How to Start a Money Making Blog and Be Sure of Blogging Success

How to Start a Money Making Blog

Anyone can setup a blog and start writing content, but only a few of those blogs ever develop into money making enterprises that generate significant income streams. If you want to know how to start a money making blog then read on…
There are fundamental differences between starting a blog and starting a blog that will end up being seen by thousands if not hundreds of thousands of visitors every month.

The key to running a successful blog is in how you set your blog up in the beginning. There are several key components to blogging success;

Choosing a Profitable Niche
Choosing the right Blogging Platform
Choosing the most suitable URL
Structuring your Content
Optimizing your Content for Search
Writing Quality Content
Publishing on a Regular Basis
Promoting your Blog Posts
Monetizing your Content
Choosing a Profitable Niche

This is a fundamental that many people get wrong from the beginning. If you are going to ever make money from your blog, then it needs to be about something that already has a following.

You the Google Keyword Tool to look for existing traffic related to your Niche and study the numbers closely. When you use the keyword tool, opt for ‘exact match’ search terms as this gives precise figures of traffic for the exact phrase or keyword that you are typing in.

You are looking for exact match numbers of over 12,000 per month if you want to ever see an income from your blog. If you log into a Google account when using the keyword tool you will be able to see 800 results rather than 100 not logged in, and this will give you a good basis for potential blog post topics in the future.

Your goal is to rank first in Google for all of these terms and phrases. It is highly unlikely that you will ever achieve that ambition, I don’t think that anyone ever has, but that is your ultimate aim.

Once you have potential viable niches in mind, you need to think about your passion.

Without a passion for the subject that you are going to blog about, you will struggle to create high quality content on a long term basis. Blogging needs to be a passion if you are going to succeed. If you choose a niche without having a passion for it, you will eventually run out of steam and lose interest.

Choosing the Right Blogging Platform

It is vital that you choose the right blogging platform if you are going build a money making blog. Some platforms are better than others.

We recommend WordPress as it has a proven structure that is search engine friendly, is easy to setup and install and offers a large variety of free and paid design and functionality options.

Choosing a URL

Once you have chosen a blogging platform, and for the purposes of this article, we will assume you will be using WordPress, the next thing you need to do is to setup some hosting and install your WordPress files on your hosting. We have a Blogging Guide that walks you step by step through that process, making it as easy as possible.

You also need to buy a URL (Domain Name) for your blog. You can buy a URL from many different sources, Namesco being one popular one.

Your URL should be a.com preferably as they are the most powerful URL suffix on the internet and will instantly give your blog an advantage over other suffixed blogs.

Your blog URL should be as short as possible, keyword rich and preferably have only one spelling permutation. Before you decide on which URL to buy, try saying it outload as if directing someone to your blog over the phone. If this is not straight forward then choose another URL.

Content Structure

Your Content is incredibly important. Content is the ‘product’ that you are ‘selling’ and so needs to be of the highest quality.

Quality content can be defined as unique, valuable, well written, helpful and useful.

Ask yourself this question;

“Does my content add something useful to the Niche?”

In addition, the structure of your posts is very important. In order for your posts to rank well in search, you need to make sure that each post is optimized.

Your blog should also link your posts together. You want your readers to be able to find related content, so when you are writing about related subject matter, link to your related posts so that people can easily find their way around.

Optimizing your Content

We recommend WordPress SEO by Yoast for optimizing your blog posts. This is a free plugin that is easy to install, and which then checks each post advising you of additions that are needed in order for it to rank well.

The basics of blog post SEO are these;

Use your main keyword at the beginning of your title
Use your main keyword in your post Permalink
Use your main keyword in an H2 Heading at the beginning of your post
Use your main keyword in the first paragraph
Use your main keyword between 1% – 4% keyword density across the post
Use your main keyword in image names
Use your main keyword in image alt text
Use variations of your main keyword or phrase throughout the content
Add one or more external links in each post
Writing Quality Content

The one thing that will make you blog successful is quality content. You can drive a million visitors to a post, but if the post is not good then they will leave.

