Blogging

Make Money Blogging – 5 Simple

Steps to Make Money As a Blogger

Anyone can make money blogging, YES even you!

You can even earn enough to quit your present job if you do it right.

BUT you should be careful with books or courses promising to make you rich overnight.
You might have seen or heard of reports about bloggers making several thousands of dollars every day.
What you don’t know is that it might have taken them many years, or they might have to spend several bucks, to accumulate enough backlinks and traffic.

Perhaps they might have their own websites or JV partners, where they can leverage from each others’ assets.
If you’re just starting to blog and you don’t have your own network yet, don’t worry. In this article, I’ll show you how to make money blogging using 5 simple steps. As long as you’re willing to learn and take action, you can skyrocket your earnings in no time.
Step 1: Decide the specific topic or niche of your blog.
Your blog topics should be something that both you, and your audience, are familiar with or passionate about.
Let’s say you want to make money blogging about video games. If you’e a WarCraft fan, and you understand the game from top to bottom, you’re more likely to come up with beneficial content than if you were to write something completely uninteresting or foreign to you.
Step 2: Create a professional-looking blog.
Choose an eye-catching design and style for your blog. You can find free themes and plugins on the internet, so you can build attractive blogs and maximize their full moneymaking potentials.
 

Step 3: Post valuable, entertaining or controversial content on your blog.
It’s better if you write the content yourself, so that your personality may shine through. But in case you can’t think of any ideas or you’re pressed for time, you could always outsource the task to a dependable freelancer. Remember, if you want to make money blogging, you need to invest time and/or money in providing excellent content.
Let’s say you have a WarCraft blog offering free tips for a soon-to-launch ebook, what’s a good plan?
Well, you could write 300-600 word quality articles related to your World of WarCraft blog, and post an article at least 5 times a week in it. If you give quality content, your credibility or authority level shoots up.
Getting people to write comments is an excellent way to get free content and make money blogging.

People love to join hot discussions. Encourage comment posting by offering certain prizes for blog commenters of the month. For example, you could give $50-$100, gift cards to Amazon, or copies of your own products (in case you don’t want to offer money).
By posting valuable content and encouraging comments, you’re slowly building a network of fans to your blog.
 

Step 4: Monetize it.
There are a number of ways to make money blogging through various monetization streams.
You could promote your own products related to your content. If you provide good solid information and they’re satisfied, they are more likely to buy from you.
If you don’t want to go through any hassles of product creation, you could simply promote affiliate products related to your content.
You could also post Google adsense on your blog, so you can make money blogging whenever someone clicks on those ads, even if they didn’t buy anything.

You can also make money by using pay-per-action programs. These programs usually pay you more than adsense, but less than the normal affiliate programs. How do you earn with pay-per-action programs? Every time someone does a specific action that the advertiser intends them to do (whether it’s filling up a form, downloading a report, subscribing to a list, etc.), you get paid a certain amount.
If your blog becomes popular enough, you could also offer advertising space where marketers will pay you to put their advertisements in your blog.

Step 5: Bring in the traffic.
There are different techniques to generate traffic and make money blogging.
Set up your blog posts to be “pinged” automatically to a list of ping sites every time you make a new post. Pinging is a method that allows your content to be indexed faster by the search engines.
Use Google Adwords or other pay-per-click methods to advertise your blog. When people search for certain keywords related to your blog, your pay-per-click ad comes out.

You only pay every time someone clicks on your ad.
Create informative or entertaining videos, advertise your blog in that video, and upload them to video-sharing sites. Youtube may be the most popular one, but there are other sites worth uploading your videos to. You may use a free service like tubemogul.com to simultaneously upload your videos to a variety of video-sharing sites of your choosing.
Submit your blog to blog directories. Simply search for “blog directories” in Google and you’ll get a list to submit your blog details to.

One of the most effective ways to make money blogging is to contact other bloggers and set up a proposal – you put their blog link on your blog, and vice-versa.
Write articles and submit them to article directories. You can then advertise your blog in the resource box. You could even use your blog content as articles to submit to article directories. But that’s not all…
You could maximize your content to its full capacity by converting your articles to powerpoint presentations and posting them at slideshare.net. You could also convert those powerpoint presentations into videos, and then post them to various video-sharing sites.

Use various Web 2.0 methods to make money blogging. Bookmark your links at social bookmarking sites like digg.com, stumblepon.com, propeller.com, and many others. However, you should always observe proper netiquette. Most, if not all, of these bookmarking sites prohibit any marketing activities. But you can get under the radar if you give first, become a helpful part of the Web 2.0 community, and bookmark a lot more non-self-serving sites than self-serving ones.

These are the 5 simple steps to make money blogging. Hope you find them useful and may you earn a lot of money with your blog.

How to Write Articles to Advertise

Your Blog

One of the best blogging tips you could ever get is how to write articles to advertise your blog and attract masses of traffic to it.  This tip applies not only to promoting blogs, but also to advertising your Squidoo lens, your Facebook page or even your YouTube videos.

Blogging Tip #1 – Consider your Language
Lots of people think they can write well, but in fact cannot. The first problem that the majority of the online world has is that they cannot write in English:  they can communicate in written English, but not write a readable article.  A badly written email or blog might work if the message is good and easily understandable, but not an article.
Which is a shame, because not only do most internet users not understand English, but they also have a lot to offer to us that do. The only advice I can give to you is to hire an article ghostwriter to write for you.  That will likely cost you money, but not if you strike a deal, whereby they write your article in return for you translating one of theirs into your language and submitting it in your country.

