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Read This If You Have Quit Blogging, Feel Like Quitting or Are Discouraged About It

Read This If You Have Quit Blogging, Feel Like Quitting or Are Discouraged About It

Before I get started, let me state something plainly and confidently: the Internet and blogging offer the greatest potential for self-employment and supplemental income that has ever presented itself to the average person. Making money online is not only possible, it is absolutely probable for anyone willing to work hard and stick to it. That is an absolute fact that should not get muddled or watered down because of the disappointment of marketing hype, gimmicks, scammers, and quitters. Every business industry has suffered from those types of people but it doesn’t change the legitimacy of doing business in any venue. The Internet and blogging offer  mind-boggling potential and opportunity for anyone with a good work ethic and a laptop. Never lose sight of that fact. Most People Quit Blogging or Their Online Business Within a Year of Starting I get a lot of emails from people who have quit their blog or online business. The stories are usually similar and the reasons for quitting are typically vague.  From my experience, it almost always seems to boil down to “I tried it for a while, the results didn’t happen as quickly as I expected, it just didn’t work out for me, I’ve moved on to other more important things.” If I had to write a summary of these emails (encapsulating what I think about 99% of them are saying) it would be this: My impression was (from a friend, email, advertisement, or infomercial) that I could start a blog, put a little effort into it and a whole lot of people would come and read it, and I would start making money off of it. I call this the “infomercial syndrome” and it’s been around since long before the Internet. Many people get caught up in infomercial sensationalism and all the marketing hype both innocently and sometimes because of laziness or greed. In my opinion, the viewer is 50% to blame and the other 50% of the blame falls squarely on the “used-car salesmen of blogging.”  There is an endless stream of commercials, courses, Internet marketing gurus, infomercials, and gimmicks out there promising online riches to bloggers with the typical wild claims of how effortless and easy it will be.  “Set it and forget it” may work for a rotisserie appliance but not for business success. Caution: there is something that 99.9% of all “online business,” “make money online,” or “start a blog and watch the money pour in” marketers have in common: the only thing they have ever made money on is selling something about “how to make money online.”  They claim to be experts without expertise or experience; they claim to be successful...

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Finding an Income Stream in Affiliate Programs

Finding an Income Stream in Affiliate Programs

A blog is not just a place to speak your mind and share your adventures; it is also a place where you can earn serious money. Many bloggers all over the world are learning to blog the smart way and take advantage of affiliate-advertising income streams. Affiliate programs are more common than you think. Visit a website or a blog and pay attention to banner advertisements on the side or bottom of the site. It is not true that only popular high-readership blogs can successfully promote ads; even a start-up blog can begin displaying ads. The deciding factors as to whether or not you can earn an income from affiliate advertising is whether or not your content matches the advertiser, and if you can generate enough traffic to view the ads. Ways to Earn Income There are three ways to earn from affiliate programs: • “Pay Per Impression” – your income is dependent on the number of times a banner is shown on your site, called an “impression” for short. It is also referred to as “CPM” or “cost per thousand.” So a CPM of $10 means you earn ten dollars for every thousand banner displays. • “Pay Per Click” or “PPC” – your site visitor has to click on the ad or the banner. The trick is to make the banner as attractive and as targeted as possible. • “Pay Per Sale” – you earn by commission every time a visitor clicks on the link and buys the advertised product. Getting Started With Affiliate Programs The first step is to choose an affiliate network where you can choose advertisers for your site. Some popular choices include Google AdSense, Amazon.Com Associate Program, Commission Junction, Clickbank, and LinkShare Corporation. Your advertisements will really depend on the content you share. As an example, if your blog is about travel, then look for affiliate programs and products that can relate to you and your readers’ interests. All you have to do is get the affiliate code from your account and paste into your site. Put some thought into which of the three payment methods featured above will be best for your site. Starting out may seem easy, but it always helps to have a strategy to start earning. Advantages and Disadvantages There are hundreds of dollars to be earned per month with effective affiliate marketing programs. But before you jump on board, here are a few advantages and disadvantages to consider. For the advantages, it is fairly easy to sign-up for an affiliate program. You just need to choose which product or service to advertise and match it to your site. You also do not need a...

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Monetize Your Website

There are many reasons why people start blogs. Here are the five most common motivations for doing so: A blog is place to speak and be heard by expressing thoughts and emotions online. Blogs are a creative way to promote a product or business. You can create a following just by focusing on your brand. Blogs can establish you as an authority figure. It is no secret that many personalities have reached celebrity status through blogging. Blogs are fun. Blogging is a way to make serious money. In fact, you would be surprised to learn how much can be earned online if you can provide your readers with valuable content and use profitable monetization strategies. Monetization Through AdSense  Have you hear of pay-per-view? Putting it simply, this is pay-per-click. Through the AdSense program, Google puts banner ads on a website that is related to the website’s content and geographical location. You can see these ads by looking at the results on top and on the right side of a simple Google search. AdSense is one of the most popular ways that small websites can generate income. You just have to generate traffic and encourage viewers to click on the ad. With AdSense, the website owner will usually earn 60% of the amount that advertisers pay Google per click. That translates to anywhere from two cents to about a dollar per click, depending on how much the advertiser is paying. The way to maximize earnings with AdSense is by targeting your traffic and matching ads with your audience’s interest. The way to do this is through experience. A successful blog does not happen overnight. Like everything else, it takes time and a lot of hard work. To join AdSense, you need to build about thirty pages on your site then submit an application on adsense.google.com. Once you have been approved, copy the HTML code on the specific page that you would like the ads to appear. Make-A-Sale Affiliate Ads  Similar to AdSense being a pay-per-click program, Affiliate Ads is a pay-per-sale program. It lets a website earn commissions when a reader clicks the affiliate link and buys the product. It is only available for blogs within the United States hosted on Blogger.com. Affiliate Ads focus on your interests and passion. For example, if you write about beauty or fashion, you can have Google Affiliate Ads that are related to these segments. The potential to earn is higher than AdSense, since it is a commission.  Starting up with this program is simple: log in to the Blogger account, match your content to ad categories, and select an affiliate ad to feature on your site. The amount...

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