How To Monetize Your Blog Without Banner Ads

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to make money off your blog without running a single banner ad? Well, if you were at my panel session at BlogWorld Expo in New York, then you would have learned how it’s done.

The session featured myself, Zac Johnson and Syed balkhi. The panel was moderated by David Risley. Zac, Syed and I shared our experience with monetization methods that does not involve the banner ads. Most bloggers think that the only way a blog makes money is by banner advertising. This is so far from the truth. The banner ads on my blog accounts for only 1/3 of my blog income.

We had a nice turn out for our panel and the audience asked a lot of great question. Hopefully, BlogWorld will make the session recording available soon. In the mean time, check this the great introduction David gave us. Unlike the other sessions, our’s is fun and off the wall.

Blog World Expo New York


43 thoughts on “How To Monetize Your Blog Without Banner Ads”

  1. Graham Lutz says:

    Are we still trying to get the first comment here? Remember when we were doing that?

    1. PPC Ian says:

      I remember! Good job getting the first comment!

      1. Graham Lutz says:

        Thanks! – I think I got the first one on the next post too!

        1. what is going on about this first comment and all .

      2. Kevin Kimes says:

        I make an effort to read/watch the whole post before commenting, or at least comment about it as I go through it. So, I guess I’ll never be first. 🙂

        Hilarious to hear the “about John Chow” read out loud in an auditorium as an actual introduction! Hah!

    2. I remember when people tried to occupy all of the first five comments here!

    3. Camo Nets says:

      1st comments are sooo 2009

  2. exsuit says:

    I see Zac has posted the slides and an overview of the presentation if anyone is interested.

    1. Thanks for letting us know … Would love to check Zac blog as well.

  3. fazal mayar says:

    good presentation by David.

  4. Just watched the video and it was amazing. I thought banner advertising is the best way to make more money on blogs, but now I know that I was wrong about it. Thanks for your advice John.

    1. Make Money says:

      Yeah, being able to remove ads from the site enable you to get more pageviews etc. Hmmm, I might be transitioning completely soon.

      1. We would love to see your blog after the change you talked about …

  5. I’m waiting for the session recording John. Hope you make it available to your readers

  6. If done right banners can be very profitable.

    1. Make Money says:

      True, banners are always going to be profitable as long as the people in charge are smart about it. A lot of people seem to just throw it live and call it quits though instead of tweaking and making it look good.

    2. would love to read a post about it on your blog … Let us know when you post

  7. I still don’t understand why people think of banner ads as their first and foremost way of monetization…it just makes no sense!

    1. Make Money says:

      Think about it like this, what is the first thing most people notice on sites? Banner ads, because they are blinking etc to draw attention. So it is semi understandable why someone would think that is the end all be all for making money online.

    2. Banner design is against banner ads …. Lolzzz

  8. fas says:

    Well but some people do and have to rely on banner ads.

  9. Syed Balkhi says:

    I am AWESOME!!!

    1. There is no doubt about it … My friend.

  10. Jayrweblog says:

    I better use Adsense rather than banner, my income scheme reaches upto $1000 by Adsense.

    1. How many blogs do you have Jay ? $ 1000 is from one blog or severals ?

    2. iPad Story says:

      Can you tell me your story? How many blogs to get 1000$/month?

  11. People always focusing on banner ads to have some revenue rather then promoting the site

  12. Naija Celeb says:

    Adsense is my man, anytime, anyday! Banner should be just for extra income.

    1. So another adsense lover … Interesting …

      You guys should read the posts of john on Adsense

  13. First of all i would like to appreciate to David great presentation….really impressive..

  14. I hope BlogWorld will make the session recording available soon.

    1. I am sure they will …

  15. flash game says:

    nice presentation by david.

  16. doroki says:

    Great info.I think most of the bloggers have misconception about the bannerd ad is the biggest source of income. Here I can see the so many of monetizing the bblog in very efficient ways.

    1. fazal mayar says:

      exactly, banner advertising is just a way among many

  17. Louie Sison says:

    Too bad I wasn’t there. And in the first 5 comments either.

  18. This is definitely true. I have several sites that are all a part of my company (not niche sites – REAL sites) & most actually have no banners on them, yet they still make good money.

  19. Every thing is well managed about Banner advertising..
    This is my great pleasure to be a part …

  20. its glad to know that banner advertisement will help to earn a lot thanks for sharing it john

  21. Richard says:

    Well it looks like we need to follow these Gurus whereever they go and whatever they do.

    Sems like only a small portion of banner advertising is making a small amout of money.

    I have read Zac Johnsons blog. He has some graet stuff.

    Thanks John

  22. Banner ads is like an other type of earnings

  23. Whitney says:

    I love banner ads as a form of making money…not as easy as one would think though, need lots of traffic!

  24. Forex News says:

    Think about it like this, what is the first thing most people notice on sites? Banner ads, because they are blinking etc to draw attention. So it is semi understandable why someone would think that is the end all be all for making money online.

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