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3 Ways Blogging Can Pay For XMAS Gifts!

December 11, 2012

With the holidays right around the corner, many people are silently stressing about how they’re going to afford gifts. As we all know, the economy has been in a pretty deep tailspin for some time now. Jobs are incredibly hard to come by and if you are fortunate enough to still have one, you probably know what it feels like to be overworked and underpaid. Because of this, many people take to the internet to search for different ways to make money. Interestingly enough, how to make money online is Google searched over 300,000 times a month. That’s how truly desperate for alternative methods of generating income some people have become.

One of the greatest ways to make money online is by blogging. This is the perfect solution for money woes and a way to pay for xmas gifts. Successful bloggers make upwards of thousands of dollars a month. But how do they make that type of money? What is it that they do on a consistent basis and what type of techniques do they use to yield these type of profits? Keep reading to find out. Listed below are the 3 ways blogging can pay for XMAS gifts.

1. Create a service or product around your blog. Figure out what your blog is going to be focused on, what type of subject matter you are going to cover and then work on developing something that would help those who are in need of it. Whether this is a physical product or an ebook that includes helpful tips regarding your niche, you could easily sell it to those who visit your blog and make a substantial profit. Especially if your product is well made and solves an issue that many people in that niche have.

2. Affiliate links. This is one of the top ways that bloggers earn a great income by blogging every single day. Affiliate marketing is a great way to sell your client base products that they need without having to create the product itself. Essentially, how it works is that you choose products that are in your niche, include your affiliate links into your blog posts and you earn a commission from every single sale you make of someone else’s product. So this means that you collect a finder’s fee for connecting your reader to another person’s product.

3. Build Your List. A great tactic that many bloggers use is to include an email submission form on their blog. This enables your blog readers to get updates about when your blog has a new post or even special offers that you are promoting, straight to their email inbox. What’s great about email marketing as a blogger is that most of the time these people want to hear from you because they signed up for the newsletter/blog updates in the first place. Include links to affiliate products or even your own products and you’ll definitely start seeing commissions.

These are all great ways to pay for xmas gifts with blogging. For many different reasons, blogging has become one of the top methods of working from home and generating income. So stop struggling and pulling your hair out while you try to figure out different ways to pay for xmas gifts. You’ve just found the perfect solution: blogging!

Guest post provided by Christian Cole, senior editor at Internet Business Inner Circle. Visit to read reviews, learn how to avoid scams, and learn about the hottest internet business opportunities for 2013 and beyond!

Signs That You Are Just another SPAM Blogger

April 2, 2012

...Or How to Repent from Your SPAMMY Ways!

The following is a public service announcement from yours truly. It is a somewhat satirical rag on SPAM bloggers. And, even if that doesn’t apply to you, and I hope that it doesn’t, there is a lot to learn in the following post for just about anyone involved in blogging.


Oh, please forgive my lack of manners; I just came from my psychologists office. He suggested that I work on saying it how it is instead of sugar coating everything. I’ve chosen, you, SPAMMY bloggers, to be the brunt of my newly found freedom to say it like it is – because, well, you deserve it.


Yeah you know who you are, but if you don’t, here are a few signs that you are just another SPAM blogger.

The List:

• You don’t really know much about the main subject of your blog, and you never really intend to learn about it either
• Your blog is called something like Hemorrhoid-Medication-Reviews dot com
• You don’t have an “About” page because you are just like the “man behind the curtain” in the Wizard of Oz – not real
• You have an “About” page, but the name and picture aren’t really you
• You paid someone five dollars on “Fiverr” to get you 100 fake facebook “likes”
• You think that the Panda is dangerous

Fix Your SPAMMY Ways

Forgive me for getting all preachy on you, but I just want to tell you that the time has come to fix your SPAMMY ways. The end is near. Seriously. The end of poorly constructed purely for SEO, content is near.

Really? Really!

