What’s The Buzz On Blogging About?

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Everywhere on the net, it would be easy to read people especially online marketers proudly shouting of the importance and role of blogging on their success. Whereas before, the blogging platform is heavily associated with the freedom of sharing ideas, now it is heavily linked with making money.

The platform, the activities, and the audience reach are all incredibly precious tools for a person desiring to start an online business venture. So what precisely does a blog do and where does all that significance coming from?

Let’s take a closer view at why the blog is such an extremely powerful tool and why you got to have one – if you are not yet blogging.

The benefits of blogging

A blog is considered a direct communication device between you and your prospective customers and readers. It permits you to speak to them in a deeper and more personal way compared to any single article ever could.

Blogs are definitely simple to use — sans complex technical tools needed and no advanced programming experience necessary. In fact, anybody can install one in ten minutes, write a post just like using a word processor, and update your theme and style in minutes – most of the time for free.

Blogs have built-in tools to share content all over the net. Someone presses a button and they can have access to your posts from their phone, desktop and browser anytime of the day. Your readers can share their ideas by commenting on your posts.

Lastly, blogs are best for search engines especially Google. In case you’re not using a blog for your personal presentation, you’ll find that the platform is brilliant for linking, search engine friendly code, and easy to index pages. Google just loves blogs.

Getting into the blogging club

So what does it mean to have your own blog? It all really depends on a lot of things you’re doing and what you see the use of your site. In any case, you need to have a blog regardless of its projected uses.

Most affiliate marketers like to have their names getting popular which allows them for networking with other marketers and gain the right of entry to new products quicker. A blog can get you to do this more straightforwardly. At the same time, a blog can be effectively used to build your lists of subscribers. And we know that money is in the list or is in the people listed.

Moreover, a blog is the easiest tool for building a site. Planning on putting together your first authority or review sites, then getting the blogging platform might be just what the fat lady is singing for.

Blogs can be created fast, take only very minimal programming knowledge, and allow for effortless adding and indexing of new content. What more can you ask for?

The main goal of the blog is to facilitate conversation. If you are thinking of creating a site for plainly selling product or an authority site with no need for a feedback mechanism, then it would be much better to go with plain HTML format.

In conclusion, a blog is evolving as one of the primary tools of internet marketing. And I think this is not just another passing fad or trend. The future has a place for blogging and that future is manifesting before our eyes.

Searching For Lucrative Niche Markets

In order to get into niche marketing, we have to do some important market research. Along with this line, we have to be ready to roll our sleeves for the necessary market research work. Of course, there is no need to leave your house as we are doing things online.

Let’s start by taking note of the most essential things you can do which is first assess and spot niche markets that cover at least these three key factors:

1) You can easily identify exactly who your audience is.

2) There are motivated enough and active buyers in the niche market.

3) You can be able to get your marketing message across to the targeted prospective buyers.

It is just a waste of time in trying to find an undeveloped niche market. There are few of them out there and those that exist would take a lot of work in order to break in. Then, you’d have to entice buyers, research angles and test out various marketing campaigns with varied approaches to find out what really works.

Never mind going into that way! It’s always easier to make money in niches that are already proven to be profitable, and that is what you need to focus on. You always want to conduct as much research about your markets as possible, however, so that you can really understand what your target audience is interested in and create compelling campaigns that speak their language.

You want to identify:

1. What are the products people are currently buying?

2. Where there are some potential market openings not yet overly serviced.

3. How much of a demand exists in the market.

4. The things or products these prospect customers are most attracted with.

In other words, pay attention to who you are selling to before you determine what you are going to sell and your campaigns will be successful. It’s likely that you’ve already got most of the research you need right in your own memory bank. Think about the general health market and then dissect it so that you have at least 15 health related niches to evaluate.

For example, ‘health’ is a very broad and general market. You can go down to its segments which include the following:

  • How to get rid of extra pounds
  • How to stop acne
  • Gout problems
  • Menopausal concerns
  • Pregnancy tips and ideas

Another example is ‘relationships’ which is, of course, is a very big and encompassing market so we will look at its sub-markets which could include the following:

  • Get your ex back to your loving arms
  • Avoiding divorce and repairing bad marriage
  • Boosting a boring sex life
  • Effective ways to pick-up women or men

Now, just follow this formula with any broader topic and you’ll likely find some lucrative desperate markets.

