Saturday, 29 March 2008
Adbrite is a system that allow people to run ads on your blog. You set a price and advertisers bid for a space. Of course, the first thing you need to do before selling advertising space is to prove that your blog is popular enough to attract readers that can see the ads.
One of the best ways to do this and show exactly how popular your site is would be by keeping up with the amount of people that visit your blog. You should also make sure that you promote your blog in a way that it will rank high in the search engines. This is a vital step in making your blog popular.
You should also try other ad networks. These include AuctionAds , Kontera and Bidvertiser
To put this in a different view, if you would observe the company that delivers the daily paper to your doorstep for a business case study, you will come to learn that the newspaper publisher hires reporters, writers and other important staff to create the contents and deliver the papers to their readers.
In addition to the above mentioned, the publisher has to invest regularly in heavy duty machineries and tons of papers in printing tons of newspapers on a daily basis.
And in order to ensure that the newspapers are delivered on time, the publisher appoints agents at every part of the covered territory.
So, how does the newspaper company make money? It is obvious that selling a copy of the papers at less than a dollar would not even be able to even fund the operations.
The answer? Selling advertising spaces! You have definitely seen lots of advertisements in the newspaper. The publisher simply sells advertising space in the papers to advertisers who want to leverage their advertising efforts on the paper’s high readership.
On the same analogy, you can make money the exact way from your newsletter: simply by selling advertising space to prospective advertisers!
If your mailing list size exceeds 1,000 (5,000 is recommended) subscribers and beyond, you can start selling advertising space for say, $10.00 per sponsor ad.
In this manner, you turn every issue you send out to your subscribers into a profit-pulling device. And since there is virtually no end to the stream of advertisers as products, services and businesses are cropping every single day in every industry imaginable, so are your money making opportunities.
SO get ready to "make money by from blogs" by selling advertising space.
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
If you think marketing your blog is bad, immoral, uncool, greedy, horribly or everything after those principles, then do quit thiming of "how to make money frm blogging"
Then, if you also have mixed feelings over the monetizing of your blog, then its better you sort out those feelings first. If you think monetizing of your blog is wonderful, that is fine. If you think, it is evil, it is also fine.
But you have to form your understanding, before you consider seriously beginning to start down this way
Im other words, you have to be congruent or have a definite aim
Generating income from your blog is challenging enough — you don’t want to be dealing with self-sabotage at the same time. It should feel genuinely good to "earn income from blogging" — you should be driven by a healthy ambition to succeed.
If your blog has and is a genuine value source, then in all aspects, you need to make money off it. If you do decide to "earn income from blogging", then don’t be shy about it.
If you’re going to put up ads, then really put up ads. Don’t just stick a puny little ad square in a remote corner somewhere. If you’re going to request donations, then really request donations.
Don’t put up a barely visible "Donate" link and pray for the best. If you’re going to sell products, then really sell them.
Try and market the best quality products and try providing your visitors with genuine reasons about the product so they are inclined to buy same. If you’re going to do this, then fully commit to it. Don’t take a half-arsed approach.
Either take a full arsed or no arsed viewpoint, but definitely not a half-arsed view !
Now it is practically up to people on what they choose...
Some easy references.........
Have fun blogging and hope you make money blogging
Whatever may be the case, here is hoping that you "make money from blogging"
Saturday, 15 March 2008
Your primary aim for maintaining a blog is to make money, and for the long term success of your blog you need to focus on getting as many high ranking posts in the search engines as possible.
To start out your blog will not have enough backlinks or page rank to help drive your posts into top ranking positions. The trick is to target keyword phrases which have little competition in the search engines. One major drawback is these keywords is they are unlikely to attract much traffic, and so you have to concentrate on writing posts which target many different keyword phrases.
The single most important search engine optimization tip to employ when you are writing a blog post is to select a primary keyword phrase and then include as many related words and phrases as possible.
Keyword density is not something you should concentrate on. Rather than stuffing your post with your primary keyword phrase, use words which have the same meaning (known as synonyms) and add related phrases (or secondary keyword phrases). The days of creating one blog post for each keyword phrase are long gone.
You can use the WordTracker free trial to find keywords which you have researched (i.e. they are searched for regularly, but have little competition). Once you have identitfied suitable keywords, use the Google Keyword tool to find related phrases which Google associates with your main keywords. Enter your main keyword into the "Keyword Variations" text box. Make sure the "Use synonyms" check box is checked and click "Get More Keywords".
The Google Keywords tool will then return a list of keywords it thinks are related to your main keyword. Save these in either a text format or as a .csv file which you can open using a spreadsheet (e.g. MS Excel). Go through each keyword phrase and delete those that have no relevence to the blog post you intend to write.
When you write your post include as many of these related keywords as you can, but make sure your post has a logical flow to it and your included phrases makes sense. You should write for your readers first - make your post content informative and easy to read.
