How To Get Your Site Ranking High In Google

In late 1997, Google entered the market that was already filled with numerous search engines. Despite being late in this industry, Google has managed to claim its own share in four years. Now that it is considered as one of the most popular search engines, numerous webmasters out there are coming up with more SEO strategies to make their site more Google search engine friendly.

How does the Google search engine work?

With software programs called “Googlebots,” Google is unceasingly navigating the web in real time before end-users even enter their queries in the search box.

Once the crawler visited a page, copied the content and followed the links from the page to the pages linked to it, the Google processes these and generate an index. The index is distributed into manageable units and kept through a huge network of computers throughout the world.

Words entered in the Google search box will be sent to Google machines and compared with all the documents stockpiled in their index to classify the most relevant matches.

How can you get higher ranking in Google?

This is the question that encouraged a lot of webmasters all over the world to try the black hat SEO tactics, which resulted to numerous websites getting banned by Google search engine.  To avoid this from happening to your site, I have come up with some basic guidelines:

  1. A website should have a clear hierarchy and text links. A clear hierarchy lets end-users and Google search engine know what is important in a website. Text links are more important because crawlers can’t read a text contained in an image. A website with a text link navigation menu will be more easily indexed by Google search engine.
  2. Offer your visitors with helpful, relevant information and write contents that clearly and accurately describe your site. Keyword stuffing is against the rule so keep your links on a given page to a reasonable number. Don’t try to deceive the search engine by presenting your users with different or irrelevant content.
  3. Avoid duplicate pages by creating unique, descriptive title and description tag for each page in a site. Make sure that your keywords are visible in each title and description tag. This will help you optimize your website for a specific keyword and drive more targeted traffic.
  4. Always update your website with fresh, high-quality contents. The best way to properly optimize an article is to make sure that your targeted keyword is visible in the title and the content.
  5. Generally, you can improve the rank of your site by increasing the number of high-quality and relevant sites that link to your site’s pages. If your site provides interesting contents, your readers might want to link it to their site. Engaging in forums and commenting on other blogs are also the best ways to build high-quality links to your site. Please avoid spamming.

There are a numbers of factors to consider when optimizing a website for Google search engine. A webmaster should have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the ins and outs of Google Page Rank. If you are new to this industry, you may want to review the Google Webmaster guidelines to get your site ranked and indexed by Google.

How To Make Money With Twitter

Twitter has turned out to be a major social networking site in only a few years and is still growing. Originally it was started with the idea of micro – blogging and posting updates of what a person was currently doing. This idea caught on and was soon a medium for every celebrity to publicize themselves in their posts. The common people caught on to this idea too: you could find housewives posting updates about their day or their children, kids of all ages giving their perspective on something without the hassles of creating their own blog.

Soon websites, companies and businesses broke into the social realm of twitter. You could find companies posting updates about their new products and schemes, websites posting comments and reviews about their services and their competitors.

In this chaos a common guy came up with the idea to capitalize on the feeding frenzy of “social”. For you to do this, the first thing that you have to insure is having dependable followers. Make sure that those followers have similar interests and that they are all interested in the niche which you have chosen to be the primary topic on your twitter account. (If you and your followers are into the automotive niche then it would be pointless if you post updates about Barbie dolls.)

Note: It is better to have 500 followers who have similar tastes than to have 5000 who are randomly selected.

There are many ways you can capitalize off twitter and make micro blogging a major source of income for you:

Advertising

advertising on TwitterIf you have a large number of people following you on twitter you can advertise certain products for a price. Get started by contacting local dealers and new websites online who want to get into the lime light. You can advertise by promoting and recommending a certain good or service. Before you recommend anything make sure you have used it yourself. (Promote your own product if you have one.)

Tip: If you are a college or a school student and want to advertise through twitter, it will be best if you start with advertising sites and products which can help other students. (Deal sites, places having sales, etc)

Affiliate marketing

If you recommend a product or a site for a follower, you can always post your affiliate link with the information in you tweet so that you can have the chance to make a little money.

