There are three types of bloggers. Those that do it for fun, those that want to become rich and those that do it because they want to market themselves. The first group can do whatever they want and will still be happy with it. The other two groups need knowledge about blogging if they want to become successful.
Someone who wants to earn money from blogging needs traffic more than anything else. It is not hard to put Google Adsense on a blog and earn money with it. The ad might not be optimized but it will still earn money if the blog receives traffic. Without traffic, there will be no money no matter how optimized or clever the ad unit placements are.
Blogging for a period of three years teaches a lot if you are eager to learn. Bloggers learn about search engine optimization which is a profession in itself, about monetization, about the blogging plattform, how to interact with visitors / customers / fellow bloggers and more.
It's a steep learning curve but if you master it you will be successful. Here are a few blogging tips that helped me a lot:
Here is a short link list:
If you read the three blogs posted above you will learn a lot in short time. Those are honest bloggers who do not try to sell you yet another "make money in no time" product that only works for them because they can sell it to you.
Seo Zombie is a site that I discovered a while ago and the guy does a good job as well, his Keyword Sniping Case Study sounds interesting and might be a great way to learn if he continues posting updates.
The keyword research tools are essential to discover keywords that can be target that pay well and have enough traffic to make them worthwhile.
Seo Quake finally is a Firefox extension that displays all kinds of "SEO" information like Pagerank, links and domain age on the screen.
If you have any questions about blogging let me know and I try to answer them.
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