Earn Money Blogging

Did you know you can make money from your sports blog? It's easy, fun, and completely free.

We've created a host of online tools which allow you to make money online through your blog without any technical training. In about 15 minutes you can have your account set up and you can start earning money!

In a nut shell all you have to do is create an account in our network of sports sites, sign up with Google AdSense, post some ad banner code, and start blogging. When people click on your ads you will earn money from every click. It's that simple. Check out our Revenue Share FAQ (below) to learn more about how you can start earning money from your sports blog.

Click here to view an article that was posted on Yahoo! News a few months ago about how bloggers are making money online.

Once you've created your account check out the "Earn Money Blogging" profile as we're always publishing tips and tricks on how you can increase your traffic and revenue.

Revenue Share Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does the revenue share program work?
2. How do I sign up for the revenue share program?
3. How do I sign up with Google AdSense?
4. How much can I expect to make blogging?
5. What is my blog's URL?
6. Where does my blog post appear?
7. What tips can you give me on blogging?
8. How else can I make money from my blog?
9. How can I increase traffic (and revenue) to my blog?

1. How does the revenue share program work?

You write blog entries and earn money on the revenue generated from the banners posted on your blog and profile pages.

On your profile and blog pages there are three major banner placements. At the top of the page (728 x 90), on the side of the page (160 x 600), and in the middle / bottom of the page (300 x 250). You create an account with Google's AdSense program, upload the banners to our servers, and your banners will appear when someone views your profile and blog pages. Google's AdSense program will feed in appropriate banners and will send you a check every month based on the number of times people clicked on the banners.

2. How do I sign up for the revenue share program?

First, you create an account on our network of sports sites. Click here and choose your favorite team.

Don't worry too much about which team is your favorite. Just pick a team and join that site. You only need to join one site - once you've joined one, you've actually joined all of the sites in our network, too. So create only one account. You can then join the other sites by adding those "communities" to your profile. Once you've logged in look for the "Join other sports communities sites" link in the welcome message (upper left hand corner once you've logged in).  But keep in mind, you don't have to join any communities at all even if you want to write about that team - our system will find your blog posting and put it in the right spot. Joining the other communities is just an option and will simply let you interact with other fans of that team and appear on that team's home page.

Once you've created an account on our network log in and update your profile page and then write your first blog entry. When you're logged in, click on the "Your Blog" link at the very top of the page to write a new blog entry.

Once you've created your profile page and written your first blog entry, create an account using Google's AdSense program (see next questions for specific directions).

3. How do I sign up with Google AdSense?

It's free and easy to sign up for a Google AdSense account. Google will provide high quality text-links on your blog and profile pages and you will get paid every time someone clicks on one of the ads.

To sign up for an account click here: Sign up for Google AdSense.

Fill out all the information on this form. Your website URL will be your profile page on our sports site. NOTE: You must create an account on one of our sports sites as that account will be your URL.  It will be something like this: http://www.nbabasketballonline.com/youname (although you can join any number of our sites so the domain name may be different if you've joined another site).

Once you've submitted your application to Google AdSense it usually takes 24 hours for them to approve your new account.  So in the meantime go ahead and write a few blog entries and once you've been approved come back to this page and complete the final steps below.

Once you've created an account with Google and been approved you can log in here: https://www.google.com/adsense/login/en_US/?destination=%2Fadsense%2Fhome

Once you've logged in to Google AdSense all you need to do is input your Publisher ID in to the "Simple Banner Upload" tool (Note: You must be logged in to use this tool!).  You can find your Publisher ID in the upper right hand corner when you log into Google AdSense. It will look something like this: "pub-2324299351234567".

Once you have your Google Pub-Id log into your sports site account and click on the "Revenue Share" link at the top of the page (you must be logged in to see the "Revenue Share" link).  Then click on the "Simple Upload Tool" link in the middle of the page.  You will see a form where you paste in your Google Pub-ID.  Once this is done your Google Ads will appear on your profile page and all you blog posts.  To verify that your account is set up correctly wait 24 hours and then log into your Google AdSense account.  You should see at least a few impressions (meaning your ads were shown) for your account and with a modest amount of steady traffic you should start to see some clicks, too.