Reviews

Once you have a large base of followers you can find many online jobs where you are paid to do a review and post it in your tweets. You can do reviews on many topics like software, beauty products, food, hotels, celebrities, etc.

Sponsored advertisements

There are services online whereby you are paid to post an advertisement after every 5 (the number can be changed) tweets you make. Pick a number which will not irritate your followers and also make sure the advertisement is of relevance to your chosen niche.

Twitter meets Magpie

MagpieMagpie is the first sponsored advertising program for twitter. It is a straight forward program with a good amount of positive feedback. You are given complete control on whom and what has been tweeted. You can choose the number of times you tweet an advertisement: this ranges from one time only to twice a day.

Quality matters as any disruptive tweet will be ignored in the magpie network. If you are extremely serious about earning through twitter and the tweets you post are of helpful and quality standards, Magpie is your answer.
Find out more at www.be-a-magpie.com.

Money making using Twittad

TwittadTwittad is a safe and secure way you can capitalize on your twitter profile using sponsored advertisements. Registration with them is free and since this is one of the first advertisers on twitter, it won’t have many issues in the future. After you reach a balance of $30 you will be allowed to redeem that amount to a PayPal account within 7 to 10 days after requesting the payout.

To learn more go to www.twittads.com.

Make money using Bukisa

BukisaBukisa.com is a trustworthy online publisher which also has a three tier referral program. You earn money when viewers see the media you have posted and click on advertisements. It is perfect for anyone who wants to earn a little extra cash at home. Earnings from Bukisa along with twitter and other sites will give you a pretty decent income over time for work that is fun and takes little time. Signing up to bukisa.com is free and accessible to many countries around the globe. They make their profits by taking a part of the advertisement revenue.

Content like helpful articles and recipes, video tutorials, funny pictures, etc are the hottest topics on Bukisa. You can publish these articles at several other places; just make sure that you alter them so that you won’t have problems with the search engines.

Go to www.Bukisa.com to learn more.

Dos and don’ts

dos and do nots of making money with Twitter

  1. Chose those who you want to follow carefully.
    If a person has mentioned their website on their twitter page and have quality content take a peek at it; at the same time look at the ratio of “followers” to the “following” the person has. If the person has too many “following” compared to the number of “followers” or vice versa then there is a high probability that you will be entertaining a spammer or a bot.
  2. Keep it interesting
    Don’t constantly keep your tweets business and money oriented; make it fun for your followers. Post helpful and fun articles links from time to time. At the same time remember to stay within your chosen niche. If they ever need help with online earning, never hesitate. You might get the favor paid back a hundred fold.
  3. RE – TWEET
    If your followers have posted something which is fun and interesting in your niche don’t hesitate in re- tweeting the content. You can use twitter apps like tweetdeck, twhirl, Twitterbox, Digsby, Twitteriffic, Blogo, Spaz, Widgets, and PocketTweets and many others out there to do this. Doing this will increase the chances your tweets are going to be re – tweeted.
  4. Follow your followers
    When people follow you don’t hesitate in following them as well. Send them a direct message to thank them. Also look at their latest tweets and search for a few which are worth re-tweeting. Doing this right off the bat is a great way to gain their appreciation and friendship.
  5. making friends

  6. Make and maintain friends
    Try your best in making your “followers” and “followings” your friends as you never know when any of them may have a great idea and plan to implement, they can even help publicize your site or blog. A good friendship can soon turn into a great business in the virtual world.

You can make twitter a truly lucrative practice for you if you plan to follow all the rules. You will not be guaranteed fast money, but income for having a little fun isn’t a bad deal.

Find out how twitter can help you in search engine optimization over here: http://seodesk.org/using-twitter-for-seo.

What Is Google +1

You’re on your Facebook page and you see the pictures of two cars (car A and car B) as updates by your friends. Car A is “liked” by 10 people, but car B is “liked” by 200. Without giving it much thought, you will most probably click on the photo of car B; this is how Google’s new +1(plus one) does its job.

