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Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneur’

Bloggernoob, a year of making money online


Sorry about the long delays in my post for the past couple months. I have been really busy with my offline work. Also, i have been spending more and more time developing my other websites and blogs. I can’t believe it but my freaking blog is over a year old. I set up this blog in July but didn’t do a thing until late October of 2007. I have since gone on to make quite a lot of money with this little blog. If i had to start all over again, i don’t think i would start a make money online blog. I would much rather spend my precious time writing about movies and hot babes. At any rate, i was able to turn this ghetto blog into a money maker. I wanted to share with you guy my one year anniversary and the income derived from my blog. Just like a romantic relationship, the passion dies out with time. When i first started, i wrote income updates and anniversaries every chance i got. But now that Bloggernoob is a year old, i do not do those childish things. The passion has died out. But i continue because i make some nice side cash. Not very inspiring but i gets paid! I made a total of $25,237.42 during my year of blogging.

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How to Easily Write More Content


One of the most common feedback I get when I ask people “Why don’t you start a company blog” is this: “I don’t know what to write.”

Yes, I’d admit, I’m very comfortable with writing everyday. Writing doesn’t scare me. But I didn’t start like that. I started where many of you are. Not knowing what to write.

Today, after blogging for 2 years, I still have days which I wake up and I stare at my computer screen, not knowing what to write. That’s normal. Everybody has this.

But instead of thinking “Argh, I’m not good at this.”, I think “How can I get good at this?”

… and I came up with a plan and took action on that plan.

Well, plans do not work well all the time, but having a plan is better than not having one.

Here’s my plan – what I do for Blogopreneur.com

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Blogspreneur Blog Marketing eCourse Part 10


Hey there! Welcome to your 10th and final session of the Blogopreneur Blog Marketing eCourse!

To be frank, today’s session is just an excuse to talk to you again icon smile Blogspreneur Blog Marketing eCourse Part 10 We’ve come a looooong way since the first part of the course where we explored blogging, right from the basics. We’ve been through terminology, planning, installing WordPress, writing content, optimization, marketing, monetizing, and tweaking for human visitors.

Its a whole lot of things – I’d personally took days (and sleepless nights) to get those out… and I really hope it helped.

I’ll just open up and discuss some random unsettled topics today, some of which are tips which I am yet to share with you.

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Hey there! Welcome to your 9th serving of the Blogopreneur Blog Marketing eCourse! We’ve covered a lot of ground over the past two weeks huh! Today, what I am going to show you are just some little tweaks that you can add to your blog so that you can go from “good” to “wonderful”!

Little things matter.

Let’s get started

What is today all about? What I want to address today is the more “human” aspect of blogging. You see, many of us “technology evangelists” get so caught up with all the optimizing and tweaking of the code in the back end, that we forgot that we are eventually writing for HUMANs to read!

Seriously.

As far as creating a website (or blog) is concerned, I think web usability and creating a good user experience is just as important as all the marketing and promotion. If you have a blog with a font size of 6 points, don’t expect your readers to come back!

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Hey there, and welcome to your 8th serving of the Blogopreneur Blog Marketing eCourse!

Wow! You’ve come a long way! We started with absolutely no knowledge of blogs and blog marketing, we talked about terminology, planning, setting up WordPress, promoting your blog, writing content… and today, is the day it all ties in – how are you going to make money from your blog?

We may argue that it is so much easier to update blogs compared to websites – we do not need to handle all the messy FTP stuff, or learn complex HTML editors.. but at the end of the day, I must admit blogging still does require effort. Even if it means it is half an hour a day, it will all add up to over 3 hours a week, or and 12 hours a month. We need to justify the time spent.

So. How do you make money from blogs?

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The essence of Blog Marketing

After you are done with optimizing your blog HTML and content, the next step to take is to get the word out and let the world know about your blog! This is what blog marketing is about, and the key to do this is really simple, and I can sum it in 4 words.

Get relevant incoming links.

Yeah, as simple as that.

So how do you go around getting relevant incoming links, you’d ask? This is what we are going to learn today. Here goes!

Blog Marketing Tip #1 – Submit Your Site to Google, Yahoo and MSN

Ultimately, you want your website to be in the directories of these search engines, so if you are starting up, you can get yourself indexed by these search engines in two ways.

1. Get an already indexed page to link to you
2. Submit yourself to the search engines

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Because of the sheer size of the archives of some blogs, and the amount of content in blogs, blogs do very well in getting visitors from search engines. In fact, I would dare to say that blogs are one of the best platforms for you to target and capture search engine traffic.

