I started blogging out of curiosity and boredom last Christmas Eve and I have been hooked since. I suppose I really enjoy writing and I enjoy sharing my ideas with people. On 10 March 10, I blogged that "I didn't know I could make money from blogging. However, I did discover quite quickly that there are many ways of making money through a blog." Adsense, it seems, is the predominant way for most bloggers to derive some income from their blogs.
LP, the blog master of Bully the Bear was one of the first people I made contact with in blogosphere. He told me how he was unceremoniously banned by Adsense. Later on, I was told the same thing by my friend and blog master of Time to Huat. So, you don't see any Adsense ads in their blogs. So, fearing that I would suffer the same fate, I decided to remove Adsense from my blog.
I enjoy blogging and if I do make money out of it, I consider it a bonus. However, since I do not make much from blogging, it would have a lower priority when compared to other activities which I derive most of my income from. We live in a world which runs on money. So, we have to be realistic sometimes, if not most of the time. The day I could derive an income of mid $X,XXX from blogging every month like some famous blogging personalities in Singapore, blogging might be the only thing I'd do. In fact, I was told that Xiaxue could make $XX,XXX per month from blogging!
The fact is I am a financial blogger and we have a very small niche. Financial bloggers in Singapore have even a smaller niche. 20,000 pageviews or more a month like Xiaxue's blog? Not in my lifetime, realistically. Well, I suppose if I colored my hair like Xiaxue and wrote catchy songs about floods in Orchard Road like Mr. Brown, I could improve my blog's readership numbers. Hmmm, I wonder... Nah.
I can only hope that my readers would visit my sponsors (Nuffnang's ads), give my ZUJI banners a chance when planning to go on an overseas trip and feel generous enough to make a donation (Donate to AK71 pocketmoney fund on the left sidebar) towards my blogging efforts. So far, I have received small sums of money from all three avenues. Thank you for the bonus. ;-)
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