When Should I Monetize My Blog With Ads?

When Should I Monetize My Blog With Ads?
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“When should I monetize my blog with ads?” A common question that we all ask ourselves when starting a blog. It’s certainly an understandable question to ask because that is the goal right?—To eventually, replace a regular day job and live the ultimate lifestyle with the freedom of time, money, and location.

Keep in mind though, before you can monetize your blog, you need readers. Without an audience, having a blog is like not having a blog. This is why I always recommend new bloggers to focus on building a readership before monetizing.

In this article, you will learn about why it’s a bad idea to monetize your blog with ads too early, how to properly monetize your blog and an alternative to Google AdSense.

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A Fatal Mistake Made By Most Bloggers & Affiliate Marketers

A Fatal Mistake Made By Most Bloggers & Affiliate Marketers
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I’m not going to lie, I can definitely relate to this because I’ve made this fatal mistake myself. Google AdSense is well-known in the world of blogging, but monetizing with Google AdSense too early can be fatal.

Here’s the reason why it’s not a good idea to monetize your blog too early with Google AdSense:

  • You don’t have enough traffic to earn decent money: In order to make good money with Google AdSense, you must have lots of people visiting your website. It’s actually a simple numbers game, the more traffic you get, the more likely someone will click on an ad.
  • It makes your website look like an advertisement platform: Have you ever visited a website and never return simply because you couldn’t find any good information? This has happened to me many times because the website or blog was overly crowded by annoying ads that deliver no value to me.
  • Google ads are not good for conversion. It’s actually counterproductive: Most blogs who monetized with Google Ads too early doesn’t become successful. A successful blog has a readership base and how can you build a readership base when you have ads everywhere sending people away.—Do you see the problem there?

The Right Way To Becoming A Successful Blogger

The Right Way To Becoming A Successful Blogger
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When you’re starting a brand new blog, I wouldn’t put any advertisement on it (at all). Your object is to build a readership. Your object is not to have your readers click on an advertisement and leave your blog.—Why would you want to gain traffic just to send them away? It makes no sense right?

Chances are when your readers first visit your blog, they don’t even know who you are yet, so the best way to build a relationship is to capture their email by having them subscribe to your email list. Learn how to build an email list by clicking here.

How Early Should You Monetize Your New Blog With Ads?

How Early Should You Monetize Your New Blog With Ads?
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You should not monetize your blog at all with ads until you’ve built a sizable readership base. The only form of advertisement on your blog should be an opt-in form to build your email list. So to answer the question of How Early Should You Monetize Your New Blog With Ads?

My recommendation is to have a few thousand pageviews per day. If you have under 2 to 3 thousand page views per day, you should focus on building your readership base instead.

When you have 2 to 3 thousand page views per day, you have a readership base who are returning to your blog for more information. Even if they decide to click on a Google ad, they will eventually return because they know you.

Don’t Monetize Your Blog, Monetize Your Email List

Don't Monetize Your Blog, Monetize Your Email List
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The benefit of monetizing your email list is to have a form of contact. Similar to car sales, your salesperson will more than likely ask for your contact information after a test drive if you insist that you cannot make a purchase today. This allows the salesperson to reach out to you, so he or she can eventually sell you a car.

The same concept applies when it comes to a blog. When you run Google ads to send traffic away, you have no way to get that person back.

When someone subscribes to your email list, you can send them a series of emails through an autoresponder. This helps you build a relationship between you and your readers, establish yourself as the go-to person in your niche, and allows you to recommend affiliate products to solve their problems.—This is where you make money(: Don’t have an email list yet? Get started today!

An Alternative To Google Ads After Building A Sizable Readership Base

An Alternative To Google Ads After Building A Sizable Readership Base
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Once you have a sizable blog, you should sell ad space rather than letting Google sell it for you. When you let Google sell it for you, they get a cut and that’s money you could’ve earned on your own.

My recommendation is to purchase a self-advertising platform that gives you complete control over your ad space. Check out OIOpublisher if you are interested.

This software is available as a WordPress plugin. It allows your potential customers to check out your ad options, pricing, and eventually make a purchase. The good thing about this plugin is that you don’t have to approve every customer. If you don’t want to advertise a certain product(s). You can simply disapprove the ad and the customer will receive a full refund.

While you’re waiting for your first customer, you can use OIOpublisher to run Google Ads if you like, so you’re not wasting ad space(:

Depending on the size of your blog and how popular it is, you can charge hundreds or even thousands of dollars per month for each ad space. (This gives you a better idea of how much money you earn per month and it’s completely passive income).

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4 thoughts on “When Should I Monetize My Blog With Ads?”

  1. Hey regular person,
    It seems to me you're on to something. I started hearing whispers of this in the WA network even though the training has you monetizing early on. It especially made sense to me since all our traffic was each other; people reading and commenting so someone would read and comment on their site. I do have 1 out of 11 posts that is monetized. Thoughts?
    Also, I do have a number of external links, but not for monetization. Wondering your thoughts on that as well.
    Finally, I wish your site, and mine, had a check box at the bottom to be notified of future comments. It's hard to catch answers when your on 40+ sites a day.

  2. Eric,
    I have not heard of the OIOpublisher before. This looks like a great option over Google Adsense.
    I too have seen new sites that have so many adds that it looks like the classified section of the newspaper. This is really a turn off for readers.
    Thanks for your information, it was helpful for me.
    John

  3. Hello John,

    You are very welcome! The making money online industry is so broad, no matter what stage you're at. There's always something new to learn. Thanks for sharing your experience on websites with many ads. I look forward to hearing from you again in the near future.

    Cheers,
    Eric

  4. Hello amazing person,

    There's nothing wrong with monetizing early as long as you monetize the right way such as building an email list and monetizing the list. When you send traffic to the vendor, you're giving them the customer for a one-time sale. Almost all of my posts are monetized in someway, very few has affiliate links. Majority are opt-in forms or banners that leads to my opt-in page. Once I have an email captured, I can contact that person to recommend products that can solve their problems.

    External links are good for building trust even if it's not used for monetization. I use external links all the time to point my readers to other reputable sources when I find it necessary. Also, I totally agree with you! An email notification would be great because I do comment on a lot of blogs.

    Cheers,
    Eric

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