Make Money Blogging

How To Make Money Blogging

I’m sure by now you’ve heard about all of these people who have made money blogging, and you’re probably wondering how the heck they are doing it. Well it’s not rocket science, and anybody…yes anybody…can do it. All you need is blog that you are passionate about and a monetization plan.

What is a monetization plan?

If you are serious about how to make money blogging, your main focus must be traffic, traffic, traffic. Before you even think about monetizing, you need to get people to your site. This can be a time consuming task, but in the long run, it will pay off. In fact, my family just built a website on Wisconsin Dells Attractions. For the first couple of months, we didn’t even concentrate on making money.

We concentrated on content, passionate writing, and traffic building. The site has been up for about 8 months, and although we have begun to monetize, traffic building remains our focus. So how do you build traffic? The first thing to do is to submit your blog to the Big 3 search engines (Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft), to as many blog directories as possible, and join several social networking areas such as MySpace.

For a complete listing of the best blog directories, visit my blog directory page. The best part is that most of these search engines, directories, and networking communities are free.

Next, start exchanging links with other bloggers and website owners. This is also a good way to get yourself known in the blogging community. E-mail, call, post comments…do anything you can to get yourself out there. Ask them if they will place your link on their blog or website and tell them you’ll do the same on yours for them.

This way, all of their readers now have the opportunity to see, read, and visit your blog! Just think for a second, more visitors means more clicks, more sales, more donations, more leads, more, more, more.

You might get shot down a couple of times and it may take some time, but more often than not, people will be more than happy to exchange links with you. After you get a steady stream of traffic going, you can begin thinking about how to make money blogging and your overall monetization plan. But remember, never stop building traffic. Also, if you'd like to learn more about making money through blogging.

The Monetization Mix

The key to a good monetization plan is to implement several different how to make money blogging opportunities. Do not choose just one or two, do a combination of things. Most important, try them all out and see which of them work best for your blog and stick with it. Below are my top 5 money-making opportunities:

1) Google Adsense - Free service provided by Google. You place an ad code onto your blog and receive money for every click. Ads are based on the content of your blog. If your blog is about travel, you’re likely to get ads from hotels, booking agencies, etc. If you use to host your blog, Adsense is basically spoon-fed to you. Also, if you want more information on how to prosper with Adsense, check out this report on Google AdSense Secrets.

2) Affiliate Programs - LinkShare, Clickbank, Commission Junction, and Amazon are some of the big players, but there are many others to choose from. Everything is commission based. To find out more, click on one of the links above.

3) BlogAds - Advertising made especially for blogs.

4) Chitika eMiniMalls - Pay per click program much like Google Adsense.

5) Text Link Ads

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