You can also upload custom ad units using our "Revenue Share" tools, so have a look at them when you get a chance (the link is always at the top of this page but you must be logged in to see the "Revenue Share" link).

If you have any questions of comments please let us know. If something is too confusing or too technical for you, we'll be happy to upload the banners for you. You just need to create your Google AdSense account and email us your username and password so that we can log into your account and grab your publisher id.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Never, ever, ever click on your own links thinking this will boast your earnings. Google has advanced techniques which will NOT count multiple clicks by the same user, and if they see a pattern of abuse they will cancel your account.  In fact, you should NOT tell your friends and family that you earn money by people clicking on your banners because they often mistakenly think that by clicking on the ads repeatedly they will be helping you out, when in fact all they'll do is get your account cancelled.

4. How much can I expect to make blogging?

If you follow the directions above you will be creating an account with Google's AdSense program and you will be posting three banners on all of your blog and profile pages. From those three banner placements you will earn 100% of the revenue. In addition, as you find other monetization opportunities, like text links (see below), you will be able to earn more money.

The amount you make blogging will be directly proportionate to how much effort you put into your blog. When you first start your blog you will be making very little because you don't have a lot of blog entries and you don't have a following of people reading your blog. If you continue to write an interesting blog people will continue to come back to read what you have to say. Interesting blogs have a way of taking off almost like a spreading virus as people talk about them and tell their friends about them.

The great thing about writing a blog is that once it's written it can potentially earn you revenue forever. So after several months of blogging the number of blog entries that you have written will multiple as will your revenue from them.

If you work hard to build and grow your blog within a year or so you should be able to make $100-$200 per month. While this may not sound like a huge sum of money, it's not bad for doing something that you enjoy. In addition, many bloggers have been known to make lots more than that and have gone on to become "experts" on their topics and earn their entire full time living through their blogs and associated jobs.

5. What is my blog's URL?

This is very important and you will need to know this when you are telling people about your blog (including Google AdSense when you sign up with them).

To find your blog URL log into this site using the form at the very top of this page. And then once logged in, click on the "Your Profile" button at the top of the page. Then cut and paste the web URL that is in your browser's address bar to tell people about your blog. It will be something like this: http://www.nbabasketballonline.com/yourname/

The actual domain name will probably be different since you'll be joining your favorite team's site and the "yourname" will be your username from when you created your account.

6. Where does my blog post appear?

When you write a blog post on one of our sports sites your post will appear on your blog page. In addition, the title, your name, and a snippet of your post will appear on the home page of the appropriate team site, giving your post instant exposure. Our system looks for certain keywords like the city name and team name in the "Keywords / tags" section so make sure you use this to accurately define your blog post.  For instance, if you write a blog post about the Yankees, make sure in the "Keywords" box you put "New York Yankees" (without the quotes) so that our system knows what the post is about and can map the post to the home page at http://www.newyorkyankeesnews.com.  You do NOT have to be a member of the Yankees website to have your post show up there.

By writing blog posts on a variety of teams and sports you will get much more exposure because your by-line will end up on many different websites. So try and write on a variety of sports subjects and on a variety of sports teams.

7. What tips can you give me on blogging?

Make each blog post as interesting as possible. This may sound like common sense, but always keep it in mind. The more interesting your blog is the more people will read it. Quality is much more important than quantity. No one will read through a hundred blog posts (or even 10) to find one interesting one. But if each post is interesting people will be coming back week after week to read what you have to say.

You're more than welcome to blog on any sports subject you choose, however blogging on a subject that we have website for will give you much more exposure.  We have a site for nearly every sport / team: every MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL team, as well as a golf, tennis, NASCAR, NHRA Drag Racing, MLS Soccer, horse racing, boxing, mixed martial arts, WNBA, college football, college basketball, and high school football.  So if you blog on a subject covered by one of our sites your blog entry will get maximum exposure because we'll be linking from the appropriate site's home page directly to your blog.

