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Using a blog for business purposes and promoting your business and products

Using a blog for business purposes and promoting your business and products

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  • What is a blog?
    Short for “weblog”
    Originally meant as kind of online journal
    early blogger Jorn Barger
    Robot Wisdom, just a list of things he really liked and wanted to share.
  • Essentially it is now a website updated frequently and constantly by the holder of the website URL.
    Can be text, video (vlog), links, podcasts, anything
    It’s an open forum
    It’s a direct link to the public where they can leave comments and you can interact with them
  • Let’s go out and see what a blog actually looks like. Just type that URL (address) into your browser.
  • Why should a business use a blog?
    It’s an easy “no-pressure” way to interact with customers both current and future.
    You can explain your company and products, naturally, conversationally and without any “hard sell”
    Provide information easily and cheaply about yourself, your business and products.
    Give your customers a better understanding of your company.
    Can give you insight into customer needs
    Can help guide the direction of your business
    Determine areas of focus
    Develop new products and services to meet customer needs.
    It can make your company “come alive.”
    Also makes your company approachable because they are interactive.
    Helps you build “buzz” about new products, your company or services
    Gives your company a voice
    Helps build customer loyalty
    Cheap!
    Most blog sites are free or cost very little
    Can be added to your existing site
    Easy to set up and maintain
    Virtually no training required.
    if you can type, you can blog
  • First of all, think about whether or not you have the time and resources to write every day, every week or a few times a week. Do you have the ability to put those thoughts together in a compelling way? Can you keep it going month after month even though, for maybe the first six months, it will seem like you are just writing for yourself.
  • Then think about where you want the blog to be.
  • Decide if you want to add it to your existing site
    Easy way to update the company site on a nearly daily basis
    Updates the site quickly and easily with new information. If you have an announcement to make, you can make it immediately.
    Provides instant interaction between customers, vendors, trading partners, etc.
    Not Wordpress.com! That is a hosted site
    Also Moveable Type
    Textpattern
  • Hosting it elsewhere
    You may want to buy a domain name anyway
    Get the blog hosted via a hosting site (GoDaddy.com, for example)
    Install blogging software: Wordpress.org, Typepad
    Keep it connected to your company site so it can have some impact on your business. Installing a link is the easiest and customers may not even realize they are at a different site.
  • Let’s check out one of these blog-hosting sites, so you can see how easy it is to sign up.
    Let’s go to BLOGGER.COM. See the Create a Blog button? That’s where you click to sign up
  • This is where you go to fill out the form and sign up for your blog.
    DO NOT DO THIS NOW!!!
    Do it after you decide if you want to host the blog on your site or offsite.
  • This is where you choose your blog’s name. This can be very important. It should be simple, and be about whatever your blog is about.
    However, notice that the address you get for your blog: [WHATEVERYOURNAMEIS].blogspot.com.
    NOT your website. This is a separate blog. Yes, you can put a link on your company website and it can transfer to that URL without anyone noticing, but it they will no longer be on your company site which can affect how they get back to your site, or change pages on your site or look up services, etc. Etc.
  • OK, whatever you have decided to do…now what?
    Now, you need to stop and think again…
  • Try not to pick anything too broad – not just “travel” but a specific type of travel, maybe.
    Something you are passionate about - you have to be comfortable writing about this particular topic almost daily. Make it something that interests you
    Make it easy – if you have to spend too much time doing research, that isn’t productive. Make it easy for you to write about and post about.
    Make it effortless – goes hand in hand with above. Make the topic something you can write about effortlessly, because you are passionate about it, know a lot about it, or have a strong opinion about it.
  • Start posting ever day (good six months of this)
    Give people a reason to keep coming back
    Have give posts up before officially “launching” so people have things to read.
    Create an “About” page for your blog as soon as you can.
    It shows you are friendly
    Gives people an idea of what your blog is about
    Connects with readers immediately
    Use interesting but to-the-point headlines.
    Lets people know if they want to read more right away.
    Internet users and blog readers don’t want to waste their time with too-clever headlines.
    Give people a reason to keep coming back
    Have give posts up before officially “launching” so people have things to read.
    Create an “About” page for your blog as soon as you can.
    It shows you are friendly
    Gives people an idea of what your blog is about
    Connects with readers immediately
    Use interesting but to-the-point headlines.
    Lets people know if they want to read more right away.
