If you are looking to make your presence felt online, the First thing you need is a Blog. If you are looking to make money online, again creating and maintaining a blog is something you cannot overlook. Blogging is the first option for a person who is looking forward working from home. According to Wikipedia“A blog (a blend of the term “web log) is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order”.
If you are a blogger, the first thing you are worried about is getting some quality content and traffic. From where you will receive content?. There are hundreds of sources from where you can find your content. PLR or Private Label Rights articles is one such source. There are hundreds of Article websites that you can join and find content. Best option always is to write your contents. If you are serious about your blog, write your own original quality content. You can use the sources mentioned above along with Wikipedia and About.com to research your content. Or else you can outsource your articles by employing a freelance writer from Odesk,com or Guru.com.
Next big step is finding some traffic. If you just type the word website traffic in Google search it will return millions of results. Most of them promising to send you thousands of visitors immediately. Believe me it is not simple as they say. They will run away eating your hard earned dollars. Only easy thing to drive immediate quality traffic is to buy traffic from Google adwords. If you are planning to stay a bit longer here, then you must be looking forward to Free traffic. Free traffic is served only by Search engines. It is also called organic traffic. To receive quality traffic, you need quality keyword targeted content and backlinks. How to build backlinks? we can build them by commenting on blogs that allow us to leave our website link. ( This website allows you to place your Link. Only one link though). You can use forums, article websites, press releases, profile link building ( made famous by Angela) and classifieds. You can refer to related articles posted earlier to know more on the topic.
Hard part in the bloggers life is to create quality content and quality search traffic. It takes a lot of hard work and time. But the effort you put in for increasing organic traffic will always pay. Next step is to monetize your blog. You can again have a lot of options. But decide on whether you are looking forward to make money from it or not. If you are keen to monetize, then do it openly. I have seen some blog owners not displaying ads in proper place for the fear people may not like it etc. I would suggest you to display ads in those places that are eye catching. Infact successful bloggers will advise always to display ads in a peace or real estate in your blog that does not require the visitor to scroll.
Blogging is among the best option for those who are looking forward to work from home. You can monetize your blog from Google adsense and other PPC ads, You can monetize your blog by displaying affiliate or CPA offers. You can make money by selling ebooks and writing reviews etc. There are guys who make a lot of money selling link space to other similar webmasters. I would suggest you to begin by displaying adsense ads. Always stay in touch with the products that are related to your blog. Another thing to remember here is not to rush with your monetizing efforts. Wait to receive some quality traffic before you rush forward.
Another way that is famous among bloggers is to create member sites. But with member sites, you require content that is premium. You cannot charge for a content that is available for free to the members. This is an option that is only for those who are famous and well known.
If you are here to learn how to make money online working from home, this a great beginning. There are many more articles in this blog on this topic that you may benefit from. Join in the discussion and drop your comments.