Blog Success Daily Routine

Part of the Kenno's Blog series.
By Ken Brown
Editor, You Can Learn Series
Updated:
February 6, 2008


At some point you will have read everything you need to read to get started and succeed on the internet. Now it is time for you to take action. But, now that you are ready to take action what action are you supposed to take? What are you to do?

Everybody runs into this question daily. What am I supposed to do today? What can I do now? Can somebody tell me? Here is the thing. Most of us are like lambs. We feel comfort being a member of the sheep class. We like to follow. We don’t want to lead. We just want someone to tell us what to do. Then we will do it.

Write - Traffic - Monetization

Well, here it is. This is what you need to do everyday. Create a list and follow this list You need to remember the key points to a successful blog. You need traffic coming to your website. You need to have some way to monetize the traffic you receive. You need to write articles so there is a reason for the traffic to continue to return to your world.

If you remember those key things then it is a matter of setting up a program that includes some action on your part to make these 3 steps a reality. Create a little mantra for yourself. Write – traffic - monetization Write – traffic - monetization. Write – traffic - monetization. If you neglect any one of these 3 items, you will begin to lose your revenue stream.

There really is no get rich quick, passive income on the internet. If anyone is trying to sell you something and say’s to you, “use our product and you will make lot’s of money without any work.” Then grab your wallet and run. When the transaction is complete they will have money and you will have some experience.

Making money on the World Wide Web and especially with a blog you have to complete those 3 steps daily. You have to find the right mix for your schedule. Will you write an article a day? Do you have time each day to work on the things that will drive traffic to your website? How much time can you spend looking for ways to monetize your website? It is a delicate dance that requires harmony and rhythm to achieve.

What Should I Do Today?

But, I haven’t answered your question have I? What should I do today to make money with my blog?

Let’s start with key one in our mantra. Write. Today, write an article for your blog. You have defined your niche. You know your niche. You have researched the areas of interest to the members of that niche. So, write an article that will be of interest to that niche. It doesn’t have to be long. Don’t write your entire life story. Pick a topic that is interesting and tell us a little about it.

If you are concerned about your writing skills then nothing will make them better than writing everyday. Your grammar will improve. Your typing speed will increase. The words you use will become more professional. Once you get into a flow with writing regularly, good things will occur. Plus, blogging often will help with step two in our mantra, traffic.

The Traffic Equation

There is a nice little equation to drive traffic. If you engage this equation regularly you should see traffic to your blog increase, monthly.

Forums + Comments + Articles + Stumbles + Social Networking + Emails + RSSfeeds + advertising + Entrecard = traffic you need to succeed.

That is a pretty big formula. I have already shared the specific tasks you need to complete this formula. But, the key is to add it to your daily routine for success.

Have you visited a forum today? Did you just lurk, read articles, or did you get involved? Did you ask a question that was on your mind? Did you create an article that might interest some of the people there? Did you respond to someone else’s article? Did you correct a misunderstanding? Did you make a friend?

Those same questions can be asked of your commenting strategy. Yes, it is a strategy. It is not, “I only do it when I feel like it thing”, it is a business strategy. And if you want to monetize your blog and make money from it you need to look at your blog as a business. And if it is a business you need to have a business strategy.

We already talked about writing articles. But, you have to remember that your article writing is also a key part of the traffic formula. If you stop writing articles then traffic will slow down and eventually stop.

Stumbling and Social Networking is Important

Stumbling and social networking is important and requires a tremendous time commitment. It doesn’t matter if you use FaceBook, MySpace or some other social site. To really drive traffic you have to commit to doing the things within that network that will get people to visit your blog.

Once you get a number of people on your email list, then you will see a significant jump in your traffic each time you mail out your newsletters. So, don’t neglect this traffic source. You obviously don’t want to email them daily, but no less than monthly. For some niches and if you are a good writer; you can send newsletters weekly.

If you haven’t started an rssfeed, then get one. Now. Stop reading this article and put it on your site. Use FeedBurner or roll your own. But, make it happen. This is a must have in your traffic arsenal.

The last two variables in the equation include any advertising you can afford and Entrecard. If you can’t afford to advertise then use Entrecard. Or any service where you can drive traffic to your site without spending money. Entrecard is another vehicle while effective requires a significant outlay of time. Be sure and factor that into the equation. How much time do you really have to do all these things?

Advertising has to be watched. Don’t just throw your money away. Are you getting value for your advertising dollars? Do the websites where you advertise get traffic and is it relevant traffic to your website? Keep an eye on your adverts and don’t hesitate to cancel advertising that isn’t working.

Monetizing Your Website

You are getting traffic. People are reading your articles. What steps do I need to take to make money?

