Perhaps the most striking changes in recent months with the addition of a large number of viable advertising options for bloggers looking for money from their blogs. The most common way bloggers seem to earn money online via the contextual ads from Google program - AdSense. A more recent addition that many uses of his success Chitika's eMiniMalls and WidgetBucks, Text Link Ads.
Azoogle ads, intelligent txt, DoubleClick, Tribal Fusion, Adbrite Clicksor AdHearUs, Kanoodle, Pheedo, TextAds, Bidvertiser, Fastclick and Value Click (to name but a few of the options) and there is a smorgasbord of options. Of course there is more to come with MSN AdCenter and YPN both in beta testing and with a variety of other advertising system currently under development (YPN is only available for U.S. publishers).
one of the first blog specific ad networks.
RSS Advertising - Over the past 12 months have seen some progress in the field of RSS Advertising.
In addition to the range of advertising programs that are available to join, there is a growing awareness in the business of the value and opportunity that exists for them to advertise directly on blogs. Many blogs exploring sponsorship with advertisers at this time and suspect more of these in the coming years. Sponsorship is also happens to a message by post basis with a number of bloggers paid to write about certain subjects by companies - either in an off or a regular way - and they are able to much money from their blogs.
There are more affiliate programs like Amazon, LinkShare, Clickbank and Commission Junction, but also literally thousands of others from the large to very small businesses.
More and more bloggers are the development of other digital assets to support and add revenue streams to their blogs such as e-books, courses and tele-seminars, organized by bloggers.
Blog Network opportunities
With the rise in popularity of Blog Networks - bloggers are also being presented with more places to earn an income from their blogging - by writing for and with others. While it may be difficult for a written action by one of the larger networks - there are plenty who are always asking for new bloggers to participate and who are willing to pay bloggers using a variety of payment models. There are several advantages of blogging for yourself - blogging for a network that will provide a large part of the set-up / promotion / admin / SEO etc has it's also benefits. More and more bloggers are a combination of writing for themselves on their own blogs to take blog network blogs as additional income to tackle.
Blog Business Writing opportunities
As blogging has risen in it's profile as a medium more and more companies start blogs. Many of these companies have internal staff take on tasks blogging - but an increasing number of them are hiring specialist bloggers to come and on their blogs. Number of bloggers who in the past month or two have been approached for such paid work. See Bloggers for Hire as you're looking for this kind of work.
Non blogging Writing Opportunities
Also increasingly be hired bloggers to write in non blogging mediums. Manolo's recent coup of a column in the Washington Post is just one example of this as bloggers are increasingly being approached to write for newspapers, magazines and other non-blog sites. Along this side is the emergence of bloggers as published book authors.
Tip Jars and donation buttons are a part of blogging for years, but last year saw a number of bloggers go full time after the fundraising drives. Perhaps the most high profile of these was Jason Kottke of kottke.org provided by the generosity of its readers was able to stop his work and become a full-time blogger.
Even more prevalent in 2005 was the practice of "Blog Flipping" - or the sale of blogs. This is done both on an individual level blog (It's about 20 blogs that sold this year) but also on a network level (the most obvious of these figure 8, the sale of Weblogs Inc. to AOL).
A growing number of bloggers are trying to take a few extra dollars from their blogs by selling branded through programmes such as Cafepress. Quite a few more blogs are considerable sales - especially blogs with a cult following. As know of a blog that largish sees the sale of more than $ 20000 in merchandise for the calendar year 2005.
Consulting and Speaking
Although it is popular for established consultants to add to their blogs companies we also re starting to see bloggers without consulting background in a position to make money by charging readers for their time in consultation with scenarios as a result of the profile that their blogs have built them. Blogging is the ability for people as experts in the field of niche topics, and we all know that the value is seen as an expert. I talked to a blogger last month which cost itself at more than $ 200 for an hour speaking and consulting work - his discipline was something that he knew little about 18 months ago - but through his blog he's to a leader in his field and a minor celebrity in his sector.