Sunday, March 29, 2009

Earn Money with Chitika and Blogger

If you are looking for ways to earn money from your Blogger blog (Blogspot blog) have you considered Chitika advertising and referral program? Adding a Chitika affiliate banner to your blog is a very easy way to make extra money.

Chitika is 100% Compatible with Google Adsense
Chitika is a pay-per-click advertising program which is free to join. The greatest benefit of Chitika is that it can be used in conjunction with Google Adsense to add another way to earn money from your blog. There is no conflict with Google Adsense because Chitika only serves non-contextual ads.

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Chitika vs Google Adsense
Chitika claim a higher CTR (click through rate) in Chitika vs Adsense debates but I think you will have to try this for yourself. I have had good results with Chitika on the blogs I have added a mega unit to. Whether the returns are slightly higher for Chitika ads or not the most important aspect in my book is that they both can form part of your blog monetization strategy.

Easy to Monetize Your Blogger Blog with ChitikaExample of a Chitika Ad Unit
Chitika is an easy way to make money from your Blogger blog and can yield good earnings depending on your traffic source and your blog topic. Technology and gadget blogs are a particularly good fit with Chitika.

Chitika has ads for all types of content particularly product-related including including automotive, finance, health, consumer electronics, news, sports, travel to name a few.

Chitika offers a wide range of ad unit sizes including its recently introduced mega ad unit 550x250. Chitika claim that the mega unit has a higher CTR than their other Premium units. I am currently trialling this unit to see how it performs.

Best Results Using Chitika
For best results with Chitika your Blogger blog needs to receive a significant portion of its visitors from USA and Canada as ads are only served to that traffic stream. In addition your US traffic has to arrive at your blog via a search engine. No ads are displayed to non-US traffic however an alternate ad (such as Google Adsense) can be displayed if the alternate URL feature is enabled. To get the most out of Chitika therefore your blog needs to be search engine optimized.

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Chitika Referral Program
By adding a Chitika banner or two to your Blogger blog you can increase your blog's earning power and make extra money. For every Chitika publisher referral you make you will earn 10% of what your referrals earn. You are eligible to earn commissions for each referral for 15 months following each referral’s approval date.

Summary
In this article I have discussed the Chitika advertising and referral program and how it might be incorporated into your Blogger blog (Blogspot blog) so you can make extra money. I have explored some of the many advantages of signing up for Chitika. Why not sign up to Chitika today and start to earn extra money from your blog?


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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Increase Image Size Blogger Blogspot Blog

In this tutorial you will learn how to increase the displayed size of the images you upload to your Blogger Blogspot blog by entering your own dimensions. This is a very easy trick requiring no change to your Blogger template. It is suitable for anyone from beginner to advanced users.

By default Blogger has three image settings: small, medium and large. Your uploaded images are scaled down to fit these standard Blogger sizes. If your image is larger than the maximum 400 pixels in width and 300 in height it is still scaled down to 400x300px. If you want to override these settings you can by manually changing the dimensions of the height and width of the uploaded image.

To Make Uploaded Images in Blogger Bigger

1. Log in to Blogger if not already logged in.

2. Go to Posting > Create Post or if you want to edit an image already posted go to Posting > Edit Post

3. Upload your chosen image or if you are editing your post identify the image you want to change

4. Switch from Compose to Edit HTML which will allow you to see the HTML code of your post

5. Find the code block for the image you wish to change. Look for the code that begins <img> tag beginning <img style>. For example for the following image:

img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 300px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_vLeiVavkV_M/SjMKOjXnmYI/XXXXXXXXX/Ra0BizPIDsc/s400/twitter123.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5346628427747662210" />


This code will display the image in a Blogger post at the large size - 400x300.
Increase image size in a Blogger Blogspot blog
6. To change the 400x300 dimensions it is simply a matter of changing the values to whatever you wish. Make sure you keep the proportions of the image otherwise it will not display correctly. For example to increase the image size displayed by 25% you would change the dimensions to 500x375:

img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 500px; height: 375px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_vLeiVavkV_M/SjMKOjXnmYI/XXXXXXXXX/Ra0BizPIDsc/s400/twitter123.jpg" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5346628427747662210" />


Make image size bigger by 25% in a Blogger Blogspot blog

7. Click the Preview button and you will be able to check your image before publishing

8. Once you are satisfied click on the Publish Post button

9. Click View Blog to see your image displayed with your user defined proportions


Summary
At sometime you may want to display an image on your Blogger Blogspot blog that is bigger than the maximum default size of 400x300 pixels. This tutorial has shown you how to change the height and width values of the image in Blogger so you can override the default dimensions.