How did Google start socializing?

Google started socializingThe past few years have seen all kinds of explosions in the area of “social”. Facebook being the most powerful were followed by others like Twitter. Google wanted to break into this social realm as well. So it launched, “Google buzz”. Google buzz was intended to be a platform to share your thoughts, social activities as well as photos, music and videos using your Google account as the medium.

Unfortunately for Google, no matter how hard they tried, Google buzz didn’t “buzz” as much as they had hoped it would.

Google =1This gave birth to Google’s +1(plus one), which is similar to the “like” option in Facebook.

How does it work?

A small transparent plus one button will appear near your search results (log into your public Google account first), when you click on it, it should turn blue; this indicates that you have +1’d that particular link, it will appear on a new tab in your account which keeps a record of the various things online that you have +1’d (the plus one tab).

You can keep this tab public or private as per your choice. When you plus one something, you say to the world “hey this is cool, come have a look.”

It also helps you find things in search by counting the number of “+1s” a site or advertisement has received. The number of “+1s” a site gets indicates its popularity.

For example, let us take a case of a site based on gardening. If there are 200 people who have +1’d the site along with a friend (XYZ) of yours; it will be displayed below as – “XYZ along with 199 others +1’d this link”

How does “+ 1” help Google?

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Note: Google search is a not a living thing with independent thought and thus cannot understand the complexity of human connection and perceptions. Google +1 helps to quantify the process by calculating the number of plus ones a site receives and thus improves the accuracy of its search.

The Google +1, just like the Facebook “like” will be posted inside sites and on various advertisements making the task of our daily searching a very socially engaging concept.

In order to optimize its searches Google uses its “farmers algorithm update” also called as the “panda algorithm update.” This paired with +1 will yield the best possible searches.

You can learn more about the Google panda algorithm update from the following link: http://hubpages.com/hub/What-Is-The-Google-Panda-Algorithm-Update.

How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Google’s Panda Update

As many professionals in the search engine optimization industry are probably aware, Google recently rolled out a wide-sweeping algorithm update that’s been dubbed “Panda.” Panda was designed to punish “content farms”, websites that mass produce content designed to attract search traffic and ad revenue. After the Panda update, many websites that didn’t fit into the content farm category found themselves negatively impacted in search rankings.

Like any change in search engine programs, there will be winners and losers with Panda. If sites like eHow.com and AssociatedContent have lost their cherished positions at the top of the search results page, then other sites have taken their place. For years, small businesses have struggled with the task of generating backlinks, interesting content, and an overall online experience capable of competing with the army of freelancers that work for these larger websites. With the recent update, I’m confident that small businesses can capture some of the higher rankings. Here are a few suggestions as to how to do it.

  1. Use geo-targeted meta tags. Meta tags have been de-emphasized in SEO literature over the past couple of years because there’s been rampant abuse of them. People stuff too many words in them and get themselves in trouble. But now, the game is different. Specifying the latitude and longitude of your business can have a strong impact on your rankings. With the Panda update, Google decided to favor local markets over global ones, since the content farms targeted the global market and the emphasis has been shifting to local search. Search engines are favoring local markets.
  2. Generate an hCard. Along with tip one, this will help establish your website as a local identity. Since small businesses don’t care much about global terms (the donut store in Manteca, CA would want to optimize for “Manteca donuts” not “donuts”), gaining a firm hold on a local term can be easier now that content farms aren’t dominating every search result page.
  3. Put your business address on your website and make sure this is the address listed on your domain’s WHOIS record.
  4. Get listed in Google Places, Bing’s local directory, and Yahoo Local. Easy spots near the top and they establish credibility as a local brand.
  5. Use RDFa. People familiar with the framework are likely to jump in and say that this has nothing to do with Google’s Panda update. But here’s what Google has done: they’ve punished low quality, sleezy content. They’ve shifted the focus to sites you trust, sites you want to interact with socially, and sites with original content. RDFa, short for Resource Description Framework, is a semantic markup for your website. It identifies the different elements of your site in a universal way so that search engines and other programs can organize them better. RDFa is part of the semantic web, which is really an extended effort to get web pages, resources, and applications to play well with others. Correct RDFa tags will tell search engines who created the content, when it was created, and what its elements are. It creates an element of trust, and in an era of rampant content scraping, copyright violations, and websites “you don’t want to give your credit card number to”, RDFa sets you above the competition by giving search engines a way to identify your site as the originator of specific content.
  6. Clean up your site. If you’ve aggregated content from somewhere else, posted drivel, or done anything spammish, clean it up and get back to a solid link building strategy. Write quality articles for other sites that include backlinks to your own, make sure your SEO consultant isn’t doing anything shady, and keep your nose clean. I’m confident that small business owners can be the winners in Google’s Panda update.

