Pro Blogging Basics – How to Make Money Blogging
It is not uncommon for individuals to begin their lives as a blogger with the idea that they can become a pro blogger, and begin blogging for dollars. The biggest downfall to this mentality is becoming a pro blogger, and to actually make money blogging is a process that takes time and effort, and will not happen overnight.
This results in a lot of failed blogs on the internet, abandoned to collect the proverbial internet dust, and in my mind is a sad state to leave ones hopes and dreams.
Blogging for dollars is not difficult. But many people have very high expectations. And very low threshold hold for failure. If your primary objective when starting your first blog is to make money blogging, then you will fail. I am most certain of that. In many cases it takes month, if not years for your blog to have sufficient content to even generate any interest. It is human nature to always want more, and if your blog can not support our need, we will just move on.
So, how do you start blogging for dollars?
You start with the basics. You start with a concept or idea for a blog in a niche market that interests you enough for you to be able to generate daily content about the niche you select. You can do this by simply thinking of things that occupy your spare time. Hobbies, sports, interests, it can almost be anything you can think of. The main objective is to have a topic you will not quickly lose interest in, because in the beginning the dollars will not be rolling in, in fact if cents are rolling in you are ahead of many beginner bloggers out there.
But there is more to a topic than just finding your own personal enjoyment. It is critical to find a topic that is not already over populated on the Internet. There are several things you can do to check this. After establishing your topic, search it using Google, and see how many results you get. If you have a topic that generates under 100,000 web page results, you may have a chance with that topic, some topics may turn back millions upon millions of results, and although this is not a make or break step, it is important to know how heavy your competition is.
The real key to this search is to determine the Page rank of the top ten websites within your topic; this will help you determine it will be able to break into the first page of the search engine results. You can find out page rank by downloading Google's toolbar. There are other tools though, so choose one you are comfortable with. Key point to remember is, any site with a page rank of 4 will be tough for you to compete with. If the first page is loaded with PR 4's and higher, you may want to refine your keyword a bit to see if you can find an easier market.
A simple way to refine your primary niche or Keyword is by using Google's AdWords Keyword Tool; This tool will give you the search totals for your chosen keyword, along with suggested keywords that would fall within your niche.
Once you have established your niche market, it is important to stay on topic. Blog daily about your niche, offering useful information that leave a reader wanting more. This is key to generating traffic, and traffic is the key to blogging for dollars.
Once you have established a writing pattern, and are writing consistent content. Your next responsibility as a new and budding pro blogger, to read other blogs within your niche market and from this you can gather useful information on what others within your market are talking about. On top of that, it offers you the chance to comment on others blogs. Blog commenting is critical . This not only generates awareness or you and your blog, but it also opens up a possible business relationship with the other blogger. As long as your commenting is insightful and not viewed as spam, there is a chance that a conversation can be stuck up between you and the other blogger. This opens the door for link exchanging and guest blogging, both of which offer you the chance at more readers.
Now that you are writing consistent content, and you are commenting and networking with other bloggers within your niche marketing, the next step to blogging for dollars is backlinks. Building backlinks will be the main concern for you in establishing solid and consistent page views. Backlinks, using your primary keywords will attract search engine spiders. Increasing the amount of times your blog is indexed and also increasing you're own page ranking. The goal is to generate enough backlinks to be seen on the first page of any search engine for your specific keywords.
So, now the question how does this have anything to do about blogging for dollars?
It has everything to do with blogging for dollars. Because no matter how you plan to monetize your blog, nothing will be successful if you are not generating traffic.