Monday, June 4, 2007

Blogging and Money

You may have heard that it is possible to create an income from blogging. This is true. If we use blog properly, it can be a very potential tool for online income. Strangely, though, many people don't take full advantage of the opportunities that are out there. And most who do don't do it correctly will end up wasting their time.

A blog is a simple tool which all affiliate marketers should be put to use to increase their affiliate sales. The term blog comes from weblog, which is basically just like an online diary. Blogs take on many shapes and forms, and are available on virtually any topic imaginable. To define blogging, we simply say that blogging is the act of publishing information, content, on your blog. It really is simple.
Income from blogging must start with you having a blog. If you do not have one, there are many internet sites that will allow you to set up a free account. Some of these sites offer to help you generate income from blogging by paying you a small amount per person who visits your blog, and others are simply designed for the enjoyment of blogging.

Once your account is created, you simply start creating posts. Posts are nothing more than whatever you want to write about. The sky, and your imagination, is the limit.
Blogs provide a very simple, quick and easy means to add fresh content to your website. As I’m sure you’ve heard many times over ‘content is king’ in the search engines eyes and if you can provide high quality, regularly updated content your website should benefit with regards to your search engine ranking.
The next thing you must do in order to create an income from blogging is begin to write! There are all sorts of subjects and ideas that different people put into their blogs, and it is up to you to pick what interests you the most.

Remember, the more interesting the content is that you write, and the more applicable it is to solving some problems that many people have, the more people that will come and read your blog. The number of people who visit your blog and read what you have written is referred to as the traffic that your blog generates. Some blogs can generate thousands, if not millions, of readers per day.
The next step in creating an income from blogging is to network with others and get as many people to return to your blog as possible.

If you want to get people's attention, you need to be different.

By providing fresh, high quality relevant content you will gain an increase of both first time visitors and repeat visitors, they will come back to check out your new content. Providing it’s interesting, relevant and useful to them. You will begin to build relationships with your readers, increasing your credibility and building their trust in you.
These repeat visitors will be exposed to your messages more and begin to trust you and your recommendations. This in turn will fuel sales and referrals. Just make sure you don’t recommend a product you haven’t tried because if it is bad you will lose all credibility!
Once your blog generates a certain amount of traffic, you can also add advertisements from online companies who will tailor ads toward your audience. You can also make income from blogging in this way by being paid a few cents for each person who clicks on the ads in your blog, or who buys something.

It's important to have your site looking great all the time. If your site is filled with error messages or the layout isn't quite right - fix it! Immediately! Someone may visit your site who is a potential repeat visitor but because your site is filled with errors or poorly spaced, you may turn them off ever returning again. Even worse, your site may be visited by a big name blogger who is looking for sites to link to in their next post. If your site is cluttered with ads or generally unreadable, they'll probably pass on your site.

By making sure that your site looks it's best, you're also showing your visitors that you care about your site and that it is well-maintained. It shows that you are truly interested in your topic and that the content you write is insightful and passionate.
Although the income from blogging that you may produce will most likely not be large amounts of money, blogging can still be a fun and delightful way to make a little cash on the side.
Other ways that you can generate extra income through your blog are through the Google AdSense program, selling banner/link space as your traffic increases or make money from other inline income streams.

Be passionate about your blog, love your blog. If you do not then it will become obvious through your posts and you are unlikely to be anywhere near as successful as you could be.
Add to your blog regularly provide good quality content and reviews and you will be on your own way to blogging success.

Just remember, do not over-monetize your website. Placing ads all over your blog/website, doesn't reflect well on you because you're basically saying to your readers that profit is most important, above all other factors such as reader enjoyment. Some ads are fine but don't overdo it, especially if you have very little traffic. You should also focus on writing articles which add value to your readers. Put their gain over your own and you'll soon find that readers will appreciate and reciprocate your efforts in sharing knowledge.


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