About the guest author:
Brandon is the owner of Boomajoom.com, a firm specializing in search engine optimization and social media marketing for Tracy, Stockton, and Sacramento. He serves primarily local clients, but does remote work as well, like with Alan Residential Contractor Services, a Chicago suburbs roofing contractor.

Top 10 Ways to Get More Blog Readers

In today’s age, blogging is as lucrative a practice as any other profession or business. The main objective when people create blogs is to earn money and to avoid the hectic life of working an eight to twelve hour schedule and enduring the monotonous, soul sucking corporate system. But if you have a blog with poor content and if it is poorly maintained it is as good as that skull crushing corporate job.

So here are 10 very helpful tips and tricks to insure you get a good amount of traffic on your blog, reassuring yourself with the peace of mind which comes with a healthy income and ample time left over for family and friends.

Writing style

writing styleWhen you write a blog, you should write as if you were speaking to the reader personally and not lecturing him on your chosen niche.

Think about it; let’s take an example of engine mechanics: would you like to read an informatively, accurate, fun and interesting blog about engine mechanics or would you rather hear a boring lecturer speak on the same topic?

A blog reader wants his information to be accurate and wants a little spice thrown into it at the same time.

Search engine optimization

People can find your blog by searching for keywords like “engine mechanics” on search engines like www.google.com, www.yahoo.com and such others.

The proper placement of these keywords in your blog tells the search engine what your blog is about and how useful its content is. It’s a simple concept: better and more attractive quality information gives you higher positions in search engines resulting in a larger number of visitors.

Keep in mind that spamming (Placing keywords everywhere in the blog just to improve ratings) will have the opposite result on your blog.

Note: Write primarily for the readers not for the search engines.

Make postings every day, this tells search engines that you have an active blog and it sends its spiders and robots to index the blog more often.

(Advertisements and picture links placed on your blog should be relevant to the theme of your blog.)

*The link below shows the best places to place your advertisements on a web site
https://www.google.com/support/adsense/bin/static.py?page=tips.html

For example: A blog devoted to the working of engines should post picture links and advertisements of related products and sites like engine oil.

If there are more links to your blog from other sites, search engines think of you as an authority in your niche and give you a higher ranking.

The same goes for the sites in which your links are posted as well; high rank of that site results in more people viewing it and seeing your blog link there!

Post links on other blogs in the same niche

You should get the link to your blog’s main page posted on another blog of the same niche. This is how you do it:

The best way to get your blog link up on another blog is to just ask its owner. Send the owner an email telling him that the information in his blog is very interesting and has similar, helpful content and has content related to your blog, post his or her blog link on your blog and subtly tell him or her to do the same for you. Wait 15 days for the owner to reply if no reply is received remove that person’s link from your blog and move on to other blogs. (Make sure that the other blog has heavy traffic and is a bit famous beforehand)

This relationship will be mutually beneficial if both the blogs are inter-related. For example if your blog is based on engine mechanics then insure that the other one is based on something similar like green engine fuels, or engine oils.

