If you have a blog, whether it’s a business blog or a personal blog, you may have decided you want to try to make some money with it. There are good ways to do this and there are bad ways to do it.
When you do your research you’re likely to find many articles with tips on how to make money blogging, and many of them will tell you that SEO is the key to getting people to your blog.
SEO use is like walking on glass. If you’re careful you can make it to the other side without a crack. But, if you’re careless you’ll shatter it and fall right through- in this case you’ll fall into the algorithmic nightmare of Google and find yourself with a penalty.
Here are a few ways that you can work to monetize your blog, and use it to get more customers if you’re running a business. Plus, tips on how to avoid the Google penalty box, where know respectable blog wants to be.
Use Your Words, Keywords That Is
Keywords aren’t as important these days as they once were, and if Google catches you keyword stuffing you will definitely get a penalty. The important thing to remember with keywords now is that if you use them sparingly throughout great content, then you are on the right path.
Make sure that the content you are putting in has value. Whether it’s a long article or a short one, if it’s not informational, well written and telling the world something new, then it risks a chance of being penalized by Google.
Sign Up For An Affiliate Program
While this idea is better suited to the individual with a personal blog, affiliate programs can really work for anyone. With this type of program you share a link on your site that takes your readers to a different website to purchase an item and when they do you get a cut.
Amazon has a pretty reputable affiliate program. You can also find others with a few quick online searches. Take time to talk to other bloggers and make sure the one you choose is a good one.
Sell Some Ad Space
Selling some ad space can work for personal and professional blogs, depending on what your business is. Obviously if you are selling an item or service you don’t want competitor ads popping up on your pages.
For general bloggers signing up for something like Google AdSense can be a great way to get a little extra money. For businesses, try finding businesses that have a service or item that works well alongside yours. A candle company could sell ads to a candle holder company. Or, someone offering massage services may want to have ads for companies that sell massage oils.
There are many ways to make money with a blog and to attract more customers with it. It just takes a little time and some creative thought.