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Some people wonder what a blog is, and how can it help them make money. Some people run a blog, but do not know how their blogging can make them money. ...

Some people wonder what a blog is, and how can it help them make money. Some people run a blog, but do not know how their blogging can make them money.

I’ve been blogging for some time now and I know how it feels like when you are first starting out, trying to understand what blogging is all about and how people actually make money through blogging.

For this reason, I’ve written “Aldric’s Guide to Blogging for Money“.

It is a no-fluff 26 page e-book in which I introduce the concepts of blogging and describe the various avenues with which one can make money through blogging. I’m not really one to sensationalize, so I won’t claim that this report would make you tons of money, because it will not.

What it will do however – is give you a firm grasp on the principles of blogging and how people make money through blogging.

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    • “ Aldric’s Guide to Blogging for MOney”
    • COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG The information in this publication is the property of the Author . No part of this publication may be duplicated, modified or reproduced in any form or by any means without prior written permission from the Author . Unauthorized duplication and modification of this material in any form is strictly prohibited. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. You are free to distribute this document provided that no contents within are modified and the Author retains free credits and copyright of the contents within. If you have any information regarding the illegal re-selling or duplication of this document please report it to [email_address] . Disclaimer While all attempts have been made to verify information provided in this publication, neither the Author nor the Publisher assumes any responsibility for errors, omissions, or contrary interpretation of the subject matter herein. They disclaim any warranties (express or implied), merchantability or fitness for any purpose. This publication is not intended for use as a source of legal or accounting advice. The Publisher wants to stress that the information contained herein may be subject to varying state and/or local laws or regulations. All users are advised to retain competent counsel to determine what state and/or local laws or regulations may apply to the user's particular business. The Purchaser or Reader of this publication assumes responsibility for the use of these materials and information. The Author and Publisher do not warrant the performance or effectiveness of any sites stated in this book. All links are for informational and educational purposes only and are not warranted for content, accuracy or any other implied or explicit purpose. Adherence to all applicable laws and regulations, federal, state, and local, governing professional licensing, business practices, advertising, and all other aspects of doing business in the United States or any other jurisdiction is the sole responsibility of the Purchaser or Reader. The Author and Publisher assume no responsibility or liability whatsoever on the behalf of any Purchaser or Reader of these materials. Any perceived slights of specific people or organizations are unintentional. Reproduction and distribution are forbidden. No part of this publication shall be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any other means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission from the Publisher. For general enquiries or feedback, please write to [email_address] . COPYRIGHT INFORMATION 2 www.aldricchang.com COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG
    • ALDRIC CHANG FOUNDING MD, MEDIAFREAKS PTE LTD | http://www.media-freaks.com CEO, MEDIAFREAKS CARTOON PTE LTD AND CHARACTER FARM PTE LTD Aldric Chang is not the typical internet marketer who found an opportunity in internet marketing out of desperation. He has always been a creative entrepreneur all his life - having produced and written music for artists across Asia, built a 2-men animation studio to a 30-men tech new media company, creatively overseen the birth of hundreds of animation projects, executively produced several cartoon animated series and now in the midst of creating a virtual world for kids. Aldric has appeared on national TV several times as a featured entrepreneur, judge to a creative show and to offer his opinion about the creative industry. He has also been invited to give talks on entrepreneurship in the creative industry and topics related to animation and design. Somehow he managed to find the time to devour thousands of pages worth of Internet Marketing information a few years back despite his busy schedule – something he is grateful for until today. Today he uses the knowledge he has acquired in Internet Marketing to drive scores of traffic to his offline and online businesses, increasing his revenue and business potential many times over. Aldric is currently focused on growing his tech new media company into an entertainment behemoth with a solid structure that feeds on multiple revenue streams , leveraging on the power of the internet medium. His second pet focus is to share the valuable experience and knowledge he has garnered in Internet Marketing with folks who would like to learn how to grow their businesses using the internet or to make a good living through Internet Marketing. More information about Aldric can be read here . ABOUT THE AUTHOR 3 COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG http://www.aldricchang.com [email_address] http://www.twitter.com/aldricchang http://www.facebook.com/aldricchang
    • ABOUT THE AUTHOR CONTENTS INTRODUCTION WHY BLOGGING IS SO POPULAR BLOGGING RESOURCES WORDPRESS CREATING A POPULAR BLOG USING ADSENSE OTHER ADVERTISING OPTIONS AFFILIATE MARKETING REVIEW PRODUCTS JOIN A BLOGGING NETWORK CREATE A NEWSLETTER CREATE YOUR OWN PRODUCT DONATIONS PICKING THE RIGHT CASH GENERATOR RESOURCES – WEB HOSTING AND DOMAIN REGISTRATION RESOURCES – AFFILIATE NETWORKS RESOURCES – AUTO RESPONDERS VISIT MY SITES CONTENTS 4 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 - 10 11 12 13 - 14 15 - 16 17 18 - 19 20 21 22 23 2 4 25 26 www.aldricchang.com COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG
    • Hi, I want to thank you for taking the trouble to download this e-book. Before you start reading the contents, I would like to invite you to visit my site at http://www.aldricchang.com and subscribe yourself to my newsletter if you have not already done so. You will be rewarded with more useful information and free reports in the future. Please also feel free to distribute this book to anybody you think would benefit from the contents. Now, many people wonder what a blog is, and how can it help them make money or help their businesses, if at all. This is a common question. But before you can make big money with blogs you must first understand what blogs are all about. Blogs has been around for years, however just came into major popularity in the last few years. The blog is simply a application that allows users to post written text that gets immediately posted to the web, like an online journal of sorts. The blog is something that is meant to be as easy to use as the word processor application on your computer. While most websites take hours to update, a blog can be updated in real time, as quick as one would save a file to a computer. This is partly what makes blogs magical. Blogging is a great way to get information on the internet inexpensively