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Most people nowadays are writing blog for free just to share information. Buts it not just all about sharing information but also to earn an extra income.
Being an ordinary guy with an ordinary job requires you to be competitive in order to live a financially-worry-free life. Having a job taxed as always decreases your potential to save money for your future. And your time being tied-up in your job will just stop you for getting another job. Yes, in other countries, there are opportunities out there that you can work for less time and get another employer to add-up into your source of income. But if you find yourself still having a window to do something else, where would you spend your time?
Yes, you can spend your time to mingle with your friends or a quality time spent with your wife and kids. Some people who have extra budget can do this regularly but not those average people. Quality time needs quality things get done. And most of the things we would do could mean that we need to spend some amount of money. Its right that there are also economical ways to spend quality time but of course you also wanted your family to experience something else like going into another place or places from time to time. Traveling along will need money you can spend to pay for any cost of transportation and any other incidental trip expenses.
Having extra savings will render the travel cost not much a problem but for many, there is a need for another opportunity so these guys can have an extra income they can use for future plans like travel activity or maybe replacing a defective appliance. So what can you do? There are so many ways to raise extra fund and with the presence of the opportunities which have been opened by the internet, these opportunities has become more accessible even at the comfort of your own home.
If you think you want to do something in the future but money is hindering you from any further action, then why not consider to jump into blogging and make an extra income? You may have been already aware what blogging means right? So I wont discuss anymore its definition.
Of course blogging means you have to write your free articles and post it into blog sites. You are not employed by anyone in blogging. And the result depends on your ability. Confused?
This is how it could go for you. If you have not got yourself into blogging yet then you need to open yourself an account, say in Google’s Blogger.com. Already got your Blogger.com account? Then you should start writing but before going further into your writing, you should read “Why people blog for free” to help you understand more on how your writing should be done. Its just a simple summary of something important so that what you write could make sense.
When you have created your idea and have been able to put it into writing and then finally completed it, run a simple proofreading so that you may be able to correct some typo errors or to give you a chance to improve your grammar. This is not just about writing something for your would-be readers to read but you need to at least bring your readers some quality presentation of information. You get it right? Your blog needs readers and readers will easily go away from your blog if you presented your information poorly. Its synonymous to an agent selling a dirty car versus another agent selling a clean shiny car. Do you get the point?
Now, if you believe you have done your part so what you have written would appear nice, then its time for you to “Publish” what you have written. In blogger.com, there is a not so tiny button-tab that you need to click so the world can start seeing your writings.
Make another article or three then start monetizing your writings by putting adsense ads monetization in it. You can find this by going around your blogger dashboard and arrange the layout of your theme. Customized your blog layout to include the advertisements from google. It is all available right there and just in case it ask you for your Adsense ID and you have not got one yet, then go to Google Adsense .
One way or another, it will start earning some cash for the actions of your visitors. Just may not be enough for what or when you need it but in due time, you can see that your earning increases. Just continue posting articles and you are good with that. Now, if you want to go and level up to increase your traffic exposure, I suggest that you read “How to make your free blog SEO friendly” . I am sure this will help you increase your chance to earn more extra income.
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SEO or Search Engine Optimization; it’s a way of making your article or blog write-ups easily indexed by search engine services such as Google, Yahoo, MSN and other players around.
Why do we need to SE optimized our article?
As I mentioned in “Why People Blog For Free” people write article so other people can read it. One way or another, writers would like to share ideas, questions, or experiences because information plays an important role in human lives.
Search engine optimized articles when indexed properly makes it easily located by search engines and appear on search page results. Thus, this opens an automated opportunity for your articles to be read by people.
So how am I going to do it now?
You see, I don’t stop researching in order to learn and for now I can say that I am still continuously learning the basic. Why? Because the internet technology is a never ending improvement for the big players like those mentioned search engines and we need to always understand the rule of their games.
So here is how it’s working now when you want to write an article and make it search engine optimized.
First thing you need is to find out what topic it is that you want to discuss. Is it about Health, Sports, Travel, etc? Here is my 5 cents tip: if you want more readers, then go for a topic which is currently hot. Write something about what is on-Trend J Looking for what is trending is easy, just go to Google Trends. You will be able to see about how much number of searches for the day for a particular Trend topic. Before I start working for a write-up, I make sure that I visit this site to find out what is hot for the day. At least it will give me idea where to start and if I am not interested to those, I write my own. By the way, going to Google Trend is just a way. There are other means out there for you to discover J
Second, when you are already firm of the topic you want to write, don’t write it yet! Why? You should look for a nice keyword that will make your article search engine optimize.
Third, to look for keyword you can go to Google Adwords. If you don’t have an account in Adwords, then it’s time for you to open one for yourself. Don’t you worry; opening an Adword account is free just like the other Google services. If you have a Gmail account, then you can use the same login credentials when you register for an Adwords account. When you already have this account, then sign-in and go to the “Tools and Analysis” tab. It’s a dropdown list where you should be able to see “Keyword Tool” link.
Again, Google Adwords is just another way. There are also other free services out there outside Google. And there are also Paid Services which can give you high return if you are a serious Internet Marketer. Most of the serious internet marketers involved in PPC (Pay Per Click) campaigns are using the paid services.
