Beginning a blog gives you the chance to brand your own business or product but can also provide an income stream from affiliate recommendations or AdSense. Yet, many folks are unfamiliar with the process of putting up a blog and monetizing it successfully. This article will show you how to easily start a blog and get started on getting traffic to it.
When it comes to trying to pull in money from a blog, you actually have two choices. First, you can get your own domain name and start a blog on your own web site. Your second choice is to get a free account on blogger.com, since they will permit you to add Adsense and promote affiliate programs from this blog. However, you will not want to use a free WordPress blog because if you try to promote affiliate programs, WordPress will end up canceling your account. Nonetheless, as I mentioned previously, you can set up a WordPress blog on a site that you personally own if you want to use the WordPress platform.
If you want to get your own domain, you will find that there is a program set up in your cPanel that will let you automatically put up a WordPress blog on your own website. This is basically the best way to go since you will be promoting your own site rather than promoting a free blog on blogger that Google owns. But you can, of course, use the free blog if you want to get started without spending each month for your own web hosting account and domain name.
When you have your basic blog up, you will have the option of adding AdSense and making other affiliate recommendations. Try to begin blogs that focus on subjects you like so you will not have any problems adding posts daily. This will allow you to keep your web site's search engine rankings consistently going up. Something else you must do when you are trying to promote affiliate programs is never go for the hard sell. Gently instruct people on the benefits of the product and add a contextual link, but be very careful not to be too aggressive in your promotion or they will be turned off and avoid your blog in the future.
Furthermore, you will have to promote each blog posting on your blog. A great method of doing this is with article marketing by creating links to individual blog entries, or you can use social bookmarking to do your linking. Over time, people will see that you are a niche expert and they will be willing to order products you recommend. Simply follow these easy steps and you will be a prosperous, moneymaking blog owner before you know it.