from specialist retailers. A good start is to Google "affiliate [your blog topic]".

Often, when you sign up as a merchant affiliate, you'll notice you're not signing up directly with the merchant—you're signing up with an affiliate network. These companies are in the business of managing affiliate programs for a large number of suppliers. The problem is that you'll have to reach a minimum threshold to get a payout, often $50 to $100.

That's why I recommend using a service like Skimlinks instead.

If the choice of affiliate networks is bewildering and you're not comfortable with coding, there is one easy option: Skimlinks. With Skimlinks, you get instant access to all the big affiliate networks and thousands of merchants instead of having to apply to each one individually for approval. You can read more about how that works in this article.

Monetizing a Blog Is Hard But Rewarding

Monetizing your blog or website is hard work today. It's no longer a case of sticking a few ads in the sidebar and forgetting about them. It's a big learning curve, but there are rewards, too. Good luck!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2010 Kate Swanson


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Finn from Barstow on August 19, 2018:

Will keep this stuff in mind. Some good tips....

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 26, 2017:

I'm glad I came to this page. I got new information I can use as I move on from Adsense.

JourneyHolm on February 22, 2017:

Your "How To" blogs about blogging are very informative. I've only just begun hubpages, but like it as an avenue for growth and potential earnings. Thanks for the information. Keep up the good work!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on December 23, 2016:

I would strongly, strongly, strongly suggest NOT to start multiple blogs. Even three is too much. Work out what your specialist subject is and focus on ONE blog. If you're not sure which subject to pick, try out your ideas by writing Hubs on HubPages, not by starting blogs, because you'll need to maintain them all for at least a year before you can know which one works.

Rafini from Somewhere I can't get away from on December 23, 2016:

Marisa, thank you so much for sharing your expertise. After reading through the comments I've decided I need to start all over with my blogs. I was planning on multiple blogs (3 right now, but was planning on an increase to as many subjects as I could think of) but now realize that was a bad idea, especially when I can see how some of them would have been related.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on November 17, 2016:

By clinking on the link in your affiliate article I came onto this post and I totally agree with what you wrote. Non of my 5 blogs have adds on them because I personally hate all these adds, especially when you want to read something from a cell phone.

Gina Welds from Tampa, Florida on August 28, 2016:

Marissa, this hub is great! I am going to file this hub away for immediate and future reference. Thanks for sharing this information. I need to explore some of the tips you've given here. I am so confused by some of the info, but I know I will be referring back to this hub, so I will be bookmarking soon as I figure out how to do that.

Wendy Rahilly from St Petersburg, FL on December 14, 2015:

Another informative hub Marissa! It used to be so easy to slap some Google adsense code up on your blog and begin making money. These days, it's a bitter tougher than that. I believe you have to have a long-standing blog (6 months or more) and a handful of quality content on it before you can place any code on it (or I should say, before your ads will display).

I'm not sure of the exact rules as it differs a bit for different situations. Correct me if I'm wrong though. I remember back in the day, you could start up a new 'blogger' blog and have adsense on your blog that same day. Not anymore.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 26, 2015:

Thanks Marisa. It's focused on multiple genres. I've been using it for years since 2010. It's merely two graphs for each post---one on the book, the other on my thoughts. Thanks for the pointers. I'll post it today so you can check it out.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on July 26, 2015:

Yes, your blog on blogger. Edit your profile and add it in the "website" section.

If it's a book review site, and you're not focussing on any particular genre, then you have a lot of competition - if you are hoping to earn from your blog, it's not the best choice.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 25, 2015:

I think you got confused--I post reviews of books I've read, and not books I wrote myself. Maybe that would happen soon enough next year.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 25, 2015:

Marissa, did you mean by blog on Blogger? If so, I can post it here for you. I do have a link for the book in-text and down below, which was suggested by Amazon Associate's forum last year. I do get views on my posts, old updated ones and new ones, but not much revenue in sales. Thanks for the bonus tips.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on July 25, 2015:

Kristen, your first task should be to ensure you put a link to your blog everywhere you can reasonably do so - for instance, you don't seem to have a link on your profile, and I couldn't even find it by looking at your Facebook page. I'd need to know more about what your book is about to advise on what else you could do - but do consider publishing it on Booktango as well as Amazon.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 25, 2015:

Marissa, great hub with lots of useful and helpful information. I've started monetizing my book blog last fall (made only two sales with Amazon Associates last fall) and had done Adsense this spring, when I've made a tiny bit of money. Any ideas on improving traffic that I should look into? Voted up!