The golden rule to take into consideration here is that the links should be to the main page of your blog as the content in the other pages will keep changing.

The text in the link should also be considered. For example: the other blog’s link which is pasted on your blog has a link containing text like “free food” while your blog content is based on engine mechanics, doesn’t make sense does it?

Recycle your blog’s content

Recycle your blog’s content The old content which you find to be of an extremely helpful nature and most viewed should be recycled into mini-manuals or articles and submitted to article directories, they act as aggregators where many articles of similar niche are arranged and categorized.

Most of these directories will have a resource box when you submit the article and in these resource boxes you should include a little information about yourself, your blog, and your blog’s link.

If people who read them like what they see, they will most surely visit your blog. This too causes increase in the inflow of traffic.

Posting in forums

Posting in forumsA good way to improve your traffic is to introduce comments in a forum of your niche and subtly introduce your blog link after you comment on someone else’s post or after you solve someone’s problem. Basically try to make your blog a positive topic of discussion on that forum and you will automatically receive traffic. (Don’t spam)

To find the forum from your niche, in Google type – + forum

Referrals

referralsSearch a little and find the regular visitors in your blog, if there are more than a few of them you can introduce a referral scheme for all visitors and members. For example you could tell them that, if they bring 10 other members into your blog you will pay them a dollar. (Any amount which suits your budget) You can find more information on http://www.ehow.com/how_4860262_start-racking-up-referrals.html

Buying links and banner advertising

This one is very simple tip; as the name suggests you pay another site to post your blog links on their site. In banner advertisements you buy advertisement space on other sites or blogs with similar niches. People click on these links and advertisements and, they get redirected to your blog page.

Just make sure that the profit you make exceeds these expenses. (When your blog becomes famous you can rent out ad space to others as well, this is a very lucrative source of income)

Pinging

pingingBlog portals can be notified whenever you update your blog with new content. You can ping to several blog portals at the same time with www.pingomatic.com.

Make friends with other blog owners in your niche

Interaction among bloggers leads to discussions, which can get steamy and these discussions attract more visitors for both blogs. People from one blog want to see what’s happening that’s so intense in the other blog.

Between discussions back and forth, both blog owners can subtly introduce each other’s links when they post content.

Track backs

This feature is available in advance blogging engine like WordPress and Textpattern.

Trackbacks are posting of dazzling insight on a post in a famous blog. Your post will appear as a link on that post on which others can click.

If you don’t have these tools and use the normal www.blogger.com, you can comment on that famous post and subtly paste the link for your blog there.

*You can count the number of view and number of visitors to your blog using: www.statcounter.com

How to Increase Twitter Followers

Do you own a Twitter account and would like to attract more traffic to your tweets? There are people who would like to hear what you want to say, or shall we say what you tweet about, but just can’t find you in the network. What you need are fool proof ways to make you be heard. Here are some of them:

  • Manage your Twitter account diligently; keep a schedule on when to update your account in a day. Keep track of friend requests and send out popular tweets daily.
  • Use a unique technique to find friends on Twitter; Twellow can find friends and followers that meet your target audience or profile.
  • Take advantage of any situation to advertise your Twitter account. If you are in a business venture, include your twitter account in your fliers, your company website and even when you just chat or do email.
  • Include your Twitter account in your email signature. Your friends, family and customers would be glad to tweet you if they have the opportunity.
  • There are applications you can take advantage of to manage your Twitter account. Look these up online: SocialOomph or HootSuite will do wonders to your tweet traffic.
  • Social networking management applications use a feature called auto-DM to efficiently manage your messages or tweets. Keep all your messages sweet and simple; never include links that can make your messages look like spam.
  • It is always exciting to tweet something random each day so if possible, forgot the pre scheduled tweets and start doing it naturally.
  • Never take away the human touch when it comes to your tweets. Some Twitter accounts would appear as if they were made by robots, unrealistic and cold. It is best to interact with your followers. Start a topic to discuss and encourage others to join in the discussion.
  • Make friends with your followers; let them know that you recognize their ideas and comments so they can update you with their own tweets as well.
  • Make interesting updates instead of nonsense stuff. Making your followers informed can make them come back day after day. They will likely retweet you in the process thus increasing your followers twofold!
  • Look for interesting Twitters to follow. By letting other people know that you follow their interest they can basically start a conversation and tweet you also. Look for the Twitterel tool that allows you to find other people who are interested in the same topics as you.
  • There is a rush hour in tweeting. Experts agree that within 10:00 AM to 4:00 are the hours when people are most likely at work and doing something with their computer. Night time is also a great time to tweet since most people send out what they felt and did throughout the entire day. Take advantage of these hours so you can gain more requests and followers.

