Lately I’ve been researching and reading a lot about blogging. I read about SEO (Search Engine Optimization), page rank, rating of pages, crawlers, spiders, robots, pinging, trackbacks, mega tags, links, stats, traffic, etc…..the list goes on.

As a novice blogger, this information can get to be overwhelming. Should I be concerned with all of it? In time, yes. Right now? I’m not going to get too hung up on it.

If you’re going to “blog for dollars”, it appears that to develop a good blog, good “content” (what you write) is the most important thing. Posting often, preferable daily appears to be the best. However, if you have a post that doesn’t contain good content, it doesn’t pay to post it. Or, maybe life gets in the way of your blogging. To me, living life with your family and friends, overrides getting hung up on posting everyday. If you have favorite bloggers, read their stories. For them it didn’t happen overnight. Their concentration is on providing useful and valuable information to their readers. The money followed.

Build a successful website on your passion.

To make money on a blog, you do have to insert ads. Personally, I wonder how this actually can generate an income, as when I am researching, I ignore the ads. I am reading the content of the blog or website. My biggest pet peeve is when I come onto a page and it has no content, and is all links. I make a mental note of the site and don’t go back.

Is one ad format better than another? Ask ten people and you might get ten different answers. As for me, I’m going to do experiments with my ads. I will test them for a period of time, and see what works for me and my blog. Will I make big bucks? The verdict is still out on that.

I feel “blogging for dollars” could be a disappointment, if that’s your main reason for blogging. I believe in the saying, “follow your passion, and the money will follow”.

I like to read good blogs or websites that provide valuable information. I also like to read the stories of how bloggers got to where they are. Some are funny, some are ladened with a lot of computer language and some are purely informational, but they all have value.

I do think persistence will pay off when it comes to getting a high ranking on a search engine. It also takes a blog that has dozens, or even hundreds of posts. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a good blog.

On that I say, write good content, give value to your readers, have fun with ads, have fun with your blog, and most importantly, remember share a hug, share a smile, and live life. And while you’re living life, with your many posts on your blog, let the crawlers, spiders and robots do their thing.

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  1. alanbeasleyNo Gravatar says:

    Hi there, I am getting a large number of students that can’t access the internet. When they log on and open IE they don’t get the default web page or a log in screen. It appears to be random, I have tried setting up new user accounts but this also appeasrs to be hit and miss on whether they get access.

    Any ideas?

    Cheers
    Alan

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Alan,

      Depending on where your students are trying to access the internet from, I’d say to check with the IT department (if there is one). There could be a glitch somewhere in the system.