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1. Creative and Playful

PlayfulnessOne of the things I love about blogging is that it can be a very playful space. Bloggers who find new ways to communicate old truths and that have the ability to surprise their readers with fresh perspectives and means of communication often find themselves on a fast track to a wide readership. Also, in the midst of ‘playful’ experimentation new discoveries come that help a blogger to develop in maturity and influence in their niche.

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“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.” – Edward de Bono

2. Innovative

InnovationOften ‘innovative’ is used to describe a blogger’s use of technology – but it goes well beyond this. Innovative bloggers are those that are able to extend and explore their topic in ways that others are not. They are thought leaders and forge into new ground not only in the way that they present in what they say.

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

3. Connectors

ConnectedMost successful bloggers that I’ve interacted with have an insatiable desire to connect with as many people as they can. They have an ability to connect not only with their readers but other bloggers and key people in both the online and offline world. Their networks are often far reaching – enabling them to draw on all kinds of relationships when needed.

“It’s not what you know but who you know that makes the difference.” – Anonymous

More reading;

http://www.problogger.net/archives/2008/05/20/11-traits-of-successful-bloggers/

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While getting started on your way to be a money blogger, you’ll have to go through that first really hard and awkward period where you’ll be blogging for absolutely nothing to get known by your competitors and such. The first 2 months are the hardest for any blogger because of the pressure, to make ’some’ money doing what you’re doing and the constant ups and downs in your stats that may discourage you alot. Making money through a blog is much more hard then people give it credit for, although the phrase writing for a living sounds really good but when it really comes to writing things it’s a whole another game.

If you’ve just started a blog and are struggling with writer’s block, unstable traffic/reader count or low serp rates, then its probably time to take some time to focus on what you are doing and what needs to be done. The best way to figure out the weak spot in your plan is to check the following things carefully on your blog;

  1. How many readers do you get added to your feed count per article posted
  2. Which articles get the most views and comments
  3. Which site gets you the most traffic, work on those sites more.
  4. Since spending money while advertising a blog that has just started is against any rules in my book so..You’ll need to do alot (20+) link exchanges with other blogs that are getting traffic. But, you need to keep only the ones that are being updated regularly (every 5 days atleast) and have a good technorati status.

After you have the info desired you can make better decisions, to be honest, content is all that it takes to make or break an earner. In order to constantly grow your blog you would need to research every aspect of your blog’s statistics, and take steps to make your blog bigger and better. Constant strategic development is necessary to get a blog off the ground, to start earning anything you need alot of discipline as well.

http://www.blueverse.com/2008/05/18/blogging-for-nothing-to-get-started/

Yes and no (there is never a simple answer).

Now that I am back from lounging on the beach, I thought it was time to get back to blogging, and what better way to start than with a debate over whether or not people can really make money blogging. On Read/WriteWeb today, Alex suggests that . Well, yes and no.

I really liked Anne Zelenka’s response on Web Worker Daily. Her take is that

you can earn money because of your blog instead of with it. Blogging can be the centerpiece of your professional promotional and networking activities, leading indirectly to new money-making opportunities. Plus, blogging offers psychological riches — through the opportunities for personal expression and social connection it brings you.

The best reason for an individual web worker to blog isn’t to make money directly with the blog. It’s to boost your online persona, to make professional connections, to learn about your field, and to attract new opportunities, whether paid or unpaid. And note that unpaid opportunities are not necessarily less important than paid ones — because they can provide you with attention, reputation, education, and new connections.

More:

http://fastwonderblog.com/2007/11/28/can-the-average-person-get-rich-blogging/

After getting one commenter on my blog to tell me they reached it by searching for a keyword my blog doesn’t even come close to targeting (learn more here), I became intrigued as to how I could abuse utilize these obscure search terms to my advantage.

long tail keywords Take a look at the list of keywords to the left, for example. All of these searches have brought people to my blog, even though some of them don’t really make any sense. I’ve highlighted all of the keywords that I’ve never thought of targeting in a nice yellow brush so you can look at them.

Adrian Bryant? No idea who he is. I know for a fact Blog Badly doesn’t have a chatbox (and probably never will. I shall rue the day I put useless widgets in my sidebar). Combine and magician blog designs and themes? Nope.

I could go on and on explaining the lack of these keywords, but I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Not to imply that you guys are horses or anything.

HOW TO USE THE LONG TAIL
Acquiring the long tail is harder than just shooting a wild animal and chopping it off. Trying to target more specific niche terms (instead of “Long Tail,” try “Long Tail Search Terms And You – Create Blog Posts With Obscure And Specific Terms Like Pineapples And Skydiving To Get Google Traffic”) should be your main concern if you want to get more long tail visitors.

