30 May 2008

Affiliate Marketing With Blogs

It is possible to use your blog to promote other people’s products and earn commissions in return. This is known as Affiliate Marketing. Millions of people across the globe use blogs to get good bucks to the tune of tens of thousands per month. Some companies pay their affiliates on a weekly basis, so you don’t have to wait till the end of the month get your payment. These earnings could be less or more, depending on one’s effort and input to their online business. You may want to visit the Internet Affiliate Marketing Blog just to have an idea of how blogging can increase your affiliate revenue. 

If you are an affiliate marketer, a blog is a must have best tool to showcase your goods/ services in front of your customers’ eye balls on a 24/7 mode. Needless to mention, blogs tend to have higher page rankings in most popular search engines. One of the reasons this happens is the fact that they are updated more often and contain specific, targeted content. Please note that there are other numerous ways of profiting from blogs, including but not limited to Google Adsense, Google Adword Ads, contextual advertising, reviewing other sites for payment and the like.

Is Blogging For You?

Introduction To Blogs

This is could be the million-dollar question you need to ask yourself before venturing into the world of blogging. Thus, it will be a good idea to start by defining what a blog is. What the heck is a blog? In simple terms, it’s an online journal that is constantly updated with information pertaining to a particular subject matter, topic or theme. The periodic additions of information to a blog are called blog posts. So posting in a blog is simply the addition of information within a blog that is already active. There are different kinds of blogs, depending on their usage and purpose. In today’s dynamic world of business large firms are now finding it convenient to update their clients on new products and periodic promotions through blogs. There are different kinds of blogs, depending on their usage and purpose.

What Are Blogs Used For?

It’s common knowledge that we are living in the Information Age, where the world is slowly evolving into a Global Village. Since there is increased demand for quick, concise and precise information flow from all quarters, many firms are now finding it convenient to update their clients on new products and periodic promotions through blogs. Just by way of example, Amazon and EBay are some of the many companies which use this technology to promote their goods and services, as well as building harmonious relations with their client-base.

Blogs can also be personal, where you simply give your visitors personal view about anything regarding yourself – Yep. Inform the public about your interests, personal business ventures, share your photos, share details of your favorite pets, and the list is endless! Evidently, blogs are one of the most efficient modes of conveying information on real-time mode. This is the principal: You have to be ‘in love’ with blogging for you to harvest quality results in any undertaking you are involved in.

Can I go a little bit deeper? Think of it on these terms: You only spend time with someone you love, right? In other words, you will always find time to do something you love for example: engage in a favorite hobby, sport, or read a favorite magazine/ book. Now, dear friend, from my own experience, you have to love blogging if you are to thrive well and succeed as a blogger. It requires work and a lot of deliberate effort, needless to mention that you will have to put in quality time into it – unless you just want to pass time, but who has all the time in the world to waste? I believe you have taken time to read this article because you want to shape your destiny and future financially and leave a legacy behind you with some tangible evidence.

Once you have ascertained that you want to tread this exiting path of blogging, then you can go ahead and start your blog. Remember, you don't have to have any bucks to begin one. I will show you how you can begin a money-making blog now without a single penny.

26 May 2008

How To Start A Blog That Makes Money With Zero Dollars or Technical Skills

You may be asking yourself, how on earth do I start making money with my blog? Well follow on and I will explain to you, word for word in very clear plain English. The fact that you have landed on this article is a sure sign that you are a go-getter and such people do not go unrewarded. Now hang on and I will reveal to you how you can start your own blog today without a dime or penny and profit from it BIG TIME! Earning money online will no longer be a myth or a hypothesis to you. Any catch? May be the question lingering in your mind now. Simply put, no. I only want to show you how you could be earning good bucks a week or even hours from now – depending on your interest and desire to succeed. This information is free for your application as soon as you can.

Let me make this statement: Just solve other peoples’ problems and yours will vanish

It all begins with a problem-solving approach. More often than not, you will find yourself in some sort of issue to contend with, one way or another. This is where the aspect of interdependence comes in. And because humans are social beings, it is always almost spontaneous to confide in our buddies when challenges show up. No body is an Island - period. Interestingly enough, every issue in this life has a corresponding remedy. Just think about it. This may sound strange to most people, but there is one undeniable truth about any problem in life: No problem is permanent. It means therefore that whenever you are faced with a rock-solid situation, it's only a matter of time before you get out of it! Yes, you can still breakthrough and get the best of every opportunity that comes by as long as you have the right perspective.

