Don’t sit around waiting for advertisers to come to you. People are out there shopping for link ads RIGHT NOW in marketplaces like Text Link Ads. If your site isn’t in that directory, then someone else is going to get paid to put links on THEIR site today.
What is a Text Link Ads?
A Text Link Ad is text on a blog or website that is hyperlinked to a specific page on another site. The blog or website that publishes that link (called the publisher) gets paid by an advertiser who is trying to drive traffic to the linked page. Publishers can get paid based on the number of clicks on the text link ad (called pay-per-click) or they could get paid a flat fee for publishing the link.
Text link ads cause some controversy because they have been associated with a drop in Google search rankings or elimination from Google search results (both the publisher and advertiser sites) entirely. To combat the Google penalty, some publishers include the HTML No-Follow tag in text link ads to hide them from Google, but as you can imagine, many advertisers don’t like this practice at all.
Popular text link advertising programs include Google AdSense and Kontera, which offer contextual text link advertising opportunities where text on your blog is linked to contextually relevant ad content.
Text Link Ads: Ads that are not served based on the content of a blog’s page but rather are placed based on specific text in the posts of a blog are called text link ads. Text Link Brokers and Text-Link-Ads are examples of text link advertising opportunities.
How to get started with Text Link Ads in 5 minutes or less
1. Go sign up with Text Link Ads right now. It’s a short form.
2. There’s no real work to do whatsoever. You just fill out a form, install their small code snippet (or activate the WordPress plugin) on your blog, and your site shows up in their marketplace.
3. Then the fun begins… Whenever someone purchases an ad for one of our blogs, we get an automated email to approve the ad. We log in to Text Link Ads, look at the new link and it’s ad text, and we approve the ad. Whew… time for a break!
What’s the downside? Any gotchas?
Yes, Text Link Ads keeps 50% of the link cost as their fee. That’s a little high, but fact is that’s the cost of being in their catalog of links that advertisers go to IN ORDER TO BUY LINKS.
If your cut isn’t enough for you, raise the price until you feel happy about it. If that 50% still bothers you, then get over it and do something about it. Later on, when you get around to it, you can ALSO offer links to advertisers directly for the same price and keep ALL the profits.
But you should have your site in the Text Link Ads marketplace, so that people shopping there will see your blog and buy your links. If you’re not there, those happy link shoppers will buy links on another site.
One mistake many people make is to leave a very low price for links on their blogs. Of course, don’t set it too high… just value yourself appropriately as compared to other advertisers in your niche. Remember – if you don’t see your own value, nobody else will!
How much money can I expect to make?
We consistently make over $500 per month from Text Link Ads these days, with very little effort. Other bloggers we know make between $100 and $1,500 per month just from Text Link Ads. The higher the Google PageRank and Alexa Rank your blog has, the more advertisers will want to buy space on your blog, and the more money you’ll be making.
This is just like real estate. In fact, think of your blog as Virtual Real Estate. And the more you develop it, the more it will be worth.
This means start early, develop the property, and stay the course!
Go sign up with Text Link Ads right now. This is a real no-brainer option for blog monetization.
When you complete the short Text Link Ads sign up form, they MAY ask you if you’d like to participate in a cool new “beta” program called “In-Links” or something to that effect.
What they don’t tell you is that this new program REPLACES the regular Text Link Ads program. Just say NO! Some of our friends have tried it and had all kinds of bizarre problems.
Keep it old school, skip that new “beta” plan and do the regular Text Link Ads program! And let us know how it works out for you.