By Charles Hopkins
Published 09/20/2007 | Blogs
Blogging, Blogging everywhere, not a penny in my account. Some people
are able to earn a handsome amount of money from blogging, but for some
people, earning from blogging is a far-fetched dream. If you are among
the few who are yet to know what blogging means or if you do not know
how to earn from your blog, here is an attempt to present a road map to
start earning from your blog.
Blogging is defined as A frequent, chronological publication of
personal thoughts and Web links. Simply speaking blogging means
writing and publishing your thoughts and views. Blogs attract lot of
traffic as they have a casual approach of presentation of views and
they provide an excellent platform for discussion.
Blogging usually begins with selecting a topic for your blog.
Though you can create a blog for your random thoughts, it will not earn
you money. You will find lot of articles on how to choose a profitable
niche for your blog. You might even be tempted to look for ways of
finding the most profitable keywords that will help fill your bank
accounts. The most important aspect to look for when selecting a topic
for your blog is whether you really know anything about the selected
topic. After all you are the one who would be writing on the blog.
Certain keywords like Mesothelioma are supposedly good paying keywords
on Google Adsense, but would you be able to write on this topic on an
on going basis? If the topic is on something that interests you, you
will find yourself writing new articles and eventually providing a lot
of interesting content for your readers.
You should always remember that just because you like to gossip
about your neighbor and you can write about it, does not mean you will
have a lot of readers visiting your blog. You need to be imaginative
and creative when selecting a topic for your blog.
Lots of search engines and keyword research sites provide ways to
see recent searches done by their users along with the search
frequency. If you find any such search terms interesting and relating
to your favorite hobby, you can be assured of having good traffic to
You can set up your blog on one of the free blog sites like
WordPress, Blogger, and Typepad etc. For those who are pretty new to
blogging, the blog sites provide simple and easy to understand setup
instructions. When setting up your blogs you need to select a relevant
name and URL for the blog. Having a relevant URL is considered as one
of the factors in search engine optimization and will ensure your pages
rank well in search engines, for searches related to your blog topic.
If you already own a domain name and hosting space, you can setup your
blog on your own server. Setting up the blog on your own space provides
you lot of flexibility in terms of the design, control and plug-in
Once you have set up your blog, you need to ensure you get regular
traffic to your blog. You will never earn from your blog if it has no
traffic. You need to plan well on getting regular traffic. You should
begin by submitting your blog to various blog directories. Some
directories will ask for a reciprocal link while some will be paid. If
you can afford it, you can opt for the paid directories. You should
submit your blog to at least one directory per day. You should also
take care to submit your blog to the most relevant category. Blogs
submitted to irrelevant directories are considered spam and will not be
accepted. Usually directories take 2-3 months to approve submitted
Any Blog software you use will provide RSS feed. You should submit
your blogs RSS feed links to various RSS directories. Such directories
are a good source of return traffic. Some sites also provide ways to
earn money from your feeds by putting in advertisements. Sites like
FeedBurner will help you earn money once you have certain number of
readers subscribed to your feed. You should also consider bookmarking
your blog on sites like Digg, Technorati, Yahoo, Google, MSN.
Bookmarking of your blog on the various bookmarking sites will get your
blog indexed quickly by the search engines and will help you get
organic traffic. You should also add your blog link in your profile on
various social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook. One of the
quickest ways to get traffic is to create and submit a video to sites
like YouTube. This will get you a good source of traffic. You need to
ensure that the video is related to the blog topic.
The quickest way to earn money from your blogs would be from
placing content relevant ads in your blogs. Google Adsense, Yahoo, and
Auction ads are some sites which allow bloggers to publish content
relevant advertisements on their blogs and earn money when someone
clicks on these ads. You can also look at affiliate marketing on your
blogs. You can review and provide your feedback on the products sold
through affiliate networks like Commission Junction, Revenue Gateway.
Such affiliate network sites allow you to select the product you want
to endorse on your blog. You earn money when someone clicks on the
product link on your blog and buys the product. These commissions
usually are in certain percentage of the product price. If you have a
niche blog and are able to provide the user all information on the
topic, you would be seen as an expert on that topic and any visitor
would buy products recommended by an expert.
If you are not technology savvy and hate to maintain blogs, you can
always register yourself with sites like PayPerPost or iBibo, where you
are paid per blog post that you write.
Todays Internet provides lot of opportunities to earn some extra money. Its up to you how you use the opportunity.