25.5.09

Ready To Make Money Blogging?

Blogging for Profit  If you're looking for an online opportunity that can provide you with a regular income, you're definitely not alone. Economic times are tough these days and thousands of people need to bring in extra income or replace lost income. All this due to company downsizing and retrenchments as the global economic crisis bites hard.

People have to start somewhere if they are looking at the prospects of making an income online. There's a learning curve to go through before one can come up to speed. The problem is that there are many scams and opportunities that don't pan out these days.

Instead of trying things that don't work, it's a good idea to go with a proven method of making money from home that thousands of people have had success with.

In fact, the best opportunity to make money online is something you are probably familiar with! The answer? Blogging.

The chances are very good that you read blogs regularly, if not every day. The same is true for many other people out there, in the US and in most other countries that have Internet access. Blogging gives you a truly worldwide market.

Now making money with blogging is all about having quality content related to a niche that people are interested in. The people in the niche you choose should be used to spending money, so you can have high hopes of earning money.

For example, those who have some kind of problem that they would like to get rid of will probably spend money to do so. If you have a blog in the niche, you can place advertisements that will be great earners.

Take for example a niche for people who are trying to prevent an impending divorce. They are desperate to find a way to get their husband or wife to reconsider, and to rekindle their love.

There are many things that go into creating a successful blog. Some examples of these include:
  • Proper blog set up and installation
  • Quality content
  • Focus on long tail keywords that will bring in traffic and buyers
  • Proper advertisement placement and affiliation

All of these things can seem like foreign concepts to those who have never dabbled in Internet marketing before.

Have no fear -- if you have the right instruction, understanding these things and implementing them is far easier than you might think possible.

To eliminate the learning curve and be sure that you get started right with your blogs, I would recommend you join The Niche Blogger. This membership site was actually created by a stay-at-home mom who wanted to find a way to eliminate her debts.

She went through a lot of trial and error, and decided to document the blogging process for her family members who also wanted to start blogging.

There was a lot of interest in her methods because she was so successful, so she decided to make it available to other people who wanted to learn how to blog.

There are an incredible number of members who are creating great niche blogs using these methods. Many of them had never even blogged before!

If you are serious about finding a make money online opportunity, you really can't pass up blogging.

Visit www.TheNicheBlogger.com

2.5.09

Don't Dodge the Viral Marketing Bug, It's Not Swine Flu!

Spread The Viral Message  Mention the word "viral" and one tends to think infection, illness and disease. This is not the swine flu virus that is scaring the hell out of us today. The "virus" we are talking about is a benign one. When referencing our Internet Marketing methods, "viral" is "desirable".

So, What is Viral Marketing?

As the name suggests, it's a way of spreading your marketing message from person to person, similar to passing a cold around. You pass on the 'germ' to about five people, who in turn each pass on the bug to 5 more (5x5=25), who then spread it to another 5 (25x5=125) and so on until after just 8 levels, you reach the staggering figure of 1,953,125.

The classic example of viral marketing is Hotmail, one of the first free Web-based e-mail services. Their strategy was, and still is, very simple:
  • Give away free e-mail addresses and services

  •  Attach a simple tag at the bottom of every users email
    message sent: "Get your private, free email at ...."

  • Then stand back while people e-mail to their own network
    of friends and associates who see the message and sign up
    for their own free e-mail service, and the cycle continues.
What Makes Marketing Viral?

A viral marketing plan usually has some or all of the following basic elements:

1. Provides a product or service free

2. Makes for easy transfer of the message to others

3. Allows easy growth from small to very large

4. Exploits common motivations and behaviours

5. Uses existing communication networks

6. Utilizes the resources of others 

Starting A Viral Marketing Campaign

One of the ways you can start a viral marketing campaign is to distribute free content such as articles, reviews, specialized reports, free e-mail service, free software, free info, etc. They can be given away for free in a number of different ways. 

If you have a mailing list, send out your special reports, reviews or articles directly to your members or thirdly, post your information free for all to see on forums that specialize on the information that you offer.

The word "FREE" is the most persuasive word in marketing. Most viral marketing campaigns give away a product or service to gain prospect's interest.

One well-trodden viral route to take is for you to write an article and distribute it as free content through online article distribution sites.

I have done my fair share of posting articles to some of these free article sites. For many of us, distributing free articles to article marketing sites is the key to helping an affiliate marketer promote his or her web site, product or service.

You can find hundreds of articles distribution sites, most offer articles on many topics, others focus on a specific niche such as internet marketing or recipes.

The beauty of article distribution sites is that most are free. They provide a valuable service and resource to allow thousands of people to view your information and ultimately create buzz for your products.

There are also viral marketing websites that offer promotional tools or widgets that are supposed to help you to build web traffic and lists. Many of these sites even provide a friendly "Tell a Friend" feature which makes letting your contacts know that much easier.

It has never been easier than now to grab a piece of the action in viral marketing and have a stake on the Internet. Competition online is keen and you need to get the message out using marketing techniques that enable as many people as possible to know that you exist!

Don't watch the world go by. Go viral and be recognized.

But be warned - Be circumspect about it and thread carefully.