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What’s Your Best Blogging Income Advice?

Blog Money AdviceA couple of weeks ago, a friend teased me on an email list, saying she had better ways to spend her hours than “wasting them blogging.” Now the truth is, she has no idea how much time I spend online, but I responded:

I guess it depends on how much money you make doing it.

The response was utterly flippant, but the result was a swarm of emails — 131 so far, to be exact — asking how I make money blogging.

I was shocked. Not because lots of people wanted to know how to make money online from home, but because they didn’t know how. The info is everywhere, and I was shocked that so many are interested, but unaware of the opportunities. Because of this need, I decided to hold a local workshop that would teach the attendees how to make money with a blog.

Having coded sites for 18 years and blogged for eight — and having made my share of mistakes along the way — I have accumulated a lot of knowledge. But putting it in to an accessible and understandable form is is still daunting. In order to succeed, these folks need search engine marketing experts on their side, or at least search engine marketing expertise. They need to understand social media optimization — something that didn’t even exist back when I started blogging.

In other words, I’ve got to figure out how to condense 18 years worth of reading, research, study, experience, conversation, mentoring, and trial and error into a neat little package that will actually be useful, without being overwhelming.

New bloggers don’t need to hire a search engine marketing firm, but they need to learn the basics of how to attract readers and get traffic. They say “content is king,” and I agree. But you can have the most fabulous website in the world, with the best possible information, and if no one in your market can find you, the impact is lost. And your blog won’t make you a penny.

If you were just starting out trying to make money with your blog, what one piece of advice would be most helpful?

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  • Charleen Larson February 5, 2012, 8:47 am

    The information may be everywhere but no one can tell you what the right solution is for your own blog — you just have to experiment and see what works. I’d have to say my blog didn’t really take off until I’d written more than 200 posts. You really have to believe in your mission to do that much work without much (if any) payoff. Fortunately, I did.
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  • bbrian017 February 5, 2012, 10:33 am

    Hi Alison, first it’s nice to see you submitting again, As you know you’re still a top user at blog engage. It’s all that darn voting you did lol. You know the secret I know the secret, to make money online you have to offer a service of some kind. I never made any money until I started my rss serviced and look at me now! I’m rocking making a great online income. I’m doing it full time now so I have to start generating a little more money from it but I’m working at it starting last Thursday. So I think it’s all about creating a service and charging a fee.
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  • Justin Germino February 6, 2012, 12:51 am

    The secret to making money online is never being afraid to try everything but know and believe in what you sell. There are many ways to go about making money with blogs, reviews, CPC programs, affiliate sales you just have to know which ones you want to tackle and build your sites around the programs you want to use. Certain themes and types of blogs work better for certain earning programs.

    If I was a full time blogger, I would start up about 3-4 more blogs in more targeted area’s and augment what I do now with my existing 3 blogs.
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  • Fauzul February 6, 2012, 8:47 am

    For me consistency is the key. Create a time table that includes writing up quality and original posts, commenting on other peoples blogs, doing a little bit of SEO from time to time, finding affiliate programs that suit your blog and try to market them and build up your reputation at social media and social bookmarking websites.

    In my experience you don’t need to do it everyday. Adjust your time table to suit your daily schedule as I know you will have other things to attend to. When you find the right time table for you, you can start doing it consistently.

    If you keep it up then after a few months you’ll get to reap your rewards. Advertisers will start to contact you to put their links in your posts and reward you financially or something equivalent that you can use to improve your readership. You can as well start to see a few commissions from your affiliate products and you know better how to promote them as well.
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  • BSWP February 6, 2012, 9:55 am

    Yes, there are people who think that online business doesn’t need any efforts and is simple in implementation in life. At least I have already heard such thoughts. And, of course, it’s silly to think like this, because you should work on it day by day, spending much time and efforts on it
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  • Yogesh Sonar February 7, 2012, 2:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing such valuable things.