It is always necessary to find these profitable ‘desperate markets’ because in most likelihood these markets are made up of greatly motivated prospects that are anxiously looking for a solution or answer to their situations. In other words, they are ready to open up their wallets and spend some money on your products.

The best markets should include buyers who are searching for ways to alleviate their pain be it emotional, physical or mental. And you just have to be there providing the right answers for them.

Some Questions You Might Have About Money Blogging

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Is blogging an income easy? The answers would be yes and no! The actual blogging is easy and earning the cash does not take that long, but you do need to put in the groundwork so that the blog is prepared.

Will I be able to make an income straight away?  Sadly,  a lot of bloggers think that as soon as you create a site you will be able to make an income. This is far from the truth. Advertisers are not only giving away their marketing budgets that easily –  they want something in return and you need to provide that.

What are you selling when you blog?  As a blogger, you are selling one, or both, of two things. First, exposure to your visitors. If you have hundreds of visitors per day and they are interested in the advertiser’s product, then this is a good advertising opportunity. Also, lots of advertisers want to increase their search engine rankings, so if you have a good Page Rank, then that is another selling point.

What is Page Rank? Page Rank is Google’s measure of the number of websites (or incoming links) that are pointing to your site. The higher the ranking (from 0 to 10), the more websites that are linking to you.

What is Alexa Ranking?  This is a measure of the number of traffic that are arriving on your web site. The lower the number, the more visitors are trooping to your site.

Does a high Page Rank (PR) give a lot of traffic? In my own experience, I have seen a web site with a  Page Rank 5 with an Alexa Ranking of 7,200,000 ( I didn’t realize it went that high!) and a Page Rank 2 website with an Alexa Ranking of round 700,000. So no, Page Rank is only a measure of your incoming links.

How do I get a Page Rank? Any links to your site that are not hidden, such as with the rel=”nofollow” tag, count. So article writing, guest blogging, several site comments and sharing on site rolls could all increase the links into your website. The higher the Page Rank of the website linking to you, the more you gain.

How do I increase traffic? This is a big question! Writing articles will get several visitors and help you to increase your search engine optimization, but you need to write loads of fresh, unique content that are targeted to specific keywords and you must compliment this with incoming links to increase the search engine traffic.

Could be paid blogging harm my weblog? Never say never. In my view, as long as there are not too much load of paid posts and you are writing plenty of content posts then the paid activities should merely be a small part of the totality of your website — then the search engines should not punish you.

This post is a guest post written by Keith Lunt of how to start a blog. If you want to know more about starting a blog, you know where to look!

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Let us start making money by blogging!

Choosing Right Niche

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Choosing the niche you want to develop is really critical in your search for profits online. In fact, a lot of experts are considering niche hunting as one of the most important and rewarding aspects of any online business. No words can emphasize more of the importance of choosing the niche you want to get in. So what are the benefits of having a good niche?

1. A good niche will help you receive the highest payouts faster. If the niche is desperate or ‘need based’ (desperate and ‘need based’ are two different things), you can expect solid conversions and high payouts. Both of these mean higher income for you!

2. A good niche will allow you to rule with minimal effort on your part. Proper niche research begets proper keyword research which in turn means you’ll be making the most money, in the shortest time, and slowly expanding until you’re dominating your
niche!

3. A good niche allows you to tap into a ready-made hungry market with plenty of vendors willing to offer you, in some cases, as much as 100% commission. This is nowhere as true as in the CPA market (CPA = Cost per action as opposed to CPC = cost per click).

I am presenting below at least 3 of the best niches to concentrate on.

