Q: What’s the best way to monetize an iPAD blog, since it’s a new product?
A: I don’t want to pretend to be Nostradamus or something, but I just don’t see the iPad being a big hit.
That said, I haven’t looked at any data on sales or how it’s going in Google Trends.
But I just don’t see it being mainstream and being in demand. I love gadgets, and can’t figure out why I would need one.
However, if you are set on monetizing it, I’d suggest starting with a review of the iPad. That will only take you so far, but one way to supplement it would be with video reviews of different aspects of the device.
What you could do is to see what questions people are asking about the iPad and then create a series of how to videos.
Then, you’ve got YouTube as a potential traffic source (you can include a URL in your YouTube video description), and quality, targeted content for your blog.
Also, you could review any relevant accessories.
One important thing to find out first – will the Apple affiliate program be making the iPad available to promote when it launches?
When the iPhone came out, affiliates were not able to promote it. That annoyed me, since I had plans for a site solely focused on the iPhone, and ended up trying to make money on the breadcrumbs of the accessories only.
Since I recorded the video answer, I went to look at more information on the Apple site, and I see it’s not even available, yet. But you can sign up to get notified when it comes out.
Video: Monetizing an iPad Blog