Strategery for personal blog

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Hello fellow warriors!
I had an Amazon affiliate blog and I was able to actually get some money, Although I lost intrest in the blog because I didn't felt that I'm using my full pontenial there. I was thinkinh about opening a personal blog, about myself, my point of view about life and pretty much tell about my life. My main goal is not making money or make it a full time job although I will be happy to get some money from the blog, my main target is to succeed as a blogger. My question is how well can I do when my SEO budget and the budget in general is pretty small and tiny? in the long-term can it hurt me?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kerryrus
    Why would you want spend money making a personal blog Search Engine Friendly?

    Google love WordPress anyway and if you're not making money from the site why invest money. A better option for you may be to set up your blog and then be active online and share your content using Social Media, Blog Hopping, Chat in online communities where the members have similar interests to yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author JoeMack
    Originally Posted by CrisisCore08 View Post

    Hello fellow warriors!
    I had an Amazon affiliate blog and I was able to actually get some money, Although I lost intrest in the blog because I didn't felt that I'm using my full pontenial there. I was thinkinh about opening a personal blog, about myself, my point of view about life and pretty much tell about my life. My main goal is not making money or make it a full time job although I will be happy to get some money from the blog, my main target is to succeed as a blogger. My question is how well can I do when my SEO budget and the budget in general is pretty small and tiny? in the long-term can it hurt me?
    I think you're overthinking this a bit. If you want to start a personal blog, fine. But you seem confused about whether or not you want to monetize it.

    Just monetize it. Simple enough. Not something that you have to keep working on (the monetization part of it).

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  • Profile picture of the author Cobaki
    If you want to be a successful blogger, you'll have to earn from it, of course. If you want a blog that will reach many people, you surely have to invest money for it, although not that big but still, money is a factor. You'll have to put that blog to good use and use it for extra income so you can also spend for it to increase its value.
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  • Profile picture of the author jay walters
    If you want to work out a personal blog - go for it. But from a business revenue perspective,
    and a practical way of funding your personal blog hobby - scale up your amazon affiliate blog.

    If you really want to spend the money, build a following off of your personal blog, make sure
    that it's relevant to people and then built out an info product from it once you get momentum.

    The best method to monetize a personal blog is product development and ads. Do a mix of
    both.

    If you really want to get rid of your Amazon affiliate blog and get some cash out of it, sell it on
    Flippa and walk away from the long term revenue.
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    • Profile picture of the author CrisisCore08
      Originally Posted by Kerryrus View Post

      Why would you want spend money making a personal blog Search Engine Friendly?

      Google love WordPress anyway and if you're not making money from the site why invest money. A better option for you may be to set up your blog and then be active online and share your content using Social Media, Blog Hopping, Chat in online communities where the members have similar interests to yourself.
      My goal is to reach big audience and show my point oof view, making money out of it is pretty important, starting from the hosting and domian costs and of course design. I guess I could just build the links by myself.

      Originally Posted by JoeMack View Post

      I think you're overthinking this a bit. If you want to start a personal blog, fine. But you seem confused about whether or not you want to monetize it.

      Just monetize it. Simple enough. Not something that you have to keep working on (the monetization part of it).

      JoeMack
      Sounds goos thanks, although how long will it take untill I become something big?
      Originally Posted by Cobaki View Post

      If you want to be a successful blogger, you'll have to earn from it, of course. If you want a blog that will reach many people, you surely have to invest money for it, although not that big but still, money is a factor. You'll have to put that blog to good use and use it for extra income so you can also spend for it to increase its value.
      That is actually my plan

      Originally Posted by jay walters View Post

      If you want to work out a personal blog - go for it. But from a business revenue perspective,
      and a practical way of funding your personal blog hobby - scale up your amazon affiliate blog.

      If you really want to spend the money, build a following off of your personal blog, make sure
      that it's relevant to people and then built out an info product from it once you get momentum.

      The best method to monetize a personal blog is product development and ads. Do a mix of
      both.

