Make Money Blogging — Will I Be Successful?

Mickey | home business | Saturday, December 11th, 2010

This is a great question to ask yourself before you spend a lot of time trying to make money blogging.  There are certain traits and characteristics that most great bloggers have.  Here are a few of the key ones:

1.  Time Management —  You must be able to get a lot of work done in a unit time to get a blog up and going.  You can not agonize over a paragraph the “just doesn’t seem right”.  You need to generate high quality content in a small amount of time.  Can you get to the point that you can regularly write a 400 word article in 20 minutes?  If so, blogging is for you.

2.  Content Generation Strategy —  Can you develop a plan and then stick with it, no matter what.  If you want to make money blogging, you are going to have to build a solid content generation strategy and then roll with it.  Do you have the skills and self confidence to put together a solid plan and then implement it without a lot of tweaking and agonizing over it?  If so, blogging will work for you.

3. How Can I Help My Readers? —  If you sincerely like to help people, you will have a good future in blogging.  You need to be able to hone in on people’s problems and provide them with solutions.  Is your brain wired in a way that you enjoy doing this?  If you are, blogging will be a very rewarding way for you to build your business.

I hope you are starting to get a better feel for what it is going to take to allow you to become successful by blogging.  If you fit the profile I have laid out above, you will do fine blogging.  If this profile is not you at all, you will most likely have serious problems blogging.  It is best to make this assessment before you jump into blogging head first.  You know what you like and are best at.  Make sure your skills and aspirations fits the model of successful bloggers and you should do very well in this field.

Home Based Businesses – Why Most Fail

Mickey | home business | Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Failure is so common when it comes to an internet business that isn’t almost sad. So many people want to be able to quit their jobs and live the life of their dreams. For many, all they really want is to be able to make some extra income from the comfort of their homes but even this is something that not many people are able to do in terms of percentages. So why do so many people fail at making residual income from the internet? There are a couple of reasons so let’s explore what they are.

The first is that too many people fall for scams. Many of these scams are very hard to detect. They will sound very legit but when it comes down to it, very few people are able to make a decent income from them. It’s not that most people are stupid. That’s not the case at all. The reason why so many people fall for these schemes is that many of them are actually legit but the way they advertise their program and opportunity makes people go into the business with a flawed mindset. You’ve heard of or seen the ads about how people can make money with no work. If this is the mentality you have when going into the business, you will surely fail. Any real success will take work.

Another cause for people failing is not being able to stick it out. Too many people who get into this business are impatient. They put in the initial work but want to get paid for the time they put in. This isn’t always how it works in business. If you are stuck in the working mentality where you expect to be paid for every hour of your time you put in, then owning a business in general may not be for you. In order to succeed, you must have a long term mindset. Do this, and your chances of success will increase.

6 Ways to Earn Money Blogging Without Spending a Penny

Editor | home business,online business,WordPress Blogs,work from home | Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Earn Money Blogging

Blogging for cash – how to earn more from your blog readers…

No doubt you’ve heard about the concept of monetizing your blog, but have you actually done it yet?

Here are some ways to achieve it.

The key to monetizing your blog successfully is to try all the ways mentioned below and see which ones work best for you. The ideal mix will vary for each blog – it all depends on the subject and the audience.

1. Google Adsense

This is easy to join and easy to set up. It doesn’t cost you a penny and you can tailor the adverts to appeal to your visitors. If your blog is about tropical fish you’ll get ads about tropical fish. If your blog is about cheese, you’ll get ads about cheese.

The more traffic you can get to your blog the better your Adsense earnings are likely to be, so work at building it up in legitimate ways that don’t go against the Adsense rules.

They don’t like traffic exchanges, for example, but posting articles in article directories to gain links back to your blog is quite okay.

Experiment with where you put the ads as well, and keep good records. You might find that placing ads in a certain location on the page is better than putting them elsewhere. This is a great way of maximising your Adsense revenue.

AdSense is one of the easiest ways to make money from your blog, and you get paid every time someone clicks on one of the ads. So your cash can quickly pile up if your ads are in the right places and your blog gets enough visitors.

2. Affiliate products from ClickBank linked into the post

ClickBank is packed with thousands of products – mostly e-books but there are software products available too – on all kinds of different subjects.

Once you join ClickBank you’ll get a unique username that will be incorporated into the URL for every product you decide to promote.