  • Vernette Carbon February 7, 2012, 8:52 pm

    Hi Thanks for sharing. thanks for pointing out the things that a blogger must have to be successful

  • Caleb February 7, 2012, 11:24 pm

    What I think would be helpful to any aspiring blogger is to blog about things that have helped them out and include an affiliate product link that does the helping. The key is to weave it inside a story or at the very least do a review citing the benefits that helped you the most…whatever story they write they MUST include a related aff product 😉
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  • Prithvi February 9, 2012, 1:25 pm

    According to what i think, Anything which is done with dedication and commitment can fetch you a good revenue in no time. Just for Example, Google. Google was 12th search engine to start, but due to the dedication we all know where it is today.. So just with simple techniques one can be successful in his online business startup!!
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  • bbfs February 9, 2012, 5:56 pm

    Well the best advice is quality content on your site or blog. And building non spammy backlinks. Thats the key for me and also it takes time to rank in the Serps.
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  • Edward February 10, 2012, 3:39 am

    It took me at least 2 years to figure out what method of making money online works for me. So I guess my best blogging income advice is to try and experiment different things on your blog. Ask the experts on what was working for them and try them. And most importantly, patience. You won’t make any without this. You’ll end up as a quitter instead.

  • Mike February 10, 2012, 7:18 am

    The best way to make money on a blog is Adsense or perhaps affiliate marketing. But to be successful in affiliate marketing one should first have a good authoritative blog and establish one as an expert in a field 🙂 It all takes time but it is worth it.

  • Mj February 11, 2012, 1:17 am

    As per me nothing can ever beat Adsense , after that in my own List it is BuySellAds , both are difficult to get in but one thing is guaranteed once you are in no one can stop you from making great money .

    Affiliate marketing is surely an alternative but not unless your website is famous and you are in that niche were people are ready to buy things …
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  • Mahipal Singh February 13, 2012, 4:49 pm

    hey as i am new in blogging so i can advice
    but reading the post and comments
    has given me some knowledge thanks
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  • Relief taman dan ornamen dinding buatan February 21, 2012, 2:05 am

    Thanks for sharing and thanks for pointing out
    the things that a blogger must have to be
    successful succes for your

  • bappy February 25, 2012, 3:40 pm

    I’m a working with Google adsense but I want to shine with Affiliate marketing. But I believe that affiliate marketing is very hard. Request for author for create lots of article related to affiliate marketing.
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  • nika February 28, 2012, 3:41 pm

    i read full text but i dont write review because my english level is low. thank for this post
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  • Active Archive February 29, 2012, 5:05 am

    The more traffic that goes through your blog, the more interested companies will be in putting their ads in your blog.

  • Dipendra March 8, 2012, 12:34 pm

    In blogging, nothing is similar. It depends on content and types of visitors. Suppose for some blogs they earn using adsense while other earn from sales commissions. In My case I earn from direct sales and Adsense both.
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  • Felecia March 17, 2012, 1:48 am

    I think everyone is hitting the nail on the head. Everyone has a strategy that works for them. Some make their money through Adsense and Affiliate Marketing and others, believe that the real money comes from having your own product that people are hungry to buy. Obviously, there is truth in all of this but the one constant thing that we all know is that in order to get to where we want to be, we must continue to work at it and never give up! There is an endless supply of money available to us all. May you enjoy the journey on your way there!
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  • Anita April 30, 2012, 6:20 am

    I believe that as long as your content is crisp you can make money blogging!

  • h.khan May 14, 2012, 11:42 pm

    Blogging is a great way to make some extra money but it can definitely be expanded to eventually make a living working from home. Small time publishers need to focus on social marketing more then ever in my personal opinion (especially after the Penguin update). Focusing too much on “SEO” will actually end up hurting you more than helping you.

    I try never to lay all my eggs in one basket… I use both affiliate marketing and AdSense as an income source for my website — although I’ve scaled up the affiliate marketing on a few of my blogs quite a bit.
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  • sintu kumar May 20, 2012, 6:17 am

    online make money through adsense ads never bit my any ads company,but affiliate company know days offers money to promote their offers ,which is more to compare any ads company.

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