Thursday, April 24, 2014

Why Make Money Blogging Online?

The Money-Making Hobby

Do you want to make some extra money? Of course, we all do. In this economy, budgets don't stretch as far as they used to, and anything you can do to bring extra money into the household is worth the effort.

Do you already spend a lot of time on the internet? Instead of just wasting time watching endless Youtube videos, why not put that time to some practical use? Blogging for money can just start out as a hobby and grow into a side income or more. Most hobbies cost money; you have to buy a membership for a club, or buy some kid of equipment, or at least pay for gas. But how many hobbies do you know that actually make you money?

If you want to make money blogging online, first ask yourself these questions:
  1. Do you have a blog, any blog?
  2. Do you write on your blog regularly? It doesn't have to be every day, but about every week or so. Whatever that means to you, regularly. 
  3. Do you have a Google Adsense account?
If you answered "yes" to the three questions above, then you're already half way there.

With a regular job, if you go to work, you get paid. If you quit your job, no more money, right? But what I love about blogging for money is, once you've built it up to the point you're satisfied with, you can turn off the computer and never look at it again and that money will keep rolling in every month, more or less. That's why it's called passive income.

My Success Story

For me, everything started in December 2011. I'd been writing online for some time, rather unsuccessfully. I had a blog about crafts that was a few months old and was getting a little traffic. That month I got about 10,000 page views for the month and I earned about $10 from Adsense. Not exactly a rounding success but I knew I was on the right track and it had real potential.  I knew this for two reasons:

  1. The overwhelming majority of my traffic was coming from Google searches.
  2. I was surprised how quickly my blog images ended up on the search engines for image searches. 
I worked hard all the following year, publishing as much as I could. Keep in mind that I was also working a full time job with a family and two little kids at home. But less than a year later, in November 2012, I got over 500,000 page views in a month and made over $1000. 

I also have a physical disability like a stroke, so I can only type with one hand. I'm not telling you this to get your sympathy, but to make a point that if you can type well with two hands, you an publish more quickly and get to same point I'm at a lot sooner.

Who is this good for?

The steps I'm going to teach you are simple to follow and anyone can do this, but I'm not going to say it's easy. It's just like anything else, you get out what you put into it. You have to put in the time. Making money blogging online is perfect if you are; single, unemployed, or living at home with your parents, because it can be time-consuming. I'm none of the above. I'm married and working full time, but I could still make $1000 in a month at this and you can, too.

You have to be a stable, patient person. If you just want to, "get in and out and make a bundle", this isn't for you. You have to look at this in the long term. Don't think about blogging for money as something you're just going to do now to make money. Instead, think of it as something you're do for the rest of your life. If you put it in that context, you won't feel so much pressure to be a success immediately and you'll stay with it longer.

Making real money blogging online isn't a pipe dream, it's a reality.

Monday, April 7, 2014

How to Write an Effective Round-Up Post

What is a round-up list?

A round-up list or post is a collection of great ideas, usually from other websites, for example crafts, how to tutorials, or recipes. They are 'rounded-up' from across the web like sheep, hence the name. A round-up list is similar to a top ten list, but it doesn't have to be ten, you could have a list of any number, six, twelve, twenty-three, for example, "8 easy summer barbecue recipes", "17 fun Christmas Day crafts for kids", or"27 fun birthday party game ideas".

Why is posting round-up lists important?

The internet is full information, too much information. People are looking for something and they don't want to spend all day searching through hundreds of different possibilities. People like round-ups because someone has done the leg work for them and condensed that information into a short list of good ideas. 
Sometimes I see round-ups of 60, 70, or more. Personally, I think this defeats the purpose. If someone sees a round-up of over 50 ideas, they'll probably move on to a different list. As a general rule, I try to limit my round-ups to 30 ideas or less.

For bloggers, round-ups are where the money is. They tend to be higher traffic posts and get more clicks and make more money. If I looks at my top performing posts of all time, many of them are round-ups.

How to write a round-up list

There is the normal way to write a round-up, but I want to teach you a way that is more effective and beneficial to your money blog.

The normal way

  1. You search the internet for various ideas of a specific keyword topic. 
  2. Then, write a post on your blog with a list of ideas and/or pictures and add a link to each so when people click on the idea, they are taken to the original site where the idea came from. 

My 'effective' way

  1. Search the web for dozens or even hundreds of various ideas from other website.
  2. Write and publish a post on your blog for each idea. It should be short; a picture, a short description, just a few sentences, and a link at the bottom to the original site.
  3. Choose from your published ideas and write your round-up list with pictures and link each picture and title to your post, not the original site.
Here's one of my more high traffic round-ups for example:

When visitors to your blog click on one of the ideas in your round-up list, they are taken to your post and from there they can find the link to the tutorial. You've added an extra step. This is more beneficial to your blog for two reason:

1. It keeps people on your site longer and increases the chances of them clicking on an advertisement. (When you add the links, don't forget to always check that, "Open in a new window" box. It keeps the fist page open and makes it easier to go back to your list.)

