Having your own blog is great, but it won’t do anything for you if you can’t consistently post content that your readers enjoy. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to think of topics. Most bloggers write the first few articles fairly easily, and then they find themselves wondering what else they can write about.
I've been using affiliate networks to make some money blogging and to buy some craft supplies. ShareASale is what I made the most of so far, they are a an affiliate marketing network that has more than 3000 companies for you to choose from.
As a craft blogger, I keep on forgetting to promote the lastest deals or sales available. That's the reason why I love to work with companies that have dedicated support, especially those offer bonus posts about their lastest contests, promotions and sales. You can repost the (usually) pre-written bonus posts they send or edit them to suit your writing style. They pay for each post you published on your blog and you'll earn commission if your readers purchase something via the affiliate links included in that post. Sounds sweet?
Over one year, I have been sharing my free crochet patterns around and this is a short list of popular crochet websites that helped my creations get more exposure as well as brought a lot of traffic to my blog. These sites are not very tricky so if you are new to the industry, forget the worry of having a masterpiece to get your things out there.
I've picked up some useful tips to get more traffic from Pinterest - a very fast growing social media platform. After a few months of learning and using my social networking correctly, I'm still trying to organize my pin boards and boost the performance. However, I'd love to share my experience here.
I don't mention social bookmarking sites in this post. There are places for bloggers to manually share and promote their great blog posts which you can sign in via your social accounts. They are so-called subjects-based social network sites or places for social media influencers.
I've been thinking of ways to display ads effectively on this blog. Many says the spot just below a post title is the best place...hmm so give it a go then. I tested this with a few ads code from different ads network and it works (not just for Adsense ads)
As you may know Blogspot has updated CNAME setup settings for custom domain which now requires 2 CNAME records entered in your DNS settings to work with your blog. So it's a bit lengthy from the old way but you don't need a professional to deal with it.
Besides display ads, affiliates,...getting sponsored posts and reviews to write is another great way to monetize your blog. What is a sponsored post? According to Wikipedia, it's a promoted post, also known as a sponsored post, is a post to any community-driven notification-oriented website which is explicitly sponsored as an advertisement by a particular company in order to draw a large amount of popularity through user promotion and moderation to the most active or most viewed page on the website. It's really nice to get some more cash to support my crafting budget, pay for the hosting and above all, keep this blog alive. Most of my compensated posts came from a third party - a PR company, they are so-called brands connect bloggers service. Here's the list I've collected (I've joined some but also list other sites for your reference)
On-page SEO ( Search Engine Optimization ) is considered the most important factor of SEO, and it's what you do within your blog posts. Sounds simple? But if you know that it took me almost one year ( untill I decided to turn this hobby blog into business blog ) to do these basic steps consistently.
Every single blog post you write is an asset. You spent the time and energy to produce that content, so you should do everything possible to get as much mileage as you can out of every post. Social media marketing is all about sharing content.
Social media follow button at the bottom of each post.
Maz Kwok's insight:
Getting social media sharing button beneath each post is easy with some social bookmarking services now, just add an HTML code to a widget. How about social media follow button or social media icons which encourage readers to join your social network? Sure I don't want to manually add them to every post. Yeah... it's the blogger template HTML work. (again)
Like most bloggers I also want a cute blog button for blog hops, blog directories since it is a good way to brand and promote your blog. I've finally found out a button code generator after a few searches on google. It's a real time saver !
I want to make my own so now the point is to resize an image to get a tiny favicon. After several tries with a few photo programs like Picasa, Paint....I found a site to generate favourites icon easily and quickly.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.