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How to Make Money Blogging

Do you know how to make money blogging? What is make money blogging? Is make money blogging a scam? How much money can you make blogging? Read on for all the answers.

WARNING: this lesson is 81 pages long (printed)! It will take you a few hours to read and absorb. So go to the bathroom, grab a coffee, turn off the phone, and enjoy! :-)

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What is make money blogging?

Make money blogging is an online business opportunity whereby you write your own blog and generate an income from the blog.

You can make money blogging in a number of ways:

Don't confuse make money blogging with Blogging Jobs, which I wrote about previously. Blogging jobs are jobs where you're employed to write for some else's blog.

Is make money blogging a scam?

I did a lot of research on this topic. And here's the conclusion I came to...

Make money blogging is a legitimate way to make money online.

It doesn't cost anything to start your own blog. If you come across a company that requires payment to start a blog, run the other way! :-)

If you have any opinions or experiences with how to make money blogging, please post your comments at the bottom of this page.

How much money can you make blogging?

Top blogs earn sizable 6-figure annual incomes. Some even earn 7-figures a year. I'll share with you further down this page 9 blogs that make a lot of money.

But don't get too carried away. Most blogs make very little to no money.

Blogs generate passive income

Having your own blog also generates a passive income. Passive income comes from doing work once, and getting paid again and again with little to no additional effort.

Sell your blog for cash

If you get tired of blogging, you can sell it for cash. Blogs can sell for thousands of dollars. Some have even been sold for millions of dollars. I'll share with you further down this page 2 blogs that sold for millions.

Make money blogging requires hard work

The downside with making money with your own blog is that it requires a lot more work than blogging for someone else.

You have to start your blog, write the blog, market the blog, monetize the blog, and maintain the blog.

You need to put in a lot of hours each week, if you want to make serious money with your own blog.

Are you willing to make the necessary sacrifices?

11 blogs that make a lot of money

Here are 11 blogs that make a lot of money: $100,000+ per year.

  1. ProBlogger ($100,000/year): founded in 2002 by Darren Rowse, helps bloggers make money with their blogs.

    ProBlogger now earns Darren over $100,000 a year, according to BusinessWeek. I think that figure might be a bit low.

    In his 2005 blog post, "I'm a Six Figure Blogger", Darren already claimed to have earned over $100,000 over a 12 month period. He must be making even more money today.

  2. ShoeMoney ($12,000/month): founded in 2004 by Jeremy Schoemaker, now attracts over 35,000 unique visitors a day interested in making money online.

    ShoeMoney makes $12,000 a month in advertising, according to BusinessWeek.

  3. Steve Pavlina ($30,000/month): writes about personal development in his blog.

    Founded in 2004, Steve's How to Make Money From Your Blog post claimed his site was making $1,000 a day.

  4. John Chow dot Com ($40,000/month): blogs about making money online. Founded in 2005 by John Chow, his blog hit just over $40,000 in revenue in June 2008.
  5. Talking Points Memo (TPM): covers a broad range of politics, policy and national news in Washington D.C. and beyond.

    The blog attracted 2.8 million unique visitors and 8.7 million visits in November, 2011.

    Talking Points Memo makes an estimated $45,000 a month based on ad rates and self-reported traffic data, according to BusinessWeek.

  6. Dooce ($30-50,000/month): is by a mommy blogger who blogs about everyday life. The blog attracts over 100,000 visitors a day! Wow!

    Founded in 2001 by Heather Armstrong, Dooce was dubbed Queen of the Mommy Bloggers by the New York Times.

    Heather's blog brings in an estimated $30,000 to $50,000 a month. That's not counting the revenue from her two books, speaking fees, promoting Verizon, and appearing on HGTV.

    A sales rep for Federated Media, the agency that sells ads for Dooce, calls Armstrong "one of our most successful bloggers". And then adds, "our most successful bloggers can gross $1 million."

  7. Gothamist ($50-60,000/month): covers local news, events, restaurants, bars, happenings, and goings-on in New York City.

    Gothamist, founded in 2003, now attracts 8.5 million pageviews a month. Gothamist is part of a network that includes 12 websites in 4 countries, covering local news, events, food, and entertainment.

    The Gothamist network makes an estimated $50-60,000 a month, according to BusinessWeek.

  8. Boing Boing ($1 million/year): offers an eclectic blend of tech culture, gadgets, entertainment, and business. It started as a magazine in 1988. It became a website in 1995, and a blog in 2000.

    Boing Boing attracts 10.16 million page views a month, according to Federated Media, which sells ads for Boing Boing.

    Boing Boing makes over $1 million a year in revenue, according to BusinessWeek.

  9. Perez Hilton ($111,000/month): launched in 2004, and is one of the most popular celebrity gossip blogs.

    It averages 12 million unique readers and 220 million impressions a month.

    BusinessWeek estimates Perez Hilton makes $111,000 a month, based on ad rates and self-reported traffic data.

  10. Drudge Report ($1 million+/year): is a news aggregation website, offering regularly updated links to stories on politics, entertainment, and current events.

    It made its name breaking the Monica Lewinsky scandal, after Newsweek decided not to publish the story.

    Drudge Report, founded in 1996 by Matt Drudge, now attracts 13.3 million unique visitors and 797 million page views per month, according to Intermarkets.

    Drudge Report made $800,000 a year, according to an April 2003 Business 2.0 magazine article.

    According to Wikipedia, a 2003 Miami Herald article said Drudge estimated he earns $1.2 million a year from his website and radio show.

    During an April 30, 2004 appearance on C-SPAN, Drudge confirmed that he earned over $1 million a year.

    I wouldn't be surprised if he earns a lot more now.

  11. Mashable ($166,000/month): is a popular site for news in social and digital media, technology, and web culture.

    Founded in 2005 by Pete Cashmore, Mashable now has 6 million social media followers. It attracts over 20 million unique visitors and 70 million pageviews per month.

    BusinessWeek estimates Mashable makes an estimated $166,000 a month based on ad rates and self-reported traffic data.

If you know of any other blogs that make in excess of $100,000 a year, post a message at the bottom of this page.

5 blogs that sold for millions

Here are 5 blogs that sold for millions of dollars.

  1. TreeHugger (sold for $10 million): is an environmentally focused blog founded in 2004 by Graham Hill.

    In 2007, Discovery acquired TreeHugger for $10 million, according to TechCrunch.

  2. Bankaholic (sold for $15 million): is a banking blog covering CD rates, money market rates, credit cards, etc.

    Founded in 2006 by Johns Wu, Bankaholic was sold for $15 million in 2008, according to WebProNews.

    That's an incredible success story, considering the blog was only 2 years old, and John ran the blog by himself. WOW!

  3. Ars Technica (sold for $25 million): is a blog catering to technologists and IT professionals.

    Founded in 1998 by Ken Fisher, Conde Nast/Wired acquired Ars Technica for a reputed $25 million in 2008, according to TechCrunch.

  4. PaidContent (sold for $30 million): is a blog covering all types of paid content business models.

    Founded in 2002 by Rafat Ali, the Guardian Media Group acquired Paid Content for $30 million in 2008, according to TechCrunch.

  5. TechCrunch (sold for $40 million): profiles startups, new internet products, and breaking tech news.

    Founded in June 2005 by Michael Arrington, TechCrunch and its network of websites now attracts over 13 million unique visitors and 21 million page views a month.

    TechCrunch has revenues of $200,000 a month from advertising and job boards, according to BusinessWeek.

    In 2010, AOL bought TechCrunch for a rumored $40 million, according to CNBC.

If you know of any other blogs that sold for millions, post a message at the bottom of this page.

Inspiring?

I hope these success stories show you what's possible and inspire you.

Of course most blogs don't make anywhere near those figures. And ones that do, sell only sell for thousands, not millions.

But if you do the right thing and work hard enough, you too can build a blog that makes 6-figures a year, or even a month, and possibly sell for millions.

Skeptical?

I know what you're thinking: most of those blogs have a team of bloggers churning out content all day.

You're right. But as far as I know, all of them started with just the founder (sometimes co-founders) writing for their blog. They were able to hire additional bloggers once their blogs gained traffic, subscribers and started making money.

Impossible?

You're probably also thinking: all of those blogs were started years ago. The Internet is saturated with blogs already. Anyway, I don't have the skills required.

These are the oldest excuses in the book. Yes, there are millions of blogs. But there's always room for new blogs.

Do you think there weren't any tech blogs before TechCrunch came along? Or celebrity blogs before Perez Hilton came along?

Of course there were. But that didn't stop TechCrunch and Perez Hilton becoming successful. They just did it better than existing blogs.

And do you think these bloggers were expert bloggers or marketers when they started? Of course not. They learned and improved their writing and marketing skills as they went.

You too can achieve similar success with a new blog. You just have to put in the hard work and do it better than existing blogs.

If you think it's possible, you're right. If you think it's impossible, you're also right. :-)

How to make money blogging (TUTORIAL)

So you want to learn how to make money blogging? But don't know where to start?

Well, you're in luck! I've written a "How to make money blogging" tutorial for complete beginners. It offers a comprehensive overview of how to make money blogging. Enjoy! :-)

Chapter 1. What is a blog?

  1. What is a blog?
  2. Is blogging really for you?
  3. What should you blog about?
  4. Who are you targeting with your blog?
  5. What is your blog's USP?
  6. Is there a market for your blog?

