September 14, 2006

How Can I Make Money With Blogs?

Article by Loretta Miller. Loretta Miller has a site where the goal is to help people increase traffic to their website.

To make money blogging is a goal many people hope to be able to obtain. This endeavor is not out of reach for someone with a willingness to work and who has a knowledge of blogging. Very few people, however, ever obtain the profits they want from their blog because they fail to have a plan.

There are two reasons most people who try to make money blogging do not succeed. One reason is that bloggers often think that "if I build it, they will come". This expectation is unrealistic. They often expect their readership to grow immediately and begin producing money just as quickly. This just does not happen. The other reason is that a lot of bloggers fail to have a realistic plan. The key to making money as a blogger is to have a realistic plan and sticking with it. When these expectations are not met, this disappointment often puts an end to their willingness to continue blogging. Some think that blogging is more "work" than they thought it would be. If you want to make money using blogging, you have to treat is as a business and a business requires work.

Editor's Note:
Loretta is very right when she says that you must treat blogging as a business. If you aren't willing to stick to a time commitment and blog on a regular schedule, making a business probably isn't for you. However, do keep in mind that sticking with a blog can be very, very rewarding - after all, Rob Benwell has made $1,860.11 in one day by blogging. You can do the same if you stick your heart into it and get the right tools - I highly recommend you get started on the right foot and check out Rob's website for helpful tips and tricks on how to do this.

To be a success at earning money with blogs, you will need a lot of traffic. The more traffic that comes to your blog, the more likely you are to make sales. However, obtaining the regular visitors that you need isn't easy. Because more blogs are started each and every day, there is a lot of competition. You need to keep your content fresh, unique, informative and interesting. Once people know that you have content on your blog that is updated regularly with useful information, they will return to your site. However, as mentioned above the "if I build it, they will come" approach just doesn't happen.

You also have to market your blog. You can have the most interesting and informative information there ever was put on a blog, but if you don't get visitors to your blog, who is going to read it? If you have a brick-and-mortar business, you advertise. A blog needs to be treated the same, you advertise. This is essential to make money blogging.

You need to spend time getting your blog noticed. Take some time to visit other blogs and making a comment or visit forums related to your blog and make a post. Always be helpful and informative, and be sure to add your blog address with your signature, thereby creating a link to your blog.

If you're an affiliate, try writing a review of the affiliate product you are marketing. You might find that it will get added to the products sales page if the review is honest and informative. Again, be sure to add your blog address with your signature.

It may take several months to build the traffic to make money blogging. Make a realistic plan and stick with it. To keep on track, make a daily schedule. Spend a set amount of time adding content to your blog, writing articles, visiting other blogs, visiting forums, and, if you are an affiliate, reviewing products to promote. Set a goal and when that goal is reached, set another one. Don't set unrealistic goals as this will only discourage you. Don't get discouraged, it takes time to build traffic to get the readers you want.

Earning money with blogs is a business. It takes time and patience to build a successful blog. It doesn't matter if you are a marketing genius or have the best blog on the internet, success takes time. Staying motivated and setting goals will reward you with success.

Editor's Note:
If you are truly serious about starting a blog business, write a list of financial goals you want to accomplish within the next 5 years and post it next to your computer. Look at it everytime the going gets tough - because it will. Before you get discouraged, know that Rob Benwell made $1,018.15 within 2 weeks of starting his blogs - it requires hard work, but you can have the same results or better - his Baby Blogging Bonanza package will show you exactly how. Without it, your blogging business is going in slow motion... I guarantee it.


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