Work From Home
[UPDATE 2 : When this post about making money on the Internet was written back in April, this blog was not ranking anywhere in Google for the term "make money on the Internet". After writing this post and then doing nothing with this blog for over 3 months it now ranks on page 2 position 1 or position 9 for the term "make money on the Internet" (depending on which part of the world you are in when you do the search - so I'm surprised. I may even start updating this blog more often and getting some of those pesky backlinks everyone keeps talking about to see if I can drag this blog onto page 1 of Google ! Now that would be something, especially as it is still a PR0 despite being over two years old and having plenty of 'useful content' - it would appear that Google hates it for some unknown reason]
- d) that's 3 facts not 2 :-)
So, to make money on the Internet is pretty easy to understand, you've got to sell something. I read somewhere the other day about a woman who writes ghost stories and puts them up on her blog and makes a fair bit of money from the Adsense adverts that Google places on her blog. I don't know how much it was she making but the important thing is that she seemed quite pleased and of course, if you can make money from home writing ghost stories, then you can move on to writing vampire stories or love stories or even vampire love stories ! The possibilities are endless.
The thing you need to understand however is how to get people to visit your blog. That too is not too difficult to understand - you need to get your blog on page 1 of Google. So if you are writing ghost stories then you need people to see your blog on page 1 when they type in "ghost stories" - they key to doing is that is to use the right keywords and get some backlinks.
Now I'm not too interested in writing ghost stories but I am interested in how I can work from home and make money on the Internet. At present this blog ranks well for a couple of make money online terms that get low volumes of searches but that initself does not bring in any money, because the volume is too low presumably. So I am curious to see if by targeting more high volume searches will make any difference.
This post is therefore very much of an experiment, I don't expect many people to read it ! If you are reading it then well done and you can follow the experiment along with me. The information is all valid - use the right keywords and get some backlinks and you should get some visitors.
Get enough visitors and you should be able to make money from home. Personally I'm only really interested in Adsense as it's the easiest system around. People advertise on your blog using Adsense and you get paid if visitors visit the advertisers' sites. A simple concept called advertising, which is how newspapers used to make their money until the Internet came along and people stopped buying newspapers. When the newspaper buyers / readers dried up, then pretty soon thereafter the advertisers started to dry up too.
Now newspapers have moved to the Internet and are in fact in the same business as you and me ! They too are trying to figure out how to make money on the Internet ! It makes you feel kind of special to be in the same business as the Wall Street Journal. :-)
So if you are trying to earn money online from a blog or a website then the first thing to understand is the importance of keywords. It's all been said before of course, but it bears repeating, and after all you may be new to all this.
- Put the keyword you are targeting in the title of your post.
- Use the keyword throughout your post but don't overdo it and mix up the keywords a bit to make it sound natural. I have heard that around 5% is a maxmimum.
- Make your posts at least 300 words long and longer if you can summon up the energy, i.e 500, 1,000 or more
- Use the keyword in the tags.
In fact I wrote a post already about keywords which gives a bit more detail - make money from the Internet.
At this moment in time (April 9, 2009) this blog ranks nowhere for "make money on the Internet" even though there are around 150,000 searches every month for that phrase, which is a tragedy.
So we will see. People do maintain that you can make money blogging from home, personally I remain to be convinced that you can make real money without selling affiliate products that you wouldn't buy yourself, or that you did buy and now you want to get your money back !
The claim is that you can make money online just from Adsense by creating blogs and websites around particular topics and getting them on to page 1 of Google. You also need to target the top spot on page 1 as that is where 60% of people click ! How boring, haven't they got any imagination ?