Daniel Scocco of Daily Blog Tips started a membership site, Online Profits, last year to help people learn about making money online. Daniel has just re-launched and re-vamped Online Profits, and this time there is no charge to get all of the valuable content. The only requirement is that you open a hosting account with one of their hosting partners (HostGator or HostNine). Online Profits includes lessons and case studies that cover topics related to making money online in a variety of different ways. Daniel will also be launching a new site and Online Profit members will get to watch and follow the progress as he builds the site and makes money with it. A few years ago when I started blogging I worked with Daniel on a regular basis writing posts for Daily Blog Tips. I have a lot of respect for Daniel and his work and I highly recommend that you consider joining Online Profits if you're looking to make money online. Daniel has a lot of experience and he's developed a great program that includes information and teaching from a lot of other experts in the field as well. Note: This post includes affiliate links to Online Profits. Read More »
This is a guest post by Susan White Gone are the days when Internet marketing was perceived as the bold, new and innovative way to market and publicize your products and services. Today, email marketing and other forms of pushing your products on the web are passé. The Internet is growing faster than leaps and bounds, and most marketers find that they’re being left behind because they’re not able to keep up or change pace accordingly. They’re sticking to tried and tested methods that have worked for them so far without realizing that for a medium that changes as fast as the Internet, you must continue to hone and revamp your marketing strategies if you wish to ensure continued success. Just as you took the step and crossed the chasm between traditional marketing and Internet marketing a decade or so ago, it’s time to start bridging the smaller chasms between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 and any future avatars that are sure to follow. So with these basic principles in mind, here’s what marketers need to do to ensure that their tactics continue to work: Read More »
For the past 3 years I have been actively blogging in the web/graphic design niche through the Vandelay Design blog and DesignM.ag. During that time the landscape of design blogging has changed considerably, as it seems new blogs are launched almost every hour, and a growing number are becoming highly profitable. I recently sold DesignM.ag and through the process I've looked back at the last few years and what I have learned along the way. Blogging in a popular industry where hundreds or thousands of other blogs exist has pros and cons. In this post I'd like to cover five specific things that I have learned, hopefully it will be helpful to you as well. While the context of this post is my experience blogging about topics related to design, I think they can easily apply to most other niches or industries that are very crowded.
1. Obstacles Present OpportunitiesIf you've read many articles with blogging tips I'm sure you've read that you should select a niche that doesn't present much competition. In my opinion, depending on your strategy for growing and/or monetizing your blog you may be better off blogging in a more popular niche. If your blogging approach is to create a large number of small blogs that target specific words or phrases and are optimized to make money with AdSense or affiliate programs, then you're probably better off avoiding crowded niches. On the other hand, if you're looking to build an authority blog where you'll be active and you're willing to dedicate a significant amount of time, crowded niches present some powerful opportunities. The reason for avoiding crowded niches is usually that it is easier to achieve top search engine rankings or to stand out from other bloggers, both true. But the obstacle of a crowded niche can be turned into a very profitable opportunity. Here are a few examples: Read More »
I used to subscribe to just about any marketing, social media, or blogging-related blog that I cam across. Over a period of time I drastically cut back on the number of blogs that I follow, and now I can do a better job of focusing on the highest quality content that is relevant to my own situation. If you're interested in learning more about internet marketing or if you'd like to start making money online in 2010, I highly recommend that you subscribe to these three blogs.Read More »
A lot of bloggers use social media to promote their site because of the huge potential that it brings. Despite the fact that some marketers and website owners are able to get floods of traffic with social media, the vast majority of people using social media are not getting the results they are looking for. If this is the case for you, by changing your approach you may be able to move into that group that is able to get big results with social media. Of course, social media will always benefit a small percentage of marketers and users the most, as the nature of social media is to provide exposure only to the best or most popular content. However, your chances of success can be greatly improved if you understand the community of users that you are marketing to and if you create the right content. If you are not getting results with social media, check this list to see of any of these issues apply to you. Read More »
Many bloggers got their start after hearing about other blogs that are making large sums of money, and the most common monetization method for these types of blogs is through advertising sales. Although I didn't set up with this purpose on my first blog, I now have about 2 years of experience with monetizing blogs through advertisements. While my blogs (Vandelay Design and DesignM.ag) don't make as much money as some others, they do produce a significant portion of my income through ad sales. Since advertising revenue is a goal for many who are just getting started, I thought it might be helpful to share some things I have learned along the way.
1. Don't Plan on Advertising as Your Only Monetization MethodYou may have read articles like Blogging for Ads is Dead. The truth is that making a significant income from advertising is difficult. It is possible, as others have proven, but there are other ways that are probably more lucrative, such as selling your own products, membership sites, and in some cases even affiliate marketing. Personally, I use ads as a way to supplement the income that I make from services. However, running multiple blogs takes a lot of time and effort on a regular basis to keep the advertising revenue coming in, and that means less time to work on other things that I would like to pursue. If you're going to use advertising as a way to monetize your site, plan other methods as well because it's difficult to support yourself exclusively on advertising revenue. Read More »
Blogging Tips was one of the first blogs that I followed back in 2007 when I started my own blog, and I'm happy to be able to offer a free premium theme to a lucky Traffikd reader. Blogging Tips has released a premium Personal WordPress Theme and has kindly offered to give away a free license to one of our readers (read on for details). Read More »
When it comes to social media marketing you'll hear some people say that it is best opportunity out there for bloggers and website owners, and others will tell you that it's a complete waste of time. In my opinion, and from my experience, social media brings a lot of potential for getting exposure to just about any website, but it should only be part of the equation. Other types of traffic like search engine visitors, direct visitors, and those who come via links from other sites are more significant in the long-term, but getting to that point can take considerable effort and time. In fact, most bloggers who set out to build a profitable blog wind up getting discouraged and quit before they ever see those long-term benefits. On the other hand, social media allows anyone to get some exposure for their blog almost immediately. Of course there is work involved and you will need the right content, but social media marketing provides opportunities for bloggers to make an impact right now. This immediate impact is what most bloggers who use social media are after, but the real strength of social media marketing is that it can help you to be more successful with those other important long-term sources of traffic. Popular posts with social media tend to attract links from various blogs and websites, and those links lead to click-through traffic and better search engine rankings in the future. Read More »
I talk to a lot of people on a regular basis who want to make money with the internet, and blogging is often the preferred method. While it is certainly possible to earn a living with your own blog, it's a lot more work than most people anticipate, and the percentage of bloggers who stick with it long enough to make any real money is very small. One of my typical recommendations to these people is to start building a blog of their own, but do some freelance blogging at the same time. Building a profitable blog takes some patience and a willingness to put in the effort with the hope of being rewarded for it in the future. Very rarely does a blog sprout up and become a big money maker in a short amount of time. However, that doesn't mean that you can't be making money while your blog is in the early stages. For more the two years now I have been doing some freelance blogging for a wide variety of blogs, and it has been an amazing experience for a number of reasons. While there are some downsides to selling your posts to others, there are also a number of reasons that I think freelance blogging is a great option that should be pursued by more people. Here we will look at 10 reasons why freelance blogging can be a great opportunity. Read More »
The typical post topics covered here involve topics related to social media marketing or blogging. One way to increase traffic to your site is to use an attractive design that will draw a lot of attention. Web design galleries and showcase blog posts like this one send considerable amounts of visitors to sites that display exemplary design. Here we will take a look at 30 blogs that make a big impact with their design. These blogs have been featured at my gallery site Blog Design Heroes, which you can visit if you are looking for more examples of great blog design. Mr. Henry Read More »