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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Blog Basics for Beginners: How to Make Money Online With Blogs – Step 5

Great, you’re back for more huh? Ok, let’s recap the last episode before moving forward… The most important considerations in regard to page rank are:

1.) Article Content
2.) Article Length
3.) Keywords
4.) Volume
5.) Backlinks
6.) Age of Content

Alright, now on to the good stuff… I assume by now you have created a blog and tried your best to optimize it for search. Hopefully you have also created a few “anchor articles” i.e. long articles with in-depth analysis of your subject.

If it’s our goal to generate natural Google search traffic we will need to find a way to make our site more important than sites that are above us in the search results.

Google looks at each “backlink” and shares merit and strength between your page the one you linked to. So it is logical to assume that we need to place links on sites that have a higher page rank and have subject matter that is relevant to ours.

The following is a list of places you may want to try to place content/backlinks:

1.) Forums and Guestbooks – These sites won’t get you too much of a boost but they definitely will not hurt. Make sure the forum or guestbook is on a site with higher page rank in one of your target keywords and also try your best not to leave a spam comment. Look at the topic of the forum and contribute something relevant. This way you will not only have an opportunity to leave a backlink but you may also make some friends and generate some subscribers in the process.

2.) Blogs and Related websites – Try your best to find blogs with the same keywords as your own, read their content and provide insightful feedback on the comments section of your favorite articles. You will find that most bloggers are very open and willing to help you in your quest if you approach them the right way. Encourage them to visit your site and request feedback and suggestions for improvement. Not only will you be gaining excellent backlinks but you will also be creating allies that may very well help to catapult you to success in the future.

3.) Social Networks – Sites like BuzzFeed, Delicious, Technorati, Digg, Zimbio are great places to claim your blogs, attach your sites and create profiles. These sites have huge amounts of traffic, and even better, its traffic that is actually looking for the content that you provide. Getting a good reputation with these sites will not only increase your traffic but will also most likely assist your page rank in some way or another.

4.) Publication Websites – There are several sites that let you publish articles free of charge. The articles are then featured in their community and sometimes they are syndicated outside the community to interested parties. If someone publishes your work verbatim, google will find out when its bot crawls the page and guess what… your page rank will go up! This is why I previously emphasized original content so much, if it’s not original, it’s not going to help. Anyways, the key to gaining page rank from these publication websites is original content.

Recommendation : Re-write your favorite articles and submit them to This way you will have your original content and you will have a re-write posted with their site. Google will check out their page, identify the article as original content and give your backlink credit! There you go, that’s an instant boost in credibility!

The following is a list of other places you will be able to e-publish articles:

This concludes the series - Blog Basics for Beginners: How to Make Money Online with Blogs

Thanks for taking the time to participate in this tutorial. I’m very curious to hear your feedback regarding the content of these articles. Please drop me a line with questions/comments or suggestions for improvement.

Blog Basics for Beginners: How to Make Money Online With Blogs – Step 4

I know this stuff can be a bit overwhelming at first, its hard work getting to the top of Google, MSN and Yahoo but if you do a few things every day in your favor, you will see your readership grow exponentially. Some people may say that they don’t care about things like page rank, but think about it; if you want more people to pay attention to your blog, you’re going to have to find a way to let them know you’re out here.

Making money online is just an added bonus… So that being said, let’s talk about factors that Google and other search engines find useful in determining what order your blog/site should be placed...

The following variables are extremely important in determining your page rank:

1.) Article Content

Focus on creating high quality content for your blog or website; this content should be unique and helpful to your target audience. Content that is not unique i.e. copied from another source verbatim will get you nowhere as Google is adept at recognizing duplicate articles etc... In fact if you were to copy someone else’s work word-for-word chances are you would be in a lot of trouble for copyright infringement, Google would penalize your page ranking and the author that originally wrote the article would get an added bonus by jumping up in their Google ranking..

2.) Article Length

Google and other search engines place more value on longer articles. It is important to elaborate on a subject if you want authority. Generally if your article is longer then your competitors in the same arena, you will become the authority figure for that particular subject. Remember there are algorithms at work here behind the scenes that are unknown to the general population, if we knew the exact formula we would most likely be millionaires right? Regardless you will want to make your posts/articles around 400-500 words each if you are counting on them to increase your page rank.

3.) Keywords

This is extremely important when it comes to SEO and increasing your Page Rank. If you remember me discussing this previously, it is our goal to rank as high as possible using keywords that apply to your particular niche, generally it’s a good idea to use your target keywords several times in an article but don’t go overboard or else Google may decide to mark the particular article as spam. Generally if you use your keyword three to four times in any given article you will be on the right track to gaining momentum in this arena.