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on August 28, 2014:

This is such useful information. I will be bookmarking it so that I can come back to it. I wish I had not taken so long to explore your hubs, you have some great titles and I can't wait to come back to them.

Thank you


Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on June 23, 2014:

Many thanks for all that information on how to Monetize our websites and blogs. I'm really impressed by people who seem to manage writing blogs or websites that get enough traffic to have them monetized. I tried it with one blog of mine End of Times with Wordpress, but my blog traffic is not high enough. I will now read your other hubs on this topic. Thank you

elemenopy on November 26, 2013:

Thank you, thank you! I am beginning to get a more complete picture of how this all works. Onward to read your hub on back-linking. -el

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on November 04, 2013:

This article has inspired me to jazz up my blog, which to this point, has just been a diary of sorts without much thought toward earning revenue. Armed with the information you've shared here, I will definitely start moving in a new direction. Thank you for all the valuable advice here.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on October 10, 2013:

You always have such good advice for the writers here! Congrats on your Hubbie Award - you truly deserve it. And I am going to file this hub away for future reference. Thanks for always sharing information that helps us succeed! I need to explore some of the tips you've given here when I stretch my writing wings to other venues!

ologsinquito from USA on August 17, 2013:

Thanks Marisa!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 17, 2013:

@ologsinquito - no, not really. It's a common myth that Google dislikes affiliate links. What Google dislike is EXCESSIVE affiliate links, and links which are NOT TIGHTLY RELEVANT to your topic.

It's because of that relevance issue that HubPages has recently decided to limit Amazon results - because when people use keywords to populate their Amazon capsules, it can result in less relevant products, and Google will penalize those.

If you use any kind of affiliate links only where they add value to your readers, then you'll have no problem with them.

ologsinquito from USA on August 17, 2013:

Melissa, this is excellent. Didn't Google just release a new link policy? Does that have any bearing on Skimlinks or affiliate links? Thanks.

Romel Tarroza from Philippines on August 16, 2013:

This is such a sweet article. Thanks for sharing..

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 16, 2013:

@Mary, bear in mind that Blogger isn't like HubPages. Each of your blogs has to stand all alone - it's not connected to your other Blogger blogs. So when blogging there are two rules: (1) keep each blog focussed on a single, broad subject area and (2) each blog must have plenty of content on it.

You can't possibly start lots of blogs and fill them all with enough content! By far the best idea is to choose one and make that your main focus. If you have more than three or four blogs, you'll be spreading yourself too thin.

Don't link from your blogs to your Hubs. Link from your Hubs to your blogs.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on August 16, 2013:

Great tips! I'm uneducated on all the ins and outs of blogging and I really want to learn. I'm sure I'll reference this again.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 16, 2013:

I read your postings in the Forums often and take what you say seriously! I recently started on Blogger. I am moving Hubs that are not doing well on HP over there (after they are deindexed, of course).

I don't understand how I can link my blogs back to HP. Since each blog has a different URL, I'm confused.

I just took a look at your website and it is perfectly beautiful.

I have bookmarked this Hub to reread and I am sharing this.

Kerry43 on July 25, 2013:

Marissa, hello...thanks for that, I was just poking with it yesterday and I meant to hop back over here to fix that link. :/ now I'm wondering why I don't see it on my actual profile page - I see it in "edit" of course.

Cheers :)

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on July 25, 2013:

Kerry, the link on your profile is to your old Blogger blog so you might like to update it! Also, I really recommend you buy a domain name to attach to your blogger blog - it will cost you less than $10 a year and is really worth doing.

Kerry43 on July 25, 2013:

Thanks, Marissa - against my own advice I did go back to blogger. Time for a do-over lol. One of these days I will get it right!

Take care,

Kerry :)

Ceres Schwarz on July 22, 2013:

Great hub on how to monetize your blog. This hub is filled with so much information that's really useful and very helpful especially to those that are new to blogging and making money by blogging. It looks like there're a lot of affiliates to choose from aside from AdSense and Amazon. That AffiliateFuture you mentioned sounds interesting for being different from the others that use cookies.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on June 13, 2013:

i have my own blog at Think i should add in 3rd party ads program. Skimlink sounds interesting. Adsense just too slow in earning and waiting to reach USD $100- i think it is going to take me 10 years to do so. Voted useful

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on June 11, 2013:

If it's a blog, then it can never be monetized - unless you upgrade to the paid version, which is not as silly as it sounds. At about $99 per year, it's more expensive than getting your own hosting, but it does save you a big learning curve and ensure you have a fast, clean website.