Chapter 2. How to start a blog

  1. How to choose and register your blog's domain
  2. Hosted blog vs self-hosted blog?
  3. What is the best blogging platform?
  4. How to install WordPress
  5. WordPress themes
  6. 20 best WordPress plugins

Chapter 3. How to write a blog

  1. How many blog posts should you write/post each day?
  2. How to write blog posts people want to read
  3. 13 blog post ideas
    1. News summary
    2. List posts
    3. Tell a story
    4. Free tools/resources
    5. How-to/tips posts
    6. Invite readers to submit tips/news
    7. Ask the expert
    8. Best blog posts
    9. Reviews
    10. Polls/surveys
    11. Charts/graphs
    12. Infographics
    13. Interview experts
  4. Editorial calendar

Chapter 4. How to market a blog

  1. Blog analytics
  2. Blog SEO
    1. Link to your blog from your other sites
    2. Link using targeted keywords or blog name
    3. Blog SEO keyword research
    4. Blog categories vs tags
    5. SEO friendly blog titles
    6. SEO friendly blog URLs
    7. Blog SEO content writing
  3. How to increase blog traffic
    1. Promote your blog in your email signature
    2. RSS feeds
    3. Build a mailing list of your blog readers
    4. Become an authority in your blog's niche
    5. Create link bait posts
    6. Create social media pages to promote your blog
    7. Social media buttons help users share your blog posts
    8. Offer republishing rights for backlinks
    9. Build backlinks from sites that link to competing blogs
    10. Comment on blog posts
    11. Participate in forums
    12. Answer questions in question and answer sites
    13. Answer questions in ask the expert sites
    14. Social bookmarking sites
    15. Social news sites
    16. Submit blog posts to article directories
    17. Create hubpages to promote your blog
    18. Free PR
    19. Guest blogging
    20. Google Images SEO
    21. Share infographics
    22. Create videos for popular video sites

Chapter 5. How to make money blogging

  1. Add Google AdSense to your blog
  2. Add Google AdSense for Search to your blog
  3. Add Google AdSense to your RSS feed
  4. Make money promoting affiliate programs
  5. Make money adding a job board to your blog
  6. Sell advertising on your blog
  7. Sell advertising in your blog emails
  8. Make money with joint ventures
  9. Make money selling your own products/services
  10. Make money writing for other blogs
  11. Make money consulting
  12. Make money with a book deal

Tell me what you think

Chapter 1. What is a blog?

1. What is a blog?

A blog is an information or discussion website. The posts are displayed in the order of newest to oldest.

Most blogs are written by a single author. In recent years multi-author blogs have become more common. These are written by a number of authors, posting multiple times a day.

2. Is blogging really for you?

Can you answer "yes" to these 6 questions?

  1. Do you enjoy writing? If you don't, then you'll tire of writing before you find success.
  2. Are you passionate about your blog's topic? Without passion, your writing will lack enthusiasm. Without enthusiasm, people won't find your writing engaging. Hence, your blog won't attract much traffic. You'll soon tire of writing for a blog without traffic.
  3. Are you self motivated, disciplined and patient? Can you invest at least 1 to 2 hours a day, for at least the next 2 to 3 years into building your blog? Do you have the patience to keep going even when success seems a long way off?
  4. Do you have or are you willing to learn the marketing skills required to build your blog? Blog success requires you to market your blog. Without marketing, few people will find out about it. Hence, you won't make much money from it.
  5. Can you handle criticism? Most people will say nice things about your work. But some won't. Some may even get nasty. Can you handle negative criticism?
  6. Are your writing skills up to the level you'd expect from a professional blog? Far too often I see blogs with poor use of English grammar and punctuation. This is especially true of bloggers who's first language isn't English, trying to target an English audience. People won't read blogs full of errors.

3. What should you blog about?

You should blog about a topic you're passionate about. Only with passion can you write about a topic day in, day out. Only with passion can you write with the enthusiasm required to engage readers.

4. Who are you targeting with your blog?

Don't write for the whole world. Decide on who you're writing for. Then write with them in mind.

For example, with Michael Wong Academy, I'm targeting:

I always think of my wife when I write. She fits perfectly into the ideal person I'm writing for. She has virtually no knowledge in regards to making money online. She can use Gmail and Facebook. That's it.

5. What is your blog's USP?

Your blog's USP (Unique Selling Proposition) is what differentiates your blog from others in your niche. What does your blog offer that others don't?

Example USPs:

6. Is there a market for your blog?

With any business opportunity you must look for an opportunity where there's potentially a market for your idea.

There's little point starting a blog, if you can't compete with what's currently in the market. You won't gain much market share or make much money.

For example, let's say you want to start a celebrity gossip blog to outdo Perez Hilton. You're more likely to succeed if you're based in Los Angeles, and have access to as many if not more sources than Perez does.

Even then you're starting from scratch, whereas millions of people know about the Perez Hilton blog. So you'll have many challenges ahead.

If you can't compete against existing blogs, then you should choose a different market or a smaller niche.

For example, in 2004 Danielle Friedland started Celebrity-babies.com, a blog covering celebrity babies.

Instead of competing with existing celebrity blogs, Danielle's blog specialized in celebrity baby pictures.

In 2008, People.com acquired Celebrity-babies.com for an undisclosed sum, according to TechCrunch.com.

The site had 17 editors, contributors, writers, and reviewers. I think it's safe to presume People.com paid a lot of money for it, probably millions.

Chapter 2. How to start a blog

So, you've decided you want to start a blog. Great! Let me show you how.

7. How to choose and register your blog's domain

Here are 8 tips on how to choose and register your blog's domain:

  1. Is the blog to promote you or a niche topic? If it's to promote you, then use your full name (first and last name).

    A ".com" is preferred. If your name .com isn't available, try other domain extensions (.org, .co, .me, etc.).

  2. If your blog covers a particular niche, think about what you want your blog to be in a few years time: if you register a domain such as Celebrity-babies.com, you can't really expand beyond covering celebrity babies.

    If you think one day your blog will cover a much broader market, then register a unique brand name. Check out Technorati's Top 100 blogs for ideas.

    A popular technique is to include a word that gives a hint as to what your blog is about. For example, TechCrunch.com (tech news) and Engadget.com (gadgets).

    A great brandable blog domain is Dooce.com. The owner could expand the Dooce brand to be just about virtually anything.

  3. Hyphen or not?: Ten years ago, separating keywords in domains with hyphens was thought to be good SEO practice.

    Not anymore. Apart from using your name as a domain, I'd suggest sticking to domains without hyphens.

  4. Short domains are better, but not always: most experts suggest the shorter the better, simply because it's easier to remember. I agree.

    But if you can't find a short domain, a longer but more unique sounding domain is better than a shorter, more generic sounding domain in my opinion.

    For example, I think "Michael Wong Academy" is more memorable than "Make Money Now".

  5. Avoid infringing on registered trademarks: search for registered trademarks at these official trademark sites:

    If you include a registered trademark in your domain, you risk losing the domain at some later date. It's not worth the risk.

  6. Register all domain extensions: if you have big plans for your blog and brand, register all the major domain extensions, including domains with hyphens, and misspellings.

    For example, .com, .net, .org, .co, .me, .co.uk, etc.

    It'll cost about $4-500 to register all these domains. It's a worthwhile investment because it'll help stop others from abusing your brand.

  7. I register all my domains at Domain Registration Bank: it's my reseller website which is part of the world's largest domain registrar, GoDaddy.

    Why register your domains there?

    1. You'll pay the lowest prices. I set the lowest possible prices, because I don't want to pay anymore than I have to.
    2. If you register domains via Domain Registration Bank, I can assist you if you have any issues. This is in addition to the excellent customer support you get from the domain registrar. If you register with another site, I can't help you.
    3. I have over 1,100 customers who've registered over 4,000 domains, so you're in good company.
  8. Quickly check domain availability, as you type: here's how:
    1. Visit Domain Registration Bank.
    2. Enter your domain into the search form.
    3. Click the "New Search" button on the results page.
    4. Domain Registration Bank will now check availability of domains in real-time, as you type. This is how I always search for available domains.

    If you want to search for domain extensions not offered by Domain Registration Bank, then try my Instant Domain Name Search tool.

    It searches all domains extensions, in real-time, no matter what they are.

8. Hosted blog vs self-hosted blog?

You've got your domain. Now you need to find somewhere to host your blog.

The case for a hosted blog

Hosted blogs are for you, if:

Choose from 3 of the most popular free blogging service providers:

The case for a self-hosted blog

You should host your own blog, if:

Benefits of a self-hosted blog:

9. What is the best blogging platform?

If you decide to host your own blog, you need to decide on which blogging software to use.

WordPress and Movable Type are arguably the two best self-hosted blogging platforms available. Both are open source, hence free. And both offer all the features you'll need to build a professional blog.

Many years ago I used Movable Type. A few years ago I switched to WordPress. They're pretty close in terms of features. But I think I prefer WordPress.

WordPress powers 22% of new active websites in the U.S., and 14.7% of the top million websites in the world, according to TechCrunch.

Don't confuse WordPress.org with WordPress.com. WordPress.org offers the self-hosted WordPress software you download and install on your server. WordPress.com hosts your blog for you.

10. How to install WordPress

WordPress.org offer detailed instructions on how to install WordPress on your server.

If the detailed instructions are too confusing, check out HostGator WordPress QuickInstall, which offers a simple WordPress installer with automatic updates.

You'll have to sign up with HostGator of course. Their hosting plans cost from $7.16 per month. If you sign up for a long term plan, you can pay as little as $3.96 per month for a 3 year plan.

If you sign up with HostGator, I suggest starting with the monthly plan to see if you like their service. You can always sign up to a longer term plan at a discounted price later on.

11. WordPress themes

What is a WordPress theme?

A WordPress theme is like a template that fits over your blog. It includes the blog's layout, navigation, color scheme, etc.

