Feb 15, 2009

Traffic Building Tip - 3 for a Website

Submit Your Site to Major Search Engines

There are hundreds perhaps thousands of search engines out there on the web, but the reality is 90 to 95% of the web surfers use a handful of them.

Google, Live, Yahoo, AQL and ASK are the most popular right now, and they are all you really need to be concerned with at the moment.

Once you get listed in major search engines, you'll eventually show up in less important engines since many of them are portals of the most popular ones.

Where to Submit:
Google: Google Add Url
Yahoo : Yahoo Submit to Search
LIVE( formely MSN): Submit to LIVE

The Engines Love Content:
If you find that your site is not showing up in major engines, It is time to take a look at your content. How many pages are on your website? for example? you should have atleast 20 to 25 pages, as the engines love meaty sites --- particularly Google. The more content, the better.

Feb 13, 2009

Traffic Building Tip - 2 for a Website

Satisfy the Search Spiders
Sites like Google, Yahoo, AQL, MSN etc. can bring in tons of traffic to your site, so its important the search engine spiders and bots can read oyour pages.

A spider is a script the search engines send out to your page that collects information about your code, content, site popularity etc. Based on the information it collects it will determine your page rank for various keyword phrases.

Spiders Love HTML
Flash, Javascript and all other such fancy languages that make your site look "cool" may hinder the search engines from reading your content.
Even though engines like google are getting better at reading javascript code, it's still best to just use good HTML.

Get Rid of Frames
Search engine spiders cannot read content that sits inside frames. So if you use them, you are jeopardizing your search engine rankings.

Use keywords in hyperlinks
When you are linking to internal pages within your site, its a good idea to use the keywords that describe that page. Thsi may help that page rank higher for that phrase.
So if you are linking to a page about Skin Care, instead of saying "click here to view that page", it would be more useful to say, "Viw my article on skin care". Notice the inmportant phrase "Skin Care" is inside hyperlink.

Use keywords for your filenames
When naming your pages it's also important that you inclide your important keywords in the filename. Some search engines use these to help determine the page rank.
Using the skin care example again, you could name one of your pages, skin-care.html instead of page1.html. Its also important to seperate multiple word with a hiphen instead of runnign then together(skincare.html).

Traffic Building Tip - 1 for a Website

Traffic Tip - 1
Proper HTML Structure

This may sound very basic to many of you, But I'm amazed at how many people still do not ensure their pages have basic HTML components and tagging.
If you want engines to know what your webpage is about, the page tags are very important and should not be left out.
There are three HTML tags that every pag should have at the top of the page, right below the HEAD tag.
Title Tag
Meta Description Tag
Meta Keywords Tag

In each of these tags you should mention your keyword at least once and not more than twice. If you get too repetitive, the search engines ignore the page.

H1, H2, H3 tags are important too.
Many search engines also pay special attention to what you have in the header tags.
For example, The most important keyword for your page should be inside the H1 tag, the second most important in the H2 tag, and so on.

The H1 tag should be as close to your BODY tag as possible, then H2 and so on.

Feb 12, 2009

Ideas for Extending your Blog

As you work with blogs, most likely you'll get to know quite a bit more about HTML.

1. Play with the design
you don't need to use

heading 2

elements for each entry's data,for instance. Instead you could use the

heading 2

elements to give each entry a title and then you could put the data in bold right before the text.
2. Use thumbnails to link to bigger images.
3. Learn to use HTML tables
The HTML table elements can be used to create more structure on your page, both within individual entries and for overall layout on your blog page.
4. Learn CSS
Cascading Style Sheets(CSS) make it easier to change the overall look and feel of your blog - and, in fact, all the pages on your website. See CSS for Primer
5. Add static pages
6. Integrate your Blog into another site.
7. Consider using other Scripting tools.

What is a Weblog?

If you were to leave the definition completely to me, I would define weblog something like this : A weblog or blog is a website that's defined to be updated with items in a linear,time-based fashion, similar to a personal journal or diary, except that the contents are meant specifically for public consumption.