Since Google’s PANDA update search engine rankings have been falling for SPAM producers. And just recently Google shot “Build My Rank” to the ground. For anyone that hasn’t heard of it, “Build My Rank” is a link building service that, like so many others, artificially increased their clients websites rankings through SPAMMY backlinking. The party is over for them, and they admitted it. It’s just a matter of time before the rest of the superstar SPAMMY back linking services get blasted too.

But That’s Not All Folks

The search engines have their eyes on blasting your SPAMMY blogs to smithereens too.

What to Do About It

The good news is that it may not yet be too late, here are some things that you can do to convert your blog from SPAM to the real thing:

• Include an about page – it gives your blog an element of being personal
• Include a “terms of service” page – makes any site look more legit
• Stop spinning SPAMMY backlinks
• Create fantastic content that real humans will “like” and “tweet”

I feel better after getting that out of my system. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to reading your awesome blogs.

Guest Author’s bio:

Rachel Walker is a FastUpFront Blog contributor and business consultant. Fastupfront offers business loan financing solutions based on business cash flow.

Top 25 Make Money Online Blogs for 2012

January 25, 2012

The authors here at Can I Make Big Money Online are very happy to share some exciting news with you today…

We made the list of the top 25 make money online blogs to follow in 2012. In fact, we are the first blog mentioned on the list!

Although this isn’t the first time we have made a list like this, it’s still always a great honor to be mentioned on them. It lets us know that we are successfully doing the job we set out to do; teach regular people how to make money online.

Please take a moment to share the list with your friends on Facebook and other social networks. They also have twitter, G+1, and stumbleupon submit buttons conveniently located just above the post that you can use. Anything you can do to help spread the word will be greatly appreciated! For Sale

August 24, 2011

It’s been a while since I have written on Can I Make Big Money Online, because Jill and I are busy adding new services for our business, re-working some of our branding, and other things. Anyway, as part of our cleaning house process we are going to be putting some of our 250+ domains on the market. One that I thought might be of interest to people who read this blog is a domain I bought back in the spring of 2006 when I was planning on putting together a blog traffic membership program.

The domain name is and anyone interested should send us an email at with the subject “blogtrafficjam”. Let us know what price you are interested in buying it for and let us know any questions you may have about the domain. If we don’t have any serious offers then we will be putting it up for auction in the next week or two.

Mom Blogging for Dummies

July 14, 2011

My good friend, Wendy Piersall’s new book, “Mom Blogging for Dummies” has just been released. When you get a chance go over to her facebook page ( and learn more about the book. Then go buy it!

Congrats Wendy! Look forward to checking it out.

PS. I know I haven’t been writing much on this blog. At some point I plan on talking about that in more detail, but right now I am still working out the details.

How To Set Up A Business Blog

July 7, 2011

It’s easy to build a blog that will improve customer relationships and generate goodwill for your business. A well-designed business blog keeps your current customers engaged while allowing new clients to get acquainted with your company. Following a few simple tips, you can set up a blog that will be a powerful marketing tool for your business.

Here’s how to set up a business blog that will serve your company well…

Put It In The Right Place

If your company already has a website, make the blog part of your existing website. It should be a menu choice that’s easy for any visitor to find.

If your company doesn’t have a website, choose a domain name for your blog that’s as close to your company name as possible or includes your industry’s primary keywords.

Start With A Simple Design

Most companies power their blogs with WordPress, a blogging platform that many hosting companies will set up for you. Thousands of pre-designed WordPress themes are available, and one of them will likely work for your blog.

Blogs linked to an existing website should echo the colors and design of the site, but stand-alone blogs usually benefit from starting with a simple design. Make changes as your readership grows and you need for more features.

Pack Your Business Blog With Value

Before you tell anyone about the blog, pack it with useful articles so visitors will find good content even on their first visit. Post perhaps a dozen articles before you promote your blog, then keep posting new content at least once a week. Many experts recommend two or three posts each week.

Be sure to include coupons, exclusive offers and other deals along with meaningful content that supports your business goals.

Promote Your Blog At Every Opportunity

If you pay attention to search engine optimization techniques, Google and other search engines will bring traffic to your site, but that doesn’t mean you can neglect other means of promotion.