It goes without saying that you should use a WordPress theme that reflects your brand.

Get inspiration for your WordPress theme from Technorati's Top 100 blogs. Also search Technorati for top blogs in your niche for inspiration.

Free WordPress themes

The WordPress.org Free Themes Directory offer over 1,500 free WordPress themes.

Premium WordPress themes

WordPress.org also link to over 60 commercially supported GPL (General Public License) themes. These may cost money but they generally offer better designs and/or features.

There are plenty of websites offering commercial WordPress themes. Just search Google or Bing for 'free wordpress themes' or 'premium wordpress themes'.

12. 20 best WordPress plugins

WordPress plugins add useful features to your Wordpress blog. They're generally free to use. Some plugins offer premium versions with additional features for a fee.

The WordPress Plugin Directory has over 20,000 plugins at the time of writing.

Here are the 20 best WordPress plugins, based on the number of downloads in the WordPress Plugin Directory: Most Popular list.

  1. All in One SEO Pack (11.3 million downloads): WordPress SEO plugin helps to optimize WordPress blogs for search engines. There's also an All in One SEO Pack Pro version, but I can't see how it's worth the added cost.
  2. Akismet (11.1 million downloads): WordPress comments plugin filters out your comment and track-back spam. Akismet is free for personal use. Commercial blogs have to pay $5 per month.
  3. Google XML Sitemaps (7.8 million downloads): WordPress sitemap plugin generates a XML sitemap which helps Google and other search engines to better index your blog. Google XML Sitemaps also notifies major search engines every time you create a new post.
  4. Contact Form 7 (7.3 million downloads): WordPress contact form plugin is a simple but flexible contact form plugin with features including AJAX submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering, and file uploading.
  5. NextGen Gallery (5.3 million downloads): WordPress image gallery plugin lets you upload and manage galleries of images, batch upload, import meta data, add/delete/rearrange/sort images, edit thumbnails, and group galleries into albums.

    NextGen Gallery also features slideshows and thumbnail galleries, with options for controlling lightbox effects, size, style, timing, transitions, and controls.

  6. WPtouch (3.5 million downloads): WordPress mobile plugin transforms a WordPress blog into a mobile website for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm OS and Samsung Touch users.

    WPtouch Pro ($49-199) offers additional features, including more style, color and branding customizations, themes (including iPad), 10 languages, advertising options, and web-app mode.

  7. WP Super Cache (3.3 million downloads): WordPress caching plugin speeds up your WordPress blog by generating static HTML files instead of processing the slower WordPress PHP scripts.
  8. Google Analytics for WordPress (3.1 million downloads): is a WordPress plugin that helps you add Google Analytics tracking code to your theme. It also features stats, such as views per author & category, and automatic tracking of outbound clicks and pageviews.
  9. WP-PageNavi (2.6 million downloads): WordPress pagination plugin replaces the older and newer post links with page number links.
  10. Lockerz Share (AddToAny) (2.3 million downloads): WordPress social plugin helps users share, bookmark, and email your posts using Facebook, Twitter, and over 100 sharing and social bookmarking sites.
  11. WP e-Commerce (1.8 million downloads): WordPress shopping cart plugin helps you turn your blog into a store to sell products, services and digital downloads online.

    WP e-Commerce Premium Add-Ons range from NextGen Gallery Buy Now Buttons for WordPress Stores ($8), to Gold Cart for Developers ($195).

  12. YARPP (Yet Another Related Posts Plugin) (1.6 million downloads): WordPress related posts plugin helps generate additional pageviews by suggesting posts related to the post they're reading.
  13. WP-DB-Backup (1.3 million downloads): WordPress database backup plugin helps to protect your blog by creating backups of your core WordPress tables, as well as other tables of your choice in the same database.
  14. Smart YouTube Pro (1.3 million downloads): WordPress video plugin helps you insert videos and playlists into your posts, comments, and your RSS feed.

    Smart YouTube Pro supports YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe, Liveleak, Facebook, iPhone, and iPad.

  15. SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam (1.2 million downloads): WordPress CAPTCHA plugin helps prevent spam from automated bots by requiring users to type in the code shown on the image.

    SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam adds CAPTCHA anti-spam methods to WordPress forms for comments, registration, lost password, and login.

  16. Broken Link Checker (1.2 million downloads): WordPress broker link checker plugin checks your blog posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notifies you if any are found.
  17. Simple Tags (1 million downloads): WordPress tags plugin helps you manage your blog tags with features including tag suggestion, tags management, mass edit tags, auto link tags, auto tags, AJAX autocompletion, click tags, and tag pages.
  18. WP-Polls (1 million downloads): WordPress polls plugin helps you add polls to your WordPress blog by adding an AJAX poll system.
  19. Redirection (1 million downloads): WordPress redirect plugin helps you manage 301 redirects and keep track of 404 errors without requiring knowledge of Apache .htaccess files.
  20. WP Security Scan (980,000 downloads): WordPress security plugin helps protect your WordPress blog by checking it for security vulnerabilities and suggests fixes.

Chapter 3. How to write a blog

So, you've set up your blog. Let me show you how to write your blog.

13. How many blog posts should you write/post each day?

The quick answer is as many as possible. The more the better. Many of the top blogs nowadays post as many as 8 to 10 posts or more a day.

If your niche has lots of breaking news (finance, sports, etc.), then you should post several times a day.

Impossible? Consider Jodi Hill who writes between 100 and 130 articles a week for Examiner.com. She earns about $100,000 a year.

If your niche doesn't have much news, then quality is more important than quantity.

I'd prefer to read one long quality post a week, over 5 short posts of substantially less quality any day. Wouldn't you?

Don't make the mistake of posting one article every month or two. I see that a lot from older blogs. It tells me the blogger isn't devoting much time to their blog. Hence, it's not worth following.

14. How to write blog posts people want to read

Here are some tips on how to write blog posts people want to read:

15. 13 blog post ideas

Here are 13 blog post ideas for inspiration.

15a. News summary

Probably the easiest blog post to write is a news summary. Simply rewrite the news article you've read on another site. Or write a brief introduction and link to the news article on the other site.

15b. List posts

Experienced bloggers have come to realize that people like "list posts". That shouldn't come as a surprise, because humans like lists.

Here's why:

How to compose a good list post title
Where to find list post title ideas
Incomplete list posts

A clever twist on the list post idea is to create "incomplete list posts".

Here's how:

  1. Create a "Top 10 X" post.
  2. Only include the top 8 X's.
  3. Ask readers to suggest their favorite X's to complete the list. People love to give their opinion. So it's a great way to start a conversation with your readers.
15c. Tell a story

We all have true stories we can write about. It doesn't have to be long. But all good stories should:

15d. Free tools/resources

The internet is huge, with millions of websites. So help your readers discover the best free tools, websites and apps.

I'd suggest you stick to the top 5 or 10 free tools/resources for each topic. Explain why you recommend each tool, website or app. Don't overwhelm your readers with 101 links and no explanation.

15e. How-to/tips posts

People love to learn. So write how-to posts. Include step-by-step instructions, where possible. Quick tips are great too.

15f. Invite readers to submit tips/news

Your readers can be a terrific source of tips and news. For example, Mashable invites readers to send in news and tips. Lifehacker.com invites readers to contact the editor with tips and questions.

15g. Ask the expert

Whatever niche you're blogging about, you probably have a lot more knowledge and insights than most of your readers. So invite them to submit questions for you to answer.

Don't worry that you don't have all the answers. Respond to the questions you can answer.

For questions you can't answer, search the web for it. Chances are someone has already asked and answered the question.

If you can't find the answer, post the question on one of the many Q&A or ask the expert sites. Sneaky, eh? :-)

15h. Best blog posts

No one has time to read every single blog post. So once in a while, write a post highlighting your best or popular posts.

You can do this monthly, quarterly or 6 monthly. Don't forget the "Best/Most popular posts of 2012" (or whatever year it is) post at the end of each year.

15i. Reviews

People love reviews. So write reviews of products and services you've used.

The great thing being a blogger is that merchants will often send you products to review.

If there's a product you want to review, ask the merchant for a complimentary review copy of the product, software, book, ebook, app, or access to their service.

Often these merchants have affiliate programs. So sign up to their affiliate program, and link to the product website with your affiliate link.

There are blogs that specialize in writing reviews with affiliate links. It can be a real money spinner.

15j. Polls/surveys

Once you have enough traffic, you can conduct market research on your readers using polls and surveys.

How to conduct polls or surveys

Here are some websites to help you create polls and surveys:

What do you poll or survey your readers on?

Anything you find interesting. You can start with demographic data to find out who your readers are. For example, male/female, what age range they fall into, their occupation, etc.

Companies are more likely to advertise on your blog, if you can provide demographic data about your readers.

Questions vary depending on your niche. Here are some questions that I'd ask bloggers:

15k. Charts/graphs

Charts and graphs are popular, because they help make sense of data in a quick and easy format.

Where to get data for charts/graphs

To make charts and graphs you need data. Here are some ideas of where to get data from:

Data provided by the U.S. government and the CIA are in the public domain. This means they're not protected by copyright. Hence, you may use them for free and without the need to ask for permission.

Remember to mention the source of your data. Linking to the data is good etiquette.

5 free online charting software

Here are 5 free online charting software to help you create static and interactive charts, graphs and maps:

Free screen capture software

If you're an Apple mac user, and want to capture a screenshot of a chart, I recommend Skitch. It's a free screen capture software app that makes capturing, resizing and editing screenshots quick and easy. I've been using it for years. :-)

15l. Infographics

Infographics are graphic images created to represent information, data and/or knowledge, quickly and clearly. They have become increasingly popular with bloggers.

