The general principles of making money from a blog are no different to the way in which you get an income from any kind of website. Behind all the detail of the steps you have to take and processes you go through, the underlying system is invariably the same. You need to get a lot of visitors to your blog and your income will come from a small proportion of those visitors who click on adverts you put on your pages or who follow links to other websites that provide goods or services.
The principle holds good for any kind of website at all. If you have enough visitors, you will get an income, and the size of your income will relate directly to the number of visitors your site attracts. To create a good income your blog needs to be very busy, which is not always easy to achieve. The alternative approach to having one fantastically successful blog is to have a lot of decent blogs, getting a modest income from each of them, producing a total income which is well worth having.
Your blog or website can be as basic is you like, you definitely do not need to be able to produce a really flashy looking site, but it does have to be built in such a way as to be sure of getting visitors. The visitors you want are from people using search engines, because they are free and they just keep on coming. The art of getting your blog to rank well in search engines is known as search engine optimization (SEO), and failure to pay attention to this can mean your blog may as well not exist.
There are two main aspects to ensuring that you get visitors from search engines. These are:
Finding the right niche for your blog is the most important decision you
will make. This needs careful research, so that you can identify an
area where there are plenty of people searching for things related to
your main theme, but not too many other sites in competition. You also
need to factor in whether there is a high enough demand for advertising
and whether there is a demand for products that you can refer people to.
The problem with trying to make a decent income from blogging is that it can take a long time to create even a very small income. Realistically you might set up a blog to create income, which after a lot of hard work generates about $10 a day. Clearly this is not a practical way to make a living. This is where automation and software tools come in. If instead of one blog you can find time to create 20, then suddenly your income is $200 a day. That’s a bit more like it, and if you can create 100, you’re really in the money.
Blog creation software can make this possible by automating many of the time consuming things you need to do to build and promote blogs. It isn’t enough to blog away randomly and hope people will come. They won’t. You have to research and select the best niche, you have to create good content, you have to find different ways of getting good quality links to your site and do all the other things that will bring traffic to your blog. A good blogging tool will structure and guide you through all of this, with tools to automate as many processes as possible. Without such tools, it is not physically possible to produce and promote enough blogs to give you a decent income (unless you get very, very lucky).
There are many packages, e-books and software tools out there promising to make you a fortune. Don’t be fooled – anything that promises that you can make money without doing any work is not to be trusted. Most of the cheaper options available are really training videos or e-books that give you some handy tips and leave you to get on with it. By far the best option I have seen for anyone who is serious about making a living at blogging is a system called Firepow.
This system is the brainchild of an Australian guy called Andrew Hanson, who has already made himself a nice stash through his blogs. Firepow is based on what Andrew has done in practice and is a very specific approach which definitely works. It is not magic and it requires time and effort, but it magnifies your efforts superbly so that not only will the blogs you create make money, but you can also create enough of them to really make it financially worthwhile.
I am a great believer in the need to produce blogs and websites that actually have interesting and useful content on them, rather than adding to the pile of worthless junk blogs full of second hand content and adverts. I favour this approach not least because it is the only way to ensure long term success – you can’t fool the search engines for long – and they hate junk. I like Firepow because it is based on the principle that good content is the foundation for a successful blog.
The system is based on the tried and tested principles of making sure you find the right niche in the first place (they will even do this for you if you have problems), then taking you through a step by step process that involves all the actions you have to take to get your blog to rank high in the search engines. Not only is the process structured and logical, but you are guaranteed live help and support 24 hours a day. Just see if you can find that with any other blog creation software.
Because of the degree of automation and the step by step guidance, you do not need any knowledge of website design, search engine optimization or any other technical stuff at all. Firepow certainly isn’t the cheapest thing on the market, but then it isn’t like any of the alternatives either. As well as 24 hour support and free web hosting for up to 10 blogs, they have a money back offer which still makes me smile. If after two months you have followed all the instructions but not generated at least 3 blogs and attracted 1000 visitors, you get your money back plus 10%. That’s what I call faith in your product. The best bit is – no one has ever claimed it.
If you are specifically interested in learning how to blog to create income, and are serious about making a proper living at it, you can find out more about Firepow here. If you are more interested in creating an online business through one or more information websites, please read my page on how websites make money.
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