It's a simple and straight forward question - and one that is asked often: how to make money from a blog?
In today's post, I give my usual style of unconventional and strategic answer to this question.
By the end of it, you may not be swimming in passive income, but you'll have a perspective that allows you to see through a lot of marketing talk around the topics of blogging and passive income.Continue reading
In January, a post on the official Google blog addressed the issue of low-quality “spammy” sites in the Google search results. This is a bit of a two-sided issue, at least for anyone likely to read this post. On the one hand, there’s the problem of low-quality, affiliate-link laden, crappy websites showing up in the top spots for many search terms in Google.
On the other hand, us online marketers are often the people who own such sites and make money from them…
We’ve come a long way in the AdSense Challenge and I hope you’ve started seeing some good results. Today, I want to share a valuable resource with you (particularly if you didn’t get the AdSense 100K Blueprint yet) and talk about the “must-have” types of backlinks, for your off-page SEO to really have an effect. But first, let me talk about an asset that is far more important than any link-building tool or strategy could ever be.
We’ve come a long way already, with this AdSense Challenge. And quite a few of those who joined are already reporting that they are starting to see traffic and have gotten their first few clicks. Today, the new task is pretty simple: We’re going to expand.
Whether or not you’ve already seen success with the site you’re working on, the next step is to set up a second site, with a different topic and a different keyword group. This second site doesn’t need to be promoted heavily (yet) and we won’t necessarily put loads of content on it (yet), but just to make sure the domain is registered and there’s a site sitting there, accumulating age and ready for an SEO push when we are, makes a big difference. This site can either be the next step to ramping up your income, or it can be a “backup” site in case the first one doesn’t quite work out, for some reason.
So far in the challenge, we’ve picked a group of keywords, set up a site and added keyword-relevant content, started building backlinks to one specific page on our site on a regular basis and picked a “backup” keyword group that we can use to repeat the whole process on a second site. Next, we’re going to add a little more oomph to our backlink building.
If you’re familiar with some of my stuff, then you’ve probably heard me talk about “link reinforcement”. This is the principle we’re going to start making use of, next. In case you aren’t yet familiar with the concept, here’s a explanation:
Welcome to part 3 of the IM Impact/100K Blueprint Adsense Challenge! So far, we’ve done the keyword research, set up a site and added some content. We’ve also made sure that Google finds our new AdSense site and done some initial link-building.
Now, it’s time to ramp up our link-building efforts and in today’s update, we’ll also start diversifying just a little bit. More details below.
In part one of the AdSense challenge, we picked keywords and created some initial content on a new site. Now, it’s time we get Google to notice us and start promoting the site.
Before I get to the tasks for the second part of the challenge, a quick note on my own progress:
Welcome to part one of what I simply call “the AdSense Challenge”. First, let me give you a little background info on all this:
Recently, a product called the AdSense 100K Blueprint was recommended to me, I took a look at it and it turned out to be a really good guide on how to properly use AdSense to monetize websites. I liked it so much that I invited the creators of the blueprint to do a webinar for my subscribers and thus, I actively promoted their guide.
And of course, I want to use the strategy described in the guide for myself, as well, so I dusted off my unused AdSense account and set out to build a few sites according to the blueprint… and then noticed that somehow, two weeks had passed and I still hadn’t even started building the first site. To remedy this situation, I decided to set a small challenge for myself and invited my subscribers to join in. More than 100 of them liked the idea and joined and so I decided to run with it and expand the challenge.
There are countless ways of making money online and I cannot cover them all in this post. However, in terms of monetizing a website, there are four very common methods: Renting out ad-space, using AdSense or similar contextual advertising, promoting CPA offers and promoting products as an affiliate.
These four methods are arranged neatly along a sliding scale and understanding them makes for a good foundation of knowledge about website monetization in general.
So, let’s go right ahead and examine these four methods.