“Extra Money, I wish I had some”. These words would have been uttered by every working class human, every where in the world, at least once in their lifetime, or something like that. I do not have the statistics for this occurrence, but what I know is, that all of us could use a little bit of extra money every now and then.
Dress up your comments. Even if you don’t have any readers, you can be assured that comment spammers will find you. Comment spammers are the guys dropping off-topic advertisements for Viagra and weight loss pills in the comments of your Ottawa Ontario Canada. Nothing kills the ability of a blog to attract new links like a spammy site. And nothing says ‘spammy site’ like a comments page full of irrelevant comments and links. So monitor and delete spammy comments on a regular basis. In addition to deleting the garbage comments, you need to foster a positive community.
Blogs employ templates, for the most part, though there are numerous desktop blogger apps that deliver a blank slate so you can create a blog like no other.
In terms of what your blog (or blogs) will be about, you probably already have an idea in regards to the subject matter. You personal interests will likely be what you want to muse about and that is assuredly a good thing. Don’t make the common error so many others make which is trying to write blogs on subject matter they care very little about with the hopes the blog will be a success. The odds are it won’t because the lack of passion will bleed right through the words.
The easiest way to make an income with a blog is to serve ads. The most popular is Google’s AdSense. All you have to do is to add a snippet of code into your post and ads would appear. Whenever a visitor clicks that ad, you get paid. Although easy, the drawback with this form of making money with a online blog is that you only get paid cents for every qualified click.
There are lots of other blogging platforms out there. But the only one I recommend is WordPress.org. Both Blogger.com and WordPress.org have advantages and disadvantages. One of the most important differences between the two, is the level of control you have with WordPress.org. Do a Google search on “Comparing WordPress vs. Blogger”. You will find articles that will give you many details about why WordPress is the preferred choice for most bloggers. Two of those reasons are its ease of use and ability to easily customize your blog.
In reality, a blog or “web log” is nothing more than a very simple website dedicated to a topic or closely related set of topics. A blog can stand alone as an independent URL, such as yourblog.com, or it can be hosted by a blogging website such as Google’s blogger.com or you might embed a blog directly on your own website.
In conclusion, this brings to an end my 10 rules of radical blogging. Now I know I have stepped on some toes, I know I have challenged the views of many; I know I stirred the waters of conventional wisdom. So I am going to level the playing field here. If you feel I have contradicted your views or principles; then feel free to shoot me through your comments. I am prepared to take your bullets and also respond with mine, so let’s begin.