Saturday, September 17, 2005

Can YOU Really Make Money From Blogging

Copyright 2005 by Willie Crawford

One of the questions I see frequently asked on
online discussion forums is, "Can You Really Make Money
From Blogging?" People want to know if there's some
way to profit from the time they spend maintaining
their weblogs or personal online journals.

My answer is an emphatic "YES," because I do it...
everyday!

Today I'll share with you how I do it.

Let me begin by saying that I don't make thousands per
month from MOST of my blogs. However, I do have many
making hundreds. Since I don't put in a lot of time
maintaining them, and I enjoy blogging, I consider the
money a bonus. I blog while sitting in my yard with my
laptop (on a wireless connection)... watching the clouds
roll by.

Another bonus I get from blogging is that it helps
my regular websites that are set up as my "money machines."

The search engines visit my blogs more often than they
visit my regular sites, and they follow the links from
my blogs pointing to other sites. Some of these links
point to my sites, and some point to sites of partners.
This does help the search engine rankings of these sites
MASSIVELY.

How Do I Monetize My Blogs?

I monetize my blogs by creating blogs on topics people
are searching for... and that they are spending money on.
I know which niches are hot to an extent based upon what
my research proves pay-per-click advertisers are willing
to spend their advertising dollars on.

I run Google AdSense ads on my blogs. I simply insert
these ads in my menu bar and other strategic places on
the webpage. I also experiment with other paid advertising
on my blogs.

I sell affiliate products from my blogs. I simply find
affiliate products at places like PayDotCom.com and
Commission Junction. I incorporate these into my blogs.
I do things like product reviews, how-to articles, etc.
You can also locate suitable affiliate products by typing
your target keywords + "affiliate program" at any major
search engine. This should point out numerous websites
with suitable affiliate programs to you.

How Do I Setup/Host My Blogs?

I have blog hosted on some of my own domains using Moveable
Type. This is just one of many great pieces of blogging
software. You have other choices... my programmer
recommended this one to me.

I also have blogs hosted for free on Blogger.com. I have
them on Blogger.com because they are incredibly easy to
set up and maintain. A secondary reason I have them on
Blogger.com is that Google OWNS Blogger.com and they
index webpages hosted on their servers OFTEN and FAST!

The secret to getting Google and Yahoo! to visit your
blogs often is a technique called "blogging and pinging."
It's a method of notifying all of the major search engines,
and blog directories, each time that you update your blog.
The search engines come to take a look and they follow
links from your blog to spider other blogs/sites. It's
very powerful.

I won't go into too much details on blogging and pinging
here. If you want more information on that topic I invite
you to drop by my free, Internet marketing discussion
board and ask any and all questions! It's at:
http://WillieCrawford.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi

Examples Of Profitable Blogs?

I know, you want to see examples of profitable blogs :-)

To show you how simple it can be I'll show you just ONE.
It’s less than 2 months old :-)

The problem is that as soon as I show a site to anyone as
an example, it's instantly ripped off. So, I'm going to
"sacrifice" one making me about $60 per day from
affiliate product sales and about $20 per day in AdSense
revenue. That site is at:
http://cure-nail-fungus.blogspot.com

The above site currently ranks Number 6 on Yahoo for the
term "cure nail fungus." It's a small niche but one
that makes me $2400 per month... just from that one blog.

If you searched on the same term at Google, this site
is not very highly ranked. However, THIS page is Num ber4:
http://www.chitterlings.com/no-more-nail-fungus.html

That happens to be one of my pages too :-) I won't tell
you what ALL I'm up to on that page... that's another
article. The technique involves using your own domains
to promote affiliate products rather than advertising
someone else's domain... so it improves your link popularity.

I'm not going to show more of my blogs because that just
invites competition. Instead, I'm going to answer another
question you have to be wondering...

"How do I find time to maintain all of these blogs, even if
they are profitable?"

Well, first of all, I don't really need a lot like the
"sacrificial lamb" that I showed you above to keep me
satisfied.

I do have a number of secret weapons though. One is called
AutoBlogger. You can check it out at:
http://WillieCrawford.com/auto-blogger.html

What AutoBlogger does is allow me to queue up a number of
posts for my various blogs in advance. It lets you queue
up "articles" which can really be anything you want. Then
you tell the software at what frequency to make a post.

My AutoBlogger account allows me to automatically post to
an UNLIMITED number of blogs.

WARNING: A program like AutoBlogger can get you in
trouble if you misuse it! If you use it to spam or abuse
the search engines, it's just going to get you banned.
If you use it to abuse the blog hosts, they're just going
to delete your blogs.

Here's how I use AutoBlogger:

I have sites where I discuss Internet marketing... as just
one example. On these sites I share many of my articles
and tidbits. I simply queue up these articles/tidbits to post
at a given frequency. This frequency can be a set number of
hours, days, weeks, or months. So theoretically, I can
set up a blog, pre-schedule 50 posts, and not touch it in
months, while it is automatically posted to for the next 50
intervals.

AutoBlogger even lets you set it to start rotating
through the posts again when they run out, if you want
to. I personally wouldn't do this since you'd just be
posting duplicate content.

AutoBlogger allows you to insert RSS feeds right into
your blog posts. So in addition to posting articles
you can also auto-update by adding new RSS feeds at
a set interval. Since I HATE sending my traffic to other
sites (without reciprocation), these RSS feeds generally
pull from MY sites. That way, my traffic is only sent
to my other sites.

If you don't even feel like queuing up a lot of posts,
you can go to a site like Elance.com and hire someone else
to do it for you... or just hired your kids to do it for you.
It can be as easy as you want to make it.

OK, I've just proven to you that you can make money
off of blogs. In-fact, you can make more money than
many people make off of their REGULAR websites. It
just takes a little thinking outside the box!

It also takes not being too greedy. What I just showed
you works for me because I'm not doing anything that's
likely to get me banned from the search engines,
Google AdSense, Blogger.com, or any affiliate program.
It's only when you get carried away, and do things that
harm the search engines that you "shoot yourself in
the foot."

Set up blogs providing useful content. Make regular
posts to these blogs but not in a manner that seems
unnatural. By that, I mean don't auto-post twenty
times in an hour, or post every hour for a month! No
human can possible post to a blog at these rates for
long, so the search engines detect something is "wrong."
They don't generally prohibit you from using tools to
make your job easier... just don't get carried away!

There are actually, thousands of people earning a
living doing things similar to what I just shared... but
with little twists. I'm meeting up with many of them
in New Orleans in September. You're invited to join
us. We'll basically be sharing how we make a fortune
off of niche websites and programs such as Google
AdSense. You can register today at:
http://WillieCrawford.com/meet-in-new-orleans.html

Willie Crawford has taught PROVEN Internet marketing
techniques to thousands of successful Internet
entrepreneurs since late-1996. Grab a free copy of
his comprehensive, 20-Lesson Internet Marketing Success
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