There’s always been a definite interest in making money from home, even if you have a fulltime job. Now that economies are crashing all over the world and people are losing jobs at an unreal rate, that interest has become a real need and less of a dream.
There are several online methods you can use to enhance your financial situation without resorting to drastic measures to survive. Most will require setting up a blog to market directly online. That would be your first step after you’ve selected your niche and researched your topic.
A lot of new marketers use free blogs to get started. You can find an endless list of blog platforms on Google if you search on “free blogs.” There are about 1,400,000,000 results at the time of writing. That’s a lot of zeros and should get you exactly the blogging format and hosting method you prefer.
You will have to make several decisions about your new business, including hosting, theme, focus, marketing and content. Don’t just jump in with an idea and slap up a blog without careful planning and research. Here’s a couple of links to free blog sites that you can investigate:
- www.blogger.com. This is Google’s own weblog publishing tool that will guide you through sharing text, publishing photos or video on your blog.
- www.WordPress.com. A free blog hosted by WordPress includes custom-designed templates, spam protection and a load of other tools to help you succeed. You can also use the software to install your blog on their site, which might be a good option when you are just beginning.
- www.topsitesblog.com/blog-websites/. This is a list of 10 of the best free blogging platforms and a comparison chart of their features.
One of the most important uses for blogs is building relationships with your visitors or subscribers. The Internet is a vast, impersonal place and you can get lost in that whirlwind of information and instant changes from simple information overload. Everybody has an opinion to project about the best way to do anything, from raising mushrooms under your porch to building spaceships. Some of the information you will discover in your searches will be false. Other published articles and ebooks will just repeat what someone else copied form another who copied…you get the idea.
To be successful and attract customers and readers, make your point of view a little on the dramatic side and totally original, which will take a little work, but what business doesn’t? Learn about keywords and how to use them.
Build impeccable customer service and never waver in the way you treat your visitors and customers. If your customer has a problem with one of your products or free gifts, respond immediately. An unhappy customer is one who should have top priority with your attention and a rapid solution. If a refund is requested, send it immediately with an apology for their distress.
Setting up a free blog is quick and easy, and it can help you earn that extrra little bit of cash to get you through the tough times. Share your own personal knowledge about yourniche and interests, you never know who might be reading.
One final suggestion to get you started on the right foot: When you get your blog online and your content where it needs to be, don’t just publish it and pay no more attention to it. Your blogs need to be frequent and full of original information or opinion. That will keep your subscribers coming back to read what you have to say or are offering and will keep Google happy. And submit your blog to blog directories for the best results. Here’s one you can try to start you off ablogin.com.
You haven’t been ignored until you’ve been ignored by Google!