Anna from New York, NY on June 11, 2013:

I recently started a WordPress blog and I've been wondering what my options are to monetize it sometime down the line since ads are not allowed. You've provided an excellent overview here so thank you for that!

Dawn Alice on June 02, 2013:

Things seem to change constantly, I would think a secret Marisa, is to stay one step ahead. I have much to learn!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on June 02, 2013:

Dawn, a few years ago it was possible to make money from a blog by Adsense alone, but that's not the case any more. That's why affiliate networking is so useful.

Dawn Alice on June 02, 2013:

I was surprised to see that this post has comments going back two years. This seems to be a subject of interest, yet apart from a link to Amazon for my own book, I have never thought about affiliate options until the past week.

Thank you, your information rich content is much appreciated

Dwayne Smith from Tallapoosa, GA. on May 08, 2013:

Nice. I have a Blogger account but haven't been utilizing it as much as I should.

Susan from India on April 23, 2013:

Thanks for sharing such useful hub. Very well written. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

Dil Vil from India on April 15, 2013:

Thank you for the above useful information. It is really helpful. Good work!

ShaamCA from India on March 20, 2013:

Very useful information mainly for bloggers who make money with blogs.. thanks for sharing

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on March 17, 2013:

I can understand how you feel, Grant, because it's a huge learning curve. I made so many mistakes in my first couple of years and I'm still discovering new things. My best advice is to see if you can sign up for The Keyword Academy - at least for the free trial. It will give you a good insight into what you need to learn.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on March 17, 2013:

I can understand how you feel, Grant, because it's a huge learning curve. I made so many mistakes in my first couple of years and I'm still discovering new things. My best advice is to see if you can sign up for The Keyword Academy - at least for the free trial. It will give you a good insight into what you need to learn.

Grant Kearney from Stanmore Bay, New Zealand on March 16, 2013:

Hello I'm have set up a wordpress blog and looking at ways to generate income, so thanks for sharing this hub.

An as i'm new to computers, technology and online marketing find it very hard to know what is best.

Nathan Bernardo from California, United States of America on March 01, 2013:

Very good information, lots of options, and good detail; especially for a newbie like me. The idea of making money online is growing on me, and I'm seeking ways to monetize a blog. Thanks for sharing.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on February 09, 2013:

Yes, I gave up on CJ for that reason. I think Skimlinks covers most of the CJ merchants anyway, although sometimes at slightly lower commission rates.

viryabo from Lagos, Nigeria. on February 09, 2013:

I need to pay more attention to affiliate marketing. I am registered with most of those you mentioned except Skimlinks which i just joined now.

Thanks for this great information reminding me to try harder with AM.

I did make payout with CJ twice (in 3 years), but the past 9 months - zilch. Everything about CJ is so complicated.

Missy Mac from Illinois on January 31, 2013:

I recently started with and wondered if the decision to use Adsense was wise versus other advertisers. As a newbie, I chose Adsense and with more experience I will probably look into additional advertisers. Great informative article. I voted it up.

David Steffy from Southern Ohio on January 17, 2013:

Thanks for the nice info. I will check into this. I voted up and useful!

Liz Rayen from California on January 05, 2013:

I just started boosting my affiliated network and branching out. I haven't heard of Shareasale or skimlinks so I will definitely be checking them out. I certainly appreciate your pros and cons about each of them. Very well done Marisa! Voted up and shared all over!----Lisa

L.L. Woodard from Oklahoma City on January 05, 2013:

Gosh, I'm sorry it took so long for me to discover this hub on monetizing my blogs. This is definitely an area where I need more knowledge and experience; the information you've provided is a great start.

Great hub; voted up and Shared.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on January 05, 2013:

Yes Marlene, I don't know what it is about CJ - it just never worked for me, and I've heard others say the same. ClixGalore has a similar reputation.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on January 05, 2013:

Wow! this hub is packed with very useful information. I can see where I need to adjust a few things about my blogs and advertising. First things first... get rid of Commission Junction, because like you I have not generated a single penny from them. At first I thought it was just me. But, thank you for sharing that your efforts generated no income as well. And, thank you for all of the wonderful information and insight on how to monetize my blog.

buddhaanalysis on January 05, 2013:

very nice hub!! thanks.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on January 02, 2013:


Britney from Southern California on January 02, 2013:

Time to update this Hub! :)

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on January 01, 2013:

Thanks for that link, Bkay. My instructions were for the old version of the Blogger dashboard which has a "Monetize" tab on it. It sounds like the "new improved" version has made that less obvious!

