Technology, Platform Choice & Photo Blogging





Photo blogging appeal

There is a significant number of people on the Web who believe that photo blogging is the most exciting kind of blogging that exists; and while building a photo blog – and maintaining it – is no more difficult than creating and updating a text-based blog, many people feel that the internet’s high speed and full-color technology reaches the pinnacle of its appeal with the transmission of images. But what may be the most appealing aspect of this technology is the ease with which bloggers of all skill levels can upload photographs to their blogs on a daily, weekly, monthly or even occasional basis.

For those who like photography, photo blogging is a great way to highlight self expression while reaching viewers in an emotionally charged and aesthetically engaging way; and surfing photo blogs can also be helpful in getting a whole new perspective on this global society in which we live. It is important to keep in mind, however, that the selection of a blogging platform could play as important a role in photo blogging as shopping for the right camera. Choosing a blogging platform, whether it is free or requires payment, can feel overwhelming based solely on the many options to choose from.

There are several large blog-hosting platforms that dominate the blogosphere, but there are also less popular, smaller platforms a photo blogger can take a look at. But whether you decide to join up with an established platform like Blogger, WordPress or Technorati, or you choose to sign on with a smaller,
relatively new venture depends on what your priorities are. It is certaianly reasonable to assume that, for most bloggers – text-based, photo/video-based or otherwise – reliability will be among the most important reasons for choosing, and might therefore be the best reason to opt for a large and well known blogging site.

Thematic content

Of course it should come as no surprise that, many image blog owners are also photographers by trade, although the popularity of photo blogging continues to be very high among amateur shutterbugs, hobbyists and photography enthusiasts; and it seems self-evident that a majority of the most popular photo blogs have gained that popularity because the pictures on them are of the highest artistic caliber. If you guessed that a lot of the people who run these visually striking blogs are graduates of prestigious art schools and possess impressive professional portfolios, you would be right.

However, some of the most well-known and frequently visited photo blogs are as notable for their concepts as they are for the pictures themselves. Some popular photo blogs, like the popular blog, “Cute Overload,” (this blog announced on January 18, 2016 that it was closing down) which features picture after picture of adorable animals, are more about the thematic content of the pictures than they are about the style in which the snapshots were and are taken. Keep in mind also that photo blogs, like many other Web-based entities, have established forums to display the work of highly skilled artisans whose work range from playful collections of curiosity to more serious photo-journalistic work.

This shows that photo blogging is a truly diverse form; and the fact that photo blogs are so easy to build as well as to update makes this kind of visual communication very democratic, while enabling people (bloggers) at all skill levels to become a part of the global conversation about the nature and value of photography today. But whether you are an artist or hobbyist who wants to create a photo blog; or you are just somebody who enjoys learning about new places and things, spending some time looking at the most popular photography blogs on the internet can be a very rewarding endeavor.

The world via photo blogs

You can travel to another place or another time by viewing pictures of faraway locations and long-ago eras; and you can see your own neighborhood with fresh eyes by discovering how local artists have photographed (depicted?) the town or city in which you live. Photo blogging enables people to communicate all of these things plus a lot more; and this makes it a very exciting part of the modern blogosphere. If you agree that the best thing about web technology is the capacity to help people reach each other in a very personal way from across great distances, then you may also agree that in many ways, a photo blog is the most successful kind of web site.

A Look at the Money-Making Aspects of Blogging

Business blogging models

With respect to making money via blogging, there are basically two types of business models used by Web marketers, enterprises and other entrepreneurs to generate money through their blogging activities. The first model, considered the most common method of turning a blog into a profit-making machine, is to sell advertising to different companies and brands that want to reach that blog’s readership. The second model helps a single brand to improve its image by creating positive associations between the blog and a particular product in the mind of consumers.





Both models of money-making business blogs are capable of generating huge sums of money, especially if the blog owner/publisher has a an average to good understanding of Web marketing basics. In other words, it will help a great deal if you are a blog owner/publisher who already know which business model you prefer to employ, based on your writing style, your content type (text, photo, audio, video) and your targeted audience, since this preliminary information will go a long way in launching your blogging business in the most effective manner.

Passive earnings

That having been said, if you are blogging with a goal of selling advertising, there are a couple of ways you can go about it. Either recruit sponsors who want to put ads on your site, thereby letting someone else do all of the legwork; or do the work yourself and keep all of the revenue. Opting for the first method will place you among those many people who make money blogging by selling space through Google’s AdSense program. The advantages of this program are numerous, as it will require very little effort on your part to set the stage for income opportunities.

Should you choose the Google AdSense method, however, it is important to understand that the increments of, and frequency of payments you receive may not be as large or fast as you might expect, since most people already participating in this program discover that they make less money through this method than they had hoped their blog would earn. The increments tend to be in mere cents as opposed to dollars; and the frequency could end up being semi-annually or annually, instead of monthly. Keep in mind that the more traffic you attract to your blog and click those AdSense links, the bigger and more frequent your payments are likely to be.

The more lucrative aspect

Selling advertising directly to companies who want to put banner ads or sponsored links on your blog can take quite a bit of time, but it is often fairly lucrative. If you have a lot of contacts in industries that are related to the topic of your blog, you may want opt for this route. People who have a strong background in sales and are experienced at pitching proposals can make quite a bit of money by renting blog space to interested companies. The most serious problem with this model is that you often have to build quite a sizable readership before you can attract advertisers; and this can mean that you’ll have to do several months of work before you start to make money blogging.

As blogging became an increasingly lucrative business, many established companies considered how they would get a piece of the action; and one way some companies have capitalized on the blog movement is by having blogs that provided a kind of friendly face for their corporation. A company would often employ an established blogger to create a weblog designed specifically to appeal to that company’s customers and to create positive associations with the brand in the minds of consumers who they wished to attract as customers.

A course of action option

More than one writer who never even dreamed that they can make money blogging have been approached by various companies and offered substantial sums of money to do blogging for these companies. So think about which money-making model of business blogging you’d prefer to employ in your own space, do your research on the available sponsors, customers and audiences that best suit your blogging method and get started blogging. But don’t expect overnight success, and don’t expect to see huge amounts of money to start rolling in, despite which model you use; because you have to put in the work, time and – in some cases – advertising money for maximum blog exposure, before you can reap the rewards. Good luck!