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How To Make Money By Blogging – A Recommendation

Posted by on Nov 4, 2008

Man, I wish I’d written this. I came across a post on a site called One Cool Site that was titled WordPress Blogging Tips. I have to say that it’s probably closest to the perfect article on this topic of making money by blogging that I’ve ever seen, and it doesn’t even talk about monetizing, affiliate ads, promoting products, or anything like that.

In essence, the article has 18 points that should be considered as ways to help your blog make money. Most of the 18 points links to another article within the site, and that’s actually one of the tips, deep linking within one’s own site. I touched upon the topic of optimizing old blog posts by internal linking myself, and y’all have seen how often I link to other articles I’ve already written. Something else I do that I don’t see as many people doing as I do is linking to other things that aren’t a part of my site, as well as authority links on topics that we’re addressing in our posts. You saw how I linked to Keral’s post on future WordPress posting because it was truly authoritative.

One place where I may be very deficient is his point #13, developing a brand. I’m not sure I have a specific brand that someone might qualify me with. I mean, I talk about blogging, internet marketing, affiliates, websites, web design, books, finances, health issues, motivation, and even a bit of silliness from time to time; I’m not sure. How would y’all classify me as far as brand goes, those of you who’ve checked out at least 3 posts of mine?

Anyway, I recommend you check out that post above, and click through to the articles it’s linked to. If you want to learn way more about blogging and monetizing than you know how, it’s great. And, do I have internal linking down, or what?

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Wei Liang | ABloggerBlog:

Branding is definitely very important for any serious bloggers. Not only does it build up your credibility online but also gets yourself associated with your niche.

For example, I would think of Nike when talking about shoes. That is the kind of branding we want for our blog too.

I believe you have brand yourself well Mitch. Perhaps throw in a logo to make it more well rounded. =)

Wei Liang

Wei Liang | ABloggerBlog´s last blog post..Lesson 16: Comment Marketing

November 4th, 2008 | 9:49 PM

A logo, eh Wei? Oddly enough, I hadn’t even given that any kind of thought. Now that you’ve mentioned it, I’m going to have to think about it some. Thanks for the idea.

November 5th, 2008 | 12:12 AM

I see branding as a form of sub-specialization within a niche and it will get you more authority in the area.

–just my opinion

February 24th, 2011 | 10:46 PM
Mitch Mitchell:

It’s an interesting opinion, I must admit. I don’t know that branding has anything to do with niches, per se. That whoosh of Nike’s could have been for anything, not a particular niche. I think the right brand can help one be more readily recognized.

February 25th, 2011 | 1:12 AM

Mitch, you have been to my blog. I do it for the excitement and to banter with all the commentators who honor me by their visits. On and off I do get to wonder if I should perhaps monetize it. I have not decided one way or the other. Reading your post is giving me an idea to pose this question to my readers! Let me think about it for a while and I shall let you know when I decide one way or the other. All the best to you though!

rummuser´s last blog post..A Magnificent Story.

November 5th, 2008 | 10:14 AM

Hi Rummuser. I think people get into blogging for their own reasons. My business blog was created so I could help tell people about my services and hopefully show some proficiency in my fields. But I did add Adsense to the mix when I did it, not really thinking about it at all, and to date that’s the only true advertising, outside of talking about myself, that I’ve done there.

This blog was created as an enterprise, while still giving me an outlet to express myself. It’s intentions were given from the outset, so there are no surprises to anyone. Hopefully, I’m proven I can be what I need to be and still be allowed to make some money off it. We all get to decide these things for ourselves.

November 5th, 2008 | 11:58 AM

Thanks for sharing that link… it does have some very useful tips! 🙂

~ Kristi

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November 5th, 2008 | 7:00 PM

No problem, Kristi; it’s really good stuff.

November 5th, 2008 | 7:52 PM

Actually, your brand might actually be that “DE” symbol, because whenever I see it, I know you’ve been there.

November 5th, 2008 | 7:52 PM

hi Mitch,
Nice link and good list of tips. I think that internal linking (with relevant anchor text of course) is one of the most under-used but most powerful methods of “on-site” optimization. I also like it as a reader. If I like the post and see a related link I usually follow it.
~ Steve (aka the trade show guru)

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November 6th, 2008 | 2:12 PM

Glad the link works for you, Steve. Whoever wrote it did a great job.

November 6th, 2008 | 3:57 PM

Hello all,
I’m timethief and I’m a lady. 🙂

I’m glad that you all found merit in my article. I have been developing a series of pillar posts for my blogging tips blog and the one you refer to is among them.

Although your brand is built on the foundation of your expertise, knowledge base, skill sets and your ability to communicate clearly, as you develop relationships with other bloggers a readers’ community grows around your own blog. More readers means more interaction and more comments means more feedback. Ultimately, the blogger and the reader community become co-creators of an ever evolving brand.

Social networking is a means of increasing awareness of your brand but it’s not effective if you don’t the best ways to network in the specific milieu. It’s time extremely time intensive and emotionally wearing. In fact, I have been nearing a meltdown … lol

Thanks again and cheers.

November 13th, 2008 | 10:00 PM

Hi Timethief! Wonderful writing on your part, and hey, I went looking to see if I could learn more about the writer. I’m glad you stopped by and look, you’re offering more gems to the masses; well, at least we’re working towards masses.

Of course, I’m still trying to figure out just what my brand is here, but it’s a nice journey.

November 13th, 2008 | 10:27 PM

Thanks for sharing. That was EXACTLY what I had in mind.

March 5th, 2009 | 7:32 PM

No problem Victoria; hope it works out for you.

March 5th, 2009 | 7:41 PM
Terje Sannarnes:

From my point of view, a successful blogger is a blogger, who can write interesting and valuable content, market and monetise blog effectively.

June 27th, 2011 | 4:56 PM