To get current customers reading your blog, make sure you point out during every customer contact the special offers and unique content available only to blog readers.

To bring new customers to your blog, include a mention of it in all your print and online advertising. Every time a customer sees or hears your company’s name, make sure your blog address is there along with it.

Now that you know more about how to set up a business blog, there’s no reason to delay any longer.

Blogs are powerful promotional and informational tools. Every moment your company is without one, you’re potentially losing money.

Guest post written by Nisha Sandhu who is an editor at the merchant account forum, and has been working with them for 2 years now. Nisha also loves to write and give online business advice to new and growing businesses.

5 Ways to Increase Your RSS Feed Subscribers

November 8, 2010

Most bloggers want to have a lot of subscribers to their RSS feed. It’s a status symbol that shows the popularity of your blog but also very useful because you have people who come back again and again to read your new posts. Obviously the more subscribers you have the better it is for your blogging efforts.

It’s not very easy to build up a lot of subscribers unless you know how. So, in this post I have given you five solid ways to increase your RSS feed subscribers.

1) Excellent Content

Without a doubt the most important part of building your subscribers is by providing superior content on your blog. This should go without saying but for some reason a lot of bloggers continue to overlook it. Nobody has any reason to be subscribed to your feed if the content isn’t quality enough for them to come back and read it on a regular basis. The better your content is the more subscribers you will get and keep.

2) Get Social

Networking with other bloggers and marketers is a very effective way to increase your RSS feed subscribers. They will tend to send their readers to your blog as they get to know you more and vice versa. The more social you are in your niche the more relationships you are building. These new friends will link to you and tell their own subscribers about you, which builds your readers. You can do this by being a regular commentator on popular blogs in your niche as well as by utilizing social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter.

3) Guest Blogging

This is great for several reasons. One of them is that you get strong backlinks from blogs in the same niche as yours to help with your search engine rankings. Another is that you are building relationships with other bloggers and readers of their blogs. You are also getting a sort of seal of approval from the blog owners, which helps their readers trust you from the start. All of these things are very good for increasing your subscribers.

4) Exclusive Subscriber Content

Offering valuable content that only your RSS feed subscribers get access to is an incredibly effective way to get many more people to subscribe. You are essentially bribing them to become a subscriber and it works very well if you give them something of high value. Plus, they will probably remember you over most other blogs they are subscribed to because you gave them something useful from the start.

5) Contests

You can very quickly build up your RSS subscribers by running a contest on your blog. This is a very popular method that has proven to be quite successful over and over again. You can offer cash and prizes to contest winners but in order to enter they must subscribe to your feed.

Do the five things above on a regular basis and you should be able to get thousands of RSS feed subscribers relatively quickly. The more you get the easier it becomes to get even more. People tend to follow blogs when they see lots of other people also following them.

Blogworld Expo Day 3: The bad news (with solutions!)

October 20, 2010

As often happens with big conferences, the third day of the BlogWorld Expo was slower. This was partly because I wanted to thoroughly go through the exhibit floor, but mainly because I was getting pretty tired. I attended much more niche-type sessions not interesting to all; specifically, “Managing Blog Groups,” and the “Science of Social Media Marketing.” The morning keynote, however, was well attended despite the late-night partying of many of the attendees, and for good reason.

“7 Harsh Realities of Blogging for Bucks” was a fairly open-format round table with Darren Rowse of Problogger, Brian Clark of Copyblogger, and Sonia Simone of Copyblogger/Remarkable Communication. While they outlined the harsh realities, they focused more on the solutions to those problems. It’s difficult to distill down their message, and I’m sure others out there have attempted the same, but I’m going to give it a try:

1.Free is not a business model – You can’t make money if you give it all away, but you’ve got to give away a lot of good content to attract people to your premium content or your products. Finding the balance can be tough, but the panel has found that the more you give away, the more people trust that your premium content/products are actually worth buying.

2.The push-button internet cash machine is on the fritz – With few exceptions, you can’t make money fast as a blogger. Like most worthy ventures, it takes time and work to build something that brings in an income. Lots of bloggers treat it as supplementary income. Don’t expect to make a six-figure income overnight, and you’ll probably be fine.

