A few days ago I started thinking about affiliate marketing again, wondering if I could create content for my own site instead of clients on sites like Textbroker, Hirewriters, and BlogMutt (which I'm happy writing for by the way). The thought led me to creating my own niche blog called Better Golfing Days. I did this after realizing I'm already an affiliate marketer for Amazon. So, this led me to wondering if I should place Amazon banners on my blogs instead of Adsense ads?
You might already be able to tell what I decided by looking up at the banner near the top of this blog. This blog is now sporting a couple Amazon banners and zero Adsense. My two other monetized blogs (displayed on the left as: Other Sites) I decided to keep only one Adsense ad and replace the other two with Amazon rotating banners ( the other blogs had 3 ads instead of the two in this one). Actually, just to note here - before all this happened I had three Adsense ads here and four on the other two blogs! Imagine 4 ads on one blog, geez what was I thinking? I thought better, and removed one ad all-together from the other two sites. Now my Robbie's Christian Bookstore Widget is more prominently portrayed (on the right).
Anyway, now I have another blog, as mentioned, which is my niche golf blog; made to attract golfers trying to better their game and learn golf history. In the process of attracting them to the site, hopefully they'll feel inclined to buy some expensive items, which will give me a healthy commission for my hard work...at least that's how it's supposed to work, right?
I'm excited to have a niche blog about golf anyway, because it really is something I love to write about and play. The three other blogs I have aren't really niche sites like "Better Golfing Days", so I can't really market them in the same way. "Christian Blogger's Journal" does target Christians and bloggers, but I may just write something totally off subject as well. Although, this may appeal to bloggers considering they likely understand, yet as for marketability – not really. "The Lowdown Truth" and "A Writer's Review" also don't have a particular marketable niche to focus on either. They all have their particular purpose which I understand and appreciate (and hope my readers do as well), but not really niche blogs- know what I mean?
Anyway, back to the question about Amazon banners or Google Adsense ads? Before yesterday I didn't even know there was such a thing as Amazon banner ads, wow. I liked the idea instantly of replacing my Adsense ads with these Amazon banners, and did just that - all except for one Adsense ad I left on my other two blogs at the bottom of the post.The reasons I changed them is because Adsense shows ads sometimes inappropriate for the content I'm writing about. I changed the settings so no dating or lewd sites come up, but sometimes a Mormon ad would come up - or worse even some Catholic ad! So, I'm glad to get most of those ads off my blogs. The ad I left seems not as bad (they have personalities of their own) as the others, but if I may just change it eventually too.
The other reasons I changed them is: I wasn't making much with them anyway, making money on Amazon seems easier, and I can withdraw the money sooner than when I have $100 balance. I mean at the rate I make Adsense money, I was looking at getting paid once every year and a half! This because my money maker site Webanswers went down a couple months ago, which I used to make $30-$40/month with!
Better Golf Days has a couple Amazon banners on it as well now. Today is really only the second day I've had these up, so I can't really say if it's working or not. Everyday (today) now I check my Amazon Associates Earnings dashboard to see if I had any clicks or orders. This is exciting because over the couple years I've had this account I've only made about .50 cents. Hopefully the efforts I put in will work out and I'll make more money from these Amazon ads than Adsense.
It's good to try new things out with our blogs and see if they work. I'm not the type of person who just wants to follow other people's system to make money. I'm an out of the box type of person and Christian, but well within the Holy Bible friends. May you be blessed and happy belated Thanksgiving.