In a perfect world, people would willingly pay me five dollars every time they visited LonePlacebo. Since philanthropy can often be contagious, that same visitor would willingly fork over an additional two dollars for every page view and an additional buck for viewing an embedded Youtube video.
If you want to make money running a website or blog, convention says that one of the most reliable methods is to display advertisements on your web pages. One useful tool for accomplishing this task is Google’s popular Google AdSense. Unfortunately as a WordPress.com user, I am locked out of the luxuries and riches that come with Google AdSense.
Thus, if you possess a self-hosted WordPress blog, then I am not your friend. On the other hand, those of you who must painfully suffer like me as they try to spell out their ridiculously long “yourdomainname.wordpress.com” url to your hilarious friends, then the green times ($$$) are imminent. Continue reading if you want to be rich. Don’t press read more if you are too rich already.
Ahhhhhhhhh….. My friend, you understand the importance of seeing the green. We have a lot in common.
The following methods provided generously below is not scientifically proven to generate massive cash flows to your barren Wells Fargo bank account. Please use at your own discretion.
PayPal wants YOU to give me all your money!
Have you ever noticed one of these images that sit on blogs’ contact or about page demanding that you give them money? Well, that’s method one toward our road to riches, my friend. Utilizing PayPal, you can produce a comparable button that you can plaster onto your own blog or website. Here’s how to get that beautiful button:
- Go to PayPal’s website and login or create an account if you haven’t already. You must have a Premier (For individuals who buy and sell online) or a Business (For merchants who use a company or group name) account.
- Click on Merchant Services.
- Click on the Donate link under the Create Buttons heading.
- From here, you can specify the Donation options such as setting the appropriate currency, the email address to receive the payments and the donor’s payment method.
- Next, you can customize the look of your Donation button. If you don’t like the default button, you can use your own image by entering the image’s url.
- Click on Create Button.
- PayPal will present the button’s code in the two forms: website code or email code. Here, you will find the common barrier formed by WordPress.com in that the website option contains a code that will not be displayed for reasons that may or may not be linked to possible future terrorist attacks on the internet. (Specifically, it is the <form> tag). Thus, you must use the Email code.
- Now, do not close the current window or at least save the email link code elsewhere. Go to your WordPress dashboard and open a new post or page and enter the HTML editor.
- Here you must paste an image for your button. Because I’m so damn dedicated to serving my disloyal readers, here is a compilation of Donate images you can choose from.
- Go to Visual editor and you should see the image you selected.
- Copy the link from the Email code you found from Step 7. Click on the image you pasted on your post or page and click on the link button on the Visual Editor to add a link from the image. Paste the Email code link here.
- Complete…at last. Let the money flow!
For those of you who are visual learners and/or illiterate, you can view this useful how-to video of the same procedure:
Charge Guest Bloggers Fees to Post on Your “Highly Successful Blog”
Guest posts are a nice addition to any blog. For one, it signifies that your blog has reached a level of success. For the post contributer, he/she hopes to get their voice heard by a large audience who might find their unbelievable knowledge compelling enough to click on a link to their site.
However, convention likes to often point out in his annoying way that guest posts are typically free-of-charge to the contributer. If the material is sufficiently up to par in the eyes of the blog owner, then the guest post will be published at no charge. How come? Because the blog owner will be able to maintain the desired flow of regular content on the site and readers will think more highly of the blog.
Wow! LonePlacebo got some dude from Mashable to contribute a post?! LonePlacebo is the bomb! If that dude from Mashable wrote for LP, this garbage I’ve been reading here must have some value after all!
So, unless you can point to statistics that show 100K+ daily page views on your site, it will be hard to convince people to pay you a fee to contribute a post. But, like convention once-in-a-while correctly states, “Never say never.”
Sell stuff to readers
Not that kind of stuff you sick minded pervert. I’m talking about eBooks. Yes, let that sink in. Alright, let’s continue.
Yes, of course, this is by far the most time-consuming step listed here, but it has the potential to reap you untold amounts of beautiful benjamins sitting in your wallet(s).
Stare at this picture looooooong and hard....That's what she said
If you’re passionate about writing and could talk endlessly about any relevant interest you hold, then you’ve completed half of the work. My advice would be to first offer free downloads to the first eBook(s) you create. Therefore, readers will gain more trust in you and would be more willing to purchase any future eBooks of yours. It’s important to establish that relationship with the readers and maintain it so that they will continue to reach into their mother’s purse hunting for a credit card and rewarding you handsomely.
On a similar note, you can try publishing only an excerpt of your eBook for all to view and offer readers the option to pay a fee if they would like to read the rest of the content. Who doesn’t like to sample a product before they decide to purchase?
Selling Links= Big no-no?
Not unless you’re desperately trying to squeeze out every penny you can pocket and don’t give a damn about Google’s impressions of your blog. Think about it. Having established a world-renowned site, people everywhere are begging you constantly to help drive some traffic to their sites.
Hey, LonePlacebo! Nice site you got goin’ here. I’m really impressed with wha–
Alright, cut the crap. You want me to link to your blog, right?
Why, uhhh, yes! I’m really in a funk right now. I barely average twenty page views a day and no one has commented on the site in three months. The last person to comment was my mom…
You’re pathetic you know that? But since I like the feelin’ of seeing green wherever I look, I think we can get something done.
Really!? You would really do that for me? Are you gonna put my blog about air fresheners on your awesome blogroll?
A blog about air fresheners? What the hell? What is this world coming to? Never mind that….So, here is the question. How much are you willing to sacrifice to acquire what you seek?
Uh, uh, I-I-I will uh, let you go out with my super hot girlfriend for one night!
Hmmmmmm…lemme see a photo of her……..Why! My friend! My friend-with-a-supermodel-for-a-wife friend! We have a deal!
Alright! You’re too awesome LonePlacebo! How could I ever thank you?
Save the praise for later. Now, what’s my new girlfriend’s name?
Huh? He-e-y, wait a minute now!
Have any fantastic money-making secrets of your own? Share them with the world!