    Internet users and blog readers don’t want to waste their time with too-clever headlines.
    KEEP WRITING!!!!
  • Let’s people subscribe to your blog
    Feedburner – good example.
    Run by Google
    Can even get updates via e-mail, letting people know when you
  • These are sites that let you post links to article, videos, photos and things you find interesting online for others to see and comment about. It’s what blogging started out being. But you can also post links to your own blog articles, and increase traffic to your site.
    These are just a few examples, there are dozens of them.
    Sign up at these sites and start posting links for each blog article on them. The more you post, the more people you will get back to your blog.
  • Let’s go out and visit one of these sites. One my absolute favorites is Reddit. That’s www.reddit.com.
    Just so you can see what the registration form looks like, click on where it says REGISTER at the top right.
  • Once you click on it, you’ll see a page like this. Just fill out the part on the left and you are ready to start posting links.
    This is what that looks like
  • When you head back to Reddit you will login where it says to login, entering your user name and password.
    Then you will click on the spot that says SUBMIT A LINK.
  • You will find yourself here. Enter the URL in the URL section and then either enter a title or click on SUGGEST TITLE and it will do just that.
    At the bottom of the page you will be asked to enter a code and then click SUBMIT
  • You will then be taken to a comment section. This is where you can enter whatever you want, describe the article, add your opinion, do anything to get the conversation started. Then hit SAVE and you’re done.
    Now, you can then call or e-mail all of your friends the link on Reddit and ask them to leave comments, but be careful because if it looks suspicious or all of the people who comment seem to be working for you, Reddit can remove your story and ban you from posting. Be careful trying to cheat.
    All of the others have similar sign up and submitting forms. They are all very user-friendly.
  • Use something called “chicklets”
    Little boxes that can be added to the bottom of each entry that directly link to sites like Digg and Delicious. Let’s those who like the entry post them there, spreading the word and taking the entry viral.
  • Use keywords
    There are certain words in whatever you specialize in that people use and might search for. Use them in your blog entries
    Seed broad and narrow keywords throughout your blog entries (travel as well as safari travel, cruises, etc.)
    It helps keep your blog showing up on important search engines
  • Leave comments
    Search for other blogs that talk about similar topics
    Start leaving legitimate comments in the comment section.
    Don’t become obvious and “commercial.”
    Chat and talk to other commenters. Make it a conversation
  • Take advantage of the buzz
    When you first launch, if you plan it out right on your website, there will be some initial “buzz.” Take advantage of that.
    Post good content!
    Keep people wanting to come back
    Fill your blog with links
    Other bloggers do check to see if they are being linked to
    Add links to a “links” section – other blogs and things that you enjoy reading. Your audience will appreciate it and those who are linked to will as well.
    Add links directly into the blog entries as you write them. If you talk about Carinval Cruises, then make sure the word “Carnival Cruises” is a link to their website. Their website manager will then “ping” back to your blog, which increases your traffic.
    Use giveaways
    If you have something that you can give away – do it
    eBooks are huge – can give away at first and charge later.
    Give away things that make sense for what you are blogging about.
    You are the expert – give away your expertise (or at least some of it)
    E-mail and interact with other bloggers
    Stay in contact when other blogger reach out to you or if you reach out to them
    There are even blogging conventions you can attend.
    You can do guest blogging on certain sites.
  • Use blog directories
    Use your search engine to find blog directories and start submitting your blog’s URL.
    Submit your blog to web directories
    DMOZ, Yahoo and Aviva Directory are good examples. There are also web directories – DMOZ, Yahoo, Aviva
  • Let’s head out to a blog directory really quickly so you can see how easy it is to sign up. This is www.blogarama.com.
    See where it says “not yet registered?” That’s where you click to sign up
  • You’ll need to fill in this information. Use the SITE URL and Site Name for the exact URL of your blog. So, if you put it on your website, use the URL for the page of your website that has your blog…not just your company website.
  • Now your blog has been entered in their directory. They even give you a code, as a kind of turn-about is fair play, that you can add to your blog directing others to Blogarama. This can be as part of a “links” section in your blog.
  • Start placing a link everywhere
    E-mail signature
    On Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn profiles
    Comments and forums where you leave information and comments.
  • Keep Posting
    As often as you are comfortable.
    More at the beginning to gain an audience
    Start creating “pillar columns”
    Blog entries that are not time sensitive such as definitions, explanations, lists of terms.
