One of the easiest ways to earn money on the internet is to have a blog. Blogs are great for folks who freak out at the thought of creating an entire full-blown website. Free blog hosting sites have taken away the cost and the headache of designing a website. All you have to do is add your blogging content and you’re on your way.
Here are a few practical tips on how to make money with a blog:
- Find a host for your blog. There are several blog-hosting sites on the internet such as WordPress.com and Blogger.com. It’s best to search around and check out a few to see which one you feel most comfortable with. Folks with more internet experience may go with a different host than a newbie. Find one that suits your experience level.
- Come up with a topic for your blog. If you want to make money from your blog, I recommend that you choose a topic that interests you and other folks. A blog that no one is interested in but you is called a diary or a journal and shouldn’t be put on the internet. The money is in the visitors, so blog about something that will make people want to read your entries.
- Write about what you know or what you want to know. By blogging about what you know (or want to know), it will be easier for you to come up with interesting and engaging blog entries. If you like what you’re writing about your blog won’t feel like a chore. If it feels like a chore, stop blogging. If your writing is forced and unnatural, your readers will pick up on it and stop coming by. In order to make money with your blog you’ve got to attract readers, not scare them away.
- Monetize your blog. If you don’t have one already, sign up for a Google AdSense account. Once you’ve done that, place your Google ads on your blog to earn money. In addition to Google, sign up for an in line text link ad company like Kontera. Although the payout isn’t as high as AdSense, its still a source for earning money. Google AdSense and Kontera have compatible technologies so you don’t have to worry about violating the terms of service for each company.In addition to placing ads, you can promote an affiliate’s product or you can sign up with one of the paid to post companies. Paid to post companies will actually pay you to create a blog entry about a particular product or service. Companies like Pay Per Post and Smorty, to name a few, offer payment to approved blogs.
You need to be familiar with search engine optimization (SEO). Yes even blogs need to be optimized for search engines. When you are posting entries to your blog, make sure you select a few keywords and sprinkle them throughout the entries a few times. Using the right keywords makes it easier for users to find your site when using search engines.
Remember, you want your blog entries to be user friendly so don’t overuse the keywords or else your entries will appear to be spam and that could hurt your search engine rankings.
Now that you’ve got these practical tips, what are you waiting for? Get out there and start making money with your blog.
About the Author: Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she's not writing or commenting on NJFM, she's either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites which include Tidbits and Stuff, BLULOW, A Dose of Health and a few other sites/blogs scattered around the internet.