Based on these anecdotes, here are a few tips for anyone looking to make a living from their blog:
1. Choose a book- or movie-friendly topic for your blog. Most of the bloggers who are raking in the most dough are those whose journeys have been optioned for the bookshelves and big screen.
2. “My advice is to choose a topic you’ll never get tired of,” Stephanie Nelson, founder of CouponMom.com, told the Times. This makes sense. If nothing becomes of your blog, you might not be making money, but at least you’ll have some fun along the way.
3. Learn how advertising happens on the Web. A major source of income for paid bloggers comes from ad revenue. For most writers, however, the business side of publishing doesn’t come naturally. Learn how Google AdSense works, and become familiar with companies like BuySellAds.com and Federated Media, which help sites generate revenue.