1. The auto-industry including auto parts, accessories, cars themselves, or even car information verification services such as Carfax.com are ALL awesome opportunities. Begin small by targeting very specific keywords, such as ‘toyota 2006 matrix XLS steel exhaust’. If you go after enough of these keywords (and again, focus on more than just PPC – use SEO, Article marketing, Forum posting in auto-related forums, or niche websites). Though the commission rate on actual sales is very low – somewhere around 8-12%, you can actually make quite a bit since many parts cost well over $300, which equals a $30-$50 commission for you. Target the CPA networks in this niche, and you could make as much as $2 for every ZIP CODE (yes, just for the zip code) submitted from your site.

2. The health industry – again, a great industry to jump into that you can divide into multiple sub-niches such as ‘food supplements’, ‘fat loss’, ‘muscle gain’, treating specific conditions like cancer or diabetes and so on. Then you have the whole insurance CPA networks where if you play your cards right, you can make $50-$200 for every form submitted. And here’s a hint, look for high-ticket purchase items such as hyperbaric chambers, mobility scooters, and massage tools. They’re expensive, but there are people who need them, and if you do your research and guide them to the best options, you’ll typically find it rewarding financially as well.

3. The ‘Pets’ Industry – most people love their pets. You can set up a basic drop-shipping site with pet supplies and with some solid SEO/link building on it, you can have a VERY profitable website. In fact, an associate of mine once built a similar site and ended up with a $40,000/month website. Of course, not everyone will hit such a level, and I suggest you focus on VERY specific keywords again, such as ‘maltese eye brush’ or ‘eye brush for Maltese puppy’. Dog training manuals, accessories, potty training, puppy buying guide and such can also make for some very solid earning potential. And of course, let’s not forget the CPA opportunity with pet health insurance options either!

While these three are great niches, they are not the end all. There are thousands of others that you can discover, and there is literally no niche that doesn’t have a solid CPA offer on either. Combining a good niche with a good CPA network and proper promotion can do wonders for your finances.

Good luck on your niche hunting!

Be Ready For Success

Just imagine someone freely handing you the so-called keys to success. What would you with it? How will it possibly affect your business or career?

Unfortunately, most likely nobody will ever throw the keys to you. You have to learn it from the experiences of other people or by hard knocks.

Have you taken a closer look at this phrase: “In order to have more you need to be more”? It means that if you want to be successful then act like a successful person and open up your mind to the vistas of knowledge and learning required getting there.

There are various factors or ingredients for a person to be considered as a success. But if there is one solitary factor it should be the readiness of a person to do what it takes to be successful.

It is imperative that a person craving for success should focus and grow in all the three of these areas:

1) Grow your mind. In other words, as much as possible gain the necessary knowledge the business and you personally need.

2) Free your spirit. Don’t stick being the slave of your old preconceived notions and nonworking ideas. Look for a fresh start so as to free yourself from the shackles of ignorance and failure.

3) Heal your body and mind. Nobody would be successful without the benefit of a healthy body. With an actively vigorous physical and mental prowess, you can reach the highest mountain there is.

Grab those keys now and start working for success!

SEO Is The Way To Go

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It is now hard to find some companies who refused to put up their own presence on the web by having own websites as part of advertising and promotions. In most cases, websites are great in disseminating important information especially on new products and service on the menu.

However, it is not enough to have a website. With high competition existing everywhere even in the online space, it is very essential to have a regular traffic to your internet site. In other words, no traffic equals no sales.  Therefore, search engine optimization or SEO is quite imperative if you want to boost your website’s online visibility and increase your traffic and turn these visits to profits.

What is this search engine optimization all about? SEO is a system of establishing and developing the status of your website through different techniques taking full advantage of its presence on the lists of various search engines. What this means is that it gives your website a higher ranking in search engine results. This is in relation to the popular keywords and searches terms internet surfers are using when they’re looking for the products and services on the net.

Your selected search engine optimization services provider most likely will offer you all or any of the following services: keyword analysis, page optimization, directory submission service, article submission service, press release service, special bookmarking, copywriting, blog creation and link building.

An internet site which is optimized for the search engines can acquire increased search engine optimization rankings. The process can be done on the back end or hidden (code) aspects of the website and on the front end or those that are visible to the eyes of the viewer.

