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Making money with your Wordpress blog and other blogging platforms

  1. 1. ==== ====Visit Below For Authority Pro 2.0 Super Premium Wordpress ====WordPress is probably the number one free blogging platform in todays society. Thus thousandsof bloggers around the world use WordPress to power their blogs (including me). But how canWordPress, a FREE blogging platform, earn you some significant income? Here is a step-by-stepguide showing how to make money with WordPress.1.) Select a NicheThe absolute MOST IMPORTANT element of a website/blog is the niche. Choose a specific andunique niche you feel comfortable writing about. For example, if youre really good at web design,write about a specific part of web design such as coding. Make sure that your niche isnt vague,because then search engines like Google and Yahoo! will NEVER find your website/blog.Once youve chosen your niche, brainstorm some articles you can write. This will help in the longrun; trust me, you dont want to start a blog and half a year down the road you have a sever brainfart and cant write any more articles. Make sure your niche is specific but broad enough so youcan write at least 2,000 articles on it!2.) Create Your WordPress BlogYou need to create a WordPress blog. WordPress is a free blogging platform, but you will need awebsite first, and the website needs to be hosted one of two ways: Free Hosting or Paid Hosting.Free HostingIf youre looking for a free hosting service to host WordPress, the best solution for you wouldprobably be hosting. I recommend this option because it is 100% free and fromWordPress itself! The WordPress platform automatically comes with the free web hosting servicefrom (as the name suggests) and you wont have to worry about all thecomplications of web hosting (name servers, updates, mysql databases, etc.)! Plus, setup is abreeze and you get to choose your own domain (has to be a subdomain of WordPress.comthough). Trust me, free WordPress hosting doesnt getting any better than!Another option would be finding free web hosting services and installing WordPress manually.This is not recommended because it takes a lot of hassle finding a 100% free web hosting servicewith a good up-time and support for WordPress. I would definitely recommend WordPress.comhosting over free web hosting.The last and worst (in my point of view) option for free WordPress hosting is self-hosting yourwebsite. This is the MOST complicated process as you have to port forward according to your
  2. 2. router, install a self-hosting service such as WAMP, and get a free domain from of course). The worst part about it is that your website will have absolutely NObandwith due to the fact that you yourself are hosting your website. Im not even going to go in-depth with this; you can Google how to self-host WordPress because I will not waste my timeexplaining my least recommended method of free web hosting.Paid HostingPaid Hosting allows you to have complete control over your WordPress blog (you can writewhatever you want; with hosting you have to abide by their terms of service).Bloggers often use this to their advantage, as creating beautiful-looking templates and site designis a breeze with paid hosting. First, youll need to find a good web hosting service. I recommendHostGator because (in my humble opinion) they are cheap yet offer the best support andcompatibility for WordPress. With HostGator, simply sign up (you get a free domain with any plan)and in your control panel you can 1-click install WordPress! Once youve installed WordPress,youll be good to go!3.) Get a Theme, Configure WordPress Widgets, and Start Writing Stuff!Once youve set up WordPress, I recommend selecting a theme. WordPress has a large variety ofthemes, and you can decide on which one suits your blog the best. The second step afterinstalling WordPress is installing widgets. Widgets are special components of your WordPressblog that each have a specific function.In my opinion, SEO, Backup, Cache, and anti-Spam are the widgets you absolutely need. Otherfancy widgets are up to your discretion. After installing the widgets (you can decide which onesyou need and which ones you dont), get ready to write! Remember step one? Hopefully you canalready spit out a couple of blog posts from your brainstorming!4.) Receive TrafficAs a webmaster, I really cant emphasize the importance of traffic. You may have the BEST articleon the planet, but if your blogs only loyal visitor is your mom, the world wont be able to see yourbeautiful writing. Thats why traffic is essential to your blogs survival.To start out, I immediately recommend you submit your site only to the top search engines(Google, Yahoo!, Bing). As a little precaution, I urge you to not focus on submitting your site to toomany search engines, because most of the time search engines should find your websiteautomatically.Generating some beginning traffic is pretty easy, given that you have friends and family. UseFaceBook, Twitter, and whatever other methods to let everyone know about your website.Assuming that you know more than 50 people in the world, this should be pretty easy and youshould begin to have some steady traffic. Not much, but steady.Now its time to go public. One of the most effective ways to get traffic is to submit your website tothe top directories such as DMoz (Google). However, since youre just starting out, I dontrecommend this because DMoz literally accepts less than 1% of all submissions, and your site will