2. You've published many links to your own blog and interlinking makes your site stronger and perform better on search engines.

An extra step

If you want to go the extra mile, then create an image for your round-up like the one below. Make a montage of the different ideas on your list with a title. It really helps people find your post if they do image searches. Personally, I'm a little to lazy and not so good with Photoshop, but it adds an extra level of professionalism if you like.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Emergent Keywords: Get Keywords Before They're Hot!

(This is an older article I wrote about emergent keywords. This was written before I became a blogger for money and just writing articles on Hubpages. This is not my main strategy anymore, but I still think the idea has potential. If you are really gung ho and start several blogs about upcoming movies, it could be lucrative in the long run. The disadvantage is that it takes longer to  develop. Stay tuned on this blog for more great tips and strategies for making money online and become a blogger for money.)

In the movie Any Given Sunday, Al Pacino plays an NFL coach. While giving a pep talk before the big game, he says, “Football is a game of inches. There are inches all around you. All you have to do is reach out and grab them.” I think about blogging for money like this. Making money online is a game of keywords. There are keywords all around us. All you have to do is know which ones to go after.

The ideal keyword is one that gets a high search volume, that is, gets looked for a lot on search engines, and one that has low competition, that is, there are few good sites that target that keyword. In a perfect situation, your blog or site will be at the top of the first page when that keyword gets searched. It’s easy to get to the top page for a keyword that nobody cares about. It’s more difficult to get highly ranked for a popular keyword. So how do you choose keywords? Well, what if a fortune teller could tell you the keywords before they became popular? I’d like to share a strategy for choosing what I call ‘emergent keywords’.

I’m a huge Godzilla fan and I‘ve written several Godzilla articles. Well, one day I read news about a new Godzilla movie being made by Legendary Pictures for 2012. I was excited and quickly  wrote an article about it, 
Godzilla 2012 Movie: A New American Godzilla. I thought the keywords “Godzilla 2012” and “new Godzilla movie” might have potential. It wasn’t very long. I just gave a synopsis of the news I had read and put up a few pictures. I did some link building, about 30, most of those social bookmarking sites. Then I just let it sit there and I got a fair amount of traffic. My article quickly rose to the top of the first page for “Godzilla 2012”. Then slowly over the next few months the traffic started increasing, most of it coming from search engines. This is ideal. I was finally getting about 200 views a day on that article alone. I was very happy about this. Then suddenly, one day, it doubled! New news broke about the movie and the buzz increased. Now I get lots of traffic. I expect this traffic to increase over the next few years.

(A note about social booking sitesOne of the best hubs I ever read was Increase Adsense Revenue: Google Adsense Revenue Sharing Sites For Backlinking by ryankett. Thank you so much Ryan! That hub and his other related hubs give a great list of social bookmarking sites to post links on. Pay especial attention to the Adsense sharing sites. You can make money directly from them. And always choose dofollow sites. They have more weight with Google and get you more ‘juice’ for your hubs. Actually, his list is a little out of date. Some of those bookmarking sites have already banned hubpages for spamming allegations. One man’s link is another man’s spam. But don’t worry. There are plenty more sites out there. There’s a great site, social bookmarking list that has literally hundreds of bookmarking sites and will tell you their pagerank and if they are dofollow or not. Be careful though, the site will try and sell you a lot of bookmarking software that will just get you in trouble.)

The early bird gets the worm                      

Let’s take the movie Avatar for example. Let’s say you write a review of Avatar after it comes out. Well, I don’t think it will do you much good. It’s too late. Everyone and their brother is writing reviews and posts about Avatar. But what if you wrote an article or started a blog about Avatar a year or more before it came out? That way nobody’s really looking for it yet. Your content will just sit there aging and gaining relevancy for that keyword. Then as it gets closer to the release date and the buzz picks up, it will be in a great position. This is an emergent keyword.

So what makes a good emergent keyword? They have to be things that are up and coming. New movies, video games, software, music albums, books are all good possibilities. New products like electronics or home appliances would be good if you could get that kind of information. I’m not sure, but sporting events like the Olympics might work. Maybe you could try a new and upcoming celebrity. Imagine if you had written an article about Susan Boyle before she was famous. Use your imagination. But remember, you should write about real confirmed news not just speculation. And you should update your article or blog with new information. Keep your readers coming back. Also, after the movie or whatever is released, you can the use the same one to write a review about it. And you can also write articles about related merchandise and link your sites together into a net to catch web surfers. Good Luck!