Probably the best indication of a weblog is its format. Common blogging software includes Blogger, Manila, Greymatter, Movable Typr, and pMachine.

How do Blogs build community?
Two elements work togethrt to make a successful website - updated content and tools for community. You may be able to create a community of readers - or atleast a following - simply by having something intersting to say or by appealing to a certain niche of users.

Feb 10, 2009

10 Online Business Ideas

A few Online Business Ideas to consider:

1. Promote affiliate programs onGoogle Adwords

2. Write a book

3. Publish your own ebook

4. Create a website about your favorite topic (or ANY topic), and
promote affiliate programs or use Google Adsense on your pages
Instead of a website, you can also start a blog and use affiliate
programs or Google Adsense to earn revenue.

5. Develop your own product

6. Telecommute / Freelance Writing Jobs

7. Join a Direct Sales company

8. Start your own service-based business (consulting, copywriting,
web design, accounting, desktop publishing, etc)
Start & moderate a discussion group, discussion forum or
membership site on a popular topic.

9. Medical Transcription

10. Sell on eBay

I hope you work with anyone of the above ideas an earn a great amount of money. The above programs are very simple and easy to implement. You can earn 1000's of dollars per month working with them. The best ideas among them is promoting affiliate programs on google adwords. example like projectpay day

Generate Traffic Through Google Analytics

Improve Your Website Results
Learn more about where your visitors come from and how they interact with your site. You'll get the information you need to write better ads, strengthen your marketing initiatives, and create higher-converting websites. Learn more about the benefits. Google Analytics is free to everyone, whether you are an advertiser, publisher, or site owner.

Test your website and increase conversions.
You can now use your Google Analytics login to access Website Optimizer. Find out which page designs, headlines, and graphics convert the most visitors.

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Feb 6, 2009

Google Adwords For Beginners

What is Google AdWords?
With Google AdWords, you can create and run ads for your business, quickly and simply. Run your ads on Google and our advertising network -- no matter what your budget, you'll only pay when people click your ads.

AdWords ads are displayed along with search results when someone searches Google using one of your keywords. That way, you'll be advertising to an audience that's already interested in your business. You can also choose to display your ads on content sites in the growing Google Network. And, you can choose the exact content placements where you'd like your ad to appear, or you can let contextual targeting match your keywords to content.

You can choose from a variety of ad formats, including text, image, audio, and video ads, and easily track your ad performance using the reports available in your account.

How it Works?
You create your ads
You create ads and choose keywords, which are words or phrases related to your business.
Your ads appear on Google
When people search on Google using one of your keywords, your ad may appear next to the search results. Now you're advertising to an audience that's already interested in you.
You attract customers
People can simply click your ad to make a purchase or learn more about you. You don't even need a webpage to get started – Google will help you create one for free. It's that easy!

Reach More Customers
Expand your reach through the content network
With hundreds of thousands of high-quality websites, news pages, and blogs that partner with Google to display AdWords ads, the Google content network can reach users all over the web to help you drive conversions. Choose from text, image, and video formats to communicate your message.
Target the right user in the right context
Using your keywords, Google's contextual targeting technology can automatically match your ads to webpages in our content network that are most relevant to your business. For example, an ad for a digital camera may show up next to an article reviewing the latest digital cameras. If you want greater control, use placement targeting to hand-pick specific sites or sections of sites you want your ads to appear on.
Measure and optimize your results
With the Placement Performance Report, you have visibility into where all your ads appear. Review your ad's performance on a site-by-site basis to see impression, click, cost, and conversion data, and use this data to identify well-performing sites to target more aggressively and low-value placements that require content optimization or exclusion.

