Newbie Advice - I Want To Make Money With Blogging

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I know that this gets talked about quite a bit online and that there is already some information posted elsewhere on this site about this topic.

I am hoping for the latest greatest advice from people who have made more than a few hundred dollars per month though.

Can you give me a specific example, that you are very confident in, of how you would start a new blog that could be reasonably expected to earn $500-$1,000 per month after about 6 months to a year?
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  • Profile picture of the author mosthost
    What areas do you specialize in?
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    • Profile picture of the author jstumfer
      Originally Posted by mosthost View Post

      What areas do you specialize in?
      I have many interests and I think I am a pretty good writer if that matters.

      I was kind of hoping for suggestions from people rather than saying anything that would force this discussion into a specific niche.
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      • Profile picture of the author Thriftypreneur
        Originally Posted by jstumfer View Post

        I have many interests and I think I am a pretty good writer if that matters.

        I was kind of hoping for suggestions from people rather than saying anything that would force this discussion into a specific niche.
        What it would require to start, grow, and maintain a successful fitness blog would be very different than what it would take to produce a successful mommy blog.

        Hard to give you any actionable advice without removing or identifying at least some of the variables associated with building a successful blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author Victor Edson
    If you're just looking to blog, don't join the IM niche.. it's horrible for blogging traffic.

    I've had success in weight loss and "niches I'm interested in" the most.

    Just about anything can generate that type of money if there are problems that need solved in the niche and enough traffic in the search engines to support it.

    Find a niche you're interested in, do some searching on Google to see how many searches it's getting. The niche will determine 'how many' you need. High cost items for example need less searches to be profitable.

    Then, start blogging! Use a newsletter or offer a freebie to start building a list, and use social media to start connecting with people who are interested in your blog topic and will check out your articles when you post them.

    Create an autoresponder sequence if you can, and promote a handful of products over a period of time.. then aim to get traffic through and converting.

    Don't skip on email marketing, unless you're ok with only making a small fraction of what you're capable of making.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bit Designs
    Blogging is similar to everything IM related, in that content is key. Great content will bring plenty of visitors no matter what niche you are in.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by jstumfer View Post

    Can you give me a specific example, that you are very confident in, of how you would start a new blog that could be reasonably expected to earn $500-$1,000 per month after about 6 months to a year?
    Though that's achievable, of course, that isn't quite the way I look at it, myself.

    It's important to appreciate that blogging is not in itself an income source: it's a potentially monetizable activity. This may sound a slightly pedantic distinction, but I think it's actually a very significant one.

    It colors one's perspective, objectives, activities and financial outcomes.

    The income, for me, doesn't "come from the blog", it comes as a result of monetizing the traffic attracted to the blog, by building a list of the email addresses of those of the visitors who can be persuaded to offer them. I'm an affiliate marketer, myself, so the money comes from the emails I send out to those people, rather than from the blog itself. Without the lists, I don't have any income worth talking about. I do have affiliate links on my business blogs, but the people who click on them and buy things do so by arriving at those links following a link in an email they've received from me, not just from "visiting the blog". A small but essential point!

    Originally Posted by Bit Designs View Post

    Great content will bring plenty of visitors no matter what niche you are in.
    Unfortunately this is typically far from true: publishing content just on your own blog doesn't typically "bring plenty of visitors" at all.

    All it can bring, in itself, is some eventual search-engine traffic (often the hardest sort of traffic to monetize).

    That might be enough for Perez Hilton to make a living, but it's terribly unlikely to work for you or for me.

    To most people making any real money through blogging, that's barely worth mentioning: publishing your own content on your own site - essential though it may be - is not in itself, typically, a realistic traffic-generation strategy. What matters with "content" is "who reads it". It doesn't attract visitors on its own.
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    • Profile picture of the author andy131
      Its always come down to the 3Cs
      create, capture and convert

      In my opinion, blogging in great strategy, one the things that you can the hard work once then kinda lay back and enjoy the GREAT ORGANIC traffic.

