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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Can You Earn An Honest Living on the Internet Pt I - A Fool And His Net Dollars Are Soon Parted

For the past year, I've been steadily researching various opportunities for earning an income via the Internet, as well as studying how to increase web traffic. I am far from finished my research, but I have a few conclusions. One conclusion is that the old saying "a fool and his money are soon parted" must hold true on the Internet, or else there wouldn't be so many profitable scams.

Scams aside, however, blogging does appear to be one way to earn an Internet living (http://www.problogger.net), via contextual advertising revenues. I don't want to get too deep into the details, but because of how blog pages are structured (constantly changing main page, plus a dedicated page per posting), blogs have an advantage over regular websites in the search engines. I've had at least a few newsletter emails from "web marketing gurus" saying that this isn't true. But they were unable to explain why. My experience as as search engine webmaster, as well as a "professional blogger", says otherwise.

Remember, though, that a blog has to have good, focused content. Don't waste your time buying software that generates "1000s of web pages in just a few hours" by "scraping" other websites' RSS/Atom "web syndication" feeds. It's a waste of time, and the search engines will penalize you if your pages get posted too rapidly. If you can't/don't want to write, go to a site like EZineArticles (http://www.ezinearticles.com) and use the copyright-free content there. (Longer articles aren't always suitable for blog posts, and you cannot serialize these articles. So if writing isn't your thing, you should probably look for other opportunities.)

But in the interim, while you're waiting for your blog traffic to increase (http://blogspinner.blogspot.com/2005/10/search-engine-referral-win_112931821898454016.html) so you can earn a living from ad revenue, consider writing an e-book (part II).

(c) Copyright 2005-present, Raj Kumar Dash, http://blogspinner.blogspot.com

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