Costs and Payments
Concerned about costs? Don't worry – AdWords puts you in complete control of your spending.
Set your budget
There's no minimum spending requirement – the amount you pay for AdWords is up to you. You can, for instance, set a daily budget of five dollars and a maximum cost of ten cents for each click on your ad.
Avoid guesswork
We provide keyword traffic and cost estimates so you can make informed decisions about choosing keywords and maximizing your budget.
Pay only for results
You're charged only if someone clicks your ad, not when your ad is displayed.
Payment options vary by country and currency. Learn more

Feb 5, 2009

About Earn Ultimate Money Blog

Welcome to Earn Ultimate Money - a Blog that helps bloggers to generate income streams to their blogs.

My name is Sandeep Indukuri and I'm a graduate student upon the major of Computer Sciences. I’m a part time Blogger making a living from this new and dynamic medium from blogs.

Back in 2008 I looked upon an article about ‘Blogging’. I didn’t know it at the time but that moment changed my life. The moment I say that article, I started a new blog called Earn Ultimate Money

Within 24 hours of reading the article I had started designing my Blog - a personal blog where I’ve explored issues of earning money online and Blogging ever since. I learnt so much from the experience of that blog that I’ve since started many other blogs.

As my blog is growing in popularity and have begun to generate income. Blogging has grown from a hobby (some would say an obsession), to a part time job through to a fully fledged business in recent times. I have slowly built my blogging into a income source that has enabled me to dedicate more and more time to the medium to the point where I am currently a residual income stream blogger.

I hope you all support me in expanding my blogging profession, so that I can help you all to extract all the money making opportunities and ideas to earn a residual income.

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Starting an e-book business was probably the easiest thing I’ve ever done. In truth, I just fell into the industry. I had an idea for a book, wasn’t impressed with the statistics of getting a book published in print and set out to see if I could sell an electronic version. To my surprise, I picked a topic that was in high demand and the rest was history.

Or so I’d like you to believe. The truth is that the success of the first e-book was more of a fluke than anything else. The second and third book I wrote, while selling a few copies a month, flopped in comparison. That’s when I knew it was time to get down and dirty—to research the industry, to ask questions, to test out a few ideas.

Eventually I found the winning formula and put it together in e-book form. While you can’t become a successful published author in 7 days, you can become a published author in 90 days and a successful one over time. The key is in the understanding.

Do you know how to make money selling e-books? Do you understand what e-books can do for you and your business? Are you ready to start writing and selling e-books today?

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SEO is the active practice of optimizing a web site by improving internal and external aspects in order to increase the traffic the site receives from search engines.

Optimizing a web site for search engines can require looking at so many unique elements that many practitioners of SEO (SEOs) consider themselves to be in the broad field of website optimization (since so many of those elements intertwine).

This e-book is designed to describe all areas of SEO - from discovery of the terms and phrases that will generate traffic, to making a site search engine friendly, to building the links and marketing the unique value of the site/organization's offerings.

Guest Bloggers - Post Your Article To Our Blog

I have been updating earnultimatemoney.blogspot.com with at least one new post per day, 6 to 10 posts per week. But I find that it is difficult to write and publish a new post every day for long term. So, I'm seeking your help.

I am now looking for guest writers to contribute content to this blog. Anyone can submit guest post for publication on this blog. As long as the post is relevant to the topics of earnultimatemoney.blogspot.com, I will accept and publish it here.

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You links will be permanent in this blog. You choose what anchor text to link back to your site or blog. Google will know it and count as a quality backlink to your website or blog. So, it will help to improve your Google ranking.

What benefits I will gain publishing a guest post here?

Search Engine Traffic
You will get search engine (Google) traffic from our blog. Your guest post will be included an anchor text link and url to your website to attract traffic. You can place your links anywhere you want within your guest post. It can be in the content or in the author bio. It is all up to you.

The preferred topics are make money online, affiliate marketing, Internet marketing, online business, online freelancing, blogging, eBay business, e-commerce, AdSense, webmaster and any other topics that related to these field.

For the length of the guest post, I accept both long and short blog posts. If you are writing an article, an informative blog post or a how-to post, the preferred length is 450 words or more.

You can also write about a program that offers an opportunity of making money online. Share your experience and describe how the program has helped you. The preferred length for this type of post is 250 words or more. The program your are recommending must be real and legit. No paid to read, paid to surf and etc..

