I must have a hundred emails asking for help in setting up a money making enterprise online. Having talked with a few I have come to the conclusion that most beginners haven't got a clue as to what to do.
I mean basic stuff like;
- do I need a website?
- how do I set up a website
- how do I find a Host? (what is a host?)
- what do I do once I have a website?
- what is affiliate marketing?
- how does adsense and adwords work?
- how do I make money with a website?
- how do I get traffic?
- how do I know what to sell?
- what are niches?
- how do I find a niche?
- is there some way to do this without spending money?
- what is the secret that successful money making online gurus know that I don't and why won't tell me? - etc...
Is this you?
If it is then read on and I will try and give a brief synopsis of the whole money making enterprise as it relates to online marketing. If you know the answers then skip this article.
“ The trick is to use article creation software that spews out original content that you can post to your blogs at preset intervals ”
The basic gist of online marketing.
There are several ways to make money online. The following are the most common approaches for doing this.
- Google adsense
- Affiliate Marketing
- Selling your own products like eBooks. (using affiliates)
I will address Google adsense in this article and get into the Affiliate business in my next post.
This is by far the most common method to make money on the net. You place ads supplied by Google on your sites and every time someone clicks an ad you get paid by Google. Google gets paid by adwords advertisers and shares a portion with you. No one knows the exact ratio used by Google but conventional wisdom estimates your share at about 50 percent.
This system obviously means you need a website to place the ads on. Before running off and setting up a site let me recommend that you use blogs first. Blogs cost you nothing - and you can learn a lot about html and how to cut and paste code so that you will have some knowledge when you get around to building a website. There are advantages that websites have over blogs but for adsense revenue a website is not necessary.
Listen up because this is the secret to making money with adsense. You want to make thousands and thousands of blogs. You are shaking your head and thinking that you don't have the time or knowledge to make that many blogs. Nonsense - the big boys are doing it and they keep producing more blogs daily. Start small and grow, you won't make much in the beginning and will probably quit. Too bad because its what happens over time that makes you money.
“ The articles are really all fluff - coherent but don't really say anything - just a lot of generic phrases ”
When I started out I spent weeks putting together a website. I found a niche that averaged about 17000 queries a month on Yahoo (Google doesn't give this info but if Yahoo gets a query it is estimated that Google will get 3 to 4 times as many).
My niche has about 1,000,000 competitors (other websites listed by Google for my keyword - my keyword is Betta Fish). 1 million is considered a relatively small amount of competitors. I put together a real site, Betta Fish, paid for a hosting service, www.GoDaddy.com , uploaded all my pages and sat back and waited for the cash to roll in. The cash did not roll in - what was the problem? Traffic!
Traffic, Traffic and Traffic.
This is the single most important factor in any marketing - online or in the real world. No traffic = no sales. Period.
How do you get traffic? Welcome to every online marketers greatest challenge. This is the most time consuming part of making money online. Everything you do after setting up your site or blog is geared to getting people to your pages. It ain't easy and all the hype out there for products that can do this for you effortlessly is just crap.
I will come back to traffic in a moment. First I want to get back to Blogs. After setting up my Betta Fish site I did a little research on ways to get visitors to your site. As it turns out the cheapest way is for Google to rank you high (1st page) for your Keyword when someone queries it. The idea being that if Yahoo gets 17,000 queries a month for Betta Fish then Google probably gets 70,000 queries.
If 70,000 people see my site listed on the first page of their query I will probably get at least 10 percent of them to my site. 7000 people will produce a 5 percent click thru on my adsense ads and this will generate about $35.00 a month in revenue. Not much money - unfortunately Betta advertising doesn't pay much - an average click of 10 cents.
I had done all sorts of work only to find out that I had picked a lousy niche. Except for one thing. What if I had a hundred sites making $35.00 a month? Not bad money at all! The problem was that it would take forever to create a hundred websites and cost more money to host them.
The solution - Blogs!
