Blogs can be a very marketable and very profitable tool if used correctly. Profiting from blogs is just a matter of grabbing the attention of an audience and not doing any actual salesmen selling. In this article, you will learn the 13 most essential steps to successful blogging.
10) keep it personal
A blog is most successful when it is kept personal. Try to include personal experiences that relate to the topic of your blog post. Stay away from the business writing style. Write in a more personal style and use first-person narratives. Don't write any of your entries as sales letters, instead share product reviews and personal endeavors.
11) Interact with your visitors
You now have the traffic you deserve. You must start interacting with your visitors. Create a regular topic like: "Monday Money Tip" or "Picture of the Week" that draws your readers to look forward to each week.
Let your readers know ahead of time about a product, service, or topic you're reviewing, and then talk about it later. If the president was scheduled to give a speech, then his blog should state that he will "discuss the speech and provide input after the speech is broadcast. Comments will be appreciated."
Do your best to find exclusive information that not many have. Do not reveal any confidential or secret information that is considered illegal or that could cause problems for you, but try to get the scoop before others. For example: if your blog was about Paris Hilton (the socialite) and you had a blog post about "Paris Hilton Getting Married", it would be interesting to your readers if you had a real picture of Paris Hilton's engagement ring. Do your best to research and search the Internet for exclusive information, and you may find something useful. Your readers will appreciate this and show their appreciation through word of mouth referrals. Imagine how many readers will tell their friends, family, and others about information they can only find on your blog.
12) earn money
Once your blog has gained real momentum and your blog traffic is increasing, it's time to start thinking about turning your traffic into profit. You must use contextual advertising, such as Google AdSense or Chitika. Contextual advertising is typically text links that use your blog content to serve targeted ads on your blog. Payment is generally based on a pay-per-click model, which means that for every click an ad receives, you are paid a small percentage of the earnings. In addition to contextual advertising, it is also good to use display advertising such as BlogAds.com, Amazon.com, MammaMedia, or General Sponsored Advertising.
13) You are a professional
You are now a professional! What are you still doing with that free blog hosting service? Time to upgrade to a domain-hosted solution. You need to get a web server and choose a domain name for your blog and then check its availability. Select the blogging software you want to use, such as Squarespace.com, WordPress.org, MovableType.org, etc. When you have your new blog domain set up and ready for traffic, it's time for you to announce your move to all of your previous blogging accounts. Your last blog post should be a "move" ad. The title should be "Moved" and the blog entry should say something like "The old blog has been moved to New Blog. Go ahead and bookmark this link for future reference. This way, returning visitors and new readers shouldn't having trouble finding your new blog domain.
At the level of a professional blogger, you may want to partner with 1 or more other bloggers. This will create a more interesting and powerful blog. The old saying "two heads is better than one", more authors means more publicity and exposure because each author will have a personal interest in the blog. The idea of a team blog is to make it profitable and rewarding for all authors, while still focusing on the blog topic and keeping the blog interesting for visitors.
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