How to Make Money Online with a Home Business

Everyone who works from home using the Internet as their primary source of income wants to know how to make money online from a home business.

Some people are actually doing just that, while th vast majority of people are not. We’ll look at what separates the two.

Those Who Do Not Make Money Online

Those that do not make money online from their home business are the ones who are generally bloggers chasing social traffic to gain a large readership in the hope of either eventually attracting advertising revenue or selling affiliate products or earning money from PPC ads. They fail because the kind of traffic they are chasing are never going to convert into cash.

Why is this, when all the so-called A-list bloggers are telling everyone that they are making a mint from advertising because they have such a large reader base, which is what the advertisers require in order to spend money on placing their ads on your blog?

Well, actually, advertisers soon realize that the very type of traffic that the A-list is attracting does not convert for them, so they move on. They generally make peanuts from any PPC ads because social bloggers do not click on the ads, and the ones that do rarely convert, which results in your blog being served low cost ads.

One way that the A-list make a lot of money is from new products that are released on Clickbank. Because their readership is huge and made up mainly of bloggers who also want to make money online from blogging, they are an easy target for this or that latest must have money making product or ebook and because of their status and high volume of blogger traffic, they generally get to promote new releases before they are generally released.

This means they steal the march on everyone else, especially when it comes to MLM type sign-up lists or membership sites. Bloggers will sign up fast in the hope of taking a slice of the pie they just bought into, without realizing that the A-list blogger they just copped a commission for has virtually cleaned up in the first day or two and the scraps left for everyone else are not worth fighting over.

So where does that leave the blogger wanting to make money online from blogging?

Without a pot to piss in, usually. These are the failures in the home business market and statistically they fall in to the top 95-99% of all Internet marketers who try to get started in this business.

Those Who Do Make Money Online

Those that do make money online know what the A-listers do not tell their readers. They know that the kind of traffic they need to attract comes purely from the search engines and not the social media.

Why is this?

Because it’s targeted to the keywords their blogs and websites are optimized for, which in turn means that they are visiting the site because the site is (or at least appears to be) offering what they are looking for

In the case of PPC ads, the targeted traffic is much more likely to click them because they will be served to a fully optimized site as being totally relevant to that site’s topic. They will also be more likely to convert into sales for the advertiser, meaning the site will be served the top priced ads.

If the site is selling affiliate products, again, the traffic will have turned up at the site because that is what they were searching for and will be more disposed to buy.

The best part is once a site is generating a large volume of regular, search traffic, advertisers are much more interested in buying space on your site, because that traffic converts, period!

So now you know the difference from those that do and those that do not know how to make money with a home business where the Internet is your main source of income.

Or not as the case may be!

Make Money with More Traffic

Once your blog starts to make money with the extra traffic you’ve been diligently beavering away at generating, you’ll see the sense in all your hard work as it comes to fruition.

But that doesn’t mean you can sit back and take a breather!

That traffic that you’ve worked so hard to generate can dry up in a matter of days if they don’t get something new and interesting to read on your blog. That is unless you are so well known that hundreds of people have your blog bookmarked or subscribe to your RSS feed and will look in occasionally to see what latest words of wisdom you have inscribed for their approbation!

For the rest of us, who are still diligently working to build our blog that will make money by the truckload for us anytime soon, our work is never done. To make money and keep up the flow of traffic, you really do have to keep at it, every day if you can and if you can’t, then make up for any missed days by posting twice the next day! Ok, it’s not always possible, I know from personal experience of writing for six (or is it seven now?) blogs, 14 squidoo lenses and a smattering of websites and some article submissions when time permits.

That’s why picking up on a really great way of building a solid network of readers helps enormously for those days when you simply haven’t got the time to write that one more blog entry!

One such gem of an idea was to open up the comments part of all my blogs by allowing commenter’s links to be followed by the search engines giving free one-way back-links. It has increased readership and commenting on all my blogs with this feature and made me some new friends in the blogosphere. Some of them have reciprocated by mentioning me in their blogs, which sends more visitors to my blogs. The more visitors, the more potential customers I have to sell stuff to and have this blog make money.

Networking is the new best traffic generator because everyone wants to see what the other blogger is writing about – so the more more bloggers you get to know, the more people will come to read your blog! Simple but effective – and fun too!

You should try it!

Work to Improve Your Page Rank

In the constant quest to make money online, part of the search engine optimization (SEO) of your site or blog involves obtaining back-links from various sources. It’s fairly common knowledge that the higher the PR of the site you get your back-link from, the more weight the search engines place on it and the better chance you have of being awarded a good page rank for your own site.

