Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Blogging 101

All things BLOG
Can you make a decent income blogging?
You will get what you put into it. You also have to have a like for what your writing about or you will not succeed. I have read about people making this their full time job. With motivation and determination you can do anything! I am hoping to say i am one of those people who can make my blogging a huge success. It's nice to have money on your mind and make it happen,but you have to chose something your passionate about to blog about it. You  really have to love what your doing and come up with ideas on what to write about constantly.
Will blogging work for everyone?
No. Blogging is definitely not for everyone. The good thing is you basically have zero monetary investment (minus the time you spend to write or research). Also you need to be web savvy..
What do I mean by web savvy?  You don’t need to be a programmer, but you need a decent understanding of  web technologies.  Generally speaking these terms are pretty important to have some background knowledge of:
    HTML/CSS
    blog publishing software
    RSS/syndication
    feed aggregators
    pings
    trackbacks
    full vs. partial feeds
    blog carnivals
   traffic statistics
    search engines
    search engine optimization (SEO)
    social bookmarking
    tagging
    page rank
    contextual advertising
    affiliate programs

   
   You definitely need basic understanding of what your doing online. You don't need to be a web genius,but you need to spend time learning these things before (or during) your time blogging.
A lack of understanding is a major cause of failure with online income generation.  For example, if you don't have a clue how to use search engine optimization (SEO), your chances of ever being found online are slim to none. Whenever i don't understand a word or want to figure something out i research it and look it up until i understand it. You can basically teach yourself anything online...especially with Google,Wikipedia,Youtube...the knowledge is out there and the outlets are endless.To make money from blogging it’s important to be something of a jack of all trades or in my case a "Jill of all trades"!

Also minor decisions like what to title a Subject line on your blog post are fairly significant. You need to take your readers in consideration and know what they will be searching for.  You want a title that is attractive to visitors, drives reasonable search engine traffic, yields relevant contextual ads, fits the theme of the site, and encourages linking and social bookmarking.  And most importantly you want each article to provide value to your visitors. Often that means doing away with funny or crazy titles (which is very hard for me to do) in favor of direct and common ones.

Every blog is different, so you need to test things for yourself to see what works for you.  Failure is impossible here — you either succeed, or you learn something new. I may have tried pursuing a zillion different career paths in my life and even thought i'm not working those specific job paths right now each one of those experiences led me to where i am today, so i can't complain. I have literally went to school for almost everything..Nursing,Mortgage,Banking,Sales,Teaching... u name it I've probably done it.. I'm not your typical 9-5 girl. Anyways,pick a niche you truly are passionate about and knowledgable about. Disposible articles will not do well in blogging. Meaning don't just write 200 word posts everyday to have content. Articles with depth are what is gonna get you further and someone can take something from it and use it to succeed.

You need an entrepreneurial mindset, not an employee mindset.  Don’t be too concerned with the risk of loss here.  It’s what you don’t know and what you don’t do that will hurt you the worst.  Blogging is cheap.  Risk is minimal.  Most people are utterly clueless when it comes to generating income from their blogs.

Make sure to think up a basic income-generating strategy for your site.  If you aren’t good at strategy, then just come up with a general idea for how you’re going to generate income.  You don’t need a business plan, just a description of how you plan to get from $0 per month to whatever your income goal is.   Blogging income is actually quite easy to maintain.  It’s a lot more secure than a regular job.  No one can fire you, and if one source of income falls through, you can always add new ones. 
Here’s a list of multiple streams of income for your blog:

    Google Adsense ads (pay per click and pay per impression advertising) I use this now
    Donations (via PayPal)
    Text Link Ads
    Chitika eMiniMalls ads (pay per click) Im trying this out now
    Affiliate programs like Amazon and LinkShare (commission on products sold, mostly books)
    Advertising sold to individual advertisers (three-month campaigns or longer)


When devising your income strategy, feel free to cheat.  Copy someone else’s strategy that you’re convinced would work for you too.  Do NOT copy anyone’s content , but take notes on how they’re making money. .

Traffic is thee most important thing when it comes to generating income on blogs.  If you double your traffic, you’ll probably double your income. You can mess almost everything else up, but if you can generate serious traffic, it’s really hard to fail.  The biggest challenge is getting traffic. Best thing to do is NOT to monetize your blog for the first few months (kinda like me..but i waited years lol)More visitors means more ad clicks, more product sales, more affiliate sales, more donations,  and more of whatever else that generates income for you.  And it also means you’re helping more and more people.

Why get a regular job and trade your time for money when you can let technology do all that work for you?  Imagine how it would feel to wake up each morning, go to your computer, and check how much money you made while you were sleeping.  It’s a really nice situation to be in. Its called automated income and you can make it happen! That will be an entirely different post though! Stay connected!

Most important advice to when considering to blog?
MOTIVATION !!!  I don’t think you’ll get very far if money is your #1 motivation for blogging.  You have to be driven by something much deeper.  Money is just frosting.  It’s the cake underneath that matters.  My cake is that I absolutely love all things TRAVEL.  That’s my passion.  Pouring money on top of it just adds more fuel to the fire, but the fire is still there with or without the money.
What’s your passion?  What would you blog about if you were already set for life?
Perhaps the best part of generating income from blogging is the freedom it brings.  I work from home and set my own hours.  I write whenever I’m inspired to write (which for me is quite often).  Plus I get to spend my time doing what I love most!!

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