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									Blogging For Profit

More and more people are coming to realize the enormous potential of blogging. The search engines love
fresh content and since blogs are updated frequently they give the search engines what they want, in return
the blogs get a high rank in the search engines which results in a lot of free traffic, everyone wins. If you
want to start blogging for profit there are a few basics that you need to keep in mind to get the most out of
this potential.

Here are a few points to keep in mind as you set up your online blogging business:

1. There's always varying opinions on what makes the best blog platform, the two top contenders are and Most internet marketers I know recommend Wordpress. It doesn't matter
too much which one you choose, just find the software that you feel the most comfortable using.

2. Stay away from using the free Wordpress or Blogger services. I know when you're just starting out you
might not have a lot of money, but this is not the place you want to cut corners. Why? Because if you use
the free services you don't own anything, you have to abide by the terms of service (TOS) of whichever site
you are using and these TOS can change often. If you have a profitable site that is getting a lot of traffic and
the company updates it's TOS and you're no longer compliant, your blog will be gone. No discussion, no
warning, just gone. While that doesn't happen too often it is a risk you shouldn't take.

Buying a domain name can be as cheap as $6.50, for that amount you will own that domain for at least one
year, you will also have the option of renewing it after the year is over for the same amount. A hosting
account can be as cheap as $9 a month. Both of these combined are a very minimal expense but you will
actually own something, it's worth the investment.

3. If you want to monetize your blog so that you can make money there are several ways you can go, two of
the most popular are Google Adsense and affiliate marketing. Google Adsense is a system that you can sign
up for, it's free, that will place ads on your blog that relate to the topic of your blog. Whenever one of your
visitors clicks on an ad you will earn a commission. This isn't going to be a huge revenue stream, but you
can make some easy money just doing what you're already doing.

Affiliate marketing is when you promote a product or service on your website with a link to a purchase
page. The link has your unique affiliate ID embedded in it so when a purchase is made from that link you
will earn a commission. Many marketers believe that combining these two types of income streams is the
best way to go.

Blogging for profit is one of the easiest, yet most profitable ways, to start an online business. You can learn
the basics in just a few days and be making some money in no time.


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