Depending on what blogging model you adopt, determines how quickly you start to make money online. Pick the wrong one and it could take you years.
Why is your blog not making money?
Could it be you’re using the wrong blogging technique?
Blogging is one of the easiest ways to make money online, because it is such a simple model to implement.
Yes, it’s simple, but a lot of people get it wrong.
They think …
You simply create a blog and start posting content to it and create and audience of readers that know, like and follow you.
And they’d be right – sort of.
You see, there are literally thousands of people starting new blogs everyday with the intentions of making money from them. But most fail to make enough to pay for a cup of coffee, let alone the weekly grocery bills.
And this is largely because they are using the wrong blogging strategy from the outset.
Selecting the right strategy will determine whether you make money in the next 3 months or the next 3 years.
There’s an exact science to blogging for money that most people don’t have a clue about. It’s so subtle that most bloggers “miss it” – even if it’s starring them in the face.
Most people can create a blog – no problem, but not all can make money from them, and I believe it comes down to a few subtle clues that they miss.
These clues determine whether you’ll make money in 3 months or 3 years.
Or you can take this blog that you’re reading right now for instance.
It’s probably one of the ugliest one’s you’ve seen online – right – let’s be honest.
But guess what?
It’s less than six months old (from when I started writing this post) … it has a simple layout … a couple of pictures … and already it is generating an income.
The significants being that there are other blogs that are well established in the search engines that are still not earning a penny.
So whether your goal is to make $100 a month or even a $20,000 a month it can all be achieved using blogs coupled with the right strategy.
How much money you make is up to you, and how much effort you’re willing to put in.
Most people that I talk to don’t have a problem putting in the effort, if they understand that their efforts will be rewarded.
Therefore I am going to explain two blogging strategies that I use to make money with my blogs.
Or you can learn how to start your own blog and make money here.
Here are two strategies that you can use to start making money with your own blog.
Strategy 1 : Authority Blogs
Authority blogs are designed to focus all of it’s content on a niche subject.
In a way you become the go-to-guy for your particular niche.
Identifying your niche can prove to be one of the biggest hurdles to overcome, but once you have then everything else falls into place.
If you want to know how to identify your niche and what you should blog about to make money then read this.
If you want to build an authority website then you will need to create blog posts on a consistent basis.
By consistent I mean daily, however the reality is, if you work a full-time job, then creating a blog post at the end of the day is probably the last thing you want to do.
Therefore the next best thing is to create a blog post once or twice a week.
Just keep in mind that the more content you create, the more visitors you potentially get from the search engines. The more visitors you get, the higher the chances are of you making money.
Blogging on a consistent basis, trains the Google bot to keep coming back to your website more frequently, than if you are posting sporadically.
So the more content you post, the quicker the bot will spider your content and the faster you will get indexed and ranked in Google.
In the past I have had posts on the first page of Google within 5 minutes after I created it, because I posted daily.
Focus your first 20 posts on generating buyer keyword traffic to your blog.
Buyer keywords differ from other keywords, primarily because when a searcher types those terms into Google, they are typically ready to make a buying decision, as opposed to being in research mode and searching for more information.
You are more likely to make a sale when a person is at the end of their research phrase, and is just looking for that one last piece of reassurance to know that they are making the right decision.
And this is where a lot of people that start a blog get it wrong and wonder why they aren’t making money – they focus on ranking for the wrong keywords.
I like to call this content ‘pillar content’ because they act as the foundation of your cash machine.
To find buyer keywords you will need a keyword research tool like the one I use here, which will identify which buyer keyword terms are the easiest to rank for in Google.
Once you identify them you simply write content that fulfills the searchers intent, which I show you how to do here.
Some say, all traffic is good, but I would rather make sales with 100 visitors a month, than make no sales but get 1000 visitors a month.
Strategy 2: Mini Websites
Keyword research is fundamental here.
(EMD) – exact match domains still work even after Penguin 2.0 which was rolled out 22 May 2013.
Although the ‘weight’ of EMD’s do not hold as much clout as they used to pre updates, they still hold enough to get some good rankings. Albeit it for a short a time in some cases.
These websites are nothing more than a landing page, however with the right on-page and off-page optimization you can rank in the search engines for the keyword extremely quickly.
All you have to do is create a one or two page wordpress blog with the domain as the keyword you want to rank for and then create back-links to get it ranked.
Obviously, if your keyword is really long like this: how-long-does-it-take-to-make-money-blogging.com, then this is going to look really suspicious to Google and you are more likely to get deindexed for a domain name like this.
So pick a keyword that has got a reasonable number of searches, anything over 1000 local exact searches a month, with low competition.
Post at least 700 – 1000 words on the front page and get some back-links from websites with a page-rank 1 and above.
Vary the anchor text 70% general terms like ‘click here’, ‘learn more’, ‘go here’ etc, 30% anchor text and domain name. Just mix these percentages up depending on where you rank.
I have made sales using this technique in as little as two weeks.
Learn how to setup your own blogging cash machine here.