    Remember who your audience is
    Keep the content relevant to them.
    Try to keep the content related to business
    Use Soft Sell
    Don’t come across like you are advertising
    Keep things conversational
    Respond to comments
    Keep it interactive
    Encourage discussions amongst commentors
    Create a “community”
  • Build up an archive
    Pay attention to which posts are getting readers
    Start linking back to popular posts in your newer posts
    Create “sneeze pages”
    Newer posts with links to other posts arranged by theme, time, popularity, etc.
  • Use Search Engine Optimization
    Notice which postings are getting the most comments or hits
    Try to pay attention to what words are used and that people are searching for
    Google can provide you with information about who is searching and finding your blog. It can provide information about what they are searching for and what searches are returning your blog. (Google Trends, for example or 103Bees)
    You can increase the key-word density on popular blog entries.
    Don’t overdo it or it becomes obvious and annoying
    Increasing it by adding 1 or 2 more keywords should be fine.
  • Start featuring readers and encourage participation
    Find comments that you particularly like and feature them in an article of its own. You can comment on the comments.
    Encourage people to comment within your articles. Ask for suggestions, ideas, and comments on topics you discuss in your postings.
  • Keep readers involved
    Use weekly polls and quizzes to keep readers interactive
    Invite select readers to contribute content.
    Do what you can to become a “cheerleader” to encourage a community around your blog and keep readers interacting with you and each other.
    Give readers “jobs.” Have some of them moderate comments to coming up with poll topics or being judges in contests.
    Give readers “homework.” When you give out tips or suggestions, give the readers something to do and have them try whatever you are trying to teach them on their own. Encourage them to leave comments and their own experiences.
    Create a forum or newsletter
    It can be a lot of work, but creating a weekly or monthly e-mail newsletter makes “fans” out of your regular comment-leavers.
    Forums allow people who leave comments and fans to more easily interact. It’s a great place to find more content and see what your readers are talking about so you can tailor your blog articles.
  • Realize that a brand is going to develop even if you do nothing. As you keep posting and your blog gains readers, it becomes a “brand” just like any magazine or publication
    Learn to shape the brand.
    Try to figure out what you want to be know for. Is there a segment in the travel industry you specialize in? An area of expertise you have?
    Then write about what you want to be known for and do so consistently. BE what you want to be known for. This means in content, design, logos and title for your blog.
    Keep track of what people are saying about you. Not only your own blog, but signing up for a monitoring service you can track other people on other blogs. Then, make comments and participate in those conversations.
  • While it is possible to earn some money with your blog, do NOT try to make your blog your career. If you go into blogging thinking you will get rich doing it, you will be disappointed – and broke. Do it because you love writing about it and giving your opinion.
  • Google Adsense
    Easy to set up. These are simple text ads that Google puts on your blog, in a location you determine, and you earn money when someone clicks through your blog to the advertiser’s website.
    Some people earn great money using these, depending on the popularity and number of visitors on your site.
    Google determines what ads are placed there, but they are supposed to be related in some way to what your blog and postings are about.
    Will not pay out until you reach $100 worth of click-through dollars.
    Text Link Ads
    Links that are put into your blog entries that are also ads.
    You sign up at one of several sites and explain what your blog is about and companies contact you if they want to advertize.
    Be careful – as of right now Google has decided to crack down on blogs with Text Link Ads, knocking them down lower in search engine results.
    The issue is still up in the air, but right now it may be risky.
    Direct selling
    Sell ads directly to potential advertisers yourself.
    Set up a rating system.
    Reach out to advertisers yourself or put a link and e-mail address on your blog so potential advertisers can contact you directly.
    Will require you to invoice these advertisers and perhaps do collections if they are late in paying.
  • Just like public television or public radio you can solicit donations from readers.
    Post a link and offer them options for payment
    Set up an account with Paypal
    Make sure to offer subscribers something for donating
    Sign them up for a newsletter
    Send them special deals and coupons
    Give them some incentive to want to part with their money for you.
    It does exist, but there my be legal considerations and accounting situations to consider. Consult or friendly neighborhood accountant.
    Never seen it for a blog associated with a company. Normally used for people who ONLY have a blog, so they make their money just from blogging.
  • Selling eBook
    Compile popular posts into an electronic book you can sell directly from the site
    Affiliate Programs
    Make money when someone clicks through and purchases something
    Amazon.com – one of the best
    You can search for Affiliate Directories and find affiliates for nearly everything on the planet.
