Making Money With the Blog

Blogging is an increasingly more popular way to make money using the Internet. It does not require you spend any money, unless you want to. But, if you are able to write, willing to spend up to 2 to 4 hours on the Internet a day, then this is one way which can generate some serious income.

You will want to set up your own blog on because it is easier to monetizing it. But, we are getting ahead of ourselves. Blogging can become a full-time income, because once you have set up the Blog, maintaining it can be pretty easy. You will want to update it every day or so, at least once every 2 days because once you start having a following, they will expect something new at least 2 to 3 times a week. The topic of the blog needs to be something you enjoy. It will be your niche. What do you have a passion for? What is your hobby? Are you a news junkie, then you probably have an opinion. Sports your bag? Stay away from seasonal topics unless you have more than one. Your goal is to keep people coming to your blog, regardless of the time of the year.

Blogging will not make money overnight, but with attention to fine-tuning it, adding new articles every 2-3 days, you will gather a following and that is when you will begin to see your efforts making money.

You will have to choose a domain name; will host the blog free. You will want to choose or write 10 articles you can post at the frequency mentioned above. If you do not write, you can go to and get your articles, be sure if you pull them off ezine you give the author credit for his/her work. It is unethical to represent the article as yours if you have not re-written it to make it yours. You can go to CNN, if you are into sports or news and get your material there, again if you don’t change the article you need to give credit to where you got the info.

Next, you will want to add AdSense. You apply at This will be your initial income, it will not be very much, but it will be a start. As people visit your blog, the goal is for them to click on your AdSense ads. Ad-sense is a pay-per-click program, so the income will be small, but that is okay, because you are starting out and you just want visitors. Next, you will want to become an affiliate with and which will require you add a products page to your blog. This will probably not make as much money as your AdSense, but you are starting out and need to give your blog a chance to mature.

Then comes the job of advertising your blog. You will want to search on Google your niche for forums. This will take some time to establish yourself, but as you visit forums / blogs like yours and leave your comments, the signature page of your email will direct them to your blog and generate traffic back to you. It is not nice to spam these sites and it can cause you problems down the road, so be a gentleman or woman as you visit other sites.

There you have it, a money making idea if you like to write or have a burning passion for your hobby, point of view, or what have you. Good luck, and happy blogging.

If you’ve set-up an Internet business but you’re not blogging about it, then you’re missing out on one of the best ways to get free targeted traffic to your website. However, getting a blog up and running and keeping it updated is only part of the story. One of the most successful blog strategies involves taking advantage of web 2.0 social networking sites to publicize your blog posts.

The main reason why social bookmarking sites should be a part of your daily Internet business activities is that many people use these sites as their main source of news and gossip. A popular social news site such as Digg gets a lot of traffic. Digg attracted more than 230 million visitors in 2008. People visit Digg and similar sites to find out what’s new and to share content from the web, including their own blog posts. If users like what they read, they can vote for the article, and if an article is popular enough, it will reach the top pages of Digg and be seen by millions of visitors. Other social sites use a similar voting system.

If the blog posts you submit to Digg and other social sites don’t get any votes, you’re still getting the benefit of building one-way backlinks to your blog, so it’s well worth the time in making a point to submit your blog posts to social marketing sites. Also, it’s very easy to do and quite often takes just a click of a button.

Another benefit from blogging regularly and submitting your posts to social networking sites is branding yourself and building your credibility. Make sure that you use keywords that people are using to search for your kind of business. Social networking will also give your blog a great boost in search engine rankings, and you may find that you can get your site into the top ten of Google for a wide range of keyword terms if you take a disciplined approach to social marketing.

Speaking of discipline, don’t take on too much when it comes to social networking. Too many people try to submit their post to every social networking site that they can find only to feel overwhelmed by the huge number of social networking sites that have sprung up in a relatively short time.

It’s much easier to choose a dozen of the best social networking sites for your business and to concentrate 90-95% of your social networking and marketing effort on making regular submissions to those sites. The other 5-10% of your allocated time can be used to post occasional submissions to other social marketing sites where you want to maintain a presence.