2 free infographic software

Here are 2 free online infographic software:

For infographic ideas, visit "Share infographics" in the "How to increase blog traffic" section.

15m. Interview experts

Interviewing experts is a great way to generate valuable, original content for your blog.

Other benefits include:

Experts include anyone who has extensive knowledge and insights to share. Not just someone who's written a book or has a Phd after their name.

How to approach experts for an interview
  1. Identify potential experts such as authors, bloggers, etc.
  2. Get to know the experts: read their books, blogs, articles, white papers, etc.
  3. Identify what you want to achieve with the interview.
  4. Email the expert with your interview request.
  5. Send the email out on a Tuesday or Wednesday. People are inundated with emails on Mondays.
  6. If you don't receive a reply after 2 days, send a polite follow up email.
How to conduct an interview
  1. If the expert agrees to an interview, set up a suitable time for about half an hour.
  2. Prepare a list of open ended questions that can't be answered with a "yes" or "no".
  3. Alternatively, invite your blog readers to submit questions they'd like to ask the expert.
  4. Download and install a Skype call recording app from the Skype apps store:
  5. Call the author using Skype. If you're recording a video interview, set it to "split screen" so that it records both you and the interviewee.
  6. Record the interview. If you're recording a video interview, try to look into the webcam instead of the other person.
  7. Introduce the expert and use small talk to get them relaxed.
  8. Listen to the interviewee. Don't be afraid to stray from your prepared questions.
  9. If you don't understand something, ask for clarification.
  10. When you've asked all your questions, ask the expert if there's anything they'd like to add.
  11. Before you stop the interview, thank the expert and mention their book/website/blog.
  12. Edit the video using the Skype call recording app's built-in editing tools, or your favorite video editor, Movie Maker (Windows) or iMovie (Mac).
  13. Upload the video to YouTube.com.
  14. Email a link to the expert for preview.
  15. Find an online transcription company to create a text version of the audio. You can find a list of legitimate companies in the Online Transcription Jobs page.
  16. Create a new post with the interview text and YouTube link to the video.

16. Editorial calendar

Editorial calendars are used by bloggers, magazines and newspapers to brainstorm content ideas. It helps to plan and schedule content for the near future. It can also help sell advertising.

Create an editorial calendar by creating posts that tie-in with important dates, holidays, anniversaries and major events.

Here are some examples:

Chapter 4. How to market a blog

So, you've written some blog posts. Here's how to market your blog.

17. Blog analytics

Before you start marketing your blog, you must add analytics tracking to your blog. It will monitor your blog's traffic to help you understand where your traffic is coming from, and what your users are doing on your blog.

For this I recommend you sign up to Google Analytics and add the Google Analytics code directly to your blog.

You may also install the Google Analytics for WordPress plugin to help you add Google Analytics tracking code to your theme.

It also features stats such views per author & category, and automatic tracking of outbound clicks and pageviews.

Google Analytics for WordPress has been downloaded 3.1 million times, at the time of writing.

18. Blog SEO

Once your blog's analytics is set up, you should start with blog SEO (search engine optimization). This will help improve your blog's rankings in search engines, such as Google.

The All in One SEO Pack is a useful WordPress SEO plugin that helps to optimize WordPress blogs for search engines.

It's been downloaded 11.3 million times, so it's incredibly popular.

There's also an All in One SEO Pack Pro version, but I can't see how it's worth the added cost.

Here are 7 blog SEO tips that will help you drive traffic to your blog.

18a. Link to your blog from your other sites

The first blog SEO tip is to link to your blog from any websites or webpages you have access to.

If possible, put the outbound link on the homepage and/or the 2 to 3 most popular pages of the site. These pages will pass more PageRank to your blog.

I don't recommend placing an outbound link to your blog on every single page of a site. Google will probably consider that link spam.

Having said that, you may link from every page. But only if you add the rel="nofollow" code to all links, except those on the homepage and the 2 to 3 most popular pages.

For example,

<a href="http://yourblog.com" rel="nofollow">Your blog</a>

The rel="nofollow" attribute tells Google not to pass PageRank across the link. This will satisfy Google that you're not trying to trick Google into thinking you have a lot of links pointing to your blog.

Visit Google's rel="nofollow" page for more information.

18b. Link using targeted keywords or blog name

You should link to your blog using:

You might wonder why don't I suggest using just one keyword for all links to improve your chances of getting top rankings.

If all links to your blog contain the same keyword, Google would find that unnatural and probably consider that as link spam.

18c. Blog SEO keyword research

In the tip above I suggested that you should link to your blog using targeted keywords. So how do you find out what keywords your blog should target?

Here's how:

  1. Visit the free Google AdWords Keyword Tool.
  2. Enter the keyword you're targeting into the "Word or phrase" box you want your blog to rank #1 for in Google.
  3. Look for the 'Match Types' section on the left.
    1. Uncheck the 'Broad' checkbox.
    2. Check the [Exact] check box.
    3. Leave the "Phrase" checkbox unchecked.
  4. Click the "Keyword Ideas" tab half way down the page.
  5. The default location is 'United States'. If you're targeting users in another country:
    1. click the 'Advanced Options and Filters' link.
    2. select the country you're targeting
    3. click the 'Advanced Options and Filters' link again to hide the options.
  6. Click the blue 'Search' button.
  7. The Google AdWords Keyword Tool will return a list of search terms with the keywords you entered highlighted in bold.
    • The 'Global Monthly Searches' column shows the monthly average number of searches over 12 months for each keyword in all locations, languages, devices, and keyword match types.
    • The 'Local Monthly Searches' column shows the monthly average number of searches over 12 months for each keyword in each location/s, language/s, device/s, and keyword match type/s you've selected.
  8. You may click on the 'Global Monthly Searches' or 'Local Monthly Searches' headers to sort a column in order.

    If you do, search terms containing your targeted keywords may disappear from the top results.

    This is because your keywords are ranked further down the list. Click the 'right arrow' button above 'Approximate CPC (Search)' to view the next 100 search terms.

This is how you find out what keywords you should target.

18d. Blog categories vs tags

Blogs use a combination of categories and/or tags to categorize blog topics.

Categories and tags are used to:

To help you understand the difference between blog Categories and Tags:

Blog categories

Categories allow for a broad grouping of topics.

Here are some sample categories for a blog on how to make money blogging:

Blog tags

Tags are similar to categories, but allow you to:

Let's say we use Blog SEO keyword research as an example post.

If we only use Categories, then the post would fit into the "Blog marketing" category.

If we use Tags, then these tags would all be relevant:

You see the difference?

There is one downside to Tags. They don't have a hierarchy, unlike Categories. With Categories, you can have categories, sub-categories, and even sub-sub-categories.

Blog categories and tags SEO

Whether you use Categories and/or Tags, I recommend you use keywords that your readers look for in your blog and search for in Google.

Read Blog SEO keyword research for step by step instructions on how to find the best keywords using the Goole AdWords Keyword Tool.

18e. SEO friendly blog titles

When composing a blog title, consider these 2 factors:

  1. The blog title must attract readers' attention.
  2. The blog title should be SEO friendly to improve your chances of getting top Google rankings.
How to create blog titles that attract attention

The blog title must attract readers' attention. If it doesn't, they're unlikely to click through to read the post.

Legendary advertising expert John Caples said the headline is 50 to 75 percent of an advertisement.

A blog title is the headline for a blog post. So make it count.

Where to find blog title ideas

Don't waste time trying to reinvent the wheel. Learn from popular titles in popular blogs and publications.

For example,

Adjectives spice up blog titles

Here are some adjectives you'll often find in popular blog titles:

You might like to include some of them in your blog titles. ;-)

How to create SEO friendly blog titles

Blog titles should be SEO (search engine optimization) friendly to improve your chances of getting top Google rankings.

To ensure blog titles are SEO friendly, I suggest you:

Let's say you're writing an article offering 10 money making blogging tips.

Here are sample blog titles:

I think you'd agree they're all good blog titles.

However, there's one major flaw. None of the blog titles include the most popular keyword in the blog title.

Try this: enter 'money making blogging tips' into the Google AdWords Keyword Tool.

You'll find that "money making blogging tips" has no searches. It's pointless trying to get top Google rankings for a keyword no one searches for.

So those titles above aren't any good.

The keywords with the highest number of searches are:

Let's create some blog titles using those two keywords (highlighted in bold):

These blog titles are both eye catching and SEO friendly. :-)

18f. SEO friendly blog URLs

Did you know Google looks at over 200 indicators in ranking webpages? A webpage's URL is one of those indicators.

Google software engineer Matt Cutts said, "it does help a little bit to have keywords in the URL" in this YouTube video: Does the position of keywords in the URL affect ranking?

So create SEO friendly blog URLs.

WordPress default URLs look like this: http://yourblog.com/?p=123

'p=123' is meaningless and doesn't have any keywords to help Google identify what the page is about.

How to change WordPress default URLs to a SEO friendly structure

WordPress gives you the option to change the URL to something more SEO friendly.

