How to monetize my blog?

by gartmann212 18 replies
I have started a blog on how to make money online. I need help in these categories:

1. How to drive more traffic (have ten views a day...lame)
2. Monetize it (make maximum profit)
3. What else to put on my blog (willing to pay for a steady writer after they make me money)

Please help... here is my link to the blog www.gmoneysystem.blogspot.com.

HELP ME!
Zach
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  • Profile picture of the author macchiavelli
    Monetize it by reviewing internet marketing product or online money making products in your posts.
    Include affiliate links in these review posts.

    Get some traffic by doing some youtube marketing or some article marketing.
    Once you got traffic, lets say 1000 UVs per day, offer adspace at $30 a month.
    Maybe even build a list via your blog.

    The potential is crazy!
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    • Profile picture of the author sideserver
      Hi Gartmann,

      I woulds say the most important thing for your blog at this stage is to build a stable readership that trusts you. If you're only getting 10 - 50 unique visitors now, there isn't a lot of point in putting up adsense and affiliate ads. It only makes your blog look less credible.

      What you want to do is put up more articles. More content = more traffic. More traffic = more monetization potential. Like someone already said, one thing you should look into is building a list.

      Also, you might want to change your blog template. It looks a bit plain at this point.

      All the Best!
      David
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Million
    Originally Posted by gartmann212 View Post

    I have started a blog on how to make money online. I need help in these categories:

    1. How to drive more traffic (have ten views a day...lame)
    2. Monetize it (make maximum profit)
    3. What else to put on my blog (willing to pay for a steady writer after they make me money)

    Please help... here is my link to the blog www.gmoneysystem.blogspot.com.

    HELP ME!
    Zach
    Zach, I would highly recommend you don't start out with an IM blog... I know talking about IM is far more exciting then say...acne, but you'll make a lot more money in non-IM niches, especially starting out.

    If you are set on making money with an IM blog then you need to really position yourself as an authority figure. Put a little more content into your posts or change it up with some videos showing your visitors how to take action. It seems your blog is about every different way to make money online and is very brief...I'd suggest a more focused approach, so you can get a strong following and really unravel your expertise.

    The problem with being too broad is that your visitors have no real reason to return...if making money through surveys interests me why would I come back to your blog? I would go somewhere else to take the next step if I knew you were going to cover a completely unrelated topic the following week.

    Try to connect your posts somehow, even if you want to talk about everything. Give them a reason to come back .

    As far as traffic, your posts aren't keyword targeted so you're not going to get much organic traffic.

    I highly suggest reading Chris Rempel's Confessions of a Lazy Super Affiliate. That book is still my model for affiliate sales and it was truly my turning point.

    You can buy it through WF or Google it. Best $29 you'll ever spend, friend!

    Good luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author gartmann212
      Thanks this is all helpful... but how do i get articles that are keyword focused... just include a certain keyword like "money" in an article a lot?
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      • Profile picture of the author Stanley Tang
        You should think of generating the traffic first. I won't recommend you to monetize your site until you've reached 500 unique vists per day. Otherwise, you might ruin your readership.

        The best way to monetize your blog is probably with direct advertising.
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        • Profile picture of the author freudianslip27
          I would encourage you to spend some time interacting with your readers, and finding out more about what they want, and what their needs are. Then you can offer products that are good fits for them, and should sell well for you.

          I also agree with what was said on here that it would pay to wait till you have more people.

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          • Profile picture of the author ripsnorta2
            First of all, you are going into one of the most competitive blog genres around. The Make Money Online niche is highly packed at the moment.

            What you need to do is stand out from the rest of the crowd, otherwise you'll be lucky to get a second glance. I have a ton of MMO blogs in my feed reader, ask yourself, what do you need to do to get a place in my list of feeds?

            You'll need to write excellent content. But from the looks of it you don't know where to start. That's okay, we all have to start somewhere, but you'll need to work that out before you begin.

            Then you'll need to do your SEO. Comment meaningfully on other blogs and forums. Write articles for article directories. Even offer to guest post on other blogs. All these will build up your search engine presence.

            My guess is that you've heard that there is money to be made blogging, you've seen some MMO blog monthly earning reports, and you've automatically picked that niche. That can work, but if the MMO niche is not your passion you've just made things about a thousand times harder than they should be.

            I'd advise you to go back to the drawing board. Work out what you have a passion for, for me it was massive multiplayer online games, and create a blog on that topic. You'll find it easier to write content, and far far easier to remain motivated, especially when it takes longer than you expect to make any money.

