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How to Blog and Make Money for Dummies

Updated on March 17, 2013

Make Money Slowly

If you have been hearing that blogging is a great way to make extra money and are ready to start up your own blog, but don't know what you are doing, then this article is for you. Blogging is not a get rich quick plan it is a make money slowly system that actually does work, provided you are patient and diligent. The way it works is you write articles every day on your blog and with each posting your blog becomes more and more popular with the search engines. Be sure and link your articles together whenever possible as this will do a lot to further boost your blog in the rankings. Join AdSense and other affiliates in order to monetize your blog. This process can be fun but take months before even seeing 50 cents per day. The fastest way to start seeing money coming in is to get links to your blog from other sources. The quickest and most effective way to achieve this is to begin with Hubpages. Start writing as many articles on Hubpages as you can and then link them to your blog. Hubpages is well respected and loved by Google which allows you to benefit from the Google love too. You will earn money fast on Hubages itself and at the same time will be pointing traffic to your blog. To join Hubpages CLICK HERE and start a profile.


Join Sites to Boost Your Blog

It is extremely wise to join other social media sites and link your blog and Hubpages profile to them. Those links further give credibility to your blog. Valuable links are worth more than tons and tons of articles, so besides writing good and informative content, you should be using every avenue that you can to link to your blog.

Micro Blogging

Microblogging, is a relatively new tool of the social media genre. It allows users to publish short blog posts or messages, typically fewer than 140 characters, through their computers and cell phones.

You can include some microblogging feeds in your social networking profiles, such as Facebook, and linkedIn.

Microblogging is as quick and easy way to share news, and content to an extremely large audience. Before becoming too crazed about there being too many sites, and too many things to keep up with online, just remember that because of the internet and all of these sites, growing a business can actually be a lot easier and a lot less expensive than it had been in the past.

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Twitter

Twitter is actually an advertising platform that contains "promoted Tweets". A promoted tweet is paid advertising that cuts through the noise of other tweets for the purpose of promoting.

By matching tweets to keyword searches, and by promoting tweets instead of ads, Twitter ensures that users see promoted messaging that are engaging and relevant to the content they are looking for.

The success of Twitter is the extremely open software platform that allows its data to be used by anyone, and can be used in many different ways, such as from a phone or desktop computer or through other microblogging sources, such as TweetDeck and FriendFeed.

There is no limit to the number of Twitter accounts you can have. If you own more than one business, you can have a Twitter account for each one and have a personal account for yourself.

As a business owner you will find Twitter is a useful tool to build your brand by writing unique insights that you share with your customers, and vendors, or other similar businesses.

If you have a company blog, your company Twitter account is a great channel on which to publicize it, by linking to recent blog posts from your Twitter updates. You may either do this manually, by commenting on a new blog and linking the post in your update, or by creating an automated twitter update that pulls a link to your latest blog post soon after it's published. To pull links in automatically, you may use Twitterfeed (www.twitterfeed.com), where you enter your blog's RSS feed URL into the interface.

Plurk

Plurk is not nearly as well knows as Twitter, but has many of the same features. At this time it seems to be very social rather than business related. But, who knows what it will morph into. They call it the "social journal for your life." Sometimes it is wise to be the big fish in the little pond.

FriendFeed

This is a unique site in that the platform can be interfaced with a wide range of social media. It is also similar to twitter in that it allows you to write updates that are published to a feed that is visible to your followers, groups you are a member of, and those who search topics that you write about. How it differs from Twitter is that you may connect to more than 50 services like Flickr, Facebook, Digg, and Twitter, so that you may automatically share content from those sites in your FriendFeed account, and upload photos. Your friends can comment on your posts too, and there is no 140 character limit for text updates. FriendFeed actually allows for greater posting of different types of media and gives a better interconnection with other social media than does Twitter. Who knows, FriendFeed may eventually completely overpower Twitter.

This platform has many powerful social media tools, such as a community that you may get information from on business connections that can be made several ways. You may add friends who are already on FriendFeed, or you may find them by using keywords, and phrases, or you may also join groups. There is a feature that lets you let FriendFeed suggest friends for you. This can be a very effective tool to increase exposure for your business, and interact with fellow industry members, source new clients, or build the brand of your business through the resources you share.

TweetDeck

This site lets you create a group that they call your clients that contains updates made by your your followers. This allows you to easily keep track of conversations. Colomns are created that allow you to keep track of your Twitter keyword searches.

This site also interfaces with Twitter and Facebook, and if you have multiple Twitter accounts this can be a useful site for organizing all of your Twitter "tweets" and searches.

Tumblr

This is considered more of a cross between a microblog, photosharing site, and a blogging platform such as Blogger or WordPress. One of the most popular tools on Tumblr is bookmarklet which allos you to post Web dontent to your account from within your browser. Tumblr allows you to both post new content that can be posted with feeds from other places where you have a presence, such as twitter, Flickr, Delicious, and Digg.

Some bloggers find that they like to post their blog updates through Tumblr as it is extremely to use on a smartphone. They have their main blog through WordPress, and use this platform as a supplement.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you bellachristen.

      Very nice of you to stop by.

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      bellachristen 5 years ago

      Micro-blogging is a great promotional tool which helps in driving traffic towards your store. This hub is a great source and will help a lot in attracting customers on your online store powered by some ecommerce software provider.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      I really appreciate the information contained in your hub. There is still so much more I have to learn. Up and useful.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Dee aka Nonna

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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      Well, I learn something today. My, my things they-do-a-change so fast. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up and interesting.