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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Earn Money from Blogger Join Linkworth Affiliate Program

Want to make money online with your Blogger blog (Blogspot blog)? Earn money with Linkworth. Linkworth is one Affiliate Program that Blogspot Bloggers need to take a good look at if they are serious about making money from their blog. Given that most bloggers are also readers of blogs virtually every reader who arrives on your blog is a possible referral prospect. Therefore having a Linkworth affiliate banner or two on your blog makes sound marketing sense and is an easy way to earn extra money.

Why Would a Blogger Want to Sign Up for Linkworth?
Linkworth is a large, established and reputable advertising network. Linkworth offers Blogspot bloggers who become a partner a variety of income earning opportunities to monetize their blogs. Multiple advertising programs offerred by Linkworth include: Text Link Ads, Linkpost, Linkmura, Linkintxt, LinkWords, LinkBB, Linkpack.

Linkworth offer a variety of ways to monetize your Blogger blogspot blog
One of the bonuses of Linkworth is that it can be used in conjunction with Google Adsense provided no contextual advertising which is not allowed by Google is used. This makes Linkworth an extremely attractive advertising option for Blogspot bloggers and therefore a good reason to promote the affiliate program. Linkworth is suitable for the newbie blogger too as it is easy to get approval even when a blog has a low Google page rank and is receiving minimal traffic. Make sure you have at least 12 posts before you apply or your application may get declined.

My Favorite Ways to Make Money Online with Linkworth
All the programs offerred by Linkworth are good but my two favorite ways to make money online with Linkworth are:

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LinkPost
With LinkPost you can earn money by writing sponsored posts. Depending on the Google Pagerank of your blog you can receive up to $50 per review. The process is easy but competitive. Basically you submit your blog to the advertising marketplace and sponsors and advertisers pay you money for your review.

LinkWords
With LinkWords keywords in your blog are underlined and if clicked on by a reader you earn money - either 50% or 70% for every ad clicked on depending on what scheme you have opted for. Some niches lend themselves better to text ad advertising and therefore generate more income per click than others. You will need to experiment to find out if LinkWords is worthwhile way for you to earn money from your blog.


Benefits of the Linkworth Affiliate Referral Program
Linkworth's referral program is generous and a good way to earn money. You get $50 for just signing up either as a publisher or with a combo account. That $50 is paid out to you once you earn $100 or more in total.

For every new referral sent through your affiliate link you earn a flat commission of $50. The $50 is held as a pending payment until the referee has spent or earned a minimum of $100.

Another sweetner for joining the Linkworth referral program is that you will receive 5% of the earnings for all referrals you make for the life of their account. Pretty good way to earn money huh?

Linkworth claim that most account holders spend/earn well into the thousands. While I am skeptical of this statement Linkworth does offer a chance to make money by actively promoting its affiliate referral program.

Summary
You can earn money online if you know how. The Linkworth Affiliate Program offers good rewards for pasting a banner or two on your blog. From there on in it depends on the activity of your referees as to how much money you will actually make but there is scope for reasonable earning particularly if you supplement this with LinkPosts and LinkWords. Why not act now and start earning extra money from Linkworth right away. Sign up with Linkworth Affiliate Program or become a partner or both today.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Get More Adsense Clicks on a Blogger Blogspot Blog

Today I am going to talk about how to get more Google Adsense clicks on your Blogger blog (Blogspot blog). These are simple and straightforward Blogger tips and Google Adsense tips that will increase your Adsense CTR and thereby help you make extra money from your blog. I will show you how you can make money from Google Adsense just by streamlining your Adsense ads and increasing your Adsense clicks.