Here's how:

  1. Log into your WordPress control panel.
  2. Hover over the 'Settings' button in the navigation bar down the left side. It should be the bottom button.
  3. Scroll down and click on the 'Permalinks' link.
  4. Under 'Common settings', the 'Default' option is already selected.
  5. Select the 'Custom Structure' option.
  6. Enter one of the following into the box next to 'Custom Structure':
    1. /%category%/%postname%/ - if you intend to use Categories to categorize blog posts. The blog URLs will look like this: http://yourblog.com/category/post-name/
    2. /%category%/%postname%.html - if you intend to use Categories to categorize blog posts, and want blog post URLs to end in the default '.html' extension. The blog URLs will look like this: http://yourblog.com/category/post-name.html
    3. /%tag%/%postname%/ - if you intend to use Tags to tag blog posts. The blog URLs will look like this: http://yourblog.com/tag/post-name/
    4. /%tag%/%postname%.html - if you intend to use Tags to tag blog posts, and want blog post URLs to end in the default '.html' extension. The blog URLs will look like this: http://yourblog.com/tag/post-name.html
    5. /%postname%/ - if you want blog posts to be placed in the top level directory. The blog URLs will look like this: http://yourblog.com/post-name/ - I suggest avoiding this option, so you don't end up using a directory and blog title with the same name.
    6. /%postname%.html - if you want blog posts to be placed in the top level directory, and blog post URLs to end in the default '.html' extension. The blog URLs will look like this: http://yourblog.com/post-name.html
  7. Click 'Save Changes' blue button to save the changes.
Which custom URL structure is the best?

I'd use a URL that includes the Category or Tag, if your blog's domain is short, and category names are short and descriptive. This gives Google more keywords to index.

Html vs no html extension

Google software engineer Matt Cutts answered this question in his YouTube video: Should I strip file extensions from my URLs?.

Matt suggests sticking with the standard .html extension, because users understand that as a webpage. He goes onto say, "it doesn't make that much difference to rankings."

How many keywords in URL?

In this interview with Google software engineer Matt Cutts, Matt suggests having 4 to 5 words in your URL.

If the URL is much longer, Matt says, "our algorithms typically will just weight those words less and just not give you as much credit".

When you save a draft copy of a new post, WordPress creates the permalink for the post.

I'd suggest you edit the blog URL down to just the essential keywords.

To do this, click the 'Edit' button next to the permalink URL, under the blog post title box.

Remove words that don't help with SEO. For example, a, at, in, of, on, the, etc.

18g. Blog SEO content writing

I've discussed how to create SEO friendly blog titles and URLs. Now let's discuss how to write user and SEO friendly content.

When you write, creating user friendly quality content should be the top priority. SEO should always come second. Never let SEO overtake quality.

Here are my top 11 tips to creating user and SEO friendly content:

  1. Write a minimum of 250 to 300 words per page to give Google plenty of content to index. There's no upper limit as Google index pages larger than 100 kilobytes these days.
  2. Use headings and sub-headings to help users scan content.
  3. Include popular keywords in sub-headings.
  4. Use HTML <H1>, <H2>, <H3>, <H4>, <H5>, and <H6> header tags in order of importance. I use all 6 on this page. I suggest using the <H1> tag for the page's main keyword.
  5. Link directly to useful resources on other websites. Don't hide links using redirects.
  6. Use link text that describes what each link lead to. For example, don't use "click here" as a link.
  7. Google used to recommend a limit of 100 links per page when they used to index only about 100 kilobytes of a page.

    Nowadays, Google index pages larger than 100 kilobytes. They will not automatically consider pages with more than 100 links as spammy, according to Google software engineer Matt Cutts.

  8. Use short sentences and paragraphs for easy reading.
  9. Use HTML <OL> and <UL> lists to make content easy to scan. You'll notice I use lists a lot in this site.
  10. Images can also attract traffic.

    There were a total of 362 million image searches (approximately 7% of all searches) in February, 2006, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.

    To help Google understand what an image is, you have to give Google clues. Here's how:

    • Include keywords in the image name. For example,

      <IMG SRC="/images/redcar.jpg">

    • Add keywords in image ALT attributes. For example,

      <IMG SRC="/images/redcar.jpg" ALT="Red car">

    • Add text near images to describe what it is.
  11. Scatter targeted keywords throughout the page. Make it look natural. But don't stuff too many.

    After I finish an article, I like to see whether there's a good scattering of keywords on the page.

    Here's how:

    1. Open the 'Find' box in your web browser. Here's how:
      • If you're using a Windows computer, press 'Ctrl' + 'F' at the same time on your keyboard.
      • If you're using a Mac, press 'Command' + 'F' at the same time on your keyboard.
      • If you're using Chrome or Safari web browser, the Find box should appear at the top right.
      • If you're using Firefox, the Find box should appear at the bottom left.
      • If you're using Opera, the Find box should appear at the top left.
    2. Enter the keyword you're targeting.

      Chrome, Safari and Opera should automatically highlight all occurrences of the keyword on the page.

      Firefox only highlights one occurrence of the keyword. Click the 'Highlight all' button at the bottom to highlight all occurrences of the keyword on the page.

    3. Scroll up and down the page to see whether you have a good scattering of keywords on the page. If you feel the page could do with more keywords, search for keywords that you can change to either the exact or a closely related keyword you want to target.

    You're probably wondering how many or what percentage of keywords you should aim for.

    I don't worry about hitting a certain number or percentage. I just look at a page.

    If it looks like there's a good natural scattering of keywords, I'm happy. It's not exactly scientific. But you shouldn't worry about SEO like that.

19. How to increase blog traffic

Here are 22 tips on how to increase traffic to your blog.

19a. Promote your blog in your email signature

The first and easiest way to increase blog traffic is to promote your blog in your email signature.

Here are 2 examples. Make sure you include 'http://' in the URL to turn it into an active link.

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Best regards,

Michael Wong
http://MichaelWongAcademy.org

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Best regards,

Michael Wong
Learn how to make money online, for free!
http://MichaelWongAcademy.org

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19b. RSS feeds

RSS feeds allow users to subscribe to your blog updates using a RSS reader or aggregator (web based, software or mobile), or via email.

Users subscribe to a RSS feed in one of three ways:

    Enter a blog's RSS feed URL into a RSS reader, such as Google Reader. Click a RSS feed icon in a web browser to initiate the subscription process.

    For an example of the subscription buttons click on the Michael Wong Academy FeedBurner RSS feed button below.

    In the top right corner are subscription buttons for popular web-based news readers, such as My Yahoo!, NewsGator and My AOL.

  1. Enter their email address into a subscription form on the blog. I discuss this option in more detail in the next tip.
WordPress RSS feeds

WordPress automatically creates RSS feeds of your blog posts, comments, categories, tags and authors. Searches can also have their own feeds.

For more info about WordPress RSS feed, visit:

FeedBurner

WordPress RSS feeds have some shortfalls. They don't provide subscriber stats or allow you to make money from AdSense.

The alternative is to set up RSS feeds using Google's FeedBurner.

FeedBurner offers some useful stats:

Do note that RSS feeds mostly appeal to tech savvy users. The majority of people don't know about RSS feeds. So it's not a big deal, if you don't bother with RSS feeds.

19c. Build a mailing list of your blog readers

I highly recommend you build a mailing list of your blog readers. It will allow you to contact your readers directly and notify them about new posts. This will drive traffic to your blog.

The case for using a free mailing list service

Use a free mailing list service, if:

The best free mailing list service is arguably Google's FeedBurner. Here's why:

The case for using a commercial mailing list service

You should using a commercial mailing list service, if:

Benefits of a commercial mailing list service:

Best mailing list services

Here are 3 of the best mailing list service providers:

MailChimp has a catch

MailChimp's free offer for up to 2,000 subscribers is great! However, there's a catch.

MailChimp doesn't allow mailings for certain topics:

Read MailChimp's Terms of Use for full details.

AWeber and GetResponse don't have same restrictions.

True confession: I switched from MailChimp to AWeber

I actually used MailChimp when I started the Michael Wong Academy mailing list. Everything was fine at first. But then one of my mailings containing one of the restricted keywords triggered alarm bells and MailChimp suspended my account.

I must confess I had to switch to another mailing list service provider. I chose AWeber. I emailed all 120 subscribers, twice. But only about 30 (25%) of subscribers confirmed their subscription with AWeber. I lost 75% of my subscribers.

I know - I should have read MailChimp's terms and conditions. You can learn from my silly mistake. :-)

Where to add the subscription form

Most blogs add a blog subscription form to the top of every page.

I suggest you also add a blog subscription form immediately after your blog post. This will remind readers who've enjoyed your blog post to subscribe to your blog's mailing list.

You can see I use this technique on Michael Wong Academy. There's a "Get new lessons in your email box" form at the top and bottom of most pages.

19d. Become an authority in your blog's niche

Just about every blogging expert tells you to become an authority in your blog's niche. Authority sites naturally attract repeat visitors, inbound links, and better search engine rankings.

What is an "authority"?

An "Expert" may have a lot of knowledge and experience, but they may lack an audience. An "Authority" is an expert who has an audience.

So become an "Authority" - not just an "Expert" in your niche.

Also Google loves authority sites.

But how do you become an authority on a topic?

Here are some ideas:

19e. Create link bait posts

Link bait is web content or application designed specifically to get others to link to your website. And more inbound links will naturally lead to more traffic to your blog.

So how do you create link bait blog posts?

Here are 7 link bait ideas:

  1. List posts are often some of the most read, shared and linked to blog posts. For more info, read the List posts tip further up this page.
  2. People always like free stuff. So help your readers discover the best free tools, websites and apps.
  3. Question and answer posts: if you can provide a definitive answer to a question, people will link to it.
  4. Exclusive breaking news can make a blog. Matt Drudge shot to fame in 1998 when he broke the news of the Monica Lewinsky scandal on his DrudgeReport.com website. The site has become one of the most popular sites on the internet attracting 13.3 million unique visitors a month.
  5. Everyone loves a good laugh. If you have a funny video, photo, or story to share, blog about it.
  6. Everyone loves a good deal. How many times have your friends shared a Groupon-like daily deal with you? Offer your readers a great deal, or blog about a coupon you've found.
  7. Write incredibly useful blog posts. Do you think this page is likely to attract many links? (fingers crossed) ;-)
19f. Create social media pages to promote your blog

If you're only writing a personal blog, then you probably don't need to worry about social media marketing.

