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Archive for May, 2008

31
May

Free or Customized Blog Theme

The blog theme is one of the most important aspects of your site. If your site is unattractive, readers will leave simply because they cannot stand the look, or they will read the article they came for and leave. There are hundreds of thousands of free themes out there, but is it worth it to purchase one from a coder who knows what they are doing and can customize it to your liking?

There are obviously quite a few benefits to purchasing your own theme. The first being you will be the only blog out there with that exact layout. You will be able to customize everything about it down to the smallest placement. You can optimize certain parts of your site, make your banner ads seemingly invisible to your readers, yet still have them there to sell them, and many other possibilities. Buying a theme will make your blog way more unique than the average blog, and in fact it can be the determining factor in whether or not your blog will succeed. Why not dish out less than $500 to get a professionally designed theme?

As always, there’s a flip side to the coin. Sometimes it is not advisable to purchase a theme specifically for your blog. If you don’t think you can earn the money back easily, don’t buy one. There are so many free themes out there that you could easily pick one close to your needs if you spent enough time looking for it. Running a small niche blog that you only hope to pick up loose change with adsense, or other advertising programs, will not need a specialized layout. You can simply use a free theme, and you’re on your way.

I do believe in purchasing your own theme to make your site flawless. I wrote this post before I even purchased my domain name, and when it came time to pick out a theme, I went with a free one. The reason is that I really don’t have the funds to get a quality theme coded at the current time. If I were to get one coded, it wouldn’t have all the cool features I wanted. So I decided that I will use this free one until I earn the money for a layout on this blog.

31
May

Entering Contests

Pretty much every larger scale make money blogging niche bloggers will have a contest sooner or later. Sometimes the prizes can get pretty expensive, other times it’s a simple, smaller cash prize. The majority of the time they will also require you to somehow spread the word of the contest by posting about it on your blog.

Keep in mind, your readers probably aren’t too interested in which contests you are entering. The occasional contest is fine, but there are some weeks where you will see numerous contests. You need to weed out the contests that are of no benefit to you.

Prizes range from hosting, to domains, to layouts. If you’ve already got your own blog, on your own hosting, you probably won’t want to enter these contests. You get a limited time prize or a layout which you don’t need. Is it really worth telling your readers all about this “great” contest, linking to the bloggers blog about two or three times, and alienating your readers?

Some prizes you may wish to consider are free advertising on their site, free reviews, free text links, entrecard credits, money, and just about anything virtual. If you can put it to use, it may be worth entering simply because it would have a positive affect on your blog if you were to win it.

30
May

Why You Should Advertise Here

I’m new to the make money blogging niche. This is actually my first week blogging. There’s never a bad time to start offering ads. I am going to be selling as of now three 125×125 ads until I can get enough time to work with my layout. I am selling them for $10 each per month. Here is the catch though. I will leave them up for at least a month. If I don’t have somebody waiting for the spot, and you choose not to readvertise, the spot is yours until somebody claims it. So you could possibly get more than you thought.

Obviously I have really few if any subscribers yet. Well, that will change. I’ve got some friends from a freelance writing site and a forum who have already expressed great interest in my blog, and are just waiting for a link. Next, advertising. I have 9,000 Entrecard credits that I plan to spend on the more expensive blogs on Entrecard. I will start getting in my 600 clicks a day as well. So basically I can pick a blog of my choice to advertise on every other day.

Content is another factor. How would you know that I will be active enough to get this blog started? I have the first 40 posts already written up. I plan to post them one a day after editing them. Throughout this time frame I plan to continue to write more posts to stock up. Eventually I’ll get to the point where I’m going to be writing the daily posts, that day. That won’t happen throughout your advertising period.

As a rather well known make money blogging niche writer bloggernoob once said in a post about taking baby steps towards making money online, “risk vs reward is very high with this type of business”. While this isn’t exactly prevalent to what he was saying at the time of this quote, it does coincide with advertising here. There is some risk in advertising on a new blog, the reward can be great. I have explained several reasons as to why the reward is very likely.

As you will read later tonight, make money niche blogs run a lot of contests. This post was used as my entry for a contest on bloggernoob.com. There are many reasons he would benefit from advertising on my blog, as well as any other make money blogging niche advertiser. First of all, my blog is in your niche. The people coming to this site will be interested in learning how to make money through blogging. If you advertise here, over some of the other entries in the contest you will get targeted traffic versus random traffic. Would you rather pay to advertise a make money blog on a make money blog or a blog with all sorts of random content?