8. How else can I make money from my blog?

In addition to Google Ads, there are quite a few other ways that you can earn revenue from your blog.

Keep in mind that all of the techniques mentioned below will work much better once you've established your blog and have a good sized following.  In the early stages of your blog you are much better off spending time trying to network / market / and write new blog posts then you are trying to optimize your earnings and squeeze every penny out of the traffic you have.

There are several other companies that offer similar banners to blog owners and website publishers.  Two good ones are:

http://www.widgetbucks.com/

http://chitika.com/

There are three banner slots that you control on your blog page all of different sizes: 728 pixels x 90 pixels, 160x600, and 300x250.  These are standard sizes that all ad networks have banner code for.  You can put in banner code from any ad network into our Revenue Share - Advanced Banner Upload tool (Note: You must be logged in to use this tool).  Just make sure it is the right size.  One easy thing to do would be to join the other two ad networks above and put in 1 ad from Google, 1 ad from WidgetBucks and 1 ad from Chitika.  This will add variety to your blog ads and may increase your overall earning.  Or you may find that one ad network simply works better for your blog.  The key here is to experiment a little bit so that you start to optimize the traffic you have.

What's known as "affiliate marketing" is another great way to monetize your blog.  Affiliate marketing simply means that you join an affiliate program and earn money when someone clicks from your blog over to the affiliate owner's website and makes a purchase or completes some other action like signing up for a mailing list.  Nearly every company has an affiliate program these days.  Amazon is a great one to join because they are very reputable and offer so many products you're sure to find some that your users will like.  To join Amazon's affiliate program go here:

http://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/join

Once you've joined an affiliate program you can post banners similar to the Google AdSense banners.  Most affiliates will have the standard sizes that you can use on your blog. 

What works best with blogs, however, is to actually do a write up / review of a product and then link to it in the blog post so that your readers can buy it from the affiliate.  You will typically earn between 5% and 10% of the purchase price when someone completes a purchase through your affiliate link.  This works very well because typically you will only be reviewing products that you actually use and really like, so you can write an honest and enthusiastic review.  Your readers are usually people with similar interests to yourself so the post hits a targeted demographic and can result in a good conversion rate.  As an example, suppose you bought the new issue of Sports Illustrated and read a good article that you wanted to comment on.  You could write a blog post commenting on the article and then have an affiliate link to Amazon so people could subscribe to Sports Illustrated through Amazon (yes Amazon sells magazines, too!).  The key here is to look around at the products and services that you use on a daily basis, find an affiliate program that sells the product, and then mention the product and link to it in your blog post.

Taken a step further, once you've established yourself as a blogger with substantial traffic and an interest in reviewing products, companies may approach you and offer to give you a free demo product and ask for a review in exchange.  Depending on how much traffic you have, you can easily charge for this service.  And taken even a step further (again you'll need substantial traffic to make this work) you can join a service link ReviewMe (http://www.reviewme.com/) which specializes in matching up bloggers with people who want reviews for their products and services.  Prices range but you can typically earn $25-$500 per review depending on how big a following you have on your blog.

Once your blog has been around for a while your blog page will get what's called Google PageRank (PR). Google ranks pages and gives them a score between 1 and 10.  It's a complicated equation but basically more PageRank is good and shows more authority within the Google algorithm.  Google PageRank is freely available for everyone to see so potential advertisers will always look at your PR when they are negotiating a price for advertising on your blog.  The way you increase your PR is getting outside websites to link directly to your blog (see "How can I increase traffic (and revenue) to my blog?").  Once your profile and blog page have a PR4 or greater you will start getting invitations from companies who want to buy text links on your blog page.  Typically you can charge around $10-$25 / month for a small text link.  When you get these requests just let us know and we'll be happy to help you implement these text links so you can make more money.

