Mashable Feature - Tips for Monetizing Your Blog

Our company was recently consulted for a Mashable article that focused on Tips for Monetizing Blogs.

Though we don’t work very hard to monetize the Studio JWAL blog [insert excuses here], many of our side projects focus on blog monetization through affiliate marketing. Here’s what our founder had to say on the topic of blog monetization:

If an individual is looking to monetize their blog, I would make a strong case for affiliate marketing as the best avenue for doing so. Blogs with quality content attract loyal readers. Since readers benefit from the content offered, they grow to trust the authors of that content over time. Consequently, an author’s blog posts are a logical place to promote relevant products and services without compromising the integrity of the content.”
Joshua Waldron, Founder Studio JWAL

The Mashable article, which is also featured on the American Express OPEN Forum, is built on the premise that many bloggers are in need of tips for monetizing blogs.

We couldn’t agree more.

Good bloggers who offer quality solutions and thought-provoking content deserve some compensation for their time. One great example of an affiliate site is RetailMeNot.com. Every time I go to make a purchase online, I check RetailMeNot first. 9 times out of 10 I save a few dollars as a result of the site’s comprehensive coupon database. Many people don’t realize that RetailMeNot is an affiliate website. This is partially a result of their quality site design, and partially a result of the public’s overall lack of education on how websites are making money. The owners generate tons of extra income as a result of monetizing their blog.

If you’re new to affiliate marketing, the article offers an entry-level introduction into 1) affiliate program options 2) affiliate aggregator services (which we avoid) 3) the importance of creating quality content and 4) tips for integrating links appropriately.

Read the Article on Mashable

Joshua Waldron, founder of Studio JWAL LLC., was featured in YFS Magazine. Twenty-five entrepreneurs were selected to share their tips for preventing, reducing and overcoming business stress. You can see Josh’s response below, or by visiting the YFS Magazine article.

Two years ago, I started running to help eliminate stress. Running does something to reset you mentally, and it improves your creativity and outlook with very little effort. I now build a 5k run into my schedule two or three times per week.
Joshua Waldron, Founder Studio JWAL

Penny Wise BookStudio JWAL founder Joshua Waldron has just designed a striking, modern website for a book he co-authored about online penny auctions, a growing e-commerce sector.

The book, Penny Wise: The Complete Guide to Saving Money with Online Penny Auctions is the first comprehensive handbook for bidders.

Online penny auctions have exploded across the internet. The new way to get everything from gift cards to laptops offers successful buyers unbelievable values – literally pennies on the dollar. But a great deal of confusion surrounds how these auctions work and whether or not bidders can do as well as advertised.

Enter Penny Wise.

Joshua discovered penny auctions in the summer of 2009. After watching, playing, winning, and losing, he gained valuable bidding experience and began to recognize the strategies that successful bidders employ. Sensing a great need for a book on penny auctions, he contacted Ken Knelly, a former journalist, friend, and owner of Clearberries. The two co-authored this authoritative penny auction guide.

Inside, the chapters examine:

  •     Origins of the penny auction industry
  •     The unique business model behind the sites
  •     Basic fundamentals and various auction formats
  •     Ways to know when to bid (and when not to)
  •     Tactics in developing an online identity
  •     Methods of tracking your success
  •     Ways to recognize red flags and problem sites
  •     Monetizing your wins
  •     Starting your own website

Learn more about pennywisethebook.com.

Ron Paul Poster SnapshotGraphic designer / entrepreneur Brandon Muth has designed a beautiful Ron Paul poster that every liberty-loving American should consider purchasing.

Using the text of the United States Constitution (you know, that document our politicians pledge to uphold) and some clever shading, the poster highlights Paul’s commitment to the principles our founders held so dearly.

The poster measures 11×17 and costs $15, plus $5 shipping. Each individual order will be hand signed and numbered by Brandon Muth.

You can purchase the poster here.

Penny auctions are taking the internet by storm and the PennyAuctionList.com, a site designed by Studio JWAL, helps consumers understand the penny auction business model before purchasing bids or participating on a fraudulent website. Key website features include a carefully-filtered penny auction directory, tips, strategies and exclusive bidder interviews.

Penny auctions are different from traditional auctions. Users have to purchase bids in order to participate. Purchased bids are often non-refundable and can cost anywhere from .50 to $1, depending on the penny auction site. Commonly auctioned items include high-end electronics, household goods and gift cards.

As the name implies, each penny auction starts at 1 cent. As time ticks down, users bid on the auction and the price increases in 1 cent increments. Each additional bid adds more time to the clock. More importantly, every bid being place in the auction costs money. The last person to place a bid on the auction when time expires is the winner. The winner is responsible to pay the final auction price and any applicable shipping charges. Winners often save 75%-90% off retail.

This new business model has contributed to the rise of some less than ethical penny auctions. PennyAuctionList.com is unique compared to other penny auction directories because it only promotes sites that have a proven commitment to customer service. The Penny Auction List allows bidders to post unfiltered reviews for penny auctions and regulate this new industry through their feedback.

In addition to an industry-leading directory of penny auctions, the website also provides a database of tips and strategy for penny auction success.

Studio JWAL featured in net MagazineJoshua Waldron, founder of Studio JWAL LLC, was recently interviewed for the .net Magazine article “The Speculation Game.”

.net is the world’s best-selling magazine for web designers and developers, featuring tutorials from leading agencies, interviews with the web’s biggest names, and agenda-setting features on the hottest issues affecting the internet today.

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