Wednesday, July 18, 2007

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How to Find Content For Your Blog


If you've decided to write a blog but you're not sure where to start, don't worry! There are plenty of ways for you to become inspired. Here are some ideas for coming up with new content for your blog.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy


1.) Watch the news or pick up a newspaper. Whether your blog is about your life as a stay-at-home mother or a commentary on politics, there will likely be news items that affect you or that will elicit your opinions.

2.) Comment on any unusual or amusing experiences you've had. It could be from the past few days or from a few years ago.

3.) Write a review of a movie you've seen or a book you've read.

4.) Write about subjects related to your blog's theme. For example, if your blog is about music, you could write about the artists who are nominated for awards or report on recording industry news.

5.) Talk with lots of people. Interacting with others often brings inspiration for writing.

6.) Write about a hobby such as cooking, traveling or sports.

7.) Publish interesting photographs you have taken and comment about the subjects or the circumstances surrounding them.

How to Use AdSense to Make Money With Blogger


AdSense is an advertising program. It is offered by Google. They are advertisements that you can place on your blog to promote content relevant material. You generate money when viewers click on them. This is called "pay-per-click".


Difficulty: Moderate


1.) Go to

2.) Log in.

3.) Click on CUSTOMIZE.

4.) Click on POSTING under DASHBOARD.

5.) Click on the ADSENSE tab under the TEMPLATE tab.

6.) Enter in all your information. Blogger wil then register your account.

7.) Go to your adsense account. Copy your HTML codes. Go back to Blogger and enter the HTML codes into the appropriate spaces and click SAVE.

8.) When viewers visit your blog and click on your AdSense ads, you will get paid.

How to Make Money From a Blog


Do you want to earn money by blogging? A blog is a web log or an online diary that can be for business or pleasure. Many people now earn part-time or even full-time salaries by blogging for money. Find out a few ways that you can monetize your blog and earn money for your efforts.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Start Your Blog


1.) Choose a blog. There are free hosted blogs online through many sources that can help you by giving you the tools and resources to make it simple to start your own blog. Or you can register a domain name and start your blog from scratch if you have a bit of technical savvy.

2.) Choose a niche. Once you've decided on a blog, decide what you will write about to attract visitors. Some simply use their blog as a place to write editorials or opinions while others blog about a specific subject they are knowledgeable on. Many professional bloggers recommend that you choose a niche so you can build a following.

3.) Promote your blog. Use web services that will get you some attention such as blog directories and social bookmarking. Using these services can help you get indexed in search engines and drive traffic to your blog. Commenting on other blogs can also build links in to your blog and help more people find you. Once you have some material to read and are indexed in search engines, you can begin to really monetize your blog and start earning money.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make your blog visually appealing. Ask for advice from friends on the look and layout of your blog. Try to blend advertisements into your blog so they are more appealing and less obvious.

Monetize Your Blog


1.) Sign up with Google Adsense. Google offers the ability for people to display targeted advertisements on their blog. Google will give you a percentage of that revenue when people: click on the ads, view the ads and purchase something from a sponsor. You need to apply to Google Adsense and wait for acceptance, and then you will have to work with your blog program to embed the code so the advertisements display properly. This is not difficult.

You need to follow Google's TOS (terms of service) in order to maintain good standing. See warning section in this article for more information.

2.) Apply to other websites that pay you to post on your blog. There are many blog sites that will pay you a flat fee for writing a specific advertisement and link into your blog. Sites like Payperpost, Blogitive or Blogvertise offer these services once your blog has been indexed in search engines such as Google.

3.) Apply for professional blogging jobs. Many online classified networks advertise the ability to post on your own blog or on a blog belonging to a company. Many freelance bloggers earn a regular income by blogging this way.

4.) Join affiliate programs like Amazon and Chikita Mini Malls that offer the ability to advertise on your blog. Many affiliate marketing programs exist that allow you to monetize your blog and earn based on click through rates.

Maintain Your Blog


1.) Update your blog regularly. By keeping your blog fresh, you attract readers who will keep coming back and who might click your ads or purchase advertised services.

2.) Add reader services to your blog such as RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds to allow syndication and to attract more readers. Continually finding ways to grow and improve your blog will increase your money-earning potential.

3.) Advertise. Once you are earning money from your blog, increase your earning potential by paying for advertising in places that fit your niche. You can also accomplish this by trading links and banners with other pro bloggers to increase exposure for your blog.

Tips & Warnings

  • Google will ban Adsense participants for fraud click and cancel any earnings owing if fraud is suspected. Do not click your own advertisements as Google tracks IP addresses and suspicious behavior. Do not tell your family or friends to click your advertisements as a favor to you. Google's algorithm is very advanced, and once your account is banned, it's nearly impossible to be reinstated.