If you have released a free new e-book, guide or report, you may also recommend it here. But, make sure the free resource you suggest is related and offer at least some value to the visitors. The post should have at least 200 words.

If you are interested to submit a guest post, just send your post with your author bio and link details to:

I will published your post probably within 48 hours

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Feb 4, 2009

How to Advertise Your Blog ?

Everyday you update your blog. You write about your life and post it on your site. But no one reads them. Then you try writiting about latest technology and gadgets hoping that you will get some comments from readers on the next day but still, not many people comes to your site. But you still continue posting and updating your site everyday, every night. After some period, you realized that you need to promote and advertise your site but you don’t know how.

Here I will share with you some tips on how to promote and get more readers to your site. I’m no expert in site advertising or marketing but I have some little knowledge that I want to share with you. :d

Join bloggers forum

Join and participate in bloggers forum or portals. Introduce yourself and brief politely about your site. Tell them what your site is about. I’m sure in every bloggers forum, there is a section where you can promote or show off your blog. Post something there.

Describe your blog and invite them to visit. If the forum admin enable signature in post (usually it is enable), put your site link in your signature. That way, peoples can see your site link when you post or reply someone’s post on the forum.

Visit other blogs

You must start it first. Don’t wait people come to your site. Visit other member’s blog and drop them some comments about their blog posts. Don’t give comments say something like, “Hey, nice site!” or “I love your site. Cool!” but give comments that relate to their posts. If they read your comment, they also will visit back to your site.

Another way is, if your post same like other people post, trackback their post. I assume you know how to use trackback. :p

Submit to Blog Directory/Topsites

There are many blog directories in the Internet. Submit your site to as many blog directories as you can. Almost of them are free but some of them you need to put HTML code on your site before your site been listed in their directory.

And join topsites too. If your site is on top rank, there will be more peoples now about your site.

Signature in Email

Put your site link in your email signature. So each time you send or reply email, the receiver will see it. So they’ll know that you have a site and they will visit your site to see what your blog is about.

Join Exchange Link program

This program is a two way feedback. You put their site link on your site and they will put yours on their site. The system goes like that. Beside increase your page rank, it also can bring more peoples to your site.

Public Bookmarking

Submit your contents to any public book marking sites such del.icio.us or Furl, etc. There are many to list here. But make sure that you submit on specific topic or people will ignore it.

Submit to Search Engine

Submit your site link to popular search engine such as Google, Yahoo, etc. There are some sites that can submit your site to 20 search engines for free.

Ping your site

This is a must. Ping your site to Pingoat.com or Pingomatic.com each time you update your site. Both of them give the best ping-ing services.

Well, if you have make all these things I’m sure in one week or maybe less, you will have regular visitors that come to your site. But make sure you have good contents on your site or you will loose them one by one.

If you have any comments or want to add up your own tips, feel free to say it in the comment form. Well, thanks for your time and hope this helps!

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Feb 3, 2009

Google Adwords Learning Center

AdWords is Google's flagship advertising product and main source of revenue ($16.4 billion in 2007). AdWords offers pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, and site-targeted advertising for both text and banner ads. The AdWords program includes local, national, and international distribution. Google's text advertisements are short, consisting of one title line and two content text lines. Image ads can be one of several different Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) standard sizes.

If you're an AdWords advertiser, Google Advertising Professional, or just interested in learning more about AdWords, you can use our free training to sharpen your AdWords knowledge. Google offers both multimedia and text lessons to match your preferred learning style. While lessons are organized to build upon previous ones, you can skip between topics and take them in any way you like. After each lesson, test your knowledge by taking a quiz. Because so much is covered, you probably can't complete training in one sitting (without the help of caffeine), so return often. Content is updated regularly to keep you current.

