Thursday, November 16, 2006

How I Make Money Online

How I make money online is not very complicated at all. In fact, I'd like to tell you how you can make a killing by just working a couple of hours every day.

One of the methods is, of course, blogging. You might think that just because there are millions of blogs, you can't jump in and still profit. I'm here to tell you that the water is still warm, my friends.

Blogging For Money

Most people think blogging is all about what you write, but I would have to disagree. A very important part is how you blog. What I mean by this is that you can't just start writing and expect people to come to your blog automatically. There are ways to advertise and ways to organize your posts that will not only draw in more of your intended audience but also get more search engines to index your blog and faster. Just think, the faster and easier people can find what you're writing, the faster your blog will become popular and people will link to it.

First and foremost, a surefire way of getting search engines to pick your blog up in their spidering is to make your posts keyword friendly. Notice how I titled this section 'Blogging For Money' and I put it in bold. Search engines target key phrases like these and use them as matches to search queries. So if a random bloke goes to Google, MSN or Yahoo! and types in "Blogging For Money," my chances of getting a click have just increased because I used that specific keyword in my post. It's also not a bad idea to use specific keywords throughout your entries in general, either.

Now here's a rarely discussed little secret. If you want search engines to pick your blogs up quickly, you might want to try a little thing called "my." Haha. No, I'm serious. I'm talking specifically about things like Google's "personal page", MSN's "my.msn.com" and Yahoo's "my.yahoo.com." Each of these areas have something valuable in common-- you can add syndicated content (a.k.a RSS) to each one of them. All of them have a place where you can "Add Content" to your personal page, and typically you want to point them to your RSS feed. In fact, for each of my blogs I've done so on all three of them. If you have a Blogger blog, you would just type in http://yourbloggerblog.blogger.com/atom.xml and it should fetch your feed automatically for you. Leave it there for a couple of days and you should be in business. MSN is typically the fastest to spider web pages, so check for changes there the soonest.

Oh and don't forget pinging services. Where would we be without them? Make sure your blog is set up to ping at least Weblogs.com. In fact, if you go into your Blogger settings in the "Publishing" section, you should see the option to Notify Weblogs.com when you post. DO THIS! Every time you update your blog, it will get posted to several other similar services and whammo- you've just created backlinks to your blog. This is is probably the easiest way to get your blog into the search engines.

Before I forget to mention it, a great way to ping a bunch of services all at once is to use the Feedburner service. Not only are they great at making your RSS feeds easy to manage but they're also great at pinging (I think) up to ten services all at once. They also have a bunch of other great features and promotional tools, so I recommend that you check them out.

One more thing I can't stress enough for you to do to be successful is to make blogging friends. In other words, put their link on your blog and have them do the same in return. You will be helping each other out. Just make sure their content is similar and not questionable. Always make sure your content is not .. adult in nature. In fact, if your website has too many four letter words and such on it, Google may flag it as an actual adult site and you do not want that.

Speaking of Google, you gotta love Adsense.

Making Money With Google Adsense

Once you do get a lot of traffic to your website, you're going to want ads placed tastefully so that people can click on them as they please. Then you'll notice that since you've made keyword friendly posts (as mentioned earlier), Google will pay you more per click. If you don't have one already, you should go sign up for an Adsense account. You can do so by clicking on the Google Adsense button on the sidebar.

Probably the best thing about Adsense is that they pay well and then give you detailed statistics, divided by "channels." An Adsense channel is simply a category name you give to a specific group of ads you create. If you want a "Blogging" channel, you can create that and use it on all your blogs OR you can create a channel for each blog if you want to track them individually. It's really up to you how you use it, but it is powerful.

CAUTION: Under no circumstances should you ever click on your own Google Adsense ads as they will remove you in no time flat.

Making Money Using Affiliates

If you're not using Affiliates to grow your money, you should start. Websites like Clickbank (click for link) will pay you a lot of profit for selling their eBooks for them. Does that sound difficult? It's not. All you do is sign up (which is free) and then from the main page, click on the "Promote Products" tab at the top and then click on the "Marketplace" link on the subtab. All you have to do then is type in a keyword like "fish"and up come a bunch of eBooks! When you find one to your liking, just click on the "create hoplink" hyperlink next to it and type in your username. It will generate the link you need to use to sell the book and all you do is use the link in your posts to promote the material. If you're honest and give a good review, people will most likely purchase the guide. You don't have to but I like to verify that these eBooks actually work and aren't full of crap before I tell people to go buy them. Besides, it keeps people coming back when you help them out.

Speaking of reviews, it's a great idea to use whole posts to do reviews on relevant eBooks. Not only does this push you up in the search engines, but it's a great way or promoting the material. In general, you want to write like a 400-500 word post and include links to the product throughout.

Another thing you can do using Clickbank is create eBooks and have other people promote them in their blogs and websites just like you would. If you're good at writing and can export a word document to PDF, you're in business. Just make sure you read their requirements before you jump on it. I do know there is a $50 activation charge to become a publisher with them, but once you do there is big money in it if you speak the truth. Again, it's all about really helping people.

Blogging To The Bank

Now, I know I was just telling you to push products but here is one I honestly recommend. If you're serious about making money on the internet and you liked what I had to tell you here, then you will love Blogging to the Bank by Rob Benwell. I actually did a review on it a few posts ago. It tells you what I've described to you here in more detail and a bunch more. Too much to mention here, in fact. It's really a great guide. In fact, it helped me to get started here and it will help you as well.

Make Money With Good Content

And finally- I can't stress this enough. Don't write entries just to write them! Put some character into them and make them enjoyable to read. Read them out loud if you must. In fact, if you do read them out loud, you'll find it makes the reading flow much more nicely even if someone is reading silently to themselves. Make sure to help people and give them good, honest information but do keep in mind that blogs are like columns. You get paid to write your opinion and that's exactly what you should give the public.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comment box.

Thank you,
Scott

P.S. If you like the article, don't hesitate to tell people about how I make money online!

4 comments:

LFC fan! said...

Hi,
wanna exchange links??

http://internetbazaar.blogspot.com

LFC fan! said...

Hi scot,

I have added ur link in my blog...

Stephen said...

Hey Scott,

I'm all about Making Money online. Although my area of expertise is in investment research there is much to be made with Google Adsense and other systems. I read through some of your stuff and you're a great writer! I'm going to take your advice on Clickbank and see how that works out for me once the new theme for my site has been developed.

Also before I forget, would you be interested in a link exchange? Looking forward to hearing from ya.

Regards..

--
Stephen
www.Jutiagroup.com

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