But if you're building a money making blog, then I recommend you build social media pages to tie in with your blog. Social media marketing is an essential part of internet marketing nowadays.

Here are the top social media sites and their help pages to get you started:

19g. Social media buttons help users share your blog posts

WordPress social media plugins
Individual social media sharing buttons
19h. Offer republishing rights for backlinks

I recommend you allow people to republish your blog posts on their websites, on the condition that they include your bio and link back to your blog.

Psst... Let me share a secret with you. Don't tell anyone, okay? :-)

I wrote all the marketing tips in my Mikes-Marketing-Tools.com site with this tactic in mind.

So did it work? You betcha! Mike's Marketing Tools has 26,000+ links pointing to the site, according to Google Webmaster Tools. It did take 10 years. It didn't happen overnight.

Can you imagine how long it'd take if you had to build that many links yourself? I've never had to submit, exchange, request or buy any links.

You might be wondering: won't some people republish content without linking back?

Yes, that happens. So? Here's how I see it.

In my article, Internet Piracy: Embrace Or Die, I discovered that roughly 28% of webpages that had republished one of my articles, did so without including my bio or backlink.

I used to get upset about it many years ago. But then I read The Pirate's Dilemma: How Youth Culture Is Reinventing Capitalism by Matt Mason.

I learnt that it's pointless trying to fight piracy. You can't stop it. Now I accept it as part of doing business online.

I'm grateful for the 72% of websites that do include my bio and backlinks. I don't lose sleep over the 28% that don't.

19i. Build backlinks from sites that link to competing blogs

If a site links to a competing blog, there's a chance they'd link to your's, right?

It could be that they just didn't know about your blog. So find these sites and request a link. More inbound links equal more traffic. It's that simple.

Here are 2 free backlink checkers to help you find sites that link to a competing blog:

  1. Backlink Watch: is a free backlink checker that displays up to about 1,000 clickable backlinks, all on one page. It also displays the number of outbound links for each page.
  2. Alexa: offers information on websites, including backlink data. Here's how to use it:
    1. Enter a domain into Alexa.
    2. Look for the number of "Sites Linking In".
    3. Click on the number to view the list of top 100 webpages linking to a domain.

    You have to copy and paste the URLs into a web browser. Don't click the domain next to each number. That just leads you back to an Alexa page for that domain.

    You can view more than 100 links. Here's how:

    1. The web browser address bar looks like this: 'domain.com' is the domain you entered:

      http://alexa.com/site/linksin;4/domain.com

    2. Change the number '4' to '5' for the links 101 to 120.
    3. Change the number to '6' for links 121 to 140. And so on.
19j. Comment on blog posts

I often read blog comments because they provide useful information and websites. I've visited many websites mentioned in blog comments.

So find relevant blog posts to comment on. And don't forget to mention your site in the comments. Include links to your site in the comments, whenever possible.

Here are 4 ways to find relevant blogs:

  1. Search Technorati. The default search is 'Posts'. Click the 'Blogs' button to find blogs.
  2. Search Google.com. Here are 2 ways to find relevant blogs in Google:
    1. Enter keywords: for example, enter 'gadget blog' to search for gadget blogs.
    2. Find similar blogs: enter 'related:' followed by a blog domain.

      For example, enter 'related:gizmodo.com' to search for blogs similar to gizmodo.com.

  3. Search Google Blog Search.
  4. Search Alltop which collects the latest headlines from popular blogs.
Nofollow vs dofollow blogs

Where there are opportunities to get a free link, there are spammers. Blog comments are no exception.

Hence, many blog comments nowadays include the rel="nofollow" attribute in outbound links to try to discourage comment spam. These are known as "Nofollow blogs".

The rel="nofollow" attribute tells Google not to follow a link or give it any PageRank.

However, some blogs haven't added the rel="nofollow" attribute to links. These are known as "Dofollow blogs". That is, Google should follow the links and pass on PageRank.

It's natural to think it's better to post comments in "dofollow blogs" rather than "nofollow blogs".

So should you bother posting comments on nofollow blogs?

I think you should. Here's why:

19k. Participate in forums

Online discussion forums are a great place to expose your brand to a targeted audience. It will also drive traffic to your blog.

Here's why:

Here are 2 ways to find relevant forums using Google.com:

  1. Enter keywords: for example, enter 'jeep forum' to search for Jeep forums.
  2. Find similar forums: enter 'related:' followed by a forum domain.

    For example, enter 'related:jeepforum.com' to search for forums similar to jeepforum.com.

Here's how to find forum discussions using Google.com:

  1. Enter a keyword into Google.
  2. Click the "More" link in the left column. More links will appear.
  3. Click the "Discussions" link. Google will filter the results to only show forum results.
19l. Answer questions in questions and answer sites

Question and answer sites provide opportunities for you to direct people to your website.

Here are 10 popular question and answer sites:

  1. Yahoo Answers: is Yahoo's popular question and answer site, allowing anyone to ask and answer questions.
  2. Stack Exchange: is a popular network of 87 (and counting) question and answer sites, on diverse topics from software programming to cooking to photography and gaming. Users are subject to a reputation award process that promotes knowledgeable users, best answers, and important questions.
  3. LinkedIn Answers: is LinkedIn's question and answer site, with mostly business related questions.
  4. AOL Answers: is AOL's question and answer website, allowing anyone to ask and answer questions.
  5. Askville by Amazon: a free question and answer website, where you can answer questions or get answers to your questions.
  6. Quora: is a popular question and answer website, with an estimated 500,000 registered users as of January 2011.
  7. ChaCha: gives free answers to any question, both online and through mobile phones. More than a billion questionshave been answered to date. You can even get paid for answering questions.
  8. Answerbag: allows anyone to ask and answer questions.
  9. WikiAnswers: allows anyone to ask and answer questions. Questions are organized into categories.
  10. Rediff Q&A: allows anyone to ask and answer questions.
19m. Answer questions in ask the expert sites

Ask the expert sites provide opportunities for you to impress potential visitors with your knowledge and expertise. You can even earn money with some of them.

Here are 3 popular ask the expert sites:

  1. AllExperts: is a free ask the expert site where people with above-average knowledge of the subject can volunteer to be an expert in any category.
  2. JustAnswer: allows independently verified experts to answer questions, and receive 25% of the fee offered by the person asking the question. Users only pay for answers they're satisfied with.
  3. Experts Exchange: is a membership-based online community of 50,000 experts, who answer computer and IT related questions.
19n. Social bookmarking sites

Social booking is a good way to drive traffic to your blog.

Social booking is similar to bookmarking links in your web browser. The difference is that bookmarked links are saved to a website and shared with other users of the site.

There are dozens of social bookmarking sites, many not getting much traffic. Hence, I'd suggest concentrating your efforts on these 3 popular social bookmarking sites:

  1. Delicious: (formerly del.icio.us) is one of the first social bookmarking sites. It claims to have more than 5.3 million users, and 180 million unique bookmarked URLs by the end of 2008.
  2. StumbleUpon: allows users to bookmark, discover and rate web pages, videos and photos. It claims to have over 25 million members.
  3. Pinterest: is a virtual pinboard where you bookmark and share linked images, instead of links with traditional social bookmarking services.
19o. Social news sites

Social news sites can drive a huge rush of traffic to a blog, quickly.

Social new sites allow anyone to submit a story. Other users of the site vote up or down the story. Popular stories end up on the homepage. It's these stories that attract the bulk of the traffic.

There are many stories of sites receiving thousands, even tens of thousands of visitors in a matter of days. Some websites have crashed under the weight of the traffic.

The downside is that some website owners have claimed that few visitors returned to their site.

Here are 3 popular social news sites:

  1. Reddit: is a popular social news site where registered users can submit links. Other users then vote links up or down.
  2. Digg: is a social news site allowing people to submit and vote content up or down. Digg used to attract tens of millions of monthly visitors. In recent years, its traffic plummeted to about 7 million visitors per month as of May 2012, according to comScore. It still ain't bad though.
  3. BuzzFeed: is a social news site where anyone can post cool, funny, interesting stuff that you think has a strong chance of going viral and being shared by other people.
19p. Submit blog posts to article directories

Submitting articles to article directories is a popular and effective way to drive traffic and backlinks to your website.

Your articles are published in the article directories. Plus, other webmasters republish them on their websites.

EzineArticles is a popular article directory. At the bottom of each article, EzineArticles shows the number of times the article has been viewed.

To see how effective submitting articles to EzineArticles is, I conducted the following Google search.

site:ezinearticles.com "viewed 100000.. times. word count"

Google returned 3,210 articles that has been viewed over 100,000 times. Wow!

EzineArticles don't tell you how many people clicked on the links in the article or author's bio. You can be sure quite a few did, probably many thousands for each article.

Here's how to submit blog posts to article directories:

  1. Read some articles in the category your blog fits into in each article directory. This will give you a feel for what each article directory is looking for.
  2. Follow the editorial guidelines provided by each article directory.
  3. Make a list of your best blog posts that you don't mind other people publishing on their website.
  4. Edit the blog posts down to the recommended word count provided by the article directory. 400 to 500 words is a good size.
  5. Include your bio with links back to your blog.
  6. Format your blog post as an article.
  7. Test all links in the article and bio.
  8. Sign up to an account with each article directory.
  9. Submit one article to each article directory. You can submit the same article or different articles.
  10. Once you have one article accepted, submit additional articles.