    Writing Reviews
    Companies pay you to write reviews of their products
    Can be perceived as “selling out”
    Puts some of the control in the hands of over but not in your own hands
  • Expecting too much, too fast
    Don’t publish one article and expect a thousand readers. It takes time
    Most bloggers publish to no one from six months to a year. Be patient
    Don’t try to put ads on your blog from the first posting. You will be disappointed
  • Attempting to crush negative comments
    If someone starts commenting in a negative way, address the issues.
    Silencing comments can create a bad rep for you
    Cease and Desist
    If you find yourself being talked about at other blogs, do not attempt to make them stop
    Again, address the issue, but attempting to stop them just creates further resistance and makes you look bad
  • Talking about things unrelated to your business
    Temptation will exist to opine and expound upon everything and anything now that you have an open forum. DON’T
    Stay on topic – if you really want to talk about other things, start other blogs! You don’t have to write just one.
    Writing about personal things on a business blog
    Putting information about your family and personal life out there has risks. You can do it if you think it adds something to your blog, but be careful.
  • Are you sure you have the time and resources?
    Do you think you can dedicate yourself to writing a blog daily without the immediate results?
    What do you want to write about – do not take this lightly. Give it serious thought.
    Research and make sure others are not already talking about it in such numbers that you won’t be heard.
    If it is a popular topic, what can you do that’s different and will set you apart
    Determine where your blog is and what format you want to take.
    Think about what your first post will be
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    • 1. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Blogging For Business presented by Bryan W. Alaspa
    • 2. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com What is a blog?What is a blog?  Short forShort for weBLOGweBLOG  Phrase first coinedPhrase first coined by Jorn Bargerby Jorn Barger  Originally meant toOriginally meant to be an online journalbe an online journal  A list of links ofA list of links of things he foundthings he found interesting on theinteresting on the webweb  Called it “RobotCalled it “Robot Wisdom.”Wisdom.”
    • 3. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com What does it mean now?What does it mean now?  These days a blog can be just aboutThese days a blog can be just about anything:anything:  A journalA journal  A daily columnA daily column  PodcastPodcast  VideoVideo  PhotosPhotos  LinksLinks IT’S AN OPEN FORUM BETWEEN YOU ANDIT’S AN OPEN FORUM BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR AUDIENCEYOUR AUDIENCE
    • 4. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com This is what a blog looksThis is what a blog looks likelike http://dennisschaal.blogspot.comhttp://dennisschaal.blogspot.com
    • 5. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Why should a businessWhy should a business blog?blog?  Explain company products conversationallyExplain company products conversationally  Provide company information easilyProvide company information easily and cheaplyand cheaply  Give customers a better understanding ofGive customers a better understanding of your companyyour company  ““No-Pressure” way to interact with customersNo-Pressure” way to interact with customers  Can give you insight into customer needsCan give you insight into customer needs  Can help you determine areas of focus forCan help you determine areas of focus for your companyyour company Here Are a Half-Dozen Reasons
    • 6. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Here are a half-dozen more reasons  Help you develop new products and servicesHelp you develop new products and services  Can make your company “come alive”Can make your company “come alive”  Make your company seem more approachableMake your company seem more approachable  Help you build “buzz” about your company andHelp you build “buzz” about your company and new products and services.new products and services.  Gives your company a voiceGives your company a voice  IT’S CHEAP!IT’S CHEAP!  Most blog sites are freeMost blog sites are free  Can be added to your existing siteCan be added to your existing site
    • 7. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com So, how do you start?So, how do you start? Do some serious thinking…Do some serious thinking…
    • 8. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Where do you want theWhere do you want the blog to be?blog to be? Two choicesTwo choices  Make it part of your existing siteMake it part of your existing site  Use an outside blog hosting serviceUse an outside blog hosting service
    • 9. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com The company siteThe company site Know the Name: WordPress.orgKnow the Name: WordPress.org
    • 10. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Why add to the companyWhy add to the company website?website?  It’s an easy way to update theIt’s an easy way to update the company site – on a daily basiscompany site – on a daily basis  It updates the site quickly andIt updates the site quickly and easily with new information.easily with new information.  If you have an announcement to make,If you have an announcement to make, you can make it immediately.you can make it immediately.  Provides instant interactionProvides instant interaction between customers, vendors,between customers, vendors, trading partners, etc.trading partners, etc.