WAYS TO OPTIMIZE FOR THE LONG TAIL
Post titles in a blog are important for Google – it’s how it first figures out what a certain blog page is about. Making your titles more specific will rank you highly for your terms.

Using specific terms in blog posts can also attract more long tail traffic. Don’t just refer to it as “credit card refinancing” – call it “credit card refinancing for people who have terrible credit but can hop on one leg while spinning in circles and playing the harmonica.” That way, if some person has terrible credit and can hop on one leg while spinning in circles and playing the harmonica, he’ll be able to find your post.

You could also try to write about regional topics by adding locations to your posts.

THE BENEFITS OF THE LONG TAIL
There are quite a few major benefits of the long tail:

Long tail searchers know exactly what they’re looking for and thus will be more likely to buy.
There’s little competition for long tail search terms. You probably won’t be competing with too many people, although I’ve heard the “refinancing homes for Siberian tigers” niche has some pretty fierce competitors.
You’ll get more visitors. The lack of competition will rank you higher and if for some reason you write a post about “hanggliding off of my house” and it suddenly becomes the new fad, you’ll get mad traffic.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab a hold of Google by the long tail and make it do what you want to do. Well, most of the time.

Popularity: 19% [?]

1. CAPITALIZING RANDOM WORDS
Do you know how annoying it is when you write like this: “learn how to make money online by Using This free Guide”? No? It makes it seem as though you’re a first grader just learning to write.
Annoyance Factor: Red Alert!
Most Commonly Found… on splash sales pages.

2. NOT CAPITALIZING ANYTHING
writing like this is for angsty emo kids on myspace. i really hate this style and so does pretty much everyone else.
Annoyance Factor: As annoying as an angsty emo kid
Most Commonly Found… on Myspace and blogs written by “rebels who don’t follow the rules.”

3. HUGE CHUNKS OF ITALICS
Why would anyone want to read a huge block of italics? Making your words all slanty may seem cool at first, but eventually you’ll have your readers start suing you for the neck injuries caused by tilting their heads.
Annoyance Factor: That biker that cut you off at the intersection
Most Commonly Found… used for long quotations.


In our capitalist society, being a greedy bastard isn’t always bad. Money is what runs [insert your country here (unless you’re from a communist nation. If so, well, sorry!)]. In fact, renowned economist once said, “Give all of your money to Max Miroff and you will become rich.”

But I digress. Lets go back onto the point of great niches for making money online.

#1 – Get-Paid-To Websites
Blogging about websites with programs that pay users to complete offers is an extraordinary way to make money. That’s because these GPT sites (here’s an example) generally have referral program that get you a percentage of your referral’s, referral’s referral’s, and referral’s referral’s referral’s (are you starting to see a pattern?) earnings. In short, you get residual income (the fancy phrase for “becoming filthy rich”) from other people. This niche is also pretty popular with readers because people are ready to believe anything that involves them getting money online.

#2 – Product Reviews
This niche is profitable in three ways – affiliate sales and getting free products from companies that want their items reviewed. All you have to do is write about the latest cool gadgets or best kitchen spice racks to try and rack up some sales through your affiliate links. If you build up a reputation as a great blogger who has lots of readers, some companies could even send you some free schwag for you to write about as well as pay you to plug in their service or website. Now that’s the good life.

#3 – Make Money Online Blogs
The main reason this niche is profitable is because of all the affiliate programs surrounding it. Much like GPT sites, you can get paid a fraction of what your referral makes. Get your money for nothing (get your chicks for free?). Anyway – don’t you see all those big Make Money Online bloggers showing off their mad earnings? Exactly.

Now fulfill all your blogging dreams of extorting your readers with these amazing niches!

There isn’t a lot of secret on how to make money online from your blog. Blogs with or with no traffic can be monetized – you just have to know the ways. Here are some of the techniques that I use to make money online from my blog.

1. PayPerPost Your blog just needs to be approved by their team (which is rather tedious and time consuming if you are not using WordPress or Blogger) and you can start writing paid posts to make money. Generally advertisers don’t really emphasize on traffic but uses PR as a benchmark.Here is an guide on how much you be able to earn with your PR on one paid post:

PR0 – 4 – $5 – $15
PR5 – $20 – $100
PR6 and above – at least $100 – $200 and above

You as well can earn referral fee of $7.50 to $15 when a new publisher signs up using your referral link. You can sign up for PayPerPost here.

2. Blogsvertise Cool opportunity but you not able to shop around the market place since there are not much advertisers. You’ll need to wait till the admin to give you with a task.

