Starting to do blogging for revenue.

Every time a new story comes around of a successful blogger who made it big through his writing skills, you see  a spike in traffic for people looking for blogs with revenue or “how to generate revenue from your blog” kind of articles. A successful blogger will often start saying it is very easy to generate a gazillion dollars via blog and start selling his eBook. In fact most bloggers who barely make a few hundred dollars will start backing his story of even how they are making so much money via Adsense and what not.

If you are a relatively new blogger , here are a few quick thoughts I would like to share with you.

If you have simply been blogging for Adsense income your blog articles will be totally keyword focussed. They will be rich in keywords but totally become alien to your end users. Remember blogging is about engaging people and not a one-way street. You have to try and make people who come to your blog from day one keep coming back. Having at least one visitor turn into a loyal one in a day is a great achievement.

Blog about things that you like , things you hate and things that don’t bother you. Don’t blog because the keyword “DVD” will bring you $3 a click. By doing this you are actually cheating your readers of your true potential.

  • blog about your interests and not for Adsense
  • blog and engage your readers.

We all have been taught to place that Adsense code at the very top, above the post and below the post.This is the standard across a range of high traffic word press blogs. If you start placing these on your website as well, how are you any different from a million others.

Readers have now seem to overlook any ads on your website. People will hardly seem to see any ads and get straight to the article. Make sure that whatever you publish is served to your readers before you start serving them ads.

  • get a decent traffic before you think revenue
  • explain to your readers why you will be putting up ads if any

I have often seen extremely great and insightful bloggers start high and then loose all their passion in the middle. People will most often loose their passion midway because of other commitments. Sometimes the blog does not turn out to what they thought it would.

There is a very old saying which vaguely translates to, if you can preserve your passion or hunger to do whatever you wish to do and work at it for 180 days, you have a good chance of success.

  • constantly work at it if you want to achieve something
  • brand yourself as an expert

So Forum, What are your thoughts, comments , feedback…

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What a social network should have !

Talk about a blog and most people will start on “how awesome WordPress is..”. Yes I know. I use WordPress too. There are a number of blogging platform that are coming up nowadays and most of them disappear before making a sound. WordPress it seems is monopolising the whole blogging platform.

However, I personally think WordPress lacks a few core features that may push it to become the most preferred blogging system.

Think about all the king of plugins and modules you have installed on your website for bookmarking and tweeting your posts.  After writing content on your website, you need to go out and market yourself.

What if there was a social mash which pooled all the content on a given platform and based on a user’s query returned the most relevant result. I know this is the job of a search engine. However this does not need to be very complex. A social mash is a collection of content on a given sphere where users can cross link, refer or cite a fellow user. This will in turn make them both grow. The social Mash is obviously cross platform compliant. This simply means that any content you share on social mash, gets automatically synced with multiple channels. This could be automatic status updates, link backs and pings and much more.

Some core benefits include

  • No plugins or modules to install
  • Social mediums designed within the architecture
  • Social Mash may create user groups.
  • Easy for serving content based on user organisation
  • Rich and effective content will be pushed up by user

Google and Yahoo do a great job at indexing content. They also do a great job at showing you what your visitors are doing. It would be nice for wordpress or any other blogging platform to pick up a cue and integrate analytics within its core system.

The benefits of doing so will include

  • Actionable insights right where you need to apply them
  • Live user interaction
  • Live suggestion – If you go in a shop, a salesman helps you out. Similarly if your could serve your visitors.

So Forum, what are your thoughts..