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The Truth About How To Make Money Blogging

Many people begin trying out trying to make a living writing online. Somewhere along the way they hear that there is a lot of money to be made in blogging. Maybe they hear it from some "Guru". Maybe from another MMO (make money online) blog. Maybe even from their cousin Pat the Butcher from "down the block" has a strong opinion about how much money can be made blogging.

Before you going any further let me be upfront and open. It is true that there IS money to be made blogging; perhaps even a lot of it. But Making Money Blogging is not nearly as easy as many people would have you believe.

I am going to give you the straight scoop on blogging and making money at it. All of the difficulties involved with making money through blogging. It can be done; do not let me dissuade you from trying. But there is no magic button to spit wads of cash out through a blog. For the first six months of your blogging career, unless you have a huge base of contacts and a lot of experience blogging, it is likely that you will spend more money than you will make. If you are still reading let me get to the nitty gritty about blogging.

Free Blogs to make money.

Using Wordpress or Blogger Blogs are great way to start. But they are not great ways to make money. If you want to play around they are great ways to do it. They are free. You can learn some nuances and not spend money doing it. You can even go through steps like monetizing them once you start to get a few people visiting. For long term though I cannot think a really successful free blog. There are too many things about them that are not optimal. I recommend them at first, just know that when you are ready you will need to transfer everything to a pay blog. Luckily the cost of those is not great.

The costs of a pay blog.

There are not many that are mandatory. Just a domain name, which you want to match the niche keywords that you are targeting. That is 5-10$ a year depending on the site. Go Daddy (I am sure you have seen the commercials) is a big one that is fine. The you need hosting. Hostgator is a popular one for that service. There are other optional things like "Themes" an email hosting service like Aweber that will be needed in the long run, but do not get them until you have some traffic and know that you need them to do better.

Content, Content Content

You will hear the phrase "Content is King" a lot. This is true for a blog. Very true. You will not get much traffic at first. Do not worry for a couple of months just make sure you build content. Write a lot of articles. Interlink the articles. YOU are building all the quality back content that people will be checking out later. Learn to use Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for these articles so that they will eventually rank in Google. After you have about 50 quality articles, or close to it. You can start worrying about traffic. But keep churning out those articles on some form of a regular basis.

Blog Traffic Generation

Now you need to be aggressive and attract people to what you have written. Here are the ways to do that:

1) Leave quality comments on other sites/forums

2) Twitter/Facebook/Digg/StumbleUpon all of your articles. This form of social networking will drive some traffic to your site. The more of an network you have from the beginning the more traffic you will be driving when you are ready. SO building up these networks can be done from the beginning also.

3) Guest post on other sites. Leave quality content on related popular sites. These will get people to link back to your site.

Those are the big ways. Here are other little methods to drive traffic but if you do those over time you will increase your readers.

Monetize your Blog:

At this point you might be driving enough traffic to make a little money. You can use Adsense and Chickita ads, Affiliate Marketing by having posts that drive people to other products you get a commission on. The bad news with the low traffic you get at first you may only be making 30-50$ a month and putting in 50+ hours a month building it. From this point on though, if you can keep at it and keep growing the content of your site, those numbers will increase.

The final steps to (blog riches?)

Do this for long enough and you can actually have a passive income you can live off of. Not instant riches by any means. Anyone who tells you that you can "un-box" a product and make money in a "few clicks" is trying to make money selling you the box. The only way to make money blogging is to stick at it for a long time, have great ideas and work it until you are successful.

By Gene Patterson - Gene is a 20 year naval veteran. He is an avid reader. SInce retirement he makes a living as an SEO, blogger and web designer.  

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