If you are just starting out with your Blogger blog (Blogspot blog) you may be under the impression that all you need do is stick a bunch of Google Adsense ads on your blog and you will instantly make money from Google Adsense clicks. Unfortunately there is much more to making money from Adsense. First of all you need traffic and secondly for best results you will need to optimize your Google Adsense ad units on your Blogger blog (Blogspot blog). By optimizing your blog's ads you will increase the Adsense click through rate or Adsense CTR as it is called. And more Adsense clicks means you will earn extra money from Blogger.

Tips to Increase Your Google Adsense CTR on a Blogger Blogspot Blog
Rather than using the Blogger Google Adsense default widgets to place Google Adsense on your blog I would recommend that you create you own Google Adsense ad unit at Google Adsense. That way you can track the success of each individual Google Adsense ad unit you place on your blog by using channels. This will help you pinpoint the Adsense ads that earn money and those that don't.

1. Use the wider Google Adsense ads such as 336x280, 300x250 or 250x250 as these are known to be the best performing ads and will consistency earn money

2. For the highest possible CTR select Google Adsense ad units that display both image and text in the one ad unit.

3. Adjust the Google Adsense ad units fonts to blend with your blog so that the ad unit is integrated rather than looking like an ad. Google Adsense allows the choice of 3 different fonts - Arial, Times Roman and Verdana, or you can go with the standard Adsense font family setting. If you are not sure what font family your blog is using you can check this in the top section of your Blogger template.

4. Match the colors of your Google Adsense ad unit to blend with the pages of your blog. The effect of matching your blogs color scheme will be that the ad units are integrated into your blog and this may encourage readers to click on the links contained in the ads.

If you are concerned about ad blindness you can choose contrasting colors to make your ad stand out. Readers are used to ads and may not even see them at all so presenting ad units in complimentary colors may help your click through rate. Some experimentation on your part will be needed to get the right look and the money earning results for your blog.

5. Rotate your Google Adsense ads regularly as this will reduce the effect of ad blindness or banner blindness as it is sometimes called and help you make cash

6. Know what your blog's keywords are and use them in your content. For instance make money, earn money, making money, making money online are examples of important keywords and phrases for this article. Check out keywords relevant to your Blogger blog at Google Adwords

7. Ensure your Blogger posts are keyword rich so that Adsense has a good basis of Google keywords to draw from. Use this free tool to check your keyword density ratio.

8. The more visible your ad unit the better. By placing your Google Adsense ad unit above the fold, that is the part of your blog that the visitor sees without having to scroll down, the more likely your ad unit will be to make an impact.

9. Placing a Google ads at the bottom of your Blogger posts is a good money making idea I have found. After reading your post your visitor will be wondering where to next so displaying a Google Adsense ad in this location will encourage Adsense clicks by them.

10. A Google Adsense linked ad unit such as a 728x15 can be an effective way to make money from Google Adsense when placed near a navigation menu especially when your ad unit is very closely related to your content.


Summary
In this Adsense tutorial I have explored 10 ways to increase the Adsense CTR (click through rate) of Google Adsense ads that you place on your Blogger blog. If you follow these Adsense tips you are likely to increase the number of Adsense clicks and in turn earn higher Adsense revenue from your Blogger blog (Blogspot blog). If you have time please let me know about your increases in Adsense revenue and Adsense clicks with these simple Adsense tips.


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Monday, March 2, 2009

7 Tips - How to Choose a Great Blogger Blog Topic

Have you chosen a blog topic that is right for you? Lots of people start their Blogger Blogspot blogs without giving much thought to their selection of blog topic. Or the angle on the topic they want to explore. If you want your blog to stand out from the crowd make sure you consider your blog topic carefully.

How to Choose A Good Blog Topic - 7 tips for Begniner and Newbie bloggers and anyone who wants to build a successful blogger blogA good blog topic can make or break a blog. Like some partners some blogs and their owners just don't fit no matter which way you look at it. Make sure before you spend 3 to 6 months of slog to develop your blog that you haven't placed your ladder against the wrong wall.

Here are a few tips that will get you thinking about your Blogger Blogspot blog topic and how important it is to choose the right one for you.