      If you really want to get rid of your Amazon affiliate blog and get some cash out of it, sell it on
      Flippa and walk away from the long term revenue.
      Thanks, I will do it. And about the Amazong blog I have already sold it on Flippa, I was pretty lucky I got 75$ for 3 months old website.
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  • Profile picture of the author SimonJBell
    Originally Posted by CrisisCore08 View Post

    ...I was thinkinh about opening a personal blog, about myself, my point of view about life and pretty much tell about my life...
    Could it help to make the topic of your blog more specific? Think about who you want to attract to your blog, what are their interests, what do they want to read about?

    In terms of spending money: blogging can be done without spending anything on marketing. As Kerryrus says; just being active in online communities will bring in traffic - if done properly.

    Also, what does "succeeding as a blogger" look like to you? As in, how will you know when you are a successful blogger, do you have specific objectives you want to achieve?
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  • Profile picture of the author UtopianWriting
    From the personal blogs that I enjoy that have really taken off, it seems like the best ones start off without any money-making scheme involved. That's just not the point of a personal blog. If it takes off, then you can start thinking about profits, but that's a long, long way away.

    Just my two cents.

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author CrisisCore08
      Originally Posted by SimonJBell View Post

      Could it help to make the topic of your blog more specific? Think about who you want to attract to your blog, what are their interests, what do they want to read about?

      In terms of spending money: blogging can be done without spending anything on marketing. As Kerryrus says; just being active in online communities will bring in traffic - if done properly.

      Also, what does "succeeding as a blogger" look like to you? As in, how will you know when you are a successful blogger, do you have specific objectives you want to achieve?
      I want to attract mainly young people, maybe in high-school. I will be talking about TV, Comic books, gadgets and movies.

      I do want to active in social media, thanks for the tip

      For me being successful is getting 1000 returning unique visitors a month.

      Originally Posted by UtopianWriting View Post

      From the personal blogs that I enjoy that have really taken off, it seems like the best ones start off without any money-making scheme involved. That's just not the point of a personal blog. If it takes off, then you can start thinking about profits, but that's a long, long way away.

      Just my two cents.

      Good luck!
      As said, I'm not looking for the gold in this mine, making money can improving the blog, do you think that addding something like little box with ads can hurt the blog?
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      • Profile picture of the author Duvallmarketers
        If you don't mind me asking... how old are you?
        What is it about your story that would interest young people in high school or middle school? Are they likely to spend money with you or are you hoping to build a large following and then sell ad space? Do you have an amazing personality that's extraordinarily magnetic or some amazing talent or are you incredibly good looking or hilariously funny so that young people will be compelled to read your personal story blog posts and want to know your opinion in things? If not then you may want to re-think your topic. Hate be a downer but since you asked about making money... I had to throw in my opinion. Don't let nay-sayers and old fuddy duddies like me bring you down. Pursue your dreams. Media types and agents all told Stefani Germanotta that she would never make it in show biz. She was too ordinary. Today you know her as Lady Gaga.
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        • Profile picture of the author CrisisCore08
          Originally Posted by Duvallmarketers View Post

          If you don't mind me asking... how old are you?
          What is it about your story that would interest young people in high school or middle school? Are they likely to spend money with you or are you hoping to build a large following and then sell ad space? Do you have an amazing personality that's extraordinarily magnetic or some amazing talent or are you incredibly good looking or hilariously funny so that young people will be compelled to read your personal story blog posts and want to know your opinion in things? If not then you may want to re-think your topic. Hate be a downer but since you asked about making money... I had to throw in my opinion. Don't let nay-sayers and old fuddy duddies like me bring you down. Pursue your dreams. Media types and agents all told Stefani Germanotta that she would never make it in show biz. She was too ordinary. Today you know her as Lady Gaga.
          I'm 20 years old, high school is not a far away memory for me, I have very stronge opnions and I'm pretty funny person, I know how to make people (young people at least) laugh. There is a pretty big youtuber called Shane Dawson, he made his success from telling jokes (mainly dirty jokes) for high school and middle school students, I do not want to go to far into the telling joke niche but in a post I can make some funny sentences which are related on what pupils watch on TV or play on the computer, I know that when I read a blog post I like to hear those refrences.
          I'm planing on getting a nice amount of followers and sell some ads space but I though that I could start with google adsense.

          And nice story, thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    No one wants to read about your very average life in high school and if you try and blog about all those things you mentioned, comics, TV, gadgets etc you're just casting the net too wide and blogging about everything and anything. This won't attract MORE people it will attract less as you're not specific enough and there will be too much stuff people aren't interested in.

