Apr 25

How To Plan And Write Great Money-Making Content for Your Blog

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Blogging is a great way to make money online. You can turn a blog into a complete home business. However, the fact is that many bloggers do not make money, simply because they don’t set a proper focus.

Let’s see how you can turn your blog into a money-maker, by focusing on that, and by planning and writing great content.

I’ve been blogging since around 2002. The biggest error I see new bloggers making is that their blog lacks focus. Each blog you create must have one, and only one, single laser-targeted focus.

Get that focus right, and you’ll make money. So for each blog, decide what your focus is. Obviously, for a money-making blog, that focus must be income. You must decide HOW you will make income with a blog before you create it.

Many bloggers choose to monetize their content: that is, they sell advertising on their blog. Other bloggers sell a product, or a series of products if they’re affiliate marketing.

Begin by choosing one single focus.

Now let’s see how you can plan and write great content and make money from your blog in four easy steps.

1. Plan your content a year in advance

No content, no blog. Equally, the more content you have, the more money you will make, so plan your content a year in advance.

Plan the work then work the plan or else fail to plan then plan to fail!

This sounds like a huge project, but it’s not. Start by listing 12 topics (related to your blog’s subject) you want to cover in your blog over the next year.

Then take each topic, and list five to 10 article titles related to that topic. Just brainstorm, away from your computer if possible. You’ve now got between 60 and 120 article titles.

These articles will form the basis of your content.

2. Research keywords your readers are using to find you

Next, research keywords related to your blog’s subject matter. For example, if you’re writing a cooking blog, research “cooking” keywords. If you’re writing a “dog training” blog, research “dog training” keywords.

Collect as many keywords as you can. As you begin posting content to your blog, keep an eye on your logs to see what keywords and phrases people are typing into the search engines to find your blog posts. Keep all these phrases – they’re gold.

With dozens and even hundreds of keywords, more article titles will occurs to you. List them with your other article titles.

3. Ask your readers questions, and answer them

Blogs have been called a conversation. Not all blogs lend themselves to a lot of interaction with your readers: if you’re promoting a series of affiliate products, for example. However, most blogs benefit when you ask your readers what they want to know, and answer their questions on the blog.

Reader interaction is an easy way to develop new ideas for content, so list all the ideas which readers give you with their comments to your postings.

4. Set income goals for your blog, and achieve them Finally, and most importantly, set income goals for your blog. You must have income goals. They inspire and motivate you. In the beginning, be thrilled with the first dollar you make with your blog – then set higher income goals each month.

Now you know how to plan and write great money-money content on your blog – start writing!

Discover the secrets to making money blogging with Angela Booth’s blogging bestseller, “Blogging for Dollars”.

Angela’s blogging ebook has a companion blog, the Blogging for Dollars Blog, which offers you daily blogging tips.

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Apr 23

Is Your Blog Better Than Wikipedia?

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How do you beat Wikipedia, the world’s number one free online encyclopedia, managed by thousands of passionate (and unpaid) editors, and a darling of Google?

In case you didn’t realize, Wikipedia already ranks top 10 for almost all popular search engine queries and keywords. Wikipedia’s main page has a PR (PageRank) of 8 and the English home page has a PR of 9.

Almost every topic and keyword imaginable has been covered (or will soon be covered) by this digital encyclopedia of sorts. The fact is they have more in-depth and complete content compared to your website or blog, and the people writing this content don’t ask for payment. Tying to match Wikipedia in terms of content integrity and completeness is suicide.

So how do you beat a giant like this?

The answer is to NOT become another Wikipedia yourself.

Look at it this way – how many people actually read an encyclopedia?

Are you telling me that just because encyclopedias exist, no one sells a book? Not in the real world. In the real world people put encyclopedias in a dusty bookshelf and use them only a handful of times in a year. But they read magazines, they buy books, they attend events and they most certainly read blogs.

The only time you should be looking at an encyclopedia is when you need a point of reference when writing a serious publication or thesis. Encyclopedias are boring, and so is Wikipedia.