Fourth, when you try to find keywords in Google Adwords or in any other provider you can put a filter. In Adwords Keyword Search, you can go around the page and look for a Filter area there. The use of filter will help you if you want to look for a Keyword that is being searched Worldwide or a Keyword being searched for a particular country or region. It goes this way: if you are trying to get a keyword and the traffic you are targeting is the traffic coming from the Philippines, you should set Location: Philippines or if you are targeting Worldwide Traffic, then you will remove the filter and set the Location: All. You should understand that targeting a particular traffic from a region will give you an idea how much traffic is generated from a particular country using your chosen keyword.
When you start searching for Keywords with or without the use of the filter, the result will show the yearly search and the monthly search for that keyword. Don’t be overwhelmed by too many keyword that may appear in results.
Choose the best high monthly traffic Keyword with Low competition. Remember to also consider the number of yearly traffic of the keyword because a keyword may be highly search for the month but not for the whole year.
Choosing a keyword with medium or high competition means that you will be on a tough situation before your article can be indexed by search engines in pages 1 to 10 of the search engine page result.
Fifth, get at least five different long-tail keywords. An example of a keyword is “Vitamins” or “Kidney Vitamins” while an example of a long-tail keyword is “Kidney Protective Vitamin” or “Protective Vitamins for Kidney”. Another is “effective vitamin for kidney protection” or “kidney protection effective vitamins”. You just have to make your imagination run and you can create more low competition keyword in your mind.
Sixth, start writing your article.
Seventh, while you write your article, place your specific keyword using different formation of words in the first sentence of your paragraph. The keyword should be placed in the first ninety characters of the first sentence of the paragraph. Here when I say ninety characters, spaces will also need to be counted as well. Put another keyword or two using another phrase in the body in different locations. You can even make your KeyPhrase BOLD, underlined, or italic for easy search engine identification. Then put another longtail keyword in the closing of your article.
Eight, it is important to acknowledge the most sensitive parts of an article. They are: the URL, the TITLE, the KEYWORDS, the DESCRIPTION, the PAGE CONTENT, the IMAGES, and the LINKS. These all should be mixed with keyword coming from any of the five longtail keywords you have chosen. Don’t you worry when you mix them up even to the point that it would read funny or grammatically incorrect. At least try to minimize its impact the best way you can.
If you are using WordPress to publish your articles, you can put customization in the settings located in your WordPress Dashboard in order to have the SEO requirements complied with. A separate article will be soon available on “HOW TO CUSTOMIZED WORDPRESS PUBLISHING FOR SEO”. Meantime, you will have to familiarize yourself first of all those tips mentioned above before you go into the next level of this topic.
People write free blogs and article so other people can read it. One way or another, we would like to share ideas, questions, or experiences. Information plays an important role in our lives.
But are we writing articles just to share it to our friends? Some would say yes but most would say no. It’s a fact that many of us writes an article or shares blog because we wanted to be noticed by sharing what we know. In this world, it doesn’t matter if you are very intelligent when no one knows that you are. That is why we do write-ups and share it through blogs, article directories, newspapers, books, etc.
During the recent years I continually strive to understand how effective writing can be done. Yes, I have a BS and have also taken MBA for a while. But the reality is a bit different from what we learn in classrooms. I created free blogs many times and built websites just being curious to learn the basics and to be “in” around the internet circle. But the most important thing is when I have discovered a couple of times that I fail for one reason or another.
In the beginning, I posted articles to my blogs by simply borrowing ideas of other writers, whew! I am a bad writer huh? Excuse me but you are damn right! I have my reason why and it’s not a bad idea to copy someone else’s work, but the most important thing to do is to give the credit to the original writer. Never steal other people’s writings. If you are not yet ready to write your own, then don’t forget to include in the footer of your copied article the source of the said article or whoever wrote it. Give the credit to them whenever you repost their articles. Eventually, I will discourage you to continuously practice copying. Mind you that copying another man’s idea is Plagiarism and it is not socially acceptable.
The most important thing in writing is originality because writing is an art and the beauty of an art depends on its artist. Your idea even copied by someone else is still yours and nobody has any right to steal it from you. So, you should begin bringing your own self into your own writings.
Moving forward, I eventually started writing my own free blog thingy. I started from one topic into another. I believe that if some other writers have their distinct knowledge, I also have mine. But again, whatever it is that we write should be read by someone else to serve its purpose – sharing…. and what we share is…. information.
But how do we share our writings? Placing our articles in a free blog site is not enough. You don’t want to post article that no one could ever read. Perhaps there will be few who will be able to find it out but won’t you feel a lot better if many others will read what have you labored?
Yes, you can share the articles you have written and posted into a blog site simply by giving them the exact location link of the page where you have posted your article. But how long would you be able to do this? How much friend circle do you have? 10? 100? Or maybe you can also extend further and put the article link into your Facebook account so you can share it with your Facebook connections and friends. But still, how many are in your Facebook friend list? 500? 2000? Even you have the maximum number of listed friends in Facebook which is 5,000, you will still not be able to share it as widely to the world as possible.
So what do we do then? We need to automate sharing our written free blogs by going back to the basic. Let search engines like Google or Yahoo and the others open the doors for you without the need to exert too much effort. Did it made sense for you? Now if you want to gear up to the next level, you should learn Search Engine Optimization. You can read another article I made titled “How To Make Your Free Blog SEO Friendly”.