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Money With a Blog

Is Making Money With a Blog Fact or Fiction?

When I speak to people about the subject of blogging it goes so far over their heads it’s not even worth justifying what it is I do as a business.

Some people have an open mind and some don’t.

I think that’s what separates entrepreneurs from those who enjoy the comfort of working a job.

While the internet isn’t new people still don’t believe that people make money with a blog.

And for those that do believe it want it done the easy way.

When I’ve told people I’ve made money online their antenna goes up and they are ready to listen to what I have to say.

It’s pretty amusing.

While the concept of making money with a blog seems easy, the actual work required to make money isn’t in the early stages.

Isn’t that how it goes with most businesses offline?

Often times people can’t make that same correlation and end up quitting or announcing to the world that making money with a blog isn’t possible.

Well I’m here to tell you that it is possible.

You must have the right mindset, an effective plan, and take massive action.

What’s Blogging About?

Well in a nutshell bloggers write about things going on in their niche.

Individuals read it and they make profits from advertising, personal products, or commissions on products that get sold.

For those of us that have been doing it for a while, it’s simple.

For the beginner who’s just getting started, not so much.

It’s important to realize what you’re getting into.

A blog should not be taken lightly.

Lots of people come into blogging as a hobby and treat it as such.

If you have a blog just to have one that’s fine, but if you want to make money with a blog you should treat it as a business.

A few things to consider before dedicating yourself to a blog:

1. Blogging in itself isn’t difficult.

2. If you can write, you can blog.

3. Blogging for profit is harder.

I will not go as far as to say it is hard to draw a secondary income from blogging, but it is definitely harder than most individuals think.

It is not just about creating material and putting up some advertisements from respective companies or affiliates.

It requires good writing, research, product curation, advertisement placement, and building an audience to name some things

There are a lot of skills required to make a blog successful, all of which you will need to learn.

If I can give you any advice you need to know about blogging is…

You need to blog for the long run or not at all.

A lot of blogs don’t make it in the first few months.

Heck most people don’t even make it that far.

At the first sign of failure or roadblock they neglect their blogs and move on the the next shiny thing.

While some bloggers are blessed with blogs that see earnings during the first few months, most people have to remain consistent for at least a year or even longer.

This is why you should pick a niche that you at least enjoy.

Stick with it and learn everything you need to learn to make money with your blog.

General purpose or multi-topic blogs have difficulty developing a readership.

Work on making your blog specialized and you will create results much quicker.

Brainstorm the topics that you care about most, then pick one and blog about it exclusively.

One Blog At a Time

Don’t be in a rush to have multiple blogs.

Start with one and work it until it can sustain itself with little effort.

Once you get the hang of things, then you might consider branching out with additional blogs.

The fact is that many people do not have the drive or stamina to blog for income successfully.

If you’re not sure try it out with your very own blog using the Blogger platform or the WordPress platform.

Feel it out for a few weeks.

If, by the end of this time, you have stuck with it and find you like blogging, go ahead and commit yourself to taking things to the next level by hosting your very own blog.

How I Started My Blog Venture

I started my blog venture with giving it a shot for 30 consecutive days.

I told myself after 30 days I would re-evaluate and go from there.

Since I started blogging I’ve come to enjoy writing posts and sharing my knowledge.

That’s what fuels me to continue with my efforts and to provide the best content I can to my readers.

When it all comes down to it ENJOY YOURSELF.

This is the key to successful blogging.

People will see the passion you have in the work you provide.

If it becomes a chore to you people will also see it as such and will not respond properly.

Let your work express who you are and good things will happen.

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Blog Commenting

Becoming a Blog Commenting Extraordinaire

I’ve been on a blog commenting blitz lately and boy oh boy is it working.

I’ve spent time really putting in the effort to check out other people’s blogs, read their content, and make real genuine comments.

I set aside anywhere from 1-2 hours daily to frequent these blogs and give my input.

Not only have I learned so much through the stories of other bloggers, I genuinely enjoy reading about other people’s tips, successes, and failures with online business.

