Thursday, January 22, 2009

Secrets to Making Money With Blogs

Over the past few years blogging has changed a great deal and evolved in many ways. What was once an activity limited to a very small number of people has now exploded into a mini-industry. As the number of bloggers has exploded, so has the number of tools and services available for bloggers.

How much could you earn?

How would you like to earn a million dollars from blogging? Would you settle for a few thousand dollars per month? Or are you happy with how things are going? Some bloggers make a full-time living from blogging, and they earn millions of dollars.

Is blogging right for you?

It is worth taking time out to ask yourself whether making money with a blog is right for you. Examine your intentions! Not every blogger is suited to blogging for money. What many new bloggers find is that at first the enthusiasm and ideas come easily, but after the first flush of energy has passed it becomes harder and harder to write every day, let alone keep up with all the other factors of maintaining a blog. When your income depends on keeping it up, you might find some of the feelings of excitement and enjoyment have turned to resentment and blogging has become a chore.

Passive and active income.

A big appeal for making money out of blogs, or in fact web publishing in general, is that it is seen by many as a passive income. This is income that is earned even when you are not actively working. Though there are aspects to blogging that can be seen as allowing a passive income - for example, advertising can earn you money while you are asleep, you can take days off, and so on - in actual fact you do need to keep working at it to make a steady or increasing income.

The important thing in blogging is to stand out among the crowd and it is always going to get harder and harder. You need to find a way to better serve readers while covering new ground.

Here you will find more information about blogging and other easy ways to make money online.

A Good Topic For Your Blog

Think long and hard about your life. Think about your skills. What do you do for work? What do you like to do in your spare time? What are your hobbies? What are your unique skills? Do you have children? Do you have pets? What are your dreams and aspirations? What is unique about you? What is unique about what you know versus what other people know? You can easily use the answers to these questions in your quest to find a good blog topic.

If you have trouble answering the questions above then find someone close to you and ask them to answer the questions about you. Find out what others would suggest you might want to publish a blog about. Often you cannot see what is right before you, but others who are close to you can. You might be surprised at the great ideas they might come up with for you. Listen to their suggestions. Answer the questions for yourself, and decide on a good topic.

The most important thing you can do is to blog about something interesting, both interesting to you and to other people. Something you either know a lot about, or have the desire to learn a lot about. For example, I may find that a topic like "lime green paint" would be good blog topic for search engine optimization and AdSense, however after about three posts then what would I write about that could possibly be interesting to anyone? There probably isn't much after those first three posts to write about. This would make lime green paint probably not the best topic for my blog.

You will need to strike a balance between search engine optimization, AdSense ad block placement, your knowledge of your potential topic, and your interests.

Finding a topic you like and are knowledgeable about helps you be able to write interesting posts. Your posts do not have to be brilliant works of literary art. They simply have to be engaging, interesting, and most of all fairly frequent. You will find blogging to be the easiest and most enjoyable if you pick a good topic for yourself.

Trust me when I say that you are setting your blog up for failure if you choose a topic based solely on search engine optimization and AdSense yet don't have any real interest in the topic. You will likely run out of interesting things to say before too long and your readers will get bored and not stick around. You will also find that you do not have the motivation needed over the long-haul if you choose something you do not enjoy writing about. You are much better off by taking the time to find the right topic for your blog(s) right from the start. This will give your blog the best chance for success and generate you the most passive income possible.

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How to Use Colors in Your Blog

The first step in constructing an appropriate layout involves the color theme. You want to use colors that either match or complement your main website, or even just go along with your printed materials. Remember the value in branding, especially if you have traditionally been an offline company and are now moving things ahead on the web.

Color psychology can have a positive or negative effect on every single visitor that reaches your site, and you can make the most of your branding strategy by using special colors that evoke specific feelings. The following colors are generally associated with different emotions, feelings, and reactions in both positive and negative ways:

• Red: excitement, warmth, energy, and stimulating in the positive, but aggression and excessive visual impact in the negative. Red is a strong and powerful color, and can be used properly in subtle ways. It demands attraction and recognition, but can also be perceived as overly aggressive.

• Blue: intelligent, cool, efficient, and trustworthy in the positive, but unfriendly and aloof in the negative. Blue is essentially soothing, and the different hues can create a peaceful and serene feeling. However, it can also be perceived as cold and unemotional so you will need to pick the right tone to deliver the appropriate message.

• Yellow: confident, creative, strong, and friendly in the positive; depressing, irrational, and even fearful in the negative. Yellow is a very stimulating and energizing color, but overusing it or using the wrong tone can work against you.