4.) Volume

Keep in mind that after your page gets indexed, Google and other search engines have bots that crawl through your content regularly looking for updates and new posts…. The more content you can provide your readers with, the better your chance of getting listed as a site of importance; also, it is inevitable that your keywords will be used in higher volume which is a consideration in page rank as well. If you only have a few articles/posts, chances are you will not be considered as noteworthy as a blog with a huge quantity of valuable articles similar to your own.

5.) Backlinks

If you’ve made it this far, its obvious that you are dedicated to this subject for one reason or another, what is unclear to me is how you arrived here in the first place but its very possible that you reached this page through a backlink that I have placed on a different website.

What is a Backlink?

A backlink is a link that connects a forum, directory, website or blog back to your page. Generally in regard to page rank this is the bread and butter. Without a high quantity of quality backlinks you’re essentially dead in the water. They are very time consuming to create but it should be your goal to spend half your time writing and the other half reading and commenting on other blogs/sites if you want people to take time out of their day to review your content.

Don’t forget that the links you create should be relevant to what you write about. If your subject is the Amazonian Rainforest, it won’t do you any good to post a ton of backlinks on blogs and forums about skydiving. Get my drift?

6.) Age of Content

This is one of the least important factors in regard to page rank but none the less it does have merit. Think about it, if your blog or site is brand new, how much credibility should it get at first glance? Should it be considered as a credible source right out of the gates? How much credibility would you give a baby when it came to important matters? Just focus on the first five topics primarily because this is a variable you don’t have much control over… The older your blog or site gets the more credibility it will receive as long as your content stays fresh!

Well, that’s a lot of information to take in all at once… Take some time to reflect on the following six topics and try your best to apply them to your blog.

Also, you may want to try getting backlinks with the content you’ve already created. There are several sites in which you can post your articles in addition to your blog, you will receive credit and obtain one-way backlinks for your effort! One way backlinks are the most valuable and coveted in regard to page rank. I will discuss how to do this in the following post:

Blog Basics for Beginners: How to Make Money Online With Blogs – Step 5

If you’ve enjoyed this series up until now, please go ahead and leave me a comment with your feedback, recommendations etc.. Also, if there is anything that I discussed in this series you would like me to clarify or elaborate on, please go ahead and let me know!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Blog Basics for Beginners: How to Make Money Online With Blogs – Step 3

Now that you have set up your blog and if so desired created a widget for your Adsense, banner, it is time to go ahead and write your first post…

Generally it is best to start off with an introduction of your site… Feel free to use this blog’s introduction as an example…

Make sure your title has your keywords in it as well as the description:

Welcome to Blog Basics for Beginners

Welcome to Blog Basics for Beginners. This site is dedicated to providing you with tips and tricks for beginning bloggers to help you make money online. If you have questions about any of the content on Blog Basics don't hesitate to send us an email with your question to

Notice how I used my keywords in my description, i.e. Make Money Online, Tips and Tricks for Beginning Bloggers etc...

This will become extremely important when Google attempts to index your page.

The goal is to get indexed by Google in a way that makes you easily searchable by your target demographic… Generally it can take weeks for Google to index your page, if you follow these instructions; chances are good that you will be indexed within the next few days.

Now you are probably thinking, “How do I know if my page has been indexed by Google?”

That is a great question! All you need to do to find out is go to Google’s website and search for your web address i.e.

If the next thing you see after searching for your blog is a page that says “This website could not be found.”

The answer is simply that Google has not yet indexed your page. In regard to search engines there are really only three that matter… You will want to make sure that your site is indexed with the following three companies:

Google / Yahoo / MSN

Always remember the following three things:

1.) The goal is to get traffic from Google / MSN / Yahoo Search.
2.) To get traffic from these companies your site will need to be found with popular keywords like “make money online,” “celebrity news,” etc..
3.) To get your keywords indexed you will need to create original content embedded with keywords that represent what your blog is about.

In the next part of this series I will explain how Google determines if your site is relevant, the object being to get on the TOP 2 Pages of search…

If you have any questions about any of this material thus far, please go ahead and post a comment, I will try my best to address them as quickly as possible… There is more than enough advertising money to go around, so why not help each other get it right?

When you are ready please follow me to the next step in my series entitled “Blog Basics for Beginners: How to Make Money Online with Blogs – Step 4”.

Written by Locke D.