And even better I have also seen a boost in my daily traffic to my blog.

All through blog commenting.

It’s amazing the results got so far since really going hard to implement this strategy into my daily routine.

If you have a blog or website one of the best ways to increase your traffic should be done through blog commenting.

Experimenting With Blog Commenting

Through different forums I heard a lot of people express how well the strategy works to improve a blog’s performance.

Initially, experimenting with it as a link building tactic on high traffic blogs I began blog commenting mainly for SEO purposes.

On the days I performed these link building tactics I began seeing spikes of traffic to my website.

Not only did my traffic increase, but people were actually commenting on my blog and leaving engaging blog comments.

You see, if you comment on do follow blogs you have to enter your name, email, and website.

When you leave a comment on someone else’s blog it gets linked back to your website.

By leaving quality and engaging comments on the posts people generally want to learn about you and come to check out your blog.

Not only do you borrow other bloggers traffic, you also increase the strength of your blog in the search engines through building quality backlinks.

Blog Commenting With A Purpose

There are many bloggers online who blog just to make money.

They post links for affiliate products all over the web and write inconsistent posts while never taking the time to interact and build relationships with PEOPLE.

One thing I’ve learned about blogging is the importance of networking.

Blogging done correctly is a people business built through relationships.

Really being interested in people and showing them that you care through solving problems and creating lasting friendships.

If you come into this business only focused on money I guarantee you will not succeed.

The money is a result of the work and value you provide to your market.

Building the Right Relationships

If you’re going to spend time on blog commenting then do it the right way.

Bloggers appreciate it when you participate on their blogs.

You help to build their community and many bloggers will often return the favor if they feel your comments are genuine.

They should be informative, from the heart, and respectful.

By doing this you can create relationships with bloggers can that allow you the opportunity to do guest posts or even get a mentor.

You should always be learning, growing, and implementing as a blogger.

Surrounding yourself with those who’ve been there or are going through the same journey as you creates success.

I feel so motivated after speaking with like-minded individuals in my niche.

If you’re serious about taking your blog and business to the next level then blog commenting should be a part of your arsenal.

Take some time to spend throughout your day going to other people’s blogs to comment.

You can easily do a Google search on blogs in your niche and begin checking out the one’s you enjoy most to do some blog commenting.

Take a trial run at it and see how much your business improves over time.

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Yeah Buddy..My 100th Blog Post! My Story

My 100th Blog Post…I’m so EXCITED!

Back in February I decided to create www.bjhenderson.net on a whim because I wanted a life of freedom.

Freedom from a job.

Freedom from a boss.

Freedom from traffic.

Financial freedom.

And the freedom from stress.

Well maybe not stress, I think that’s a part of life.

But hopefully you get the point.

It all started with one blog post and today marks my 100th blog post.

It’s quite amazing to me actually because it’s not easy coming up with blog post ideas everyday.

While there is a ton of information and things to share online it gets difficult coming up with material you feel can be entertaining or beneficial to your readers.

A lot of times I question my topics or information and spend hours just trying to come up with content.

I’m pretty sure I make it difficult on myself, but I’ve learned to just write and post no matter what.

Out of the 3 plus months I’ve been blogging I’m pretty sure I’ve only missed one day.

It’s become habit for me now and getting myself into the habit of doing a blog post a day has created subscribers, readers, and a bit of income for me.

What I’ve Learned While Blogging

I’ve learned so much about seach engine optimization (SEO), writing quality content, blog commenting, and forum marketing.

My background was in email marketing before deciding to blog, but I felt like it would be a good addition to my repertoire of working towards becoming a full-time internet marketer.

While there are still some skills I feel I need to master and some habits I need to break, I’ve realized how far I’ve come with my 100th blog post.

There are so many components to internet marketing, but it’s been a humbling experience learning everything I’ve learned up to this point.

I’ve had my roadblocks, days I’ve wanted to quit, and many days of questioning if this was a good idea.

As I’ve hit my 100th blog post today it’s all been worth it.

