Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Best Ways to Make Money Blogging

I know these "best ways to make money blogging" work, because I earn a living as a full-time blogger! I love it; it's the best job I've ever had.

Here are a few of my blogging tips -- but remember that what works for me may not work for you. The best way to find out is to try these tips yourself...

Best Ways to Make Money Blogging

Look for the right affiliate programs. Find products and services to help your readers! How? By figuring out what search terms do your readers use to find your blog? For example, readers often find Quips and Tips for Successful Writers by searching for “feature article ideas”, “how to end an article”, and “magazine writing tips.” So, my advertisements should focus on freelance writing, magazine articles, and writing tips. I can help my readers by giving them the opportunity to get better at writing for magazines, or writing in general. I also feature books, books, and more books on Successful Writers because I love books! Promote stuff you believe in, fellow scribes.

Set financial goals for your blog. My long-term intention is to earn a solid living as a blogger, and my financial goal for the next six months is to earn $2,000 per month from my affiliate programs. Not everyone has the time, ability, or inclination to build their blog(s) this way – but many bloggers have an extra hour or two a week to play with Google Adsense or Amazon ads on their blogs. What’s a realistic financial goal for your blog? One way to determine this is to take the figure you’re earning now, double it, and make it your intention to earn the new amount in six months. For more of my best ways to make money blogging, read How to Make Money Blogging for Writers.

Experiment with different types and sizes of ads. So many choices! Banner ads, product images, text ads, in-text link ads, pixel/favicon ads, contextual links, eBook ads, exit ads, lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Start with the ad types and sizes that you dislike the least, let them run for a couple of months, and see if you make money. Keep in mind that you probably need over 1,000 page views a day before you earn $100 or even $50 a day with your blog. The best way to make money blogging really depends on your niche and products.

Be search engine friendly, with strong content. This is by far my favorite way of promoting my Quips and Tips blogs! I want to help writers (and bloggers) find the answers they need, so I need to make sure my blog posts are optimized for search engines. If you’re curious about keywords and key phrases, read SEO Tips for Web Writers and Bloggers.

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What do you think of these "best ways to make money blogging"? I welcome your thoughts below...

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