How Much Money Am I Making with Blog Engage?

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Making Money with Google AdSenseRecently, I said “Goodbye Digg, Hello Blog Engage!” One of the reasons I made the change is that I get paid by Blog Engage to submit my posts.

I made the comment in that post that I wasn’t going to get rich from this, but it beat what Digg gave me.  Then I started wondering, “How will I know if I make anything at all?”

I am new to Google Adsense.  My account is only about 3 weeks old.  If you are looking for a Google Adsense guru, you are not reading the right post.  If you are new to this program like me, and are wondering how you can tell how much you are making from the Blog Engage AdSense Revenue Sharing Plan then keep reading.

What is the Blog Engage Revenue Sharing Plan?

Maybe you have not heard yet that you can make money by submitting your posts to Blog Engage.  Basically, you can earn up to 100% of the revenue generated by the Google AdSense ads that appear above your submitted blog post summary page.

AdSense Revenue Sharing ProgramCheck out these posts for the full details:

Sounds pretty cool, right?  It’s something I was already doing, so this is just icing on the cake (don’t tell Brian though).  Now that we know how to become eligible for the revenue sharing, it’s time to answer our question.

Setting Up Google AdSense Channels

It turns out that the answer is pretty simple to determine.  Google Adsense has a reporting feature called a channel which lets you see the source from which your revenue is derived.

Navigate to the Google AdSense Channels Page

This assumes that you already have a Google AdSense account, and that you have added your pub number to your Blog Engage account.

Google AdSense Menu

  • Log into your Google Adsense account.
  • Select the AdSense Setup tab
  • Then select Channels

Setting Up a Google AdSense URL Channel

You should see the image below on the Channel page.  We need to set up a URL channel to see our Blog Engage revenue.  Don’t worry.  It’s very easy.

Setting Up a Google AdSense URL Channel

How to Set Up a URL Channel:

  1. Select AdSense for Content
  2. Select +Add new URL channels hyperlink
  3. Type in the URL address for Blog Engage in the box
  4. Click on Add channels button
  5. You’re done

That’s it!  You’ve just set up your first channel.  Told you it was easy.

Check Your Google AdSense Revenue by Channel

You should now be able to check your revenue by channel using any of the reports, but we will just look at the summary page.  It should look something like this.

Google AdSense Summary Page

The revenue you receive will show up in the AdSense for Content line.  The default for this line is to summarize the revenue of this type from all sources.  If you click on the top channels hyperlink you should see something like this.

Google AdSense Summary Page - Channels Expanded

Now you can see the channel we just set up.  I should point out that ads will often be over counted for channels on the same page.  Also, this screen shot was taken shortly after setting up these channels (about 45 minutes later).

The Answer to Our Question

We’ll there you have it.  The answer to how we can find out how much we are making from the Blog Engage AdSense Revenue is using a URL channel.

For the 45 minutes that this channel was active 3 people viewed my Blog Engage post submission summaries, but nobody clicked on an add.

One final note, when you view your own submission summaries your AdSense publisher number is not used.  It is only when others view it.

New to Blog Engage? Read An Introduction to Blog Engage.

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bbrian017 December 5, 2009 at 6:45 pm

This is so cool Brad seriously you have given so much to our community. This may be the most exciting and interesting articles I read in a long time. Understanding how to track your blogengage earnings is amazing. I knew it was possible but I never took the time to look into it. Some of our members have over 500 or 600 submitted article they might want to use this to track what they are earning.

Sweet stuff man thanks so much!

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ileane December 5, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Brad, I agree with Brian. You continue to make valuable contributions to the BE community and this post has helped me tremendously. I followed all of the steps and your instructions are perfect.

Thanks!
@Ileane

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Alison Moore Smith December 5, 2009 at 7:30 pm

You know what's dumb. I have had a couple of URL channels set up for a years. Still, hadn't bothered to do one for BlogEngage. Thanks for the kick. Now it's set up.

