How To Make Money Online With Blogs

make money onlineMake money online now requires the use of blogs more than ever. This technique is favored in many internet marketing forum discussions and newsletters. If you haven’t setup a blog yet to make money online, then you need to…NOW.

Posting to your own blog is not optional anymore. Blogs are proven to rank high in search engines and have sticky visitors (people who re-visit your website looking for content).

Creating a blog is easy. However, making money online with it, is another story. Here’s what you need to know and do.

1. Your blog requires continuous attention.

You need to post daily. Stick with this rule. Once you miss a few days of posts, you’ll lose the rhythm to post daily. I’ve done this myself. After 3 or more days of not posting, you’ll say to yourself “what the hell” and then neglect it.

Look at it this way, if you visit a blog with good information you’ll return later on to see what new content there are. But if you visited a blog and the last updated date was like 4 months ago what would you do? Yes, you won’t return there again because consciously you’ll know there’s not much chance it’ll be updated the next you visit either.

Posting regularly to your blog has 3 effects:

– new visitors seeing your website for the first time are more likely to bookmark your blog if they see that new content has been posted daily for the past few months.

– you have more and more content everyday on the internet. This means you’ll have more and more of a chance of getting found when people search on the internet

– you’ll attract regular readers to your blog who’ll read your posts several times a week. If you monetize your blog with ads and [tag-tec]recommend affiliate programs[/tag-tec], you’ll have more chance of earning money from them.

Remember that a stale blog means a forgotten blog that no one will visit. The points above are the reasons why I advise people to blog daily. Once you get into the habit, it’s an easy task.

2. Avoid the lonely feel

There are many times when writing for your blog, you’ll feel lonely. You start to wonder that no one’s reading your blog posting apart from you. You wonder why the hell you’re doing this and then you’ll finally decide that [tag-tec]blogging[/tag-tec] does not work and it’s totally sucks big time.

Search on the internet and try to find proof that blogging does not work. You’ll occasionally find the negative posts from people who have given up, but you’ll find a lot more information from people who’ll argue why it hasn’t worked for certain people.

Blogging is not something that will give you results instantly. Read that sentence again. Knowing this will motivate you to blog and stick with it. Say to yourself, I’ll reap the rewards in a few months time.

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3. Install plugins

You must install plugins on your blog. I advise using the WordPress platform from http://wordpress.org/ for your blog. There are many plugins available which you can use to install on your blog. You need to find out and do some research on which ones will be useful for your particular case.

Plugins have all sorts of functions such as help you to rank better on the search engines, attract returning visitors and distribute your content to social bookmarking sites etc…

Here’s a short list of plugins which are mandatory to install on your blog:

– StatPress (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/statpress/)

Enables you to see statistics on visitors to your blog and also pages on your blog. It’s essential to install StatPress so that you know where your web traffic is coming from and which part of your blog is attracting the visitors.

– All In One SEO Pack (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/)

Optimizes your blog for search engines which means helping you to rank higher and get more targeted visitors. All bloggers hope to have their blog postings found on the search engines and this plugin will help you do that.

– Google XML Sitemaps (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/)

Creates a Google XML sitemap of your blog which is supported by several search engines including msn.com and yahoo.com. Another essential tool so that your posts are easily found in the search engines.

– Askimet (http://akismet.com/)

Captures spam comments on your blogs. This will save you a considerable amount of time dealing with spam so that you can concentrate more on working on your blog.

– Subscribe To Comments 2.1 (http://txfx.net/code/wordpress/subscribe-to-comments/)

When your readers post comments to your blog, they can check a box so that they are notified by email if someone has added more comments to the particular blog posting.

This plugin will attract returning visitors and can generate many comments from people to your posts.

– Simple Tags (http://www.broobles.com/scripts/simpletags/)

Enable you to create Technorati tags at the bottom of your posts. This will help you generate more traffic from Technorati and rank higher with them.

– Related Posts (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-23-related-posts-plugin/)

Shows related posts under the post which your reader is currently reading. This will attract them to stay longer on your blog and easier for them to find what they want. Very effective and should be used when your blog has many posts.

– Onlywire Autosubmit (http://www.lionstarr.de/onlywire-autosubmit-a-wordpress-plugin.html)

Uses the service of Onlywire to submit your new posts to over 20 social bookmark websites. Excellent plugin for generating traffic to your blog.

– Google Analyticator (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-analyticator/)

Enable Google Analytics to start logging your blog. Use this plugin with StatPress to monitor the activities of your blog. A great tracking and statistics tool.

– Sociable (http://push.cx/sociable)

Adds social bookmarking site links to the end of your posts so that readers can use them when they see a great post on your blog. This is an opportunity for more traffic to your blog

– Lucia’s Linky Love (Download plugin )

When people post comments on your blog there is a “no follow” tag placed next to it. This means that they get no benefits with regards to their search engine rankings when they post to your website.

The purpose is to eliminate spam comments. Lucia’s Linky Love plugin removes the tag so that people are benefited when they make comments. People will look for blogs to post comments that have the ‘no follow’ tag removed.

Spam is also handled because the commenter needs to make a minimum number of comments. This plugin will get you many visitors and commenters.

– What Would Seth Godin Do (http://www.richardkmiller.com/blog/wordpress-plugin-what-would-seth-godin-do)

Asks your visitors to subscribe to your RSS feed. A good plugin as you can set the message to disappear after the visitor returns 3 times. Increase your RSS feed subscribers using this plugin.

4. Write good content

Apart from posting daily to your blog you also need to make sure that your posts are valuable. Something that will benefit the reader.

This is straight forward. If your content contains nothing but waffle, even if you post twice a day for the next year, you won’t get many returning visitors.

