CHAPTER 12Monetizing Your Blogfor Fun and Profit

No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.

—Samuel Johnson, English literary figure and author

One of the truly beautiful things about blogging is that you can make money with it—not pie in the sky, Nigerian email scam money, but honest, real money you take to the bank, except it has already been deposited there for you.

Thousands of people today make five- and even six-figure incomes from their blogs. Steve Pavlina's Personal Development for Smart People is one (www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/05/how-to-make-money-from-your-blog/), and Darren Rowse at ProBlogger is another (www.problogger.net/archives/2005/09/01/im-a-six-figure-blogger/). And more than a few of the Technorati top 100 ...

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