If you are being paid by a particular clothing manufacturer/designer to write positive articles, that's one thing, but I can't see earning 100-200k a year doing that...unless that also includes selling that ad space on the blog, which might make sense if it's a blog that gets a fuckton of traffic.
Originally Posted by Uglybugly
As for getting money on a blog by using AdSense...believe me, unless it's a blog that gets A LOT of traffic and you get the majority of that traffic clicking on the link...forget it. You are not going to earn too much.
Now, the sponsorship deals are where it's at. There'd have to be something truly unique and amazing about a blog to get corporate sponsorship, but I suppose it isn't impossible. I just don't see the money in blogging. I'd reckon that blogging could be a stepping stone to something more, but if one sets out to earn their fortune through blogging, I think the only thing that person will earn is disappointment.
My blog gets about a thousand hits a week.
Originally Posted by Uglybugly
I tried out adsense a while back.
I earned exactly **** all from it.
Page views mean nothing, its click through to the ads that makes you money and the adverts for 'TKD in Basingstoke' were unsurprisingly not getting Judoka to click on them.
So earning dollar through blogging isn't easy, its a tough game.
I have a cousin who started writing for a guy on his blog for their favorite NFL team. After he basically stole her work, she started her own blog for her favorite team, and ended up getting a job associated with that team writing for their official page or something. Being a blogger can lead to something, just look at Perez Hilton. Totally useless to most of us, yet gets paid to be on TV and has some notoriety.
On this subject here though, if you train Judo, why not learn more about Judo and those who train, and compete in it world wide, and create something you know about and may be useful or interesting to others, so you can build not just a following but credibility. Try to further Judo, so maybe during the Olympics the networks may consult you as an authority on who is who in the sport?
If you want to branch out to other styles, find people who are in the know, to contribute to the blog. Otherwise it'll just come off half-assed! You will have zero credibility among anyone on any subject you take on.
This made me lol. no seriously. there must be some way that we can make adsense put up advertising that we think will be clicked :D It is not common knowledge that judokas are not at all interested in tkd but it is very true that judokas are not interested in tkd.
Originally Posted by judoka_uk
I do some blogging. Mostly LE and firearms stuff with a bit of martial arts tossed in. Since its on wordpress.com I cant advertise on it, but sometimes I do get offers of free stuff from companies in exchange for an evaluation and a mention of their company. The latest is a couple boxes of Hornady ammo sent for me to do a write up on. I still cant determine if footing the bill for hosting would net me a profit or a loss in comparison to ad dollars brought in.
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i see no reason you can't or shouldn't make money off of martial arts. i mean other types of schools make money off of teaching valid techniques.
my biggest problem is that unlike law, medicine, accounting, computer/tech, engineering, architechture, emt, social workers, therapists, etc. schools- martial arts is almost completely devoid of any means of oversight and regulation.
(no offence to bullshido and the fraud investigators on this site, you guys do your hard work and due dilligence, but lets face it, this site is no substitute for actual regulation and enforcement or state regulated quality controls of some kind).
its not the making money, its the making money off the martial equivalent of "snake oil" thats the problem. IMO.
Dude, I don't think anyone was saying that you shouldn't be able to make money off blogging about martial arts.
What they were saying was that a poorly written blog about some guy half arsing about isn't going to make money. Who the hell would want to read it?
maybe people that are into the martial art community and people that is shopping for a martial art? maybe not the biggest audience but..
Originally Posted by CrackFox
Make sure you talk about Penn State football every other blog, and sex tours to Thailand.