29
May

Niche Cooperation

People in the same niche as you generally are not going to be interested in helping their competition. This theory is trying to make similar niche cooperation seem like a good idea, as well as discuss why it could be a good idea.

You’ve recently started a blog, you’re new to the niche, and you can’t do much about it. There are many things you will need to do to get a foothold in your niche. You need quality links to your site, RSS Subscribers, readers, commenter’s, and advertisers. This may seem overwhelming, but with a little cooperation it should be easy to achieve a few of these.

How are you supposed to compete with the leaders of the niche? The bloggers with thousands of readers and many years head start? Initially you can’t, and it’s unfair to yourself to judge yourself based upon the success of the bigger blogs. Find a few other new bloggers in your niche through Entrecard ad’s, StumbleUpon, or just plain old browsing Google.

A large part of your Google Page Ranking and your search engine rankings have to do with back links to your site. While there are hundreds of thousands of places you can put your link, a site of the same niche can help more than five links from completely opposite ideas. If I were to put links for this blog on xbox.com or hotmail.com it wouldn’t be as effective as a link from a making money blog like bloggernoob.com. If you have five friends you’ll place a “dofollow” link to all of their sites on every page of your blog, and they will do the same. Allow them to choose any keyword they would like as their anchoring text. You have successfully built yourself five quality back links that will appear globally across their blog.

Along with these five back links you will have gained the five RSS Subscriptions, and five new readers. You will have to help each other out because it will help keep your “competition” equal. Everybody will read eachothers posts, and comment on them. If people are commenting on your posts it will make your blog look more popular. This will then make more people want to be a part of the blog and eventually become a subscriber.

I’m considering it more of a checkpoint rather than a competition, but it could very well be a competition. There are five blogs created at around the same time period, that start at about the same point. You do all of the following above and you will all start to see some improvements in money earned and traffic. Get together once every two weeks and compare stats. See who is moving up higher and what they are doing. Talk to each other and find out what is and isn’t working. You don’t have to go against one another simply because you’re sharing a niche. If you are all able to achieve large amounts of traffic and a decent amount of money you will all succeed.

With this being said I am currently looking for a few people who would like to do this with me. Preferably bloggers that fit the following criteria.

  1. Less than 200 daily views
  2. Less than 30 RSS Subscribers
  3. In the make money blogging niche or making money online niche
  4. Active enough to be of help to everybody in the group to help one another to succeed

Simply leave a comment below and use an email address I can contact you at for more information.

29
May

Blogging Theories

This is just a little section I am using to start to discuss my personal theories that I believe to be true. They are in here because I am not sure of the effectiveness or I’m still testing it. These posts are by no means factual nor should they be taken seriously, but you may be interested in trying them as well.

With that being said you’re open to try some of my theories and discuss them. If you don’t agree with them I’d prefer proof over negative criticism. Like I said these are just a few of the things I’m looking at to discover their effectiveness. Posts may be moved from here if my data shows a blogging theory to be true.

29
May

Welcome!

Welcome to the launch of tryingtoblog.com! I’ve been waiting to get this site up and running for quite some time. I’ve seen some of the bigger blogs in this niche, and let me be the first to tell you, I can do that. Obviously this is going to take quite some time as these blogs are large, established, and recognized. I’m not saying I will beat them, I’m saying I can do what they do no problem. They seem to slack off after they reach the top, and I am going to give them a run for their money, or in this case, subscribers.

My success is generally measured in two different categories by my visitors. The first of which is money. It’s a make money blog, so my readers are expecting me to be making money myself if I am teaching them how to make money with their blogs. The more money you make and announce with your payments, the more popular you seem to become. Second would be you guys, the RSS Subscribers. Blogs are all judged upon this provided they show their subscriber counts off to everybody. Honestly I’d be satisfied with close to 200, but to compete with the top dogs I’ll have to grow to the thousands.

So what kinds of posts can you expect from my blog? Well in short, posts that teach you how to make money, make a successful blog, and gain a readership. There are all sorts of topics I have written posts for already. There are the week long guides for improving traffic, there are the posts talking about how to monetize your blog, and much much more. You’ll have to subscribe to see them.

Still working out a few minor kinks in the layout. Hoping you won’t hold that against me seeing as I decided to forgo purchasing a customized layout for the time being. Bear with me, it will be a fun ride to the top.