with friendly results, such as high search engine ranking, and free advertising. The blog, with it’s variety of keyword heavy posts allows people to make money off of the high return result on a search engine like Google. What this means is that if you are selling home security systems, and you create a blog about good deals on such systems, chances are people looking for a security system will come across your blog in the search engine. This added exposure will surly help more people notice your business, and make purchases, thus creating greater business for you. Blogs are most commonly found on the internet via the World Wide Web, and can be published for free by some of the biggest names on the internet. The fact that the blog is free is the main reason why people can so easily profit from using them, because there is no real upfront investment with blogs, and thus there is only one way to go from zero dollars invested, and that’s to profit. Since my website is dedicated to teaching people how to make money online, this e-book is written to give you not only a crash course on what blogging is all about, but also to expose you to the multiple ways with which people make money through blogging. I hope that you are enriched by my book and you will write me a letter to tell me about it if you are  INTRODUCTION 5 COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG www.aldricchang.com To your success! Aldric Chang http://www.aldricchang.com | [email_address] http://www.twitter.com/aldricchang http://www.facebook.com/aldricchang
    • Name one person who doesn’t like to share his or her point of view, and you will have just named nobody at all. The point of the above exercise is to show the simple fact that everyone likes to talk about themselves, and what they are up to, even if they say that they do not like doing so. There is something about being human that makes us self involved to the point where we truly feel as if others want, or need to know what is going on with us. Blogs offer one a unique way to express his or her feelings on any number of issues, with a shield that only the internet can provide. The most common use of a blog is that of a journal, or an opinionated piece of writing involving some aspect of the author’s day to day life. While some blogs are totally commercially driven, they are often masked as personal musing in order to entice visitors. This is something that just can’t be avoided, people love checking out other peoples blogs to see what’s going on. The internet can be a cold and bare place for people to be at times, and the blog helps create a sense of community with its powerful reach, and ease of use. Many people want to share, or keep up with others, but simply don’t have time. Email has gotten to the point that people are overwhelmed just to deal with their regular inbox each day, nonetheless an email from an old friend, and thus checking someone’s blog is commonplace nowadays. In fact, there are millions of blogs out there, and most of them are intended to be read by family and friends. Blogging is popular because it relates to community, family, and friends, and therefore it is in direct relation with what matters most in life. Blogs can be a powerful tool to communicate to others, as well as to market with, as they are so friendly to search engines in terms of keywords, and ranking. Just making a few blog posts can literally get you noticed immediately, and is something that truly can help you become a big player in the internet business game. WHY BLOGGING IS SO POPULAR 6 www.aldricchang.com John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks If you are itching to get up to speed to blogging while reading my guide, I suggest that you take a look at John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks.. Having bought and reviewed 2 other top-selling blogging info products, I am still convinced that John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks is one of the most comprehensive guides on making money through blogging on the market today. John takes you step-by-step through registering for a domain, installing your blog and the plug-ins, setting up your ads in your blog, deciding what niche to market for, getting traffic to your blog and making money through your blog! Blogger’s Paychecks is great value for money and I strongly recommend it if you want to become a pro blogger in double quick time. Click here to see for yourself. COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG
    • The amount of awesome blogging resources on the net today is outstanding, and can truly make any average blog a special one in no time. There are millions of resources for you to tap into when it comes to blogs, a few of the best ones are highlighted here for your consideration. http://www.blogger.com is a website owned, and operated by Google that allows users to post blogs for free, and make money with AdSense. While blogger.com lacks the power of a Wordpress, it is easy for those that are interested in implementing their AdSense ads in a simple, little code, manner. http://www.wordpress.com is another blog publishing software that is known on the net as the most powerful, and sophisticated blog publishers out there. Wordpress is also free, and allows users to build blogs that are much more advanced than a blogger.com site would be. Wordpress.com also allows users to customize their blog more than most, and even implements free plug-ins that are also worthwhile. http://www.blogrankings.com is another great site that ranks all the latest and greatest blogs. The value of this site is to look at what other top bloggers are doing, and attempt to emulate it with your own blog. Understanding what makes a certain blog in your niche so popular can revolutionize the way you think about and post to your own blog, which could have long lasting positive effects. http://www.TheFreeSite.com offers free blog resources that are as much fun, as they are useful. The site offers users free software, and plug-ins to enhance any blog, or even create one from scratch. Since so many blog updates are costly these days, TheFreeSite gives users a nice alternative with their free downloads of blog software. http://www.blogarama.com offers users a virtual telephone book of blogs from all areas of subject matter. No matter what your interest, or niche, this website can bring out the best and most popular blogs. This site is full of directory style listings, and even user ratings to help you search the net. Ultimately the best blog resource is the one that caters to your needs, and thus must be sought out by you according to what you are trying to achieve. Seeking out your own best blog resources will certainly help you profit from blogs in the near future. BLOGGING RESOURCES 7 www.aldricchang.com COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks If you are itching to get up to speed to blogging while reading my guide, I suggest that you take a look at John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks.. Having bought and reviewed 2 other top-selling blogging info products, I am still convinced that John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks is one of the most comprehensive guides on making money through blogging on the market today. John takes you step-by-step through registering for a domain, installing your blog and the plug-ins, setting up your ads in your blog, deciding what niche to market for, getting traffic to your blog and making money through your blog! Blogger’s Paychecks is great value for money and I strongly recommend it if you want to become a pro blogger in double quick time. Click here to see for yourself.