    • 11. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Use a blog hosting siteUse a blog hosting site There are Plenty to From Which to Choose
    • 12. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Why use a blog hostingWhy use a blog hosting site?site?  There’s almost no effort to set upThere’s almost no effort to set up  Just go out and sign up and you’re readyJust go out and sign up and you’re ready to startto start  You don’t need a programmerYou don’t need a programmer  These sites are very intuitive, or work likeThese sites are very intuitive, or work like Word or other word processing programsWord or other word processing programs  The hosting site provides tools you can use toThe hosting site provides tools you can use to write, promote and design your blogwrite, promote and design your blog  You don’t need to know how anyYou don’t need to know how any programming languages or anything.programming languages or anything.
    • 13. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Why not use a blogWhy not use a blog hosting site?hosting site?  It’s technically not part of your companyIt’s technically not part of your company website.website.  Someone could bookmark the URL to theSomeone could bookmark the URL to the blog and not your site and never comeblog and not your site and never come back to your company siteback to your company site  Some web hosting sites may have rulesSome web hosting sites may have rules about what you can post.about what you can post.  Ad revenue may get split with web hostingAd revenue may get split with web hosting serviceservice
    • 14. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Let’s check out a blogLet’s check out a blog hosting sitehosting site www.blogger.comwww.blogger.com
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    • 17. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Once you’ve decidedOnce you’ve decided where,where, now what?now what? Again…Again…
    • 18. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com About what?About what?  What your blog will be about?What your blog will be about?  Pick a nichePick a niche  instead of “Travel” maybe “Caribbean Cruises”instead of “Travel” maybe “Caribbean Cruises”  What do YOU want to write about?What do YOU want to write about?  Can you write consistently?Can you write consistently?  What’s opinion or side on that topic?What’s opinion or side on that topic?  Will anyone be interested?Will anyone be interested?
    • 19. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Now…start writingNow…start writing Don’t let it sit there emptyDon’t let it sit there empty
    • 20. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Gaining an audienceGaining an audience Set up an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed.Set up an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed.  Lets people to “subscribe” to your blogLets people to “subscribe” to your blog FEEDBURNER.COMFEEDBURNER.COM The icon looks like this!The icon looks like this! What it looks like on your blogWhat it looks like on your blog
    • 21. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Become familiar with socialBecome familiar with social bookmarkingbookmarking Post links to your blog articlesPost links to your blog articles ..
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    • 27. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Add “chicklets”Add “chicklets” Pieces of code you can add to each blog entry –Pieces of code you can add to each blog entry – allows fans to post your blog article to socialallows fans to post your blog article to social bookmarking sitesbookmarking sites
    • 28. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Become familiar withBecome familiar with keywordskeywords Words that search engines look forWords that search engines look for - can be in the headlines and within the body.- can be in the headlines and within the body. TRAVELTRAVEL AIRFAREAIRFARE AT AN ALL TIMEAT AN ALL TIME LOWLOW visitvisit europeeurope this summer!this summer! CRUISESCRUISES VACATIONSVACATIONS
    • 29. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Get to know other bloggersGet to know other bloggers Find other blogs that cover similar thingsFind other blogs that cover similar things BLOGGERS INTERACT WITHBLOGGERS INTERACT WITH OTHER BLOGGERSOTHER BLOGGERS
    • 30. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Leave commentsLeave comments Start contributingStart contributing Make it relevantMake it relevant Will lead back toWill lead back to your blogyour blog
    • 31. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Other tips for gaining anOther tips for gaining an audienceaudience  Post quality content – take advantage ofPost quality content – take advantage of the“buzz”the“buzz”  Fill your blog with linksFill your blog with links  other blogsother blogs  within articleswithin articles  Can you give away something? Do itCan you give away something? Do it  Interact with your regular readersInteract with your regular readers
    • 32. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Sign up with blog directoriesSign up with blog directories  Sites that list blogs of all topicsSites that list blogs of all topics  SearchableSearchable  Gets your blog to a wider audienceGets your blog to a wider audience
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    • 36. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Put a link to your blogPut a link to your blog everywhereeverywhere  On your websiteOn your website  In your e-mail signatureIn your e-mail signature  When you leave comments on other blogsWhen you leave comments on other blogs  Other social media (Facebook, MySpace,Other social media (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn)Twitter, LinkedIn)  Some social networking sites let your blogSome social networking sites let your blog entries appear on your profile pagesentries appear on your profile pages
    • 37. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Keeping your audienceKeeping your audience  KEEP POSTINGKEEP POSTING  Don’t expect your blog to take off right awayDon’t expect your blog to take off right away  Remember your audienceRemember your audience  Keep posting things they will find interestingKeep posting things they will find interesting  Use “soft sell”Use “soft sell”  If it seems like a commercial you will lose readersIf it seems like a commercial you will lose readers  Respond to commentsRespond to comments  Don’t attack – interact!Don’t attack – interact!