You want your visitors to engage with your content, to stick around and read related posts, to watch videos, to sign up to your newsletter, to download white papers, to buy your affiliate offers. They will only do that if your content is of great quality and offers them something.

If you want to know how to start a money making blog… the answer is quality content.

Publishing on a Regular Basis

To be a successful blogger, you need discipline, you need determination, you need drive and focus.

You need to develop a publishing schedule and to stick to it.

The search engines will learn how frequently you post new content and assuming they like it, they will return on a regular basis in order to index new content.

Similarly your regular readers will get used to when you publish new content and will return, expecting to see the next installment of you blog.

Treat your blog like a traditional magazine. They have a publishing date each week or month and they stick to it because their readers expect them to.

The top 100 most profitable blogs online all publish daily. Is that a coincidence or is that what the top blogs need to do in order to generate significant incomes? If you want to end up being a Niche authority, you ought to be publishing new quality content daily. If you can’t do that, then decide on a publishing frequency that you can achieve and stick to it.

Promoting your Content

After quality content, promoting your blog content is the most important thing you can do.

Each blog post that you write needs to have links from other blogs and websites pointing to it. This will drive direct traffic from those sites, but also will build a network of links which will push your blog higher up the search engine rankings.

Google is getting smarter, and rather than just wanting to see a few links coming into your blog from other blogs, it now (2013) wants to see links coming into your blog posts from pages that themselves have links coming into them.

You have two options here, you can either build links by guest blogging on some other related blogs and then sit back and wait hoping that someone will eventually link to those guest posts for you, or you can be proactive and link to your guest posts yourself.

Places to build links to your main blog;

Guest Blogging
Blog Carnivals
Forums
Article Directories
Blog Comments
Social Media
Social Bookmarking
We have a routine for each post that we publish on our main blogs.

We link to it from quality niche related guest blogs, then we link to those guest blogs from Social Media, Social Bookmarks, Web 2.0 sites, Blog Carnivals etc

In addition we ‘Ping’ every post that we publish so that the search engines are aware that there is new content for them to visit.

This strategy is proven and works for any keyword. The more competitive it is, the more links you will need, but eventually, your main post will rise to the top of the rankings.

Monetizing your Content

Once you have built an audience, you can start to think about making some money.

Monetizing your content is simply the process of adding related links to products and services that you earn a commission on.

You might even have your own goods or services that you want to promote, but if not, there are many options to sell other peoples products just by adding a banner or link to your site content.

Summary

The answer to the question How to Start a Money Making Blog? is short and sweet… Produce high quality, unique content and promote it effectively to as many people as possible.

Top 10 Ways to Make Money Blogging Countdown

A couple of years back, I set out on a quest. A quest to make money blogging and make hundreds of thousands of dollars every single month; enough to retire from my job and live the life of my dreams. But alas, that didn’t happen after my first blog post.

C’mon man! What? People didn’t just rush to my blog after the first post. They didn’t even come and give me their money after my 9th, 10th, 11th, and so on…

What the heck?

Did I have my hopes too high? You bet I did. No one is going to be the next Tymothy Sykes or Cute Girls Hairstyles guru overnight.

This career field is relatively new with the advent of the Internet (and No, I will not give Al Gore props on his claimed invention). Thousands of people have jumped on the so called band wagon. According to DazInfo.com, a technology blog, there were over 111 million bloggers online by the end of 2011 (Old data, for sure, but I didn’t want to waste time from writing this article to do more research, so I will stick with the outdated data).

You see my point here. I’m not even going to try and speculate how many bloggers are out there in 2013. You get it – too many to count. Nonetheless, there are thousands of bloggers that are making a nice living online.

So what do these bloggers do to make money? The answers are pretty simple. So simple, in fact, that you’ll say to yourself, “Darn-it, self, why didn’t I think of that?”

Admit it, we all do this when an invention is put out into the market place that we thought of years ago, or one that is so effortless we should have thought of it, like the Tricycle Lawnmower (that would be the best gift ever).

