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There are many different ways that a blog can be used on the internet and although is was originally not intended as a way to make money, there are many very successful blogs online that are earning enough income for their owners to live in reasonable comfort just from this source alone.

Most people do not understand how it is possible to make money with a blog, but it is really not that difficult to do and it can be done pretty much for free or just a small amount of money.

The main ability that anyone wanting to utilize this method of earning an extra income needs to have is the ability to write regular posts to their blog and by this I mean at least 3-4 times per week, especially in the beginning when the blog is new and unknown online. Three to four posts a week might not seem like very much when first starting out, but it can become tedious and sometimes even downright difficult not only to write the posts but to think of topics to write about and it can wear even the most enthusiastic writers down after a while.

The internet is a hard taskmaster and taking time off for more than a day or two can set you back very quickly so it is essential to be consistent, at least until you have built up a large following, and then it is possible to take a break occasionally. When you do feel overwhelmed though, think about how good it feels to be making money this way, working from home without a boss to dictate how and when you work.

So how do you monetize your blog?

This is easily done by joining a few affiliate programs that are related to the niche on which your blog is based and then advertising these affiliate products on your blog. When you become an affiliate for a particular product you then will be given access to some of that company’s promotional material such as banners, text ads etc. and all you need to do is place some of these on your website/blog.

If you then write a review about each product, not necessarily all at once, and then get the products seen by all the visitors that you are attracting to your website, you will begin to generate sales for which you will earn a commission.

The beauty of earning an income through affiliate marketing is that all the basics are taken care of by the affiliate company. The product is developed, the advertising materials are produced and all that is required of you is to sell the products and once you do that the affiliate company is responsible for packaging and shipping and collecting the money. Now can you think of a better way of earning money online?

Another method that can be used to earn money from your blog is to open an Adwords account with Google and then allow them to place some text adverts on your blog. Every time someone visiting your site clicks on one of these ads you will earn a commission. Although the amount is usually quite small, all these little amounts can add up to a nice check in the end.

These are just a couple of ideas on ways to earn money online with your own blog and the good thing is that they do not need to cost you anything other that time and consistent posting to your blog so that it gets recognized by the search engines and listed where people looking for information can find it and become your customers.

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Blogs are a great method to use for any online income business not only to get your message across to a wide internet audience, but also as a business tool to do free advertising and drive more targeted traffic to your website. There are however some important points that you should observe when writing and posting to your blog.

1. First of all when writing articles for your blog it is important to think about the type of readers you want to attract. Write as if you are speaking to these people directly in other words as if you were speaking to one particular person face to face.

The internet is a place where people generally go if they are looking for information so whatever valuable info you may have to give write it in such a way that whoever is reading it can easily understand what you are talking about. Remember at all times that these are real people reading your article, so don’t write it in language that only a hi-tech person can understand.

2. Make your website interesting and valuable. Everyone today lives an extremely busy life and no one has time to waste on looking at a website that is boring and unattractive. If you have nothing useful to impart in the way of information then it might be an idea to interview somebody in your niche and post this on your blog, invite a guest to post an interesting article or ask your readers what they would like to know about and write something from the answers that you get.

3. Always, always proofread what you have written before clicking on the publish button on your blog. There is nothing worse than reading an article that is full of errors, this will not only put your readers off and send them scuttling to another website post haste, but you will also lose credibility.

4. Keep your articles as short and simple as possible. When reading anything online people generally scan whatever it is. If you fail to get your point across quickly and grab their attention, before you know it they will be gone from your blog and on to the next one.

5. Use your keywords in your articles as this will make it easier for the search engines to find you and will help with your rankings. The higher you rank on the search engines the better your blog exposure will be and this will equate to more targeted traffic.

6. Grab your readers’ attention by writing a headline that makes them want to read more. Because there is so much information on the internet today, you need to get the attention of your reader in the first few seconds or you have lost them so write a headline that makes them want to read more.

By following these simple tips you will have a blog that will not only have good content but it will attract targeted traffic and help you increase your online income as you gain more followers.

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When it comes to web hosting everybody will try to influence you about which one is the best. Actually there are quite a few top quality web hosts that you can make a choice from. Making a decision on which one is best for you and your legitimate online businesses is relatively simple if you create a strategy to help you get it correct the first time
around.

Here are some easy steps to follow that will help you to get it right.

1. What Type of Hosting Do You Need?

The first thing you must do before you even look at possible choices is to asses what type of hosting your legitimate online businesses will require. There are a few different options for you to choose from, namely shared hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated hosting. Truthfully if you are just starting out with an online business then your best option would probably be shared hosting.  If on the other hand you are
expecting to expand rapidly or if you need root access then VPS or dedicated hosting may be a better choice for you.

2.  Decide what Features and Options You will Need.

Your second step would be to make a decision on the type of features you would need before researching what is available. Your main reason for doing this is that if you begin by reading lists of all the different features, it is very possible that you will end up convincing yourself that you REALLY NEED features that are in actual fact totally unnecessary for your online business. The bells and whistles are all very nice but at the end of the day the majority of people who go for all these features end up by never using them. Try to make a list of about 5 – 7 features that are necessary and go from there.

3.  What Sort of Budget do You Have?

Once you have a reasonable idea of what you need, then begin doing your research on what is available. By using the 5 – 7 necessary features as a guideline as well as what you have budgeted for website hosting you will then be able to determine the best 3 possible web hosts for your needs. Look for possible special offers that web hosts may be offering and if you can possibly pay for your web hosting for a full year instead of monthly then do this as there is always a discount saving.

4.  Take a Look at the Intangibles.

Once you have your short list of possible web hosting companies it becomes time to look at the intangibles. Customer service is one of the main points that divides good hosting companies from the great ones that are elite hosting companies. Take some time to do a bit of due diligence around the web and read various user reviews or visit a few forums and if necessary even contact the company’s support staff directly.

Make a note of things like length of response time, how good the response was and how well you were treated. Keep in mind that there are many good web host companies out there so there is no reason to put up with poor service or customer support.

By following these four steps when choosing a web hosting company for your legitimate online businesses it will be easy for you to make the right decision and this will not only save you a great deal of time but will also increase the possibility  that you make the right decision the first time around.

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