Think about what reasons you personally have for re-visiting a blog. It’s because of the content right? So how do you make sure that you can write good content every day?

You write good content everyday by doing research on websites such as Technorati and Digg. You search for topics using these websites and find whatever relevant information there is. There should be enough information for you to blog about for many years.

Look at blog posts and re-write them in your own words adding your own comments. You can also search for related articles using EzineArticles and republish them on your blog and add your own comments. Remember to attach the author’s resource box to the bottom of their article though.

Content is what drives people to your blog. The better your content is, the more visitors you’ll eventually receive.

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5. Use article marketing to market your blog

Aside from posting to your blog you also need to market your blog. Article marketing is one of the most effective and cost free ways to market your blog or website.

Re-write some of the posts on your blog and turn it into an article. Submit these articles to ezine directories and ezine publishers so that they are distributed to a wide audience.

Writing articles build backlinks to your blog and also markets you as an expert in your niche. If you blog regularly then you can write articles. With these two chores done effectively, you’re almost guaranteed to get hundreds of targeted traffic to your blog daily.

Nevertheless, you must know how to write and market your articles. Don’t jump into this task without knowing how to do it properly. You’ll be wasting your time. Many people have given up on article marketing because it didn’t generate targeted visitors for them.

You can download the book Article Marketing Strategies by subscribing to the Traffic Beast newsletter at http://www.trafficbeast.com/newsletter

The ebook details step by step on how to write every part of your article and 10 strategies on how to market your articles to generate targeted traffic.

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6. Other ways to market your blog

Whenever you have time, do something to market your blog. Here are some ideas:

– Have a signature mentioning your blog with every email you send

– Socialize in websites such as Digg, Twitter and Facebook. Tell people about what you’re doing.

– Post to forums and mention your blog in your signature

– Ask other blog owners if you can write a post for them as a guest. You’ll leverage their audience and they get free content from you. A win-win sitatuation.

I’ve done this with Sheryl Polkma from Black Spider Blog. See the quality of the guest post I’ve made at her blog with the post Typical Day of An Internet Marketer.

– Write a free report. This can be 10-15 pages from posts from your blog. Make it into a free report and let people pass it around. In the report mention your blog.

– Create a video and submit it to video sites. Tell people what your blog is about and the free report you’ve written. Put a watermark on the video with the URL of your blog so that people know where to find more information.

– Write a press release and submit it to places like:

http://www.webwire.com

http://www.prleap.com

http://www.newswire.com

This will bring targeted traffic to your blog and build valuable back links which will help you in the search engine rankings.

These techniques are discussed in more detail in the book Article Marketing Strategies which you can download from http://www.trafficbeast.com/newsletter

Monetizing Your Blog

Once your blog has traffic, you can begin to make money from it. Here are 3 of the best ways to make money online with your blog:

1. Sell advertisement. Tell people how much traffic you are receiving daily and sell them advertisement such as a banner or a text link.

2. In your blog posts, recommend affiliate products or your own products. Once you have regular readers reading your stuff, they’ll trust your recommendation more.

3. Offer to do reviews of websites on your blog. People will pay you do look at their website and write about it. It gives them free exposure on your blog and if your review is good, they’ve gained social proof.

Always make it clear that because they have paid you for the review, you won’t be biased. If it’s full of crap, then say it. It’s not worth pissing off your visitors for a few hundred bucks.

Summary

Before you shout “I cannot make money online with my blog”, do all of the above. You’re almost guaranteed success. However, blogging is not a quick, instant way to make money online. Hard work and consistency are essential ingredients to make money online with your blog..

13 Comments

  1. This is a very useful article.

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  2. This kind of article is what I want to read actually I want to know how to market my blog, I only have 3 articles but until now I cannot start to publishes it on social network and now that I read these blog, it inspires me. This is one superb article that I read and actually I bookmark this for me to read it over and over.

    Racquel Lylers last blog post..The Value of Original Articles

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  3. Allen,

    What sort of help are you looking for? You need to be more specific. Always happy to know I can help someone.

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  4. It was great idea!! After reading your article I am more confident ever before that I could make it and and I could also survive. After so many months of searching a real solution for intenet marketing I finally found your website. It is amaing & and easy learn for new comers.

    Now I will go to build website design by using above domain name. Please advise me which one I could use to create website with all the links. I need your help to set up a new internet business as I mentioned before after so many frustrating monts.

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  5. Hello Alan,
    Thank you for sharing your information on blogging. I have 2 blogs. One of which is shown in this posting.

    I still have a full-time job and I find it difficult to find the time to post to my blog daily. Besides the lack of time, I often find it difficult to come up with a subject that relates to the topic of my blog to write about every day. Hence, I usually update my blogs every week or every 2 weeks, depending on what I need to get through during the course of the week.

    I did find the other information about blogging useful; especially the topic of using plugins. I will need to look into seeing what others will help my blog.

    Again thank you for your information.

    Thank you for letting me share….

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  6. What a great post. I learned so much. I have just started my second blog, and I didn’t know about most of these plugins.

    I will have to add them to both blogs now.

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  7. I’m just getting started with blogging. I have websites, but a blog is a very different animal. Your tips were very helpful… especially the one about resisting that lonely feeling.

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  8. Superb article..blogs are the future of websites in my opinion.

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  9. Thanks for all the great comments. I got quite a spike with this post after checking Google Analytics. Glad everyone enjoyed it.

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  10. I love your post. Being a beginner myself, this article was very helpful. Thank you!

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  11. Excellent article with many really helpful suggestions for beginning bloggers. Thanks!

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  12. That is the most thorough post I have EVER read. Kudos my friend. Kudos..

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