    • Concentrating on the benefits of a Wordpress blog can provide you with some great optimism for the future. The reason Wordpress is such powerful software is the combination of value, quality, and ease of use that is unparallel in the blog software world. While some people prefer to use more basic blog software, they too can truly benefit from the power of Wordpress, and once they read about all the perks they too will be downloading the software for profit as well. What might be the most notable benefit of Wordpress is the ability to work on a post offline, in a standalone interface. Most blog software applications require one to be logged onto the internet, and geared up ready to go to post to the blog, whereas Wordpress allows you to edit, build, and post a blog at anytime, without being connected to the internet. Another benefit of Wordpress is the ease of use, and advanced functionality of the software compared to some blog software applications. Wordpress functions code free if one needs to post in such a fashion with easy to use icons similar to what one would see in a word processing program. Having the ability to utilize a program like this allows people to create blogs that are as high tech, and complete as full blown websites. Yet another benefit of Wordpress is its remarkable plug-in library that allows for users to instantly add features, and functions to Wordpress’s already impressive abilities. The plug-in library for Wordpress is robust because of the popularity of the software, many programmers and designers have created plug-ins based on their particular needs. When you add up all these elements you end up with a program that is fully capable of creating highly attractive blogs that encourage people to visit the sight and stay to read whatever is posted on it. If you ever wanted powerful blog software that was less template and more unique Wordpress is it. WORDPRESS 8 www.aldricchang.com COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks If you are itching to get up to speed to blogging while reading my guide, I suggest that you take a look at John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks.. Having bought and reviewed 2 other top-selling blogging info products, I am still convinced that John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks is one of the most comprehensive guides on making money through blogging on the market today. John takes you step-by-step through registering for a domain, installing your blog and the plug-ins, setting up your ads in your blog, deciding what niche to market for, getting traffic to your blog and making money through your blog! Blogger’s Paychecks is great value for money and I strongly recommend it if you want to become a pro blogger in double quick time. Click here to see for yourself.
    • If you want to make money through blogging, creating a popular blog is the key to success. If your blog receives very little traffic, you will not have much success monetizing it. No matter which method you use to make money from your blog, you will find the most success if you have a large readership. Because of this, making your blog popular and growing readership should be one of your primary concerns. There are many ways to make your blog more popular. The first thing you should consider is who your audience is and who you are writing for. You should always write about something that interests you, and that will interest others. You may think that your new kitten is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but there are probably not very many other people who want to read a blog about it. It is best to find a niche audience that is large enough to support a wide readership but not to vague. One of the great things about blogging is that you do not have to be a professional writer to have a popular blog. You do have to obey common grammatical rules and at least be able to put together coherent sentences, but you do not have to be a highly skilled writer. Blog readers are looking for interesting, relevant topics to read, not the next work of Shakespeare. Make sure what you write is interesting, edgy, or even controversial. Popular blogs are never boring and add value to reader’s lives either through information or entertainment. Make sure your blog adds something of value to your reader’s life otherwise you will not develop a large fan base. Making your blog popular is a lot like driving traffic to a website. You can use many of the same techniques to drive traffic to your blog. Finding places to link back to your blog is a good way to drive traffic. Social sites such as MySpace , Facebook , and You tube provide lots of opportunities for this. You can also use social book marking sites such as Reddit , StumbleUpon , and Digg to promote your blog. Blogging on a popular blog site such as Wordpress and Blogger are also good ways to make your blog more popular as these blogging sites help to bring in traffic for your blog. Whether you blog on a blogging network or you have an independently hosted blog, you need to make sure your blog is designed well. It is true that content is king and if a blog has great content is may receive lots of traffic even though it is ugly, having a well designed blog that is not ugly or annoying will help to drive repeat traffic. You want your blog to look unique, but not too unique. Keep with internet formalities such as blue links and use large font for headings. CREATING A POPULAR BLOG 9 www.aldricchang.com COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks If you are itching to get up to speed to blogging while reading my guide, I suggest that you take a look at John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks.. Having bought and reviewed 2 other top-selling blogging info products, I am still convinced that John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks is one of the most comprehensive guides on making money through blogging on the market today. John takes you step-by-step through registering for a domain, installing your blog and the plug-ins, setting up your ads in your blog, deciding what niche to market for, getting traffic to your blog and making money through your blog! Blogger’s Paychecks is great value for money and I strongly recommend it if you want to become a pro blogger in double quick time. Click here to see for yourself.
    • You should break your post up into small paragraphs each with a headline if possible as internet readers tend to scan the screen looking for relevant information rather than reading everything word for word. Make sure your colors do not contrast too harshly and that the text is easy to read. Using good design will make your blog aesthetically pleasing and make readers more likely to come back and remain on your page. No matter where your blog is hosted, you should try to get it indexed by all the major search engines. Some forms of blog monetization require that your blog be indexed by search engines before they will allow you to participate in your program. The higher ranked your blog is, the more visitors you will receive and the more popular your blog will become. All forms of monetization for your blog require readers to work successfully. Before you try to implement your monetization strategies, make sure your blog has enough readers to make your efforts work. If there is no one to click your ads, visit your affiliate sites, or read your reviews, you do not stand much of a chance of making money. CREATING A POPULAR BLOG 10 www.aldricchang.com COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks If you are itching to get up to speed to blogging while reading my guide, I suggest that you take a look at John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks.. Having bought and reviewed 2 other top-selling blogging info products, I am still convinced that John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks is one of the most comprehensive guides on making money through blogging on the market today. John takes you step-by-step through registering for a domain, installing your blog and the plug-ins, setting up your ads in your blog, deciding what niche to market for, getting traffic to your blog and making money through your blog! Blogger’s Paychecks is great value for money and I strongly recommend it if you want to become a pro blogger in double quick time. Click here to see for yourself.
