Key Points For Making Money Online With Your Blog

and now another episode of BLOG POSTING in bite sized chunks

“Blogging for Dollars” has such a cheesy tone, doesn’t it?

Still, lame catch phrases tend to pop into my head easily – like a bad commercial or annoying song like the Macarena.

Ok, on with the show.

Fundamental Guidelines for Making Money With Your Blog

(There are many ways to monetize a blog. Although these tips are given with the  Home based business / internet marketing industry in mind, they can be applied universally)

  • Your number one PRIORITY is to Build your email LIST. (For that you need an Autoresponder)
  • You need an Opt-in offer – something to entice the reader join your list.
  • Offer the reader who opts -in a free gift.

The offer can be something simple like a PDF report related to your niche that you can create yourself , or use someone else’s (make sure you have permission to do so first).  Other ideas are an audio interview, daily quotes or inspiration, or a video training series like the one I created on free SEO marketing tactics for local businesses.

WHY?

Your email LIST is where the ‘back end‘ monetization occurs.  Readers get to know and trust you and see your offer(s) not as a sales pitch, but as a recommendation from a respected friend.

Final thought:

Pay attention to what other successful bloggers are doing: their layouts, their content, etc.  And don’t forget to leave quality comments on their blogs too. It’s great for networking and getting linkbacks to your blog – which is good for traffic generation.

Blogging Smart – Automating Your Posts Using Time Delay

I like to think I’m kind of smart.  Other people even tell me so – and not just my parents. ;-P

Yet, like an absent minded professor, the obvious and simplistic doesn’t always cross my mind.

Take for instance the ability to time delay blog posts.

WHAT??

Best thing since sliced bread I tell say!

Here I just ASSUME – yup, making an ass of myself – that when I blog, my post goes up when I hit the PUBLISH button.

I didn’t realize before last week  that I can set the date and time I want it to be published. On WordPress, this is accomplished by clicking the edit link by the “Publish Immediately” line where a menu drops down letting you select the day and time you want it to show up. Sweeeet!

Experienced bloggers are saying DUH! right now and wondering why on earth they’re bothering to read my blog when I seem so clueless about the most basic tricks, lol.  I know I have too many things running thru my mind when it takes this long to find out about such a simple thing.

I’m not embarrassed to admit it. This is a big A-Ha for me. Maybe a lightbulb just turned on for you too.  Now you see the true power of this fully operational battlesta- What I mean to say is now I understand how to leverage my time with blogging.

I can take a few hours and preload several posts to be published on a regular basis like say, one a day for the next week.

Take this post.  I’m writing it on Oct 9th, 2009 at 11:11 pm – I know what you’re thinking – and yet I’m going to have it publish Saturday morning bright and early at 7:07 am.  Hey, remember I don’t work normal hours – I’m my own BOSS.

Woo hoo! Now I can take that trip to Tahiti without feeling guilty about not blogging while I’m away having fun in the sun because my blog will continue to be updated on a regular basis with quality funny, inspiring LIFE CHANGING posts.  Yup, piling it on pretty thinck there, aren’t I?

To think, I don’t have to take the laptop with me  – although you and me both know that’s not gonna happen. Well, maybe I’ll just bring my Jesus phone. (heard that was a nik 4 the iPhone)