Include your primary keyword phrase in your post title, but make sure the post content closely matches your chosen title. You should also include your primary keyword phrase once or twice in the post content, and include the related phrases you have identified, for example if your primary keyword phrase is "increase website traffic" and the Google Keywords tool returned these related phrases:
-improve website ranking
-top website traffic
-get website traffic
-targeted website traffic
-guaranteed website traffic
-your website traffic
Here is how you could use them in your post title:
Dramatically Increase Website Traffic and Improve Website Ranking with These Top Website Traffic Tips
In your post you would refer to all the keyword phrases once or twice and back them up with even more similar or related phrases, for example: website traffic -> website hits -> unique hits -> site traffic. Don't keep repeating the same phrase over and over in your post content.
If you have written other posts which targeted some of the related secondary phrases, link to them using the secondary keyword phrase as the link text. Linking to similarly themed posts benefits your readers because they can find more information, but it also gives your posts a slight SEO boost from the internal "in context" linking.
One very important point to remember is 30% to 40% of all search engine queries are one time long tail search phrases which the search engines do not have any matching webpages to display. The actual results displayed will be the webpages which the search engines decide are the closest match. When writing your posts take this into account and create as many permutations as you can of the keyword phrases you are targeting. For example (this is a real example from one of my niche websites):
- facts about whether a plant grows faster inside or outside
- information on a plants growth rate inside and outside
- growing plants inside vs. outside
- do plants grow faster indoors or outdoors
Pay attention to your post slug as WordPress uses this to create a file name for your post. Make sure the primary keyword phrase is near the beginning of the slug. By default, WordPress uses the post title as the post slug, but it cleans it up by removing apostrophes, quote marks, and other characters.
For example, using the title in the "increase website traffic" example, WordPress would automatically name the post slug: dramatically-increase-website-traffic-and-improve-website-ranking-with-these -top-website-traffic-tips
To write a new post slug, simply rewrite it with dashes between each word, for example: incease-website-traffic-improve-ranking-top-promotion-tips
N.B. - Make sure you change your post slug BEFORE you publish the post, and don't include non essential words like a, the, but, my, with etc. Changing your post slug after you have published it can cause problems with the posts permalinks and result in a 404 File Not Found error...
Sunday, 2 March 2008
Submitting your site to web directories is a great way to build high-quality inbound links, traffic, increase your PageRank, and improve your SERPS.
The Internet now features a large number of both general purpose and specialized directories. The specialized directories focus on a specific topic or region. Unfortunately, submitting your web site to the available directories requires a significant investment of time and effort. The key to achieving a positive ROI (Return On Investment) from directory submissions is to focus on those directories which will provide you with high-quality inbound links.
It is important to note that many web directories have issues which prevent them from providing useful links. Taking the time understand these issues and submit only to the directories which will provide value will provide significant time savings in promoting your site.
A Taxonomy of Web Directory Issues
Web Directories Which Are No Longer Managed - A survey of 79 general-purpose web directories revealed that 62% of those web directories do not appear to be processing submissions. In many cases, this is because the operators of the web directory launched their site with great enthusiasm, became overwhelmed by the amount of effort required to maintain a web directory, and stopped maintaining their directory. These operators leave their directories online to take advantage of the residual advertising revenue, but no longer invest the time required to process directory submissions.
Web Directories which Block Search Engine Robots - Some SEO's believe that they can preserve Google PageRank by not giving outbound links from their web sites. Web directories which operate in this manner will sometimes block Googlebot and other search engine robots from their directory pages using robots.txt or meta tags.
Before submitting to a web directory, check the PageRank of the directory page upon which you expect your listing to appear. If that page has a PageRank of zero, it could mean that the site operator is blocking Googlebot. However, this same symptom can also mean that the site or the page is new, and has not been assigned Google PageRank yet. To research this further, examine the sites robots.txt file and the source code to the directory page upon which you expect your listing to appear.
Free Directory Scammers - Several web directories pretend to accept free submissions, but in reality these free submissions are never processed. These directories claim to accept free submissions as part of a bait-and-switch tactic to upsell webmasters into paid submissions. Often these web directories will claim to provide free service for web sites which meet certain defined criteria. It just happens that no web site ever manages to meet those criteria!
Web Directories which Require Reciprocal Links - Some web directories require you to link back to them in order to be listed. This helps build the PageRank of the directory, which benefits all web sites in the directory. Some people view these sites as link-farms. If your web site is unable to provide a link back to these directories, do not invest your time submitting your web site to these directories. Reciprocal linking is not an appropriate strategy for all web sites.
Paid Directories - Some web directories charge for submissions. These web directories charge either a subscription fee, a one-time fee, or a Cost-Per-Click (CPC) fee. Some of these web directories charge exorbitant fees -- and a few of these web directories charge this fee whether your site is accepted or not! Although there are exceptions, the general rule is that paid directories do not provide a positive ROI.
Better Directories - A few web directories stand out by offering good user interfaces, speedy inclusion, and plain HTML links which pass PageRank:
All The Web Sites / Ezilon.com / illumirate.com / Jayde.com / JoeAnt.com / Massive Links / Mavica.com / Search City.com / The Super Ultra Mega Web Directory / Tygo.com / World Site Index / Wow Directory.com /
Submitting your web sites to web directories is an excellent method of building quality inbound links. Until next week - Ta !