Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Keep Blog Posts Short and Informative.

What is the ideal length of a blog post? Well, you might be surprised to find out that to maximum blogging efforts your blog posts should be 150 words or less.  That is not many, just look at this post for I am up to 45 words already.

According to John Tesh at Tesh.com, the average iphone can display approximately 150 words. Many people read while they are on a subway or they are standing in a grocery line.  Quick reading; they read a page and they are done.

Many ebook writers are now taking this into account when writing ebooks.  I might add here too, that the sales of Kindles are going down as more and more people opt for iphones.  This post I got from listening to the Tesh show and I thought I would pass it on.

Well, this post is about at length so I will conclude it by saying time to write posts in Word so you know exactly how many words your blog posts are.

(entire post length 171 words, pretty short, huh?)

Monday, November 9, 2015

2015 Blogging Tips 101.

Last night I heard on the John Tesh show that 25% of adults admit to not even reading one book in the last year.  So, if this huge number of people is not reading books what are they doing?

I researched this topic and discovered that watching TV is still the number one leisure activity.  According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average person spends 2.8 hours a day watching TV.  But this is the startling truth:  Young people are reading less and less.

Time spent reading for personal interest and playing games or using a computer for leisure greatly varied by age.  People aged 75 and over averaged 1.0 hours of reading per weekend day.  On the other hand, teenagers only read about 8 minutes per weekend day.  Look at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics table 11:  http://www.bls.gov/news.release/atus.t11.htm  for it is shocking how little people spend time reading these days.

So, if reading is on the way out, how can you possibly make money blogging.  It sounds like a bad time investment, does it not?  At first glance, it does seem that what is the use in blogging if nobody is going to read it.  However, if you tailor your blog posts to a certain age and keep them consistent for this age group, you can capture an audience.  

Blogging tip number 1 - Blog to older people!  

  • Maybe they want to read about what made them happy as kids.
  • Maybe they want to read about old stuff like old t.v shows, crafts, old furniture, etc.
  • What was popular 50 years ago?  These topics will be hot blogs.  Drive-In movies, old movie stars, etc. etc. 
  • Blog about money, stocks, bonds, retirement income and anything else that can benefit older people like hospital equipment, news on aging.  etc. etc.
If you blog to older people it will be easier to capture a greater readership due to sheer numbers of older people reading.  However, older people may tend to stick with the older ways and may prefer reading actual page books than to read blogs on the computer.  For this reason, the next age group you should target is individuals aged: 45 to 54.  

Blogging Tip number 2- Blog to the 45 to 54 age group.

  • This age group is where the money is.  They are old enough to still like reading, (on average they read 15 to 20 minutes a day on the weekends)  they generally have money to buy stuff from your blog, and they are growing older and will read more in the future which provides a larger readership for your blog.  
  • This age group is generally less technologically advanced, meaning it is a great group for blogs that teach people how to do something or for blogs that compare products that they might buy.
Blogging Tip number 3 - Forget about the kids.

  • The kids are in a new technology world full of video games, YouTube, socializing with friends and could care less about reading your blog.  If you tailor a blog meant for teenage reception, watch out as the average teenager reads only 8 minutes a day.  That means that there are a whole lot of them that never read outside school.  

Help the aging population with your blog and it will grow faster than if you are targeting young people.  You might need to "ground pound" it a little which I will go over in a different post, however, you are going to have a more successful blog if you go this route.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Why Multi-level Marketing or MLMs End Up in Failure.

Blogspot Money Maker is about making money blogging and the ways you can honestly do so.  In this post I am going to discuss Multi-level Marketing, better known as MLM's and tell you why, in my opinion, they usually end up in a lot of wasted time with no money to show for it.

First, a little bit of background on myself and why I believe MLM's are no good and blogging is a much better choice to make money over the long term.  The date today is November 8, 2015.  In 2005, I started my search for the best way to make money online.  I did not want a get rich quick scheme because I believe that to get rich quick, you have to take advantage of other people.  That is now my outlook with MLM's.