Do you want to learn more about Google Adwords? Go and click the below link to learn more about google adwords.
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Amazon Associates - Affiliate Program

Amazon Associates Program

Amazon’s Associate Program is perhaps one of the most popular ones for bloggers because it is pretty simple to use and has such a wide range of products in their system ranging from books, to electronics, to jewelry, to CDs and DVDs etc. It’s also great because there are many tools that can be used to integrate it into your blog including WordPress Plug ins. Some bloggers even integrate Amazon stores into their blogs (something I need to get set up).

Another beauty of the Amazon program is the variety of ways that they give you to link to their products. Even using just their basic tools on the Associates page you have the option to link to products using text links, pictures, buttons and a variety of keyword triggered techniques.

I personally use Amazon’s program quite a bit on some of my blogs and find it quite effective. While my earnings from Amazon are far less than my Adsense income it’s a nice bonus each quarter (they pay every three months). This quarter (just over half way) my total is just over $900 (USD).

Amazon’s affiliate program pays out in either gift vouchers (to be spent in the store), cheque (check) or direct deposit (if you’re in the US).

Amazon Associates Program Pros:

massive array of products to choose from
reliable payment system
options for different payment types
reasonably easy to use
variety of linking tools
Amazon are fairly well regarded and trusted by consumers

Amazon Associates Program Cons:

only quarterly payments (many other programs are monthly)
commissions can be lower than some other programs (although they have an incentive/bonus program that increases the % when you sell certain targets)
incentive program can be a little complicated to understand
some of their buttons and link methods are a little dated
not great on some products internationally (ie while Amazon will send books and some products internationally some of the bigger ticket items will not be sent overseas. So if you have a non US readership you might have to also sign up for other Amazon affiliate programs (ie they also have a UK, Canadian, Japanese one etc this can get a little messy)).
I’ll share more tips to help maximise Amazon earnings later in this series - but in the mean time I’m sure others have a variety of experiences with Amazon and can shed some light on it as a program for us. Share your thoughts on the Amazon Affiliate program in comments below.

Sign up for the Amazon Affiliate Program here

Feb 2, 2009

Simple Ways to Advertize and Generate Traffic to your Website

Many internet marketers recognize that a membership site is a great way to bring in a comfortable and consistent income. So they find a great niche, set up their membership website and add great content, there is still one major step, getting members to join. At first glance, this often seems a bit overwhelming and is the point where membership site owners often get discouraged. Not knowing how to find members stop many online marketers even before they get started.

Fortunately, it is not too difficult to grow your membership base. As long as you understand that it may take some time. Don’t expect to fill up your site overnight. Instead, shoot for a couple of new members a day. Overtime, you will be able to draw a pretty good income. Below, are some simple ways to advertise:

Start An Affiliate Program: One very effective way to grow your membership website is to offer people (members and non-members) the ability to earn money by getting other people to join. Think about it. If your monthly fee is $29, offering individuals 50% or $14.50 each month for every new member that they sign up would be very enticing. If you get the right affiliates, you may not have to do much advertising at all.

Hang Out Where Your Potential Members Are: Spending time at the same places that people who might be interested in joining your membership site is a really good way to get members. This might include forums and social networking websites.

Try Adwords
: Depending on what niche you are targeting, Adwords may be a great way to get the word out about your site and to get new members. Make sure that you carefully target your audience so that you don’t waste your money and time.

Write Press Releases: Press releases are another excellent way to advertise your membership website. There are a few fairly good options and some excellent paid ones. If you don’t know where to begin, consider Prweb.com. If you optimize your website and choose good keywords, you can get some good rankings for both your sales page and your release.

Forum Marketing: Once you figure out where your target audience spends their time online, it is time to go to them. Often times, forums are a great place to find people that will be interested in your offer. If the forum allows, make a post advertising your membership site. If they do not allow blatant advertising, then create a signature link ad.

Social Networking Websites: Social networking websites are another fantastic, advertising option. Find one that caters to your niche and then create short articles or blurbs that would interest them so that they click onto your website. After you get them there, it is up to you to sell your product. Consider, giving them a few free days or a free report so that they have some idea of the quality of content that you are offering.

