Okay, what are the secrets to making money with blogs? There’s a lot of rubbish written on this but here the 4 essentials. (1) Persistence So many get enthused at the start of a New Year and decide to make their fortune by blogging. “It’s easy,” they think, having read a lot of the hype. The reality is, however, that most new bloggers soon give up when the cash doesn’t appear as it is supposed to. Yes, there will always be exceptions but generally it takes a lot of persistence to make good full time money from a blog. Think perhaps years rather than overnight. Even big six figure bloggers such as Darren Rowse didn’t crack the big time straight away. He made a lot of money in November 2009 but after he had stated this fact he went on to say: This might sound like another scammy ‘make money fast online’ story – but it’s not. While the money did come in fast in November, it was on the back of over 3 years hard work and gradual growth on that blog. Not only that – I’d been blogging for 4 years previously on other blogs – learning the medium and experimenting with how blogs could make money. Take another example. Rhys Wynne for example, for whom I have a lot of respect. He recently wrote: Maintaining a blog is hard work, promoting a blog is hard work. However it can be rewarding. Blogging hasn’t bought me – after 7 years – a full time sustainable income yet. However, in the past 7 years I have gained the following from blogging:- • A full time job as a web marketer. • A part time job traveling the country working with a British Wrestling company. • Beer money. • Weekends away being wined & dined in London. • A girlfriend for six months. • Mentioned in the Guardian, Twice • Two Interviews on BBC Radio Wales. • A column in The North Wales Weekly News. • Video Games. • Professional connections. • People in strange cities to go with for pints. • And – dare I say it – Friends. So, unless you are a ‘special one’, it may well take a while to build up your blog to reach a good income level. You have to keep on going. (2) Flexibility I maintain that you have to be flexible in blogging and with any money making venture. If something isn’t working it’s no good flogging a dead horse. You have to make some changes. If you keep on doing the same things, you’ll get the same results. So be prepared to try different styles or make improvements if things aren’t performing as you would wish – but keep in mind that blogging is long term. (3) Promotion You can write the most interesting and perfect copy but, if no one visits or reads your blog, you won’t make any money. Full stop. People won’t just arrive at a blog post, you have to learn the business . Read about Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and do something every day to promote your blog. You’ll find lots of ways to do this if you start looking. When I started blogging I set myself a target of getting my blog’s URL listed somewhere different every day. At the time I didn’t fully realise all of the benefits of doing this. It simply made sense to me that if I had the blog listed in lots of places, hopefully I might just get lots of visitors in return. It didn’t actually work out exactly like this but the blog traffic increased gradually week by week. The benefit I eventually saw was that all of the links often got my posts in good positions on Google. Now this does bring visitors. (4) Traffic The biggest secret of blogging is traffic. If you have lots of traffic you’ll make money. “Yes, but isn’t Content King?,” people ask. I think it’s more of a Lord or a Duke personally. Good content will keep people re-visiting the blog and they may well become subscribers. But I feel that all visitors are of equal value. Some visitors will make you some money but lots of visitors will make you lots of visitors. This is regardless of where they came from. Blogging is partly a numbers game. Summary For me therefore the Four Secrets Of Making Money With Blogs are: Persistence, Flexibility, Promotion and Traffic. There are lots of other things that will help achieve success and that’s why I previously mentioned how it is necessary to learn the business . The answers are out there. Good luck, Mike 67 Not Out : A new blog of coincidence, synchronicity and other stuff.
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