But I digress, I better get back to my countdown of the Top 10 Ways to Make Money Blogging, before my mind-numbing introduction puts you to sleep.

10 Ways to Make Money Blogging Countdown

Here we go…

The Number 10 Way to Make Money Blogging- Dress Like Your Favorite Superhero and Act Like a Moron in Front of the Camera

There are a lot of creative individuals on the web that are dressing up like their favorite super hero and then throwing away any self-dignity they act to act silly in front of the camera.

The Pros:

Some of these individuals have over 1,000,000 views on YouTube, enough said.
The Cons:

If your not comfortable running around your house in your PJ’s and totally acting like and overgrown ADHD child who had 100 Pixie Stix’s for lunch, then I don’t suggest you use this strategy.
Don’t get me wrong, I think some of these videos are hilarious. And they are probably making a nice passive income each month from YouTube. It’s just not my style. But if it’s yours, go for it.
The Number 9 Method to Make Money Blogging – Placing Ads on Your Blog with Google AdSense

Google AdSense is a program in which you can place ads on your blog through Google. You get paid when visitors click on an ad on your site.

The Pros:

You make a little bit of money.
The Cons:

You make a little bit of money.
Google AdSense is a nice way to earn pocket change, but you will never earn a full-time income off of AdSense if this is the only way to generate income on your site.
Moreover, AdSense ads on your site takes the traffic that you worked so hard to attract and points them to another seller.
The Number 8 Practice to Make Money Blogging – Become an Associate of Amazon and Sell Their Products

This program works much like AdSense, only you are selling products for Amazon. I use this program to promote my books and others that I feel will be of use to my visitors. But again, there are some pitfalls with just depending upon Amazon’s Associates Program.

The Pros:

You can create your own Amazon store on your website and sell every single one of Amazon’s products.
You get paid monthly.
The Cons:

You only earn 4% commissions on the purchase price.
Consequently, you will need to sell an unheard of amount of Amazon products from your site.
Also, visitors, once again, are taken from your website.
Isn’t the point of having a blog to keep your visitors there?
The Number 7 Strategy to Make Money Blogging – Sell Your Own Ad Space

A creative way to make money blogging is to sell your own advertising space on your website. I’ve seen this done on many blogs with success. Just remember that the ad space you sell should be related to the niche your blog falls into. I wouldn’t recommend selling ad space to a candle collector blogger if your blog is about new and upcoming technology.

The Pros:

Selling ad space on your blog can generate a nice monthly income.
You can also build your search engine rankings by stipulating that the bloggers who buy ad space on your blog link back to your blog somehow.
The Cons:

If you are a brand new blogger, I wouldn’t advise that you try to sell ad space. If you’re only getting 50 to 500 visitors per day, bloggers won’t be enticed to buy space from you because you aren’t getting enough traffic to your website. I suggest that you start considering to sell advertising space on your blog when it is averaging around 1,000 visitors per day. That way potential customers will be motivated to buy from you because the return on their investment is worth the risk.
The Number 6 Way to Make Money Blogging – Write Reviews for Money

This is a pretty straight forward way to make money blogging. It is also an excellent way to create content, which is a must for all bloggers… Content. Content. Content. You will have to do your research, however, to find companies that will pay you to write reviews, such as PayPerPost and ReviewMe.

The Pros:

Like I stated before, reviewing products is a great way to generate content ideas for your blog.
Customers, when faced with purchasing decisions, are using the internet to find reviews on the products they are looking to buy.
Some companies even pay you a nice fee for a product review.
The Cons:

Some of the companies that pay bloggers for reviews have stringent requirements. You will need to do your research to find out which ones will best meet your needs and skill-set.
Also, they don’t pay very much per post. I have seen, however, some that will offer up to $200 per post, but they will limit you to how many you can write each month.
The Number 5 Strategy to Make Money Blogging – Ask for Donations

Now, I don’t personally ask for donations on my blogs, but I have seen it on others. I usually see donation buttons on personal blogs where the blogger isn’t trying to sell their visitors products. This is perfectly suitable for these kinds of blogs. But, in my opinion, if you are trying to sell products on your blog and you are still asking for donations, you look a little needy. Moreover, this tells your visitors that no one is buying from you because you’re asking for money.