To check your blog and profile page's PR use this tool: http://www.seochat.com/seo-tools/pagerank-lookup/

It usually takes a few months for Google to fully index your blog pages so you shouldn't expect to show any PR for at least a few months.  Our sites are designed to grow your PR as quickly as possible so once Google has found your page and indexed it, you should have a PR1 to PR3 pretty easily, but to get to a PR4 or PR5 you will need to get outside sites to link directly to your blog.

In addition, once your blog has some Google PR you will start to get requests for embedding links into your blog posts. This is usually from ticket brokers. Whether you do this or not is completely up to you, but you can generally earn between $100 to $200 for each embedded link that you provide to a ticket broker.  Often they will want them embedded into an old blog post that you write months ago because that blog post now has some Google PR.  Or sometimes they might even commission a story about a specific sports related subject and ask that you link back to their sites using certain keywords.  Keep in mind that the main thing that determines the price you can charge is the amount of Google PR that your blog has, so if you can get your blog to a PR5 you'll get the upper end of the range, while if your blog is only a PR4 you'll only be able to get the bottom end of the range.  So you should always be out there trying to get people to link to your blog.

Once you've established yourself as a serious blogger you will start to get advertisers contacting you about placing ads directly on your blog page in place of the Google Ads.  This is how you will start to make the most money from your blog.  You'll be cutting out the middle man (Google) and selling directly to the advertisers.  Once again, how much you can charge depends on how big a following you have and how much Google PageRank you have.  Typically you simply need to multiple the amount you're making from Google AdSense by at least 2 or 3 times to arrive at a price (Google takes about half of the revenue earned from AdSense).

9. How can I increase traffic (and revenue) to my blog?

Building a loyal following on your blog isn't going to be easy.  It's going to take some time.  And while our network of sports sites does get substantial traffic and you will benefit from that traffic, in order to turn your blog into something that makes $100, $200, $1,000 or even $5,000 per month it is going to take a lot of work on your part.  It's not going to be easy.  But hopefully it'll be fun.

As a blogger the most important thing you can do is write quality content.  This builds readership.  Quality content also gets linked to from other sites.  If a person reads your post and they run a blog, they are quite likely to post a link to your blog because they like your blog and think their readers will like it too.

But after writing you will need to be proactive in trying to market your blog.  The single biggest misconception about the internet is the old saying "if you build it they will come."  This is simply not the case.  As a rule you should be spending almost as much time marketing your blog as you do actually writing blog posts.  This comes as a surprise to people, but if you really want to earn money from your blog this is the truth.  Keep in mind that making money from your blog is not mandatory.  If you just want to write about sports and don't care about the money, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.  Writing can be fun, educational, and very therapeutic - which is reward enough.  But if you want to try and turn your ability to write into money, read through the rest of this post.

All the things that people and companies do to promote themselves in the online and off-line world could probably work for your blog, too.  Below is a list of some simple things that you can do to get things started but this is by no means an exhaustive list so be creative and try and come up with other ways, too.

Getting inbound links to your blog is at the core of every marketing effort you will do for your blog.  Inbound links simply mean getting people on other websites to link to your blog.  Any inbound link is good.  The importance of inbound links really can't be overstated.  The links will bring people over to your blog and often times once a link is in place it will remain in place for a long time.  In addition to the people who click over to your site through these links, inbound links also work as a way for the search engines to find and rank your blog.  The more inbound links Google finds leading to your blog the more authority they will give your blog for the keywords that people type into their search engine.  So as you think about marketing your blog always keep an eye out for opportunities to get inbound links.

One easy way to get inbound links is to get people to place our "Headline Widget" with your username in it.  The "Headline Widget" displays the titles, a snippet of your blog posts, and a link back to your blog on their webpage.  It's a small bit of HTML code that they place on their page and our server feeds in your blog posts dynamically.  It's free, easy, and can provide quality content to other webpages. 

