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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

How to Start a Blog

...and maybe make some money.
An article I posted on http://systemnotesorg.blogspot.com discusses how to get more traffic to your site.

http://systemnotesorg.blogspot.com/2007/04/search-engine-optimization.html

Now let's concentrate on how to set up a blog. With blogger, you don't have to know any html, but if you do, it helps.


Getting Started
First go to http://www.blogger.com and create a blog. If you already have a gmail account, you have completed the first step. It is really simple, and they walk you through it. Think of a name, and what you would like to write about.


O.K., so you have a blog, now what?
There is a book title that should help you keep on topic -- "No One Cares What You Had for Lunch" Then start posting. You can set up your blog to receive email, so posting is very easy. Just send an email to the address you set up under settings / email.


Making money
Well, keep posting something useful, but If you want to make money, don't waste any time. Get an adsense account, and start placing some ads on your site.



http://www.google.com/adsense/

Go to the AdSense Setup tab, and select the ads you would like to display. Then just copy and paste the code into your site (use the Template tab in blogger).


For more tips, see some articles on problogger.net -- http://www.problogger.net/how-to-make-money-blogging/
--http://www.problogger.net/archives/2005/12/06/how-bloggers-make-money-from-blogs/, or do a google search on "monetize blog." Here is another link: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/05/how-to-make-money-from-your-blog/


Checking Traffic
It is also a good idea to check on your traffic. That can be done easiy by getting a google analytics account. Just copy and paste the code into your site.
http://www.google.com/analytics


For more information about blogs, check out this page.

http://systemnotes.org/blog/

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