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What You Need to Start a Blog

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									What You Need to Start a Blog

Many people ask what you need to get started in order to make a
profitable blog. The answer is nothing, provided that your only goal is
to spend no money at all. Now, if you want higher returns and if you have
the money to spend, the answer to “what you need to get started” might
several hundred dollars to invest in tools that could make your climb to
the top faster and smoother.

One of the most important things you will need to get started is some
form of keyword research tool or database. Currently, there are dozens of
these products on the market, which range in price from free to around
$500. The most popular tool on the market is probably WordTracker, which
offers a limited trial version for free—or a fully-functional version for
$7.50/day or $45/mo. This will allow you to find out which keywords are
most profitable and have a reasonable demand (aggregate search)/supply
(aggregate site) rating.

Other than a keyphrase tool, the answers to the “what you need to get
started” question will usually depend on the project. For instance, if
you're hosting a blog and you want to monetize it with Adsense, you may
want to add a thumnail generator to your “what you need to get started”
list. A thumnail generator will create code that, when inserted in your
blog, will generate scraped-thumnail pictures from related searches on
Google images—and will place them next to your contextual ads, increasing
the click-thru rate.

In contrast, if you're planning to sell your own products, you may want
to add an autoresponder to your “what you need to get started” list. An
autoresponder will allow you to greatly improve your conversion rate by
allow you to put all follow-up emails on autopilot, rather than doing
them personally or strictly using your salespage.

So what exactly do you need to to get started? Nothing. You can create a
profitable blog without paying a cent, but if you want to take advantage
of automating tools to further improve your profitability and efficiency,
you will have to purchase at least a few tools.

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