Paid to blog – how to make money blogging

by blogmaker on April 3, 2010

Earning and income through blogging is becoming increasingly popular. There are a number of interesting reasons why this is happening.

Firstly, a greater number of people are reading blogs on a daily basis. Compared to a year ago, there are more people reading several blogs every day to keep up to date with whatever they like from celebrity gossip to business tips. Paid bloggers are cashing in on this!

There are a many different ways to can get paid to blog. Some bloggers are hired by companies to write and maintain a blog about the organisation. It depends on the deal you work out for yourself but you can get paid for each blog post or make an hourly rate. Another option is to create your own blog. If you blog about specific products or services, some companies will pay you per post. You might not make as much money accepting paid blogging assignments but it could give you some quick cash.

Starting your own blogging empire is quickly becoming the most popular way to get paid to blog. One of the main reasons people use the Internet is to find out facts and information. Of course, many also use the Internet to buy products and services. The trick is to set up a number of blogs in different niche markets. Each niche is chosen specifically to make you money from blogging. Select as many niches as you like – there’s no limit to what you can earn! Unfortunately, blogging for cash is not a secret. There are thousands of people who are also establishing their own blogging empires. Make sure your blog ranks on the first page of a search can be difficult when there are so many competing blogs and websites.

The good news is this doesn’t have to be a problem. All you to do is find a process, and even better a mentor, who will do their best to make sure you become a successful blogger. It can feel daunting but if you find someone who has already made all the newbie mistakes and gone through pain of building their first blog then it’s so much easier. I spent way to long doing it tough on my own before I came across The Niche Blogger run by Amy Bass. Her blogs make enough money to support her family of four while she’s a stay at home mom.

What I like best about The Niche Blogger approach is that Amy isn’t in from of the computer 24 hours a day. Her blogs are set up to earn her a passive income even when she’s away from her desk. As a mother, if one of her babies is unwell, she’s there to take care of them instead of packing them off to day care while she goes to the office. If Amy needs to take a day off, she doesn’t have to ask the boss for permission and she still gets paid!

If you’re looking to achieve this sort of control over your life through paid blogging, The Niche Blogger will give you the best possible start.

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Make a blog for free

by blogmaker on April 2, 2010

Most people don’t realise that one of the best things about making a blog is that is can be totally free. A number of free blogging tools have been developed such as Wordpress, B2evolution and Nucleus.

If you’re totally new to blogging it can be really confusing trying to figure out which program is most likely to suite your website or whether the software is easy to use. The basic functionality of all blogging software almost identical and it’s only when you find that you need specialised features that it all starts to get complicated.

The first thing you’ll need to know to make a good decision about blogging software is what you want to achieve from making a blog site. Depending on your blogging goals, some software packages may suit better than others. If you’re just interested in keeping an online diary for friends and family, your requirements will be very different to someone who wants to use a blog to make passive income.

Wordpress is arguably the most popular software choice for people who want to make a blog for free. If someone says that they have a ‘personal use’ blog where they blog for fun, it’s almost certain that they’re using Wordpress. The software is really easy to use and update.

You don’t have to know anything about programming or the Internet to use Wordpress. Just type what you want to write in the screen and choose how you want your column to be displayed. Your new entry will be automatically created and posted on your blog.

Want to keep your blog updated while you’re on holidays? No problem. Wordpress will let you write posts in advance and publish them on specific dates you select. It’s even possible write blog posts from your email or your mobile phone.

There are heaps of free plug-ins available for Wordpress that allow you to customise your blog and make it function the way you want it to. If you have your own website then Wordpress is a really good option.

B2evolution is another widely used free blogging tool. This software features an integrated XHTML validator. This means that you can create multiple blogs with different appearances. If you are thinking about making a passive income from blogging this is a simple way to create multiple marketing sites. B2evolution is also the way to go if you want to blog in more than one language – the multi lingual functionality is excellent.

Another commonly available blogging platform is Nucleus. Like B2evolution, you can manage a whole sway of blogs from one administration screen. Nucleus is has a really easy to use interface and is one of the simplest blog scripts to understand. You can also access Nucleus for free directly from their site without having to load the software onto a specific sub domain.

Any of these packages will get you started blogging for free. It’s definitely worth spending the time to think about which one to choose. If you change your mind later, switching blog platforms can be time consuming and annoying!

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What is PLR?

by blogmaker on March 30, 2010

Even updating one website on a regular basis can become a pain if you have to write all of the content yourself. Sometimes you’ll be on a roll and it will come easily, other times you’ll be busy and out of ideas. Wouldn’t it be great if someone else created the content for you so you could just upload the finished product? One answer to your content needs could be PLR.