3.You can talk to everyone – It’s easy to get caught up in trying to grow your blog so quickly you lose sight of making real connections. Their advice was to get real about how many meaningful connections you can make in a day. The key word there is “meaningful.” Stretch too far too fast, and you’ll be lost in the shuffle.

4.No one wants that much authenticity – Don’t lie, but don’t get too personal. You don’t have to share everything about your life. Have some boundaries; you don’t want to creep out or bore anyone.

5.Social media hates selling – But you have to sell. Your content is your “marketing.” People love to share content, so let your awesome writing sell itself. Consider that you are offering your readers something valuable, not just pitching a deal.

6.A blog is not a business – Plenty of bloggers out there have no intention of making money. You can set up a blog with no business plan and be perfectly happy with it. But if you want to make money, you need a business plan. Treat your blog like a business, plan where you are going, and be prepared to grow with the business.

7.No one is reading your blog – There could be several reasons that no one is reading your stuff.
a.Maybe you’re not talking about something they care about. If your niche is too obscure, there just may not be a lot of audience for your subject matter. Or, maybe you’re talking about just one aspect of your subject and need to broaden your horizons.
b.You haven’t been giving it time. It takes time to build a readership. Most bloggers start out with their friends and family reading their blog. It took Darren Rowse nearly two years to get his photography blog to the place where it had a good readership and began to make money. Part of this is that you may not be spending any time to spread the word in other ways, like a strong social media presence.
c.You’ve got a good topic, but you’re not being fresh. There are new blogs coming up every day, and the hot topics get covered first. If you can find a new way to present a popular subject, you’ve won half the battle. But, if you’re copying what everyone else is doing, you could be doomed to obscurity.

I learned a ton from this very knowledgeable panel. I hope you get a a little out of my summary.
Thanks for reading,
Starting Fresh at Forty

10 Takeaways from Day 1 of the BlogWorld Expo 2010

October 14, 2010

Good evening from day one in Las Vegas!

As my own blog is still pretty young, I figured today I would do the Problogger track and sit in on the four connected sessions by Darren Rowe and Chris Garrett. They covered creating killer content, finding readers, building community, and monetization. Basically, everything you need to know to have a successful blog. There’s a good deal of rave reviews about these guys and now I know why.

Without going into the deep particulars and trying to recreate the several hours’ worth of material, I thought I’d give you my 10 biggest takeaways from the sessions.

1.Make each post count – Garrett echoed the morning keynote speaker, Scott Stratten, when he emphasized that if you don’t have anything to say, don’t try to force meaningless filler on people. Your readers remember your last post; your previous stuff may have been killer, but if that last post was no good, they may not come back.

2.Know your audience – If you don’t know who you’re writing for, find out. Take a look around, do some research. When he began his photography blog, Rowe sat down and wrote out bios for three of the potential types of readers he expected to get, then wrote for them. It changed over time, so he tweaked the bios and still writes with them in mind.

3.Don’t write for SEO, write for people – No one is going to read your stuff just because there are a lot of keywords in it. Don’t find popular search words and write around them. If you’ve got a good post, maybe you can refine it and work some keywords in, but remember it has to be interesting and readable.

4.Get off your blog – If you want people to read and continue to read your blog, go where they hang out online and interact. Comment on other blogs, use social media, maybe guest blog a little.

5.Give back to your readers – If someone has made a comment on your blog, answer back. Acknowledge your readers by checking out their blogs and recommending them to others. Thank them for participating. Reciprocity can be a powerful tool, and it’s just polite, darn it.

6.Invite interaction – Set little challenges for your readers, ask opinions, ask for their tips and advice. In other words, build a community.

7.Start small with advertising – Got a little blog? Find little advertisers. Team up with bloggers in your niche who could offer a new advertiser a package deal, then grow as your audience does.

8.Monetize progressively, don’t be stingy – Give away a really helpful Ebook. (Yes, don’t hold back all the good stuff. They have to know you aren’t blowing smoke, you really have valuable information.) If you see people like it then go for a low-priced product. Work your way up to that big consulting contract, service or product.