The big boys use blogs. There is software available that will create thousands and thousands of blogs for you automatically. Then there is more software that will create thousands and thousands of pages of unique content to put on your blogs. If you link all these blogs together in the proper fashion you will get ranked higher by Google. A thousand blogs might only make 20 cents a day each in adsense revenue but that still makes you $200 a day combined - not a bad income for very little work (after you set it all up) and its income that keeps coming your way day after day.
I bought the software and began churning out blogs. The trick is to use article creation software that spews out original content that you can post to your blogs at preset intervals. There is software available to do the posting as well. Once you set up your system you can forget about it and spend your time creating even more blogs. This is called rinse and repeat.
You are asking what these blogs look like. The blogs look fine but read like crap, the articles are terrible but they are created with just the right keywords to get Google to send you traffic. (The articles are really all fluff - coherent but don't really say anything - just a lot of generic phrases)
The traffic sees your crappy blog and leaves - but this is the trick - if you present your adense ads in the right way, a lot of the traffic will leave your site by clicking on an ad hoping that it will lead them to what they were looking for in the first place. There is no honor in this system - you want traffic and you want clicks. Period.
Is this ethical - hell no, it's called spam blogging but it works and whether you like it or not it is how all the big names are making money with adsense.
You can build a few good blogs and then build a bunch of crappy ones and you will quickly find out the crappy ones bring in just as much money as the good sites. The difference is that the good sites will take a lot of time to produce whereas the crappy sites take no time what so ever. (The good sites are still important though, you use them for affiliate marketing - selling products can produce additional revenue once you are up and running with adsense - more on this in a minute.)
None of the gurus will come out and tell you this is how they make money with adsense - most are too embarrassed to admit to this technique. You learn this by following the trail of the latest high end software that comes online. Think about what the software does, and I'm not talking about get rich quick software. I'm talking about software "Tools" like Keyword Elite, SEO Elite, VooDoo Blogger, RSStoBlog, Website Content Wizard, Wordtracker, Tag Automator, HyperVRE, Guestbook Equalizer, Forum Equalizer and a host of others.
This software is not cheap and is not available a lot of the time (too many people using the same software can limit it's effectiveness) The very best software is used by by the big guns and they tend to keep the availability limited. This stuff is all designed for mass producing results - not, as it is marketed, for producing one-off websites.
What this software does.
Without Keyword tools you will not be able to find profitable niches (subjects that get a lot of traffic) or create a massive list of the RIGHT keywords. Using overture (Yahoo's keyword tool) will not produce the amount of keywords needed and it doesn't give you all the spy features of the real Tools like Keyword elite. The high end software allows you to spy on the sites that are on top of the Google search lists - and this allows you to copy them and achieve the same kind of results. Remember you don't need to re-invent the wheel - just copy the successful people.
The Blogging software is essential to produce thousands of sites and to put relevant (for your keyword) content on those sites. You simply can not do this by hand. This is all about numbers. The more opportunities you present people with to click on an add the more clicks you will get. Good site or crappy site - it doesn't matter.
At present I have 20 real sites (websites and Blogs) and they produce some revenue from adsense but mostly from product sales. I have several thousand crappy blogs that produce several hundred dollars a day and I spend zero time on them. I hate to admit it but the crappy sites are bringing in far more cash than the good sites.
If you are serious about making money with adsense then you will have to get past any ethical barriers you might have. You will also have to face the fact that this can not be done cheaply. You are going to have to invest in the software to make it all happen and this brings us to you. What do you bring to the table.
If you are just a dreamer - you want to make money but really don't want to do much work then quit now. The hype about making money while sipping margaritas by the pool is nonsense. This takes work and dedication. You will have to devote a few weeks just setting up your initial blogs and syncing all the software. The good news is that once you get your first batch up and running it gets easier with each successive batch. Before you do anything though... make up your mind - are you in this for real or not.
If you are sure you want to follow this path then follow this link to my site where I will be posting a series of articles outlining the step by step process for making money with blogs. makemoneyforbeginners.blogspot.com [bad link].
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