The relationships I’ve built and the direction my business is going is all looking good.

There are days I stress with things going on with my blog, but I continue to write and worry about the rest later.

One thing I’ve learned with online business is that consistency is important to having a successful business.

Not only is consistency important, but having a strong desire and will to succeed go a long way.

Don’t Get Discouraged

It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re just starting out and there is so much information to process.

The overload can be unbearable sometimes.

Finding the right plan, tools, and resources can go a long way.

If you can also find a mentor you can grow your business by leaps and bounds, but that takes the effort of you showing that you’re in it for the long haul.

Nobody wants to work with you if you’re not going to listen or take the business serious.

Do what you can on your own and good things will happen.

If you have any questions you can join Warrior Forum or ask questions from other bloggers who are further ahead than you.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to people or ask questions.

Not everyone is going to reply, but don’t get discouraged.

Figure it out and keep it moving.

In due time you’ll make it to your 100th blog post and you can begin working and new goals for your business and getting to your 200th blog post.

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He’s one of my mentors and I’ve learned so much from his teachings.

Best Wishes!

Blog Traffic Tips to Grow Your Business

If you have a blog you need a constant flow of blog traffic.

There’s no point in having a blog if you don’t have any visitors coming to your site.

When your blog becomes established you don’t have to spend as much time on it, but in the beginning it’s going to take some work to get it going.

Your objective should be to establish your blog as a great source of information that get people coming to back your blog consistently.

With this, you establish a loyal group of followers who can assist you with getting more blog traffic by sharing your information on social media and word-of-mouth.

This is going to take time, but in the meantime there are other ways to get blog traffic.

Today I wanted to discuss some ways you can get blog traffic to your website easily and effectively.

5 Ways to Increase Blog Traffic

1. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

SEO is a process that deals with optimizing your blog so that it ranks better in the search engines.

This method should be use when writing your blog posts because it’s an awesome source for generating free traffic.

Your blog posts should be written around keywords that people search for on the internet daily.

It requires some research, but once you have a list of keywords you can right posts that are search engine optimized fairly quickly.

SEO is complex and requires a lot of different techniques and strategies that you can learn over time.

To keep it simple for the sake of this post you should focus on creating exceptional content around relevant keywords.

If you have a WordPress blog the “All In One SEO Pack” plugin should be downloaded immediately.

It will help you with writing optimized posts.

2. Blog Commenting

One of the best ways to get blog traffic is through blog commenting.

I use the method daily in my business commenting on different other people’s blogs.

This helps in two ways.

First it gets readers of other blogs to check out your content on your website and second it creates backlinks to help your site in the search engines.

Make sure you are leaving valuable comments on other people’s blog that is engaging and relevant.

Take some time each day to actually read other bloggers posts in your niche and make comments that are useful, informative, and helpful.

If you show people you have something willing to offer they will check out your blog to learn more about you.

3. Forum Posting

Similar to blog commenting you can get blog traffic by posting on forums in your niche.

Posting on forums gives you the opportunity to get your comments seen by people interested in your niche.

People see your posts and then click to check out your blog if you have it linked to your forum signature.

I get tons of visits from commenting and asking questions of different niche specific forums.

Not only does it bring me traffic, but it also builds links to my website making it strong in the search engines.

By regularly posting using this method you can build relationships with people and turn them into regulars on your blog.

4. Social Media

Another source of my blog traffic comes from social media.

Facebook and twitter do wonders for supplying me with a nice source of traffic.

By linking your blog posts to your social media sites you can get friends and family to share them.

This will bring you a steady flow of traffic.

And if you post goes viral who knows how long you can have a flow of traffic?

I’ve known some bloggers get massive flows of traffic for months just because of one blog post that went crazy over the internet.

Don’t overlook social media.

5. Video Marketing

Using video is a great way to get blog traffic.

Many people enjoy watching videos and like to see the face behind the business.

You can use this method to increase your readership and become more relatable to viewers.

People will naturally want to check out your blog.

In your videos you can do a call-to-action on the end to check out your blog and subscribe.

