Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Money from nothing and your checks for free

You have created a blog to share all your pearls of wisdom, with hopes and dreams of cashing in on one of the hottest and fastest growing segments of the Internet. You have found your niche and you are ready to exploit it for every penny and nickel you can get out of it. Just how can you go about taking your thoughts, and turn them into cold hard cash? This article and blog is dedicated to helping you cash in on the millions of dollars of free money that is just waiting to be grabbed.


What are the nuts and bolts for a blog to harvest this cash? Let’s take a closer look:

1. Pick a topic. Be specific. The more specific the blog less competition you will have fighting for the same traffic, and the same keywords.

2. Good blog host or application. I like blogger. The new beta blogger is so much easier to use, and you can have a professional looking blog in no time at all. The other bonus of using blogger is adsense. When you sign up for a blogger account, you are almost automatically accepted for adsense without having to jump through too many hoops. (more on this later). The other applications you can use are wordpress, xanga, or typepad to name a few.

3. Be prepared to invest time cultivating links with other bloggers. Read what other bloggers are doing. Make comments, and read the comments that others are leaving. See what others are saying, and learn from their experiences.

4. Ensure your articles have value. You want a reason for the readers to keep coming back. Become the resident expert on the topic, and become an indispensable resource. This will get your articles back linked to your blog. Creating more traffic, and more readers, and of course more potential revenue from your site.

5. Most importantly you MUST update on a regular basis. The more you update, your blog ranking will increase. It will take time to develop loyalty. For the first little while, you might be writing just for yourself, but make it a habit. Do it, and do it often.

How To Make Money Blogging

Google Adsense

Google Adsense delivers ads to the authorized websites/blogs based on the content of the website. The more specific your topic is, the more targeted the ads placed on your blog will be. Google supplies the code that has to be placed in the blog or website. This code will identify your publisher id so Google knows who to pay when each ad is clicked on. Google shares the revenue generated from each click, with the owner of the site from which generated the click through.

I can not stress this enough, do NOT click on your own links. Google frowns upon this, and your account could be suspended, and all income generated will be lost. Just remember Google shares the revenue it gets from the advertisers whenever a visitor clicks on these ads with you.

Google bills advertisers on price per click basis (Google adwords). Advertisers are required to pay only when any visitor clicks on their ads. Did I mention not to click on your own ads? Advertisers bid against each other for the keywords in order to receive better placement and it can get expensive. Some keywords can generate upwards of $70.00 per click. There are many obstacles to generate this kind of income, traffic, topic, and others, so don’t expect that your site will get those high paying clicks right off the bat. However, it is still better to choose keywords for your blog which pays high $ per click.

Affiliate Programs

Affiliate Programs is another key method of making money blogging. There are many affiliate programs available, and the beauty of this type of program is everything is automated. Once you sign up for an affiliate program, they will provide you with links to their ads/products that you place into your blog/website. Some programs will pay you for the lead some will pay you a commission if the visitor from your site buys a product/service from the program. It’s all automatic. The key is to find an affiliate program that matches the topic of your blog that your visitors will be interested in. I use Clickbank and Commission Junction. These services are professional, and offer great products that will only enhance your site, and most importantly put cash in your pocket. I highly recommend them.

Alternative Services:

You can put your ads in your blog using Crispads. Earn 70% rev share per click displaying keyword-targeted text ads. Choose from more than 6,000+ advertisers by keyword. CrispAds is the only blog advertising network to allow you to FALL BACK to CrispAds CPC text ads when you haven't sold your graphical ad space. Instead of wasting your graphical ad space, CrispAds will display PPC text ads which will earn you 70% rev share per click, until the next graphical ad customer comes along! And best of all and most important you Get Paid Sooner - Minimum Payout Balance of $5.

Text links can be one of the most effective ways of generating income on your blog or website. The bright flashing neon ads are a thing of the past. Those annoying ads can be replaced with subtle text links that blend into the content already existing on your page. You don’t have to make these text links prominent within your website. This link can act as an extra value to your site and will also help to promote the rankings of other sites. For instance www.text-link-ads.com/ offers you the choice of who is advertising on your site. You approve who can and can not advertise on your site. In most of the cases you will find these text links to be most effective if placed near the navigation links at the top. These usually will generate more income for you than if you bury them near the bottom of the page.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, but it is a good start. Once you decide on your topic, then you must harness the power of the internet and begin your research and become an expert on your topic if you want to supplement or replace your income using the internet.

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