Private Label Rights or PLR is online content such as articles, blog posts, reviews and ebooks written by someone else and typically sold to more than one purchaser. PLR content can use used ‘as purchased’ but most people modify or rewrite the material to suit their needs. Imagine scheduling your blog posts in advance for the next three months and sitting back while your blog makes money all by itself.

The real trick with PLR is to make enough changes so the material sounds like you have written it yourself. You can combine PLR from more than one source to create new articles or posts. Adding personal experiences or insights to PLR content can also make it more unique. If you have a bit of money to spend, hire a ghostwriter to modify the PLR for you. This will be cheaper than having totally new articles written from scratch.

Another great thing about PLR content is that you are usually able to sell the resell the articles yourself. Again, check before you do this, even email the seller if you’re not sure, to ensure you’re doing the right thing.

The other good thing about PLR articles is that they are inexpensive. Writing all of that content seems like a lot of work but remember that they are reselling the content or the article package to multiple buyers. Good professional writers ‘retire’ their PLR packs after a certain number of sales (typically 50) to minimise the chance that duplicate content will be published. Of course, the more you put the material into your own words, the more it will look like a unique piece of work.

What you can and can’t do with PLR also depends on the restrictions that came with the material when it was purchased. Make sure you read the contract and copyright information that should be provided with the PLR so that you’re confident that you won’t be in breach of any guidelines.

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Blogging guides

by blogmaker on March 27, 2010

Blogging has reached a new level of popularity in the past few years and because of this there are plenty of books available to use as your own personal blogging guide. The following books have been written to help new bloggers understand the development, promotion and maintenance behind a successful blog.

The first is The Corporate Blogging Book written by Debbie Weil. This book is smart, witty and easy to read. It is also incredibly helpful to people that are just exploring the world of company and executive blogs. Weil’s book was listed as one of the Ten Most Insightful Books by CIO Insight in November 2008 and is still one of the most popular choices for anyone in the corporate world that needs a step-by-step blogging guide.

The Everything Blogging Book by Aliza Sherman Risdahl is exactly what the title says. This book will help anyone who owns a computer, learn how to publish their ideas, receive feedback from their blog readers and build traffic to their site. After a few pages even the most experienced Blogger will be amazed at how much more their blog can offer and achieve for them professionally. The steps in this book will take your blog to a level that you never thought imaginable.

Blog On is another blogging guide that has received great acclaim by the blogging community. This book written by Todd Stauffer, explains in-depth how to use html, mailing lists, message boards, web based graphics and different theme applications to build a sense of community, all based around your blog site and topics. This book is incredibly well written and includes endless step-by-step instructions, from how to start a blog from scratch to tweaking an existing blog to bring in more traffic and ultimately make you more money.

Blogs can seem a bit intimidating to the beginner and that’s why publications like the ones listed above are so important. If you are thinking of starting a blog for your company or just for your own enjoyment, try to get your hands on one of these books, it will be worth it.

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Blog domain names

by blogmaker on March 25, 2010

When you first start out to make your own blog one of the most important steps you will take is the choosing and purchasing of a domain name. Your domain name is the main portion of your web address (for example in www.amazon.com, amazon is the domain name.) Your domain name can be just about anything, your choices are endless, and this is why choosing the right one can be so difficult.

For the most part, you want your domain to reflect what your blog is about. You want readers and people surfing the net to know right way from your web address, what your blog topic is and what you are specializing in. However, when it comes time to actually purchase your domain name, on a site such as www.godaddy.com, you may find that all of your ideas for a name have been registered; this is why some bloggers end up with the wrong domain name. The worst case scenario for any blogger is, after a few months deciding that they have chosen the wrong domain and leaving it for another. Doing this can lead to a loss of traffic, lowered sales and in some cases can be the equivalent to starting all over again.

The right domain name can be the key to make your own blog successful and financially lucrative. Here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing your domain name;
1. Be creative but not too creative. Everyone tries to stay unique when it comes to choosing a domain, just be sure to keep your choice relevant. Your address may be too hard to remember for repeat visitors if it is too obscure.
2. Include a keyword. When a name contains a well searched keyword people are more likely to find your site, increasing your traffic and sales.
3. Keep it simple. Choose a domain that is easy to spell, and avoid any underscores or hyphens, having a one word address is the norm online and your visitors will be used to this type of address.
4. Shorter is better. A short domain name is easier to remember and it also takes less time to type into a search.

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What is a blog

by blogmaker on March 23, 2010

We’ve all heard the word Blog, and some of us may even have a friend that refers to themselves as a Blogger. But what is a Blog?
Blogs in general are a type of website that people can use as their own personal online journal. Technically, a Blog is any website that has ongoing or daily entries and articles posted for the general online public to read and enjoy. Whenever a new post is published it is displayed at the top of the page, making it easy for return readers to find what was most recently written.

