How to Use Blogs to Increase Your Online Income

In spite of the fact that I have my own blog and blog for clients, there are very few blogs that I read on a regular basis. As a busy freelance writer, I simply don’t have the time.

When I visit some blogs and they have a long list of “favorited” blogs, I think to myself, “How in the world can they keep up with all those blogs?” Even trying to keep up with a few is time-consuming for me.

So, what does all this have to do with using blogs to grow your online income? Quite simply this: information overload. I read a few blogs – and implement as much of what those blogs tell me – as I possibly can.

You see, it’s not in the reading of information that grows your income, it’s the implementation of the ideas you read about on blogs that increases your online income.

How to Choose Blogs That Will Increase Your Online Income

There are a few blogs that come to mind immediately when you think of making money online – especially with blogs — eg, ProBlogger.net, JohnChow.com and ShoeMoney.com. Blogs like these are what I call “foundational blogs,” for they are good sources of honest, hard-hitting information from those who have actually – well, made money online from their blogs.

A lot of bloggers will try to tell you how to make money blogging, but many of them have never actually succeeded beyond a certain point.

Rule #1 How to Choose Blogs That Will Increase Your Online Income

So rule number one in choosing blogs that will increase your online income is read the blogs of those who’ve actually done what you want to do. If they haven’t done it themselves, how can they tell you how to? I’m amazed at the number of blogs like this.

Rule #2 How to Choose Blogs That Will Increase Your Online Income

Rule number two is – where possible – choose blogs written by those who are in your niche. This is important because while there are some fundamental rules for making money online that cut across niches, there are some tweaks that certain niches may call for.

Rule #3 How to Choose Blogs That Will Increase Your Online Income

Rule number three is choose blogs that have an active community – eg, lots of comments, a forum, etc. This is important because many times, it’s the comments left by others that give you golden nuggets of information that may not have been covered in the actual post.

Conclusion to How to Choose Blogs That Will Increase Your Online Income

There are only so many hours in a day. And, I find that many who want to make money online spend so much time surfing, reading and interacting on social media sites that they never get around to the number one rule of making money – online or off – ACTION!

You can talk about it, research it and plan for it until the cows come home. BUT, you will never make money online until you actually start doing it. And that means knowing when to turn off the information faucet, and turn on the entrepreneurial faucet (ie, take action).

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