I made my first piece of web content in September of 2008. It was a Squidoo lens to try to sell a Clickbank ebook. Since then I have probably sold a handful of the book. I had no idea how to make a blog or a website and eventually I used Dreamweaver to make the worst looking thing in the history of web pages, and it took me weeks to do. The backlinks I made to my first pieces of content were with the full URL, not a keyword specific backlink in site. I had no idea this was what you were supposed to do. Now, things have moved on a little. My endeavours, along with my partner in crime (and in life), the most gorgeous girl in the world, means we now make a regular $400 to $600 most days. Some are more like $250 but they are getting rarer. If you have been in the game for a year or so and are struggling then I hope this slightly alternative “make money online” blog by a relative novice can be of some help. You never know.
Of course, the amount we make could all change at any given moment and we could get a hiccup and go down in earnings quite considerably. This is the nature of the game when it comes to making money blogging which is all that we do.
Today I wanted to go over a few things when it comes to making free money on the Internet via blogs.
Use Blogger To Make Money
Why I will never make another blogger blog:
Many people who want to make money on the Internet free turn to blogger, also known as blogspot to try their hand at blogging. I was the same. I now probably have 20 or so and as of a month or so ago I have not touched them. No backlinks or new posts, nada.
It is unfortunate as I was a staunch defender of using them. I find them easy to use and they are a great way to have blog with no outlay. What an amazing way to make money, no outlay at all and the amount of money you can make can be limitless. But a month or so ago I woke up to find that 3 of them were taken off me. They have been de-indexed from search results and they have been taken from my list of active blogs. I have tried to get them returned but no such luck.
One of these blogger blogs to make money was one of the first sites I set up back at the beginning of my marketing career. I put an awful lot of work in to it and it was our main adsense earner. Now it has gone.
If you want to know how to make money with blogger then I really no longer recommend it. You can get hosting for under $4 a month and buy some cheap domain names. Then you have a lot more control over what happens to your sites. They may still lose rankings or get de-indexed but you have the content and the name. Use the web hosting pad banner on the side and I will gladly help you with any problems if you need to know how to put wordpress on a website.
Dangers Of Relying On One Source Of Income
Ben gave an honest account of a mass loss of revenue because of a blogging system he has used to good effect up until a few days ago. Do not make mini sites in bulk. Have a read of the thread, it is very interesting. If nothing else is learnt from it for people who wish to make money writing blogs it is that you should never rely on one source for making money online with web sites or blogs, as Ben very rightly points out.
Imagine if all you had were lots of small adsense sites and that happened to you, or you lost your adsense account. You could have lost a years worth of work, or more, and be down to making absolutely nothing each and every day. Make lots of sites by all means, and although personally I have never been in to mass site making like Ben between me and my partner we must have well over 100 sites, all of which make bits of money and add to the overall earnings.
I actually find adsense hard and do not make much a day, usually between $45 and $60. And by the way I live in Spain so am more used to Euros so these conversions are usually guesstimates. I know that may sound like a lot to many, and believe me a year ago that amount would have been a dream come true.
I just mean that I find it easier to make money selling products by writing a post with the keywords people are using to search for an item in the post title, a big image of the item and a text link to take them to an affiliate program. I get a commission if I make a sale and this seems to be the model that works best for me and my partner.
We are all different though so how you make money with blogs depends on what you end up being best at. And luck, never forget that either.
Just make sure you build blogs to make money from lots of different sources.
Too many people decide they are just going to make money from one thing and when it all comes crashing down they really can go from hero to zero. Use Amazon, yes I will write a massive post soon about how to make the most from the Associates program, but this site is still new so I want some more readers first.
The Best Way To Make Money With Blogs
One of the most secure ways to make money blogging is to use a site like cj.com. There we find literally thousands of web site owners who will pay you a commission if you can send them visitors and they buy something. The beauty of this is that even if you build sites around the products one of the sites sells and they suddenly go out of business, you can pretty much guarantee that there will be another program running somewhere online that offers a similar deal for the same product. A very secure way to make money with a blog if you can get the traffic.
Which is what making money with a web property is all about.
Back to the point of this post.
I am a big fat liar and you do need to spend money to make money on the Internet. Sorry about that;)
I definitely think that just for your own peace of mind that you need to get web hosting so that you can buy your own domain names and set up wordpress on them to write blogs. It is very easy to do and there is a banner, yes a banner, on the sidebar that is for the lowest priced hosting I could find, that also has very good reviews. For $4 a month it should not even be a question of investment. What other business costs you $4 a month plus the cost of buying a domain name?
Some quick tips to maximize the earnings from a blog:
- Do not use Amazon widgets (they convert horribly)
- Banners are less likely to be clicked on than text links or images
- Do not write mini sites but get fuller sites with at least 10 posts if not more (a lot more)
- Get backlinks from everywhere you can
- NEVER GIVE UP
The last one really is the most important point. I would certainly use Infobarrel to give yourself backlinks and to also get an adsense revenue share. We quite often make $4 a day from them and that is just by getting ourselves 2 backlinks at the same time. Use She Told Me to do the same thing. There is nothing like getting a backlink that also has the potential to add to your daily earnings.
All these type of sites can make you money from the content you put on them but never just use them exclusively. The fact is that any one site could disappear at any time so ensure that you never rely on one site or one way of generating an income. It could be asking for trouble.
Much better to get hosting and make a decent number of sites.
A blog is a very versatile thing so experiment with the best ways to present a product to get people interested. Many people who have been making blogs to earn money for over a year now are still finding it difficult to break the magical $100 a day. I thought I would never get there but I now know a secret.
How To Make $100 A Day With Blogs
It is actually very simple and I could tell anyone how to do it until I was blue in the face and most people would still not be able to do it even though I can tell them exactly how to do it.
It really is that simple.
If you are currently not making that amount a day then you simply need to make more sites or work the ones that you currently have a lot harder. If you know that writing a post title with the exact words that people are using to type in to search engines works, if you know that changing that title if different queries brings more traffic works, if you know keyword backlinks works, if you have plenty of sites on different topics and are still not making good money then you are not doing enough work to get ranked high enough or your niches are simply stinkers. And I have more than my fair share of those.
I do not mean get an extra backlink a day. I mean get 10 or 20 or 30 extra backlinks a day across your network of sites or on one site that you are building up with lots of content. It is no good getting that many links to a new site in a day but if you have a site that is 6 months or so old then you can easily send 200 links to it in a day. I have done it many times now and seen some pretty amazing results.
Using the package for $8 on the sidebar works, writing guest posts with Postrunner works. Write 10 posts in a few hours and put 2 links in each of them and send them in to the system. A slightly aged site will do nothing but jump in rankings by doing this. 1 or 2 links to a post rarely makes much of an impression unless it is from an amazingly authorative site, or the keywords you are chasing are very longtail in nature.
Use article directories, look at online newspapers that have dofollow comments, quite a few actually do. And I am going to change this site to dofollow comments so you can comment here for a backlink too. Anything crap will not get published though. 2 sentence minimum I think;)
A shorter post from me today as I have been building block walls and putting in fencing, just for the Dogs I might add. And yes, Internet marketing paid for it and everything else we now spend money on.
Go do some work, I don’t care if it is Sunday. Although all I have done is put up fencing and write this. Not a single backlink or blog post has been done today, apart from this post. If you like it then pick a keyword and let your readers know about it. You know it makes sense.