    • Now that you know ho to make your blog popular, it is time to profit from it. One of the best ways to monetize your blog is Adsense, and this advertising program will work with just about any blog and if you receive enough traffic, it can be very lucrative. Adsense puts relevant ads on your blog after you sign up and insert a few lines of code into your blog; this requires some basic HTML knowledge and a blog that allows you to modify the HTML. Don’t be intimidated, it is easy to do. The good thing about Adsense is that the ads are displayed based on the content of your blog, so readers only see ads that will likely appeal to them, increasing the chances that they will click on them. Adsense operates by pairing relevant ads with your content. As long as your blog has enough content to support a few text ads, you will be able to run a few non intrusive ads along the side of your blog. You will need to have a blog that allows you to add a few lines of HTML code into your blog in order to use Adsense. If your blog is hosted independently, chances are you will be able to make the necessary modifications. If you blog on a network or on another site, you will have to check to see if it is compatible with Adsense, many are. To get started with Adsense, go to http://www.adsense.com and sign up. It is free to use Adsense and if you have an existing Google account you can use it as your Adsense account as well. Signing up with Adsense is free, but you must provide tax information and report your earnings. You then choose what type of ads you want displayed on your blog. You have the choice of text ads that run along the top, side, or bottom of your blog or graphic ads that display an ad with a picture on your blog, either in a size like a banner ad or in a smaller size. Adsense is a cost per click advertising program, which means that every time that a visitor clicks on an ad in your blog you get paid. Google does not disclose exactly how much you make for each click before you sign up, but you can track your daily, weekly and monthly earnings once you have started running Adsense and calculate how much you are making per click. If you do not have a large readership base, most types of monetization on your blog will probably not be successful and Adsense is no exception. The more people you have clicking your ads, the more money you make. Earnings will vary widely depending on how many visitors you receive and if your blog is very popular you can make a good income from Adsense alone. USING ADSENSE 11 www.aldricchang.com COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG Secret Google Tactics Whether you want to learn how to make money through Adsense or have been just earning pittance through Adsense, Secret Google Tactics can teach you how to make good Adsense income day after day. I’ve personally followed the advice on this product and managed to raise the income on my blogs multi-fold. The author Dylan Loh teaches you clever ways of picking out the best kind of sites to build to get the best Adsense payouts. You will also learn how to drive traffic using Adwords and create a form of legitimate and very profitable arbitrage method. A must read for those who want to make good money through Adsense!
    • There are plenty of other advertising options if you do not want to go with Adsense. A search for “Adsense alternatives” will net you a long list of other advertising opportunities. Some work in much the same way as Adsense, others provide inline ads or banners. You should try a few different advertising programs to see which one works the best for your blog. Some advertising opportunities are similar to Adsense and display text ads; others display contextual ads, the double underline words in the body of your text, and others work with graphic ads. Here is a list of other advertising sources for your blog, any of which may be the perfect advertising solution for you. Clicksor – This advertising solution serves contextual ads within the body of your blog. These ads are simply words that are underlined twice and when clicked, send users to the sponsor’s website. Adbrite – They have a few different advertising options including text ads, banner ads, inline ads, and full page ads. Chitika – This advertising option is designed specifically for blogs and there are different advertising programs to choose form including text ads, inline ads, and graphic ads. Most of them operate on a cost per click basis. Kontera – This is another inline advertising source where ads are placed as highlighted words that display a message when they are hovered over. Text Link Ads – This site allows purchasers to buy text ads on blogs for a fixed monthly fee. The more popular your blog is, the more your ads will cost and the more money you will make. Bidvertiser – You only display ads from the highest bidder with this advertising solution and you can block ads that you do not want to appear on your site. The payout level is set relatively low at just $10. As you can see, there are plenty of other advertising solutions for your blog, and there are plenty more out there besides the ones mentioned here. You can always sell ad space directly, to companies or businesses that are related to your blog topic. There are a few things you should remember before placing ads on your blog, however. Unobtrusive ads will seldom drive traffic away, but too many tacky ads will cause visitors to leave. You want to find a good balance where you can earn income but not chase off visitors. Make sure your ads are relevant and not annoying. Make sure that they do not take up too much space or become the focal point of your blog. OTHER ADVERTISING OPTIONS 12 www.aldricchang.com COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG Secret Google Tactics Whether you want to learn how to make money through Adsense or have been just earning pittance through Adsense, Secret Google Tactics can teach you how to make good Adsense income day after day. I’ve personally followed the advice on this product and managed to raise the income on my blogs multi-fold. The author Dylan Loh teaches you clever ways of picking out the best kind of sites to build to get the best Adsense payouts. You will also learn how to drive traffic using Adwords and create a form of legitimate and very profitable arbitrage method. A must read for those who want to make good money through Adsense!
    • If you do not want to run ads on your blog, or you are looking for an additional way to monetize your blog, affiliate marketing is a good way to make money provided you have plenty of readers to market to. Affiliate marketing does not have to be blatant “hey buy this” advertising, rather bloggers can subtly slip in a review or recommendation for a product and include their affiliate link in their blog. If you can find an affiliate product that is relevant to the topic of your blog and you do a good job of slipping it in, you can stand to make some tidy profits. Affiliate marketing generally pays more per sale than you would make per click with other forms of advertising, but you have to have visitors that both click on your affiliate link and purchase the product. The best way to make sure readers purchase the affiliate products you market is to pick products your audience will be interested in and that are relevant to your blog. If you blog about outdoor living, chances are no one will respond to your affiliate marketing attempts at selling PSP downloads. Make sure the product you are trying sell will appeal to your readers and that you can do a good job of including it in your blog without seeming to preachy or desperate. Keep your marketing attempts natural and make sure they fit in with the flow of your blog. There are plenty of places to go to find affiliate marketing opportunities. Many websites such as Amazon and eBay have affiliate programs. Your favorite website or company may even have an affiliate program and it can’t hurt to look, especially if they are related to your blog. You can also find affiliate marketing opportunities on websites that specialize in connecting companies with publishers. The good thing about using one of these websites is that you have a huge list of products to choose form and the website will manage your payments and track your selling statistics. Here is a list of websites you can use to find affiliate marketing opportunities. AFFILIATE MARKETING 13 www.aldricchang.com COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG Dylan Loh’s ClickBank Profit Machine Believe it or not, Dylan is younger than me by almost a decade but he is a mentor to me in the internet marketing world. A few years back, I first learnt about article marketing through Dylan’s Secret Articles Profits – which still remains one of the best guides to article marketing today. His ClickBank Profit Machine is another magnificent masterpiece in which he spills the beans on methodically making money through marketing other people’s products. I’ve personally followed the advice on this superb product and generated very good income through affiliate marketing. I highly recommend you to take a look at ClickBank Profit Machine if you are interested in making money through affiliate marketing.
