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5 Blog Formats to Consider for Your Blog

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Blogs come in many forms. Some are diaries while others provide information. Most have the potential to make money, but some formats can lead to income faster than others. Here are few of the different types of blogs you can start.

Day-in-the-life: These blogs are diaries in which the author is sharing personal information about her life. It’s like reality TV online. The success of this type of blog is less about what happens in life and more about how the blogger writes about what’s happening in life. Bloggers with popular day-in-the-life blogs have a unique writing style that is usually funny and maybe snarky, but always engaging and entertaining. These blogs take longer to make money than most other blogs because they’re read for entertainment (as opposed to information, which is what most people jump online to get) and have a limited audience. But if you can create buzz and get readers to share your content with their networks, you can have a profitable day-in-the-life blog.

Information: Everyone is an expert at something and there are other people who’d like to know how you do it. The topics for information sites are limitless and can include anything from keeping the house clean in 3 minutes a day and feeding a family of 4 for $10 a month to how get your voice heard in local politics and ask the boss to work at home.  Information blogs have great potential for making money if you’re sharing information others want to know about. Since most people go online for information and many are willing to pay for stuff to solve their problems, by sharing the information and the resources you’re providing a service and getting paid.

Review Sites: Some review sites are terrific and others are just trying to make a buck off of every new product that comes out. For a review site to be profitable, readers need to trust that you have experience with the product or service you’re reviewing and that you’re telling the truth. If you’re good at reviews and build a loyal following, you could end up with companies sending you free stuff to review. Just remember to include a disclosure about getting free stuff.

Communication: Blogging is frequently lumped in with social media because of its ability to engage readers. As a result, many businesses use blogs to inform and educate customers about products and services, provide news and updates and respond to customer complaints. If you have a business, creating a blog can improve your customer relations and act as a marketing tool to boost your business’ bottom line.

Niche Blogging: Most niche bloggers I know have many (50 or more) highly niched blogs that provide specialized content and promote at least one affiliate product. Niche simply means a laser targeted market. Blogging is a wide market. Mommy blogging is a more specialized market. Military mommy blogging is a niche. The success in niche blogging comes from choosing a topic that lots of people want to know about AND will pay money to buy the suggested solution.  In many cases, a niche blogger will set up 50 or more articles that recycle over time. While niche marketing does work, niche blogs often make only a few dollars, which is why niche bloggers have many blogs ($5/day X 50 blogs= $125/day). And if your niche is a fad, it will eventually run its course and stop making money. As a result, niche bloggers need to stay on top of trends and work to create new niche blogs.



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The Secret to Blogging Success

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There are many reasons to choose blogging as a work-at-home option. It’s affordable to start.  It’s easy. And you can create a blogging business based on your interests or passions.  But that doesn’t mean blogging doesn’t take work. There is no blogging-push-button-automatic-money-machine. Like any venture, blogging is a business that takes planning and implementation.

There are several reasons why bloggers fail to make money, but one of the significant ones is that they spend too much time on the format, appearance and content of the blog and not enough reaching out to get readers.

The secret to success in blogging is….

READERS

If people don’t come to your blog, they won’t click on your offers and don’t create traffic numbers that entice businesses to advertise with you. If you don’t have traffic, you don’t have income.

So while having an attractive and easy to navigate site with great content is important, a significant part of the blogging job is to get people to read it. The way to get people to read it is to have a marketing plan. To create your plan:

1) Learn about your market. Visit Yahoo Answers and online forums related to your topic to find out what people are asking questions about. What are their concerns, issues, problems, tips etc?

2) Write content based on what people want to read.

3) Let people in your market know that your blog has answers their burning questions. There are many ways to do this including social networking, participating in forums, writing articles etc. You can check the archives or categories here at Mommy Blogging Success to get more marketing ideas. Choose several marketing strategies, implement them on a regular basis. Track which ones bring people to your site and which ones don’t. Tweak the ones that don’t work and if they still don’t work, get rid of it and try something else.

Blogging for money is all about getting people to read what you’re writing. It takes time and effort to find the people and get them to your site. It’s not a one-time effort either. Blog marketing goes hand-in-hand with writing content, and the other tasks involved in running a profitable blog.



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