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									How to Start a Blog and Make Money Online

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Find out what a blog is, why you need one, how to set it up, promote it
and of course, make money from it.

blog, blogging, how to blog, make money from blogging

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If you are new to the internet and wondering what an earth this blogging
craze is all about, or if you already have your own website and you’re
wondering why everyone keeps advising you to start your own blog, read
on. I’m going to explain to you what a blog is, why you need one, how to
set it up, promote it and of course, make money from it.

Blog is short for “web log” and is similar to an online diary or journal.
The craze of blogging began in the very late 1990s and has started to
become more and more popular over the last couple of years. Almost
everyone seems to have a blog these days, from CEOs of large companies to
webmasters, from world travelers to teenagers. Even my Dad has his own
blog now! A blog allows you to communicate informally with people via an
online journal, but it’s more personal and unstructured than a website
and easier and cheaper to set up than a website.

If you have your own website, but haven’t yet started a blog you can
easily start one using a free service such as Blogger or WordPress. Try
to post to your blog at least once or twice a week on topics related to
your website. Blogging will help your search engine rankings and open up
the communication channels between you and your visitors or customers,
encouraging them to interact with you and give them a reason to return to
your site in future.

If you don’t have your own website and are looking to set up a blog
quickly and easily I recommend opening a free account with Blogger. You
can blog about anything you like, for example a hobby, a vacation, your
home town, something political, a sport or your business. Just be sure to
pick something that you are interested in and knowledgeable about. You
can host your blog for free on Blogspot – all you need to do is pick a
name that is relevant to the topic of your blog. Once you have set up
your profile and chosen a template, blogging is as simple as sending an
email to a friend.

There are many ways to make money from your blog, but here are a few
ideas to get you started:
- Google Adsense - this is free to join and easy to set up. The ads will
match the content of your blog and you will get paid every time a visitor
clicks on an ad.

- Affiliate Programs – sign up for affiliate programs related to the
topic of your blog and display links to related products on your blog.
Clickbank, Trade Doubler and Commission Junction are good places to
start, or do a Google search for “affiliate program” + the topic of your
blog to find more affiliate programs. Whenever someone clicks through
your affiliate link and buys a product, you will receive a commission. If
you are knowledgeable about your topic you could also write product
reviews to help increase your affiliate sales.

- Sell Advertising Space – if you have a popular blog you can charge
people to advertise on your blog. This could be in the form of a text
link, a banner or a graphic.

You are not going to make money with a blog unless people can find it. As
soon as you have started to post to your blog it’s time to start
promoting it. You can get your blog noticed by…

- Submitting your blog to blog directories – just search for “blog
directories” in Google

- Asking other bloggers to exchange links with you – you put a link on
your blog in exchange for a link from their blog.

- Writing an article related to the topic of your blog and posting it to
article directories. Remember to include an author’s resource box with a
link to your blog.

- Pinging blog ping services every time you make a new post –
pingomatic.com and pingoat.com are two sites you can use to do this.

- Participating in forums related to the topic of your blog. Put a link
to your blog in your forum signature.

Finally, once you have your blog monetized and you have started promoting
it don’t forget to post regularly. The most important aspect of every
successful blog is frequent posting, so be sure not to let the virtual
dust gather over your blog!

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