Saturday, May 3, 2008

Blogging for Dollars: Making Your Blog Make You Money

By Peter Francis

Although anyone can make money online through blogging, creating an Internet business from a blog isn't a foolproof business opportunity. It's a home business like any other, and it requires you to put in the effort to make it successful. What's more, it helps to have a few tricks in your back pocket that can help better the chances that your blog will start earning you that extra money.

But all of the tricks in the world won't help you if you go into the blogging business with the wrong expectations. Be sure you are clear on a few things before you start. Once you get these things straight, there is virtually no limit to the income potential that blogging can offer. There are lots of different ways that blogging can earn you money.

First, it's important to realize that blogging is hard work. You have to have the stamina to stick it out past the first month or two. Too often people go into blogging, keyboard blazing, ready to watch the dollars roll in. Then, after a few months, they lose steam. To make blogging successful, you have to be willing to put in the hours to make it work.

Don't expect instant rewards, either. Blogging is not meant to be a get-rich-quick scheme, and don't believe anyone who tells you it is. The rewards of blogging will come after you've slogged it out in the trenches for a while, potentially many months. But once you do start to see rewards, it will all be worth the time you spent.

You should also realize that blogging involves more than just writing. Sure, blogging does involve, and in fact center on, writing, but you will have to also do a fair bit of social networking in order to make money. If no one knows your blog exists, no one is going to read it. If no one is reading, you won't see any money. With a little knowledge and a lot of guts, you can make social networking work to earn you and your blog a little face time with the world. The key is learning how to do this effectively. Remember, being a professional blogger means being part writer, part salesperson.

Even if you think you can't be "salesy" enough, you can be successful at earning money from a blog. You can either learn some basic sales skills or a partner can take care of the sales while you focus on creating content that will keep 'em coming back for more.

So the short answer is this: Yes, anyone can make money from a blog. Armed with the right attitude, a good measure of determination, and some tips and tricks, you can start seeing the money roll in from your blog. There is a lot of advice out there about how to turn a blog into a successful business opportunity. It can be overwhelming to try to sort through it all. But rest assured that there are resources that can help. Once you've taken the time to do a little research, you will be well equipped to start making money with your blog.

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Peter Francis is a business consultant, an author, and the founder of an online opportunity directory. Visit IncomeSrch at to preview opportunities in internet business, affiliate marketing, blogging, writing for cash, eBay, and working at home.