A very popular topic online is how to earn money with a blog. My personal opinion on this is that if you don’t have the traffic, then you won’t make money with anything. But it all begins with a concept and a niche. And if you have these 2 things in line, then you’re on the right track.

In this article we’ll take a look at a 4-step process for making a blog as profitable as possible, and then how to get traffic to your blog. Let’s begin!

1) Find a theme for your blog

If you already have a topic in mind for your blog, then great. I’m going to show you how to further refine this theme so that your niche is as honed as possible. First of all, you should know that you can write about anything. This can be quilting, crocheting, golfing, rollerblading, skiing, etc. The best blog themes are ones that you are passionate about – since they come from the heart and you already know a lot about it.

However, if you find out that you’re not really passionate about anything, then there’s an answer for that too. You can research online for popular topics that people are inquiring about. A great way to find out what is on the minds of people is to use Google’s free keyword suggestion tool.

You can type in almost any word into their suggestion tool and it will tell you if there were any searches done on it in the previous month. This is a great way to find out what people are interested in, and can possibly become a great topic for your blog to write about.

2) Make blogging easy

The easiest way to setup a professional looking blog without an investment is by signing up for free to blogger.com. Blogger offers you the ability to create your own blog that’s hosted on their webserver. What you get is a very professional looking blog that is already complete with a variety of tools that helps make blogging as simple and easy as possible.

However if you’re an advanced internet user and are familiar with HTML slightly, you may want to opt for more advanced blogging platforms. Two very popular ones are WordPress and Movable Type. Both come with a variety of helpful services that makes blogging a breeze, and they both work better for people rather than others.

No matter what platform you choose, your main goal should be original and informative content. Be sure to include your main keyword you found in step 1 above in the title of your blog, and also variations of the keyword in your different blog postings.

3) Sign up for Google AdSense

Google AdSense is one of the easiest ways to earn money online, and it’s easy to incorporate into any blogging platform. Google AdSense displays relevant ads on your blog according to your theme and when a visitor of yours clicks on an ad, you earn money. It’s as simple as that. However, earning a substantial revenue with Google AdSense isn’t as simple – as with everything you do online.

If you’re starting out online and are looking to make an extra $100 -$300 a month to help pay bills, then Google AdSense is a great place to start. Once you sign up for AdSense, you will have the option to choose the ad display size, and will be given an HTML code to paste into your blog. Once you have done that, your blog is ready to earn you some income. All that is needed now is some great content, and a lot of traffic to your blog – which we will cover next.

4) Write articles that relate to your blog’s theme

This technique is called article marketing, and it is an excellent way to drive targeted traffic to your blog. It’s free, and can deliver a ton of traffic to your blog if your write often. The key here is to deliver valuable information – in every article that you write. You want to become a “household name” in your niche, and the only way to do that is to constantly have worthwhile information that your readers can benefit from.

Once you’ve written a few starter articles, getting traffic to your blog is as simple as submitting your articles to the popular article directories. My top 5 article directories are:

– EzineArticles.com

– goarticles.com

– articledashboard.com

– ideamarketers.com

– articlesbase.com

All of these article directories receive a ton of traffic everyday, and are highly ranked in the search engines. Therefore, you can receive a lot of free search engine traffic for your blog by submitting your articles to these directories. Also, many publishers visit these directories daily to find great content for their website.

If a publisher happens to stumble upon an article that you wrote and decides to publish your article on their website, then guess what? That’s a source of free traffic that you didn’t have before! The more relevant articles you write, the more events like this will happen, and the more traffic you will get to your blog.

With a lot of relevant traffic to your blog, your chances of increasing your Google AdSense revenue will increase, and the dream of having a nice part-time income online will finally come true.

Article marketing is just 1 of many ways to get traffic to your blog, but I don’t want to overwhelm you with the techniques – especially if you’re just getting started online. Use these tips for your blog to start earning some nice online income today!

Source by Adrian Hargray