- Internet & the Web
Creating Websites that Make you Money
You Can Create a Blog
If you are thinking about starting a new to blog, or are a new blogger, you may soon find that you are not getting the results you have hoped for. It is easy to become discouraged with your site, especially if you try to compare yourself to others who have been blogging for years.
Setting up and developing a successful blog, is not an automatic process; but will take a lot of research and hard work. Do you want to make money, educate or entertain?
Decide the general purpose of your blog, the message your want portray to your readers and the desired outcome. The most important thing is to present valuable information to your audience. If you do this, they will return to your site over and over again.
No Money Down
Once you have decided what you want your blog to be about, it is time to pick a blog service you want to use. You do not have to spend a lot of money to start a blog, as a matter a fact, you don't have to spend anything at all.
There are many free blogs out there that are great for beginners. WordPress and Blogger are two free favorites for beginners. Blogger.com is somewhat easier than WordPress and they have recently added some new and attractive features that will help you get off to a great start.
Once you become more experienced, you can get a more professional blog, a registered domain name, and a web host.
Now to Create a Niche Site
Take your Time
Blogging for money, may seem to be quite easy, but it something that is best done, deliberately and consistently, building here a little and there a little. Don’t just throw a blog together and sit back and wait for the traffic and the subscribers to show up. You will be sorely disappointed.
Take time to determine your focus or the niche of your blog. When starting a new blog, it is best to stick to what you are familiar with. Are you in the medical field, a mechanic or a mom? This could be considered your field of expertise and may be a wonderful niche for your new blog.
Decide what your personal style is and use it to connect with your readers on a personal level. Look at other people’s blogs and take note of their writing style and the layout of their site. Do they have a newsletter or a podcast? Is this something you think you may like to incorporate in your blog? In other words do your research so that you can start your blog with some solid concepts.
Set Realistic Goals
Remember that you are competing with million of website that are bigger and better than yours. Eventually if you are consistent and remain focused you will get a small portion of the traffic on the web. You will not get 100 page views over night. It will take some time to build a faithful readership.
Decide how much time you can realistically spend working on your blog. It takes several months to get you blog off the ground with solid content and listed on Google. Think of you new blog as a long-termed projects that you will work on little by little.
Set aside a frequent writing schedule to work on your blog. It is not necessary to spend hours a day on your blog, but even a few minutes a day is helpful. As you are developing your blog learn all you can about, social networking, link building,and website promotion techniques.
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Easy Affiliate Programs
Amazon.com: When you join Amazon's affiliate program, you will be able to sell items relative to your website and get a percentage of the revenue.
Kontera: Delivers in-text ads to the posts on your site. When someone hovers over an in-text add and clicks on it, you receive portion of the revenue.
Chakita: Chikita Places interactive text ads to you site, relevant to the topics on your sites. Like Adsense, when someone clicks on these ads, you will receive a portion of the money. Chikita also has a referral program, where you can make money every times you refer someone to the site.
Google Adsense: Google Adsense is one of the most common ways to monetize a money blog. It is quick and relatively easy to do. You have an options of used of colors, shapes and sized of ads types to choose from. Whenever someone clicks on an ad, you earn money. Caution: It is illegal to click on you own ads or ask anyone else to do so.
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Use Original Content
It is important to write solid, original content for your blog. It will take a little more time but you will be glad you did, when you are not slapped with a penalty with duplicate content.
Also it is important to follow the rules of the web by not plagiarizing someone's work. If you are writing about something you are not familiar with, research the subject and write your post in your own words. It is OK to get ideas from others, but not take their work and reproduce it word for word.
How to Avoid Duplicate Content
Don't rush to go live with your blog. Wait until you have about fifteen or more posts, before your blog is presented to the public.
When people visit your and see a half finished blog, they will probably not return to your site.
You want to make a good impression on those who come to your site Take time to make the best impression possible.