How to Create a Blog For Absolute Beginners


So what the heck is this blog thing everyone is talking about and how do you get one? Blog is short for "web log" and it's basically your own personal online diary. It's a great place to post photos, ideas, rants and ravings and remain anonymous--or not. And they're pretty easy to create. This baby seems to be doing it. So here are the basics to get you up and running...


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet connection


Explore the blogging websites. Most of them are free to set up and use, and the ones that cost money are probably too complicated for a beginner anyway. Several of the more well-known free services are Blogger, Live Journal, MySpace, and Friendster. Even Yahoo and AOL have pages where you can create a private or public blog. (AOL’s is on their “People Connection” page.) And if you want your dog to have his or her own blog, and why wouldn't you, you can create one at a site called Dogster.

Click around to see which site most appeals to you. Browse through a couple of their blogs. Blogger offers a nice beginner’s tour right on their homepage.

2.) Choose a service and create an account. The usual password and email rigmarole.

A snap, so far, right? Okay, now here’s where it gets interesting. After you set up an account, the next thing the website will ask you to do is name your blog. It could be something simple and boring like “John Smith’s Blog,” but people usually come up with more creative titles describing themselves or their interests, such as “Bitter Angry Writer” or “The Artful L.A. Dodger” or “Catwoman’s Scratching Post” or the like.

4.) Now, the site will ask you to choose a web address, also known as a URL, where your blog will live on the web. It will be something like or And just like when you chose your email name, you might have to go through several combinations to find a site name that’s available. Once you’ve done it though, you’ve essentially created your own web page! Mazel tov!

The next page shows you templates with thumbnail sketches of different designs. There are all kinds of cool layouts to choose from, from the most basic black-on-white to colorful graphic designs. Choose the one that most appeals to you and that fits your blog subject if you have one. Like everything else about your blog, you can always change it later. At blogger, once you've acheived this step, you will get a message congratulating you for creating a blog and directing you to start posting.

The next screen you see looks like a big email box. Type your journal entry just like you would an email. You can choose different fonts and sizes of text, add pictures, lists, links to websites, anything you’d like. There will be a preview button to click to see if you like the way your blog looks. If not, click the “return to edit mode” button and do just that until you like what you see. Then, click publish. It’s as easy as that. You're blogging, baby!

You’ll usually also find a button marked “customize” or “settings” on the page. This is where you get to choose if your blog is public or private, what personal information you’d like to display on the page and other such settings. You can alter these at any time as well. There’s also a “change template” page if you’d like to rearrange the boxes on your blog, or change the colors, or add pictures to the main page ad other stuff too. There are lots of other fun and more complicated things to do as well to spruce up your site. Try not to get overwhelmed and stick to the basics at first. If you do get adventurous, check out the help section for tips...

How to Add a FreePolls Poll to a Blogger Blog


Adding a FreePolls poll to your blog has many benefits. It allows viewers to cast their opinions based on the subject matter. It gives you an opportunity to find out what content is popular within the blogging community. It is a fun way for your viewers to become more interactive with your blog. It can increase traffic flow and give you a chance to make new friends.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy


1. Go to

2. Create an account or log in.

3. Go to "Polls".

4. Click on "Create Poll".

5. Type in your question and choices.

6. Click on "Create Poll".

7. Copy the HTML code.

8. Go to your

9. Log in.

10. Go to "View Blog".

11. Click on "Customize".

12. Click on the "Template" tab.

13. Click on "Add a Page Element".

14. When the pop-up window appears, click on "ADD TO BLOG" under HTML Javascript.

15. Enter the title and paste the code in the text field provided.

16. Click "Save Changes".

How to Write for Search Engines


Writing for Search engines requires an eye for formatting and content in such a way search engines as well as people can read and get something from it.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You'll Need


1.) Determine what you are going to write about

2.) Before starting to actually write, create a small outline with at least 3 sections to emphasize

3.) Prioritize the sections based on importance to the overall topic as mot readers of web content browse.

4.) The first sections ( most important ) first sentence should focus on the overall topic.
i.e. This is what search engines will also focus on.

5.) If possible, try to include some bullet points in the first section. ( Search engines also focus on bullet list )

6.) Once your article is written, revisit and write a brief summary that emphasizes the 3 sections.

7.) Have someone proof read to see if it makes sense to them.
( This is probably the most important step )

8.) If any changes are suggested, try and incorporate these changes. ( It's very hard to be critical when you are looking at things your own way )