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How To Make Money From Blogging

How To Make Money From Blogging

By John Matthew

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It’s easy to make money from blogs. There are all kinds of revenue and affiliate programs available.

What is a Blog?

A Blog is a personal space, a kind of a personal diary, one open to anyone to read and leave a comment. There are various types of blogs, some are business blogs, some are personal and others are designed for social networking. Most are based on a theme. Creating a blog is easy; even a child make one.

Types of Blogs

Comment blogs are the ones that offer comment on an incident or event which are of interest to other readers. Comment blogs often substitute for newspaper editorials and are a combination of news and opinions. Recently, there have been instances of bloggers updating the world about events in countries that have undergone political change, when no other traditional media was allowed to cover the events.

The other type of blog is a filter blog. Filter blogs are similar to comment blogs but point to other locations on the Internet for articles and have a minimum of content, and more of links. Owners of such blogs can be requested for links to sites, for a fee, of course. You can make money online using these blogs. Most blogs such as blogger.com and wordpress.com are free to subscribers.

There are other blog creation sites such as typepad, and MSN’s live.com. It's important to use a name appropriate to the theme of your blog. This will show up in search engine results and it can also impact your ranking on search engines. For example, if your blog is about mobile blogging have a name such as mobile-blogging.blogspot.com. Do not combine the two words, i.e., don’t create a blog with the name as mobileblogging.blogspot.com. It’s a better strategy to use the former to let search engines find your blog.

Promoting Your Blog

You need to submit your blog to the major search engines before you can earn money. Over time your traffic will build and you can paste a visit counter to check on the number of visitors. Send your URL to your friends and extended contact lists to visit your blog and link to you. When the number of links of your blog increases, so will your popularity and your rating with the search engines. Ongoing promotion is the key to success.

Apply to Affiliate Programs

When there is a constant flow of visitors to your blog you can begin earning money using a variety of methods. Apply to affiliate programs which pay money to feature their ads on your blog. After registering with them copy and paste their code in the appropriate sections in your blog. Some ffiliate programs pay per click, others pay if a sale is made through a click from your blog.

Register with Google Adsense

When you register with Adsense, Google supplies you with the code that you can copy and paste on your blog. It's important to place the adsense code strategically to get more clicks. It should be right at the top of the blog, and preferably at the top right hand side. Also you should choose an ad size which is prominent on your blog.Once you do this you can track your blog’s performance by registering with Google Analytics. This free tool will analyze the number of visitors to your site and will also give you the demographic data of the visitors.

As the popularity of your blog grows, both traffic and ranking on the search engines will generally improve. As the popularity of your blog grows, so will your revenue from Affiliate programs and Adsense. Most importantly, if you want to make money from blogging, spread your interests across multiple revenue streams.

A Sampling of Affiliate Sites

Amazon has an affiliate program that includes products such as books, CDs, office products, household products, etc. It also has a contextual advertising program where you place a code in your page. All words that have association with Amazon products will turn into a link. This creates more opportunities for making money since the reader is directly reading content relating to the advertisement, and therefore has a greater chance of clicking on the ad.

Register.com is a Web site that is in the domain booking and related services realm. It has an affiliate program by which their ads can be featured on blogs and the blogger can earn referral income. For more details read the affiliate page on the Web site.

Though G2bux doesn’t have an affiliation program it rewards members with G2points which can be converted into cash when it reaches a certain limit. There are many ways to make money on G2bux. Registration is free and is open to all.

Ebay also has an affiliate program in which bloggers can become a member. Ebay is a popular site for buying and selling used and new products.

About the Author

John P. Matthew is a business writer, blogger and Web content writer. He finds working on online media challenging and has contributed to several online forums. He is one of the founding members of two writing-related message boards (Caferati and Shakespeare and Company). At present he is with g2bux.com. You can contact him at +1 (650) 906-0329.

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Created: March 27, 2003
Revised: December 06, 2007

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