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Blogging 101: How to Prepare Your Blog To Start Making Money Online

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The key to making money with your blog is a combination of attributes. There is a criterion that your blog must meet in order for it to be appealing to paid ad networks, paid review sites, and private advertisers.

Now that you have set up your blog it’s time to make some money online. The key to making money with your blog is a combination of attributes. There is a criterion that your blog must meet in order for it to be appealing to paid ad networks, paid review sites, and private advertisers. Now, I’m not going to tell you who those advertisers happen to be until your blog is ready. If you haven't read my first installment Blogging 101: How to Set Up a Successful Blog for the Beginner , I urge you to do so before reading further.

Blog Must be Three Months Old

A seasoned blog is the key to jump starting your blogging income. The majority of paid sites require that your blog be no less than three months old. The main reason for this is that the websites you’re submitting to will be able to develop a sense of your blogging style, the frequency that you post, if you are engaging your readers, and whether you have any comments on your blog. Having no comments on your blog may not mean that the readers have nothing to say, in fact, it can mean that you have no voice in the online community and people have no reason to comment or care what you have to say.

Blog Must Have At Least a Pagerank of One

Having at least a PageRank of one on your blog is simple. In fact, in most cases you only need 30 one way backlinks to achieve this. Your job is to submit your latest posts to all of the social networks you can find, no matter how much time you spend on the site. You have to remember, using the blogger platform allows your posts to automatically get indexed within a 24 hour period in Google. Most bloggers have no idea, and they spend all their time submitting to sites that they’re already indexed in.

You Should Have Developed at Least 50 Unique Articles That Are Indexed

In the beginning, make sure your posts are at least 300-500 words and contain a keyword in the first 100 words of the first paragraph. If you want to make money, don’t make all of your posts micro blogs. If you use Twitter you know exactly what I mean. A fifty word post is not going to get you anywhere if you want to make money with your site. I’m sure you’ve seen sites like this all over the net, but the truth is most advertisers require you to write at least 200 words or more. The more words you write, the more likely they will use your services in the future.

Develop Backlinks

The backlink subject goes back to Pagerank. However, having as many backlinks as you can will increase your odds of getting higher paid posts, along with increasing your Pagerank in the meantime. Again, this can be done by submitting your articles to search engines, link dumping sites, and asking other websites to trade links with you.

Increase Your Alexa Ranking

This is highly important for a paid blogger. Much more than you know. First of all, you need to visit Alexa and place a widget on your blog somewhere on the sidebar. Secondly, install the Alexa toolbar which tracks traffic to your site. Every time you load your site or someone else loads your site that has the Alexa toolbar, it increases your ranking. You may not see it instantly, but in the long run it does gradually affect your rank. Your Alexa rank is just one of the stats used in a conversion that determines how popular and how much value your site has.

Blog Should Not Contain too many Competing Widgets or Ads

Paid sites are a bit strange when it comes to competition. You should really try to limit the amount of affiliate widgets that are featured on your blog, especially when they’re placed right next to one another.

Blog Must Contain a Disclosure Policy

Developing a disclosure policy is actually pretty simple. You can write it yourself or you visit DisclosurePolicy.Org . This lets the readers know that you accept forms of payment for your opinions; however those opinions will never influence the content, topics or posts made in the blog. Furthermore, this policy is required by many paid review sites, so make sure the advertiser knows where to find it. In most cases, you need to have a seperate page on your blog for the policy itself and a link to the policy.

If you're just starting out, check out Blogging 101: How to Set Up a Successful Blog for the Beginner

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