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post #21 of 113
I am a blogger and my husband is a well known blogger with 2.4 million visitors per month to his blog (Steve Pavlina). Here is what he has told me and also written in his articles for other bloggers.

1. Content. Are you writing for yourself or for others? A lot of people just blog about their lives. Unless you're a celebrity, who cares right? write content that helps others. They will refer their friends and come back often.

2. Submit your articles to blog carnivals. I actually have a guy whom I pay $25/month to submit my articles all over the place every week. That has increased my traffic a lot and saves me a ton of time.

3. EzineArticles.com is good, like previously mentioned.

4. write content that OTHER bloggers will link to. That I think was the big secret to STeve's success initially. He wrote amazing content, often controversial, that had the blogosphere buzzing! examples of articles of his that were big hits include: 10 Reasons You Should Never Have a Job, How to Give Up Coffee, How To Become an Early Riser, and How To Make Money from your Blog. Are any of these articles about how he got a puppy and potty trained him? Nuh uh. Provide real value that will benefit many and your blog traffic will grow.

5. Make sure you have an RSS feed so people can subscribe to your blog.

6. Blog at least 2-3 times per week. so people don't forget about you.

7. Use titles that search engines will index well for you.

8. Write original content. You don't want your blog to be a rehash of other people's blog material. Called Info-Crack by some, there are blogs out there where people just post links to other peopel's blogs.

This year I made a six-figure income from my blog. And my husband made 2.5 times as much as I did. I never would have thought it possible to make that kind of money from blogging. He uses an advertising model and I use a service based approach. Both can work.

Rev that blog up!
post #22 of 113
Erin- WOW!! Six figurers?! that is awesome, good for you! Great suggestions also, thank you!

oh, and what is a " service based approach?" thanks
post #23 of 113
Service based means I sell a service through my blog. I make no money on advertising, products, or affiliate programs. I write articles to educate and inspire, but in the process I am hoping people will sign up for my service. Even though only a small fraction of my visitors will utilize my service, that's fine with me. more than pays for itself.

But my husband, who sells no services, is able to make way more than I do by doing advertising, joint venture deals, affiliate programs, and even donations. Right now there is nothing you could even purchase through his site. However, his new plan is to put out some products and nix the advertising. It was his long term plan all along. He's built up a huge audience so now he can sell products to them.

Bop around his site a little if you are interested. He writes often and candidly about what he does, how he does it, how others can do it, and how much he makes doing it.
post #24 of 113
really interesting stuff mamas! I need to come back to this! I need to figure out if I can be a writer....
post #25 of 113
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I actually get most of my traffic from MDC.
Me too!
post #26 of 113

Is that okay in the mothering.com forums??

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Originally Posted by Deer Hunter View Post
Here is what you can do that I know works:

1. Put a link to your blog in your sig files on any forums you are a part of.

2. Write some articles for www.ezinearticles.com and put your blog's link in the byline or resource box.

3. Use blog search engines, such as the one found on Google, and connect to others' blogs. Comment them, and chances are that they will see your comment and follow the link back to your blog and read it.

Hope this helps.
I like to do this too but have only done it sporadically here b/c i wasn't sure if it was okay. i also like to put my facebook & twitter links, for networking.
post #27 of 113
If you don't earn money from your blog in any way, you can place it in your signature line for free. If you have ads or referral links, etc on your blog, you have to pay for an advertising signature.

Actually, I have more info on links and such in my FAQ that will probably help.
post #28 of 113

Hey Erin you should head over to the forum's

work at home well. They have a thread about whether you can actually make money or not.
post #29 of 113
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If you don't earn money from your blog in any way, you can place it in your signature line for free. If you have ads or referral links, etc on your blog, you have to pay for an advertising signature.
Really? So just by using adsense you can't link to your blog? I guess I'd better change my siggy.
post #30 of 113
Yeah , admin revised/refined that rule recently, which is why I wanted to be sure to clarify so y'all knew.
post #31 of 113
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Yeah , admin revised/refined that rule recently, which is why I wanted to be sure to clarify so y'all knew.
That makes me sad. It costs $30 for 3 months of "advertising" in your siggy...but I've only made $2 on my blog so far.
post #32 of 113
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That makes me sad. It costs $30 for 3 months of "advertising" in your siggy...but I've only made $2 on my blog so far.
post #33 of 113
I got a lot of traffic from www.alphainventions.com
It showed up there on it's own when I started my new blog about a month ago, and now I go on there every time I post a new entry. I have had lots of traffic, not sure if I am getting any loyal followers, but there seem to be a few returning.
Try it out!
post #34 of 113
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That makes me sad. It costs $30 for 3 months of "advertising" in your siggy...but I've only made $2 on my blog so far.
I had my blog in my siggy for a long time--didn't think the ad I had on there made it count as a "commercial site." Perhaps we could petition MDC for a blogger's advertising package: you know something like $10 for 3 months? I'd dropdown for that. I just didn't get enough traffic from MDC to warrant spending $30/3 months or $100 a year--it would cost me more than any revenue I'd hope to make from my CPM ads.

ETA: I made a suggestion in the "questions & suggestions" section. I hope it's addressed.
post #35 of 113
It would definitely be something worth you PMing Jacque Savageau, the MDC Administrator, about. She's the one who makes these decisions and brings things to Peggy O'Mara.
post #36 of 113
Back to the original topic.. I was thinking about this today. It's not that hard to get people to find your blog and read it, but the trick is people COMING BACK to read your blog, over and over again.

I see many, many blogs. Some I look at for 5 seconds and never go back to. Others I look at and check back every day. that's the trick!
post #37 of 113
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Back to the original topic.. I was thinking about this today. It's not that hard to get people to find your blog and read it, but the trick is people COMING BACK to read your blog, over and over again.
I agree. I think making sure that the feed buttons are highly visible is critical. What you really want, more than random visitors, is subscribers.

I've also found that running contests, giveaways or challenges will increase visitors and subscribers. Plus, you can't discount the importance of commenting on other people's blogs.
post #38 of 113
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Originally Posted by dearmama22 View Post
Back to the original topic.. I was thinking about this today. It's not that hard to get people to find your blog and read it, but the trick is people COMING BACK to read your blog, over and over again.

I see many, many blogs. Some I look at for 5 seconds and never go back to. Others I look at and check back every day. that's the trick!
Yes, thank you!

I'm biting my nails afraid to launch a site because I'm such a perfectionist. I want it perfect from the get-go, which is probably silly. I have an idea. I have a domain name. I have web space. Should I just jump in and get it going already?

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I've also found that running contests, giveaways or challenges will increase visitors and subscribers. Plus, you can't discount the importance of commenting on other people's blogs.
Oh I love these ideas. Are the giveaways something you did after you got established and had readers, or early on?
post #39 of 113
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It would definitely be something worth you PMing Jacque Savageau, the MDC Administrator, about. She's the one who makes these decisions and brings things to Peggy O'Mara.
I just did. Maybe other bloggers who'd be interested in a similar package should contact her too--in hopes of illustrating that there's popular support for such a package.
post #40 of 113
[QUOTE=aoife;12914912]Yes, thank you!

I'm biting my nails afraid to launch a site because I'm such a perfectionist. I want it perfect from the get-go, which is probably silly. I have an idea. I have a domain name. I have web space. Should I just jump in and get it going already?

YES!!!!

You sound just like me though.. I wanted to start a different blog for months but I couldnt decide on the " perfect" name or color or theme or where exactly I wanted to go with it so I hesitated for such a long time.. then finally I started one and I realized I can just tweak as I go. Think of all the time you/we/I could ( have been) wasting!

Just jump on it!
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