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Part V - How To Start A Blog Free Advice | Starting A Blog Right at 500 % Success Rate

Let's Make Some Money And Monetize Your Blog

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In the last segment of this blogging series on how to start a blog, I discussed a couple of hosting solutions that I have had personal experience with that are good solutions for where to house your blog along with a bonus hosting option that I'd heard very good things about. If you haven't had a chance to review that section, please do so.. Part IV of this blogging series can be found here: Starting a blog - the hosting conversation.

This next installment will focus on "the money". By that I mean, sure while starting a blog is a big step for many, how to monetize your blog eventually becomes a topic of conversation too. Is it possible to start too soon ? When is the right time to start focusing on when your blog should start paying dividends back to you. How should you go about making your first dollar on your blog ? The answers on this subject are quite literally all over the place. I can't tell you that there's a right or a wrong answer to this either.

The strategy or model that you use for monetizing is something worth investigating some real thought into. I've always been of the mindset that your audience "comes first". If you aren't developing content that answers your readers questions then you'll never earn their trust and consequently will never be able to sell them anything.. I don't care how inexpensive it is. Your readers aren't coming to your website to buy something. They are coming to solve a problem. If you can provide them with a solution to their problem you'll get the conversion you want. That solution, even if means spending $1000 dollars is worth it to the consumer if it solves the problem they have. Your readership.. your audience is the focal point as you begin to think about your route to monetization on your blog.

Do You Trust Me Do They Trust You Monetize Your Blog

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Trust cannot be understated and I will continue to hit this point home. Think about the buyer mentality for a moment. Think about what drives you to purchasing decisions. If a seller gives you any inclination that he / she may run away with your money, how likely are you to buy from that person, store or company ? You'd quickly turn and walk the other way just as the rest of us would. As a blogger, if your blog doesn't resonate with your visitors, good luck giving them those "warm fuzzies" that lead to sales and higher conversion rates. Tap into trust and solve the readers problem through your content and related products and you will reap the benefits in increased revenue generated through this process. If you're looking for immediate gratification, this isn't the way, but if you're looking for something that leads to a following and dividends over time, this path is the yellow brick road to success.

Understand that your blog is not a brick and mortar business. While you could slap some Google Adsense code on your website and start serving up ads right away hoping that people will click on them, this is not a strategy that I would recommend or advise. Your traditional businesses have products and in the most ideal scenarios, traffic passing by their new stores right away. In this situation, a business has to do "very little" if any advertising to bring people into their new business and yes, they start making money right away. Your blog is not going to be so fortunate without some intentional intervention on your part. As you understand in the scenario I just spoke of, regardless of how great your product may be or how great you "think" it may be, without traffic.. without people visiting your blog,.. you're basically a drop of water in an ocean of other drops of water. Without traffic, monetization becomes pretty disappointing, because the huge, unavoidable reality is without visitors, you stand no chance at all to generate any revenue from your blog.

Monetization has been integrated into this blog as "related products" more or less. This integration made much more sense to me than taking the route that I've seen others explore. This blog does not seek to push products for the sake of pushing products for personal financial gain. Additionally, if you were to follow my monetization model, I typically only share products with which I have had personal experience with and that I feel would be of benefit to my readership. If there's no benefit or it is not a solution for my readers then I do not see any purpose in integrating it into any post on this blog.

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While monetizing in this way may not be appealing to some, there are other options to consider such as:

CPA (cost per action)

Some of the most reputable and consistent cost per action companies that I have worked with personally and had very good experiences with are the following:

  1. Peerfly

  2. Neverblue

  3. Maxbounty

Affiliate marketing

Most common option that many bloggers use. It doesn't require that you have your own product and you receive a commission (typically a fixed designated amount) from each lead or sale provided. If you find tools or products that you love and want to share them with others, use your affiliate links to promote those products. I have done the very same thing here on my blog. Nevertheless, with that said, in my personal experience, these are the recommendations that will give you the most consistency and greatest success.

  1. Shareasale

  2. CJ (formerly known as Commission Junction)

Product Creation & Your Own Stuff

Now this one scares a lot of people because let's face it.. product creation just sounds hard. However, creating your own products isn't as difficult as you may think. Create your own ebook using Wordpress or create a Wordpress plugin through freelance websites for less than a couple hundred dollars for example, outsource creation of a Wordpress theme or go to Cafe Press and put your logo or design on any number of products that you can sell on your own blogs. Additionally, making the decision to offer writing services or give blogging consultations are services that you can sell directly on your blog at prices that you set yourself. There are many other ideas out there, but those are just a few that came to mind.

What is the route to monetization that you would like to take ? What model do you want to pursue ?

Monetization is an eventual reality for anyone that owns a blog, but when and how you decide to do it can and will impact the degree of success that comes along with the decisions that you make with respect to it.

This blogging series will be coming to an end soon, but in the meantime stay tuned for the next chapter as we continue the discussion on how to start a blog.

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Part III - How To Start A Blog Free Advice | Starting A Blog Right at 500 % Success Rate

Chapter 3 Three The Next Chapter Learn How To Start A Blog

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Learning how to start a blog continues with this third segment in the series. As you may have already discovered, it's not as simple as many may lead you to believe with all of the considerations that are associated with blogging itself. Nevertheless, with that said, simple or not, the next topic of discussion is going to be focused on the domain.

