WARNING : If You Start to Try Making Money Blogging Please Do Not Use Google’s Free Blogging Platform !

Plainly said this is a HUGE mistake many of you beginners will make when trying to start your Blogging business.

I know I made this mistake when I first started to try making money blogging. I got away with it for a little while with a few of my sites but a few months ago I got shot down by Google.

Let me Explain My Sad Story with using Blogger Blog

When I first started Blogging in early 2008 every one I met at the time said I should use the free blogging platform at Google a.k.a Blogger or Blogspot.

That was cool.

But then others that I got to know said I should take it one step further and make sure to buy my own Domain at Google. So it would be my property instead of Google’s ( so when you start out with Blogger blog you get a free domain that say www.newbiesblog.blogspot.com.)

If you decide to go with Blogger at the beginning you must at least take $10 and own your own domain; minimum. Do this or suffer later.

But thru the last 5 years of my experience I STRONGLY recommend that you guys out there starting out with blogging take it even one step further and go ahead and move in a direction away from Google’s free Blogger platform and go to paid hosting and start blogging on the WordPress platform..

After much egging on by fellow bloggers, I started to make the transition from Blogger to Hostgator/Wordpress back in 2010.

At first I was intimidated on how to do this but I easily did it with some info. I found by doing some ‘Googling’.

Now I love WordPress, and it is the only platform to go with if you want to really be serious in making money blogging !

However, out of the 18 blogs I own I still kept about 5 at Blogger Blog because I liked the certain templates for those sites. Particularly my second highest earning blog to date .

It had a 16.9% CTR with Adsense over 4 years which is virtually unheard with other bloggers or website owners who run Adsnese. The template was just perfect, and it was a very reliably source of income. Month in and month out.

Well guess what the heck happened 3 months ago ??

Let me start out with the chain of events.

So one day I write a nice, new post for this 16.9% CTR Adsense blog and published it.

Two days later I decided I wanted to make some revisions to the Post so I went to log into my Administration panel and the dashboard. I made the changes but when I went in entered domain to look at the new edits the URL came up as an ‘404 error and the Servers no longer find or host this Url ‘ . Something to that extent.

So I said well that’s cool. I will try it again and it will come up. But sure enough time after time this message kept coming up.

So I decided to reboot my computer and figured that would do the trick. But my Url/domain could and would not ever come up again.

After over 5 years of this domain /blog being run successfully on Google’s free Blogger platform they completely shut down my Blog and domain. With any warning or any reason whatsoever ! All of the sudden, POOF, my Site is history πŸ™
And making money blogging with this site was literally impossible !

I tried contacting Google and sending a reconsideration letter (this is a form you can fill out in your Webmasters tool to write to Google if your Site has been de-indexed and would like to know why and try to plead your case to be put back in the rankings to where you once were.) and waited for weeks to no avail.

I was crushed !

Luckily, I was smart enough to have bought my own domain. And I was able to export all my 200+ Posts (95% original might I add) over to Hostgator and WordPress.

But all my SEO and Google Rankings are gone. Its like this Site NEVER existed, and I am having to start over from scratch.

It is a bummer but I did manage to get over it and move on πŸ˜‰

Iam starting over with this Blog and maybe in a couple of years and I will be making money blogging with it like I did in its old glory days of 2008-2012.

But this is a prime example why you should use paid hosting if you want to start blogging. It is just not worth the chance when you choose a free hosting platform like blogger. Your material and domain can be taken down anytime without warning.

So just beware of that folks !

Robert

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The ONE Huge Mistake I made that YOU need to avoid if You Want to be Successful in Learning How to Make Money Blogging

This mistake can literally cost you years in time and work and make you sitting their scratching your head like you got run over by a freight track !! lol

I can really remember like it twas just yesterday. That little light bulb went off in my head that I could take one small thing I was doing and turn it into something much bigger.

It was the end of 2007. I was doing pretty good with taking the Surveys online. It was not any major money but good enough to pay a bill or two for my family ( just me and my wife back then)

I happened to stumble upon a guy who was putting banners on his blog for survey sites. When people would click on his banner and join a survey site he would receive a commission.

