The secrets of building a successful online blog are discussed by Millionaire Society member Kenneth Ford, of EliKen Marketing.
Do you understand what the characteristics of a successful blog are? One important characteristic of a successful blog is a large group of regular readers, blogs that make a lot of money have a lot of readers so a focus on obtaining readers is imperative. Many methods for obtaining readers are available, however only a handful of them will work to get you the readers that you would like to have.
If you didn’t already know, you need a blog so that you can propel your business to the next level. Having a blog, it should be plain to seet, will be plus in enabling the growth of your business. There is also an old saying in the internet world, “the money is in the list”, so a second key component to earning money with your blog, is to work on growing your list.
Readership in the thousands is common among popular blogs. Free SEO methods, with a capture page will take time to build your list, or you can drive traffic with paid methods to build your readership base. The option of building your list from scratch, is preferred as far as I am concerned. The use of these methods are generally free. The primary advantage of this method is that your readers will get to know and like you and inherently follow your advice. If you think its impossible to gain a following from scratch, you need to think again.
Internet marketing is difficult in general, building a legitimate monetized blog is even more so. The hallmark of a popular blog is steady traffic, but don’t become discouraged if your blog is not there yet. To attain the perception of “expert” status in your niche, the construction of successful blogs is a requirement. You will have more success in selling your products and services, once you have proven credibility.
No matter how you monetize your site, you need a lot of subscribers to make it a success. If you have Google AdSense on your blog, you should know that you will get a lot of clicks, but to repeatedly see the numbers rise in your favor, you need a following of people who will visit your blog on a daily basis. Successful blogs all have this base of subscribers.
A great deal of traffic is necessary for a blog to be successful, as I mentioned above. Without a lot of traffic, your blog is dead in the water, this is the importance of traffic. You must have a lot of traffic, to survive in the internet marketing world, its marketing 101. You can get traffic by many different means, however only a few are worth your time and effort. Beginners would be well advised to stick to thte free methods, as you may not have a lot of cash to spend on advertising.
Of the free methods, video marketing is one of the preferred avenues. There are several high traffic video sites, such as YouTube, Metacafe and Google Video, to which you can upload your 3 – 5 minute home made videos. Sites such as YouTube, Metacafe, and Google Video are all popular sites and get a lot of traffic to them on a daily basis. The high traffic that these sites receive on a daily basis, will likely benefit you.
Traffic can also be generated by marketing to the article directories. Simply create some 300-500 word articles, and then upload them to the top free article directories.
All of these sites can deliver a ton of hits to your blog. The article directories will drive search engine traffic, and you can get traffic from other websites as well, when their webmaster’s use your material as relevant content for their sites.
Another great way to get free traffic is with forum marketing. By signing up to forums on your niche topic, you can post helpful messages. HTML or BB code is used to place a text based advertisement in your signature, the proper place in forum marketing.