Twitter has really made social media more colorful, it is likely that it will have more tweets to come in the future.

SEO Tips about Google’s Panda Algorithm Update

There has been lots of talk on the Google Algorithm update. True enough; the change on the Google rankings has affected lots of websites and businesses. It’s common for online businesses to argue that their once number one spot in search engine rankings were toppled in an instant. The upside of the story is that there were minimal numbers of banned sites. So, the affected ones still have chances of recovering.

With all that’s going on the Google Panda system, any online business owner who relies on SEO rankings would be alarmed. The situation might not be that green but there are still ways to get around the seemingly stricter rules of the giant search engine company. Look at these SEO tips that might help.

• Make your website trustworthy to the eyes of everyone.
One of the complaints that Google cited is that their users find unreliable sites in search engine results. What Google did was to ask human testers to assess sites. This gave the company a certain set of parameters in evaluating each site based on the search query users type in.

How trustworthy your site can be depends on your business. Users need to be comfortable enough to provide their credit card details and other personal information because they know your site is secure. Having a verifiable address and contact number also helps.

• Do not overload on ads.
One of the best SEO tips you can get in the new Google Panda system is to lessen your ads. These income-generation opportunities can be too much of a hindrance. Google wants to see that you’re generating authoritative content. Its new algorithm puts a low score on content scrapers who prioritize the ads more. This lets the search engine cross out sites that live just for the ad revenues.

• Get quality content.
The new Google Algorithm update underscores the importance of authoritative content. It has been common practice to paraphrase content and articles or spin them just for SEO purposes. This would not work anymore as Google wants to keep websites who don’t have credible write-ups at the far-end of their rankings. Getting a good writer and doing your own research on the topic would now be worthier.

• Serve a purpose.
No new SEO tips would work well with the new algorithm if you don’t define what your website is for. If it is for selling your stuff, you need to prove that you’re a legitimate business. As such, you also have to check the previous tips. Find that these sets of advices are interconnected. This is how the new Google Algorithm update system works.

No one knows when Google would lift such procedures or if it will stop following such a system. The bottom line is that you need to adjust to it so your business could stay afloat. After all, all that Google seems to require is legitimacy and authority. Prove to them that your business deserves to be on top of their results page.

Top Ten Link Building Techniques

1. Link Baiting

The most powerful way to get one-way quality permanent links is link baiting.

Link bait is any original and interesting content, which encourage readers to link to. For example, if you think this post is useful and intersting enough, you will probably link to it from your site (or bookmark it, or stumble it, or tweet it…)

2. Guest Posting

Guest posting is one of the best ways to get backlinks.

You need to write an original, high quality article on a topic related to the subject of your site, with a link to your page. The link most times is added to your bio at the end of your post, and some times may be included inside the body of the article. Of course you want to use your targeted keyword as anchor text.

There are 2 kinds of guest posting:

  • “Free”: you get your link in exchange for your post itself.
  • Paid: you paid to the host site administrator to publish your post, or you ask them to write the post for you. The paid method is used most in high PR / high traffic sites.

3. Social Bookmarking

It’s important to make it easy for your visitors to social bookmark your website: that creates important links that the search engines really value.