Five Ways To Drive Traffic To Your Blog

When you blog for money you need to create your own content (and lots of it!), implement advertisement programs like Google AdSense and WidgetBucks, and last but not least – you need traffic.

In our offline lives we dread it, but online we embrace it. I want to give you 5 ways to start driving traffic to your blog today. With a little time and patience, you will slowly start to increase your viewer ship.

5.) Post comments on other blogs.

Blogs are everywhere – there’s certainly not a shortage of them. You should have no problem finding other bloggers in your niche that are popular and interesting. Bookmark those that you like, follow their topics daily, and if you find something that sparks your interest – comment.

Become a participating voice in the community. The more interesting your comments are, the more likely your peers will follow you to your blog. And who knows – you might stand out among the crowd and be recognized by the author, which can spin off into better opportunities.

4.) Register with blog networks like: Technorati, BlogCatalog, and MyBlogLog

It’s important that you get your blog out there for others to see. You can start the process by submitting to search engines, but that’s just the beginning. Technorati, BlogCatalog, and MyBlogLog are just a few of the high profile blog networks on the web. Register with them, network with other people in your releated area, and get your word out.

When you register with these services remember a couple of things:

1.) Create a detailed profile. Let people know a little bit about you and draw them in. Without that personal interaction people may flee quickly.

2.) Tag your blog properly. Tags are very important – they’re usually one or two word descriptions of your blog. So for example my blog would fall under categories like: Money, Business, and Finance. Dig around the specific service and look for popular tags and try to use those for your blog. It allows people who are interested in these topics to easily find your site.

3.) Register with several forums.

Do a Google search for forums that are related to your niche and register. Try to be an active voice in the community. People will flock to you if you’re interesting. Not only that but it allows you to find out what others are doing and what makes them appealing.

When you register with a forum, make sure to fill out the profile, similar to the blogging services. And equally as important – make a signature that is a direct link to your blog. Your signature is shown in every post that you make – helping you gain visibility. This is all the more reason to create thought provoking discussions.

2.) Social Bookmarking and Article Submission.

Social networking, bookmarking, and article submissions are all the rage today – don’t let it pass you by. Some of the major networks include delicious, Furl, and of course, Digg. These sites will allow you to tag, bookmark, and submit articles that you think are interesting. What’s more interesting than your own work? People should know about it so go spread the word.

1.) StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon really falls into tip #2, but I decided to break it away from the pack because it provides quicker results. Like the rest of the social networking sites, you create a profile and network with others. But what makes StumbleUpon so darn unique, is that you can “stumble” thousands of sites that you’re interested in by the click of a button. So what does that mean for you? Well, you can stumble your own site. By doing this you get into the Stumble rotation, and any people that you network with can stumble across it as well.

In my experience StumbleUpon can bring great surges of traffic for short periods of time. Due to the nature of the service, you’re likely to get overlooked more than not; however, those that do stop – tend to stay. And if they like the site, they can rate it and review it for all the friends in their network to see. Are you getting the picture here? Your viewer ship has the potential to explode!

As with most things in life, there’s no silver bullet for getting traffic. It takes a lot of research, careful planning, networking, patience, and time. If you have what it takes and start using my recommendations, you will definitely start to see an increase. Hopefully that increase in traffic will help you blog for money.

Where Sholud I Place my Adsense ?

In Placing AdSense on Your Blog you learned how easy it was to get your Blogger blog up and running with Google AdSense. Assuming (you know what they say about that) you explored a little, you discovered that moving AdSense sections around your layout is like taking candy from a baby.

But where do you put AdSense!?! Can we just slap it in any old place we like?

Well, you could. And if you’re lucky you might get some clicks by blindly placing AdSense anywhere on your page. But our purpose is to make money from AdSense, so we need to optimize the best we can. Luckily for us, the nice folks at Google have given us a diagram that does just this – optimize.