• Green: balance, rest, peace, environmentally friendly in the positive, but bored, bland, and stagnant in the negative. Green can be used in very positive ways for a refreshing and energizing color palette, but too many dark tones can be perceived negatively.

• Orange: warmth, security, fun, and abundance in the positive, but frivolity and disorder in the negative. Orange is a very energizing color, and can also attract immediate attention; however, too much of it can indicate foolishness or not being taken seriously enough.

• Pink: femininity, love, tranquility in the positive, but weakness and inhibition in the negative. Pink can be soothing and attractive, but can be draining and overdone very easily. Avoid using it unless it clearly matches and represents your brand.

• Brown: seriousness and warmth in the positive, but lacking in 'flavor' or taste in the negative. Strong browns can be helpful as accents, but a site completely done in brown can indicate boredom or lack of creativity.

Using powerful color combinations is very helpful when choosing the layout of your blog, and most blog platforms offer 'color combos' so you make the right choice. If you are designing your palette from scratch, just remember the principles of each color's psychological impact and proceed accordingly.

By the way, are you a coach, consultant, entrepreneur, speaker, small business owner or online marketer who is tired of getting paid less than you are worth for your coaching and consulting?

What if you could learn how to package and sell your coaching packages for $4k, $8k, even $12k or $25k and enroll multiple clients per month at those prices?

To begin learning how you can sell your own coaching for between $4k and $25k per client, download my new recording: "How to Sell High Ticket Products Online" here:

High Ticket Selling Secrets


Sean Mize teaches coaches, consultants, and small business owners how to package their knowledge and sell it in high priced coaching, consulting, and online class packages. Sean says "If you have an existing marketable service or skill that you can teach others, I can teach you to package it into a high-priced class or coaching program, guaranteed"

Blog and Make Money - 3 Essential Strategies

Want to make money blogging? Many bloggers are earning five figures a month, and many others are making a great part time income for a few hours of work each week. If you want to join these bloggers, you need strategies you can put into action, knowing that they work.

I'm going to share my favorite strategies with you. I've been blogging since 2002, and in that time I've made every mistake it's possible to make. After much testing, research and tweaking, I've developed a blogging system which works; it rests on these three strategies.

1. Research a Niche: Who's Paying and How Much?

Your criteria for entering any niche (a niche is a blogging topic, a particular area) starts by deciding whether the niche appeals to you. If you don't care about a niche, you'll have problems with it. Even if you out-source the blog posts, you need to spend time and energy on this niche. If the time you spend is enjoyable, you'll make money.

The next criteria for your niche is deciding who's spending money in the niche, how much they spend, and whether you can design your blog to scoop cash out of this money pool.

For example, perhaps your partner has just gone on the latest diet. You know that "weight loss" is a million dollar niche, and you don't actively dislike it. In fact, you're quite interested in this niche. You do some research and find a sub-niche (low carb recipes). Then you find find ten affiliate programs you could promote, and you're ready for the next strategy.

2. Develop a System: One Blog or Many?

You've decided on a niche, you know money is being spent, and you know how you'll get your share. Your next step is to decide whether you'll create one large, authority blog, or many smaller blogs. There are benefits to each strategy, but for now just decide what you'll do.

3. Create a Blog Schedule: the Money Is in the Content

Your final strategy is to create a schedule for everything you'll do that's related to this particular blog, or blogs if you're going the multi-blogging route.

The income you'll make from your venture depends on you, and the effort you put in at the beginning. Once your blog's content is indexed, and you're getting traffic, you can develop a long term schedule, out-sourcing content-creation and traffic generation.

So there you have three essential strategies to help you to make money blogging.

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Ways to Make Money - Create a Blog

There are countless ways to make money on the internet today but the focus of this discussion will be on blog marketing.

There are many opinions and perspectives on how to set up a money making blog. The question even exists as to when is the best time to introduce any type of marketing efforts on the blog itself. The thought here is the blog needs to become established with the readers first in order to gain their trust and loyalty.

Another approach is to monetize the blog immediately upon launch so that visitors become accustom to the use of the various sales tactics from the beginning.

The direction chosen ultimately will be up to the blog owner themselves. Here we're going to discuss how to monetize your blog upon launch.

Consideration and focus must be given to the 3 following areas to maximize your monetization efforts:


Here's is where you'll explore all the different strategies available concerning how to make money with your blog. What strategies will best fit into the theme or purpose of your blog needs to be carefully considered.

You'll also want to consider whether you want to add new marketing strategies to the blog later on after launch. If the proper attention is not paid to this your monetization efforts could have a negative effect on the blog. This is also where you want to select a layout for your blog that will best fit these monetization efforts.


