Saturday, November 28, 2015

Replacing Google Ads With Amazon Banners on Blogs


   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.




Saturday, November 21, 2015

Finding Pictures to Use for Blogs

   Hey there, I have a couple things to share this evening. I wanted to give you a link I use to get all the creative commons pictures I use for my blogs, eBooks, and revenue sharing sites. Maybe you already know about this site, but for those who don't this may help you find some pictures to use without breaking any copyright laws. Just remember to at least put the link to where they were found, for instance what I do is type under the picture on my blog something like: cc from en.wikipedia.org or wherever it came from. Hyper linking it to the actual wiki page would be best if you are high speed (military term meaning on top of it- high energy). 

Here is the link:

http://search.creativecommons.org/

   Use the google images tab when get there for best results. I haven't really checked out the others as much, but when I did there wasn't as many to choose from. Getting a picture for Hubpages or a blog doesn't have to be too hard, and if you are advertising using say, Adsense, then you need to do this in case of copyright infringement. No-one would likely care unless your post went viral and then somehow the wrong person found out and then who knows what happens- I guess the police show up at your door and take your laptop and punch you in the face or something. Well, likely you just would get suspended from Adsense? 


   Trying to remember the other thought to share, which had very little to do with the first???


   How is your blogging going? 


   Oh yeah... I remember now. Why isn't this site showing up on Alexa ratings? My other two sites do, but this one says it doesn't have enough data to compute. That's sad when this happens. This means you are out in never never blogging land. To come back from this type of obscurity really takes a love of your blog to not give up. Yeah, I think I'll keep up with CBJ, maybe it's the colors.


   Although my other two blogs are in the tens of millions when it comes to Alexa, I feel good about the progress overall. This Blogging venture never was a get rich or known type of project. It was more like I wanted a place I had control over exactly what I wrote and how I wrote it. I guess I can see why other places don't want what I want to write. Wow, that was horrible writing, look at all the I's!


   Still, this is an informative post at the beginning, right? I mean it may just help someone who is looking for pictures to use. Not everyone is an expert affiliate marketer making millions or thousands with their cookie cutter system. 


   That's all for now, stay tuned for some more thoughts on the Christian Blogger's Journal. And just to note, isn't Jesus awesome? Any of us could drop dead any moment, and after this life we have heaven to look forward to because we believe and follow Jesus Christ, you know the Holy Bible. Life is great with the truth, thank you Jesus. Have a good night friends.