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Google Adsense seems to be the fallback position for most everyone writing on the internet on a blog today in order to make money with their blog. Unfortunately, the majority of people who have Adsense on just one or two blogs or websites are not going to see any significant money coming in from Adsense. Google is really set up for their Adsense program to run on large websites, with lots of traffic. Small blog sites or sites with niche markets aren’t going to see much money, and the ads tend to be more annoying than they are something people click on anymore. Most people have learned to tune out the ones that aren’t obnoxious, and refuse to visit sites with the ones that are obnoxious.

Then there’s ad blocking software that many people use that prevents them from even seeing the ads, and thus prevents you from making any money from them. Contextual linking is another method used to make money, but the semantic understanding of contextual linking has a long time to go before it’s accurate enough to be truly helpful to the reader. Because of that, I’m not sure sure how helpful it is to the advertisers.

So how can you make money on a blog if you choose not to use Adsense or contextual links, or if you do use Adsense and the pennies are trickling in way too slowly? Read the rest of this entry »

One of the more common questions asked in the writers forum (which you can visit here if you’re a writer — it’s a free and awesome writers forum) is about how to transition from writing online content to getting published in print magazines and higher-paying markets. In order to do that, you have to learn how to submit and query to the higher-paying markets. The first step in that process is writing a query for your article.

But how do you write a magazine article query? Read the rest of this entry »

Editing DOWN for Word Count

The other day, I wrote on my author’s blog about editing down a novel to get word count within the proper guidelines. You can read that post here.

One of the things I talked about was how my novel, in the first draft form, was a little over 120,000 words, which meant I needed to cut between 22-24,000 words from it for the genre and style of the novel. I knew when I wrote it I would have to cut it. It was, after all, a 2006 NaNoWriMo novel. For those unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it’s a self-challenge ‘contest’ to write a novel in 30 days. To do that, we have to focus more on just writing for the sake of writing than for the sake of the story. This meant there were a lot of filler scenes in that weren’t necessary for the story at all. Those were decently easy to cut out. Read the rest of this entry »

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