I just finished an affiliate marketing training call with Internet Marketing Guru Jo Han Mok and Rasheed Ali.
My topic area was on blogging and blog monetization.
As a followup to the call, here’re my notes for the participants.
Blogging at blogger.com and wordpress.com
It’s ok to test out the blogging waters when you’re starting out, however, do note that these services are targeted at hobbyists and recreational bloggers.
You’re subjected to their terms of service, which unsurprisingly prohibits promotion of adult, gaming, pharmaceutical-related niches among others.
Violation of their terms of service means they may forcibly take back the domain if you happen to violate their rules (inadvertedly or otherwise).
If you build up the Google PageRank or traffic to the domain, you don’t have the option of selling the domain (which could be value in the hundreds of thousand or millions for a high value, high traffic domain). The blog service provider owns the domain. Good luck trying to sell it!
My recommendation: Hosted WordPress
Having your own WordPress blog on your hosting account beats all options hands down in my option.
Here are the benefits in my opinion:
- You are free to develop any niche you desire (provided it doesn’t contravene homeland security or national interest restrictions).
- You can choose to sell your domain should you choose to exit the niche.
- You have stronger branding associated to your own domain (compared to having domainname.blogspot.com).
Having your own hosted domain is analogous to using a domain specific email, rather than a hotmail.com or yahoo.com for your business email!
If you don’t already have a web hosting provider, I’d recommend BlueHost.
And a blogging tool which has been very useful for me has been SecretBlogWeapon (SBW).
SBW runs thorugh the keyword research and blog setup process with lots of illustrations and graphics. In addition, it helps you optimize your blog to generate traffic and the basics of social traffic generation (which generates immediate traffic, compared to search engine traffic which can takes weeks to get your site indexed).
Killer WordPress Plugins Roundup
Once you have your blog set up, here’s some of the plugins which have helped me step up to a new level:
- Killer WordPress Plugins Part 1
- Popularity Contest WordPress plugin
- 10 Ways to a Killer Blog (a short series)
And if you’re like to do remote blog posting, w.bloggar is useful.
This isn’t pretty, but you can download some useful WordPress plugins.
Does Affiliate Blogging Work?
If you’re like to see the efforts of my affiliate blogging, here’re some screenshots from last year. (Yes, the results are only from blogging. I don’t use articles or press releases)
Several new bloggers who purchased the Auto Blog Income Generator have given me feedback that the instructional videos were very useful. (Site may occasionally be inacessible due to high traffic. Please try again later)
And don’t forget the free Robert Allen books when you join my list. (You will get a short blogging guide too).
PS: If you’re planning to do affiliate blogging, I’d strongly recommend removing Google Adsense from all your pages. A $20 affiliate commission is much more valuable than a $0.50 clickthrough!
If I left anything out, leave me a comment below.