The Pros:

Free Money. That’s about all I can think of.
The Cons:

Not very many people donate to blogs unless their is a cause attached to it. For example, if your blog is about helping find a cure for child’s cancer, then – by all means – slap a donation button on your blog. If that doesn’t fall into your blog niche, don’t do it.
The Number 4 Method to Make Money Blogging – Sell Other Peoples’ Products as an Affiliate

I have already mentioned one way to become an affiliate in number 8. To make money blogging as an affiliate, you essentially sign up to sell another company’s products for a commission. In fact, most of the major retailers now offer affiliate services to help them sell their products.

The Pros:

You don’t need to create your own products, which save a lot of time.
You can earn a steady income each month.
The Cons:

To make money blogging just as an affiliate, you will need to sell a lot of products just to produce the kind of income you want. For instance, you only earn 4% with Amazon.
I have seen other companies on the web, however, that do offer up to 25%, even up to 75% in commissions. There is only one company that I know of on the internet that offers 100% commissions on sales from their products.
The Number 3 Strategy to Make Money Blogging – Offer a Membership to Your Website with a Monthly Fee to Access Exclusive Content

Many writers are now offering memberships to exclusive content on their blogs in order to make money blogging. These memberships range anywhere from a small monthly fee to a large one time fee. For example, ESPN offers a monthly access fee to their premium content on ESPN Insider.

The Pros:

You can charge as much as you like for access to your exclusive content, just be sure it is reasonable.
This will also create a nice monthly income for your blog.
The Cons:

In order to offer memberships to your site, you will need to write or create content that is somehow different from your free content on your blog.
This premium content must also offer some kind of value that your visitor cannot find anywhere else for free. In addition, I suggest that you only offer memberships for exclusive content when you are receiving an average of 1,000 visitors per day.
The Number 2 Method to Make Money Blogging – Create and Sell Your Own Products

Now, I would normally put this way to make money blogging at number 1 because it is by far the best way to make money from your blog. Plus, your own products also give you authority in your own niche and make you look like an expert.

The Pros:

Visitors see you as an expert in your niche.
Allows for full creativity of what you want to sell.
You control the price of your products.
The Cons:

Creating your own products takes a tremendous amount of time; time that should be spent attracting a following for your blog.
Overhead and cost, if you are mailing products.
The Number 1 Way to Make Money Blogging – Find a Company that Will Give You the Resell Rights to All of Their Products at 100% Commissions.

While the above 9 ways to make money blogging are all effective in their own way, the number 1 way I have found to make money blogging on the internet is to find a proven company that has already created the products and gives you the resell rights at 100% commissions.

This may sound too good to be true. But there is one company out there that practices this.

The Pros:

Everything
The Cons:

Not doing anything will earn you $0
All in all, all of these are good ways to make money blogging. In fact, you can employ every single one of them as multiple streams of income. The point is to be diligent, persevere, and be creative. It will take a lot of blog posts to drive traffic to your blog and gain a loyal readership. It won’t happen after just 10, so keep going and good luck to you.

Until Next Time – Keep Blogging and Making Money,

Shaun Messick

A company offering their products for resell at 100% commissions may sound too good to be true. But there is one company out there that practices this. As a result, they have exploded in sales since their launch in 2011, paying out nearly $40,000,000 in commissions to their affiliates.

Internet Marketing and Blogging – 5 Reasons Why You Should Do It

When the concept of blogging first appeared on the internet marketing scene in the late 1990’s, it was used simply as a way for people to comment on an existing website or page. It was the opportunity for subscribers and readers to post opinions on a whole variety of subjects in which they were interested in.

However, what started out as simply the odd sentence or two, has quickly evolved into page after page of personal take on just about anything and everything, and as blogging continues to evolve at a steadily increasing rate, online advertising and internet marketing has really exploded it’s potential.

