How To Make Money Online With Blogging?
If you’re around the blogging world, even a bit, you’ll quickly realize there are a lot of bloggers who make money by talking about how to make money online.
Rather than just talking about it, I chose to see if I could actually make a full-time living before ever wrote any tips or advice on the subject.
That’s not to say there isn’t plenty to learn from unproven bloggers, but I felt more comfortable proving to myself I could do it before teaching others.
Now that I’ve found it’s actually a legit way to earn some money, I decided to pour into this post as much as I could about blogging.
What Is A Blog And How Does It Work?
A blog is short for Web log. Basically, it’s just a website that has entries listed in reverse chronological order.
The original idea behind it was to be an online journal (or diary that was updated daily (or as frequently as the writer chose.)
During the past decade, many software companies have created programs and blogging platforms to make the process of building a website easier for the average person now.
As the blog writer, depending on which platform you use, you can just type your entry, press submit, and it shows up on your blog for the world to see.
Most bloggers don’t know any programming languages and are not “techies,” and these companies know that.
Starting a blog is just one of the many ways out there to start a website.
If you haven’t started one yet, why not try it?
Is It Easy To Start A Blog?
Even if there are steps along the way that are confusing, there are plenty of resources to get the help you need.
There are more than 20 million blogs in existence, so starting a blog can’t be that difficult. With Google always just a click away, it’s not too hard to find out how to do just about anything!
Deciding What Blogging Platform You’ll Be Building & Hosting On.
The options I am going to tell you about first are free, they’re basically used for practice.
Even though the first two options are the easiest, You’ll be very limited when it comes to features, designs and optimizations that you are going to want to be able to make changes to.
If you’re just getting warmed up to the idea of blogging, or need somewhere to practice building a blog, you can try these resources:
- These sites are completely free and easy to set up, and you can customize the theme, but other customizations are limited.
- The domain name includes “.wordpress.com.” The big downside of these sites is that they don’t allow you to place ads on your blog.
- Blogger is very good and easy to set up, and Google owns it. You can customize the theme, and the domain name includes “.blogspot.com.”
- (In some people’s opinion this is a little less professional.)
- Blogger continues to become more customizable and currently has a lot more options than it did a few years ago.
Wait, what’s the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org?
- To put it simply, WordPress.com is where you go to set up a basic, easy blog with limited features.
- WordPress.org is where you go to get a self-hosted blog.
- If you get to the point where you’re serious about blogging and want to make some real money with it, you’ll need to self-host your blog.
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One of the big advantages of using WordPress or PerfectedHosting, is that you can use your own domain name (i.e., yourblog.com).
While this might not seem like a big deal, it’s a lot easier for people to remember yourblog.com rather than yourblog.blogspot.com, which is what you get if you use Blogger Platform.
Picking A Domain Name.
You should start by purchasing a domain name. You’re going to want to find a .com rather than a .info or .us or anything else for that matter.
It’s just too easy for people to get confused. A .com is always going to hold more value than any other extension.
Consider A Customizable Theme for Your Blog Website.
After I took the step to host my blog, the next step that greatly helped me increase earnings was to choose a highly customizable theme. You may not want to do it at the beginning, but once you’re committed to blogging and want to invest a few bucks, putting that money toward a premium theme is a good investment.
Ways I Make Money Online & How To Get Started with A blog!
When I go to family functions or social events, I often get a blank stare when I explain what I do for a living.
I think people understand the part that I write articles and put them on a website, but when it comes to making money from it, they don’t get it.
CPC Ad Networks (cost per click)
- There are a few different ad networks I use on my blogs. The most successful one is Google’s Adsense program.
- It is a cost-per-click model, which means that I get paid every time a visitor clicks one of those ads.
- Google’s responsibility is to read the article I write and find ads that are relevant and display them next to the article.
- It actually is a pretty good system, and as a result, it tends to be the easiest and quickest way that most bloggers start making money.
For Example, if I write an article explaining,
“How To Start A Profitable Online Business”
So, if I read that article and decided I did want to Start A Online Business, the ads provide options the article did not. All things considered, when Adsense ads are optimized correctly they can be a great way to earn from your blog.
CPM ad networks
While Adsense pays on a click basis (CPC), I use other ad networks that pay by the total number of visitor impressions (CPM, cost per thousand).
In the beginning, these networks don’t produce much income, but as the traffic grows, CPM networks seem to work well in conjunction with Adsense.
Affiliate product sales
Let’s say you sell lawn mowers, and I refer someone to your store who’s interested in buying a mower.
If the customer then purchases the mower, you send me a check paying me a percent of the sales price.
