Say hi to part one of “Monetizing the Internet.”

Part One: Hi.

You: Sup.

Will I be showing you amazing secret tricks on how to be an Internet baller, making hundreds of thousands thanks to the explosive growth of the web?

Uh, no.

I’m the last person that knows anything about making money—not to mention making it online. Having said that, what this series will cover is some of the interesting ways other people have utilize the web to make money—whether as a simple side income to supplement hosting fees for their hobby site, or a full-fledge stepping stone to a viable career. In the process, I hope to also highlight some interesting websites I’ve come across through the years.

Now, Let’s take a look at our first case…

Clicky click dammit

Laurie’s Crazy Aunt Purl, without a doubt, is one of my favorite blog. Though I’m not as avid of a reader as her many subscribers, her personal diary/knitting blog continues to entertain and humble me throughout the year. Some important life lessons that I have learned from reading Crazy Aunt Purl:

  1. In-N-Out goes with everything, even wine.
  2. Cat’s aren’t so bad after all.
  3. Men are pigs.
  4. Aut Purl’s hot.

Check out one of her recent post for a taste of the goods.

It’s no secret that you can make money online by blogging, though obviously the amount varies from blog to blog. Frequent reader of Crazy Aunt Purl would know that Laurie’s blog has been ad-free since 2005, and some of her readers enjoy the blog because of the ad-free environment. However, that’s not the case for this reader! When I saw the BlogAds appeared on Crazy Aunt Purl recently, I was ecstatic.

Mmm.. The Million Dollar Cat Fund

Why? Because it’s pretty cool to see someone making money from something they enjoy doing, whether the amount is earth shattering or not.

Although this is an assumption, I’m fairly certain that the majority of Laurie’s readers don’t mind the BlogAds too—especially since they’re tastefully implemented and has a high level of relevancy towards the blog’s content.

As Laurie’s readership continues to steadily grow, with feed subscription numbering in the thousand, the popularity of the blog is ever more evident with readers leaving behind first post comments. When do you know you’ve stumbled onto a popular blog? When it contains an Internet phenomenon or two.

The reader’s testimonial below, I believe, best sums up how many readers of Crazy Aunt Purl feels about the blog:

“I started reading Laurie’s blog about six months ago and, like so many of her readers, have come to feel like she’s one of my very own girlfriends, even though she lives on the opposite coast and we’ve never met. She’s one of the very few bloggers that can make me laugh long and hard out loud at her hilarious experiences and turns of phrases. And the next day, she’ll bring me close to tears when she so openly bares the pain of her recent divorce. We (her devoted readers) continue to beseech her to write a book, and before too long some publisher will wake up and smell the marketing potential of this truly lovely and entertaining girl.”

If you would have told me years ago that I will be reading a blog about knitting by a lady with four cats, I would have thought you were crazy. Today, I’ll go crazy if I miss my monthly horoscopes from Crazy Aunt Purl.

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Coming up next in the series: “From Architect to Online Doodler”