Google Adsense

Adsense is probably the easiest way to start making money off your photography blog.  Sign up for a new Google account, or you can use your existing account.  From the main page, click on Advertising Solutions and choose Adsense.  You’ll be walked through the process step by step until you have code that you can easily paste into your blog template.  The ads served will then be automatically tailored to the content you have on your site – ie photography.  A word of caution about Adsense: keep an eye on the ads because there’s a good chance your competition will be advertising on Google’s network, and their advertisements may show up on your blog.  If you find ads that you don’t want to be displayed, you can block those ads from showing up.

Amazon Affiliate Marketing
Amazon Associates
If you’re reviewing a product or mentioning using an item that’s for sale on Amazon, it’s probably a good idea to get an Amazon reseller account so you can be paid for promoting the product.  Setting up an affiliate account is easy, then when you’re going to promote a product, you look up the item on Amazon’s reseller site and get a special link that ties into your account.  When someone purchases the item using that link, you get a portion of the sale for referring the customer.

Paid Advertisements

Once your site starts getting masses of visitors, it will be time to think about paid advertisements.  The deal will be specific to the advertisement, so make sure you know what you’re agreeing to.  Also, make sure you clearly lay out what kind of link or ad you’ll be displaying, the monthly charge for the ad, and whether you’ll get comission from extra sales.

16 Responses to “3 Ways To Monetize Your Photoblog”

  1. Thanks for these tips in ways to monetize a blog, even though you related it to a photoblog they can be used for any type of blog. Amazons is a great one to be an affiliate for as they have such a wide range of products. You may or may not be aware of an amazon plugin that is really useful for affiliates. I wrote a post about it here: http://www.belinda-cunningham.com/add-amazon-affiliate-links-to-your-posts-and-pages

    Belinda

    • TJ says:

      Amazon’s definitely has a lot of products. The good news about Amazon too is that once they click over to Amazon with your link, anything they buy goes toward your affiliate earnings. For example, I had people click a camera link, but they didn’t buy the camera. Instead, they bought some audio cables. Either way, still counted toward my earnings. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. RobSmith says:

    Adsense and Adwords are good but what other options are out there that are good? It’s hard to find reliable in-depth information for blog monetization.

    ****abu dubai photographer****

  3. hittoyeh says:

    Actually there’s still many monetize tools like affiliate program of ebay,Chitika,nuffnang,…..

    • TJ says:

      Hittoyeh,
      That’s the first time I’ve ever heard of Chitika and nuffnang. Can you tell us a little more about those programs?

  4. Khanal says:

    Adsense is good but unless you have a decent amount of traffic you cannot survive in nickel and pennies. If you can tell more about affiliate programs like amazon, that would be great.

    • TJ says:

      Khanal,
      Amazon just completely pulled the plug on their Illinois affiliates because of a new law signed by Illinois legislators. I’m not happy about it at all. Before they pulled the plug though, I did have moderate success with Amazon’s affiliate program.

  5. Harry says:

    So far, I kept ads of my photo-blog (with just images and stories that go with them) as I think it simply gives a bad impression.

    I did start a separate Photography blog, where there is more space for ads. (and have ads and aff links on other sites as well). But as long as your photographs are the main parts, I think you should leave any advertising off as it takes attention away from advertising you and your photographs. Just my 2 cts

    • TJ says:

      Harry,
      That’s a valid concern. We tried ads on our main studio blog for a while, and there were plenty of clicks, but we found out that they were for the ads of some of our local competitors. With this blog, I don’t mind having ads that could be useful to my readers. For example, the StudioCloud ad promotes a product that I’ve been very impressed with and blog about frequently.

  6. Google Adsense really helps to earn some money. But what about banners and another kinds of advertisiment? I think its good way, but hard to find buyers :(

    • TJ McDowell says:

      Dubai Photographer,
      Yea, finding people to purchase ad space sounds like it would be a lot of work. Do you have any tips on making this work?

  7. Sarika says:

    This is a nice article, but its not very specific to the photoblogs.. I have a photoblog, and I am really finding it hard to generate any revenue of it.. I am receiving good traffic on the blog, but since all of the traffic is coming from Google Images, I cant get anybody to click on the adsense ads.. My blog address is:
    http://beautiful-pics-collection.blogspot.com/

    Any suggestions to monetize this blog are welcome!!

    Thanks!
    Sarika

    • TJ McDowell says:

      Sarika,
      To be honest, I haven’t had the best luck with Google Adsense either. I’m still experimenting myself with the best way to monetize.