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How to Start a Blog
and Make Money Online
Find out what a blog is, why you need one, how to set it up, promote it and of course, make money from it.
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If you are new to the internet and wondering what an earth this blogging craze is all about, or if you already have your own website and you’re wondering why everyone keeps advising you to start your own blog, read on. I’m going to explain to you what a blog is, why you need one, how to set it up, promote it and of course, make money from it.
Blog is short for “web log” and is similar to an online diary or journal. The craze of blogging began in the very late 1990s and has started to become more and more popular over the last couple of years. Almost everyone seems to have a blog these days, from CEOs of large companies to webmasters, from world travelers to teenagers. Even my Dad has his own blog now! A blog allows you to communicate informally with people via an online journal, but it’s more personal and unstructured than a website and easier and cheaper to set up than a website.
If you have your own website, but haven’t yet started a blog you can easily start one using a free service such as Blogger or WordPress. Try to post to your blog at least once or twice a week on topics related to your website. Blogging will help your search engine rankings and open up the communication channels between you and your visitors or customers, encouraging them to interact with you and give them a reason to return to your site in future.
If you don’t have your own website and are looking to set up a blog quickly and easily I recommend opening a free account with Blogger. You can blog about anything you like, for example a hobby, a vacation, your home town, something political, a sport or your business. Just be sure to pick something that you are interested in and knowledgeable about. You can host your blog for free on Blogspot – all you need to do is pick a name that is relevant to the topic of your blog. Once you have set up your profile and chosen a template, blogging is as simple as sending an email to a friend.
There are many ways to make money from your blog, but here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Google Adsense - this is free to join and easy to set up. The ads will match the content of your blog and you will get paid every time a visitor clicks on an ad.
- Affiliate Programs – sign up for affiliate programs related to the topic of your blog and display links to related products on your blog. Clickbank, Trade Doubler and Commission Junction are good places to start, or do a Google search for “affiliate program” + the topic of your blog to find more affiliate programs. Whenever someone clicks through your affiliate link and buys a product, you will receive a commission. If you are knowledgeable about your topic you could also write product reviews to help increase your affiliate sales.
- Sell Advertising Space – if you have a popular blog you can charge people to advertise on your blog. This could be in the form of a text link, a banner or a graphic.
You are not going to make money with a blog unless people can find it. As soon as you have started to post to your blog it’s time to start promoting it. You can get your blog noticed by…
- Submitting your blog to blog directories – just search for “blog directories” in Google
- Asking other bloggers to exchange links with you – you put a link on your blog in exchange for a link from their blog.
- Writing an article related to the topic of your blog and posting it to article directories. Remember to include an author’s resource box with a link to your blog.
- Pinging blog ping services every time you make a new post – pingomatic.com and pingoat.com are two sites you can use to do this.
- Participating in forums related to the topic of your blog. Put a link to your blog in your forum signature.
Finally, once you have your blog monetized and you have started promoting it don’t forget to post regularly. The most important aspect of every successful blog is frequent posting, so be sure not to let the virtual dust gather over your blog!
How To Monetize
Your Blog And Earn Money Online
There are many people who are not really very comfortable about monetizing their blogs. In fact, for some of them, such though of putting ads and affiliate links in their site is totally unacceptable. Sure, nobody really likes to have their site filled with advertisements and stuffs like that but we all need to earn a living somehow and monetizing your blog could bring in some extra cash for the family. In fact, there are many noted bloggers our there who are earning more tha...
There are many people who are not really very comfortable about monetizing their blogs. In fact, for some of them, such though of putting ads and affiliate links in their site is totally unacceptable. Sure, nobody really likes to have their site filled with advertisements and stuffs like that but we all need to earn a living somehow and monetizing your blog could bring in some extra cash for the family. In fact, there are many noted bloggers our there who are earning more than enough to keep their family comfortable. If you are one of those people who are open to the idea of monetizing your blog, here are some tips for you.