Let me explain.  My very first attempt at making money online was by joining an individual who supposedly got rich and started a online search website, I forgot his name but it was something like Tessanara, where you could get paid a lot of money when people searched for data on other people.

It cost a fortune to advertise his program and I was not successful at all.  I was out about $400 dollars or so.  My second attempt at making money was an online domain registrar "Global Domains."  Have you ever heard the saying that you better love what you are selling?  Well, these websites were cheap and you could hardly do anything with them.  I think you had to pay $10 a month for your cheap website with hosting.  Now, they wanted you to sell their websites to other people in a MLM scam like this:  I tell someone to buy a cheap website and they buy it and I get $1.00 a month as long as they keep the website.  I also get $1.00 a month from people that buy the website from them.  So eventually, I just get to kick back while the money rolls in without me having to do much, if any, work.  The lure of big money for doing nothing is very appealing to a lot of people.  And, that is what the people on top of the MLM know.  They know that people will work hard to try to secure big paychecks without much effort later.

Here is the big problem with that premise:  When I am a few people down the ladder, why should I bust my butt to sell the product and make the people above me wealthy when they are just sitting on their duffs?

If you are not near the top of an MLM this is what you will find.  The people below you will lose interest very fast and move on to something that they think they can do to make money.

To make legitimate money, you need your own business where you can offer your own products or other people's products (affiliate products) that you honestly believe in.  Forget about the scams where your only concern is how much money you will make.  In my opinion, you will be disappointed in the end.

MLM alert 

The way that you can see right through any product or service and see if they are what I call a scam is by testing it by the following sentence.

How do you make your money?  

  • Do you make your money by selling a product or
  • Do you make your money by recruiting people to sell your service or products?
For example, let's say that you are supposedly selling a Mortgage Acceleration Program where people can join and reduce the number of years that they pay on their home mortgage.  You buy stuff from the company to help you sell the system to other people.  You buy a website, business cards, and educational cd's to help you recruit more people to sell the program.  

In actuality, the Mortgage Acceleration Company is making a ton of money on you when you buy all this stuff to help you recruit more people to buy more stuff.  Your focus for making money shifts from selling the product to recruiting others to sell the product.  Now, you want them to buy more stuff that is not even related to the product but instead the emphasis becomes how much money you can make selling all of this fluff which is unrelated to the product.

This, in my opinion, is a very unethical business practice.  Why not just create your own product or sell someone else's product or products that you, yourself, benefited from?

MLM's have given legitimate ways to make money online a bad name.  Many people think it is all a scam.  However, making money running your own blog with a niche of your choosing is not a scam. It is 100% your own business.  Sure, you can sell affiliate products if you want to.  But, these products are one's that you have used and can honestly recommend.  Or, they are good add-on products for your product line.  The business model for a blog is the same business model as in the outside world.  You make a product and sell it.  Or, you sell products that you personally endorse or are good products to sell alongside yours.  You may want other's to help you sell your products but when you do this, you toss them a bone for doing so.  

If I work for a big box store like Wal-mart and I work in the electronics department, I make an hourly or salary wage selling electronics.  If, on the other hand, I am a blogger or website owner who sells
Wal-Mart electronics on my site, I make a commission on the sale.  You will not pay any more for the item if you buy it from my blog or website.  Wal-Mart is happy that I sold it for them and they are happy to give me a commission on the sale.  For them, it is like having more employees that they don't have to pay hourly.  

I am an affiliate marketer, as well as, a blogger and in this blog I will show you the ins and outs of affiliate marketing because it goes hand in hand with blogging.  If you want to make money with your blog you should incorporate some kind of affiliate marketing protocol.  If you want to check out my Santa website and see how I sell products alongside me, as Santa Claus, you can check it out by clicking this link ===> Hear Santa   It is a brand new website of mine for Christmas 2015.