1. Choose a blog topic that you are passionate about
You are going to be writing content about this blog topic for 365 days of the year for at least 2-5 years. For that to work successfully you have to have some passion otherwise the tedium will wear you down.

Conversely if you are really passionate about a topic that passion will shine through in your blog and like a big magnet attract others.

2. Choose a blog topic that interests you not just interests others
Yes you can make money writing about making money but if you aren't interested in money you have a problem. The topic itself may be viable commercially but readers will soon figure out you are in it for the money not the fun. Make sure you are genuinely interested in your blog topic and not just choosing it because it seems to be a hot topic. Don't forget readers are going to want new and fresh content and will not stick around if you are not up to providing it.

Know Your Audience - Choose a Blog Topic that will have a global audience3. Choose a blog topic that has potential for readership
If you choose a more unusual blog topic then you may find you are the only one interested in it. However if you have very little competition you will be able to quickly carve out a niche for your blog. Research your market. Check out forums. Identify if there actually is a gap waiting to be filled. If there are a lot of others writing about the same topic can the market sustain another blog or will it be a hard slog to get traffic. Know your audience.

Attracting visitors and maintaining readership are important factors in ensuring that your blog will generate a steady income stream. If monetization is important to you check your blog's potential for adding relevant ads and affiliate marketing.

4. Know your subject area
How well do you know the subject matter of your chosen blog topic? Readers will quickly assess your knowledge of your blog topic and will expect you to deliver the goods.

If you are passionate but not very knowledgable how will you find the information you need to create new material? Creating content is time consuming and it requires good research skills. Have you got access to the kind of information you are going to need?

As a general rule don't choose a topic you know very little about or you may find yourself floundering once you have exhausted your own ideas.

5. What's your angle? Identify your angle when choosing a blog topic
Knowing your subject is one thing but finding a fresh angle is something else. If you want to create a blog in a subject area that is already heavily populated with other blogs you are likely to be more successful if you can find a good angle that has yet to be exploited. Most information isn't new it is just repackaged. How will you pitch your blog? Check out other blogs and identify what aspects might not be so well covered. Make a list of these and ask yourself if any of these areas has enough scope to sustain a blog by itself.

6. Choose a blog topic with a medium to long shelf life
Your blog topic might be great but will readers be interested in it a year or two down the track? This is particularly true for technology based blogs where products come and go and change happens at a rapid rate. Rethink your idea if your topic may not have long term sustainability. Ask yourself if there is a way to reframe it so that it will be more ongoing rather than of short duration.

7. Clearly define the parameters of your blog topic
Do you know what the parameters of your blog topic are? What you will cover and what you won't? If you don't know what the limits of your blog are others won't know either.

Think carefully about your blog topic and define the parametersIt pays to carefully define these or you run the risk of trying to cover everything and losing your audience because they have no idea what your blog is about. Often the most successful blogs are those that focus on a specialist subject and stick within those guidelines.

Jot down now what your blog actually covers. Include your material and your audience in this. For instance, is your blog for everyone or is it focussed on beginners only like this blog? Deciding this early on will make it easy to pitch your articles in a particular way. If you have no clarity you may find you write good material but it is not pitched to the right audience.

If you have lots of ideas for a blog topic you will need to crystallize these. Jotting down advantages and disadvantages will help you sort the wheat from the chaff. You may find you have several good ideas but select only one of these to concentrate on. Once things are up and running with your first venture you might decide to get cracking on the second idea but prioritize to start with.

Remember that laying the groundwork now will prevent disappointment further down the track. Your idea has a much greater chance of being successful if you spend some time getting clear about what you want from your blog and what you want to achieve. Even if your idea needs a lot of refining the exercise is a great opportunity to put some planning in place and planning your blog as in most things in life is one of the cornerstones of success.

Summary
This article has focused on how to choose a great blog topic for a Blogger Blogspot blog. I have discussed 7 tips to help Blogspot bloggers especially those new to blogging choose a blog topic that will fit with their knowledge base and interests. Finding a good fit with your blog topic is one of the keys to success and worth taking the time to consider carefully. Any thoughts or ideas about this article. Please share them.

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