There are plenty of free social bookmarking widgets available, such as the ones you see on this site.

4. Directory Submissions

You must not forget to submit your website to directories, that is an important method of link building.

Google and other advanced search engines on the internet often crawl the directory sites to display the most relevant information on their Search Engine Result Pages.

The most important directories are DMOZ and Yahoo Directory, but there are plenty of good directories out there.

You should submit to free directories and also to paid directories. Example of great directories are Submit Link.

5. Article Marketing

Article Marketing consists in posting articles containing links to your site in article directories.

There are many article directories on the Web, such as Ezine Articles, Go Articles and so on. Website owners then grab your articles and publish them on their sites.

This is a good way to spread your links, even though not so good as guest posting. The reason is that your article may end up being published on a bunch of websites, so your link will be inside duplicate content. That does not happen with guest posting, where your post will be published only once.

6. Forum Posting

Forum Posting is another good link building method.

Usually your link will be on your signature, or even in the body of the post. However, be sure to write relevant content on your posts, as spamming is not appreciated and most times removed from the forums.

Besides posting, on many forums you will get a link by simply filling in your profile.

7. Press Releases

Just like Article Marketing, Press Releases are good ways to get links.

There are several Press Relase services on the Web, many of them accept free submissions.

People are likely to link to you if the press release is relevant, interesting or pertinent.

8. Paid Reviews

Paid Reviews are an excellent link building method.

You just paid a website to write and publish a review of your product or site, including a link to it (usually with your keyword as anchor text).

You can find good review services at ReviewMe and Sponsored Reviews.

9. Paid Content

Another good link building method.

It works like paid guest posting, where you paid the host website to write an article including your link.

10. Paid Link Ads

Paid ads are also an option in link building, as long as the text link or banner ad is not a no-follow one.

There are advertising companies ot there offering this service, but I think the best way is to find sites which offer private advertising (cheaper because there is no middle-man).

You can find private advertising opportunities directly on websites, such as W3C Compliant, or on marketplaces.

Monetizing Your Blog: Hot Tips

Ok, you have launched your Blog, you have made it content rich writing useful information and guesting high quality posts, you have done great SEO work and now you have a good amount of traffic from the SERPs.

Now it’s time to monetize your Blog!

You may ask: How much traffic should I have to get started monetizing my blog?

Good question! Well, to start earning a few bucks you should have at least 1000 visits/month. However, to “really” make money from your blog you’d better have at least 10,000 visits/month.

Which monetization techinques should you use? Which ones work better?

Different monetization techniques work better for different types of blog. I suggest you start using a bit of each of techniques described below, evaluate the results after a few months and then adjust the proportion you use each one accordingly.

The Monetization Techinques:

Private Advertising – Selling private advertising is one of the top ways to monetize your blog. You’ll need to create a good advertising page, with information about your advertisement packages and also showing your ranking and traffic stats.

Also, it’s important to have all advertisers sign up on a subscription payment system (I think the best one is PayPal), so that they automatically get billed for their advert every month.

To increase your chances of finding advertisers, I strongly suggest you offer your ad-spaces for sale on SitePoint Marketplace.

Affiliate Programs – Affiliate links are good because you can earn by promoting the products and tools you like, related to the content of your blog. If you ever lack blog post ideas, you can review a product or service you use often with your affiliate link and collect commissions. There are many affiliate programs out there; among the best ones I can cite E-junkie, Amazon and ClickBank

Advertising Programs – Using PayPerClick programs inside your blog posts can generate an extra revenue. The most used is Google Adsense

Sponsored Reviews – Reviewing websites can also be a great way to boost earnings as you can decide how often you want to do a review. A lot of the time you can sell reviews directly through your advertising page but to boost sales, I recommend offering reviews on ReviewMe and Sponsored Reviews.

Typically private ad sales bring in the most revenue so presenting your advertising details is very important. Don’t forget to get testimonials from your advertisers, as well as include screen shots of stats and ad locations.

Good luck monetizing your blog!