Britney from Southern California on January 01, 2013:

I couldn't find the "Monetize" tab for anything and the author did not clarify WHERE it was... It is in your Amazon Affiliates account. If you're adding this to your Blogger account just go to

This video REALLY helped me:

Agnes on December 31, 2012:

I can't get enough of your hubs - what a research you've done! I seriously feel I just learned so much! Voted Awesome and Useful (very!).

By Lori from USA on December 23, 2012:

well I'm glad I found your Hub. It's always good to add to your knowledge on how to make money - especially with the economy being so bad.

Teresa Higgins on July 21, 2012:

Useful info, thanks. I'm new with HP and thinking about blogging too.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on July 17, 2012:

I find Blogger and Wordpress equally easy to use, but Wordpress has far more flexibility and power. Plus, of course, you're your own master!

These days, Google is looking for "authority sites" so in general, it's best to focus your energies on one site and make it the best it can be, rather than spread yourself over several blogs or websites. You can set up your Wordpress site so it has multiple different sections - a blog, a main site, a shop etc.

Melody Collins from United States on July 17, 2012:

I have been thinking about starting a blogger. Right now Hubpages is my focus, but when I get things stable here, I hope to do some blogging and see what happens. I heard the blogger does pretty well in the SERPS. I have tried wordpress with a self hosted domain, and I like it. I wonder if blogger is as easy to use.

Phani on November 02, 2010:

hey thanks at least i now know the available options

Multiflavour from Italy on September 21, 2010:

nice one. Thanks a lot

Spider Girl from the Web on August 16, 2010:

Great hub as many others ones in the series, rated up!

robert hoagland on August 03, 2010:

nice hub really made well

TanielHouston on August 02, 2010:

oh really? I never knew that. Thanks for clearing things up Marisa.

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 02, 2010:

No Taniel, it's an internet myth. People think it's true because it seems obvious that Google would favor its own product - but if they did that regardless of quality, their reputation as a search engine would suffer, so they can't afford to.

In fact, in my experience Google seems to favor self-hosted websites and blogs over blogger. I had blogger blogs which got no traffic. I switched to self-hosted blogs using Wordpress and started getting traffic even before I learned how to promote it.

TanielHouston on August 02, 2010:

Blogger is good because it plays a favourite to google in page rankings. I not sure about that but I heard it from someone but it seems to be true.

lahoriamplifier from Lahore on August 02, 2010:

thx helpful hub

kandrawe from Tropical Country on July 31, 2010:

You have a lot of good ideas on the steps that need to be taken. Very insightful!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on July 29, 2010:

@Quicksand, I was referring to my self-hosted Wordpress sites. You're right, the free site doesn't allow any kind of monetization.

quicksand on July 29, 2010:

Hello Marisa, Blogger blogs sure take a long time to get indexed too. Further, removing the navigation bar certainly helps a lot towards the blog not getting found!

As for WordPress, I have never experimented with it as I believe that WordPress does not allow links pointing to commercial sites. :)

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on July 24, 2010:

@CheekyGirl, there's no evidence that blogger "gets very high rating with Google". In fact, Google knows that blogger attracts a lot of amateurs, so they know the quality is likely to be worse, if anything, than a proper domain.

I found my blogger blogs got no traffic without extensive promotion, whereas my Wordpress blogs started getting visitors with only a little help. and weebly may be good, but who owns them? Can you be sure they won't sell up and walk away one day?

cosette on July 23, 2010:

wow, excellent hub Marisa! thanks so much for sharing this. bookmarking for future reference. rating UP and useful.

Sunnyglitter from Cyberspace on July 23, 2010:

Very detailed article. Nice job.

Cassandra Mantis from UK and Nerujenia on July 23, 2010:

Interesting hub, Marisa. I set up my adsense just after I set up my blog and it makes me money okay. Not millions of dollars but it sure pays, and proves that it can work. Blogger is a great system and it gets very high rating from Google for obvious reasons, But people have to create good content for their blogs in the first place. Nice is everything. Their Blogs are getting better. and Weebly are good too. Blogger now has Amazon ads that blogging folks can avail of if they wish. Nice to have that option and income stream too. I am a happy Clickbank fan.