Earlier in this eBook I have mentioned ways to make money from your blog. You have to decide which monetization strategies are right for you and then follow through with making them happen.

To succeed with the monetization process you have to make sure you are putting yourself in position to succeed. If you are running ads on your site you have to make sure they are working. Be sure and bill anyone for the next month when the time is up. Make room on your blog so the prime money making advertising spots are near the top. Ideally this location is above the fold.

If you are running a membership site, are your links working? Can the members traverse the web site without problems? Are you giving the members new goodies regularly so they stay engaged? That is a problem with membership sites keeping the members engaged so they keep coming back.

Check your Google AdSense ads to make sure they are contextually accurate. Are they placed in a spot that encourages clicking? Will your niche readers find them and want to click? Are you writing articles that will help you earn money from that niche?

What are you doing today to encourage action from your affiliate’s links? Have you written an article that tells us more about the program? Have you teased us into getting more information from the affiliate company? Or have you tried to sell us yourself on the affiliate program? Did you know that most affiliate programs have high paid marketing staffs to create professional sales tools? Just give your readers a little tease and then let the professionals take them to the buying decision.

Wandering Around the Building Aimlessly

As a small business owner this is your daily checklist. Each day you need to follow a specific set of actions that you know lead to success. This article is the start of that list.

If you were running a business with a hundred employees, would you want them just wandering around the building aimlessly? Or would you want them focused on doing the tasks that you know will lead to the company’s success? And yet as bloggers, each day we continually get distracted by things that won’t lead our blog to success. In fact, it is more likely that the distractions just make us despair about our lack of moving forward and making more money.

Print The CheckList Only

I encourage you to stay focused. Put this check list on your desktop and as you complete each task, then go on to the next task on the list. At the end of the day, ideally you have completed each of the tasks and you can sleep soundly knowing that you succeeded today.

Other articles that work well with this article to focus your efforts and succeed as a blogger.
Why Do I Drop Entrecards and What is My Strategy?
Ten Things to Make Your Blog Successful
Seven Steps to Reaching Your Goals

Writing Check list

Write an Article Today
Research an Article
Visit a forum to get ideas about articles
Read other blogs, newspapers, and books
Study grammar
Look for new, stronger words instead of using adjectives
Do not write in passive voice.

Traffic

Forums

Comment
Write Articles
Ask Questions
Become an Active Member

Comments

Comment on Other Blogs
Have a Comment section on your blog
Follow up with people that comment on your blog

Articles

Write regularly so people keep coming back each day.
Stay within your niche
Humanize it so we know you

StumbleUpon

Stumble other Articles
Write so your articles get stumbled

Social Networking

Become involved in a social network
FaceBook
MySpace
LinkedIn
Twitter
Place a link to your articles on the network
Become a member of the community
Invite others to your community

Emails And Newsletters

Send out emails to your opt-in list
Write a new article just for them
Summarize your latest articles on your blog
Link to the articles in the newsletter
Send out the newsletter weekly or monthly

RSSfeeds

Create an Rssfeed.
Put it on feedburner
Keep your feed updated with your latest article

Advertising

Use AdTolls
Use Project Wonderful
Use Text Link Ads
Evaluate their effectiveness.
Evaluate the cost per thousand impressions
Drop ads that aren’t working
Spend more money on ads that are working

Entrecard

Drop at least 100 cards a day
Drop to different categories
Get involved in the Entrecard Forum

MyBlogLog

Place a MyBlogLog indicator on your website

Run a Contest

Find a prize you can afford
Keep the contest short ( a week )
Reward immediately

Submit Article To Google

Use the Sitemap.xml file
Login to Google and resubmit after each article
Link Each Article to Other Articles You’ve Written
Each article you write should have three links to it from your blog.

Monetizing

Affiliates

Research each one
Signup
Create your advertising
Write an article and link it to your affiliate number

Reviews

Write reviews for other sites
Make it clear what you charge
Have a clear set of review criteria
Don’t be afraid to be negative
Say some things positive

Advertising

Are all links valid
Are you charging enough – test
Are your ads situated above the fold
Is potential adspace wasted with fluff
Could you put 2 ads where you now have one

eBooks

Write ebooks for your niche
Length is determined by the market or eBook niche
Tell us HOW
Tell us WHY
Tell us WHEN
Tell us WHO – It had better be me

Google AdSense

Location
Location
Location
Content
Context

Membership Programs

Are all links working?
Are you providing anything new to program?
Are the paid areas secure
Has the price been tested?


This is the checklist you need. Use it as your daily routine for success. Isn’t success easy now that you know exactly what to do each day? Have you stopped reading and started doing?

Print The CheckList Only


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