Guys, what do I do with my site?

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Hi guys,

I really love that forum, people here are awesome and live by my belief which is "give and you shall receive" !

I could use an advice regarding URLshortener.us

what do you think I should do with it? maybe add a blog [ with what subject ] ? how to monetize it? lol

thanks guys
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  • Profile picture of the author Jennifer Hutson
    If you're interested in starting a blog, you really need your own domain. By using a third party platform, you don't own your blog and give up full control of what happens to it. It can even get shut down if you don't stay on top of the host's Terms of Service. This is especially important if you're looking to monetize your blog, since many of these platforms do not allow for monetization or affiliate links.

    Customization options are also lacking, such as themes, widgets, plugins etc. I'd recommend getting a .99 cent domain and a $5 hosting plan. It's very cheap to start a blog.

    As for what you should blog about, it should ALWAYS be something you are knowledgeable or passionate about so you can position yourself as a true expert. It also makes writing your blog posts much easier, since you're pulling information directly from your brain and not having to spend time researching.

    There are many ways to monetize: Adsense, banner ads, Amazon affiliate links, CPA, selling ad space once you get decent traffic, selling your own digital products, etc.

    It all depends on your niche and what converts best for your type of blog, which requires testing. Hope that helps.

    Cheers,
    Jen
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  • Profile picture of the author PLR Basket
    The best way to monetize your blog really depends on your niche.

    Most of the time, email capture with a follow up newsletter is key, but Adsense and other affiliate products are great avenues as well. Like Jen said earlier, you should invest a few dollars on a domain with cheap, or even free hosting.

    If you're strapped on cash, I suggest 000webhost, they offer great free hosting up to 5 domains, great for people who are getting started.
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  • Profile picture of the author alicia33
    Hello!

    Here are some ways to monetize blogs:

    1. Membership Programs

    The “freemium” model is a huge and growing trend in online income right now. You provide a lot of quality content for free to your audience, and you provide a premium-level program to those willing to pay for it. You charge a monthly membership and that provides continuity and a steady income stream.
    2. Information Products (Of Your Own)

    The selling of knowledge is HUGE. If you build up your position in your market, you can then sell quality information to that market. This can take the form of e-books, audio, videos, or all of the above. You can package them up or just sell them digitally. If you author the product yourself (recommended), then you keep 100% of the profit.
    3. Services/Consulting/Coaching

    Another great way to make money with a blog is an indirect one. Use the blog to build reputation. Build a brand and build an audience. Then, you make your money by directing that attention into offline services, consulting and/or coaching. This can be quite lucrative. The drawback is that you are, again, trading time for money. So, it is only scalable up to a point.
    4. Speaking Gigs

    If you become well known as an expert in your niche, you can turn that into speaking gigs which you get paid for.Chris Brogan does this with his blog. Whether he makes money directly with his blog or not (I honestly don’t know), I know he gets paid to speak at various events.
    5. Product Sales

    If you have a physical product line to offer, you can use the blog as a face for your online store. Sell whatever you want. For example, if you are an artist, you can use an online store to sell art pieces and a blog to build up audience and a following.
    6. Affiliate Programs

    Affiliate marketing is a great way to build up your income. You offer the products of others to your audience and get paid when they buy it. In fact, any time you recommend a relevant product or service to your audience, check to see if they have an affiliate program. If so, sign up and use your affiliate link. After all, if you’d recommend it to your readers anyway, you might as well make a little cut if they happen to buy.
    7. Direct Ad Sales

    Banner ads and in-text ads are another popular way to make money. In fact, it is usually the first method you think of. However, if you’re going to go this route, selling the ads directly will result in more cash in your pocket. You may want to consider making a media kit for your blog. As for pricing, I would recommend you shoot for twice your eCPM from Google Adsense. Why twice? Because that’s what Google is charging (they take half).


    8. Banner Advertising

    OK, if you don’t want to sell your own ads, you can obviously still run network advertising from a variety of different sources. Personally, I am using Adsense, Kontera, IDG and a little bit of Tribal Fusion.
    You can also direct sell ads and use network ads as filler for unused inventory. It is done all the time.
    9. Paid Posts

    Yes, you can get paid to review products and sites on your blog. I’ve seen some blogs sell this option directly. When doing this, it is important to disclose the fact that it is a paid review. It is also important that you maintain your integrity and never give a positive review unless you’re really feeling it.
    10. Job Boards

    Some sites have job boards. It does work for some sites, however it probably won’t work for a majority of blogs out there.


    Well, hope it´s useful,

    Good luck with your blog!
    DG
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