      BUT here the con: it will take a LONG time for you to get your stuff on the 1st page of google with your personal blog. I dont know maybe days, months or even years depends on how good you are with on page and off page seo

      that just create there 2 other parts
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  • Profile picture of the author Dlemon
    Make an account with these article marketing sites:


    EzineArticles - http://ezinearticles.com
    GoArticles - http://goarticles.com
    ArticlesBase - Free Articles Directory | Submit Articles - ArticlesBase.com
    Article Alley - Publish quality content and get exposure for your work
    ArticleCity - ArticleCity.com - Free Articles for Reprint.

    Submit your article to these sites which will help increase your traffic and rankings. Make sure your article is slightly different then your website.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Dlemon View Post

      Submit your article to these sites which will help increase your traffic and rankings.
      It will do neither.

      Nor is either the purpose of using an article directory, or a benefit a directory can provide.

      Article directories (they're not "article marketing sites") are there for publishers to find your work in them, not potential customers. No article marketer who understands how they work would want their potential customers coming to their site via an article directory, for all the reasons explained here.

      Originally Posted by Dlemon View Post

      Make sure your article is slightly different then your website.
      On the contrary - that would be a bad mistake: that would be giving an article directory content which had not yet been published and indexed on your own site. Again, no article marketer would want to give away to a directory the initial indexation-rights to any of her content, for all the reasons explained throughout this thread: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...marketing.html

      This thread will help you, Dlemon: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    Most people make money by selling something thanks to their blog. If you want to make money with ads you need a lot of traffic. You have to do many things to drive traffic to your blog, besides posting always interesting articles.

    This is why you have to write about what you know and you like, so that you may manage to keep writing about the same topic for years.

    Of course, you have to find something you like and you know, which is also in demand. This is very important for your success.






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  • Profile picture of the author williamtan
    First find a niche that you're comfortable with ... or rather, passionate about ... make sure it's not too broad or narrow ie. dog vs chiwawa (too narrow) vs animal (too broad) and focus on quality contents that are either self written or outsourced. Focus in sharing good info. That should be a good start. There are many more stuff to make it "wholesome" though ie. traffic generation, article marketing, socialization etc.

    Welcome to effective web development
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  • Profile picture of the author desley
    Hi,
    Good luck with blogging. I've just read Authority ROI - re blogging and found it very interesting and would recommend you read this first to give you good ideas on how to go about having an authority blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Willy
    If you really wanted to make money with blogging, you definitely need to choose a niche that you already know or something that gives you some passion to do it. Remember, passion always gives you the advantage to blog anything that you know about, that will engage your readers to keep coming back for more interesting blog posts that you have.

    Before you should make money with blogging, always give value to the posts that you are contributing, and make sure that they are happy in what you have contributed for them. Don't just try to rely on search engines to rank your posts, you should do some social signals on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and countless others out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author lalit657
    Sir,a lot of people can make an emmense amount of money from their blogs...I think you need to trust on your ideas and try to explore on that topic...give time to it..be continuous and be hardworking...and follow the right marketing tips...I am sure it's really gonna help you...
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  • Profile picture of the author JonBird
    Alexa Smith's advice on blogging is right on point... you should listen to it. It's great content that will get people coming to and reading you blog.

    I went back and re-read the initial question: "Can you give me a specific example, that you are very confident in, of how you would start a new blog that could be reasonably expected to earn $500-$1,000 per month after about 6 months to a year?"

    And I would have to say... that would have to be an "Authority" blog to make that kind of money in that short of a time frame.... read Authority ROI as Desley mentioned it may point you in the right direction.
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    • Profile picture of the author jstumfer
      Originally Posted by JonBird View Post

      And I would have to say... that would have to be an "Authority" blog to make that kind of money in that short of a time frame.... read Authority ROI as Desley mentioned it may point you in the right direction.
      Is that Ryan Deiss's AuthorityROI you are recommending?

      I am not a fan of his products and neither are most people I know who have bought any of his stuff. So I definitely won't be buying anything he sells.

      Any other ideas?
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