This post is getting a little long but I just wanted to tell you a story from a couple days ago concerning a friend.  My friend asked me this question.  Why would anybody buy a product off of your blog or website when they can just go to that store and buy it?  Here is the beauty of the answer; it is because you can be an affiliate of multiple stores at the same time and create your own store full of other store's products.  You can have a toy from Target, a watch from Dale's Watch Emporium, cookies and candy from Choco's Delicious Goodies at the same website.  Wal-Mart sells 500,000 items in their store.  Do you know every toy they sell?  My point is this.  Start a blog with a very narrow niche and exploit that niche and it will be successful.  You can blog about ants and termites and then sell ant killer from Lowes, a different ant killer from a Hardware store, and a different one from the company direct.  You can have 100 bug killer products from a variety of different stores across the country or even the world.

If you take the time to go to Hear Santa, you will find that I am just brushing the surface as to what I can sell on my website.  In 2016, I plan to do a lot more work on the website and offer many more products, even my own.  But, you can sell affiliate products only if you want to and not have to ever worry about having inventory.  Have fun blogging and subscribe to this blog to learn about affiliate marketing, blogging for cash, and other important things related to blogging.  I will end here with a few words of caution.

Caution:  Do not pay for any program that says something like, you can be an affiliate and sell our products for only $39.99 a month.  A legitimate affiliate program makes money for the company and they are more than happy to offer their products to be sold for free once your blog or website is approved.  I will cover blog and website approval in a later post.  

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Is There a Super-Fast Way to Move Your Blog Up in Search Engines?

Let's face it; in order to make any money with your blog you are going to have to have some traffic coming to it.  You can have the best blog in the galaxy but if you have no visitors coming and reading your content, you will make zippo with your blog.

So how do you get traffic?  Is there a super-fast way to move your blog up in the search engines and then you can just kick back while thousands of people swarm to your blog like bees flying to a honey hole.  The answer is unfortunately, no.

The goal of having any blog is to provide good content for your readers so that they will come back. Have you ever gone to a website that was just a bunch of links taking you to other pages with absolutely no content for you to read?  These hop sites might make some money for the people who placed links on them but I would bet that the return traffic is nil.

Somebody told me the other day that in order to have a good blog that brings in traffic you need to have your own website and have the website as a page and not hosted on a subdomain like "blogspot.com."  So, I finally decided to peruse the web looking for the real answers.

I found plenty of so-called SEO pros that confirmed this statement.  The truth is I like to have my blog as part of a website anyway because I don't like the real long "blogspot" url.  A lesson I will teach soon.  However, I don't believe it makes a difference when it comes to traffic.  You can do more with an actual website so this is a plus but traffic comes gradually as you keep adding good content.

I have had many websites and a few blogs over the last ten years and I can tell you that I have been happy with how all of my sites were indexed by the search engines.  For this reason, I do not recommend spending a lot of money on SEO.  What I do recommend is adding good content for your readers that they will want to read.

The robots that the search engines use today are smart and according to the article below they can easily differentiate between websites and subdomains.  This means that there is no longer any advantage to hosting your blog on a top level domain.

So keep on writing good content and the smart robots will reward you.  The following article is proof enough from Google:  Is It Bad for SEO to use Subdomains

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Create a Twitter Account and Then Place a Twitter Button on Your Blog

The power of social marketing far outweighs sitting back and trying to get your blog posts high up in search engine results.  Many people today, like it or not, will not sign-up for any more mail or subscribe to your blog.  This is because many people like myself are flooded with hundreds of emails daily and could not possibly get through them all.

You have to very special to get people to sign-up for blog updates through email.  On the other hand, there is a much more efficient way to stay in touch with your blog readership.  This method includes social media like Twitter or Facebook.

People are far more likely to "follow" you on Twitter and here you can tweet about your latest blog posts and drive people to your blog.  And, your followers on Twitter are more likely to revisit your blog if they like what they read.

Having said that, In my opinion I believe a Twitter button is an essential "gadget add-on" for any blog.  I have seen people just say; "follow me on twitter" without a button.  This tactic certainly will not work as well as an actual button that they can click and go straight to your twitter account.