    • ClickBank – The most popular affiliate marketing website, ClickBank offers bloggers a dizzying array of products to market as an affiliate. All of their products are digital products, such as e-books and reports. You can find things on virtually every product, arranged by category. So no matter what you blog about, chances are that you can find an affiliate product on ClickBank. Payouts range from a few dollars per sale to fifty dollars or more. Commission Junction – This affiliate website operates in much the same way as ClickBank. Companies add their products to the Commission Junction marketplace and publishers add links to these products in their blogs. Commission junction offers a wider variety of products, however, some require visitors to buy a product for you to get paid and others require visitors to sign up for newsletters or fill out a form. Link Share – Another affiliate website that connects affiliates with products to market. You can pick from a wide variety of products to market on your blog and like Commission Junction, you do not always have to sell something in order to get paid. Sometimes the required action is to get visitors to sign up for a newsletter or fill out a form in order to get paid. Pay Dot Com - Established by internet marketing expert Mike Filsaime, Pay Dot Com is becoming a very popular choice for internet marketers to create affiliate programs to sell their products. The great thing about Pay is the fact that Mike understands the psyche and needs of an internet marketer and has woven that understanding into his site. Affiliate marketing can be a great way to make money from your blog. Remember to keep your marketing attempts natural and try not to “sell,” rather rate or inform. Most affiliate websites that connect you with products to market will keep track of your earnings and statistics which makes them very convenient. AFFILIATE MARKETING 14 www.aldricchang.com COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG Dylan Loh’s ClickBank Profit Machine Believe it or not, Dylan is younger than me by almost a decade but he is a mentor to me in the internet marketing world. A few years back, I first learnt about article marketing through Dylan’s Secret Articles Profits – which still remains one of the best guides to article marketing today. His ClickBank Profit Machine is another magnificent masterpiece in which he spills the beans on methodically making money through marketing other people’s products. I’ve personally followed the advice on this superb product and generated very good income through affiliate marketing. I highly recommend you to take a look at ClickBank Profit Machine if you are interested in making money through affiliate marketing.
    • Some bloggers do not participate in paid reviews and product inclusion because it can be misleading if you do not state that you are being paid for your testimonial or recommendation. If you feel as though reviewing products or recommending them to your readers without disclosing that you are being paid is dishonest, then the practice is not for you. On the other hand, if you think the products you review are worthwhile and are worthy of mention in your blog, what better way to make money then sharing these products with your readers. There are a few different websites that will connect you with companies that will pay you to include their product or service in your blog. The pay ranges per assignment and you may be required to write a few sentences about a specific product or a few paragraphs, or even a whole blog entry. Generally your blog has to receive a good deal of traffic to get accepted by these websites, and depending on how much work you do for them payment can be slight or substantial. If you want to try your hand at reviewing products for payment, check out these sites: Reviewme – This site is dedicated to connecting bloggers with companies who want reviews written. You submit your blog and if it is accepted, companies will request that you write a review for them depending on the content of your blog. Reviewme states that you get paid between $20 and $200 per review. Your blog does have to have a minimum number of readers to qualify but you can always resubmit if it does not meet the criteria the first time. Pay Per Post – Pay Per Post is similar to Reviewme. You submit your blog for approval and when it is approved you can start reviewing products and websites in your blog for cash. Pay Per Post has a market place where you can pick which opportunities you want to write about and payment varies according to the assignment you choose. REVIEW PRODUCTS 15 www.aldricchang.com COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks If you are itching to get up to speed to blogging while reading my guide, I suggest that you take a look at John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks.. Having bought and reviewed 2 other top-selling blogging info products, I am still convinced that John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks is one of the most comprehensive guides on making money through blogging on the market today. John takes you step-by-step through registering for a domain, installing your blog and the plug-ins, setting up your ads in your blog, deciding what niche to market for, getting traffic to your blog and making money through your blog! Blogger’s Paychecks is great value for money and I strongly recommend it if you want to become a pro blogger in double quick time. Click here to see for yourself.
    • Sponsored Reviews – This site lets you submit your blog and then pick from a listing of review opportunities or lets companies contact you directly and request a review. Payment varies by assignment. Social Spark - Social Spark differs from most other blog review opportunity networks because it also offers Cost Per Click and Cost Per Sale opportunities. Smorty – Smorty is all about providing your opinion in your blog about an available advertiser’s campaign. You may not be reviewing a product per say, but you will be giving your opinion. Your blog has to be indexed by Google, older than three months, and have at least two new posts per week. Posting your opinion or review for advertisers is a good way to make cash from your blog. You should remember, however, that like affiliate marketing blatant attempts to advertise to readers does not usually work as well as naturally including a review or opinion in your blog. REVIEW PRODUCTS 16 www.aldricchang.com COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks If you are itching to get up to speed to blogging while reading my guide, I suggest that you take a look at John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks.. Having bought and reviewed 2 other top-selling blogging info products, I am still convinced that John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks is one of the most comprehensive guides on making money through blogging on the market today. John takes you step-by-step through registering for a domain, installing your blog and the plug-ins, setting up your ads in your blog, deciding what niche to market for, getting traffic to your blog and making money through your blog! Blogger’s Paychecks is great value for money and I strongly recommend it if you want to become a pro blogger in double quick time. Click here to see for yourself.
