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Posts Tagged ‘Tips’

7 ways to encourage your readers to comment on your blog

By Mohnish On November 20, 2008 17 Comments

Your going on making blog posts.. but who is really reading them? If your readers do not comment on your blog, you could probably use the following ways to encourage them to comment:

1) The 1st thing is to ask your readers to comment. Ask your readers to give their suggestions/opinions on how to make your blog better. Trust me, this helps! 😉

2) Run contests? You could probably run a small contest with a $10 prize for a week for the top commentator of your blog. But don’t expect them to come back.. If your running a contest and giving out an ebook or maybe a T-Shirt with your blogs logo on it? That would be better, I suppose.

3) You could probably comment 1st – “I forgot to mention…”

4) Making your blog DO FOLLOW is a good way to encourage your readers to comment 🙂

5) Adding the top commentators widget on the sidebar is another amazing way of getting comments on your blog. This encourages the readers to get a free back link on every page of your blog(just like the blogroll) without spending a dime 😉

6) Quality content speaks!

If your posting videos, make sure you do something funny or ask a question before ending the video. That gives your readers another reason to comment 😀

Inspiration: InfectedbyBugs.com

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Making Money Online is About Getting Big (and Not About Jamming Ads on Your Website)

By Mohnish On August 6, 2008 1 Comment

I see this far too often:

  • Guy reads on some blog or website that it is possible to work from home and make thousands of dollars from the Internet.
  • Guy gets excited and creates a website or blog.
  • Guy starts getting some traffic, and right after he jams his website with all kinds of ads. CPM banners, 125×125 buttons, Google Adsense, Kontera and so on.
  • Guy wonders how come he is just making $100 monthly after a lot of hard work

When I come across those small websites hammered with ads I get the impression that the owner is trying to milk every last penny out of the visitors that are coming there, instead of trying to grow the site itself.

Sure depending on your luck and skill you might end up making a couple of hundred dollars every month. But is that what you are aiming for? Even if you manage to reach $1,000 monthly. Is that your ultimate goal?

The problem with this approach is twofold. First of all when you pack your website with ads all over the place, you will damage your reputation. Some readers will think that you are just trying to make a quick buck, and they will probably never return.

Secondly, when you try to make as much money as possible from a website that is not even getting 1,000 uniques a day, you automatically start with the wrong mindset. You adjust your goals accordingly, probably limiting your growth potential.

Now you might ask: “what about sites like TechCrunch or Mashable that also have ads all over the place?”

Well, those websites already have a very big audience, and huge credibility on the market. Once you are at that stage, you probably can pull off an ad-heavy layout without facing too many problems. But I am sure that when Michael Arrington started TechCrunch his main goal was to make the blog an authority on its niche, and not to squeeze money out of his early visitors.

Note that even those large websites never blend ads with the content, or use intrusive forms of advertising like pop-ups and in-text ads.

The takeaway message is: if you want to make money online, aim to get big and credible first, and then monetize it.