You can create a Twitter button very fast by going to your blogger layout page and selecting "add a gadget."  You then want to go to the "more gadget tab" and search for POWR button.  You then can make the button easily by following a couple steps.

Here is what the gadget can do for you:

Now it will be super-easy for people to follow you on Twitter or Facebook.  Why not follow me by clicking on my free button?  In return, I will follow you back.  My handle on Twitter is @TrafficXchanger and that is what I do.  I follow people who follow me and I try to build relationships with these people rather than people I do not know.

According to a recent survey by Twitter, 69% of people buy products from people they either follow or meet on Twitter.  Now that is a huge number not to ignore.  So, if you do not like social media, you might want to at least rethink your strategies.  Twitter allows you to build a rapport with your followers and that is the difference between repeat visitors of your site or just one-time visitors that never come back.

Ideally, as we will discuss later, you do want people to actually sign-up for your blog through email.  However, this takes a lot of patience and time that can be bypassed through the use of social media.

Your action step for today is to open up a Twitter account if you do not already have one and then place a Twitter button on your blog.  After this, come back here and Follow me on Twitter and then I will follow you.  See how easy it is to get your first follower?

Click right here to join Twitter ======> Twitter

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Clickbank Product Review: Mastering Super Affiliate Marketing.

I just finished reading Mastering Super Affiliate Marketing which is a product being offered through Clickbank.  I have been an affiliate marketer for years and I have met with many failures and successes.

I can say that if I would have read this ebook, along with it's Worksheet, and Checklist earlier, it would have been a great boost to my business.  I would not have spent a few years flopping around like many other affiliates not really knowing in which direction you should head when affiliate marketing.

I do not consider myself a "Super Affiliate" but aspire to be one.  Now, that I have learned some more important things you need to do to become an SA, I think I will get there quickly.

This eBook is not the longest one out there and you can read it in one day.  You should take a couple days, though, so you can properly absorb all of the good information supplied.  I highly recommend this book for new affiliate marketers, as well as, mid-level affiliate marketers who would like to take their business to the next level.

The writer of this eBook, Richard Jablonski, definitely did his homework and is a good writer who writes in a manner that you can easily understand.  The book does not go into affiliate products that require advanced marketing techniques like "deep linking products" on your website or how to manage product feeds or examples of how to put products on your website or blog; however, this was not his focus.  His focus is to give you a good background of what affiliate marketing is and then steer you in the direction you must go to be successful as a Super Affiliate.

In conclusion, I won't be returning this book.  I found it to be an excellent read by a knowledgeable pro. Sure, I knew quite a bit of stuff that was in it.  But for the price, I learned well worth my money and will be a better affiliate marketer because of it.  Thank you Mr. Jablonski for a great product.

To purchase the book yourself and gain a lot of Affiliate Marketing Knowledge that can make you a Super Affiliate===> Click Here! 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Getting Ready to Market Clickbank Products

In my last post, I talked a little bit about affiliate products and that you should offer them on your blogs.  When you make some money through your new affiliate products, I suggest turning your blog into a fully functioning website with a blog.  I already talked about this in my previous post: Converting Your Blog to a Website.

Since this is a new blog, I am going to work on it as if starting from scratch.  I think this is the best method to help you achieve success with your blog.  So, today I went to Clickbank and looked for a good product to promote through this blog.  I chose a book that I think could help out anyone that is trying to make money as an affiliate marketer.  The name of the book is: Mastering Super Affiliate Marketing.

Remember, when you are marketing a book or other product, you should examine the product yourself before offering it to others.  All it takes is one affiliate product that is a scam and you will lose many future sales and blog followers.  I did not examine this book yet, but am buying the book today and will critique it in my next post.  Hopefully, it is as good as it sounds, and you too can purchase and market it on your blog if you would like.

If you have not done so already, you should sign-up as an affiliate marketer for Clickbank and get ready to start marketing products of your choosing in your new blog.  Have a great day!

To examine the squeeze page of the ebook I just bought Click Here!  It sounds good, huh?  Would you buy it?  In my next post, I will review it and explain if it was a good deal or not.
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