I thought that was pretty cool. I found out the proper name of this kind of internet marketing was called CPA offers (short for Click per Action offers)

You can join these CPA sites that have products which you can offer your readers at your blog or website. And you make commission when they sign up or buy that product.

My favorite and still is CPA Site called Maxbounty.

Anyway, back to my story. I put up these banners for survey sites and I started blogging ( as I learned from some established bloggers on how to make money blogging) about how you can make money taking surveys.

Well, after a few months I started to see the traffic build up and my income started to drastically increase from these CPA offers and Adsense (Google Ads that are placed on your blog and you get paid for each click,)

Now I went for about 4 years straight doing this ; building up traffic and relying on people just clicking on my Survey Site banners and Adsense. It was truly passive income and a blessing as my work load seemed to get lighter and lighter and the income became more and more ! How to make money blogging seemed to be more and more effortless as the years went by.

I figured with age my Blog would just keep building and building from Google traffic as long as I had good, quality content.

I did build a list which every one said I needed to do but because my Site was centered around free money I actually made less with having this List. ( which rarely, rarely happens)

So I scraped the list building and went about my business making nice income for a number of years ago based on just clicks and banner offers on my Site.

But guess what the hell happen my fourth year ?? Well, good ole Mr.Google started to put the hammer down and implemented ‘Panda’ and ‘Penguin’ which were names given to changes in how Google ranked sites.

Many sites were fairly penalized during this and taken way down in the Search rankings. Sites that were spam and had no original and helpful content on them . These Sites were virtually tuned into over night ghost towns as all their traffic and income dried up.

Unfortunately, there were also many sites like mine that were legitimate ones with helpful content and not spam.

Long story short my traffic pretty dwindled to almost nothing overnight because of Google Search changes. Suddenly how to make money blogging seemed more and more complicated and less and less effortless

Now I could go on and on about how unfair Google was and how they cost many people millions of dollars.

But in hindsight it was pretty much my own fault for the predicament I was in.

I will just tell all you folks starting out (and this may apply to many who are experienced) to build a Site or Blog that has a diverse stream of monetization including above and beyond everything else…………BUILD A FREAKING LIST !
Period !!

You see that box at the upper right side of my blog which I offer the 3 best ways to make money and you just put your name and email there ? Well that is essentially what list building is.

So the number one thing you really need to do when learning how to make money blogging is build a subscriber base.

Relying on Google and Yahoo Search Traffic is a quick way to the poor house. Do not get me wrong. Still work on getting Search traffic as it is the most targeted traffic there is, but engage visitors to join or subscribe to that list or newsletter.

If you have a big list built up over time you can not just survive but you can thrive building relationships with your customers and selling them product that they really need.

You cannot imagine how many nights I have lied their restless in my bed wondering what things could have been now if I had just started building my list 6 years ago instead of just a couple years ago.

It cost me a lot of money and essentially when Google’s hammer came down, 4 years of my work went down the drain too.

I had to start all over again.

So peeps, if you take away anything from my blog do yourself a favor and do not make the HUGE mistake I made of just relying on Google for your traffic and income.

You need more than Clicks to make Blogging a full time income, thats for sure !!

So Build that list !!!

I plead to you πŸ™‚

Robert

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Hey Guys, You Do Not Need to be a Rocket Scientist to Make Money from Blogging !

I am just too much of a crappy writer to do blogging

Look at me. I can tell you over time I have developed into a fairly decent writer and blogger But I am no Ernest Hemingway. I never have been .So if I can do it anyone can do it with half a brain πŸ™‚

And with time anyone can make money from blogging !

I just think there are a lot of people who get intimidated by the fact of starting a blog and trying to come up with material and what to say and how to say it to keep it interesting and to attract readers.

When it comes down to it you really do not have to be a Pulitzer award winning writer toΒ  engage people with your blog and get them to want to come back reading again and again and ultimately make money from blogging.

On top of picking a niche that you have a whole lot of knowledge about and can help others with , the number one thing I can think of in making it easy to write to readers is to ‘pretend’Β  ( to yourself) like you are having a conversation with your best friend or family member.

