Making Blogs Make Money Session 3:00, Bloggercon II: This session is putting together a “take-away” wiki related to the whole money-making aspect of weblogs. Here is the Wiki. I’ll keep notes here, but the real good bullet points are there. My friend Jeff Jarvis is leading the session.
Advertising: selling yourself.
Stowe Boyd (who is sitting next to me, says he sells several thousands of dollars of ads each month. Cool.
Advertising: Adsense – lots doing it…$100 a month.
Jeff loves “creating network”….like food blogs tied into epicurious.
Corante and weblogs.inc founders are both here and give overview of what their model is.
(My take: Sounds very about.com-ish., And the worst, Vertical.net.)
Become a media property:
Partner w/ someone
Build a trade site
build a local site with local adverisers
Build a brand and sell out
(I’m not on IRC, but, hey, Rafat. I’m giving you a shout out.)
Discussion moves to hyperlocal blogging…is there a business model?
Jeff is doing a great job of moving things forward and, frankly, the wiki is doing a much better job than me of covering what is going on.
What about Amazon.com affiliate store: One person says it covers his hosting fees. No one else seems impressed with the revs it generates for their blogs.
Does anyone make any money from Cafepress? Laughs, “Cafe press does.”
Blog for hire.
Lots of ideas flying. Check the wiki.
I can’t keep up with all the interesting anecdotes that people are sharing…testimonies of how people have had “life changing” experiences: job offers, book deals, writing gigs. Rather inspiring.
I’m signing off, for now. I’ll blog a “round-up” post on Sunday with some thoughts about the day…and the state of blogging.