This goes a long way in building credibility with your readers.

Video marketing isn’t difficult, but it will take some practice in building up your confidence to get on video.

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

The more videos you do the more comfortable you’ll get and the better you will become.

These are five methods you can use to instantly gain more blog traffic.

You can master one of perform all five each day.

It will do wonders for increasing your traffic and get your business going in the right direction.

Remain consistent with your efforts and good things will happen.

The best part about these methods is they are all free.

If you can master these you can combine your efforts with paid methods and take your business to new heights.

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Article Writing

5 Article Writing Mistakes That Will Cost You

Article writing can be a great way to express your knowledge and get tons of traffic for your website or blog.

If you are running an online business it’s definitely beneficial to have a blog where people can go to learn more about you and your business.

If your articles are good people will praise you and continue to come back to your website for more information and updates.

If your articles are bad people will leave never to return again.

Today I wanted to discuss some common mistakes you should avoid before submitting a post to your blog.

5 Article Writing Mistakes to Avoid

1. Not Reviewing Your Work Before Submitting

While some common mistakes are acceptable, too many grammatical errors can get in the way of getting your point across.

If your readers cannot understand what you’re trying to say they are going to quickly exit your site and not return.

This hurts your traffic and ultimately your potential to make sales.

Simple mistakes of wrong spelling and punctuation errors can cause your article to be labelled as “low quality” and won’t get approved by article directories.

This creates problems for you in the search engines with getting your articles ranked high enough to generate organic traffic.

Make sure you are reviewing your articles for major errors or getting someone to proof read them for you before clicking the submit button.

2. Being Too Direct With the Sell

People enjoy buying things on or off the internet, but very few people like to be sold.

Too much hard sell, bragging, and self-promotion can hurt you in article writing.

People have come to your website to get their problems solved and that should be your priority.

If what you have to offer solves their problem they will be happy to buy, but people aren’t looking for the hard sell.

Make your article writing count by providing people with solutions and then providing them with a product that can help.

3. Headline and Body Copy Aren’t Congruent

Have you ever clicked an article because of the headline only to find out the body of the content was something totally different?

Yes?

Yea me too…

I felt cheated!

Your article writing should have a good flow to it.

Things should match up and be easy to follow.

If someone clicks on your article because your headline states that they can learn a new language in 30 days, then your article should reflect that in some way.

It is highly important that whatever is said in your headline reflects what you have in the body.

You have to train your readers to respond to your offers accordingly.

4. Overusing Keywords for SEO

Overusing keywords in your articles will hurt you more than they will help.

One thing that you don’t want to do is spam your article with a particular keyword.

This will hurt you in the search engines, as well as the article directories.

And if your articles aren’t getting ranked or published then that means no traffic.

It’s important to optimize your articles for SEO and using keywords strategically throughout your article writing is the way to go.

Ideally, keywords or key phrases you target should be no more than 2%.

Do your best to use 1-2 keywords per 100 words in your article writing.

5. Having No Call-to-Action at the End of Your Article

Having a call-to-action at the end of your article is the most important thing besides a good headline.

A good headline is designed to get people to click, but if they make it to the end of your article they need to know what to do next or else they just exit your website.

A call-to-action gets people to make an action they normally wouldn’t take otherwise for a desire or goal that you want.

It doesn’t have to be selling something, but if you want them to share ask them to share.

If you want them to check out another article, ask.

This can do wonders for your business and take your article writing to new heights with this simple strategy.

Begin to utilize it at the end of your articles if you want your readers to take another action.

You should avoid these mistakes at all costs.

If you have an online business your objective should be to provide your readers with quality information that can solve their problems.

Simple mistakes are normally looked past, but huge mistakes can cost you.

Make sure you are going over your work or getting someone else to check it over before submitting your articles.

Best Wishes!

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Blogging

Blogging: Recycling Old Blog Posts Into New Information

Blogging can be a painstaking task when it comes to creating new content regularly in a specific niche.

If you’ve been blogging for some time now you have a treasure trove of content you’re sitting on and you can use your current content to create new content.