There are lots of other sports blogs out there.  Find them, read them, and post intelligent comments on their blog (you can usually place a link in your comment to your blog).  If people read your comments and like what they read, they're quite likely to click over to your blog.

An easy way to start this process is to comment on other blogs within our own sports network.  Every comment you leave on a blog post in our sports network posts your icon and a link back to your blog.  This is a quick simple way to start to build a following of readers.

Once you've established yourself on our sports network branch out and start commenting on other blogs.  Do a Google search for your favorite team plus the word "blogs" and you'll most likely get a whole bunch of blogs about your favorite team.  Another great way of finding blogs it to look at Technorati's blog listing page at: http://technorati.com/blogs/directory/

Once you've found a few blogs similar in scope to your blog, read a few posts on these blogs and post comments with a link back to your site.

In addition to other blogs, you can usually find online forums related to your blog.  Again, when you post comments in these forums you will often times be allowed to put a small link back to your blog.

One word of warning, you can actually do yourself more harm then good by quickly jumping onto blogs and forums and posting not-so-intelligent comments.  You can be banned from the blog / forum or worse, ruin your reputation as a quality writer.  The whole point of this process is to gain readers, which you can only do by adding intelligent, insightful, comments.  Comment spam is wide speard and highly frowned upon by nearly everyone - so don't be a comment / forum spammer.  Add to the discussions on these other sites and people will be happy to click on your link and check out your blog.

Once you've established relationships with other blogs by commenting on them, you might consider writing a "guest post" for that blog.  Guest posts are very common and are simply a blog entry posted by someone other than the blog owner.  Blog owners love this because it's quality content for their readers without having to do much for it.  And it's good for the guest blogger because at the end of the blog you'll be able to post a little bit about yourself and a link back to your blog.  Email the blog owner and tell them you have your own blog and that you'd like to write a guest post for their blog.  Send them a link to your blog and pitch them an idea for a blog post.  It's quite likely that they'd love to have your guest post.

Another way to get inbound links is to ask other bloggers to review your site and tell them you will review their site in exchange.  You can easily write a quick review about their site and link to them and they are usually happy to do the same for you.

Another great way to start to build an online reputation and network with like-minded fans is to build a presence on social news sites like Digg (www.digg.com) or social link sites like Stumble Upon (www.stumbleupon.com).  If you've never used these sites, they're basically a community of people who recommend news stories, websites, blog posts, or anything that's online to each other.  Each site works differently but they are all basically the same idea - users recommend content to other users.  Join the site and learn how it works and become a part of the community.  We have a mini how-to here if you'd like to learn more about how to increase traffic to your website using social media websites: http://www.nbabasketballonline.com/bloggers/weblog/3899/how-to-use-social-media-websites.html

Our network of sports sites is already set up for this sort of online promotion.  When you post a blog entry you'll notice that you see a bunch of icons underneath it which link to these sites.  Once you have an account with the site you can just click the link and submit the story.  There is still a lot to be done even once it's submitted, but these icons make submitting very easy.  Getting your post to the top of these sites takes some work and the actual process differs from site to site, but basically once submitted you rate it and try and get your "friends" to rate it too, and try and get your friends to pass it along to their friends, etc. etc.

Again, though, these sites take some time to build up a good reputation and gain trusted friends.  Joining for the sole purpose of promoting your own blog probably isn't going to amount to much.  But joining and using the sites as they are intended and then promoting your blog is a great way to have fun and build readers at the same time.  If you can get your blog post to the top of the different lists on these sites it can literally mean hundreds of thousands of people finding your blog in a very short amount of time.

As you network around the internet and let people know about your blog what will happen is that Google and other search engines will start to notice your links and rank your blog higher and higher in the organic search results.

The great thing about all of these sites is that once you've got a few links on them those links remain a part of the web for a long time.  People will continue to go back to the blog posts in the future, find your comments, and then click over to your blog.  A solid link goes a long way.

 


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