1. Are you familiar with that topic and it is something you are passionate about?
Creating a blog is easy. Writing posts to your blog on a consistent basis is hard. It is always better to find a blog topic that you are familiar with and are passionate about. Something that you know a lot or are even an expert of.
If you like gadgets, write about gadgets, if you like NFL, then write about NFL and all the things about the players such as stats and stuff like that. You can even position your blog as a good sports commentary site if you like.
2. It is in an industry that advertisers are willng to pay for advertisement
So for example, if you’re passionate about something absurd like collecting paperclips, do you honestly think somebody would pay advertising money on paperclip collection? I doubt. Some people might search about paperclips but not as many as other, more interesting topics.
You have to think about the “market” of a certain topic. I usually go to google adwords to find out how much certain keywords cost.
If people pay for good advertising money for a certain niche, then that could be a good blog topic for you.
Here are some suggested topics you might want to think about
– Pick a country or an area/city and blog everything about it
Gadget blog (specialize in one area)
– Mobile Phones
– kitchen gadgets
– hiking gadgets
– school gadgets
– geek gadgets
– think of any sport
Celebrity blogs (concentrate on 1 celebrity)
Computer Related blogs
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In starting your own income generating blog, you have to do it right the first time. There’s nothing wrong with using free blog services out there but the problem is that eventually, if you want a long term blogging income, you WILL host your own blog in your own domain name anyway. Once this happens, it would be hard to transfer your content to your new blog and moreover, your blog is already ranking on some keywords in the search engines and it is very hard to transfer this ranking to your new domain if you are not an SEO.
So here’s what you need.
1. Buy domain
2. Buy hosting
3. Install a CMS/blog software (I highly suggest wordpress)
4. Learn how to install the latest wordpress. Some hosting services has fantastico but 98% of the time, it will not setup the latest wordpress version. You need to learn how to manually install wordpress.
5. Learn how to transfer files to your hosting.
6. Learn about how to setup a MySQL database.
7. Learn how to create a MySQL user.
8. Learn how to assign a Mysql user to a mysql database
9. Learn how to edit wp-config.php
10. Learn how to install plugins
11. Learn how to Optimize your blog for the search engines
A lot of people already know how to do this, however, I know for a fact that there are still a huge number of people who are still newbies in terms of making their own blog. Some perhaps are afraid to even try because they think they are not techie enough to do it. Some even pay $20 to $50 to have somebody install these for them.
Now what if there is a way to “see” exactly how it is being done? What if you can be a fly on my shoulder and observe exactly how to do all these things? What if there is a set of videos which you can use to LEARN all these.
They say it is easier to learn if you can “see and hear” rather than just “read” about it. If a picture has a 1000 words, what more if its a video?
I highly suggest you checkout this material “How to Install and SEO wordpress“. The Best part about it is that you will also get a copy of the “Killer Backlink Strategy” which I personally use to have my sites rank in my chosen keywords.
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A lot of newbies are interested to know How to make money while blogging. There are a couple of ways to make money blogging. I’ll be discussing a few of them below then probably I’ll make a detailed post in the future for each of these methods.
1. Blog for Others
Some companies look for bloggers to do their corporate blogs. They might ask a blogger to blog about their products or services.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) companies also look for bloggers/content-writers for blogs/websites who can write about specific topics. I know some who maintain blogs for topics such as real estate since that is the niche of their client.
Pay can be per post or a fixed monthly rate.
2. Blog for yourself
Obviously, you can setup your own blog and make money yourself. Typically, you earn thru Pay-Per-Click programs such as Google’s adsense (NASDAQ: GOOG), bidvertiser, or CPM type programs such as banner/button ads.
The most popular of course is adsense.
For beginners, just a word of advise. DO NOT CLICK YOUR OWN ADS TO EARN MONEY. You will be banned for life. I’ve heard lots of stories about people clicking their own adsense ads and when they gathered about $100 worth of income (which is the minimum for google to send you money), the google adsense team will inform you about those fraudulent clicks and they will just ban you for life, no questions asked.
3. Create your own blog network and hire others to blog for you
This is nice but recently, the internet advertising industry is being shaken. Not a lot of people spend money on advertising. Some say it is because US recession, some say because of huge oil prices, drop in economy..etc. Whatever it is, it is causing a slowdown and a review of this business model.
Creating a blog network requires huge amount of money to pay for bloggers while you are not so sure that each and every blog is going to earn money.
If you are a multi milionaire, you can try this if you want.
4. Blog flipping (buy and sell blogs/websites)
The idea is simple. Buy a domain/hosting, slap in wordpress, find a good theme, then blog about a specific topic/niche that is popular and profitable. Get good at promoting your blog, get tons of links from your friends and other blogs of similar topic, then after a few months, sell it.
Have an idea of what PageRank is. The when you reach say PR4, find out how much your blog is making, then sell it for about 10x your monthly income.
If you have really established websites/blogs where you get about 100,000 pageviews a month, you may even sell it for about 15 to 20x your monthly income for that site.
If you want to sell a blog, send me an email and I may be able to connect you to other website/blog buyers.
5. Sell something on your blog
For ladies specially, go to your closet and pull out your old clothes, bags, shoes. Take a picture and sell it on your blog. A lot of ladies will keep coming back to your site to see what you have. Why keep your old stuff when you can sell it for a profit.
People go to ukay ukay, why not make one online using your own clothes?
Once you get frequent visitors, you’ll also see an increased amount of income from your pay-per-click program such as adsense.
6. Affiliate marketing
This is a whole topic on itself. The idea is to become an affiliate of a company and drive traffic to their site using a specific link (your own affiliate link). The company you are affiliated with will provide you with this link. Using this link, they can monitor those people from your site and when they buy stuff from the company’s website, you get a cut/percentag/referral fee. In other words, income.
Just imagine, you don’t keep inventory, you don’t pay for people to manage your sales process, warehousing, and such tasks, but you earn.
So in your blog, you simply review a certain product, put your affiliate link, and promote that blog post.
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I’m currently adding a new front page to my site. If you are looking for my blog, it is at http://noelbautista.com/blog.
I’ll be using this front page for blogging about how to become a Work At Home Dad (or mom), so please do visit us in the coming days if you want to know how to make money onlin.
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