Today I wanted to discuss some ways you can continue to provide valuable content to your readers and not have to stress over the fact of constantly having to come up with new ideas for a post.

5 Blogging Tips for New Content

Update Old Posts

Don’t underestimate old posts.

You can always go back and look at old posts to see if the content is still relevant.

Things change rapidly over the internet so something you once wrote about may not be up-to-date since you last wrote it.

Pick through old posts and find new ways to re-write it or add in some new information.

Is there any new research on the topic that you could cover in a blog post?

Share that with your readers.

As you go through your archives, keep an eye out for ways you can reuse some of those valuable posts that are just sitting in your blog’s archives.

Take a new approach

If you have a way of writing your blog posts you can consider changing your approach.

Are you asking questions?

You can be more interactive with your readers and set up Q&A sessions with them.

The information you get from your readers can be used to turn into new and refreshing blog posts.

Learn something new

Is there a topic you’ve been looking over because you are afraid to tackle it?

Stretch your self and learn something new that can give you more information to give to your readers.

What more can you discover about your niche?

Have your views that you expressed in any old posts changed at all?

Write about how your views have changed–or how they are as firm as ever sharing what has had an impact on your views.

Create a blogging environment that is interaction and constantly evolving.

Tweet old posts

If you have a WordPress blog you can tweet old blog posts and get people talking about those posts.

You can create an interactive discussion with readers and gain new ideas.

You can also tweet old posts and ask readers how you can improve upon them.

Any information you get can be used to update old posts or create totally new posts with the information you received.

More often than not people will be willing to give you the information you need to make your blog better.

Utilize Facebook

Along with Twitter you can utilize Facebook to get more hits and comments to old blog posts.

Post or repost old articles and get people to engage.

You posts can quickly get shared and exchanged all across Facebook creating a frenzy and gaining large amounts of traffic from work that’s already been done.

Sharing your posts and asking question can go a long way in giving you new ideas to create new content.

Don’t look past old content you have created.

Figure out ways to update or make it more refreshing.

Old posts can always be better.

Focus on creating awesome content for your readers.

Blogging doesn’t have to be difficult and don’t allow yourself to make it more difficult with over-thinking things.

Best Wishes!

Blogger

Tips a Blogger Should Know

A blog can be a great way to give voice to your passions, loves, expertise or creativity.

They can be a good source of income as well.

Be that as it may, there are certain things that a blogger should be familiar with.

It does not matter if you are an existing blogger or if you are planning to start one.

With the help of  these blogger tips, you will find blogging an easier and more enjoyable activity.

These tips can also help keep your content exciting enough for your readers to keep coming back.

6  Blogger Tips

1) Refresh the Look of Your Blog on a Regular Basis

You can give your blog a stylish and fashionable theme and layout.

However, fashion trends are subject to change.

Your readers can become bored with the design after visiting it on a regular basis. You can easily change the looks of your website on a regular basis.

You may opt for a complete change or make only a few minor changes.

Either way, ensure that you do not do it too often.

Otherwise, your readers can become fed up.

2) Maintain an About Page

Blogs are all about connecting with your readers.

As such one of the more important blogger tips you should keep in mind is the maintenance of an about page.

Your readers would love to know more about the person writing their favorite blogs.

Readers can use the about page to know more of your skills, talents and business.

Keeping such a page is incredibly important.

Additionally, you need to ensure that the tone of the about page is similar to the rest of the blog.

At the same time, there should not be any errors particularly for the crucial bits of information such as contact details.

3) Blog Organization

If you have been an avid blogger or if your blog has been around for a long period of time, you will have accumulated a lot of blog posts.

Unless you have implemented a good labeling system, you and your readers will find it intensely difficult to locate a particular blog post.

You should implement a scalable labeling and organizational system in your blog as soon as possible.

Divide you posts into categories and subcategories to ensure that it is extremely easy to search for blogs.

This can reduce a lot of headache in the future.

4) Make Use of the Footer Space

It is true that not all of your readers will be interested in what lies at the end of blog page.