    • If you are just starting a blog, you should consider blogging on an established network. Most of the time, joining a network is free or low cost and can help greatly in driving traffic to your blog and with setting up advertising opportunities. There are many blogging networks, some are more popular than others and depending on what your needs are, some may be better suited for you. Some of the most popular blogging networks are: Weblogs , Inc – Weblogs is one of the most popular blogging networks. Sign up is free although you do have to apply for an account by submitting a few sample entries to make sure they are suitable for the site. Blogger – Blogger is easy to use and free, and allows you to create your blog in a few easy steps. You can customize the look of your blog easily from the Blogger website and gain traffic from being a part of the Blogger network. Blog Catalog – Blog Catalog is a popular social blog directory. Whether you're looking to promote your own blog, find blogs on various topics, or connect with other bloggers you can find it here.. MyBlogLog - MyBlogLog is a social network for the blogger community that is based in part on interactions facilitated by a popular web widget that many members install on their blog Joining a Blogging Network may be the best thing for you, especially if you are just starting out with your blog. You should consider all the benefits of joining a blogging network, with the drawbacks before starting your blog. If you already have a blog, but it is not receiving much traffic, you can consider switching to a blogging network where your blog will receive more attention. If you are just starting out, a blogging network will help you to gain traffic but it may limit you in the long run if you want to make changes to your blog or if your blog becomes wildly popular. If you already have a successful blog, then joining a blogging networks is probably not a good idea for you. You will be limited by the bandwidth your blog can receive and may not be able to carry over your existing design elements. JOIN A BLOGGING NETWORK 17 www.aldricchang.com COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks If you are itching to get up to speed to blogging while reading my guide, I suggest that you take a look at John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks.. Having bought and reviewed 2 other top-selling blogging info products, I am still convinced that John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks is one of the most comprehensive guides on making money through blogging on the market today. John takes you step-by-step through registering for a domain, installing your blog and the plug-ins, setting up your ads in your blog, deciding what niche to market for, getting traffic to your blog and making money through your blog! Blogger’s Paychecks is great value for money and I strongly recommend it if you want to become a pro blogger in double quick time. Click here to see for yourself.
    • If you have a successful blog with a large readership, you can consider branching out with a newsletter or email campaign to make some extra cash. Creating this type of campaign will require extra work, but if done correctly can ultimately leads to more profit. Chances are if you have dedicated readers who enjoy your blogs, you can profit from giving them an interesting opt in newsletter or email campaign. This list can then be used for other marketing promotions or you can monetize your newsletter. If your blogs offer something of value to your readers, chances are they will expect your newsletter or email campaign to do the same. This is a good thing because you will attract subscribers, but if you don’t deliver you will find that many of your readers end up unsubscribing. Add value to your email correspondences in the same way you make your blogs interesting to retain and attract subscribers. Make sure you give readers something of value in these emails and give them a reason to read them so that your advertising methods have the greatest chances of being successful. If you promise little known tips or hard to find information, you better deliver or readers will unsubscribe. A good way to drive subscriptions is to include extra information in your newsletter or to conclude a blog entry in an email for subscribers only. Readers will be eager to get the whole story and will be more likely to subscribe to your newsletter if you give them a reason. Free incentives are also a good way to get subscribers, it doesn’t have to be something fancy, a free e-book or list of tips is all you need. Monetizing a newsletter or email campaign is similar to monetizing your blog. While you cannot use Adsense and other similar advertising methods, you can directly sell ad space, and depending on the size of your subscriber list you can charge a hefty sum. You can also use affiliate marketing in your newsletter, just be sure to have the bulk of your newsletter contains relevant content and not just ads or else your readership will fall. Make sure your affiliate marketing is related to the content of your newsletter or email and that your audience will be interested in what you are promoting. CREATE A NEWSLETTER 18 www.aldricchang.com COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks If you are itching to get up to speed to blogging while reading my guide, I suggest that you take a look at John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks.. Having bought and reviewed 2 other top-selling blogging info products, I am still convinced that John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks is one of the most comprehensive guides on making money through blogging on the market today. John takes you step-by-step through registering for a domain, installing your blog and the plug-ins, setting up your ads in your blog, deciding what niche to market for, getting traffic to your blog and making money through your blog! Blogger’s Paychecks is great value for money and I strongly recommend it if you want to become a pro blogger in double quick time. Click here to see for yourself.
    • You can also sell your own merchandise through your newsletter. If you have created merchandise with your blog logo or related slogans, adding a link in your news letter asking readers to check out your store or merchandise won’t hurt, just make sure it is paired with good content. If you build up a large subscriber base, you can also use it to send other email campaigns and promotions for your merchandise, book, or affiliate products. A word of caution, however, no one likes unsolicited emails so you should be sure that you have permission to send additional emails and that they offer something of value and are not just viewed as annoyances. 19 www.aldricchang.com COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG CREATE A NEWSLETTER John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks If you are itching to get up to speed to blogging while reading my guide, I suggest that you take a look at John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks.. Having bought and reviewed 2 other top-selling blogging info products, I am still convinced that John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks is one of the most comprehensive guides on making money through blogging on the market today. John takes you step-by-step through registering for a domain, installing your blog and the plug-ins, setting up your ads in your blog, deciding what niche to market for, getting traffic to your blog and making money through your blog! Blogger’s Paychecks is great value for money and I strongly recommend it if you want to become a pro blogger in double quick time. Click here to see for yourself.