As I mentioned in Part I of this blog series, some would argue that coming up with your blog name is where you need to start. I disagreed in that post and my position hasn't changed on the matter. Why do I take such a strong stance on this ? Honestly, there are other foundational elements that matter more and the name isn't the top priority. As I discussed in part 2 with our focus on keywords, this is an element of our strategy. An element that is very important so be sure that you have read that segment in detail.

Okay, so moving on now.. Ummm isn't choosing the name pretty easy ? How can there be a real conversation about something so simple ?

Ohhh contrare my friend...  Oh contrare.

There are some pretty hmmm... "interesting" domain names that exist online and that's saying it delicately, but hey, to each his or her own right ? Well, be that as it may.. there truly are some real considerations that go into choosing a domain name that's right for you and your blog. Of those considerations, lets start with the following:

Domain Name Recommendation #1

You want it to be something that's easy to remember.

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There are billions of websites online and choosing a blog name that's going to be "easy to remember" can be overwhelming, frustrating, daunting and just plain.. not that easy. So as you're thinking of something that people will easily recall, consider the theme of your website. What words are associated with your website ? Consult the old fashioned thesaurus and make a list of these words. Think of synonyms.. what words are "related" to your blog and it's content ? A list of anywhere from 20-50 should do quite nicely. In this process, what you're hoping for is to find something that jumps out at you that is going to be a great fit for the name of your domain.

Domain Name Recommendation #2

You want the name to be short.

This is best practice and the best advice that anyone on this topic would give anyway. Who's going to remember a website with a domain name that looks like a full blown sentence. If your domain is longer than 15 letters I'd strongly recommend choosing something else. Even at 15 you're pushing it. If the domain name gets into the "long zone", the unfortunate reality is that many people don't spell well.. I'm just saying it like it is folks.. so keeping it short lessens the risk of someone misspelling your domain name. The shorter the name is increases the likelihood that when someone types your domain name they are going to reach their destination (e.g. to your website) successfully. Additionally, shorter names are more memorable than longer counterparts.

Domain Name Recommendation #3

To hyphen or NOT to hyphen ?

You may have found the perfect domain name (e.g. http://perfectdomain.com), but realize that it's already been taken. Bummer right ? So you come up with a fabulous idea and decided to see if (e.g. http://perfect-domain.com) is available. You find out that the name with the hyphen (-) is still available. Thus the question becomes... do I act on this and buy it ?

Hyphenated names may look like a great idea, but the overall gist on this is that they aren't worth it. Many of your potential visitors aren't going to remember to put the hyphen in the domain name when they are typing it in and what will inevitably happen is that you'll be sending traffic to the version of the name "without" the hyphen which benefits your competitor... the person that owns (e.g. http://perfectdomain.com) and not you.

I Have A Question Hyphens And Domain Names

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So with that said, yes, you will more than likely find hyphenated versions available, but I wouldn't recommend buying them. It may still end up in you getting a "version" of the domain name that you want, but in the long run, it will do more harm than good for you and end up helping your competitor more than you. Trust me on this one.

Domain Name Recommendation #4

You want the DOT COM.

The dot com (.com) was the first TLD (top level domain) on the scene before the other's (e.g. "org, .net, .gov, .edu, .us, .in etc) showed up. The dot com is the strongest and most widely recognized domain extension and even more importantly is given more weight through and through by Google as a trusted domain extension. Now that's not to say that Google doesn't trust other extensions, but more trust is given to (.com) than any other extension that you can buy. I know that some may make a case that (.gov and .edu) and stronger. Yes, they would be right, but in this case, I'm referring to domains that are getting bought up and sold daily on a large scale and those are "not" .gov's and .edu websites. They are the more common extensions such as the "others" that I listed above in this segment and of those extensions, the .com's are the ones that are highly favored by Google. So all in all, when you are choosing your domain name, the best recommendation is to choose a name with a domain extension of .com because of the well documented recognition that is given to those domain extensions by Google.

Pick Me And How To Choose The Right Domain Name

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Additionally, while many navigate to Godaddy for their domain name research purposes, I would have to confirm that this is certainly the strongest and best option online that I am aware of. I would certainly invite responses about other options and suggestions in the comments section below that are just as exhaustive and comprehensive as Godaddy that would be a beneficial contribution to this blog post.

Domain Name Recommendation #4

Avoid those tricky trademarks.

This is simple, but is often times overlooked. It cannot be overstated enough that being interested in a domain name such as (e.g. http://saveatwalmart) "Save At Walmart" seeming like a great name and a good idea since you'll be blogging about tips to help people save money at this retail giant.. does indeed infringe on copyright and trademarks. This is a costly mistake that you don't want to make. Any domain name that you choose "must not" include a name that has already been trademarked or possibly infringes on someone's copyright. So do your research before confirming the purchase on your new blog name. I personally performed a search for my own website to make sure that I would not be infringing on copyrights and upon a successful search, proceeded to purchase the domain that this blog sits on today. You can do the same thing for your own domain name research. Visit the Copyright Office and proceed to "search records" and search from the corresponding page.

As you can see, there's a lot to think about when choosing your domain name. These considerations are meant to make you more informed before selecting your new blog name. Re-read this segment and choose wisely and carefully. Make it memorable, keep it short and related to your niche and theme of your blog. This is your business and this is your passion.. Stay tuned for the next section in this blog post series.

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