I saved the best for last! Blogging is probably the most popular- and profitable- way to generate a steady income stream. It doesn't matter what the nature of your blog is- you can make money from it. All you have to do is post entries containing your affiliate links and watch the money roll in. Now of course, just as with everything else, it's not quite as easy as that.
When it comes to blogging, the most important factor (aside from content) is traffic. If you don't have any visitors coming to your blog, how are you going to make any money? You need to promote your site so that you can start to gather a some loyal followers. There are a few ways you can do this, which I will explain in more detail a little later on.
How to get started
So you have an idea for a blog or website, but you're not sure where to get started. That's OK because I want to help.
First, I suggest visiting Blogger. With Blogger, everything is generated automatically, which means you can get your site up and running in just a matter minutes. Initially your site will have link in the format of http://yoursitename.blogspot.com.
Second, I suggest picking out a domain name for your blog. This makes it easier for visitors to get your site because they don't have to type in “blahblahblah.blogspot.com”. Having a simple, easy to remember address will encourage people to visit your site. For example, when I first started out my blog, the address for it was http://blogsoupforthesoul.blogspot.com- a tad long if you ask me. So, I went go GoDaddy (I always suggest using GoDaddy when it comes to registering a domain name), grabbed my domain, and voila! Now my address is simply http://www.blogsoupforthesoul.com.
Don't want to blog? That's fine! You don't have to. If you're up for it, you can even create your own website. I suggest checking out Hostgator. In fact, you can purchase space from them for as little as $0.01. (Simply click this link, and choose their Hatchling plan. Make sure to enter coupon code SUMMER10FUN or you will not receive your discount.) I have done this many times with my websites (I currently host 4 different websites with Hostgator).
Need to learn some basic HTML and CSS to get your site off the ground? There's tons and tons of free sites out there to help you- Lissa Explains, HTML Goodies and W3Schools (powered by the W3C) just to name a few. I have used- and still continue to use- all three of those websites. However, if you're in the mood for a little more interactivity and “hands on” learning, I highly recommend checking out Lynda.com. Lynda boasts an incredible array of software video tutorials. I first ran across Lynda.com about 3 ½ years ago on a visit to San Francisco. I went on a trip with one of my college classes to the MacWorld expo. Amongst the vendors at the expo was Lynda.com and the person hosting the course, Michael Ninness, told his audience, “Anybody who brings me back a Red Bull after lunch will get a free 30 day trial to the website.” I did just that- I bought his Red Bull and a few days later my account was activated. I have been a loyal member ever since.
Once you have your blog or website up and running, it's time to start generating some traffic! How can you do that? Here are just a few examples of how you can start bringing free traffic to your website:
Signatures- Are you member of any forums? Put the link to your site or blog in your forum signature. You can even do this with your email. Maybe say something like “Hey! Check out my new blog! I offer great tips and advice on [subject here].” or it can even be just as simple as, “Click here to visit my blog.” It really doesn't matter what you say though, as long as the visitors are coming in, that is all that matters
Advertise- Search around for places that offer free advertising or low-cost advertising. My favorite such website is USFreeAds. I love Craigslist, but unfortunately they don't allow advertisement of websites. I tried it once and my ad got deleted. USFreeAds on the other hand is a lot more lenient with this kind of thing. You can sign up for a free account, however the features are limited. You can't place links or images anything like that. I personally subscribe to their monthly plan for only $10. The exposure I get is incredible, and I almost always get visitors right away. It is very much worth the price. Also, try partnering with other sites. This method, known ad cross promoting, allows you to put your ad up on other reputable that already generate a steady flow of traffic. A lot of work-at-home bloggers offer out advertising space as a means of generating more income. Their prices are generally quite reasonable. Place your ad on their site for a month or two, and if you don't see an increase in traffic, then all you have to do is remove your link.
Traffic Swarm- Traffic Swarm is an incredible free traffic exchange program. A traffic exchange enables members to swap links and visits. In simplest terms, you agree to check out sites belonging to fellow members and in return they send you traffic. Each time you click on a member’s site you earn “credits”. These credits earn you the right to have your link posted on the Traffic Swarm network, thereby generating a veritable SWARM of traffic to your site. (definition borrowed from the Traffic Swarm home page). In short, Traffic Swarm (and other like-minded traffic exchange programs) can generate huge amounts of traffic in just a short period of time. I have listed so many of my own sites with them over the years, and I can't believe the amount of free traffic I have received in return.
|And there you have it my friend! Wasn't that painless? Hopefully my guide helped you- even if only just a little bit. If you enjoyed reading this or it helped you, please feel free to leave a comment below.|
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