So why do I see so many marketers throwing away a absolutely gem of a chance of grabbing a whole load of high PR one-way back-links?

I’m talking about the top, high PR forums that every marketer worth his (or her) salt will be a member and active poster of.

Why do I mention this at all?

Well, think about it for a moment… … … That’s long enough!

In every post you create in a forum, your signature is displayed at the bottom. In that signature you are allowed by the rules of the forum to place one or more links to your site.

So each time you post a quality, on topic and relevant unique in content post in that forum, the link(s) in your signature count as a heavily weighted one-way back-link to your site. Correct? Correct-amundo!

So why do I see so many marketers throwing that chance away?

What do they do with that coveted space in their sigs? Do they promote their own sites so they will benefit from the free link and the extra targeted traffic as well as work towards a further traffic generating high PR? Do they hell!

I’ll tell you what they do with it. They fill it with affiliate links, that’s what.

What a waste! I can’t believe they are all missing the point. They’re giving those precious back-links and all that extra traffic to the owners of the affiliate sites and not their own.

See the light. Post links to your own sites in your forum sigs and generate traffic to them as well as contribute to a further traffic boosting high PR. Sell your affiliate products from your blog or site.

It’s what you created it for, isn’t it?

I’ve already noticed an increase in traffic coming into this blog thanks to giving out all those free links. Thanks to everyone who visited out of curiosity.

It’s the right way to go. I’ve been surfing around quite a lot of other people’s blogs to get ideas, pick up hints and tips and anything else of interest and I’m noticing a growing trend towards link freedom between blogs. That can only be a good thing as it encourages people to visit other blogs and leave relevant comments, thereby spreading the traffic around and everyone benefits.

Of course spammers think they’re onto a winning streak with the increase in their perceived barriers being dropped, but they are wrong, as always. Bloggers who are aware enough about the benefits of removing the “nofollow” attribute from their comments and also intelligent enough to have comment moderation put into place so spammers comments (and their useless links) never see the light of day.

The same goes for morons who think they’ll get a free back-link by posting useless one-liner like “I agree with you”, or “very good post” and nothing else of substance! Well they’ll get deleted too, because the whole idea of accepting comments on blogs is to encourage a pertinent dialog between blogger and reader. I can tell you from experience that most bloggers quickly tire of these people and ones who copy and paste the same comment in different posts – they add no value to a conversation so they simply get deleted.

Comments in blogs have another purpose for bloggers apart from their solid community building benefits and that is content. Search engines love fresh, original and on-topic content, so good comments add to the content of the post to which they relate adding more substance to the blog. For that benefit, the blogger is happy to give something in return to the poster, in the form of a free one-way back-link to the poster’s own blog or website. Both parties gain something from this exchange, so it’s no wonder that the popularity of doing away with the “nofollow” attribute in comments is gaining popularity.

By encouraging people to leave good comments on your blog and giving a back-link as reward for their trouble, bloggers everywhere will see a natural increase in traffic, increase in good content on their blogs, and that in turn will encourage more people to read the comments and leave one of their own.

All in all a win-win situation for blogger and reader.

So let’s all keep the momentum going.

Another Great Way to Generate Traffic for FREE!

Yahoo Answers!

Yep, they are actually a very good way of spreading the word around about you, your blog and your subject of expertise. You have to have a yahoo account to get started (who hasn’t these days?) but once you’re in and up and running, there is a huge world of question askers just waiting for your answer.

There are plenty of categories to choose from, so you’ll have a fair chance of being knowledgeable in some of them. Plenty of people want to know how to make money online!

There is no shortage of newbies asking easy to answer questions too. The trick is to make sure your answer gets in there as early as possible before other experts get in there and steal your thunder! Then hit ’em with everything you’ve got.

Well, no need to go crazy, just answer their question with a good, informative and useful answer and you stand a good chance of winning the best answer prize. Ok, it’s only points, but the point is you get to post a link to your blog in your answer and that wins you a valuable one-way back-link to your blog.

It also has the effect of peaking the curiosity of the readers of that particular thread and if your answer was really good, you’ll get a fair amount of those curious people clicking over to your blog to see what else you write about. How to make money for one!

You might want to know why I haven’t provided a link for you to click over to Yahoo Answers?

Come on, I said they give you one-way back-links – if I link back to Yahoo, that cancels out one of those links to here!

I think most of you can find Yahoo on the map!