Google has labeled this their “Heat Map”, and the darker the colors the better the placement. As you can see the best areas for ad placement happen above what’s known as “The Fold”. The fold is the viewing area that is first seen when a user visits your site. Typically this will include the header, navigation system, and some of your content. Therefore you DO NOT want to place your ads in the footer as it’s unlikely your audience will click on those. What you want to do is place the AdSense near rich content areas that readers are going to be drawn to. In most cases (as shown in the picture) this will be near the header, navigation, and content.

Think about it - If you were going to have a garage sale, would you put the garage sale signs in your backyard? Well not if you want to make some money off your 1980’s Prince albums. No, most likely you’re going to strategically place them around your neighborhood; in areas where you will get the most views. Google AdSense placement is no different. You need to carefully pick your spots in a way that will: 1.) Be viewable to the user and 2.) Not be overly distracting. In future articles I’ll talk about how you can further optimize your AdSense, but for now understanding the hot zones is crucial.

Integrating your Blog with Adsense

Let's do a quick recap up to this point in case you have some catching up to do.

1.) Do you know what AdSense is?
2.) Are you familiar with the terms: blogging and bloggers?
3.) Have you successfully setup your very own blog with the Blogger service?
4.) Do you have an understanding of Google's Terms of Service so your account doesn't get banned?

If you answered no to any of those questions, simply follow the link to my post explaining in more detail before you continue on. Otherwise, it's time to put AdSense on our blog and start making money (with some patience, of course)!

The great thing about Blogger is it makes it dead simple to get started. First, head over to Blogger and log into your account. When you do that, it should automatically bring you to your “Dashboard”.

To get started, simply click on the “Layout” link on the bottom right of your Dashboard summary.

What you're seeing here is a high level breakdown of your web design. Most sites (like my own) are composed of a header, menu, content, and a footer (not shown in my picture). To get AdSense up and running on your blog, click any of the dotted areas that are labeled: “Add a Page Element”.

Once you do that, you'll get a pop up (make sure any anti-pop up software is disabled) with many options to choose from. From here, click on the AdSense section button: “Add To Blog”. The icon is marked with dollar bills (Oh yeah!).

We're almost home...

Now you have a screen that let's you choose format options and colors. It even gives us a nice little preview to save us time later on! We'll dissect these options more in future articles, but for now keep the defaults.

Hit the “Save Changes” on the AdSense window - it should close automatically. At this point you are all set! You can click on the “Preview” button on the original page to view your changes or simply refresh your blog. You also have the ability to move the AdSense up or down - or move it to a completely different page element altogether! (Just make sure you preview your changes before you save)

I wasn't lying when I said you don't have to be a web guru to get this setup, was I? Now you have the tools setup to pull in some extra revenue (hopefully a steady stream). Well, not quite. This isn't a get-rich-quick-scheme. It's going to take some time, patience and hard work (I saw you roll your eyes). Nothing comes easy, but if you stick around we can get there together.

What is RSS ?

Making money to blog requires a vast array of knowledge. Of course you need a blog to get started, and then you’ll integrate some ad services like AdSense and WidgetBucks. These ad services will help us generate money with our blogs, but without the readers there is no money. RSS plays a big role in building our fan base.

(Here's my feed if you would like to subscribe now)

Ok great, so what exactly does RSS stand for and why should I care?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. When you create a new post with Blogger it publishes a new RSS “feed”, which is simply a stripped down version of your website. It contains the basic text and any images you display.

I don’t get it. What’s so good about a stripped down version of my site?

In today’s ADD, news-hungry society, RSS has exploded in popularity. People want as much information as they can get their hands on, with as little effort as possible.

With RSS comes “Feed readers” like Google Reader. These applications allow readers to “consume” or subscribe to your sites feed. When you post a new article, the user is alerted. The great thing about these feed readers or RSS readers is that they provide a quick list of your article subjects. So instead of being overwhelmed with a page load of content, they can simply scan for subjects that interest them and then drill down further if they wish.

I’m starting to get this RSS thing… but maybe you can create some analogy for me to make it clearer?

