One of the easiest ways to make money online is by creating a blog and putting Google ads on it. Starting a blog is one of the easiest ways to get your own website. Articles can be added easily and it is easy for people to connect with you through comments and your blog feed. Google ads are also simple to implement on your site and are one of the easiest ways to make money online.
Thousands of new blogs are started everyday. The ease to start a new blog, makes everyone want to try their hand at making money from writing a few blog posts. Most blogs however fail to make any money for their owners. It is an easy way to make money, but like any new business you need to put in some effort. A lot of the work is in the beginning. You might not get it right at first but it is important not to give up.
What to write about?
One of the most critical factors in having a successful blog is choosing the right topic to write about. Blogging about your cat or kids might sound like fun, it more than likely won't make you money.
Some people suggest to blog what you are most passionate about. That is a good way to make money long term, but if you are looking to make money quickly, you need to blog about things which advertisers are willing to pay a lot of money for. Anything related to health, finance and relationships are good 'money topics'. Rather than just writing about the broad category such as health, it is best to pick a smaller niche within that category. Acne, sleep disorders, diabetes are all possible topics.
Use the Google keyword tool to get an idea as to how often the topic your targetted keywords are searched on and what the competition is like. You want to try and find a topic that is highly searched on, but has few competing websites.
Using the keyword tool, you will also get an idea of so called 'long tail' keyword searches. These phrases are often two or three keyword phrases that have a moderate search volume but are fairly easy to target.
How to start your blog?
Many people will tell you that you need to register a domain and host your own website, but if you are new to the internet and blogging, a good place to get started is Google's own free blog service blogger.com. Since it is Google's own service, it easy to integrate Google ads onto your website.
If you start making money with your blog, you can then later move your site to your own hosted website.
How to promote your website?
The easiest way to get traffic to your website is through free search from Google, Yahoo and Microsoft's Bing. To do this, you need to get links that point to your blog from other websites. You can do this a number of ways, including exchanging links with other blogs in your niche and writing articles on the same topic of your blog and linking back to it. Infobarrel is a great place to do this.
Search for interesting stories in your niche and write about those. This is a good way to get people to naturally link to your site and are the links most favored by Google.
Making money from blogging sounds so easy, the fact is that it can take a lot of hard work to get going. Much of the effort you need to expend is in the beginning. If your site starts to take off and gets some love from the search engines, it will eventually get easier to get traffic and make money from your website. If you don't make any money at all after working hard on it for at least six months, try to get some advice on a webmaster forum as to what you might be doing wrong. One problem many blogs have, is that it is simply not on a specific topic that people are interested in reading about.