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How to Start a Blog and Make Money Online
By Suzanne Morrison

If you are new to the internet and wondering what an earth this blogging craze is all about, or if you already have your own website and you’re wondering why everyone keeps advising you to start your own blog, read on. I’m going to explain to you what a blog is, why you need one, how to set it up, promote it and of course, make money from it.

Blog is short for “web log” and is similar to an online diary or journal. The craze of blogging began in the very late 1990s and has started to become more and more popular over the last couple of years. Almost everyone seems to have a blog these days, from CEOs of large companies to webmasters, from world travelers to teenagers. Even my Dad has his own blog now! A blog allows you to communicate informally with people via an online journal, but it’s more personal and unstructured than a website and easier and cheaper to set up than a website.

If you have your own website, but haven’t yet started a blog you can easily start one using a free service such as Blogger or WordPress. Try to post to your blog at least once or twice a week on topics related to your website. Blogging will help your search engine rankings and open up the communication channels between you and your visitors or customers, encouraging them to interact with you and give them a reason to return to your site in future.

If you don’t have your own website and are looking to set up a blog quickly and easily I recommend opening a free account with Blogger. You can blog about anything you like, for example a hobby, a vacation, your home town, something political, a sport or your business. Just be sure to pick something that you are interested in and knowledgeable about. You can host your blog for free on Blogspot – all you need to do is pick a name that is relevant to the topic of your blog. Once you have set up your profile and chosen a template, blogging is as simple as sending an email to a friend.

There are many ways to make money from your blog, but here are a few ideas to get you started:

- Google Adsense - this is free to join and easy to set up. The ads will match the content of your blog and you will get paid every time a visitor clicks on an ad.

- Affiliate Programs – sign up for affiliate programs related to the topic of your blog and display links to related products on your blog. Clickbank, Trade Doubler and Commission Junction are good places to start, or do a Google search for “affiliate program” + the topic of your blog to find more affiliate programs. Whenever someone clicks through your affiliate link and buys a product, you will receive a commission. If you are knowledgeable about your topic you could also write product reviews to help increase your affiliate sales.

- Sell Advertising Space – if you have a popular blog you can charge people to advertise on your blog. This could be in the form of a text link, a banner or a graphic.

You are not going to make money with a blog unless people can find it. As soon as you have started to post to your blog it’s time to start promoting it. You can get your blog noticed by…

- Submitting your blog to blog directories – just search for “blog directories” in Google

- Asking other bloggers to exchange links with you – you put a link on your blog in exchange for a link from their blog.

- Writing an article related to the topic of your blog and posting it to article directories. Remember to include an author’s resource box with a link to your blog.

- Pinging blog ping services every time you make a new post – and are two sites you can use to do this.

- Participating in forums related to the topic of your blog. Put a link to your blog in your forum signature.

Finally, once you have your blog monetized and you have started promoting it don’t forget to post regularly. The most important aspect of every successful blog is frequent posting, so be sure not to let the virtual dust gather over your blog!

Suzanne Morrison blogs regularly on various topics including travel, home business and internet marketing. Visit her Plug-In Profit Site blog to find out how she makes money online.

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Blog or Website?
By Alastair Harris

Blog or Website? There are many arguments over which are better blogs or websites? This articles look at what both are an their individual advantages and disadvantages.

A Blog functions like an online diary. It can be updated as often as the creator likes by simply adding a new post. One of the main advantages is that most blogs are free. The potential domain name can be limited in that is normally must in the URL address the blog provider. For example blogger includes on the end of any other domain name you choose for the blog. This can result in some very long domain names. The other advantage of a blog is the way in which it generates traffic. Because they can and often are updated on a regular basis, search engines spiders 'know' they are a good place to find constantly fresh content - something spiders hunger for. They also can 'ping' the net but I'll leave that for another article. Also at the moment blogs are very much the 'in thing' spoken about much online and also in mainstream media.

Blogs now have numerous templates available and there are millions of varieties on the internet. MyBlogLog is a great place to see the many blogs that are out there if your looking for design ideas. One of the disadvantages of blogs it that they are a single page, therefore are not always the best place to display information. It can also be difficult to display advertising in the way you would like as you are limited by the templates. If you put it in the main posting area it can going over the boundaries - particularly banners and if you are adding new posts on a regular basis the ad will eventually be lost to the archives. This brings us to another problem with blogs, if you regularly add new posts which you need to do to take advantage of the constantly fresh content option you will keep losing material to the archives. This can be found by opening up the archives but experience shows not many visitors will actually do this.

Websites on the other hand have the ability to display many pages and are a much better format to display information. Particularly long term displays. Displaying advertising, banners, special features and links are easy to achieve with good effect. However as the website is not constantly updated you don't get the 'fresh content' bonus of the blog. Websites are also better for presenting a serious business image and creating business. (Thats not to say blogs don't earn money, they can, but a website is a better option).

How do you can the best of both worlds? The traffic generation of a blog and the business of a website? Link the two. A lot of internet businesses now have a main website and have a blog with links to the website. The blog is the place they can constantly update material and information and the website is the place they conduct the majority of their business.

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