When it comes to useful and fun Web 2.0 applications, blogging is at the top of the list. With free hosting services available through Blogspot and Wordpress, anyone can create a blog on almost any topic. In addition, the blogging format makes it very easy to include affiliate links that people will be drawn to click on.
Today, many bloggers are combining their blogs with a number of different pay-per-click marketers. Consider that blogs are indexed by search engines in a matter of hours, much as Ebay listings are. This can give you enormous opportunities to get your products into the top ten matches returned by search engines. In addition, you may be able to make money based on every link that is clicked on your site.
Even though Adsense is the most popular pay-per-click marketing network, there are some others that can help bloggers make a profit. In particular, Amazon.com's affiliate program can make marketing unobtrusive and highly successful. All a blogger will really need to do is mention a book, and attach an affiliate link to the name of it. As viewers come to the site, they are likely to click on the link. Once they are at the Amazon location, they may buy the book. This, in turn, will result in a commission for the blog owner.
As a blogger, you may well develop a following of loyal readers. One has only to consider the enormous success of bloggers like Riverbend to recognize the marketing potential available. Aside from being an ideal place to market your own products, you may even be able to gain a residual income from sales made by other businesses.
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