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Blogs are popular and it seems that everyone has one. But most people don’t produce enough traffic to make big bucks through AdSense or selling banner space.

Nevertheless, there are are ways to make a little income on the side, while keeping it simple and entertaining for everyone involved.

1. Fancy-Schmancy Tip Jar from ScratchBack

The idea of the site is to sell spots in a list, much like a blogroll.

In return for a small tip, the tipper receives the opportunity to place a short text and a link on your Topspots list. Per default, links will scroll down and disappear as more spots are sold. Alternatively, you can make your list wipe all spots every 24 hours, once a week or month, which means that for each period only a limited amount of spots will be available.

Joining the site is free. Once you have logged in you’ll want to create a new widget, i.e. Topspots list. You can make the list 5, 10, 15 or 20 spots long. The minimum price for a spot is $5, but you can set a higher price, there is no limit to the top.

Currently the site is in beta and while that is so, ScratchBack is taking only 10% off of your tip. Once the site leaves beta, the share they are taking may increase. Please mind that also PayPal is deducting a fee from your income.

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You can follow the owner of ScratchBack, Jim Kukral, on Twitter.

2. Enhance and Protect Images with [NO LONGER WORKS] BritePic

BritePic is a way to “bring life to your images” as they say and earn money through AdBrite at the same time. When signing up with BritePic, you automatically sign up for AdBrite. But adding ads to your images remains optional. Besides, you will only have ads and earn cash when ads are offered to you.

In the meantime you get the full benefit of the animated image, giving site visitors the opportunity to easily zoom into your photos or share them, depending on what you allow them to do with it. Using BritePic also provides a way to protect your images by adding a watermark to each image and making it harder to copy them if you so choose.

3. Sell Products with CafePress

Does your blog have a cool logo or slogan? Or is your blog about photography, drawing, painting or any other printable art? Then this one may be for you!

On CafePress you can create custom products, such as T-Shirts, mugs, caps and much more and sell them through a free shop on the CafePress website. CafePress will handle all payment transactions, ship products worldwide, manage returns or exchanges and provide customer service. For this service, CafePress will keep a reasonable base price for each item. You will receive anything above the base price and it’s up to you to set the final price for each of your items.

Now you simply have to advertise your CafePress shop on your blog.

4. Free Text Link Exchange through AdGridwork

AdGridwork provides a way to advertise your website within their network for displaying their ads at the same time. It’s free, it’s as simple as can be and it will drive traffic to your blog.

After adding your site to the network, you’ll integrate the code to display targeted ads at your site, earn credits as you do and receive exposure among sites within the AdGridwork network in return.

5. Ad Greeting Cards with 123 Greetings

This service was thoroughly reviewed How To Create Your Own E-Greeting Card Website How To Create Your Own E-Greeting Card Website Ecards are a fun way of staying in touch with friends, co-workers and family. 123 Greetings, the online authority in free e-greetings, offers an free associates program which allows you to add an e-greeting card... Read More by Wendy just a couple of days ago.

Briefly, you sign up with 123 Greetings, insert the HTML that will link back to them into your website, and customize your eMail text and card page. If you like, you can add your own images, files and quotations to be used on greeting cards initiated through your website.

Do you know of other cool, interactive ways to earn a little cash with your blog?

  1. Bill
    January 1, 2009 at 10:26 am

    The tip jar looks interesting. I tried adgridwork and didn't seem to derive anything from it, but that was a while back, so maybe it's worth revisiting.

  2. Chris
    December 31, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    I used Britepic before, it is a good one. I also use a gadget from Mpire.com.

  3. Ijaar
    December 31, 2008 at 9:22 am

    ScratchBack and AdGridwork look really good. Will definitely check these out. Thanks for the tip.

  4. Blogger Tips
    December 30, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    I have to admit I use adbrite on several blogs but have never used britepic .. thought about just havent gave it a shot yet

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