So here’s Gobala Krishnan’s 5-step process to beating Wikipedia:

1) Improve your writing style

You must improve your writing. If your writing is similar to the boring (although concise) Wikipedia text, you’re doomed. Inject your personality and develop your own style of writing. My style of writing is very plain, direct and personal. Some people choose to write in a more poetic / scholarly way. Some people inject humor or use harsh words. No matter what, improving your writing style will set you apart and attract loyal readers to your blog.

2) Become more opinionated

People sitting on the fence sooner or later fall over. You either like something or hate it. If you’re neutral, you’re Wikipedia. Don’t become the best encyclopedia around; become the most dramatic blogger or writer.

Express your feelings for a certain product or service you’ve tried, even if it means you may lose some affiliate commissions from your honesty. It’s ok if some people hate the way you completely flamed a product or service. In the long run people will still prefer to read what you have to say then read a neutral page on Wikipedia.

3) Stay current and relevant

Read up on your industry, and put yourself in a position where you understand not only the past, but also the present and future of certain topics in your market. Wikipedia can’t beat you if you can (based on your established position of an expert in a focused market) foretell the future and influence others to accept your views.

As valuable as history is, people care mostly about today and tomorrow. If you are ahead of the market, or at least up-to-date with the latest developments, write about it and let people know.

4) Perfect your personal brand

Make everything you write, everything you sell, your sites and your design smell, taste and feel like YOU. It must be consistent enough so that people don’t even need to read a site to know that it belongs to you. Don’t brand yourself as a know-it-all; brand yourself as a true expert inn a niche market, and everyone will love you for it.

Wikipedia goes a mile wide and an inch deep. You on the other hand should go just an inch wide, but a mile deep.

You are a brand. Market that brand, and your online business will take a turn for the better. Unique branding, as history has proven, adds incredible power to any business.

5) Don’t put all your eggs in SEO

Search engine optimization is great and all, but it only takes another 9 more Wikipedia type of sites to completely dominate the first page of Google. There’s absolutely no way you’re going to beat sites like that in terms of pure SEO.

Focus more on social networking, making friends, finding new business partners, and creating more non-SEO-dependent sites. There are other ways to get traffic to your blogs than just search engines, so get creative. If you’re stuck with the idea of “Write great content and the traffic will come”, you’re in for a big surprise.

The bottom line is that you can’t beat Wikipedia at their own game. Thousands have tried and failed miserably. But if you change your game, as far as your online business is concerned, you’ll always win.

Gobala Krishnan is a blogging enthusiast and direct marketing expert. Subscribe to his blog at www.gobalakrishnan.com or download 2 chapters of his beginners guide to WordPress at www.easywordpress.com

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Apr 01

The 7 Step Blueprint to Building a Profitable Blogging Empire

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One of the easiest ways to make money online which is often overlooked is making money from blogging. There are many ways in which you can profit from blogging as well. Not only is blogging so easy to do, it is also easy to multiply your success.When creating a blog to profit off of most of the time it should be based upon a certain niche. When you blog about a certain niche you tend to set it up to teach others about it. Blogging is the best way to give people the information that they are looking for and a bonus for that is you will get paid for helping them out.

I would like to give you a simple blogging blueprint in which you can follow and profit from immediately:

1. Create a blog at Blogger

2. Research a niche that you want to teach others about

3. Find Keywords you want to target in that niche

4. Find content for your blog. Can use free articles for content

5. Update your blog everyday with new blog posts or pictures or YouTube videos

6. Promote your blog with articles, forums, social bookmarking, press releases and classified ads

7. Make sure you always use anchor texts for the keywords you want people to search your website for in the search engines

So, there is a simple blueprint that you can print off from your computer and follow with. That blueprint will get you on the right path to creating a blog and getting it ranked well in the search engines. Now I would like to go over a few ways in how you will be making money from your blogs.

Affiliate programs are the best way to make a lot of money from your blogs. Affiliate products are products that you can sell for a certain amount of commission. When you sign up with an affiliate program you will be given a link that you will use to make your sales with. When you give information about your niche you can recommend an affiliate product along with it.

Google adsense is another way to make money from your blogs. With blogger you are especially allowed to use these ads because blogger is owned by Google. Google adsense are ads that you can place on your blogs that will be relevant to the content you will have on your blog. When people click on some over your ads you will make money every time.

So, there you have it! I have given you many ways in which you can create blogging success. Hopefully you can go and run a blogging empire in no time.

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