Friday, August 31, 2007

Get Paid While You Blog - Blogsvertise

If you're going to be blogging anyway, you might as well make some money at it, right? A growing number of sites are taking advantage of the popularity of blogs, and one in particular, Blogsvertise, caught my eye due to the fact that your blog only has to be 60 days old. Other pay to blog sites require the blog to be live at least 90 days.

The website is easy to navigate, the Rules and FAQs are straightforward and informative, and the response time is fast. Blogsvertise pays for your entry after 30 days from approval via Paypal. Newer sites are placed on a probationary status, meaning they will earn less money until they are approved as full-fledged members.

One important note, though, is that Blogsvertise does not accept Wordpress blogs. As Wordpress does not allow blogs with paid content on them, take the time to set up a blog on another site before submitting.

You've Got to Spend Money to Make Money

It's an old saying, and one that's not necessarily true anymore. If you're trying to make money online; whether through photography, blogging, writing, or other means; you have to promote what you're doing. "If you build it, they will come" is really just wishful thinking. But when you're broke, paying for advertising isn't an option. So what promotion can be done for free?

Link trading is a good way to get started. Finding other sites in your niche and requesting to trade links with them offers more exposure for everyone and chances to compare your site to others, as well as receiving important feedback.

Forums are another free option, but remember not to spam. Signing up for several forums and just posting links to your site can get you ignored at best and mess up your credibility. Take the time to actually join some forums and become a part of the community. Like link trading, it's an opportunity to network.

Social networks like Digg and StumbleUpon are gaining popularity. However, like forums, you need to be careful not to spam. Make sure what you're trying to promote actually fits into a category or all you'll be doing is wasting time.

Free promotion can take a little more time to build traffic than paid advertising, but patience and dedication can make it work.