Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Birth of a Professional Blog by Terry Philpott

The 3 main ingredients needed to build a successful professional blog are the ability to supply quality content, the need to develop and maintain a base of loyal readers, and offering quality products.

Working together these 3 components can create a steady and significant online income for the right individual.

What does it take to for an aspiring internet marketer to create and maintain a money making blog such as this?

Let's take a look at the 3 key components needed to be a successful professional blogger:

Quality Content

The origin of any popular blog is the quality of content posted to it. Whether your posts are shocking, interesting, or informative, you need to gain the attention and then the approval of new visitors with content that appeals to them. By doing so you've increase the chances of them returning. Another important aspect of your content appeal is its ability to motivate visitors to recommend your site to others. This 'viral' effect will help boost traffic to your blog and hopefully the recommendations will continue to spiral upward from that point forward.

Maintaining Reader Loyalty

First and foremost the content of the blog must remain consistent with the original theme or purpose for which the site was created. To deviate from the original purpose of the blog would create confusion and disillusionment amongst the readers. This would eventually lead to a decrease in the subscription base.

The content now needs to supply ongoing value to readers. The heart and soul of any blog is the ability to provide useful, thought provoking, entertaining, insightful, or informative content to its readers. Failure to provide this will reduce the reader's loyalty or discourage them from further recommending your blog to others.

Quality Products

Now that you're maintaining reader loyalty and attracting a growing subscriber base we can make a couple assumptions here.

1) Your readers have an interest in the theme upon which your blog is based

2) You command a certain respect from your readers pertaining to your knowledge of the blog's subject matter.

It is at this point that you can passively start to make recommendations to your readers on particular products that would fit their needs or interest.

The way you introduce your passive promoting is up to you. It can be in the form of a post that reviews a particular product, a post where the subject may naturally lead into a product referral, or even banner ads.

Take caution here not to crowd your blog with advertisements or hammer your readers with sales pitches. Remember they originally subscribed just for your content and not to be sold anything.

In order to build a successful professional blog you'll need to maintain your consistency with the reader base. Continue to supply them with the content they desire while offering to them helpful products using a soft sell approach. You've worked too hard to gain their loyalty just to drive them away with your 'overselling' them!

T.J Philpott is an author and Internet entrepreneur based out of North Carolina.

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