Blogging for income purposes is not an option in today’s trend. Unlike, few month ago (early 2008 or earlier than that), new bloggers can make up to 4 figures income just from blogging easily from paid post networks. Most of the bloggers make money from paid post that is contributed directly from various paid post networks like Payperpost, SponsoredReview, BuyBlogReviews, etc. For new bloggers like me, we make more money easily from blogging through paid post networks compared to advertising slots earnings, affiliates, sales commisions, etc.
Recently, it is not as easy as before to earn money from paid post networks. Reason is, most of the paid post networks still refer Alexa and Google Page Rank to calculate our blog popularity. Most of the post have requirements of at least a few page ranks and high alexa ranking. This preferences hurts most of the bloggers recently because of Google’s page rank attitude and New Alexa’s ranking calculation system.
If you have done any paid post recently, there is a compulsory footnote codes need to be submited together with the approved paid post. When, google crawl your blog and found any “sponsored, review, paid post, etc” in your contents, then they will immediately penalty your page rank to ZERO. Yes, if you have page rank of 4, after penalty it will be ZERO. Do you think, anyone want to pay to advertise and get a link back from a ZERO page rank site? How many paid post you can qualify if your page rank is ZERO compared to 4 previously? Well, based on my experience, I got only 1 paid post in one month compared to 12 paid post in 2 weeks when I had page rank 3. That is about 95% decrease of paid post income.
I’m trying to get back the page rank now and will not jeopardise the page rank for paid posts. Even though the income will be lower, but we can still have some income from advertising channels and paid one way links. How to regain the lost page rank? I don’t know that, but I’m trying to get fresh new one way links from various blogs with higher page ranks. Other than that, I’m trying to be an active commentator. Hopefully, this can change the current situation.
This does not mean that we cannot do any paid post at all. Just, we shouldn’t use paid post networks to do any paid posts. I strongly recommend to deal with the sponsor directly and never mention anything about the post has been reviewed, sponsored, paid post or etc in your post. Try to make the post similar to other posts with the sponsors link. Dealing directly with the advertisers have some risk of not getting paid, but compared to losing page ranks, it is much more relaxing.
New Alexa is good for the advertisers, bad for the bloggers. New Alexa doesn’t recognize visits referred from major traffic generating groups like Entrecard, etc. Bloggers are now back to level one. In order to get higher Alexa ranking, bloggers need to comment (hoping that the blogger will return our visit), search engine optimization (all post must be SEO friendly), or simply become famous to get higher Alexa ranking.
Other than paid post, we can utilize affiliates channel of income but most of the time it is called as scamming your visitors for your own profits. Similar to this post, I have given the link of SponsoredReview and Buyblogreviews with affiliates that is converted to tinyurl to hide my affiliate link. Some even appeared with exactly the same url but affiliated background links.
For those who have good page rank, please take care of it. Those who is getting more than 500 visits a day but still not recognized in Alexa, find a new method and get more traffics that is recognized by Alexa. I will update the list of Alexa recognizable traffics channels sooner.