Copyright (c) 2008 Matt Helphrey
Blogging for money can be done in many ways. It does not matter what you are blogging about, just as long as you can get traffic, you can make money. Follow these three simple steps to get started.
Blogging for money step 1: Start your own blog. There are many services you can use to start your own blog. The two I recommend are Wordpress and Blogger. Both are free services and the best way to utilize them is to host the blogs directly from your own website.
Blogging for money step 2: Once you have your blog setup you need to work on getting traffic to it. This step should be thought of as the post and ping process. You should post to your blog several times a week and then use a pinging service to ping each individual post. (Wordpress pings automatically every post.)
By posting and pinging on a regular basis, you will really begin to see traffic pick up. Another way to get traffic to your blog is to use social bookmarking. There are hundreds of different bookmark sites you can join and post your blog and get tons of free traffic.
Blogging for money step 3: Once you are getting good traffic to your blog, there are several ways to make money. First, if you haven't already, you should sign up for a Google Adsense account. With these ads, you get paid for every person who click on them, and you can place them anywhere you like on your blog.
Another way to make money from your blog is to sign up with affiliate programs and promote their banners on your blog. When people sign up for their programs from your blog, you will get paid a commission.
There are also different companies that will pay you for leads that you provide them. This can be a very good form of income because your blog visitors don't have to pay for anything. A lead is simply a name and address and these companies will pay anywhere from $1 to $30 for leads you bring them.
As you can see, blogging for money is quite easy. The most difficult part of the process is just getting the blog setup. Once you have cleared that hurdle, earning income is easy as making a few posts to your blog. If you post on a consistent basis, you will get more traffic. The more traffic you get to your blog, the more money you will make. Get started today!