Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

How to Sell Your Blog for $20,000

August 18th, 2010

I love the Delicious bookmarking site.  I usually stop by the site once a day to see what’s hot and what people are bookmarking and reading on any given day.

Sometimes you find really good articles and resources and sometimes you find nothing of interest.  Today I stumbled upon a very cool blog called Blog Tyrant.  More specifically, I stumbled on an article called How I Sold My Blog for $20,000 in 8 Months.  It’s a great read and will give you all the basic information you need to know to start a blog, build it into a trafficed and authority site, and how to eventually sell it.

The Blog Tyrant doesn’t go into the technical details of actually transferring a site and domain over to your purchaser, but you can probably find the information elsewhere.  For anyone interested in how to build websites, how to monetize websites, and how to sell websites, this is a great read and is a good primer on how to get started today.

Piece of Advice for New Bloggers

May 30th, 2010

Here is a piece of advice for new bloggers coming from a guy who has started (and gotten tired of) a lot of blogs.  Or course, you don’t have to listen to me, but I want to drop this nugget on anyone who may care.

If you are starting a blog and you perhaps want to use it as a platform sometime down the line for making money, getting exposure for yourself, or just want to keep it running as a place to write, one of the best things you can do is choose to blog about something you really like.

Again, the advice is to Blog About Something You Like.  Something you know about, something you would do for free everyday of your life.  If you are interested in the subject matter, your blog will be ten times better and will feel ten times less like work.  Because the truth is blogs take a lot of work and a lot of time.  And you don’t want to end up hating your blog.  Even though web hosting is cheap, you don’t want to make any kind of investment if you’re going to quit your blog a month or two down the line.

Life is short, blog about stuff you like.  And the real secret is that you will make more money with a blog that’s close to your heart than if you just chase high paying keywords or niches.

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Message to Those Who Hate Their Blogs

May 17th, 2010

Do you like your blog?  Or do you hate your blog?

I think there are a lot of people out there who decide a few months in or even a year or so into a new blog, that they hate their blog.

I’m here to tell you that if you hate your blog, drop it like a bad habit.  Forget about it.  Start a new blog in a new niche.  Don’t worry about any of the work you put into your blog, just move on.  Life’s too short.  It doesn’t mean that you failed, it just means that you are moving on to a new project.

People do this all the time.  It’s called growing.  It’s called learning.

You may even be able to sell your old blog.  Check out flippa.com, the best place to sell blogs (and all other kinds of websites) online.  Digital Point forums also has a way to sell your site, but I’m not that familiar with it.

Just don’t feel like you need to work on a blog that you can’t stand anymore.  If you have a blog you can’t stand, tell me about it.  Heck, I might want to buy it from you.  Seriously, if you have a website that you have worked on and that you no longer want, let me know.  But I should let you know that if it not making money already (no matter how small the amount) or if it gets no traffic and has no search engine rankings, I will probably not be interested in purchasing your site.

Are You a Blogger or an Internet Marketer?

April 23rd, 2010

I don’t really know if there is a truly distinct difference between a blogger and an Internet marketer, since most bloggers delve into Internet marketing when they want to start monetizing the traffic that comes to their blogs.

Still, I think it’s an interesting question.

It seems to me that bloggers write for themselves and for their audience, whereas in the marketing realm the largest concern is supporting the product you are selling.  I don’t mean this in a negative way, but it seems that if there is a distinction between the way the content is created in blogging vs marketing, that would be one way to put it.

To be honest, I think I enjoy the marketing aspect of creating content the most.  To me, it’s fun to create great content and build traffic to it and watch it move up the search results pages, get a lot of traffic, and convert.

It think it’s important to keep a solid mixture of both Internet marketing mentality and the blogging mentality in your online content creation or whatever it is you do online to earn income.  The reason is because people more than ever crave authenticity.

If you can provide an authentic voice–truthful reviews, incredible value without really asking for anything in return (since if you do it right, you will get more back than you give), and providing useful information–then you will be very successful in Internet marketing or blogging.

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