            I don't mean to sound harsh, but you've got a lot to learn. I started my MMORPG blog almost two years ago and I'm only just starting to get to the point where I feel a major breakthrough coming. I learned a hell of a lot in that time, but I still feel like a noob.
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      • Profile picture of the author Scott Million
        Originally Posted by gartmann212 View Post

        Thanks this is all helpful... but how do i get articles that are keyword focused... just include a certain keyword like "money" in an article a lot?
        You need to do some research to find what keyword phrases get a lot of traffic, but are not too competitive.

        Some great free tools:

        Keyword Discovery
        Google's Keyword Suggestion Tool
        Wordtracker


        After you've got a keyword list start incorporating those into your Title, Header, and Body of the blog post. You don't need to 'STUFF' them in there...just make sure you mention it at least once in the post, title, and header (in blogs header and title are often the same thing).

        After that get anchor text links to your blog post with the keyword phrase. You can use Comment Kahuna to find high PR blogs where you can post links.

        After a couple weeks you'll start getting a lot more organic traffic from search engines.

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        Another option is writing keyword targeted articles to send traffic to your blog by submitting them to EzineArticles, Squidoo, Blogger, etc... That way you can get traffic without stuffing your blog with keywords.

        Go to Bum Marketing Method - Free Traffic Tips and read through it. That's a great way to get going if 'keyword research' and 'keyword targeted' isn't your language.

        Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Monetize
    I recommend that you do NOT monetize your free blog.
    It is typically against free blog policies and the blog is
    susceptible to being shut down. It's very disheartening
    to discover that your content has vanished. And even
    if you've backed it all up, it's a hassle to reconstruct.
    Obtain your own paid hosting and start a WP blog.
    Also agree with the others - find a non-IM niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author jhongren
    Originally Posted by gartmann212 View Post

    I have started a blog on how to make money online. I need help in these categories:

    1. How to drive more traffic (have ten views a day...lame)
    2. Monetize it (make maximum profit)
    3. What else to put on my blog (willing to pay for a steady writer after they make me money)

    Please help... here is my link to the blog www.gmoneysystem.blogspot.com.

    HELP ME!
    Zach
    Hi Zach, there are many threads which revolve around your title.

    Do some search using the search feature and you will see some case studies which you can relate to.

    Cheers,
    John
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  • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
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    gartmann[/LEFT]212;40322]I have started a blog on how to make money online.
    If you can't make money from a blog, how do you expect to be able to educate your readers on how to make money?

    Doesn't anyone else see anything wrong with this?


    John
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    • Profile picture of the author jhongren
      Originally Posted by John Taylor View Post

      If you can't make money from a blog, how do you expect to be able to educate your readers on how to make money?

      Doesn't anyone else see anything wrong with this?

      John
      Hey John,

      Great observation. There are far too many blogs which want to teach people make money online and they have yet to make their first cent.

      It is not uncommon.

      I didn't go to his page because there are too many threads about this in this week alone.

      Cheers,
      John
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      • Profile picture of the author KenJ
        My IM blog gets no visitors per month, not even a sniff!
        I monetise these visitors in all sorts of ways but so far they haven't bought anything - still working on why.

        But I have 6 non IM blogs simply based around what I like doing and who I am and I have plenty of visitors to them. As a starter 3 months ago I am glad I didn't focus too much attention on the IM site. After all what do I know - nothing - but I am learning fast
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        • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
          Originally Posted by kenj View Post

          My IM blog gets no visitors per month, not even a sniff!
          I monetise these visitors in all sorts of ways but so far they haven't bought anything - still working on why.

          But I have 6 non IM blogs simply based around what I like doing and who I am and I have plenty of visitors to them. As a starter 3 months ago I am glad I didn't focus too much attention on the IM site. After all what do I know - nothing - but I am learning fast
          How refreshingly honest.. Great post!

          John
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          • Profile picture of the author CDawson
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            Hi,

            First of all, here are some things you can do to increase your traffic tremendously (for free ofcourse).

            1. Write tons of articles to Ezine and other high PR directories.
            2. Submit your posts to blog directories.
            3. Use social bookmarking on your posts (I think socialmarker.com is best for all in one)
            3. Find Questions on "how to make money online" at yahoo answers (post your sites name and maybe write a few sentences on how it can help the person DON'T SPAM)
            4. Submit your site to HIGH PR blogs in your niche.
            5. Make a squidoo lens pointing to your blog.

            These are just basic methods.

            Here is how you can monetize your blog:

            Register at clickbank.com and find some products on your niche (post hoplinks on your blog to get commision for the product)

            Find affiliate programs in the How to make money online niche.

            Throw some adsense on your blog.

            Throw some pretty ads on your blog.
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