Once you've determined those marketing strategies that would best fit your blog you need to decide how many of them you'll use. You want to be careful here because you can easily over-monetize the blog disabling both your marketing and blogging efforts. The right balance and/or mix needs to be struck to make your efforts pay off. Look around at other sites on the internet to see how they're set up and how many strategies they use.

Will you rent space to online advertisers, use AdSense ads or maybe both? What about selling affiliate products or perhaps developing your own. Will the tone of your blog reflect a more hard sell approach or will you use subtle and suggestive sales tactics.


It is important to carefully consider where to place any ads on your blog. By crowding or perhaps locating ads in low visibility areas will diminish their desired effect. Strategically placing your ads so that they will be easily found without interrupting the flow of the blog itself is crucial. It is recommended to be sure you have some ads above the fold of your blog. This is the portion of the blog that is visible to the reader when they first enter your site.

Blog marketing offers some compelling reason as to why it may be one of the best ways to make money online. It offers the blogger the ability to reach a global internet audience. The opportunity to blog about a passion without dealing with technicalities normally associated with managing a website is an additional plus. With a little preplanning you too can operate a money making blog.

Make Money Online With a Blog in Just Two Days

Want to make money online with your blog in just two days? It's much easier to do than you think. The simple process I've outlined for you works; once you learn it, you can create as many money-making blogs as you please.

1. Find a Blog Topic

Everything starts with choosing your blog's topic, or its "niche". Don't spend too much time over this. If you're a new blogger, you can waste a lot of time trying to find untapped niches with little or no competition. Unfortunately, not only is this a waste of time, it may also doom your blog -- tiny niches result in tiny traffic.

Choose a niche you know something about, even if it's highly competitive. Niches are competitive because there's LOTS of traffic, and you can share in that in order to make money quickly.

2. Set up Your Blog

Use whichever blogging platform you're comfortable with. As with choosing a niche, don't spend too much time. Get it done -- you can and will change it later.

3. Write Content

When your traffic arrives, visitors want to be rewarded. Create at least five posts, preferably ten. Make these the best posts you're capable of.

4. Find Advertisers

You can and will change the way you monetize your blog many times. Choose a method: whether advertising, selling affiliate products, or selling your own product.

5. Write a Free Report

With this fast traffic method you're paying for visitors, so you want to get as much of a return on your investment as you can. Therefore, you need a method of capturing email addresses before they arrive. Write a short report, and create a squeeze page -- use some of the information you used in your initial posts.

Now, when you advertise, your visitors will firstly be asked for their information so they receive the report, then they'll be sent to your blog.

6. Advertise Your Blog

The final step is to advertise your blog. Pay Per Click (PPC) will have traffic flowing to your blog within minutes. However, there are many other ways to advertise, including buying reviews, buying space on popular blogs, and paying for a solo mailing to someone's mailing list.

You will see your first income with this blog within two days. Congratulations -- now go and do it again.

Blog For Instant Income - Get Fast Traffic to Your Money-Maker

Want to get fast traffic to your blog? You can do it -- there's no need to wait weeks for your visitors to arrive, you can get a flow of traffic within 24 hours. When you do this, you'll turn a simple blog into a great home business.

There are basically two ways to get traffic: free methods, and paying for traffic.

When your blog is new, you need to prime the traffic pump by paying for traffic. This will get your blog noticed. Using a combination of free and paid methods for traffic generation will give you the best results over time. With a new blog, or a blog which is only a few months old, it's difficult to make an income from your blog by relying solely on free methods.

Let's get started.

1. Make the Most of Your Traffic: Capture Information

Because you'll be paying for traffic, you want a way to get the most from it. Therefore you need a way of capturing names and email addresses. So set up a mailing list for your blog.

2. Get Links Pointing to Your Blog

Your next step is to get links pointing to your blog. Increasing your links will get you organic traffic over time, and will ensure that you keep getting traffic even when you stop paying for it.

There are many link-building methods which you can use. Writing promotional articles works; so does writing guest posts on others' blogs.

Tip: make link-building a long term plan. The search engines like to see a site's link profile growing naturally over time. So don't go on a link building frenzy: it may have unintended consequences.

3. Advertise Your Blog

Finally, create an advertising campaign for your blog. A Pay Per Click (PPC) campaign is fast and effective.

You'll get best results with advertising when you target a specific audience. For example, if you advertised the keyword "weight loss" on your weight loss blog, not only would the cost be prohibitive, your traffic would also be less profitable.

Therefore, choose a specific audience within the wider weight loss niche, such as weight loss after pregnancy, or teen obesity.

You've now got enough information to start making money with your blog by getting fast traffic, and monetizing that traffic.