This is essentially what an affiliate sale is.
It isn’t much different from being a 100 percent commissioned salesperson for a company except that online you can do it for multiple companies.
There are a million options to get started with affiliate ads on the Internet now.
Direct ad sales
I also sell ad space directly to advertisers. I know that in certain niche markets direct ad sales can work out very well.
f you’re interested in It check out buysellads.com. The site is basically like a middleman helping bloggers and advertisers get connected.
How to get traffic to your blog.
If you’re like most, you want to create a blog so that others can read what you have to say.
Sadly, people will not find your blog (in the beginning anyway) unless you do a little legwork.
These are some of the things I did to get traffic and some that I still do. The first thing to do is write a few great articles about your topic and feature them in your sidebar.
Then, start working on generating traffic, because you not only want traffic, but you want to return traffic as well.
One of the absolute best ways for new blogs to get traffic is just to comment on other blogs.
Commenting with a thoughtful and/or provocative response will often send a few visitors your way.
The blogging community is generally very social, and those who are active often reap the rewards. Even more important than the few visitors you pick up from it is the relationships you can develop with other bloggers.
I think this is one of the best ways to start getting some traffic and building an audience. Guest posting provides a great opportunity for a newbie to writing an article that 20,000 readers can see. I don’t know of any other method that could bring traffic as quickly.
The key is to write a great article – don’t hold back your best stuff. I’ve seen people grow their blogs very quickly by posting some of their best articles on other sites.
Also, only submit unpublished content as a guest post. If it’s already published, then the blog that’s allowing you to guest post won’t get any search engine traffic for that article. There are, though, places to republish your articles. We’ll get to that in a minute.
First, do a lot of commenting on some small to medium-sized blogs in your niche. Get to know the bloggers, connect with them via email or other social media, and get to know them.
THEN, offer to write them a guest post.
Start Signing up for blog community sites.
Just a couple off the top of my head are technorati.com and blogcatalog.com. Look for other blogs in your niche and join their networks and ask to become their friends
. Networking with some of your fellow bloggers here will send a few visitors your way and is a good way to get started.
Submit to Blogcarnival.com
One of the best things beginning bloggers can do is to sign up for blogcarnivals.com.
At this site, you can submit articles you wrote on your blog for inclusion in a list of articles by the hosting blog.
It is kind of like “open mic night.” If you have an interesting article with an exciting title, you can get some good traffic from blog carnivals, not to mention incoming links from other related sites.
If I were starting a blog today, one of the first things I would do is Google “whatever topic I want to blog about” + “directory” This should return a list of web directories about your topic.
I wouldn’t waste my time with any directory that guarantees inclusion. The key is that the directory will check out your site and make sure it’s legit before approving you.
This is how you know it’s a good directory. You may not get a lot of traffic, but getting in a few good directories is still an excellent step forward. A few of the more valuable ones to get you started:
● Dir.Yahoo.com ● BOTW.org ● DMOZ.org ● Blogged.com ● JoeAnt.com ● Greenstalk.com ● Familyfriendlysites.com
Becoming involved in forums or message boards related to your topic and having a link to your blog in the signature line can send a few visitors your way.
Google “your topic” and “forums,” and you’re sure to find a few. Just don’t be annoying and go in just to promote yourself. People can see that from a mile away.
The new age of the Internet is very much a “give and you shall receive” environment. If you seek to give and be a benefit before seeking your own rewards, you’ll be much better off.
Linking to other blogs.
I don’t know what it is, but everyone wants to know when someone is talking about them. Bloggers are no different.
When people link to my site, I get a notification and often go check out who linked to me and what the context was. I formed some positive relationships just from this. This is a great way to get on the radar of some small to medium-sized bloggers in your niche.
Create small topical pages
Squidoo.com, InfoBarrel.com, Hubpages.com, and a handful of others are sites that allow you to build a simple page about a topic.
You can do it very quickly, and the pages often rank well in the search engines. If you build a page that gets a little bit of traffic and has links coming back to your site, you can catch some of those visitors.
As if that weren’t good enough, many of them allow you to earn money from your articles as well.
Submit articles to article submission sites. These sites collect articles and most allow a bio-section that can include a link to your blog. Here are a few that are worth looking into:
● ezinearticles.com ● goarticles.com ● articledashboard.com ● buzzle.com ● articlecity.com
SEO tips for blogs and blogging.
It takes a while to get a decent amount of traffic from the search engines. Generally, the search engines do not like NEW websites.
They like more established sites that have a lot of people linking to them, proving they’re reputable.
