Michel Fortin Offers Tips on ‘How to make money with blogs’

Michel Fortin made a great post on ‘How to make money with blogs‘, wherein he has summarized some cool ideas about making money with blogs. Here are some of the highlights and take-ways:

  • Don’t blog for money, make money with blogs (go figure)!
  • Anyone can blog and anyone can make money with a blog.
  • Virtually any site can be turned into a blog.

I quote a para from this post which I really loved:

Because the beauty of this process is that people can get a taste of who you are and what you offer (and how people react to you, based on their comments as well as their thoughts expounded on social networking sites when your blog is dugged or del.icio.us’ed), which builds awareness, trust, credibility and, above all, relationships with your subscribers.

Read Michel’s full post here and check out the 7 methods you can make money blogging.

P.S. Michel also uses the Semiologic blogging system 🙂

Add Your Blog to This Squidoo Page: Get FREE Publicity

You might know that I maintain a blogging page on Squidoo, where I discuss stuff about blogging. Squidoo is a prominent Web 2.0 type site and is considered an authority by the leading search engines. That makes a link from a Squidoo page very valuable for the search engine rankings of your blog. Here’s how it will help you…

If you maintain a cool blog on a topic (no casino, drugs, pharmacy, porn, hate stuff please – that will be deleted soon enough), I invite you to add your blog to the list at the bottom of my Rentablogger Squidoo page and get a valuable one-way link to your blog. Once you have submitted your blog, do not forget to vote on your link to make it move higher.

A more popular page will add more value to your link, so you should rate that page by clicking on 4 or 5 stars at the top and by submitting your comments in the feedback section. You are not strictly required to link to the above site, though a link back will be highly appreciated.

To Follow Or Not To Follow

Michel Fortin recently reactivated the old argument on whether to have the "nofollow" tag on the comments, which is the default setting with Wordpress blogs. He has switched to "dofollow", which will pass the Google PageRank to the commentor’s website. This plugin comes built in with the Semiologic blogging system.

I sincerely hope this invites more people to make quality comments on his posts as they are rewarded to make a good post. Spammers beware – he is also using plugins which zap the spam comments even before he gets to see those.

My recommendation:

  1. You must use an anti-spam plugin like Akismet, which stops the spam posts in their tracks and does not even send them for your approval. Otherwise you will get sick soon and end up shutting down the comments feature which will also stop the flow of user comments and feedback – pretty much un-web 2.0 like.
  2. You can consider activating the dofollow plugin if you want to reward those who comment actively and provide feedback.

Semiologic Blogging System – Want A Better Blog?

If you are looking to setup a Wordpress based blog or already have one, check out the Semiologic Blogging system. It has the Wordpress engine but includes several enhancements- a very flexible theme, lots of useful plugins built-in and a highly SEO friendly structure.

I also offer the Semiologic blogging system with an added bonus:
2 hours of customization service free of cost along with a free installation on one domain. Write to me at arun AT ebizindia DOT com with [Rentablogger] in the subject.