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Can You Make Money By Blogging?

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I was surfing Warrior Forum and over the last few weeks, I came across some questions which centre around blogging. One of the most common questions was: “How exactly do you make money blogging?”

The simple answer is (and it is not simple by any means): You need to develop authority.

It is when people hear this answer that they lose all motivation in starting their own blog. The reality is, developing authority using your blog is difficult to do. It also takes a lot of time. Most blogs do not allow you to effectively monetize until you have reach an expert level status or if you have thousands of returning readers.

But there is another issue here. Most people start a blog, write two posts and try to monetize the crap out of it. They just do not seem to understand that having too many ads on your blog will make your readers run away.

Would you go to a website where half of the area is plastered with meaningless ads? No you wouldn’t.

Sure, a small percentage of people can make money blogging in a very small time-frame by:

1. Focusing on popular keywords with less competition

2. Knowing the right internet marketing methods

3. Having command over their area of interest

But for the vast majority, blogging is not lucrative on its own.

This post is in no means again people who like to start their own blog to make some money. I just wanted to tell you that if you take this approach, keep your expectations low.

That being said, a blog can be a very worthwhile investment if you know what you are doing. If you are an expert in a specific area and you have your own business, starting a blog for your business website might actually be a good thing.

Remember, if you start blogging with the goal to make tons of money, you will likely get burnt out and disappointed. If you use your blog as a way to provide your readers with valuable information on your services, you will get a lot of customers in the long-run.

How To Be A Wise SEO!

I was reading an article on how to make sure Google does not catches your SEO techniques and it got me thinking. Although the author if the article talks about a lot of stuff in the article, one point literally stared me in the face.

The point was: Dont yell out your secret SEO tactics, especially if you are successful!

The reason why I could personally relate to this point above is that fact that I used to openly divulge my SEO techniques. Now, informing your readers about your techniques and methods would increase the trust element, I understand. But if you tell your visitors the whole trick, two things will happen.

Firstly, there will be more competition because as others read up on your techniques and implement them, you will find yourself running around in circles. The whole idea of a new trick is that not everyone is doing it. Think about it, if everyone knows the best way to rank high quickly and efficiently, it would not remain the best way to rank high for a long time.

Secondly, you would just have Google crack down on you. Now I am not saying that all SEO people use black-hat tactics, but some new (and efficient) SEO tricks do make use of Google loopholes.

The moral of the story is: If something works, keep doing it with your mouth shut!

I will personally start following that advice starting now!

I just wanted to add that this accomplished internet marketers fully understand this phenomenon and evade it to their advantage. That is why when you buy a Get Rich Quick course, it does not work. It does not work because the internet marketer kept on using the secret method until it worked, and when it stopped working, he decided to pump out an e-book or course.

Now, I am not saying that that happens all the time, but to a certain extent it is true.

But I am digressing. If you want your SEO tactics to remain intact, give your clients or visitors only a whiff of it. Once you get business from them, help them out.

Where Does All The Spam Come From?

Spam is now a universal word. If you ask someone what the definition of spam is, they will not be able to give you a good answer. On the other hand, if you show them a piece of spam, they will instantly recognize it.

Spam comes in different shapes and sizes. Some examples of spam include crappy blog comments, automated blog comments, crappy website submissions, keyword stuffing on websites, nonsensical content in article etc. The point is, spam is everywhere!

But where does it come from? Do you actually hear people say: OK I am going to work now. I will be spamming the web today!

Of course you do not.

The truth is, spam is a result of anything which is done on the internet so as to deliberately game the search engines to make a quick buck.

In my experience, at least 50% of newbie internet marketers try spamming in one way or another to get more traffic and sales. They simply cannot understand how to make money the legitimate way.

Let us put things into perspective and figure out where spam comes from:

1. The all-famous blog commenting spam: If you have a well-established blog, you would know that for every 15 spam comment, 1 will be legit. Blog spammers fall into 2 categories.

One group manually visits each website, does not read the post put posts a generic comment saying Thank you, in broken English. Why in broken English? Because most of them come from third-world countries and know little about what they are doing.

The other group uses automated scripts, which have an even more laughable result. What the script essentially does is embed 3-10 horrible links into a comment post and try to get it accepted.

2. Directory submission spam: This mainly results in people submitting individual pages of their websites to the lower quality directory submission websites, which do not actively check the submissions. Some of the spammers even submit horribly-low quality websites (which mostly are affiliate websites) in order to get link juice flowing and make some sales. The sales never happen…

3. Article submission spam: Ideally what a person does is, copy someone elses article, add some bogus lines (usually written in bad English) and submit it to a huge number of crappy directories, in order to get more incoming links. The directories who do accept their crappy articles are low quality directories themselves with no authority, and the ones which are actively managed do not accept their content anyway. It is a lose-lose situation both ways.

4. Keyword stuffing spam: A newbie starts a website and wants to rank high for the keyword Credit Card Repair. He edits his website so the keyword tag contains all possible instances of the keyword in question, to the point that the search engines ban him. Some newbies might go to another extreme: They would stuff keywords in the title tag and in the content.

The conclusion of this article is that spam is created by people delibrately trying to game the system. Most people doing this know that they are wrong, but the smell of quick profits is strong enough to lure them into using these kind of tactics.

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