Here are 5 popular article directories you should submit your articles to:

  1. Ezine Articles: is a popular article directory attracting over 30 million visitors a month. The most popular articles have been viewed over 500,000 times.
  2. Articlebase: receives over 15 million monthly unique visitors.
  3. ArticleSnatch: offers a list of its most popular articles. The top 20 articles have received over 95,000 views each.
  4. GoArticles: offers a list of its top authors. Its top 5 authors have received between 124,000 and 953,000 views each.
  5. Buzzle: accepts original, quality articles.
19q. Create hubpages to promote your blog

Hubpages are community sites where anyone can create a webpage, focusing on a single topic.

Marketers use hubpages to drive traffic to their blog or site. Affiliates use it to make money.

According to this article, "Over 220,000 Unique Visitors a Month: Learning from the Most Visited Hubbers", the top HubPage.com user has written 146 hubs and gets 220,000 unique visitors a month. Sweet!

The great thing about hubpages are that they're often achieve top 10 search engine rankings without any marketing effort by the author. Search engines just seem to love hubpages.

Here are 2 hubpage sites you should concentrate on:

  1. HubPages: has 1.2 million hubpages and attracts 15 million unique visitors a month, according to Business Insider.
  2. Squidoo: has 1.5 million lenses and attracts over 14.5 million monthly visitors, according to Business Insider.
19r. Free PR

Want some free PR for your blog? Would you like to be quoted in The New York Times, ABC News, or HuffingtonPost?

It's possible. Here's how:

  1. Sign up to HARO (Help A Reporter Out): an email mailing list where reporters seek knowledgeable experts as sources for their stories.
  2. You receive 3 emails a day. Each email contains dozens of requests by reporters.
  3. When you find a suitable request, email the reporter directly.
  4. If the reporter finds your information worthwhile, helpful, or interesting, the reporter will most likely get in touch with you for further information.

Nearly 30,000 members of the media have quoted HARO sources in their stories, and over 200,000 sources have signed up, according to HARO.

The basic HARO service of 3 emails a day is free.

HARO also offer subscription packages that enable you to:

19s. Guest blogging

Guest blogging is posting on other someone else's blog as a guest blogger.

Here are my top 12 guest blogging tips:

  1. Offer exclusivity: blogs are much more likely to publish a post, if it gets exclusive publishing rights.
  2. Look for gaps in the blog: you'll have a greater chance of success, if you write about a topic the blog hasn't already written about.
  3. Byline: Add a brief byline or mini bio after the blog post. Include your name, and what your blog offers.

    Link to a landing page on your blog where you invite them to sign up to your mailing list.

    Use a keyword in the link that you want to get top Google rankings. Often, the link text will simply be the name of your blog.

  4. Engage with users: proactively engage with users by monitoring comments and responding quickly.
  5. Capture referrals: capture visitors' email addresses on the webpage your bio links to. Promote your newsletter or a special report.
  6. Target quality blogs: don't waste time with blogs that only posts every now and then, has little traffic, or receives little to no comments from its users. You're unlikely to get much traffic from these types of blogs.
  7. Don't overlook small blogs: we all want to be published in blogs with lots of traffic. But that's not easy. So start with smaller blogs which are easier to get into.
  8. Promote your guest posts to your users: if the other blogger sees the positive effects of your marketing efforts, they're much more likely to return the favor.
  9. Invite others to guest blog: if you invite others to guest post on your blog, they're more likely to return the favor, and invite you to guest post on their blog.
  10. Find out the preferred methods: some bloggers accept finished blog posts. Others prefer to discuss blog titles first. So ask bloggers which method they prefer.
  11. Go slow: approach one blog at a time. Monitor your results. Try different methods to improve your chances of success.
  12. Pay for guest blogging: if a blog rejects your offer, try offering a one-time payment for the privilege of guest blogging. I'd suggest trying this with smaller blogs where $50 or $100 might make it worth the blogger's time.
19t. Google Images SEO

Google Images can drive traffic to your site. Google includes images in its search results as well as its Google Images search results.

To have any chance of your images appearing at the top of the rankings in either set of result, you should optimize your images.

Here's how:

These are just basic Google Images SEO tips. I wouldn't suggest spending too much time on optimizing your images.

19u. Share infographics

Infographics have become increasingly popular with online marketers. They have been proven to attract more traffic and viral sharing than standard content.

There are websites that will welcome infographic submissions for free. Make sure you include descriptive text containing your keywords with your submission to help optimize it for the search engines.

Here are 3 websites to help you create infographics:

  1. Visual.ly: enables you to create infographics, and share them with the online community.
  2. Visualizing.org: is a community where you can share your infographics, host your data sets, and explore other people's infographics and data visualization.
  3. Piktochart: is an online web application to create infographics. Basic features are free. You have to pay a fee for more advanced features.

Submit your infographics to these 18 websites for free:

  1. Cool Infographics: attracts 3,500 visitors per day and 250,000 page views per month.
  2. Reddit Infographics: 3,300+ subscribers.
  3. Vizual Archive: free review within a couple of days usually.
  4. Daily Infographic: publishes one infographic a day.
  5. Submit Infographics for free.
  6. Love Infographics: free infographic submission.
  7. Best Infographics: free infographic submission.
  8. Infographic Reviews: submit yours for review.
  9. NerdGraph: free submission.
  10. Infographics Only: free infographic submission.
  11. Info-Graphic: free infographic submission.
  12. Daily Statistic: free infographic submission.
  13. Graphs.net: free infographic submission.
  14. Rate My Infographic: share your infographic for free.
  15. Infosthetics: suggest a story.
  16. Infographic File: upload an infographic for free.
  17. Video Infographic: accepts video and standard infographics.
  18. HTML5 Infographics: accepts HTML5 infographics only.
19v. Create videos for popular video sites

Online videos are becoming increasingly popular. Nowadays Google and Bing often include videos in the top rankings.

So my suggestion is create video blog posts, and submit them to popular video sites. It's a proven method of traffic generation.

Here are 2 video sites that will show you how to create awesome videos:

  1. Vimeo Video School: shows you how to make better videos through lessons, tutorials, and advice.
  2. YouTube: Creator Playbook (Version 2) offers 91 pages of useful advice and tips.

Submit your finished video to these 9 popular video sites:

  1. YouTube
  2. Vimeo
  3. Yahoo! Screen: used to be Yahoo! Video.
  4. Dailymotion
  5. Veoh
  6. Metacafe
  7. ClipChef: upload online video recipes.
  8. ThatsHow.com: upload how to videos.
  9. Blinkx

Chapter 5. How to make money blogging

Your blog is getting lots of traffic. Great! Here are 12 tips on how to make money with your blog.

20. Add Google AdSense to your blog

Adding Google AdSense is arguably the easiest and most popular way to make money with a blog.

You can add AdSense to your WordPress blog in one of two ways: manually or via a plugin.

How to add AdSense to WordPress manually
  1. Sign up to Google AdSense, if you don't have an account.
  2. Log into your WordPress admin.
  3. Select the 'Appearance' menu down the left side.
  4. Click the 'Widgets' link.
  5. Drag and drop the 'Text' widget to the sidebar area.
  6. Click the 'Text' widget to edit.
  7. Copy and paste your Google AdSense code into the text area.
  8. Click 'Save'.
  9. The AdSense ads should be visible in your blog.
WordPress AdSense plugin

Here are 2 WordPress AdSense plugins that will give you more flexibility:

  1. Quick AdSense (253,000 downloads): enables you to add AdSense to the beginning, middle or end of a post. You can also add AdSense after certain paragraphs or images.
  2. Google AdSense Plugin (42,000 downloads): allows you to add AdSense to different positions on the page. You can also change the AdSense color attributes and styling.

21. Add Google AdSense for Search to your blog

As your blog grows, you should add a search function to your blog to help users discover content they're interested in.

You could add the standard WordPress search form. Or you could add Google's Custom Search Engine or Google AdSense for Search to convert searches into cash.

Notes:

22. Add Google AdSense to your RSS feed

You can make money with your blog's RSS feed by adding Google AdSense ads to it.

Here's how:

  1. Sign up to Google's FeedBurner, if you don't already have an account.
  2. Sign up to Google AdSense, if you don't already have an account.
  3. Log into your AdSense account.
  4. Click the 'My Ads' tab at the top of the page.
  5. Click the 'Feeds' link on the left side of the page.
  6. Click the 'Get Started with AdSense for Feeds' button.
  7. Click the '+New feed unit' button.
  8. If this is your first time setting up feeds with AdSense or FeedBurner, you'll need to burn a new feed first. Click the 'Burn new feed' link. Then enter your FeedBurner RSS feed URL.
  9. You may need to move your FeedBurner feeds to your Google Account. You should see a link for that.
  10. Click 'Save'.
  11. Updated links to your existing RSS feed with the new RSS feed URL.
  12. Browse your FeedBurner RSS feed to view the AdSense ads. They may take a minutes to appear.

Please note that Google creates a new URL for the RSS feed with AdSense ads. This means existing RSS subscribers won't see the feed with ads.

If you're using a third-party email marketing service provider, such as AWeber or GetResponse, you can update the RSS-to-email URL to the new RSS feed URL with the AdSense ads.

As far as I know, you can't add AdSense ads to existing FeedBurner RSS feeds. Do let me know if you know how.

23. Make money promoting affiliate programs

The majority of ecommerce sites nowadays have an affiliate program. Did you know Amazon.com, Apple and Walmart all have affiliate programs?

There are no official figures. But I'd say there could be 100,000s of affiliate programs available.

Promoting affiliate programs is a popular way to make money with a blog. For some blogs, this is their main objective.

What is an affiliate program?