    • If you have a popular blog, especially one that deals with topics that are important to others, you can earn money by selling your own products from your blog. People are always willing to buy merchandise that makes a statement, or support a cause they believe in. If your blog is popular you should consider making merchandise to sell on your blog. You do not have to create merchandise that is branded to your blog, you can sell things that are relevant to your blogs topic and that relate to the content of your entries. Just make sure that your audience will be interested in the merchandise you create or you may find that you make few sales. For example, if you blog about gaming, creating merchandise that relates to games and software will probably sell on your blog. You can also create merchandise that contains your blogs logo or other graphics, and get some free advertising every time a reader wears it as well. Creating merchandise to sell on your blog is not as hard as it sounds. There are a few websites out there that allow you to create t-Shirts, mouse pads, mugs, hats, and other things that you can personalize any way you wish and sell for a profit. Most websites handle orders, payments, and shipping, leaving you to do nothing but design your merchandise and profit. Here are some websites that you should consider if you want to create merchandise to sell on your blog: Cafepress – This is a very popular website and allows you to create a variety of merchandise to sell on your blog, or anywhere else for that matter. Basic membership is free and even includes a simple online store hosted on Cafepress. The merchandise you create has a base price and you mark it up to the price you wish and keep the profit. They handle orders, payments, and shipping. Printfection – Printfection is relatively new and is similar to Cafepress. They have less merchandise you can create, limited mostly to different styles of shirts. On the other hand, they offer a free online store that is comparable to the one you have to pay for on Cafepress. They also print with high quality and offer many color choices. Zazzle – Another print on demand company, although they are more geared toward individuals rather than people trying to sell their products online. The payment structure is different form Cafepress and Printfection where you set your markup. At Zazzle, you earn a fixed percentage. Prices are slightly higher at Zazzle than at Cafépress and Printfection as well. Each of these websites allows you to create merchandise that you can sell on your blog, either with your blog logo, slogan, or something related to your blog’s topic. 20 www.aldricchang.com COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG CREATE YOUR OWN PRODUCT Info Product Dashboard The Info Product Dashboard is an innovative product by Marlon Sanders – a big name in the Internet Marketing industry. Creating and selling your own info product is one of the most profitable and sustainable ways to earn money online. But you don’t have the experience and the know-how? No problem. Using the Info Product Dashboard, Marlon walks you through a simple, doable, step-by-step process for creating your own info product. Find out more about the Info Product Dashboard here .
    • Another thing you can consider to make money from your blog is to ask for donations. This method is not for everyone, but if your blog provides information to readers, especially if this information is not readily available in a free format, readers will not have a problem donating. If your blog is opinion based, you may not get as much of a response, but it can still be worth a shot. Likewise, if your blog is monetized with many other advertising and affiliate opportunities, readers will be less inclined to make donations. You may want to consider giving readers a way to donate if your blog is just starting out and you offer information of value to your readers. If you do not have a huge readership, donations may be a good way to make enough income to continue your blog until you can utilize other monetization methods that require more traffic. You may have dismissed donations on your blog because it seems tacky or dishonest, but many bloggers rely on donations for all or part of their income. Your time is valuable, and unless you are happy to write simply as a hobby and not get paid, you have to start somewhere. Not everyone will donate, but those who do will do so from their own free will because they enjoy reading your blog and wish to see it continue. Most readers will not be put off by a donation button, those who do not wish to donate will not and those who do will. Very few blogs end up loosing traffic as a result of adding a donation button. There are a few places you can go to set up an account to take donation. Companies such as Pay Pal and Amazon make collecting donations easy and only take a few minutes to set up. If you already have a Pay Pal account, you can go to their website and look into setting up a donation request. It doesn’t take long and you simply insert a button into your blog that users can click and then make donations via Pay Pal. Amazon also has a similar donation program called the Honor System where bloggers can sign up and insert a button in their blog to accept donations. You can get the information you need from amazon.com by clicking the Honor System link at the bottom of the home page. Remember, like any monetization method having a good amount of traffic and offering quality content is the key to being successful. You will not collect many donations if you do not have many readers or offer them something of value. This is why your blogs content and traffic are important. Make sure you give your readers a reason to come back and a reason to donate, so they do not miss the next installment of your blog. If readers value what you write they will not hesitate to donate to keep your blog going. 2 1 www.aldricchang.com COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG DONATIONS John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks If you are itching to get up to speed to blogging while reading my guide, I suggest that you take a look at John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks.. Having bought and reviewed 2 other top-selling blogging info products, I am still convinced that John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks is one of the most comprehensive guides on making money through blogging on the market today. John takes you step-by-step through registering for a domain, installing your blog and the plug-ins, setting up your ads in your blog, deciding what niche to market for, getting traffic to your blog and making money through your blog! Blogger’s Paychecks is great value for money and I strongly recommend it if you want to become a pro blogger in double quick time. Click here to see for yourself.