It’s a simple process to write one or two blog posts about something relating to that product (without directly selling it) and inserting a clickable link in a relevant place which goes through to the product you want to sell. Every time someone clicks through and buys it, you make some money.

Try linking to different products and make sure they are relevant to the overall subject of your blog. Think about what your readers are interested in and then do a search for some products you think they’d like. You can do the same with Commission Junction if you want a wider range of products to promote.

3. Selling Ad Space

This is gaining ground as a popular way of making money from blogging. But you don’t need to approach people directly to ask them if they want to advertise on your blog.

There is an ever increasing number of companies that act as a go between for the advertiser and the blogger. All you need to do is join a site like Project Wonderful (where people bid to win ad space on your blog) or AdEngage to start getting relevant ads on your website that will earn you money.

The trick is to make sure your blog doesn’t become so overcrowded with adverts that it doesn’t even look like a blog anymore. Make sure you keep a good balance between content and advertising, otherwise you will lose your readers – and they are the ones who are going to be clicking on your ads in the first place.

4. Sponsored Reviews

If you enjoy writing about products and services on your blog, then this is for you. Why not get paid for something you are doing anyway?

There are several websites which bring together bloggers and advertisers, including Sponsored Reviews and Pay Per Post, and depending on what the subject is and who you’re reviewing for, the pay varies between a couple of dollars per post up to fifteen dollars or more.

The more popular your blog is and the more traffic you get, the more successful you are likely to be taking on sponsored reviews.

These sites normally check out your blog before letting you into the program, so if yours is a newbie it might be better to wait until you have really started to build it up and they have some history to look at as well.

5. Offering premium content in addition to the free posts

Not many bloggers do this, and it’s probably more slanted towards those who have been blogging for a while and have built up a regular audience, but it’s something worth thinking about a little further down the line.

Think of it as a way of providing an extra option for people that have read your blog for a while. As well as providing your usual blogging content you can also set up a private area of your blog which people would have to pay to get access to.

The key to making a success of this is to ensure that the extra content is worth the money. Providing much longer blog posts which essentially amount to an in-depth report on a subject are a good way to attract people’s attention.

6. Using Widgets

A good widget can really enhance your blog, and with WidgetBucks they can make you money too.

Once you’ve joined you can get advertising widgets to put on your blog, and they will earn you money every time one of your visitors clicks on them. The big advantage of these is that they are in rich media format, which can add colour and interest to your site in double quick time.

There is also a referral program which means you have the chance of making even more money if some of your blog’s visitors decide to sign up to WidgetBucks themselves.

What is Internet Home Business?

Mickey | home business,work from home | Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Very few home businesses are not an Internet home business.  At least not lately, in fact it is almost impossible to run a business out of the home without using the Internet.  What kind of businesses can you run from home?  Almost any business that can be conducted in a normal office can, in theory, be conducted from home.  This was not always true but as computer technology, communications and the Internet have evolved many economists and analysts believe that internet home business, home employment and freelance contracting, to name a few examples, will eventually over take traditional employment as the primary source of household income.

Big Business from the Kitchen


To illustrate, there are plenty of great cooks in America.  Most of them cook for their families but let us imagine that one of them decides to start an Internet home business.  They have a large list of places to buy kitchen supplies at wholesale prices and start a website to sell them.  To attract business they set up a camera and create a free cooking show.  Accounting can be done online as can inventory and shipping.  Many companies will offer to handle all the details for you, you take the order, and they ship the product to your customer.

On the other side of the spectrum, a legal secretary might decide to work for themselves and offer normal legal secretarial services by contract.  This might save law firms a great deal of money and increase the earnings of the legal secretary.  They could use their former employers and contacts to start their client base and expand when the time comes.  There is no reason for an Internet home business to be small, and is one of the ideal work from home jobs you can start.

The Virtual Company


To take this concept one step further, the person offering virtual secretarial services could hire other legal secretaries to work from their homes handling new clients.  Now you have employment, accounting customer service and all of the other phases of tradition business without any real physical location.  This is the ultimate Internet home business.  Not only could such a company be run out of the home, but with the growing availability of mobile Internet services, smart phones and laptop computers, such a business could be run from a public park!  This is the virtual company; a company that hires people, pays for supplies and services, and pays taxes but that only exists in the hard drive of a laptop computer.

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