Blog Basics for Beginners: How to Make Money Online With Blogs – Step 2

So you’re ready to create a blog… The first thing you might want to consider is what your blog’s topic should be. I would recommend that you spend some serious time thinking about this; generally you will be the most successful in your efforts if you pick a subject that you are seriously interested in. Because really, why not going ahead and learn something on your journey to financial independence?

After you have decided on your topic, the next step will be determining where you would like to host your blog… Many people decide to set up a website as a permanent home for their blog. If this is your first or even second blog, I would recommend setting up a free blog at one of the following sites :




Both sites have great features and benefits and either site is an excellent choice for setting up your blog. For the sake of this article, let’s go ahead and set up a new blog at Blogger. After you go to the website, you will see an option to -> create an account

Go ahead and pick a name, I picked “Blog Basics for Beginners” as I wanted to create a blog to assist other bloggers in setting up and monetizing a niche site. See if the name you want is available. If not, you may have to play around with your name like I did… Because the URL “” was already taken, I decided to add dashes in-between all the words so effectively the same keywords were used just with a slight variation (this will make sense later in my series).

Try your best to use keywords you’d like to be found with in your blog’s title and web address.

After the first step you will be asked to select a template, I used Minima for example because it is set up to work perfectly with Google’s search engine. This will be important when it comes to SEO – Search Engine Optimization…

Click the publish option to change objects on your blog… If you click edit in the top right corner it will offer you additional features you can add to the sidebar of your blog, I would recommend selecting the Adsense option. It will go ahead and ask you for your Adsense publisher ID number. If you haven’t already signed up for Adsense, I would recommend doing so by going to the following URL:

At this point your blog is ready to go complete with your first advertising channel. Follow me to the next step in my series entitled “Blog Basics for Beginners: How to Make Money Online with Blogs – Step 3” for information setting up your first post.

Written by Locke D.

Blog Basics for Beginners: How to Make Money Online With Blogs – Step 1

Almost everyone has asked themselves this question at some point in their life, “how do I make money online?”

There are literally a million ways to make money online but this site is dedicated to just one topic. It is all centered on the following theme, how to make money online by blogging about something you like.

If you’re like me, you’ve been to a million websites and blogs with promises to make you rich if you just buy their “wonder” product or sign up to their email list for their “special report.”

I’m not going to lie; making money online with your blog is hard work… It takes time, dedication and lot of planning and footwork. The rewards far outweigh the costs because once your blog is up and running, you are towards the top of Google’s search with your particular keyword niche and you have a very substantial subscriber base, the passive income you will make from your ventures will be more than enough to support yourself and offer you more time in life to do what you want to do, no longer at the mercy of an employer.

There are millions of online advertisers out there and only a tenth as many online marketers, the odds are on your side, so if you want to start blogging about something you like and start cashing in on the lucrative opportunity to be rewarded for your efforts, follow me….

The first topic of conversation is something called “Google Adsense.”

This is by far the easiest service to become affiliated with if you want to place ads on your blog. Each time someone clicks on one of the ads you will receive a contribution depending on how much value is placed on the particular ad. After utilizing this service you may also want to diversify your advertising with Affiliate partners.

Adsense can become very profitable once your site has a high quantity of web traffic flowing through. Google offers another program called Adwords, a program in which you pay them to place links to your own site. Some people make money using Adwords to get traffic and then having that traffic flow thru their Adsense links generating them revenue.

I have found that the best traffic is the traffic you obtain for free through multiple links, high search ranking etc...

Chances are you will not make a lot of money through Adsense when you first set up your blog. It takes time and effort to build web traffic but it is manageable. When you hear stories of people making tons of money via Adsense and you know they haven’t been running their site for long, what they are probably doing is running multiple blogs and websites with multiple niches, each generating a small amount of revenue... Of coarse they wouldn’t want to tell you that because they’d like to stay ahead of the game and keep their competitors in the dark…

So, it may be time to make a choice… Do you want to make money blogging? Would you rather have one blog and spend years of hard work and dedication to make that money? Or would you rather create many blogs and spend substantially less time and effort to reach the same result?

That’s what I thought… Please check out the following article when you’re ready to get started: Blog Basics for Beginners: How to Make Money Online with Blogs – Step 2

Written by Locke D.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Welcome to Blog Basics for Beginners

Welcome to Blog Basics for Beginners. This site is dedicated to providing you with tips and tricks for beginning bloggers to help you make money online. If you have questions about any of the content on Blog Basics don't hesitate to send us an email with your question to

Monday, December 1, 2008

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