An affiliate program is where you're paid a commission for referring a customer who purchases a product/service, or signs up for a newsletter or application of some sort.

People who promote affiliate programs are known as "affiliates".

How do affiliate programs work?

Here's how affiliate programs work:

  1. You sign up to an affiliate program.
  2. Once approved, you log into the affiliate program.
  3. You grab the affiliate link along with a banner ad, text ad, or text link.
  4. You add the affiliate link and ad to your blog or blog post.
  5. When a visitor clicks your affiliate ad, and makes a purchase or takes the desired action, you earn a commission. Ka-ching!
  6. At the end of each month, the merchant pays the commission you've earned via a check or PayPal, or deposits it directly into your bank account.
  7. It's that simple. The hard part is attracting enough people to your blog, because only a small percentage of visitors will click your affiliate links. And even fewer will make a purchase or sign up to something.
How much money can you make with affiliate programs?

The 2012 Affiliate Summit AffStat Report surveyed over 1,400 affiliates.

Here are the annual incomes derived from affiliate marketing efforts:

Don't get carried away with those figures. It can take years and a lot of hard work to earn the kind of incomes that some of those affiliates claim.

Where do you find affiliate programs?

There are a number of ways to find affiliate programs:

  1. Look for the "Affiliate program" link at the bottom of a merchant's website.
  2. Search affiliate directories, such as Associate Programs. It links to thousands of affiliate programs.
  3. Search affiliate networks, such as CJ and ShareASale. They host thousands of affiliate programs.
  4. Search Google. Enter the merchant's name or product category and the term 'affiliate program'.

    For example:

    • walmart affiliate program
    • jeep parts affiliate program
How do I promote affiliate programs on my blog?

Here are 7 ways to make money promoting affiliate programs on your blog.

  1. Add a product banner ad, text ad, or text link to your blog's navigation area.
  2. Add a product banner ad, text ad, or text link after each post.
  3. Create a list post of the top 10/20 products in the product's category.
  4. Write a review about the product/service.
  5. Promote a coupon for the product.
  6. Promote the product/service to your blog's email subscribers.
  7. Interview the product's author or company CEO.

24. Make money adding a job board to your blog

If you blog targets a particular industry, you can make money adding a hosted job board to your blog.

Here are 2 examples of blogs making money from selling job ads:

Here's how to make money adding a job board to your blog:

25. Sell advertising on your blog

You should consider selling advertising on your blog, if:

Before you try to sell advertising, you should add Google AdSense ads to your blog. This will help you work out what CPM (cost per thousand ad impressions) rate your blog can earn.

When you have your blog's AdSense CPM rate, you know how much to charge to make it worth your time. It should be much more than your AdSense CPM rate.

When you're ready to sell advertising on your blog, you can either outsource it, or do it yourself.

Outsource to ad networks

If you don't want the hassles of dealing with advertisers, you can outsource it to an ad network, such as BuySellAds.

They have over 6,500 advertisers. You receive 75% of the advertised rate. 25% goes to BuySellAds.

Sell your own advertising

If you want to sell advertising on your blog yourself, you can use one of these 2 WordPress plugins to help you:

26. Sell advertising in your blog emails

Whether you use a free or commercial mailing list service provider, you can make money with sponsored content in your emails.

For example:

If you use a commercial mailing list service provider to host your mailing list, you can send sponsored content directly to your mailing list. You don't have to publish a blog post.

In addition, you can target specific segments of your subscribers.

27. Make money with joint ventures

A joint-venture typically refers to you and a joint-venture partner promoting each other's product/service to your respective mailing lists.

This enables you to tap into a targeted, and hopefully responsive mailing list.

Benefits include:

What if one person has a list that's much larger than the other partner's?

The answer is to email a limited number of subscribers that's similar to the other person's list size.

All you need is the ability to target specific segments of your list. This feature is typically offered by commercial mailing list service providers.

Although a joint-venture typically refers to email marketing, it doesn't have to. You could blog about each other's product. Or display an agreed number of banner impressions for a product on each other's blog.

28. Make money with your own products/services

Creating your own products/services is one of the best ways to make money with a blog.

Benefits include:

It's beyond the scope of this course to show you how to create your own products/services. What I can offer are some product/service ideas.

Multi-media products

You've probably seen this type of product. It's very popular with marketing gurus.

Here's how it works:

  1. Create some content on video.
  2. For example:

    • Record a series of lessons on video.
    • Record the top 101 tips on video.
    • Record an interview with an expert live on video or on Skype Video.
    • Record a roundtable discussion with a panel of experts.
  3. Convert the content into these 4 formats: DVD, audio CD, online video, and PDF ebook (transcript).
  4. Offer several packages, at various price points, to target different customers.

    For example:

    • $49: PDF ebook.
    • $99: DVD, audio CD, online video, and ebook.
    • $199: DVD, audio CD, online video, ebook, and forum access.
Create software, web tool or mobile app

Create your own software, web tool, or mobile app to solve a problem your blog readers have.

I'll give you one example from my own experience. I started advertising on Google AdWords in 2002. I found that I was repeatedly adding quotation marks and square brackets to keywords for different ad campaigns.

The task was repetitive and tiresome. So I designed a web tool, AdWords Wrapper, and hired a friend to code it for me.

I figured other AdWords advertisers would also find it useful. So I offered on my site for free. As far as I know, it was the first tool of its kind at the time.

It was quite popular. Many people blogged about it and linked to it. I've even met people who tell me they use it all the time.

It even inspired some copycats, that look virtually identical to mine! I take it as a compliment. :-)

I just searched for "adWords wrapper" in Google, and it returned 8,480 results. WOW! :-)

At the height of its popularity, AdWords Wrapper was attracting thousands of users a month. It's been generating advertising revenue and affiliate sales for me for 10 years.

I can't tell you how much I've earned from it, because I never tracked it. I can tell you it's all profit. I think I spent $50 to get it coded. And I've hardly spent any time maintaining it in the last 10 years.

Write a book/ebook

I highly recommend writing a book.

Here's why:

In 2002, I spent 3 months writing my first book on search engine optimization.

Within weeks of the book's release, I was inundated with SEO consulting work. I soon gave that up though. I realized I could make more money optimizing my own sites, than other people's. :-)

Up to 2005, I spent a few days once a year updating the book. But I eventually got tired of updating it. I stopped selling the book in 2007.

In total I sold over 3,000 copies of the book at $37 each. In total I earned over $100,000 in profits directly from selling the book. In addition, I earned thousands more from affiliate commissions for the products and services I mentioned in the book.

Missed opportunities

It could have been more though, if I had capitalized on the success of my book.

Here are other opportunities that I could have explored:

Do you see how one product can be the springboard for so many other products and opportunities? I hope that's given you some food for thought.

29. Make money writing for other blogs

There are 2 ways you can make money writing for other blogs:

  1. You could apply for blogging jobs advertised on blogging job boards and search engines. They typically pay between $4 and $100 per article.
  2. You could approach major sites and offer your blog writing services. They'll probably pay more. And it will help build your credibility.

30. Make money consulting

Writing a book turns you into an overnight expert. So does writing a good blog.

When I wrote my SEO ebook, I was inundated with SEO consulting work from customers who bought my customers. The book obviously made them realize SEO is a lot of work. And who else better to ask for help than the author of the book they just read.

It doesn't matter if you're writing about SEO, fashion, or kids. You can offer consulting services or write a book in whatever your passion is.

31. Make money with a book deal

Blogging can lead to book deals. Here are 2 famous examples of bloggers who got a book deal.

1. Stuff White People Like

Christian Lander created the funny blog, StuffWhitePeopleLike.com. Just two months after starting the blog, he won a book deal with major publisher, Random House. Christian reportedly received an advance of $300,000! Wow!

Stuff White People Like is a blog that takes satirical aim at the interests of North American left-leaning, city-dwelling white folk.

The blog was created in January 2008 by white Canadian, Christian Lander, and co-authored with his Filipino Canadian friend, Myles Valentin.

The idea for the blog came about after Valentin teased Lander about his watching the HBO television series The Wire.

The blog became popular very quickly, attracting almost 15 million visitors in a little over two months. It registered 40 million hits by the end of September, 2008.

The Stuff White People Like book was released on July 1, 2008, and made several bestseller lists.

Source: Why Blog? Reason No. 92: Book Deal - The New York Times, Mar. 30, 2008.

2. Shit My Dad Says

This book deal example concerns a Twitter feed. Posting on Twitter is known as "micro-blogging". Hence, the reason why I included it in this article.

Shit My Dad Says (@shitmydadsays) is a Twitter feed started by Justin Halpern, a semi-employed comedy writer. It consists of quotes made by Halpern's father, Sam.

Halpern started the Twitter account on August 3, 2009. Soon after, the page was mentioned by The Daily Show. It's popularity exploded.

Book deal

Halpern signed a book deal with Harper Collins in October 2009. The book was released on May 4, 2010. It reached #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list.

TV series

CBS turned Shit My Dad Says into a TV sitcom, starring William Shatner. It began airing in May 2010.

The Twitter feed (@shitmydadsays) has 3.1 million followers, at the time of writing.

Source: Wikipedia.

Tell me what you think

So there you have it: my guide on how to make money blogging.

When I started writing, I never imagined it would end up being 81 pages long (printed)! It took a bit longer than I thought it would. :-)

Information overload?

Information overload? Maybe. I've tried to give you a comprehensive overview of everything involved in how to make money blogging.

There's a lot to learn, right? I never said making money blogging would be easy. In fact, it requires a lot of work.

Making money with your blog takes time. How long?

That depends on you. It could take a few months. It could take years. You might never make any money from your blog. But it's worth trying.

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