For my own blog here at Blogopreneur.com, I get more than 50% of my unique visitors from search engine traffic, and in a month, I am getting search traffic for thousands of different search terms.

I think it is also useful to realise that search engines bring in the most targeted traffic! Why? Because these people are already searching for information! If your site pops up in the first few results, it creates a perception that you know about that keyword or key phrase they are searching for.

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Get started with your WordPress blog

In the previous session, we had a long day, and I showed you exactly how you can create your blog from scratch. We got the WordPress installation right from WordPress.org and then uploaded it into your server – no shortcuts, no wildly scripts to help you. You did it!

Now before we start blogging, there are some settings to get done with in WordPress.

Let me bring you through them.

1. Permalink Structure

The first thing you want to set is your permalink structure. What is a permalink structure? Let me explain.

As we have learnt previously, every post you do in your blog will eventually become a permanent page in your blog, called the permalink. The thing is, the default installation of WordPress comes with the URL of pages that goes something like this: http://www.bloggingessentials.com/?p=123, where “123? is your post id (a unique number for each post).

This URL, as you will notice, is not very friendly – there is no way for the search engine or a human visitor to find out what the content of the post is, based on the URL.

We are going to change it into something more descriptive, like http://www.bloggingessentials.com/2007/01/07/5-blogging-tips/. In this structure, the permalink is determined by the date of the post and the title of the post. In this example, one can probably make out that the post is about one that talks about five blogging tips.

This permalink structure would also have a good advantage in search engines, since your keywords will be in the URL.

So, how then do you change your permalink structure? Here’s how.

Log in to your WordPress admin console. The password can be found in the email that you have received when you installed WordPress. In the top navigation menus, click options->permalinks.

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You will see that the default setting is the first option where it says http://www.bloggingessentials.com/?p=123. Simply click on the second option and click “Update permalink structure” and you are done!

(If you get a status message that says something like “You should update your .htaccess file now”, then you must have missed out the step on changing the permissions of your .htaccess file in the previous session.)

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Hosting and Domain

First you have to get your hosting and domain!

There are a couple of them out there, and if you have one that you prefer, good. Make sure it is reliable though, because you don’t want to have your readers coming in expecting to find your blog but getting a server maintenance message! If not, you can go for HostGator – which is one of the more popular web hosting companies around.

How do you select your domain name, you’d ask?

From the SEO perspective, it would be best to select a keyword rich domain name. For example, if you are going to blog about teaching parrots to talk, then it would be wonderful to get the domain “TeachParrots.com” or something similar.

Unfortunately, with so many domain squatters around and so many websites already established, it is very difficult to find domain names that match your keywords. In this case, you may want to consider putting a filler word before or after your keywords. For example, if “ParrotTalk.com” is taken (which is, by the way), you might want to consider “MyParrotTalk.com” or “TheParrotTalk.com”.

Oh, unless you are going to post A LOT of videos or photos online, the smallest package (Hatchling – 50GB space) is good enough!

If you are using your own host, make sure it allows you to run PHP and make sure and you have at least one spare mySQL database. If you have a choice, it would be good if your host runs on CPanel administration too, because this is what I will be using to show you the installation process. HostGator runs on CPanel, and most others do too… but no worries if your is not.

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I won’t be taking you though the step of getting hosting and domain… its pretty straightforward! Just follow the steps on HostGator. Go take some time to do it now! The gator is friendly, and I won’t run away, I promise!

Done? Great!

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The importance of planning

The importance of planning can never be emphasised more. Like going to war, you will need to strategize, you will need to know where your enemies’ weaker points are, you will need to know when to strike.

The Internet and the World Wide Web is a ferocious battlefield.

Let’s try this. Say you want to set up blog on golf. You are passionate about golf and you play golf 8 times a day and complete 18 holes in 10 minutes. So, eagerly, you set you your golf blog and you name your blog “Golf Blog”

Now. Search Google for “Golf Blog”.

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You have 97 MILLION other competing sites!

Imagine there is a battlefield of 97 million tribes, and the top 10 tribes will share 80% of the food (approx 80% of searchers don’t go beyond the first page). Would you want to join that war and think you can win? I’m not saying you can’t… but even if you do, its going to cost you A LOT of effort.

So my advice is, for a start, compete in smaller battlefields first. Build your army, train your soldiers, gather your resources and ammunition, before you even consider stepping in the big battlefield.

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The answer is one word: Niche.

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