I am on the look-out for these deals all the time, because it can be a great advantage to communicate with people online in their own language, particularly if you have something to sell them! 

That is blogging tip #1:  communicate as effectively as you can, even in different languages if you can make it happen.

Tip #2 – Convey the Right Message
If you want to advertise your blog, you should know how to write articles in such a way that they convey the message of your blog. Thus, if you are blogging about training cats, you should write about how you trained your cat to take the dog for a walk. This can be done in two ways:  Seriously, in which case you will make a fortune, or jokingly, in which case you will give your readers a laugh, and that will help to persuade them to return.

Not only that, but you will get a good Comments thread going about how cats can be trained to take dogs for a walk. Cats could even feed dogs, and many do but not in the way intended.  The secret is to write in such a fashion as to interest people, even if what you write sees silly.  Monty Python got to be a world-wide phenomenon because of their silliness, and the same was true of Basil Fawlty, the Three Stooges and Laurel and Hardy. 

Tip #3 – You Cannot Be Serious! – Can You?
If you can’t be silly, be serious.  But then you have to be 100% accurate, because you readers will be serious people – some even look for faults in your writing; faults in either your grammar or your content.

Write authoritatively on the topic of your blog. If you don’t know that much then get your content online and change it to be uniquely yours. The point is that you are offering useful and serious information that will provide the reader with some benefit:  help them solve a problem or save them time in what they are currently working on.

Tip #4 – Write Better than Video
Keep in mind that you are now competing against audio and video.  It’s no longer the old days when writing was the only online means of communication.  Consider what audio and video cannot provide, and then provide it. I suppose you want an example of what I am referring to?
OK. Take a simple example: you are offering statistics such as how much money your product save customers that purchase it. 

This has much more impact when presented in bold red letters, perhaps in italics and underlined, than just stated on a video or audio presentation.
Another one:  you can write down instructions on how to write articles to advertise your blog, website or even your product.  Try reading these out and see how easy they are to follow.  Or try showing them on video:  sure, a video on how to set up a WordPress blog on your website is easier to follow than written instructions, but you can explain how to write articles easier using the written word than its spoken equivalent – on an MP3 or a video.

Tip #5 – Write From the Heart
Write naturally:  write down what comes into your head as you write about a subject that you love, and that love will come through in your writing. If you take time to think what you are writing, and struggle to get the grammar and spelling right while you write, your article writing will appear stilted and unnatural.
You can correct the grammar and spelling later, but let your writing flow from your heart while you write without the constraints of online article writing rules. It’s a bog for goodness sake, not an essay you are writing, and most of your readers will be as good at English grammar as you are!  Take that in any way you like to – it came from the heart!

Tip #6 – Get The Thread?
Get a thread going.  No, it’s not a forum, but you can get a thread, or even abuzz, going with a blog.  Allow anybody to make comments freely, and you will get people visiting your blog just to take part.  Write the first part of thread by presenting a contentious argument, or even writing something completely outrageous (Barrack Obama is a Transvestite) – well perhaps not that – but something that will get people writing to you.

Whatever, all you need do then is to make sure that you will benefit from the blog page you are advertising to them.  Either have your products on it, links to important pages or even make it a squeeze page for your website.

That’s how to write articles to advertise your blog, and one of the best blogging tips you can be given: how to attract traffic to your blog and maintain a buzz about it that will force even more people to visit to find out what all the fuss is about. Why not charge them a 5c entry fee through PayPal?

Easy Ways to Increase Traffic to

Your Blog

Lately, there has been a lot of interest in blogging as a method of online promotion and branding with hundreds of marketers creating blogs to sell their merchandise.

But then just like a website or any other marketing method you may want to use, there goes an adage that says, “Telling isn’t selling.” Just like you need to promote your website to build traffic to it, you also need to sell your blog effectively for it to get any positive results for you. I am going to share a few tips with you that will enhance the flow of traffic to your blog.
Give people what they want to read
It is pretty easy to forget that you are writing for your readers and not for yourself. Sometimes people write their own pet topics and wonder why no one else is reading their ‘interesting’ articles.

Learn and use the guidelines of effective online marketing and write headlines and subjects that people are interested in. They will always enjoy reading posts that are catchy, short and informative and you will find them coming back more often to look for more.
Make your posts search engine friendly

As you write for your blog, remember to write in a way such that you can optimize your post for search engines. Understand and learn the rules of major search engines like Google and then follow them to get your pages listed for keywords of your choice.

You can ensure this happens by making sure that your blog URL contains the primary keyword you are optimizing for, using the main keyword for the title of the post, and also utilizing your keywords alongside the text of links.
Review your blog’s usability
You need to employ some unique style that distinguishes your blog from the rest.

Majority of blog visitors will instantly get turned off by all those blaring sirens and neon lights you may be tempted to add to your blog. The layout needs to be simple and calm in appearance and color scheme. After you have succeeded in designing a blog that is inviting in its design, you should try to ensure that it does not resemble anything else in the net as you go for uniqueness combined with simplicity.

Let it be easy to contact you
Equally important is to enable a willing visitor to contact you when they feel like. The contact form you design should be simple and quick to access. Many people do not want to give too much information about themselves upfront so avoid inclusion of too many personal questions. Give the readers as much information about yourself and your company or business as this helps them to connect to you with trust. The more the reader knows about what you are about, the easier it is for them to trust you.

Content is king
The effectiveness and usability of your blog goes in tandem with the quality of the content you are offering. You may want to specialize in an area that you think people will want to read about because if you succeed in creating the right content, you will have set yourself up to getting huge traffic for availing decent content in your blog.

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