On another note, keyword analysis is just as important for any web page. Your search engine optimization attempts rest on how your keywords are well picked out. When you wisely select relevant, unique and good quality keywords, you are already cleared for the first phase in achieving outstanding SEO results.

Companies that are aware of the value of search engine optimization services are increasing. In these modern times, with a number of internet users ceaselessly increasing, numerous businesses are beginning to see the potential of this market. Because more than 80% of registered internet traffic is created through search engine referrals, you have to be prepared and equipped for more severe competition.

Your Three Types of Online Audience

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In our quest to become successful online, there are three types of audience we have to serve. Before I share with you these secrets, let me ask you these questions:

> What is the main reason why people really fail online?

> Why is it that even though we already know that customer comes first yet there are other voices telling you the need serve people outside of your customers to have raving fans?

> What should you do differently to ensure that these three types of audiences are being served properly?

There were too many marketers believing that as long as they did their best for their customer, that’s all it takes. Not only is this a big mistake, but it is also the reason why you are not able to get word of mouth advertising for your business.

Let me explain. We are now in the web 2.0 period and people communicate and share with each other continuously 24/7. That is whether they are your customers or not yet. They will just keep talking all the time. This is the reason why you need to do things differently from the way you have done your business in the previous years.

Why is this so? It is because it is not enough that you satisfy only your customers. Rather, you need to focus on people around your neighborhood. “What do you mean by that, my friend?”

Let’s get to the bottom of the topic here. When a person asked about you from the people in the neighborhood, what will they say about your business? In the first place, what will they say about you? This is a very important aspect.

It also means that if they have no clue about who you are and what you do, they will mostly form a judgment about you and your business that is never accurate at all.

With the power of social media, the reach of negativity would go even faster than ever. Think about how this will impact your business. How will you receive more customers if you are only focusing on customer’s satisfaction?

Your customers can stay silent. Your customers can stay still. Your customers may tell only a few friends.

However, the reach of the negativity of your business can go to thousands of years without giving you even a little chance of explaining your side of the matter. This is the reason why you need to do something different in your business.

How to do it? One answer in one sentence: “Concentrate on the three type of audience.” And who are they?

1. People who never have any knowledge about you, but they want to know what you can do to answer their problems. They are your visitors. How do you satisfy their curiosity about your business? How do you make them feel that you are a trustworthy advisor? How do you motivate your visitors to feel that you are a knowledgeable person in the industry you are a part of?

I think the main goal will be… “How do you motivate your visitors or curious fellows to become your subscribers?” It is not just about having a commanding squeeze page. A squeeze page alone does not have enough incentive for people to get to know you. So, what will it be? This is something that you need to discover in your marketing.

Now, as soon as your visitors become your subscribers, your next step will be to spotlight the…

2. People who have already trusted you with their personal information. They are your subscribers. How do you satisfy your subscribers’ inner desire to purchase your product? How do you solve their problems even if they have not purchased from you? What should you do differently in order to make them feel confident that the products you are giving them are top notch? And you are truly focusing on helping them to achieve their goal?

These are the questions you need to ask yourself over and over again for as long as you are in business. You see, even when people subscribe to your e-newsletter, you can’t    just take advantage of them. You need to nurture them. You need to show them the path.    You need to educate them all the time.

This is the way to motivate them to purchase your product. Even if they don’t, they know that the only thing that hinders them from purchasing from you would be the necessary money to do so.

As soon as you satisfied the “inner desire” of your subscribers, your next step will be to take care of them…

3. People who have already purchased from you. They are your customers. Do you over deliver your product to your customers? Do you provide the highest quality product to your customers? Do your customers feel your products are the only products they need to clear their problems?

These are those important questions you need to ask yourself before you endorse your product to the public. Why? Remember that every product that you create has to be beyond your customer’s expectations. Even if you decide to become an affiliate marketer, you should not endorse or recommend low-quality products to your audience.

And why? It will surely destroy your credibility in the market place right before your eyes. This is really true in the era of the social media when people will talk about you and your business to the people connected to them.