There are a huge number of ideas to make money online and blogging is one of the most popular. According to surveys, there are more than 200,000,000 blogs on the internet. More and more people are getting into blogging, not only to unleash their creativity, but also to make money. With such large numbers, how do you direct traffic to your blog or website?
It is important for every blogger to understand the different techniques and strategies to direct or attract more people to visit their blogs. For those bloggers who are selling online products and services, more visits mean more potential customers. And more potential customers can lead to bigger sales and profits. If you are a beginner, then there are some easy ways that you could do this. There are some great Plugins available if you use WordPress for your Blog to make it even easier to gain sales from your visitors.
According to the 2009 U.S. Digital Year in Review, about 11% of the time a person would spend online would be for visiting and checking social networking sites and accounts. Overall, Nielsen noted that 110 billion minutes are spent on social networking sites, worldwide. Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Tagged, Hi5, My Yearbook and Bebo are among the top social networking sites. I also have seen results from two NEW Social Media Sites, Kooii.com and IM Faceplate.com
Never underestimate your membership in these social networking sites. If you have a lot of friends or contacts, then you could start promoting your blog or website. You could also set-up a separate group page or account for your online business in these sites, this would help you maintain contact with customers who have accounts in these sites. You could send them updates whenever you have new products or services to offer.
The best way to promote your own website or blog is writing for other people/ blogs. You could try being a guest blogger for one of the most popular blogs in your niche. If your article gets accepted in the blog you are targeting, then make sure to include your website’s URL.
Comment on blogs in your own niche. Just because you are writing about the same topic, you consider them tough competition. Be part of your community. If you are a beginner, then you would learn a lot from them.
Aside from being visible in your own niche, be visible in forums. In forums, you get to promote, learn and at the same time pick-up new ideas. Contribute information and promote your website, always paste your website’s URL in forums that you visit or make sure that it is already included in your signature.
There are some websites where you could include or submit your website for free. This would help improve your link ratings and some free traffic. Having your website included in these free directories would get you visitors, however, do not expect a large number pouring in just because you’re linked with the directory. But it would surely help your blog to have a higher ranking in search engines.
Also, one of the best marketing ideas to promote your blog to make money online, is by word of mouth. Ask friends and relatives to promote your blog or website. But before you ask them to spread the word, make sure to ask them if they have any feed backs and how you could improve your website. Even the best and top blogs/ websites still have room for improvement.
Another way to Optimize your Blogging efforts is be part of a Networked Blog Association. See what this powerful system has to offer for so little.