So what follows are 5 simple reasons why blogging should be used as an essential internet marketing tool.

1. Blogging CAN be FREE.

With the onset of free blogging platforms such as Blogger and WordPress, a Blog is not only very easy to set-up, (No HTML or PHP knowledge is required)but it can be done with no monetary cost. Plus with all of the different themes and plug-ins which are now available anybody can design a very professional looking blog in a very short time.

2. Blogging is Very Simple.

If you can write an email, you can start a blog. It REALLY IS that simple. Gone are the dark days when it would take months and months of HTML or PHP learning, before you could even think about starting a Website. No initial skills are necessary.

If you can read and type, you can set-up a blog. If you can click and point a mouse, you can set-up a blog. It’s like having a virtual piece of paper, on which you can jot down your ideas, your experiences, and your knowledge. If you have a computer (PC, Laptop, Tablet or Smartphone) and an internet connection you can start blogging.

3. Blogging Helps to Build Your Internet Marketing Credibility.

Blogging on a regular basis is the key to building your online presence. As you continue to blog about your every day experiences, and convey your knowledge on a particular subject or market, your readers will soon come to regard you as an expert, which will keep them coming back for more.

As a consequence, more readers will visit your Blog and more Bloggers will link to your posts, and that will mean the opportunity to advertise, whether that means as an affiliate, or advertising your own products, more traffic then equals more revenue. Eventually keeping your content value to a high quality and driving traffic to your Blog will allow you to generate a substantial income, and as your expertise grows the opportunity to enter into joint ventures with other internet marketers will present itself as well.

4. Blogging Increases Your Market Share.

Unless you simply Blog for interest or for fun, I am guessing that you might just be interested in earning some money with your blog. Internet marketing and Blogging is a great mix with which you can do this, but first you need to understand how you can get your Blog noticed. So here are a few pointers as to how you can do this quickly and efficiently:

-Your e-mail signature.

Every time you send an email, no matter what it is about, make sure you include a link to your Blog in your email signature. Most email systems will allow you to set this up quite easily, and this is a great way to have your blog noticed.

-Understand Your Readers and Subscribers.

There are Blogging tools available which will allow you conduct regular surveys on your blog for your readers, in order for you to gain a better understanding of their needs and wants. This will then give you the information you need to provide this within your regular postings.

Ask for feedback on a post, ad links, or a product you have used. Again there are tools you can use to do this depending on which platform you choose to blog with.

-Join a Blog Network.

By joining a Blog network, that is a network of blogs all sharing the same subject matter, and regularly posting comments, you will not only get your blog noticed, but will also gain some highly relevant back links which you need for the search engines to rank your blog highly. The authority this gives is paramount to the authority which is then assumed by the likes of Google and Yahoo.

You will find as well that your readers and subscribers will assume your credibility is
good when they can link you to other blogs and information about your particular niche. In the internet marketing world the more bloggers the better.

-Use an RSS Feed.

RSS is probably one of the fastest growing technologies on the Internet today. As such, having an RSS feed to your blog is of major importance, as it allows your readers and subscribers to be updated automatically whenever you add new content. Again, most blogging platforms will provide you with simple instructions or plug-ins to allow you to easily do this.

-Don’t Forget Social Media.

Blogging is part of Web 2.0 Technology, which means you can integrate with Social Media almost seamlessly. So adding Social share buttons to your Blog is also something which you must do if you want your readers to share your content easily. So Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (amongst the many others) can be utilised to the max.

5. Blogging is Superbly Authentic.

There is simply nothing better than a Blog to provide you with the credibility you need to succeed online. In this day and age where advertising saturates our lives, Blogging with real people talking about everyday experiences, is a welcome and natural way for you to get your information out there.

You can easily become the known authority in your niche and be looked on as the “go to” expert within your chosen field of knowledge and expertise. So give your business a boost by using the blogging technologies available to you as your most effective Internet marketing tool.