The rest here:

http://www.earningblog.com/2008/01/19/make-money-online-through-blogging-series-paid-blogging/

Just face it. Your blog sucks and you know it. If any of these reasons below reflect you and your blog, then you might as well stop blogging. Oh, and if you do suck at blogging because of any of the reasons below, well, do something about it!

Your Blog Sucks When…

  1. You have more ads, banners, and/or widgets than you have words that you have written.
  2. Your blog’s color scheme hurts the eyes. Literally.
  3. Your last post was written 3 weeks ago.
  4. Your blog only has one reader everyday: yourself.
  5. Your blog does not offer RSS or email subscriptions.
  6. You blog about making money online, but you have never made a cent.
  7. You waste hours putting random ads everywhere instead of writing content.

Read more at…

http://slyvisions.com/files/your-blog-sucks-and-i-got-20-reasons-to-back-it-up.php

These are 7 simple money making blog techniques that anyone can use to make a couple of dollars online their first couple of days using free blogs and simple money making techniques. I won’t waste your time and I hope you enjoy this simple, but effective information that’s simply making money when put into action!

If you go to Google right now and search for “money making blog techniques” you’ll find about 7-8 million competing pages and odds are that one of the first 10 is an article! Why? Because articles, and blogs rank high in the search engines!

In this article you’ll learn step-by-step a few marketing tricks to increase search engine rankings and make money from your blog using simple optimization tactics, marketing and more…

Tip #1: Correctly Optimize your Blog For The Keyword.

First you’ll want to optimize your site for the keyword you are targeting. In my case “money making blog techniques”. That is a strange, but long-tail keyword and people obviously search for it! If you find a keyword that you didn’t know you ranked for, create a page and optimize it for that keyword. So instead of being, 4th or 5th, you’d be ranked #1 just by optimizing another page. The difference can be huge.

Tip #2: About URLS And Post Slug On Your Blog For Optimization

Now that you’ve optimized your article by using the keyword in the title of the article, as you probably will see above? You’ve also included it a few times in the post to make sure Google and Yahoo knows what this page is all about This is what I like to call “Relevancy 101″. Another thing you’ll notice is the “url” of your article. It’s most likely to include the keyword. That’s now done and you can hopefully see in the URL in your browser that the keyword is right there? Hope so!

Tip #3: Taggin And Pinging

Having a WordPress blog in this situation is killer! You can set up a huge list of ping services and list ping sites that will easily help you get more exposure. You’ll want to set up tags for your articles that you are about to post. This is easily done and the tags are what makes sure you get “found” by technorati and a few other sites that utilize tags to recognize new content online.

As you can see they are all relevant in one way or another. This means that all the words in the tags are on the page somewhere and that means more relevancy for Google and the search engine is more likely to find your article. This also helps boost your rankings for Technorati and all of the other pingservices you are a member of.

Read the rest at http://getrichgeek.com/2008/03/10/26/

Article Source: Christopher Stigson
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Feeling tired and don’t want to write a “real” post? Is it 11:55 PM and you still haven’t posted for that day (you do know you can just change the time of posting… meh)? Are you simply idea-starved? Then try using any one of these formats to write a post in under twenty minutes!

1. The Top Ten List Post
Additional details below each bullet in this popular social media optimized (SMO) format are optional but generally accepted as necessary. These types of posts can do very well on Digg and StumbleUpon, especially if they have pictures and/or videos. Make sure your post title includes numerous preposterous claims as well as exaggerations. After all, internet marketing isn’t about telling the truth.

2. The Post Apologizing For Not Being Able To Make A Real Post
This post is the ultimate irony – apologizing for not posting in a post. It’s only suggested use is when you’ve stopped caring about quality, but it is also acceptable if you decide that American Idol is more important than your blog (note to self: American Idol Blog? Hm…)

3. The Monthly/Weekly/Daily(?) Compilation Post
Go over your blog statistics in an effort to impress your readers with your mad earnings (~$5) and traffic (6 visits/day). Try to list blog stats for the previous month as well – it makes it seem like you’re improving.

4. The Paid Blog Review Post
It’s an easy job: you get paid to write what you think about a website. You really can’t go wrong. In fact, if you mask it well enough, your readers won’t even realize your blog isn’t remotely about credit card refinancing, mortgage lenders, payday loans, plastic surgery, or financial aid!

5. The “About Me” or “About My Blog” Post
While most blogs have a page on their blog dedicated to this type of post, some decide to write about it as well! This is a fairly simple task because all it involves is talking about yourself.