  3. 3. probably be the 99% that gets denied. Submit your website to lesser known but trusted directoriesthat guarantee indexing.Once youve submitted your website to at least 10 directories, lets move on to some more ways toearn traffic. Traffic-exchange sites are good as longs as they are MANUAL. NEVER join an auto-surf exchange site, as the traffic has no value since everything is automated.Yet another free and effective method to get traffic is through free classified ads. Just Google "freeclassifieds" and youll find a load of websites that allow you to post advertisements for free. This iseffective as it is not time-consuming, and thousands of top-ranked sites will be displaying your adsfor absolutely no fee!5.) Monetize Your WordPress BlogSo far, you should have a blog that:has a unique nichehas at least 10+ articles/postsis hosted by a trusted web hosting servicehas the WordPress blogging platform (duh!)has decent traffic (500+ visitors a day)can be found on search engines such as GoogleNow its time to reap your rewards for your painstakingly hard work! Its time to make some money$$$!The most effective and easiest way to earn a steady income is through advertising. There aremany paths you can take. The most famous advertising service is probably Google AdSense.However, they pay ONLY by check, and that may be inconvenient if you wish to be paid by othermeans such as PayPal. Thats why there are loads of AdSense alternatives!ClicksorClicksor is probably the main competition to AdSense. You can be paid in a variety of differentways, which makes Clicksor much more convenient than AdSense. Clicksor offers pretty muchevery type of advertising youll ever need for your blog; its an all-in-one solution for monetizingyour blog.One major problem with Clicksor and other all-in-one advertising solutions is that the advertising isHORRIBLE for blogs. In fact, some blogs lose traffic due to advertisements filling up more than60% of your blog and annoying the hell out of the visitors. You can either take the risk of losingsome traffic and making your website ugly, OR you can use an alternative monetizing method: In-Text advertising.InfoLinksInfoLinks is hands-down THE BEST in-text advertising. In-text advertising is effective because of
  4. 4. its limited disturbance in your blog; it chooses random key words in your blog and highlights them,allowing visitors to click them, in turn generating income for the webmaster (in this case YOU).How can in-text advertising services afford to offer this type of advertising? Advertisers pay siteslike InfoLinks to promote their products/services. InfoLinks hands that responsibility to webmasterslike you and me, and we get paid in return for helping InfoLinks earn money. I hope I haventconfused you. In the simplest terms, you get paid for showing links on your blog!Now, how do we integrate such a great service into our blog? InfoLinks has generously created aWordPress widget that you can simply install into your site.Follow the simple 1-minute integration guide and you should have in-text advertisementsintegrated into your blog in no time!InfoLinks has a relatively high payout per click (PPC); on average, each click is $0.10. Lets sayyou have 500 visitors per day, and 10% (50 people) each click one in-text advertisement per day.That gives you $5.00 a day, which translates to over $1,500 a year doing absolutely nothing! Andthat is only a mere 10% of your daily visitors! You could be earning some serious income withInfoLinks.Regarding payment methods, InfoLinks pays by either PayPal or Check. Pretty convenient for me.Other Monetizing MethodsThere are hundreds of ways to monetize your blog, and InfoLinks is just one of them. Another100% free method is affiliate marketing. In a nutshell, affiliate marketing works like this: majorcompanies such as Microsoft pay you when you help them make a sale. Every time you refer afriend to Microsofts website and they make a purchase (i.e. Windows 7), you earn a certainpercentage of the total sales (usually this is around 10-15%) from Microsoft. Considering theamount of traffic you already have, this can be a huge money maker. Try this method out, as it is100% free too!Many money-making solutions now offer WordPress widgets too, and you can monetize your blogto whatever extent you please. Just keep in mind that you dont want more than 20% of your blogto be advertisements =P6.) Have Fun Earning Some Free Money with your WordPress Blog!Once you have accomplished all or most of the above, you have succeeded in creating amonetized WordPress blog earning you around $2000-3000 a year. Remember that more writing= more visitors = more traffic = more ad-clicking machines = more $$$$$$$$!A very important note is that a monetized blog should not be your main source of income.However, making $2000+ a year is extremely good considering the fact that your visitors do all thework!CONCLUSIONI hope that youve enjoyed this article and can apply some of my methods to start earning some
  5. 5. significant money online with your WordPress blog!Ben Fu is the author of Big Bux Blog, a blog devoted to helping people of all ages make someextra money online. You can view more of his articles at: Source: ====Visit Below For Authority Pro 2.0 Super Premium Wordpress ====