    • 38. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Things to addThings to add  Add an “About” page.Add an “About” page.  Explain who you are and what the blog is aboutExplain who you are and what the blog is about  Let’s readers know there is a person behind the blogLet’s readers know there is a person behind the blog  Build an “Archive”Build an “Archive”  Keep your PILLAR articles hereKeep your PILLAR articles here  Link to these articles in newer articlesLink to these articles in newer articles
    • 39. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com LearnLearn SSearchearch EEnginengine OOptimization (SEO)ptimization (SEO)  Similar to “keywords” – using words that makeSimilar to “keywords” – using words that make your website or blog show up in searches.your website or blog show up in searches.  Do some research – what are people interestedDo some research – what are people interested in that is related to your blog topic? What wordsin that is related to your blog topic? What words are they using?are they using?  Put words in your articles and headlinesPut words in your articles and headlines
    • 40. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Make stars out of regularMake stars out of regular readersreaders  Ask for commentsAsk for comments  Notice who leavesNotice who leaves commentscomments  Ask regulars if theyAsk regulars if they want to assist youwant to assist you  They can write guestThey can write guest columns or monitorcolumns or monitor comments, respond tocomments, respond to comments, etc.comments, etc.
    • 41. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Become interactiveBecome interactive  Ask questionsAsk questions  Do weekly polls, puzzles or gamesDo weekly polls, puzzles or games  Become a “cheerleader”Become a “cheerleader”  Give readers “jobs” or “homework”Give readers “jobs” or “homework”  Create a forumCreate a forum  Create a newsletterCreate a newsletter
    • 42. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Your blog is a brandYour blog is a brand A brand will develop as you writeA brand will develop as you write
    • 43. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com MonetizationMonetization KEEP IN MINDKEEP IN MIND::  It IS possible to earn money with your blogIt IS possible to earn money with your blog  Don’t try to make it your primary sourceDon’t try to make it your primary source  Write your blog because you love itWrite your blog because you love it
    • 44. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com AdvertisingAdvertising  Google AdSenseGoogle AdSense  Easy to set upEasy to set up  Runs itselfRuns itself  Can earn decent moneyCan earn decent money  TextLink AdsTextLink Ads  Tailored to your blogTailored to your blog  Can be riskyCan be risky  Direct Ad SellingDirect Ad Selling  Just like in publishingJust like in publishing
    • 45. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Ask for donations?Ask for donations?
    • 46. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Other methodsOther methods  Selling an eBookSelling an eBook  Compile popular posts into an electronic book youCompile popular posts into an electronic book you can sell directly from the sitecan sell directly from the site  Affiliate ProgramsAffiliate Programs  Make money when someone clicks through andMake money when someone clicks through and purchases somethingpurchases something  Amazon.com – one of the bestAmazon.com – one of the best  Writing ReviewsWriting Reviews  Companies pay you to write reviews of theirCompanies pay you to write reviews of their productsproducts
    • 47. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Potential pitfallsPotential pitfalls Expecting too much, too fastExpecting too much, too fast
    • 48. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com More pitfallsMore pitfalls Attacking negative commentsAttacking negative comments OrOr Ordering a Cease and DesistOrdering a Cease and Desist
    • 49. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Still more pitfallsStill more pitfalls Talking about unrelated thingsTalking about unrelated things Stay on topic – it’s why the readers are thereStay on topic – it’s why the readers are there Getting too personalGetting too personal Your readers don’t need to know aboutYour readers don’t need to know about it – keep it professionalit – keep it professional
    • 50. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Next stepsNext steps Go out and…Go out and… THINK!THINK!
    • 51. K Squared Communications www.ksqrd.com Questions?Questions? Bryan W. AlaspaBryan W. Alaspa 773 774 7847773 774 7847 balaspa@ksqrd.combalaspa@ksqrd.com

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