However, some people do end up scrolling to the bottom.

They are usually the ones who are really interested in your blog.

Among the many blogger tips, an important one is that you should not let the footer space be blank.

Keep it just as interesting as the rest of the blog.

You can add links to your archives, latest blog posts, the popular posts or the about page.

5) Create a Calendar for Posts

You can create a virtual or a paper calendar according to your preference.

The calendar will act as a sort of scheduler and planner to remind you of the dates for the latest blog posts.

You can also use the calendar to keep a track of the ideas you wish to include in the future posts.

It will help you remain organized and ensure that you do not miss anything of importance.

6) Avoiding Burnout

It is quite easy to get burnout when you are working daily as a blogger from home.

You need to set your own hours for working.

Moreover, you should not stay cooped up over a single activity.

You can pursue your other interests.

A change of scenery is important especially when you are working in something that is as creative as blogging.

Avoid staying at home all day just to reply to all the emails and comments left by readers.

By going out, you many end up with new inspirations to make use of in your blogs.

These are few of many blogger tips that you can use to improve your blog.

By making use of these tips, you can really make your blog better and hopefully a tremendous success.

Best Wishes!

Fail with Blogging

Why People Fail With Blogging?

I was just in a forum recently, (http://www.warriorforum.com) and a group of us were having a discussion on reasons why people fail with blogging.

There were so many different views and reasons why people fail at it.

Blogging is a great way to build your presence online and potentially make a living off of, but it comes with a price.

There is a lot of hard work dedicated to creating a place where people want to come and feel comfortable.

A place on the web where people can get the information they are seeking with full confidence that it can help them.

Today I wanted to discuss some reasons why people fail with blogging.

Let’s get started.

3 Reasons Why People Fail With Blogging

1) Picking the wrong niche

In yesterday’s post, How to Find the Right Niche, I discussed the importance of picking the right niche.

This should be the first step in the process of creating your own blog.

If it’s to make money then this is where you should begin.

Picking the wrong niche will cause you a big headache and will ultimately be a waste of time if the niche isn’t profitable.

You will put in loads of time and work for no reason if the niche cannot be monetized.

2) They are too impatient

Often people to into blogging to make a quick buck and in most cases it does not work that way.

Blogging takes effort and you must be passionate about what you are doing.

Otherwise you will not stick with it and your blogging efforts will be short lived.

Most of the successful bloggers I know didn’t start earning money until 6+ months into the business and with that they put in loads of work.

Focus on building a foundation with your blog and learning how to manage it.

Take your time with it and focus on making it the best you can.

In this case patience is truly a virtue with blogging.

3) Lack of consistency

Consistency is important in any endeavor.

Blogging probably is one of the longest processes to make money online.

While you can make money quickly, really building that foundation is the best process for you.

Remaining consistent with you efforts will build your credibility and in time you will learn what it takes to maintain a thriving functioning blog.

Learning how to become a better writer, improve your SEO efforts, and building relationships with your readership.

If you remain consistent with your blogging you can eventually branch out into other ways to make money online, but having a blog should be one of your sources.

These are only a few ways of why people fail with blogging, but these three things are definitely big in why people don’t have success with it.

Blogging is a really effective way to build something lasting and credible.

In my online experience when you have a blog you have a reputation.

People are more likely to see you as an expert and will opt in to your list because of that.

You show people you are real and they get to see many sides of your personality depending on your content.

Blogging is a way to show your knowledge, people will respond well to that over any other form of internet marketing.

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Best Wishes!

2 Reasons to Host Your Own Blog

There are millions of people who have wonderful blogs online today.

They provide valuable content, wonderful graphics, and awesome pictures.

All great things when it comes to blogging.

But the one thing that’s not in their favor is it’s being done using a free blogging platform.

This is good if you are blogging as a hobby or a way to express yourself.

But not so good if you are blogging from a business perspective.

All of your hard work and effort can easily be wiped away in the click of a button, with no questions asked if you aren’t using your own hosting and domain name because you do not own your blog.

