I am in the process of reading "An Army of Davids" and of course, finished reading "Blog" a few weeks ago, so I've been keeping an eye on the whole blogging phenomena. I found this article on Wired News I thought was interesting. It's a must read if you are looking into making some cash from your blogging. I personally have not even gotten over $100 since I started using Google AdSense, but then again, I don't have that much time to dedicate to this.
WN: What do you need to start a profitable blog?Talking to a top blogging industry professional, I heard that parenting blogs are going to be going up in demand. (Hint to mom & dad...I think you both did a good job. Now its time to write about it)
Davis: You should have at least 100 pages of high-quality content in the can. Blogs are good because they keep content fresh, but that's just a small part of it. Good reference material really draws traffic. On a photography site I run, for example, one piece I wrote on how to convert raw digital photos draws more traffic than 99 percent of my other photo pages.
WN: What are some of the more lucrative areas for blogging?
Davis: Hot technology areas are always good to blog about. People always want to know what new gadget they should get, and those sites tend to have very monetizable content.
Probably blogs on legal issues would do well if they focused on areas that have to do with litigation. (Drugs and diseases that have resulted in huge liability suits are among the most expensive keywords.)
Another area that seems under-blogged is financial reporting. There isn't too much well-informed financial stuff that isn't under subscription.