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Lately I have been doing very well writing for Adsense revenue sharing sites. These are sites where you can post your articles, and then the site will share some or all of the Adsense revenue that your article earns. These sites are a great way to create quality backlinks to your own blogs, plus they seem to rank quicker with Google.
I have recently signed up with a new site and they look quite promising. Best Review is an Adsense revenue sharing site where you have an ad showing 100% of the time. The Google ad placed in the content box is yours all the time. Other ads on the page generate revenue for the Best Review site.
Usually I wouldn’t spend much time on a site this new, however, the creator of the site has already had success with a similar revenue sharing site SheToldMe. Plus, on a new site with fewer writers it is easier to get your posts featured.
If you sign up for either Best Review or SheToldMe using the links in this post be sure to let me know in the comments. I will be happy to come by your articles and leave a comment and a favorable rating!
If you would like to find out about more sites that share revenue and provide backlinks check out this article on Revenue Sharing Sites.
The question seems to come up fairly often. Can you really make money blogging? The answers come back all across the board. Everything from “Look at John Chow or Shoemoney, they’re raking in the cash!” to “I’ve got great content, I write for my readers and I spend the time it takes to write a well thought out, spell checked post, and I am still not making a dime!”
As well as writing for my own blogs, I also like writing for HubPages. I have a few hubs over there, and when I am not writing I like to read the forums. The forums are full of very good writers complaining that they are not making any money. They spend hours on their hubs, get hundreds of readers, dozens of comments, and don’t make any money. Others throw a hub together in just a few minutes, have a few dozen readers, and get a check from Google every month. It just doesn’t seem fair!
What some writers don’t seem to understand, is that to make money you have to sell what people are buying. The best ice cream in the world doesn’t sell well in the dead of winter! Your blog post on the Russian Revolution might be incredibly well written, gather lots of comments, and even win you an award, but it probably won’t make you any money. There just aren’t that many buyers (or advertisers) for the topic. On the other hand, an article on a diet that actually works, or a review on the latest tech gadget, those posts are going to attract people who are looking to buy. Buyers might not comment, but they will click on ads.
Some complain that they don’t want to “sell out”. They don’t want to write just for the money. That is fine, but then it doesn’t make sense to complain that you aren’t making money. I know that you have been told to write great content, spell check your work, and writer for your reader. That is all true. However, if you don’t also write for buyers, people who are looking to buy something, then you will have trouble making money blogging. Let’s face it, the market isn’t always fair and the most deserving don’t necessarily make the most money.
For me, I mix it up a bit. Sometimes I am write for the pleasure of writing. I pick a topic I am intersted in and write just to put my ideas out on the World Wide Web. Othertimes, I am writing with a specific market in mind. I am writing just to make money.
The results have been OK. For the amount of effort I put into my blogs I make a reasonable amount of money. I am not about to quit my dayjob, but I earn enough to pay for my hosting and my domains and to have a little left over. I am sure that if I spent more time I could make more money.
How about you, are you really blogging to make money?
This is the first in a series on how you can work from home blogging. There are many different ways to make money with your blog, and I will try to explore them all here! But, before you can start making money with blogging, you need to have a blog! So how do you start a blog?
1.Pick a topic or theme for your blog. Would you like to join the masses that blog about making money online? Or would you prefer to be one of the relatively few that blog about ancient Russian literature? Or maybe something in between! Whatever it is, make sure that it is a topic that you enjoy and that interests you. You will be spending a lot of time with it!
2. Select Hosting for Your Blog. You may be tempted to save money and go with free hosting from sites such as wordpress.com , or blogger.com. But don’t do it! You will soon find that free hosting sites may put limitations on your blog. Plus many paid posting sites do not accept blogs from free hosting sites.
Your own domain and hosting hosting aren’t really all that expensive. With a company like Hostgator you can get hosting for as little as $4.95 per month. Use the coupon code “green” and get another 20% off.
3. Select your domain name. For me, this is really the hardest part. Your domain name will set the tone for your whole blog. There is a lot of debate as to what makes the best domain name. Dot coms are the favorite, but getting a “good” name will be difficult.
If you want to get a domain really cheap, I suggest you go to the digital point forums. You can buy domains there on the aftermarket for as little as $1. You may not get the exact domain you want, but the price will be right!
If you would prefer a brand new domain, then I would suggest that you take advantage of the Go Daddy $6.95 .com Sale. I have all of my domains at GoDaddy and I love their customer service! They have plenty of online tutorials and if you need more help, support is just a quick phone call or email away. You can also buy hosting from GoDaddy and have your domains and hosting all in one place. Some people like it that way. Some people say it is best to have them separate. I like the convenience of having my domains and hosting all in one place.
4. Point your nameservers. If you buy your domain and hosting together than this may already be done for you. If not, all you are doing is telling your domain registrar where your blog is hosted. Your hosting company will tell you what to enter for your nameservers.
5. Install WordPress. There are other blogging platforms out there but I really like WordPress. I might even be considered a WordPress fanatic. WordPress is easy to use, it is versatile, and because it is so popular, there are literally thousands of free plugins and themes you can use to customize your blog.
6. Start writing! You are going to need at least 10 posts before you can start marketing your blog. Make it a habit to write a post a day and in less than 2 weeks you will be ready for the next step, paid posting. I’ll cover that in the next part of this series on Working From Home Blogging. To make sure you don’t miss a post be sure to subscribe to the feed.
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