These days the Internet is bigger than it ever has been before. People are always finding new ways to make money online and blogging is becoming a household term. Blogging started as a fun way for friends to socialize with each other and share online diaries. In just a matter of a few years, blogs have now exploded into a market for stay-at-home moms to make an income and for huge corporations to make extra profit and promote their business. It is extremely easy to make money from blogging. How much money you want to make and how much time you’re willing to devote is up to you. If you’re serious about making from your blog, here are a few things that you will need.
One of the biggest debates in blogging is whether site owners should handle the technical side of the blog themselves or hire a host. For those who want to make money on their blog, and still keep their love for it, are generally better off hiring a host for the nitty-gritty. A good hosting company will take care of all of the details such as placing advertisements on the site, and sorting out your Categories when they look all wrong. As the site owner you just have to make sure that your blog looks great – without all of the frustration! Good hosting companies also come very cheap with services that usually cost approximately $8 – $10 per month.
Bringing readers to the site means making them interested enough to come once and keep coming back. With the number of blogs that are on the Internet today, that’s tough. The key to getting traffic to the site is to continually blog. As a rule of thumb, one post every day is generally considered to be ‘regular blogging.’ Of course, you could blog slightly less than that and still be considered a blog that has regular content. As long as it’s regular enough that it keeps people coming back!
And of course, quality content goes hand in hand with regular content. People aren’t going to continue to come back to the site if they’re simply uninterested. Quality content that’s refreshing and told from a new perspective is just as essential as regular posting.
Any good blog has a regular readership. Or at least extremely good marketing tactics that bring lots of random people to their blog on a regular basis. However you get traffic to come to your site, it’s essential that you get it if you want to make money from your blog. People can only click on the ads on your blog, or tell others about what a great site it is if they’ve been there! So getting a lot of traffic coming to the site is essential. There are tons of ways to spread the word about your blog and get traffic coming to your site.
Start by telling the people closest to you. Your friends and family will be the most interested and they’ll be happy to hear about your blog and spread the word. Social networking sites are also a great way to promote your blog. Any website that has a member’s area, usually including a profile page, will most likely include a space for your URL address. This is the most obvious place to insert your blog’s web address but there are other spots just about everywhere that you might be missing!
Visit blogs that are similar to yours and deal with the same topic. Browse through them and find a post that interests you. Go to the comment section and leave some feedback. You might be surprised to find that there is often a space here also for your URL address. Not only have you just advertised your site, but you’ve targeted that advertising to an audience that is already interested in your topic! Once you start looking for places to promote your blog, you won’t be able to stop finding them!
Of course, this is where all the money is made from blogs. Content is wonderful, and good graphics are nice too. But when it’s all said and done, if there’s no advertising on the site, it doesn’t matter how much you love it or how many people are coming to it. It will not make money. You need advertising and this is where your host will come in especially handy.
Google AdSense is the most common and most popular way to advertise on blogs. By simply going to the Google AdSense website and creating an account, your host can place advertisements wherever you would like them on the site. Google AdSense works by placing relevant ads on your website and paying you depending on how many times a visitor clicks on them. This is by far the easiest way to advertise on your blog.
Google PageRank is the application that decides where your blog will fall in the list of Google results after someone has done a keyword search. Everyone’s familiar with entering a term into the Google search bar and coming up with pages and pages and pages of websites related to that keyword. When websites have a high Google PageRank, it will appear high in the list of results. This means that people are more likely to go to that website rather than a website found on the twentieth page.
Google PageRank uses a numerical system from 0-10. To get the PageRank of your blog up, you simply need to get other webmasters to link to your site. This will simply take a lot of cold calling in the form of email. Visit sites that are similar to yours and deal with the same topics. Email the webmaster and ask if they would like to exchange links with you to add to both of your respective Blogrolls. You’ll get PageRank, and they will too!