If you are looking for a way to start making money on the internet, and you have a budget that is very small or zero, blogging is a great way to get started.
Blogging has become very popular lately. For one thing, it’s free. For another, you don’t need to have any technical skills what so ever to get started. If you can read and write, you can blog. So what is a blog? A blog is a simple web page that anyone can set up in minutes. People use them as journals, diaries, and sales pages, like you will learn to do here.
You may be wondering how you can make money with a free blog. The answer is by adding Google Adsense, and promoting affiliate products.
You will not make money overnight with this system, but over 2 to 3 months, you can expect to start making some decent money. Remember, the cost for all this is absolutely nothing.
For our purposes, we will be using “Blogger”. Blogger is owned by Google, which is one reason we’re using it. Blogs are crawled by the search engines regularly, so you can get indexed very quickly.
It is always best to try and make money from what you know. It is far easier to write about what you know than to try and make money writing about other things. However, having said that, you can find free content on almost any subject, so you can pick a subject that you think would be profitable, but you don’t really know anything about.
– Adsense Research
We will start by finding out how much the maximum bid is for a keyword. Please note that you will not likely get anything close to this value as this is only showing the highest bid. The visitor may click on lower paying ads. Also, there are two types of PPC advertising. They can advertise on the “Search Network” and/or the “Content Network”. If they don’t advertise in the content network, the ads won’t show on your site. This is the best information we have, so it will give you a general idea of the money available for this keyword.
You can find the tool here: http://www.technobloggie.com/googleSearchEstimates.php
You now need to find out the competition for this keyword. This is a bit labor intensive. I will show you a way to do it for free here.
Go Here and search for the keyword or key phrase that you are targeting for your niche. For instance, if you are targeting “credit card”, you would key it in below as shown.
Now, Key the keywords into Yahoo search and you will get the following results. Make sure you put the quotes around the key phrase.
On the line that says search results, you will see the following information:
Results 1 – 10 of about 10,400,000 for “card credit” You will now do some division to come up with a ratio. You take the number of searches for that phrase and divide it by the number of websites to get a ratio of searches to websites. In this example, that would be:
1961152 / 10400000 which is .1886
Do the same for all of the results. You will then take the result with the highest ratio and optimize your blog for that content. This will be the keyword which is most likely to get you listed high in the search engines.
Included in the zip file is a spreadsheet that you can plug the results into. The spreadsheet is available in Works, Lotus 1-2-3, and Excel formats.
Below is a screenshot of the included Spreadsheet on the keyword credit card..
You can use this template. Just put your own information in the fields.
Finding Content For Your Blog:
You can find free content for your blogs at article sites. You must follow the rules outlined in the article site. This usually means keeping the author’s contact information and links in place. Below is a list of links to article sites:
Though this will give you a start, it is always better to write your own, or buy some from someone else. I have found a great forum that has great information, as well as a section where fellow members offer great value on many items, such as software, websites, and articles. Sometimes you can pick up many articles for only $5.00
Here is the link to join for free:
Once you have found content you need to modify it to fit your keyword. For instance in the example above if your ideal keyword was “new york car insurance” everywhere you see the word “car insurance”, change it to “New York car insurance”. While you’re doing this, make sure the sentence still makes sense. If not, reword it so it makes sense with the keyword in it. You should also sprinkle the article with each word individually if possible. From the example above, that would be “New York”, “Car Insurance”, Car, and Insurance. You will need to do this before every article you post.
Creating The Blog
We will be using the free service Blogger. Go to http://blogger.com and open an account. I will not go into a lengthy explanation on how to use Blogger. They have an excellent tutorial at http://help.blogger.com/. You can play around with it yourself until you are comfortable with it.
Once your account is open, create a new blog using your chosen key phrase as you Blogger sub-domain, so if we used car insurance as an example, and “new your car insurance was our best ratio it would be:
Select a template to use. I like to use the “Minima” layout. If you want to use my pre-made template, you can download it HERE. Only use this if you already have an Adsense account. Just change the publisher ID to your own, and change the links to be for the ones you want to use for your Clickbank affiliates. If you don’t have an Adsense account yet, just use a standard template for now. Set the Blog title to be exactly the same as your key phrase. In our example case, that would be “New York Car Insurance”.
Create a description that contains your key phrase in it at least once.
Make your first post to your blog using the content you modified above.
If you don’t have an Adsense account, apply for one now at http://google.com/adsense . Apply using the url to your new Blog.
Once approved, you can download the template above and modify it as indicated. If you want to use your own method, make sure you paste your Adsense into places where viewers are likely to click, and make sure you blend them in by setting the background color to be the same as the background color of your blog template.
Go to http://clickbank.com http://cj.com, and http://paydotcom.com and create accounts. Find affiliate programs for high-quality products in your niche. Create affiliate links for these products and insert them into your sidebar on the template where it says “Links”. Periodically, post a full update with an advertisement that explains the benefits of a particular product.
Post another piece of private label content every two days. Search forums with related content – quote and link to pertinent information about your niche.
Insert links to other blogs, related news, etc. at the bottom of each post using your key phrase somewhere in the anchor text of the link.
Get Your Blog Listed On Search Engines and In Top Blog Directories
Once you have posted your first piece of private label content, inserted Adsense ads, etc, it is time to promote your blog.
Go to http://www.masternewmedia.org/rss/top55/ and submit your blog to as many of these blog and rss feed directories as possible. Some of them may not accept your Blog. Use your key phrase in the title and at least once in the
Description if you are able to enter one. This is going to take many hours, but the effort is well worth it.
Go to http://yahoo.com and set up an account if you don’t already have one. Add your RSS feed to your “My Yahoo” account as a news feed you want to monitor.
You will need to add RSS Beta to your My Yahoo content if you don’t have it. For more info on how to do that, go here:
http://my.yahoo.com/s/rss-faq.html and add it.
You will now add your blog into the RSS feed in my yahoo. To do that, click on edit in the RSS feed section.
Enter the url of your blog.
Go to MSN.com, create an account, and do the same.
To do that, enter your blog URL with “atom.xml” appended to the end of it where it says “Search for content to add”. I am using one of my blogs to demonstrate. The URL I will enter is:
The next screen you will get looks like this:
Tick the box as shown above and click “OK”.
You can now see where the feed appears below at the bottom of the picture.
Submit your blog to:
Go to http://pingomatic.com and submit your blog. Remember
to use your key phrase in the title and at least once in the description.
Repeat “the Ping” every time you post new content to your blog.
You can use THIS software to post to blogs automatically for you. This will get you a lot of inbound links and move you up in the search engine listings. Remember, one way linking is very important. Reciprocal linking has become less important so you need to maximize your one wat links. THIS tool will get you lots of one way inbound links fast.
Monitor Your Search Engine Rankings
Once you have been indexed by search engines periodically check up on your blog’s rankings within its niche. You do this of course by searching on the key phrase you used for optimization.
If you picked a penetrable niche, you should be able to get onto the first page (at least on Yahoo) within a month, but if not, you will need to:
Search out link partners in your niche and setup reciprocal links. Simply find high-ranking websites in your niche on Google and Yahoo and offer to exchange links with them.
That’s all. (I know, that was a lot of work.)
Now, do it again with a different Blog and a different subject.
If you don’t have any private label content to use for your first blog, you can purchase some from the Warrior Forum at an excellent rate. Most Warrior Forum authors charge less than $2 per document.
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