Why not build something that you have full control over from the very start.

Why You Should Host Your Own Blog:

1) Branding

If you are blogging for business or to build a name for yourself online branding is a key element in separating yourself from the crowd.

Free blogging platforms make it much harder for you to stand out from the crowd because no matter how hard you work or promote yourself you still are promoting their brand.

Here’s what I mean:

If you are using a blogging site like www.blogsuccess.com to do your blog you will have to create your own name on the site for your blog.

Let’s say you use John Smith.

Your blog name would be www.johnsmith.blogsuccess.com.

Isn’t that a long domain name to explain to your friends, family, or readers.

Wouldn’t www.johnsmith.com be much easier to explain and much easier for them to remember?

No matter how much effort you put into the blog the harsh reality in the end is it isn’t really yours.

By owning your own blog you allow yourself the ability to brand yourself or your site with no conflict.

2) You Have Complete Control

If you are going to have a business online, especially blogging, why not have complete control over it.

You can make the blog any way you want with no restrictions or backlash.

What you post, the pictures you use, the look of your site, and the functionality all depend on you and your efforts.

While owning your own blog may take a bit more effort than using a free platform a piece of mind of having complete control of all aspects of your blog should make it worth while.

If your blog gets shut down on a free blogging platform you could always move to another of course, but that comes with risk of losing your readership and all of your work.

Having complete control of your blog from the beginning allows you to maintain your readership and your work for as long as you own your domain name and pay your hosting fees.

Don’t let hosting your own blog discourage you.

It’s inexpensive to get your own hosting and domain name.

Both combined can cost anywhere from 10-15 dollars a month.

Using WordPress as a platform for your blog you can easily learn how to set it up in less than a day.

It allows you to bypass all the technical stuff like html coding and allows you to easily add features, pictures, and posts quickly.

Again if you are looking to start up a blog for business, I recommend starting it the right way by getting your own hosting and domain from the beginning.

Using these tips will get you started off right.

Best Wishes!

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2 Ways to Increase Blog Traffic

Setting up a blog has become much easier with sites like Blogger and WordPress. Today it doesn’t take much to setup a blog. It only requires basic skills, because you don’t have to know much HTML if any at all.

This is one reason why the blogging world has become a huge space that attracts new people daily. With so many people blogging and so much information on the Web the question to ask is:

How do you attract new visitors to your blog?

In today’s post I’m going to share with you two easy and free ways to increase traffic to your blog.

1) Article Marketing

Article marketing is pretty simple. It’s creating quality articles and posting them to your blog site or article directories. The difficult part is providing quality content that separates you from the competition and staying consistent with posting your articles.

The best directories will help to get your articles ranked more quickly, which would usually take much longer on your own. So take time to find which directories will work best for you.

You can find some article directories simply by doing a Google search. One of which I am a member of is http://www.ezinearticles.com.

All you have to do is write the article one time and post it to the different blogs and directories. This helps giving your content credibility and once again will assist with ranking it higher in the search engines.

Furthermore, your articles can be submitted to the article directories for syndication. This allows other people to post your work to their blog or site as long as they give you the credit for writing the article.

Another way to increase traffic to your blog is…

2) Forum Marketing

Forum Marketing is another free method that can be used for your blog. Finding forums in your particular niche space and sharing ideas, blog posts, and answering questions quickly puts you in position to be seen as an authority.

People respond to that by wanting to learn more about you, as well as learn from you. What you want to do is make insightful posts, answer questions, and ask questions.

This shows that you are not a spammer and are genuinely interested in the community and what it has to offer. When this happens you are usually allowed to promote your website in the “signature” area of you posts.

If the site doesn’t allow for you to advertise your site in that area it’s still best to join the forums for knowledge and building relationships with people in your niche space. You never know what new things you can learn.

It all depends on where you want to take yourself and your business.

These two tips will increase your blog traffic and potentially make more money for you.

While time consuming if you don’t have the money these are great resources to build up traffic over time.

Thanks for reading.