Archive for January 2008

How I Make Money Blogging

by Paul Wilson

How I Make Money Blogging

Having a license plate with BLOGGER on it I get stopped a lot and asked questions about blogging. The number one question I get is, “Can someone really make money off of blogging?” This question is always followed up with, “How can I make money off blogging?”

Often people do not like my response. Mainly because I dispel any belief of someone starting right away making thousands of dollars a month. The blogosphere is full of stories of well known bloggers who took years to make the money they are currently making. It is a rare, rare example of a blogger who in month one made several thousands of dollars (regardless of what some hyped-up ebooks may tell you).

If my tales of blogging hardship hasn’t discouraged my listener than I proceed to share what I have learned.

Advertising Works…Sometimes

First, advertising can make you money. Darren over at Problogger and Jeremy at Shoemoney are proof of this. However, the likelihood of becoming an A++ blogger is rather unlikely. I’ve experimented with advertising but haven’t really taken to it. Not to say one shouldn’t, and maybe someday I will go down that path. For now, though, I prefer the clean, concise look of a non-ad-littered website

The Community Is Key

The number one resource in bringing me consistent revenue has been the community around my blog. My readers have introduced me to more opportunities and consulting jobs than anything else. In fact, it was due to a reader that made it possible for me to leave my corporate job.

Community Building Is Not Easy

Which conveniently takes me to my next point–you don’t build a community overnight. When I first started blogging I had no readers what-so-ever. This being the case, I had to work at Oracle during the day and blogged at night for almost a year. A community is a fickle thing. If you don’t continually work it won’t grow, and if you stop building it will die. I am reminded of a millionaire I once spoke to. He told me, “If a business isn’t growing it’s dying.” Your blog is no different. Many web snakes will tell you that you can put a blog on automatic and you will make lots of money. I am here to tell you this is rarely true, particularly since I have tried to do just that with another blog. Both my business partner and I have learned the hard way that blogs take nurturing and time.

 
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A New Solution To Buying And Selling Links

by Paul Wilson

A New Solution To Buying And Selling Links

One Way Links Recently, I have become a junkie of the forums on Digital Point. As an internet marketer I have found the services and people who use Digital Point to be quite helpful in becoming better at my trade.

One service that I discovered on Digital Point is a new company called TNX.net. What made me stop and checkout this service was their promise for free text link ads (this link will take you to the Digital Point post).

Currently, I am undergoing the task of improving MyMarketer’s search engine ranking, and I have looked at a lot of solutions. In my searching I have learned that there are many things you can do to improve your search engine rankings. However, as an Internet marketer ultimately I know that one-way links are chief among all. If you can have thousands of one-way links you are most likely going to rank quite highly, and possibly even in the coveted top 10 spots.

 
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