Some people use blogs to keep in touch with family, posting everything from a new baby’s daily discoveries to updates on home renovations. Others use their blog to voice their opinions on political topics and global events. Even people who are more private in nature can build a blog site that can only be accessed by registered members, in other words, the Blogger chooses who can read their daily posts.

Blogs in recent years have become quite popular with companies and specialists as a way to share their products, services or knowledge with the online world. Instead of journal type posts, they write promotional information, treatment programs, step-by-step instructions and may have links that send a potential client to the site where they are selling their goods or services. This type of Blog is becoming more and more common and has made it much easier for small companies to expand into the internet market. An area that once involved hiring a website design firm and other computer professionals is now easily accessible by even the newest of computer users.

Whether you are a multi-million dollar company, celebrity-crazed gossip columnist or even a new mom, blogging is quickly becoming part of the mainstream, proving that Blogs are used and built by anyone, anywhere, for any reason.

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How to set up a Blog

by blogmaker on October 4, 2009

Like so many other things in life, when you are first learning how to set up a blog, the best approach isn’t to dive right in. It is important to take your time and think long and hard about you topics and what you are planning to write about. Are you sharing your opinions on world politics? Or are you simply writing about day to day life?

When you feel as though you have answered these questions it is time to choose your domain name and register your site’s address. Some people like to keep their domain name as relevant as possible, for example, an environmentalist’s site could be save-our-earth.com. However, the more specific your topic, the harder it is to find an available domain name. The internet is a large place and blogging is quite popular. This is why some people choose a domain name that is simply different, catchy and most importantly, memorable, such as dingaling.com.

Next it is time to choose your blog host. Most of the online Blog-building sites are easy to follow and guide you step by step how to build and set up your blog. After a few hours on a site such as Wordpress or Blogspot you will realize that blogging can be as simple or as difficult as you want it to be. These sites have been programmed to be as user friendly as possible, and include clear explanations as well as Frequently Asked Questions and Help menu options.

Your next step will be to choose your “theme”. These are the different templates that are available through the blog host programs. Simply put, they are the visual layout that your blog will have, for example the style of header, footer and sidebar menu.

Once you have downloaded your chosen theme and have registered your domain name you will have reached the most exciting step of all. You will now be ready to write and publish your very first post. Develop a title, and start writing!!

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Making money on the Internet

by blogmaker on October 2, 2009

It’s not surprising that people are only just starting to learn how to make money online. Most people can remember a time when they didn’t even own a computer. It’s not common for families to use computers for everything from doing the shopping to finding a job. The good news is that there many businesses interested in Internet Marketing.

Don’t worry, it’s not too late to start making money online. If you find the right (profitable) business model and start as soon as possible there are still plenty of opportunities available. Knowing where to look for the right business model is the key.

Creating new products to sell online is the most obvious opportunity for some people. This is a great option if you have a really specific market where it makes sense to download something like an e-book. Electronic book publishing is so common now that you won’t have any problems selling an e-book so long as the content is high quality.

If the thought of writing a whole book is a bit overwhelming, making money through affiliate marketing is probably a better way to get started. There are a number of companies that pay commissions for sending traffic to their websites or products through your link. You can earn cash every time a sale is made using your link.

The easiest way to starting making money through affiliate marketing is to have your own niche website. You write articles on the topic of interests and promote this content on the Internet. When people visit your site to read the high quality information you’re providing, they will be tempted to click on the ads or buy the products you’re marketing.

One of the difficulties with this approach is that it is a almost impossible to rank highly on search engines like Google. The solution to this problem is to use blogging software to create your own websites.

Search engines love blogs. They are quick and easy to index and usually ready to go straight away. Most people think that blogs or blogging is just a form of online diary but they couldn’t be more wrong.

Blogs provide detailed information on a whole range of useful topics. While people are reading what you have written about a product, service or even your hobby, they are going to clink on the ads you’ve also placed on they page. You can use a really simple blogging tool like WordPress to seamlessly blend your information and advertisements.

Blogging to make money sounds a lot harder than it actually is. One of the nest things about starting a blog now is that plenty of people have made heaps of mistakes that you can learn from.

There are plenty of ‘how to blog’ tutorials out there but most of them assume that you know a lot about the Internet or marketing. Some are downright intimidating.

I got started using The Niche Blogger. It’s a really simple and friendly guide to blogging that is great if you need a step by step tutorial. When I first joined I was shocked at how low the cost was to join and how much value I got for my money.

There are a whole range of approaches to blogging and it’s hard to go wrong given all of the options. I went with The Niche Blogger because I want to make blogging an easy and profitable experience.

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Making money online

September 7, 2009

It is no secret that blogging can be very economically rewarding if done properly. However, it is not the only way to make money online. If you’re looking for ways to increase our currant income, working online is a great way to do just that.
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