I suspect more people who blog out there want to have e-commerce options available for them. Its only a matter of time before we can sell things on our blogs subject to the terms and conditions, etc! I would like to even see it on Hubs! Why not!!!! Look at Facebook and Myspace with Music and Entertainment! Look at Youtube! Wow! That's surely the way to go. Hubs are a pretty safe bet these days!


Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on July 22, 2010:

A bit confused on what you think I've done wrong here, Art, but will wait for your Hub and see.

TattoGuy on July 22, 2010:

Sorry Marissa but I voted you down on this hub, I am a big Blogger fan and I turned all my Blogger sites into domains, you young lady can write so much better than this, I feel I am reading something you rushed, I intend to write a similar hub and hey just watch and see wat I mean, loves ya though ; )

Rebecca E. from Canada on July 22, 2010:

I agree with all you say about blogger, and the fact that it is useful, I do have a blogger blog, and it is something that while I have considered moving to another site, it has also been around for a while, so there is hope for my writing there... and the money is good too! ( Just takes a bit longer!)

hubpageswriter on July 14, 2010:

Great wealth of information, especially for beginners wanting to make money through blogging.

Dorsi Diaz from The San Francisco Bay Area on July 13, 2010:

Wow great info Marisa. Bookmarked and saved! Thanks.

Aiden Roberts from United Kingdom on July 12, 2010:

Thanks Marisa

This hub is what I have been looking for, your clearly know your stuff, I have voted this hub up and I am now a dedicated follower.

Thanks again

L M Reid from Ireland on July 11, 2010:

Great hub. I have just created 2 new Blogs, My first 2, so I am on a learning curve here. I use the Google free Blogs. They are very easy to use and the Google ads are great. I have been looking to get some relevent links to affiliates so your information is perfect for me, thank you.

Seakay from Florida on July 08, 2010:

I started on blogger. However, I do like the format of hubpages. It just seems easier to use. Seems to have more bellsnwhistles.

Deborah Demander from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD on July 07, 2010:

Thanks for the useful information Marisa.


Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on July 06, 2010:

Karen, you should read some of Sunforged's Hubs on backlinking. Just creating a couple of blogs to link to your Hubs won't do much - it needs to be part of a strategy of multiple links.

Karen Banes from Canada on July 06, 2010:

I have also seen hubbers reccommending blogger blogs as a way to create more backlinks to hubs, especially if you write a lot of hubs on one topic. Any thoughts on this Marisa? (or anyone else?)

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on July 05, 2010:

I have a few blogger blogs and make a little money on the side. I have not used Wordpress yet, it seems a little more complicated.

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on July 02, 2010:

Thank you Marisa. This is a very interesting and helpful hub. I am bookmarking it.

Darlene Yager from Michigan on July 01, 2010:

Thanks for all the great information. This is very helpful for us beginners.

Research Analyst on June 30, 2010:

This if very useful information, thanks for sharing and being a leader for greatness.

Linda Todd from Charleston on June 25, 2010:

Great information here. Thanks for sharing and I do have several blogs.

Robert on June 24, 2010:

Nice thanks for this wonderful tips..very nice


onlinecashdigest on June 23, 2010:

I have not known about AffiliateFuture before, thanks for sharing the information about it.

maheshpatwal from MUMBAI on June 22, 2010:

Marisa another great hub from you for a newbie like me......

Thank you for sharing this insights with all of us........

K J Page from Pacific Northwest on June 21, 2010:

I always learn so much from your hubs!! And I spend the time to research all of your links and ideas and suggestions - which always takes me off in other directions!! And then I have to find my way back - Thanks!!!

Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on June 21, 2010:

@peacefulparadox, you're right for the wrong reasons. As a newbie on the internet, you'll make more money on HubPages because you'll get traffic without having to master self-promotion.

However, that's not because HubPages is a social network. The social side of HP is nice but it has nothing to do with the money-making side. Your paying traffic will come entirely through the search engines.

@allpurposeguru, yes you decide which posts to add Amazon links to.

@FGual, as I said, you need to have the reader convinced to buy the product before they click the ad - because if they don't buy there and then, you don't get the commission. So writing about cooking breakfast and advertising a lantern is pointless - you should either be advertising a cooking appliance, or writing about lighting.

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