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Then I use a parse my rss feed to the homepage (static) to keep the homepage fresh.
I like to blog about time sensative topics and or hobbies I am intrested in. I have a blog for halloween, the tour de france, cooking and others.
Like any other webpage marketing it is just about understanding what people are searching for and giving them what they want.
I have been testing out various ad programs for revenue... so far the best I can do is adsense. Some sites however can do well with affiliate programs is your can get around google and how they now like to penalize sites with aff links.
I personally use wordpress on host my own sites, it takes a lot of work to get a site ranking but once it does your in the money. I am closing in on 3k a month from google, nothing to write home about however I have increased my earnings now for three months in a row.
July should be off the hook with the tour and then I have halloween.... after that I have my next niche picked out and will start launching that.
I think the most important aspects are understand what people are search for and creating pages based on those terms.
Also writing about stuff your passionate about ... that helps keep you going for the first 6 months with no income.
1) Be in a really hot or profitable niche
2) Have at least one huge blog that draws a ton of traffic
3) Have a whole network of topics and just go for the 80/20 rule and see what fits.
One thing that my non-blogging webmaster friends never seemed to understand, is that software like WordPress is basically a well-oiled static website creating, SEO-friendly machine.
In many ways, a "blog" vs. a "website" is just semantics. You can use blogging software to create static websites and vise versa.
One thing I will recommend is that you stick to your passions.
We've tried playing the "high-paying" keyword game in our blog network and have been sorely disappointed for the most part. (The blogs that we are passionate about have done much better, despite lower paying keywords in theory!)
Definatly stick with topics your passionate about, it just takes too long to see any type of money for any new site or blog. If your passionate you will be able to hang on better as your getting your new site/blog established.
Good luck, good resource site in my profile ....
If you want to make money, then first you have to have something unique to say.
Why SHOULD anyone read your work?
Go for quality and the rest will follow.
You would put up banners or text on your site, advertising CJ's clients and earn commissions per sale.