    • Every blog is different, and each blogger may find success with a different monetization method. The topic of your blog, the amount of traffic your blog receives, and your personal goals are the biggest factors to consider when deciding which method of making money are best for your blog. Before you decide to advertise, become an affiliate, or review products for payment, you have to take the time to develop your blog and make it successful. Your focus should always be creating and interesting, entertaining, or informative blog that will attract readers. Do not lose sight of the reason people read blogs, it is not to be marketed to or to see ads, it is because they like the content in the blog. If you focus on ways to make money before you develop a popular blog, your money making efforts will probably fail. This is not to say that you should not consider ways to make money, but you should always stay concerned with giving readers great content that makes them want to come back. The more readers you have, the better your monetization methods will work. So which money making method is best for your blog? Adsense and other advertising services that place ads work the best in content based blogs that talk about a specific topic or give information. If you blog about a specific topic, Google will have no problem finding relevant ads to display and your readers will probably be interested in them. If you have an opinion or entertainment based blog Adsense type advertising may not work as well for you. If your readers visit your blog for entertainment they may be less effected by these types of ads because there is less informational content to display relevant ads for. If your readers come to enjoy and respect your opinions, affiliate marketing may be a better fit for you as you can offer your opinion or recommendation of a product. If you don’t mind getting paid to blog about products or websites (without disclosing it) reviewing products may be a good way to make money for you. Any type of blog can profit from this type of monetization, provided the website you get your topics from has things that relate to your blog. Your blog will also have to have enough traffic and be indexed by search engines in most cases to qualify for these programs. The best way to find the right money making method for your blog is to try them all and se which one makes you the most profit. You can track your profits with each method and get exact profit numbers. Sometimes what doesn’t work at first will be successful later after you have more traffic, so never give up. 2 2 www.aldricchang.com COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG PICKING THE RIGHT CASH GENERATOR John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks If you are itching to get up to speed to blogging while reading my guide, I suggest that you take a look at John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks.. Having bought and reviewed 2 other top-selling blogging info products, I am still convinced that John Yeo’s Blogger’s Paychecks is one of the most comprehensive guides on making money through blogging on the market today. John takes you step-by-step through registering for a domain, installing your blog and the plug-ins, setting up your ads in your blog, deciding what niche to market for, getting traffic to your blog and making money through your blog! Blogger’s Paychecks is great value for money and I strongly recommend it if you want to become a pro blogger in double quick time. Click here to see for yourself.
    • RESOURCES – WEB HOSTING HOSTGATOR – WEB HOSTING Hostgator - founded in 2002 - is one of top shared hosting companies, ranking consistently among the best by most of the review sites. What makes Hostgator stand out from the crowd is their excellent support and customer friendliness. If you are not satisfied with the support, you could even get Hostgator president Brent Oxley to personally take a look at your problem. I have been using Hostgator for several years now and I am personally very satisfied with their service. They have almost a 100% up time and there is not a single occasion I failed to speak to a customer service officer. They are always patient and friendly to answer my problems. Their prices are very competitive and offer a comprehensive package with unlimited domains and blogs for $7.95 per month. Perfect for bloggers in my opinion. The only problem I have had with Hostgator is that they are blacklisted in China - meaning that if you are hosting a Chinese site, people in China would not be able to gain assess to your site. Exactly what is the reason I am not sure, but you might like to know that China blacklists many sites and webhosts, so it would do you good to look into this beforehand if you are creating a site to target the China market. NAME CHEAP – DOMAIN REGISTRATION If you are looking for domain registration, Name Cheap is the place to go. I only use Name Cheap for my domain registration as their service and instructions are straight forward and efficient. Prices are fair and competitive. 23 COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG www.aldricchang.com HOSTGATOR NAME CHEAP
    • RESOURCES – AFFILIATE NETWORKS AFFILIATE NETWORKS Affiliate marketing is a form of marketing where individuals promote a business in exchange for either a percentage of the sales they generate or a specified amount for each lead generated. Many internet marketers make a tidy income every month through affiliate marketing and this will continue to be the way. There are many avenues to find products to do affiliate marketing for, and the most popular channels are what we call affiliate networks. On such networks, product and service owners register their products and services for affiliate marketing opportunity, and internet marketers can then pick which of these products and services they would like to market for a commission. Below, I list some of the more popular affiliate networks most internet marketers join. CLICKBANK ClickBank is a very popular affiliate network. Founded since 1998, they have been an online retail outlet for over 12,000 digital product vendors and cultivated more than 100,000 active affiliates. ClickBank makes a sale somewhere in the world every three seconds, serving over 200 countries. I have personally been an affiliate marketer for many products found on Clickbank. It is not difficult to find a digital product here that can make you a decent amount of money as long as you do proper research beforehand. Their accounting system is clear and they pay on time. COMMISSION JUNCTION Commission Junction is another popular affiliate network. However, instead of specializing in digital products like ClickBank, Commission Junction mostly carries deals related to pay-per-leads and physical products. They carry many big brands over a broad range of products and services. Like ClickBank, Commission Junction is prompt on payment and clear on their commission structure. PAY DOT COM Established by internet marketing expert Mike Filsaime, Pay Dot Com is becoming a very popular choice for internet marketers to create affiliate programs to sell their products. The great thing about Pay is the fact that Mike understands the psyche and needs of an internet marketer and has woven that understanding into his site. 24 COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG www.aldricchang.com CLICKBANK PAY DOT COM COMMISSION JUNCTION
    • RESOURCES – AUTO RESPONDERS AUTO RESPONDERS Auto responders are very necessary tools for helping you build a list. It is probably the most important tool in your arsenal if you really interested in internet marketing for the long haul. For serious internet marketers, cultivating a list of customers who would purchase again and again from you is very crucial to your bottom line. An auto responder service gives you the tools necessary to collect subscribers, organize them, and send emails out to them. In the auto responder market, Get Response and Aweber are the two dominating services. GET RESPONSE I personally use Get Response as my auto responder. So far they have been very reliable and all my email blasts reach my subscribers without any problem. The video tutorials within are comprehensive and the auto responder system is easy to use. Their fees are highly competitive and generally cheaper than that of the closest competitior - AWeber. This is by no means an indication that Aweber’s service is inferior. I would recommend Get Response simply because I have been using their services for years and I can’t find anything I am unhappy about. AWEBER I can’t really comment on AWeber’s service because I haven’t personally used them. But it is a fact that AWeber and Get Response are the top two dominating auto responders in the business. I have several friends who are using AWeber and they swear by it. At the end of the day I think both companies have their own strengths and it is up to individual preference which service to use. I stand by Get Response due to my positive experience with them so far but if you see something in AWeber you like, go for it! 25 COPYRIGHT © ALDRIC CHANG www.aldricchang.com AWEBER GET RESPONSE
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