How would you talk to them over the phone or in person about ‘cooking’ or ‘how to get rid of those unsightly pimples ‘ or just a slew of other topics you could blog about.

Folks, this really works. I myself do it all the time. Try it and I think it will make blogging easier for you and help you in the long term to make money from blogging.

And if it makes it easier to have the conversation out loud to yourself then by all means do it.

I think when people try to blog they really make it more complicated than it is. They try to think of the next word to say and how to put in down on paper and how to be clever in what they say etc…etc..

When all along they could have been talking to their brother ‘Seth ‘ or best friend ‘Sophia’ and making their blogging that much more effective and efficient.

You really need to practice this from the git go to get pretty good at it.

Heck you can even get on your cell phone and get some experience that way by just talking to a ‘ghost’ or getting a real person on the line.

And there are some people who actually get in front of their friends or family and just start talking about what they want to blog about and do some transcribing as they go along or have their friends do it when talking to them.

So I learned this is really a great technique to get your thoughts down on paper, And it will take you far in really building up a blog and enable you to make money from blogging with some real good information that comes straight from your own knowledge and heart and talking to yourself out loud πŸ˜‰

You will find you can become a better write doing this.

 

What to Do if I feel Like I Will Always be a Crappy Writer No Matter How Hard I try ?

Well personally I believe with work and time anyone can be a half decent writer. Especially if they use the above technique.

But if by some small chance this still does not work, what do you do ? Well, the good thing about blogging is there are always ways to make it a go and a way to make money from bloggingΒ  no matter the circumstance.

So if you have a hard time putting your thoughts down in words you can always hire or outsource to writers. They call them Ghost writers and you can get some fairly good ones for $3 to $5 for every 200 words written for your post.

GetFreeLancer.com is a great place to find writers who can take on a project for you .

You can find many affordable ones that can be proficient in producing good articles for you.

Be sure to check out their background and ask them for examples of past articles they have written. It may take a little bit of investment but it sure is worth it if you want to be serious about blogging.

But guys overall with blogging you can easily start out with less than $50Β  in total. Try doing that with any off line business πŸ˜‰

I know I did.

My next post I will be talking about what to do when the ideas for your next post become harder and harder to think of and the interesting topics to write about are seemingly becoming less and less with your chosen niche.

This is a problem for most every blogger at one point in their blogging career . I, myself, can sometimes fall into this unneeded lapse of mind creativeness ( if you want to call it that lol)

So stay tuned !

 

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Does John Chow Make $40,000 a month with Blogging ? Could You Too ?

Hey folks.

Well, for the last 5 years I have kept up a little bit with the renowned John Chow and his Blog.

It never struck me as a blog I wanted to visit and follow all the time but many have chosen to do so.
There are just other bloggers that really seem to have helped me in making money blogging over the years; at least more than Chow !

That being said I think it is safe to say from reliable sources and my own investigation the man does in fact pull in this amount, give or take a few thousand each month…. And has for a couple of years.

In some of the articles in local newspaper interviews Chow talks about how fun it is to blog and how he puts just 2 hours of work in a day and earns over $300k a year making money blogging.

I just do not buy it. HOGWASH !! Do not get me wrong, can you make money blogging ? Of course.

But in all due respect, I think the man has built up a huge following. And he has done through a lot of hard work and patience to earn this kind of money. It hasn’t been all fun and games.

I know he started his blog in 2005. And in the first 8 months the blog made nothing, as he clearly states. ( He writes this off as not doing advertising on his blog,uhmm)

I also know about 4 years ago he was nearly de-indexed by Google and it was a big deal within the Blogging Community.
Anytime your Site is de-indexed by Google it takes a huge hit in your business. Whoever you are.
And you have to work your butt off to get back in good standing with them and bide your time patiently.

I know he blogs two and three times a day. And much of his blog centers around going to Internet Marketing conventions,mastermind groups etc…

Fun ?? Yeah it can be some fun. But does Chow just put in 2 hours a day and thats it and the money rolls in every month?

I think he would be the first to say that is just a HUGE exaggeration.
Here is a quote from an article about Chow, “John Chow rocketed onto the blogging scene when he showed the income power of blogging by taking his blog from making zero to over $40,000 per month in just two years.

