Ok, the first thing I’m going to do is connect this string of articles I’ve written together as a series. So this is actually part 1 of a 2 part piece on what I would do to get my blog some traffic , except I wrote and posted part 2 first. Hahahaha! But this post is also like part 5 or 6 of what you could call my making money online series. So I’m going to go over all the things I learned in the last 10 weeks. That’s right. You should know the credentials of the person who’s giving you their findings. And so let me reiterate my experience; bought the server space and domain name April 07, didn’t do anything, then started blogging daily October 07. Didn’t make any money online . March 1 decided to spend every day to uncover the “secrets” of making money while on line . By the way your first “secret” is right there, Google gives more weight to underlined words and words in bold. Keyword density relates to how often a word or phrase is repeated within a given body of text. 6 percent is the optimal ratio I hear a lot, but you’ve got to be careful not to overuse KWs, or you might get penalized by Google. And speaking of that; you need to know that Google is king . I wrote a piece during the MSN attempt to buy Yahoo, and mentioned the stat for searches per month was like 6 billion for G, 2.3 for Y and 1 for M, so even if M had gotten Y they STILL would only have gotten half the traffic of G. By the way, there’s another “secret” technique; you also have to watch keyword use for Adsense relevancy in content matching; so I’m very careful about which words I repeat in a post.
Personal Blog vs Money Blog
So I’m not going to drag this shit out; I’ll tell you the money stuff first and the traffic stuff second. I’m using software . Having said that, it still doesn’t tell you anything about HOW I’ve learned to do it. I can’t tell you for sure if it’s what the pro “make money” bloggers are doing. Bascically I reinvented the wheel and just taught myself, so you can ascribe whatever value to that admission that you want. Software also will not solve your problem if you don’t have a plan for making money on the internet, but it’ll make it easier and faster to implement-because you’re going to need your time to maintain, refine and GROW. So let’s get into what I think about this industry. Number 1; I don’t think a personal blog like this one can be a big money maker anymore . I think a personal blog like this, after a couple of months can start to generated maybe $50 and maybe peak at around $1000 and maybe even $1500-2000 for a real hustler. But that’s in the “personal blog” category, NOT the make money online blogs (also known as MMO). I have not made this blog a MMO. I sometimes talk about my income experiences because it falls into the “computer/tech” category, but today I wrote about Suge Knight and last night Speed Racer and the day before R. Kelly, so I still talk about stuff that’s not related to blogging or how to make money from my blog.
Conversely, what my 10 weeks of study showed me was that a money blog does NOT have to be full of content. People keep telling you that’s what you need to do. Everybody keeps saying if you make a blog full of content a) you’ll get traffic and b) traffic equates to money. This is a lie. This is absolutely not what I found to be the case . My money blogs are half hour creations. THIS blog on the other hand was blood, sweat and tears of work for 7 months of trying to write every day. Even when I didn’t make my goal of a creating a content rich post every day I THOUGHT about it and felt bad if I didn’t make it. But here’s another fact; you can write the greatest thing in the world, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to get traffic . That’s a fact. If you don’t hustle up some traffic you’ll be writing in a void. Because I DID write in near silence for months. But once I put in the SEO work and joined a bunch of Social Networking sites the traffic came. What you can take away from that is this; traffic is not passive. If you build it they might come (but probably not). And even “traffic” doesn’t mean money. In an upcoming post I’ll talk about the real and the mistaken value of an Entrecard, Stumble or Digg.
A blog like this does have value. Personal blogs serve as a foundation . I’m building thousands of links, and building Google Page Rank, and relationships with other bloggers and general traffic of people who come from the search engines . But again, I only make what I call “expenses income” from this blog (maybe a hundred a month). I got a copy of Camtasia this week, so I’ll try to do a video of my computer screen to show you the various regions of this blog and how they’re monetized. My money blogs? Adsense and affiliates programs . Ebay is an affiliate too, but that slice of the pie is so…powerful that I really consider it a third program. Seriously, Ebay “money site” work is so specific that it really is a science all its own, but it’s not traditional blogging . And that was the biggest hurdle I had to get over, and possibly many of you too. Blogging for dollars is not the same as blogging for readers . Money blogs or simple websites don’t need a lot of content, and they are intentionally created to generate Adsense revenue or affiliate sales. You are trying to help people get from point A to point B. They want X and you are directing them to X and taking a thank you tip like a taxi driver. So let’s recap : if you don’t have an older established blog, don’t have a very focused blog, and/or don’t have an MMO blog, MY BELIEF is that you’re going to reach an income ceiling and level off.
I made this post too long too didn’t I. Ok, I promise this week I will tie all these post together into a series and I’ll do all the traffic stuff and show you which methods I used. But I sincerely think that, if you hadn’t already figured out the ideas I’ve presented here, you need to seriously take a moment and consider the fact that personal and money blogs CAN overlap, but they’re not the same . Any site can make money from Adsense or affiliate programs, but if you try to do it with a personal blog you have to be VERY FOCUSED. Topics have to be streamlined, because the Adsense will be all over the map. Additionally those seekers I mentioned earlier, looking to do “X,” will not find you as often if you’ve got multiple topics. Hope to see you in the next part of this. It’ll be done this week.