Can you describe the characteristics of a successful blog? One important characteristic of a successful blog is a large group of regular readers, blogs that make a lot of money have a lot of readers so a focus on obtaining readers is imperative. Methods for obtaining readers are numerous, for the record however, only a few of these will work to grow the readership that you desire.

In case you didn't know by now, you need a blog to elevate your online presence to the next level. Having a blog, it should be plain to see, will be a plus in enabling the growth of your business. There is also an old saying in the internet world, "the money is in the list", so a second key component to earning money with your blog, is to work on growing your list.

It could take some time to build this up from scratch or you can pay for advertising and set up a capture page to get users to subscribe to your blog. Of the two methods, I prefer to use the first option, building a list from scratch. With this you are using free advertising. If you think its impossible to build a following from scratch, then you need to think again.

Internet marketing is in itself difficult, and building a successful blog may be even harder. Ample daily traffic is an indication of a popular blog, you should not be easily discouraged if your blog does not have traffic yet. You want to become an expert in your niche, and the creation of successful blogs is necessary to attain that status. Once you have earned credibility, it becomes easier to sell the products and services you offer.

No matter how you monetize your site, you need a lot of subscribers to make it a success. If you have Google AdSense on your blog, you should know that you will get a lot of clicks, but to repeatedly see the numbers rise in your favor, you need a following of people who will visit your blog on a daily basis. To succeed you need the subscriber base.

I mentioned earlier, that successful blogs require a lot of traffic. This is important because without a lot of traffic you're dead in the water. Marketing 101 precepts include the requirement for a lot of traffic, without it you will not survive in the internet marketing world. There are virtually hundreds of traffic driving methods available, but only a few are worthwile. You should stick with the free methods as a beginner, as your cash flow may not support paid advertising campaigns.

Video advertising is one of the best forms of free advertising. You can create videos from 3 - 5 minutes long, and submit to various high traffic sites, such as Youtube, Metacfe and Google video. Sites such as YouTube, Metacafe, and Google Video are all popular sites and get a lot of traffic to them on a daily basis. These sites receive a great deal of traffic on a daily basis, and that may stand to benefit you.

You can also get a lot of traffic by article marketing. Simply write up 300-500 word articles and submit them to the top article directories.

( -EzineAricles.com)
(- ArticleDashboard.com)
(- ArticlesBase.com)
(- GoArticles.com)
(- IdeaMarketers.com)

All of these sites can deliver a ton of hits to your blog. You will want to write on topics that are related to your blog so that you can get targeted visitors. The article directories will drive search engine traffic, and you can get traffic from other websites as well, when their webmaster's use your material as relevant content for their sites.

There is also an opportunity to drive free traffic with forum marketing. Simply sign up to forums in your marketplace and post helpful messages. Your advertising message is placed in your signature, as a text link to your website, the proper place in this type of venue.

All of these components are included in successful blogs. A successful blog will result from following the tips in this article.

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Author's Bio: 

EliKen is a company formed by Husband/Wife team, Kenneth Ford and Eliene Teixeira dos Santos. They became involved in internet marketing, through the process of learning to drive traffic to Kenneth's Insurance sites. For More information, visit them at EiKen Marketing