    Keep it specific and on one topic.

    Forget about SEO that's not the way to go with this. Focus on figuring out what you want your blog to be about (and be specific not 100 different things), something other people are interested in (so not your normal life for example), post really great content once a week at most and spend the rest of the time promoting your blog by finding out where your target audience hang out and getting your content in front of them i.e. guest posting / article syndication, forum posting (signature links), blog commenting, banner ads, social media, video marketing, solo ads, Reddit or wherever else they are.

    Sounds goos thanks, although how long will it take untill I become something big?
    Tbh probably never but it's impossible for anyone to give you a time frame on this because it depends if anyone likes your blog, you promote it well, you can get traffic and how much work you put in.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    If you only want to talk about your personal experiences, create Squidoo lenses and promote Amazon products there.

    This is a way to use your personal stories without spending money, but making money because Squidoo pays you to create lenses, and you can sell affiliate products. Squidoo likes personal stories.

    Of course, these lenses are not really yours, but you can create a few of them to tell your stories and then, drive the traffic from your lenses to your own pages.

    You will find many free lessons online about how to create perfect Squidoo lenses.

    Don't exaggerate, though. It’s not a good idea to create many lenses and depend on Squidoo because they have many irritating rules that keep changing.
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  • Profile picture of the author nidjo
    You can mix almost every interest you have with your personal opinions and create your blog around it and monetize it, for example lets say you like fishing, just write about your fishing tips, which lures you use, which rods, where you go to fish and then provide affiliate links to all that. Create your bass fishing guide and sell on your blog for $9.97, or better yet give it away and build your list.

    I took fishing just for example, you can do the same with any other niche: golf, IM/MMO, model airplanes...anything.

    For this kind of blogs you do not need any seo budget, just connect your blog with your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pintrest and G+ accounts, then on these social networks find people with similar interests (in my experience once you go over 100 friends on these networks people will start adding you on their own), each post you make on your blog make a small Tweet or FB post. Each picture of a huge bass you catch post on Pintrest etc.

    Post your fishing articles on Squidoo, and Hub pages and other top web 2.0 websites and link to your blog, offer to write guest posts.

    See, no $$ SEO, 100% white hat and working.
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    • Profile picture of the author CrisisCore08
      Originally Posted by nidjo View Post

      You can mix almost every interest you have with your personal opinions and create your blog around it and monetize it, for example lets say you like fishing, just write about your fishing tips, which lures you use, which rods, where you go to fish and then provide affiliate links to all that. Create your bass fishing guide and sell on your blog for $9.97, or better yet give it away and build your list.

      I took fishing just for example, you can do the same with any other niche: golf, IM/MMO, model airplanes...anything.

      For this kind of blogs you do not need any seo budget, just connect your blog with your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pintrest and G+ accounts, then on these social networks find people with similar interests (in my experience once you go over 100 friends on these networks people will start adding you on their own), each post you make on your blog make a small Tweet or FB post. Each picture of a huge bass you catch post on Pintrest etc.

      Post your fishing articles on Squidoo, and Hub pages and other top web 2.0 websites and link to your blog, offer to write guest posts.

      See, no $$ SEO, 100% white hat and working.
      Do you think that I need to do by myself link building? If I will it will help? Can it do any damage?
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  • Profile picture of the author SimonJBell
    Try not to worry so much about the link building for now. Focus more on setting up your blog and getting content high quality onto it.

    Think about maybe registering on a few forums where your readers are likely to be. Interact with them, use social networking to connect with them.

    If you follow this model you probably won't need to do much link building. Instead the marketing will flow organically from your social media and forum marketing.
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    • Profile picture of the author kofys2011
      Originally Posted by SimonJBell View Post

      Try not to worry so much about the link building for now. Focus more on setting up your blog and getting content high quality onto it.

      Think about maybe registering on a few forums where your readers are likely to be. Interact with them, use social networking to connect with them.

      If you follow this model you probably won't need to do much link building. Instead the marketing will flow organically from your social media and forum marketing.
      BINGO. Link building is the last thing on my cards while promoting a blog. Start with high quality informative content
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