I know this is stretching it. Actually I know for a fact it is according to his actual archives. You could call it a lie but lets just say exaggeration and give him the benefit of the doubt πŸ˜‰

(Note: Chow has also been successful in Marketing his first Online Company in 1999 with another venture.So Iam sure this was a great springboard into his success in blogging today)

Everyone in their Life has at one point at least told a white lie.

Anyway, if you ever get over to John Chow’s blog I think you can learn a few things about blogging if you can wade through all the B.S about Affiliate parties, Summits, Fast Cars he drives etc…. It is just not my cup of tea.

But please do not be swayed to the fact that making money from blogging is so easy and that you can hit 40K in just a couple of years.

Of course, we should all shoot for the stars and never let anything hold us back. Believe there is the potential. As I said earlier can you make money blogging ? No question !!

But I would bet the farm (and the whole ranch for that matter) that to get to this level of Chow it will require more than just 2 hours of fun filled work. That is for sure .

Don’t be fooled !

Just saying,
Robert

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Most of My Readers Here are Clueless…And Yes that Means YOU

about Leveraging the Power of the Internet to Their Benefit……I know because I was clueless myself at one time. And I find I can still be clueless about things every now and then. I know it can be frustrating.

Five and a half years ago I started doing surveys for part time money. Well, I ran into somebody who told me just a little about making money from blogging and doing it free at Blogger blog.

A light bulb went off in my head, and I started to put affiliate banners on these survey sites at my blog. Every time someone clicked one of my banners and joined as a survey taker I made a few bucks. And boy did it add up. πŸ˜‰

Along with this I learned how to do some massive back linking with some services to get some big time traffic, and I threw some Adsense ads on my blog. I was making some cake.

Boy, I thought I had it all figured out with making money blogging as I just kind of improvised as I went along and watched the cash come in.

Well guys , I really found out how clueless I really was as Google changed their ways of ranking sites. They slammed the hammer down on many blogs and websites and took away their traffic literally overnight.

I happened to be one of them. OUCH !! lol

It did hurt financially but you know what ? I think in the long run it helped me become a better internet marketer and blogger. It really did.

I even came up with a few points that will help you become ‘unclueless’ in the world of IM and making money blogging .

So take some notes

First of all, if you want to have some success online whether it be in making money blogging or Multi level marketing you must have a plan. It sounds cliche but it is so true !

For instance in blogging…….it would be cool if all of us decided to just open up our laptop and write about anything on our mind and make money doing it.

However, 99% of the time it just does not work that way.

Oh sure you will have those couple of exceptions where ‘stay at home john’ decides to blog one day about potty training his daughter Tabitha and then writes a book about it and sell thousands and thousands of it to all the visitors at his site. Making him $100,000 a year.

It occasionally happens but the odds are stacked up against you

I just want everyone reading this to be clued in on the fact you must find a topic you want to blog about but one that has enough traffic that you can make money with your readers and actually help them too.

Go HERE to see the traffic of any key term word or phrase. It will give you the monthly searches among other things. I personally like to target a phrase with at least 1,000 visitors a month. That is using ‘exact’ phrase checked on the side.

(And please do not use any service that promises you thousands of back links to get you higher in the Search Engines. Google will beat you down for that πŸ™ )

Secondly, you need to learn from those who have had success with making money blogging. Look over their sites, ask them questions, copy what they do ( NO, not plagiarism but adopt a similar style along with your own)
Whether it be Picasso or Einstein they have all emulated predecessors before them. And have been highly successful at their chosen fields.

Darren Rowse and his Blog Problogger is a great place to see some impressive blogging and how successful people do it.

Lastly, always be clued in to what GOOGLE is doing. It seems like Google changes the way they rank sites in the search engines every 6 months or so. Keep tabs by following Google engineer Matt Cutts and visit forums to find out what is working for people in getting more traffic. Do not be obsessed with trying to figure out Google but take note. In the end, good solid, helpful content will win Google over for you! πŸ™‚

So do not be clueless like I was when I first started Internet Marketing and making money blogging. Stay on top of it and continue to do so and you will do OK !!

Peace out,
Robert