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How To Make Money Fast Using WordPress

Whether you’re a blogger who’s interested in acting or zebras, if you publish a WordPress blog and want to learn how to make money fast, you should check out this fantastic list of AdSense plug-ins on Mashable.

What’s WordPress?

Like thousands of other bloggers, I use WordPress to publish my blog sites, largely due to the fact that there is a huge community of users who develop all sorts of handy (and OK, sometimes silly!) plug-ins and widgets to customize and add new functions to your site. It’s relatively easy to use, highly customizable and the stability has come leaps and bounds from where it was just a few short years ago. It’s the blogging platform of choice for many and the best part? 100% free. In fact, if you don’t have your own hosting account set up, you can even host your blog for free over at WordPress.com. Pretty sweet, eh?

After you’ve set up your blog (and have wasted many hours tweaking the various settings, swapping out new templates to change the look of your site and installing a whack of plug-ins you’ll never use), you may be wondering how to make this fast money the media keeps talking about. Yes, there are blogs that make a lot of money. No, this isn’t one of them. It does, however, make some of the all time easiest money I’ve ever earned by using AdSense.

What’s AdSense?

Unless this is your first time using Al Gore’s InterWeb, you’ve seen AdSense ads before. They come in a few different sizes, but if you look at the long box to the right, you’ll see a bunch of text links to different sites with an Ads by Google stamp at the top. That’s AdSense.

How does AdSense help you make money fast? Instead of searching for good affiliate programs to sign up for or trying to hawk info products to your blog readers, you simply cut and paste a chunk of code that Google gives you (which you can customize to blend into your site, show more or less ads etc.) and AdSense will do the rest.

You write about the stuff you’re interested in.
AdSense displays ads that are relevant to your topic.
When your readers click on an ad and visit the advertiser’s site, you make money.

Contextual Advertising

Why AdSense works so well is because the ads are, for the most part, contextually relevant. That’s just a fancy internet marketer way of saying you’re showing people ads that are on the same topic of your site or blog post. If you’re writing about how you had to dog sit for the weekend and had no clue how to take good care of Scruffy, you might see ads for things like pet supplies, pet medications, dog breeders and so on. This kind of advertising is usually pretty unobtrusive and can actually enhance your readers’ experience because they’re seeing ads that are directly targeting the topic they’re interested in reading about. In theory.

Sometimes you’ll be writing about a topic that doesn’t have a lot of advertisers or worse, uses certain terms that apply to a totally different, totally off-topic market. These ads look out of place and your readers won’t click, so not only do you not make money, the company who placed the ad isn’t too happy either. Think a travel company that specializes in Paris getaways. Are they really going to attract new business by displaying their ad on ParisHiltonFanClub.com? I don’t think so.

Fortunately there are ways to prevent those ads from showing up on the wrong sites in the advertiser’s control panel and there are also ways for you to block ads from showing up on your own site. You don’t want to be showing ads for your biggest competitor now, do you?

In real world practice, you also get people abusing the system and filling sites with crap content where the majority of the screen is plastered with ad blocks. That doesn’t make anyone happy – your readers or the companies paying to place those ads. The spammers might make a bit of money, but over the long term they will have to keep on hustling. When Google finds sites that break their TOS (Terms of Service), they close the account. You won’t proceed directly to jail, but you won’t be collecting your $200 either.

Wrap It Up, Chatty Cathy

Overall, I think AdSense is an incredible program. It has its flaws, sure. I wouldn’t put it in my How To Make The Most Money Online list, since it takes a while for those clicks to add up, but it’s definitely one of the easiest, fastest ways I’ve ever made money online, especially if you already have traffic.

Interested in using AdSense to make money on your blog?

Already using AdSense, but tired of cutting and pasting the code into your WordPress template and then having to scan through the code to cut and paste it again when you switch templates (like I do), click here to see the list of 17 AdSense Plug-ins.


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2 Comments

  1. Alex says:

    Adsense – best way for make money. Maybe not so fast, but directly.

  2. Chris Jacobson says:

    Nice post. AdSense is good, but I’m still waiting until Yahoo brings their Publisher Network out of beta.
    Come stop by my page when you get the chance.

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