With a blog, you can start solving other people’s problems and they will in turn honor you for it – good bucks notwithstanding! If you are ready to begin a blog a start earning residual income for months or even years to come.
Well before we continue any further, a word of caution here. Allow me say that this is not one of those emotional posts about some get-rich-quick scheme. This is the real truth and nothing but the truth. I am going to tell you the process you can follow to make yourself an actual business without spending a single penny on advertising, websites, domains or any thing else. And that also means not spending any money on me. But in the real sense, what do you need to spend? Time!! It may not be an easy way to make millions, rather this is about a business and being a business means you need to expend the energy and put in the work in a professional way.
You may be asking yourself, does this really work? Yes it does and I will give you a very good explanation…… read on.
Like I said - You need to put work into this and that is something of value to many other websites and companies. You just need to figure out how you can keep improving on these laid down procedure. Look for ways to monetize your blog. The more you blog, the better you will become. Practice makes perfect – He?
Ready? Get Set – Go!
1. Make a decision about a subject that you are really interested in or really passionate about. This is going to be the subject that makes you money and the subject that you work at. This subject can be absolutely anything. I mean Anything! It could be stamp collecting, the history of anthropology. It doesn't matter. Any subject will make you money. The key is that it has to be something you are passionate about. Your passion is your mission. You can only spend time with something/ or somebody you love.
2. Sign up for a blogger account. It's totally free. This is going to be your main home page and where you do a lot of the work. This will be your main, but not only, source of revenue.
3. Sign up for a google adsense account. It’s also free and your main income stream – among others.
4. Sign up as an Amazon.com associate. You will sell things through your blogger account and amazon will give you a percentage of the sale. (As high as 10%) This is a serious stream of money.
5. Sign up for a squidoo account
6. Sign up for a Hubpages account
7. Sign up with some article directories (These are places on the web you submit articles to)
Having outlined the above procedure, we now have the framework in place for you to begin making money from your site. You haven’t spent a single dime yet. I'm not kidding. You can really make some good money.
Okay, you say, but how do you tie all this together?
All of this may take you several hours to do. So set aside a good amount of time and make this your first day. You would as well write a reminder on your calendar of the first day you started your new business. At least you will be able to monitor whether or not you are making any progress – of course you will.
Please note - This is some work and I said that you are going to have to do some work. If you can't make it past this step, then the rest of this is probably not for you.
Before you start here are the links to sign up for all these accounts:
  • Blogger sign up (create a blog with a name that is similar to what your website is about. For instance, if your subject is pets then create a blog named pets, or something similar. This is important as the name of the blog will help people and search engines find you easily.
  • Google Adsense Sign up You need your blogger address first because google is going to ask for it.
  • Amazon.com Sign up This is free. They sell everything, not just books. You will find some great products for your web visitors.
  • Squidoo Sign-up
  • Hubpages Sign-up
  • Ezinearticles.com Signup This is your First Article Directory. You will write articles about your subject and submit them to this directory. It is one of the best. As you keep learning, you will sign up at more directories. This is a good starting point though.

Lets get this ball rolling
In My Humble Opinion (IMHO), I recommend you put together a notebook to keep all your business notes in. Also create some new folders in your web browser to keep information and websites organized.
The Blogger account will your main point of operation. This is where most everything happens and this is where you will probably generate most of your income. So start writing information and articles about your chosen subject. Write at least one article every day, and if you can manage it write two or more but spread them out in time. Don't write and article and then write another, put a space of at least an hour between articles.

Please follow on with these crucial steps:

  1. After each article you write ping your blog by putting your blog information into pingoat. This notifies lots of blog services that you have a new post on your site. So it would be wise to sign up with Pingoat.com You should also check out this automatic pinging service Autopinger.com
  2. Check the blogger options to see if they will automatically create a google adsense account for you , if so then sign right up and active the ads on your blog. These ads will generate money for you. If you have to sign up directly at google and wait for your account number that's ok. Keep writing posts on your blog about your subject.
  3. Put amazon ads in your blog posts. Choose books and products that go well with your subject matter or even write reviews about specific products and have the product right there for them to buy from amazon. You will get up to 10% of the sale.
  4. Write more articles and post interesting information on your blog. Keep doing it! Every Day at least once. Some tips: Write reviews, post interesting web links, dig up pictures, write how to's, give your opinion, take a poll. It’s about creativity here. Remember: no one is born a blogger, simply present your stuff, it will fetch you bucks, real bucks!

• Now you have the basic framework for making money from your site. It's all done. All you have to do is drive traffic to your site and this is where the rest of it comes in. Make sure you follow on with this final step – unless you don’t need more profits : )

This is vital: Go to squidoo and hubpages and create a lens(squidoo) and a hub (hubpages) on your specific topic. Over time you will create even more hubs and lenses that get specific about your subject. In the lens/hub write lots of good stuff about the subject and add links of course to your blog! This drives traffic and works.

Remember: Both squidoo and Hubpages have revenue sharing with google adsense which means that you give them your adsense account number and you will also get money from squidoo and hubpages just like Blogger does. Does it get any better than this? So signup for maximum profits.

Okay, now let’s get fancy!
Now start writing articles about your subject and submit them to ezinearticles.com (as you get better you should sign up with other article directories too. It’s very easy to find them. Just google "Article Directory" and you are ready to go.
The important thing about writing articles is that at the bottom of each article, also known as the Author Resource Box, you will put a bit of information about your website and give them a link. When people read the article they will be very prone to click on the link and come to your blog! Voila, more traffic. Starting an online business without a budget at all? This is the way to go.

Leverage On Your Articles and Postings
That’s about the whole process and you haven't spent a dime. But you have put in some work. Now keep it going. Write more blog posts, make more hub pages and lenses and write more articles.You will discover that this is real fun, especially when you watch your google adsense account begin to swell with an avalanche of visitors. You will know this when you check out your stats page. The traffic will start flowing in. I am telling you! This works. In time you will be getting thousands of hits a day to your site. And you will be making money.
Google pays you, Amazon pays you and Blogger, Hubpages, and Squidoo all add into your google account. Need I say more?

But let’s pause for a moment. Why will you make money? Very simple. All of the feeds to your blog are articles, hubpages, and lenses. People have read these resources because they are very interested in your subject. And they have clicked through to your website for that reason. These people are quite prone to make purchases because you are offering them things that are very relevant to their likes.