I've been asking myself this very question for the last 5 years! I started a very small blog back in the winter of '06, just to test the waters of what this blogging thing was all about!
I didn't make 3 cents on it. Actually I made 2 cents from adsense ad that google, (from here on known as the Big Brother G,) posted on my page! LOL!
I think this is the way we all get started! We think-- well if that guru and that lady in her robe can do it, than why not me! I'm intelligent! I've got things to talk about! I can write them all down and it'll be the gravy train all the way to the bank!
And then a year passes and you look at your analytics day in and day out and you see the 2 cents. How depressing!?!
So in the next 4 years, I ran thru the blogosphere looking for answers. WHO is teaching this stuff??? WHO is NOT asking me to buy a 45 page report for 27 dollars or to download software that will "BRING IN ALL THE TRAFFIC IN THE UNIVERSE!" for the small price of 97 bucks!? UGHHH! How many times haven't we all gotten sucked into these long drawn out videos that promise the truth and then ask you pay for the info!?
"What is the answer Bloggie Momma?"
"How do we REALLY MAKE MONEY?"
I'll tell you this-- I don't have all the answers. And I don't charge for sharing the knowledge! I may be ticking some people off but guess what if your rolling in those 97GAZILLION dollars that you profess to have made in 3 seconds flat on clickbank...then you really don't know that I even exsist! :P
Here's the low down for the rest of you who want REAL information.
GOOD AFFILIATE PRODUCTS--
Linking is King and Traffic is Queen in this equation. If you don't link, Big Brother G doesn't find you and doesn't like you! And if you don't get people to see you then Big Brother G doesn't see you either!
So what do you do...link to your heart's content! If you've noticed in this post....I have no links! So, I'm going to rely on good ol'fashion driving of the traffic! (More on this later, I promise!)
TONIGHT'S CHALLENGE-- LINK. Look at your last blog post. Do you see at least 5 to 9 links in one post? No? GO fix that! (Don't rely on CONTEXTWEB to do the linking for you! That's just cheating! ;)
See you tomorrow for the Traffic lesson!