9.Trust is key – People will only do business with those they trust. Don’t lie, don’t exaggerate, be up front and forthright. Don’t be a jerk (this was emphasized quite a bit today, using several different synonymous words.)

And the biggest takeaway for me today:

10.Don’t give up – Building a good blog takes time. With few exceptions, most blogs don’t gain success overnight. Rowe’s first blog took a year and a half to really get a good readership and begin to make money. There are a lot of bloggers out there; it can be tough to build a readership when so many people are attempting the same. But if you persist and have good, valuable content, you really can have a successful blog.

There are two more days of the expo, if they’re anything like today, I’m definitely getting my money’s worth. Until then, keep blogging!

Are you going to Blog World?

October 12, 2010

Yeah, me neither. We’re hoping to make it next year, but this year we have the next best thing. We will have a guest blogger serving as a Blog World correspondent.

We are pleased to announce that Sherry Shaffer, of Starting Fresh at Forty, will be attending Blog World this week in Las Vegas. She’ll be posting here with great information about what the rest of us are missing out on. So make sure to check in to get your Blog World fix.

So, without further ado— Meet Sherry!

Sherry ShafferI’m Sherry Shaffer, writer, blogger, and social media geek. My husband and I went through financial upheaval and left Memphis, TN for Pittsburgh, PA to start fresh in my brother-in-law’s attic. When I’m not tweeting and posting for my job, writing copy or attempting a new novel, I record our (hopefully) triumphant rise from the ashes on my blog, I’m excited to be guest-blogging for Can I Make Big Money Online from the BlogWorld New Media Expo and look forward to dishing about all the great information and cutting-edge concepts.

In Honor of 10/10/10– Ten Top Ten Lists

October 10, 2010

Today is 10/10/10, and we won’t have another day as exciting as this until 11/11/11, so here’s Ten Top Ten Lists you might enjoy or learn from.

1. The 10 Social Media Metrics Your Company Should Monitor— A pretty straightforward article. Whether you agree you can (or should) calculate ROI for social media, I think few of us will disagree that keeping track of blog interactions is a good thing.

2. Top 10 Expectations of Social Media in 2010— This one is fun because it’s almost the end of the years, so you can see if they were right.

3. Top 10 SEO Myths of All Time— #8 is my favorite since I deal with this one all the time.

Client: I got a call last week from a company that guaranteed my first page ranking.

Me: For pay per click?

Client: No I’m pretty sure it wasn’t pay per click.


4. Top 10 Google SEO Ranking Factors— Of course, this assumes that Google hasn’t changed anything in the past ten months— or the past ten minutes. But it’s still a pretty good list.

5. 10 Ways to Reduce Friction in Your Purchase Process— There’s nothing more frustrating than losing a client at the shopping cart. Basics on reducing those chances.

6. Top 10 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog Using Linked In— LinkedIn is an untapped gold mine for many. It’s worthwhile to learn a bit more about it and use that knowledge to your advantage.

7. Top 10 Ways to Tweak Your WordPress Theme— These are easy for just about anyone to do.

8. Top 10 Social Bookmarking Plugins for WordPress— Which is your favorite? I like Get Social.

9. Top 10 Funniest Fail Blogs— Every Top 10 list needs a little levity.

10. The 10 Best Top-Ten Lists And, of course, what’s a best top 10 list without a Top 10 List of Top 10 Lists ūüôā

Not that I was planning to move to Philadelphia, anyway…

August 27, 2010

Have you seen the news that Philadelphia would like to charge a business fee to bloggers in the City of Brotherly Love? There’s a nice roundup of the online discussion of it over on WordStream. I guess my only question is— do they charge all home businesses this “fee”? Mary Kay reps, babysitters, who exactly has to pay? If they’re charging the 16 year old who mows your lawn, then I guess bloggers should pay up. If not, what exactly led to targeting bloggers in particular?

What do you think? At what point does a blog become a business and have to pay the required fees?

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