Saturday, December 23, 2006

Marketing my blog

Lot of people ask me why I blog and to be frank, I don't have a clue. Loved reading other people's blogs and finally decided to start one of my own. It was more of a diary, my observations, my rants and so on. Slowly but steadily, the number of visitors to my blog grew. I guess you really get a nice buzz when people leave comments in your posts.

At that time, making money from my blog was the last thing on my mind. In fact, I didn't know that you could actually make any money from a blog. I started wondering, "Can bloggers actually make money from their blogs?" only after my wife's comment, "its not like you can get any money writing a blog" retort. Read my old post here.

I added Google adsense but the fact is that I am still waiting for my first cheque. There are not enough visitors (or people are simply not clicking the links). I had already joined up with the online Malaysian community, Project Petaling Street, a blog portal of Malaysian maintained blogs. It bought me a fair number of new visitors to my blog but that was not enough and I went out and joined up with other blog portals and directories including Rice Bowl Journals and Blogflux. Claiming my blogs on Technorati was another step.

Going through Internet Marketing sites taught me a lot of new things. I now realise what I have been doing wrong. Wish I had come across it earlier.

So, I have been blogging for more than 3 years now (my first post here on Monday, September 08, 2003). However, I truly started marketing my blog only about a year ago. Now realise that I was not only marketing my blog but also myself and my writing skills. I have recently joined Payperpost and other advertising networks. Though I have started earning a bit, it's not enough to take up blogging as a full time occupation - not yet. I have a lot to learn and a long way to go.

Updated: I deleted a link, which I had recommended earlier. 12 Jan 2007.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Slowly but surely i'm heading 'there' too... makin money thru blogging is an interesting part time job... thnks for the guide..

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