This is why getting links from other bloggers, directories, other websites that have good reputations in the search engines’ eyes is very important.
As your blog begins to grow by having more pages and more links, the search engines begin to send you more and more traffic.
This is a good thing! But they’re often wary of new websites, so time is your ally when it comes to the search engines. Read my full Seo Guide Here!
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a science/art (depending on who you ask) that focuses on getting your website or blog to the top of the search engine listings.
Being at the top of Google’s results for any decent keywords can be a great source of traffic and the greatest part about it is that its FREE TRAFFIC!
As your blog grows, try to learn more about it because it will only help you.
Just like most of the things you’ll learn while blogging, you don’t need to be an expert at it – just having a working knowledge will provide great results.
The thing to remember about the search engines (especially Google) is that they’re trying to create a perfect system where any searchers can find exactly what they want.
Google wants to display the most relevant websites. It will never have a perfect system, but it probably won’t stop trying. If you can keep this in mind, it helps when you’re trying to optimize your blog.
Don’t waste your time trying to trick the search engines, they will figure it out and punish you for it.
Just focus on making it very clear what your site is all about and writing worthwhile content for your reader, and the rest will take care of itself.
So, let’s get to some SEO. These are some of the most important pieces of SEO that every beginner should know.
If you do these right, you’re that much ahead of most people who don’t know anything about SEO.
1. Title tags
- This may be the single most important part of on-page SEO. The title tag of your website is what shows up in the top of the browser window.
- It is also one of the most important factors the search engines use to determine what your site is about.
- You WILL want to make sure that your title tags contain the keywords that you want to rank high enough in the search engines.
- If your site is about rock climbing, you will not want to have “welcome to Bill’s blog” in the title tags. Something better would be “Rock climbing 101 | the best rock climbing techniques.”
2. Anchor text
Anchor text – the text that people use when linking. For instance, if I created a link for a great search engine, you can see the link goes to Google.
“Great search engine”
is the anchor text.
The anchor text is a big deal because it tells the search engines what other sites say your site is about.
Google pays attention to what words are in the anchor text. Obviously, you can’t control how other people link to your site all of the time. But, for those times that you can, use variations of your keywords when possible.
Linking to other pages and posts on your website, directory submissions, blog carnivals and your signature line in forums all may be good places to make sure you can work your keywords into your anchor text.
3. Keyword research
If you’re trying to get traffic from search engines, it’s always a good idea to know what people are searching for before you start writing.
I often use Jaaxy the keyword tool and run some keyword ideas through it to get estimates of how many people are searching for them.
4. Get links
You already know the importance of links coming into your blog. Getting links to your blog is still the single most important factor in getting traffic from the search engines.
Other than the great benefit they play in improving your search rankings, they also send visitors to your site.
It’s an obvious benefit but often overlooked by people focusing on SEO. If you get a link from a blog that gets a lot of visitors, you could see a huge traffic spike.
If you get links from lots of blogs, you can and will see visitors coming from most of them. Maybe not a bunch, but as you get more links, you will see more visitors.
The bottom line about link-building is that you have to create something great that people want to link to. If you can consistently do that, many other things will fall into place.
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Think about the whole process of building a house one brick at a time. And get excited each time you add a brick because it’s slowly growing into the structure, and that brick is most likely going to remain there for years to come
Write articles people are searching for!
This might seem unrelated, but it’s very important. If you’re like most bloggers, you have a regular readership and you have readers from the search engines.
For some reason, a lot of bloggers just don’t give much respect to search engine readers and don’t really try to reach out to them other than trying to “convert” them to a regular reader.
I approach things a little bit differently. Rather than getting frustrated that so many search engine visitors don’t come back, I started to embrace it.
I realized that my main goal was to help people, so why should I care if they visit only once or on a daily basis as long as they’re getting helped?
So while I very much appreciate and value my regular readers, I also understand that I can help those who find the site via a search engine.
I started doing keyword research to see what people were looking for in the search engines. If there are people searching to find out how to start a blog or online business, I want to help them find out!
What happened to me as I started to become more conscious of what people were searching for was that I started getting more search engine traffic – which, of course, leads to higher earnings from Adsense.
Test, retest and test again!
When It comes to landing pages, sales pages, and running Adsense tests, I typically let them run for a month in order to make sure they’re very thorough.
I have a calendar I use to mark down when I make changes and what changes I make.
Then, when the test is complete, I compare CPM and eCPM (effective cost per thousand) rates to see what performed better.
A/B split testing is a better method when possible, but for certain tests, it just isn’t possible or practical.
Either way, if you want to make more money with Adsense, experimenting and testing is a must!
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