Bloggernoob is still a tiny blog, but i think i grew this blog to where my little noob images gets recognition. I would even go far as to say that bloggernoob is becoming an established “make money online” blog. The Noob is becoming popular. Popularity is important because it creates the illusion of credibility. A popular blog could brand him or herself as an expert and charge ridiculous fees for consultations or SEO advice. A popular blog can get paid (bigtime) by selling ad space on his blog. Even if the blog is god aweful, a popular blogger can make money online. I’ll list some things that i did to get bloggernoob up with the popular blogs.
Create a logo. Images are key to creating a recognizable brand. If your header only has text in it, you better change that up fast. I use an ugly and rather creepy baby image to brand my blog. The “Noob” was my elementary attempt at creating an image for this blog. The baby sucking on his finger in front of a computer can be seen on a lot of blogs. It’s ugly, creepy, and rather unprofessional. But, it’s very memorable. You can hate on it all you want, but once you see this image, you’ll think “bloggernoob dot com.” Even if you lack the computer graphics skill (like me) you can brand your site with some sort of image. Make a collage. Scribble on a freebie paint program. Do whatever you can do to create an image.
Advertise! Our modern world is filled with advertisements. We see it everywhere. I can’t even eat a banana without seeing a Nike ad stuck to my delicious yellow fruit. Remember what i said about not paying for stuff when you’re starting out. This step should be taken after you feel more comfortable about making money online. If you still have trouble making $10 a day with your blog, don’t buy ads. If you are starting to show some profits, market the hell out of your blog. Buy cheap and sell high. This doesn’t just apply to the stock market. The whole point is to buy cheap ads to promote your blog. This will help you establish yourself in your niche. Once you get established and traffic starts rolling in, you can actually sell over-priced ads on your site instead of just pretending to sell ads.
Network. When you’re a newbie, nobody will give you the time of day. You’re forced to beg for link trades. Don’t lose hope tho. You’ll start meeting other newbs just like you. You guys will form a reality tv like alliance. In time, the blogs in this “newb” alliance will get PR. And you guys can start helping each other grow bigger and bigger. Don’t waste your time sucking up to the big guys. Don’t read those useless blogs. Visit lowly blogs that are similar to yours. Leave useful comments and email those bloggers. Build a relationship with them. You scratch their backs and they’ll scratch you right back. If you don’t know where to find other noobs, join entrecard and blogcatalog. There are a whole bunch of noobs on both sites. Also, be active in a lot of web forums.
Show some bling! I mentioned many times how stupid we all are. We like glitz and glamour. We don’t want to be practical. We don’t want to judge people or blogs by what’s inside either. We want things that look shinny and pretty. In my book, we’re all a bunch of rednecks and gangsta rappers. We love bling so much that we even pimp out our piece of shit cars. So, if you want to get attention, you have to flash some cash. Give away a lot of free stuff. Brag about how much money you make (income reports). Be realistic tho. If you claim to make tens of thousands of dollars, nobody will believe you. Take pictures of checks you receive from you affiliate networks. Cover your ugly face with it and show it to the world. These methods work for some of the most popular MMO bloggers.
Make friends. When you are trying to make money online, you have to run it like a small business. Small businesses are facing tough times. I know cause i own several small businesses. We can’t compete in price or volume. So, the only thing that we can do is offer great customer service. With blogging, this means that you have to treat all of your readers with respect. You have to try to make friends. You can’t try to sell every ad or link. In the early stages, you have to give them away for free to your friends. Mega blogs don’t need to be nice. They don’t have to answer emails or reply to comments. They can do this cause they receive a lot of traffic regardless.
This post is getting too long so i’ll stop here for now. I’ve listed some general info here but if you want specifics, leave me a comment below and i’ll be sure to address them. Noob out!