Year of Original Content: Make Money From Copyright Thieves

Ask First Copyright badge - by Lorelle VanFossenI and Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today have long been advocates of copyright protections and education, leading the way with projects such as “Ask First,” the Year of Original Content,”5 Content Theft Myths and Why They Are False,” and “The 6 Steps to Stop Content Theft.”

It seems that the rest of the world is waking up to the fact that stolen content is big business. Within the past two years, there are a variety of services you can use to track where your online content has gone, report and stop it. A new project is underway called the Fair Syndication Consortium that might put a dollar amount on that stolen content, paying you for others abusing your content. [Read more…]

New Blogger Revenue Stream: InLinks (If You Dare!)

Bloggers who are looking for a way to generate revenue for their blogs might be interested in a new service that launched today. Coined InLinks, the ad network sells spots within your posts to paying advertisers. As a content owner, you have the right to accept or reject any campaign.

The nice part is that the ads are pop-up free and relatively easy on the eyes.

There are of course ethical issues that must be tackled when it comes to notifying your readers what these ‘InLinks’ are all about. Plus, you might awaken the mighty Google giant, and as someone who has been spanked by them before, I would do your homework before you sign up.

I will say that in this economic climate, this blogger, and many that I know, are looking for new revenue streams.

Here’s more info directly from the source.

(We) pay 10% of all revenue earned by publishers that you refer to us! This 10% of revenue earned from publishers you refer is good for a full two years after the publisher joins inLinks. We also offer you the ability to earn up to 15% of all revenue publishers you refer earn us, check out the tiered system below:

1. 10% for first two years of referred publisher life.

2. 11% if blogger refers over $1,000 per month of revenue.

3. 12% if blogger refers over $2,000 per month of revenue.

4. 13% if blogger refers over $3,000 per month of revenue.

5. 14% if blogger refers over $4,000 per month of revenue.

6. 15% if blogger refers over $5,000 per month of revenue.

If anyone gives this a whirl, let us know!

6 Ways Blogs May Help You Survive the Economy

Discussing the current economy condition within the United States and the world, my husband and I talked about how blogging and social media can help so many impacted by today’s financial crunch. Imagine my delight while reading the September 16, 2008, issue of Women’s Day Magazine in a waiting room about the number four tip for their “Solutions Your Money” column: Start a blog:

There are millions of them on the Internet and they come in all shapes an sizes. You can write about nearly anything – from what it’s like to be a mom to politics. It’s free to set one up, and once you do, you can place ads, using an easy program like Google Adsense. Each time a visitor to your blog clicks on an ad, you earn money. And once you’ve earned #100 you’ll get a check in the mail for the money you’ve earned.

…You probably won’t replace your paycheck by blogging, at least not at first, but it’s a good way to make extra money.

The example they give is of a second-grade teacher who blogs about coupon savings tips and plans and makes $80 to $100 a month. While few do even that well, it is an additional way to bring in a few bucks to your life when the financial crunch is on, if you play nice and right.

So the number one way blogs can help you survive the current economy is to help bring in a little extra spending cash.

That’s not all a blog can do for you during this economic downtime. Have you thought about all the benefits a blog can bring while the economy dances in the wind? [Read more…]

How Much Do Bloggers Make?

The majority of bloggers eventually want to turn their content into revenue. While it’s a widespread goal, not too many folks are forthcoming about how much they actually make.

U.S. News and World Report’s Alpha Consumer column spoke with several bloggers who were willing to divulge their blogging income.

Check out the article here.

From bloggers still trying to break even, to the five-digit monthly success of Steve Pavlina, there are many paths to turn a blog into profit. Even two people who take the same path, will likely experience different levels of financial success.

Personally, I have made money from my primary blog. However, the biggest income generator is not directly from my blog. In other words, having a blog has led to opportunities that I would not have been offered or privy to otherwise. I’d say for every $50 I make from the blog, I’ve made about four times that from other projects.

Care to share how much you’ve made with your blog?