Boy you sure do ask for a lot. Ok – here goes: Let’s say you go to the store and purchase a magazine on computer software. Chances are good that you will flip open a page and have a subscription card fall on to your lap. For this example, let’s pretend it’s a subscription to the latest Microsoft news. Well, if you like Microsoft and you care about their news (I’m an Apple guy by the way) you’ll fill out their card, write a check and send it off in the mail. Now the first of every month – you’ll get a brand new magazine from Microsoft and learn about their many failed attempts to beat Apples’ iPod with their Zune (sorry, I just had to throw that in there). And of course if you get tired or the same ol’ same ol’, you can cancel at any time.

RSS is the same way (Minus the paid subscriptions, thankfully). If you run across a site that you find interesting, you can simply subscribe to that sites feed and you’ll be alerted to anything new coming from there. And of course, you can cancel the site feed at any time.

This was an introduction to RSS. In future articles I will discuss ways we can present an RSS feed for our users to consume. In the meantime, digest this information, because RSS is something you need to know about if you’re going to be a serious blogger.

How to Create a Blog?

Google's AdSense sounds interesting to you. You like the idea of legitimately making money online with advertisements. You even went so far as to read my last post: Getting Started with Blogging! But you have no idea how to get setup - until now.

I do Web Consulting for a living (no, I'm not a full-time blogger… yet). I'd say on a scale of 1-10 of web knowledge I'm probably near a 9, maybe a 9.1. But guess what? You don't have to know squat about web design or web programming. Of course you'll have to learn some web terminology along the way but you can start at ground zero today. The great thing about blogging and potentially earning money with AdSense is that you don't have to be a web guru.

I repeat: you do not have to be a web guru to start a blog and use AdSense.

There is a wide range of blogging tools out there. Some free, some not. If you haven't noticed, I'm using a tool called: Blogger. Before this I had experimented with Typepad and even created my own (this was a few years ago when the term “Blog” wasn't exactly a household name).

Why Blogger? Well for a few reasons: 1.) It's Free! 2.) It's a breeze to setup and 3.) Google owns it. Yeah, the same Google that's helping us earn money through their AdSense program - A perfect marriage indeed.

Ok, so you have your blog topic (or maybe not but you will soon…right?) I'm going to get you hooked up to the service in no more than 10 minutes (times will vary for animals and small children). At the end of this you'll be ready to start writing up some content, free of charge.

1.) Go to Blogger and sign in with your Google account. If you don't use any Google services like Gmail you can create a new account.

2.) Click on the “Create Your Blog Now” button arrow on the bottom right and fill in the information.

3.) Name your blog and give it an address. Make sure the name is meaningful and not too long.

4.) Choose from one of the many templates available.

5.) Your blog has been created!

Now wasn't that painless? In a matter of minutes you have reserved some real estate on the Internet.

I would suggest doing some exploring on your own at this point. Get a sense of the tools available to you and I'll go into further detail in the near future. Have fun!

What is a Blog?

So you’re interested in making money with AdSense? Well join the club. But before we get to the good stuff, we have to build the foundation. Chances are good that if you’re reading this you know what blogs are and how to create them. Good for you! You’re on the fast track to getting started with AdSense. But patience grasshoppa, we must help those who don’t even know what blogging is.

Here’s the definition of a blog from Wikipedia:

“A blog (a portmanteau of web log) is a website where entries are written in chronological order and commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.”

A blog is basically an online diary - A journal written by an author, about the author and/or the author’s interests. The great thing about a blog is there are no boundaries whatsoever. You can blog about your dog, cat, career, relationships, car, favorite ice cream, etc, etc. You have total control to be as creative as your heart desires!

The important thing about this journey is that you blog about something that matters to you. Different people have different interests and you’re no exception. Chances are good that others just like you are ready to delve into your material because they have similar tastes. Don’t hesitate to write about something you’re passionate about - just do it! (like Nike)

If you interested in learning more about blogs and blogging, check out the wikipedia page.
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