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samsall December 5, 2009 at 7:44 pm

thats very informative…thanks

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Brad Harmon December 5, 2009 at 7:57 pm

I'm just trying to give back. Blog Engage is neck and neck with Twitter now for top referrer to my site, but my guess is that Blog Engage will soon take the dominant lead. You've got a great site. Now that I know how to track my revenue from you I am hoping to be able to show some $$$ in a post soon. ;)

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Brad Harmon December 5, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Thank you for the Blog Engage list idea in Twitter. I love that idea! I'm glad the instructions were clear. It was much more simple to do than I expected.

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Brad Harmon December 5, 2009 at 7:59 pm

No problem Alison. Glad I could help give you that kick. ;)

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Brad Harmon December 5, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Glad you found it helpful. I was afraid after seeing how simple it was that people might just say, “well duh.” It looks like it helped though.

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bbrian017 December 5, 2009 at 8:05 pm

wow I can't believe how fast this got published that a great sign of an active community.

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Brad Harmon December 5, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Not too shabby for a Saturday night either, eh?

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bbrian017 December 5, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Yeah I was actually really surprised lol but that's what we get to look forward to going into 2010. I see great things for our community in the upcoming year.

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Hesham December 6, 2009 at 1:22 am

Very nice of you to post this one, I am going to do it right a way :)

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Brad Harmon December 6, 2009 at 1:45 am

I can't wait until we start seeing people post their earnings from Blog Engage. Should be pretty cool.

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Dana @ Online Knowledge December 6, 2009 at 1:46 am

Really great service. It is new for me that our submission article have our own google adsense.

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Brad Harmon December 6, 2009 at 1:53 am

Yes it is. I think he's crazy, but if he can feed my Starbucks habit I will certainly let him. ;)

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ileane December 6, 2009 at 4:56 am

Good to see that you are following the Twitter List. It is a great way for us to keep up with each other. Currently we have 48 BE members and 14 followers. Please continue to spread the word.

Thanks!

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whatawebsite December 6, 2009 at 5:22 am

Excelllent topic Brad, sure to create on-going interest both here and in our BlogEngage community. Great stuff, I'll follow your lead & instructions – and am looking forward to further follow-ups. Cheers, Will

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Brad Harmon December 6, 2009 at 9:48 am

It looks like several people had the same question I had. I'm glad that this post helped some others discover this answer with me.

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jaredplittle December 7, 2009 at 6:15 pm

I just noticed that he did this today didn't have the time to add my yet. Thanks for the post it on going to do it now. P.S. Your blog is really starting to come together keep up the good work.

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Brad Harmon December 7, 2009 at 7:29 pm

I just checked my earnings since writing this post and I've made $2.61 already. Like i said, I'm not going to get rich off of this, but it's almost a Starbuck's macchiato. ;)

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Jim Hardin December 13, 2009 at 12:55 pm

I am new to Google Adsense myself and Blog Engage. I have just signed up for Blog Engage and I noticed you can put in your google ID and honestly I didn't know why. Thanks for clearing that up. I am going to take a look at it further. Your steps above sure make it clear how to set it up.

Thanks
Jim
My recent post How to Add In-Text Advertising to Your Blog

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Brad Harmon December 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Once you know what to do, it's all remarkably simple. I was really surprised by how easy it was.

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Keith December 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm

I haven't looked at blog engage yet, but it seems from the buzz this post has created I will be looking at it now!! Just added that to my todo list I keep and update daily next to my keyboard.
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Brad Harmon December 17, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Brian just changed the profit sharing system so this post isn't valid for Blog Engage anymore; however, it will still work for any other Google AdSense arrangements similar to this.

I'd suggest that you look at ExtremeJohn's profile when you join. He blogs about his traditional bricks & mortar business a lot and seems to have creative ways to do it without becoming a nuisance (not that you are).

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Alison Moore Smith February 17, 2011 at 2:28 am

It’s a nice added benefit to a great blogmarking site. So far I’ve made…drum roll…$2.98 from BlogEngage. :)

LOL Well, it’s a pittance, but since I’m there anyway, I’m happy to have the addition to my AdSense earnings. It all adds up.
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Brad Harmon February 17, 2011 at 9:15 am

Awesome! You’re rich, Alison! I haven’t checked to see if my Blog Engage AdSense sharing is still working after Brian switched back to this program. I wonder how much money people have actually made with this. I wonder if Brian has ever done a post on it.

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