Before you start opening your blog to advertisements and affiliate marketing links, you better see to it that your blog has ample space for these stuffs without really compromising the integrity of your site. If your website happens to be one of those sites that are not “advertisement friendly”, you might want to reformat your site a little bit to allow for postings of advertisements and affiliate marketing links. Since ads and links should be visible in your site, clear some space on either sides of your webpage.
If you are planning to accommodate some banner ads, make sure that you have enough space for this too. A word of caution though, banners and pop-ups can be really irritating to some viewers. Things popping out of nowhere every time you open a site can really get into the nerves at times especially when you are in a hurry.
When monetizing your blog, make sure that you employ multiple income streams to maximize your earning potentials. For instance, you can put ads, affiliate marketing links, auction links and others in your site. Do not just stick with a single income stream. If one income stream isn’t working at, least you still have other sources which could bring in some money. Experiment with the different income streams and find out which ones work best for you. Always be in the look out for opportunities. If one income stream dries out, then scour the net and find another way to replace that income stream. Bear in mind that the internet is your friend and if you just know how to look for opportunities, you can earn considerable amount of money online.
Is it alright to put a button in your blog saying that you accept donations? Well, you cannot really give everything out for free. If somebody benefited from the information that you put in your blog and would like to reward you for it, go ahead and accept it. Bear in mind that you have spent hours collecting the information that you put in your blog so you deserve to receive some compensation for you efforts. You will be surprised at how many people are really interested in giving donations to sites that they find relevant and helpful.
How To Create,
Promote And Earn Money From Your Own Blog
A few tips on how to create, promote and earn money from your own blog
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For starters, what is a blog? In general terms, it is a sort of interactive, regularly updated online journal. A blog owner is called a blogger, the activity of keeping a blog is called blogging, and the blogging community and everything related to blogging is collectively known as the blogosphere.
How are blogs created? There are several options. The cost-free way is to start a blog at one of the countless free blog services, such as the Google service called blogger. Another option is to use one of the free blog scripts and install it at a paid or free hosting service. Such free blog scripts are also numerous, the most popular of them being wordpress. It is also possible to sign up for a paid hosting service with an already installed wordpress blog, but this service is somewhat costlier.
Now let's assume that we already have a blog. The next question is: Where do we get content? Choose the subject for your blog. It may be your professional occupation or hobby. In any case, you must have solid knowledge of the subject. For instance, if you are a proctologist, you may write about hemorrhoids, their treatment, prevention and suchlike as long as these are not scientific articles, but materials written in layman's language. To give you a more practical example, if your hobby is dogs, write about them and people will enjoy it. There is another way to get content. The web has many services offering free articles. All you have to do is select the most interesting ones and publish them. In this way you can quickly fill your blog with content.
Moving on to the question of promoting your blog, it is worth noting that blogs are better indexed by search engines than ordinary web sites due to the specifics of the algorithm used in blogs. For instance, a new article in a well-promoted blog may appear on the search engine results page already on the following day. Of course, this requires registration in special catalogs devoted to blogs, which is what you will do next. Another way is to publish articles with a link to your blog. There are also services meant for just this purpose.
But most importantly, a search engine needs external links to your blog from other web sites. These should be good links generating heavy traffic. What does it mean? It means that ideally the link should be on the web site's main page. What's more, this page should have a PR rating of at least 4 (PR or Google Page Rank reflects the significance of any particular web page). Five or six such links will do more than hundreds of other ordinary links. How can you get such links? There are also various options. For instance, you can find a resource thematically related to your blog and offer its owners to reciprocate links. Finally, you can buy such links. The higher the web site's PR rating, the more such links will cost you.
Now let's move on to the question of how you can earn money from your own blog. The scheme is quite simple: traffic is converted into money. Your income increases proportionately with the traffic volume. One way to earn from a blog is to place ads, which is done most often through google adwords. Another way is to participate in partnership programs associated with the subject of your blog. So if your blog is devoted to dogs, you should advertise flea control products and other dog-related merchandise. A third way is to sell your own merchandise or services. Of course, you can combine several ways of generating income in a single blog. Last but not least, remember that strength is in numbers, which is why it's a good idea to maintain several resources at the same time.