Learn from the Best - 5 Blogs to Consider

If your goal is blogging for income, then you have to start somewhere and always be learning what works and doesn't work. The Monetizer is far from an expert and is constantly researching and learning new concepts to use in blogging, promoting and making money online. To stay on top of your game and find new ideas, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the best bloggers and money makers online today.

Here's 5 blogs in particular that the Monetizer enjoys:

Make Money Online with John Chow
1) John Chow -
A very inspirational online money maker, he blogs about the ways you can make money online and provides his monthly earnings each month on his blog. August 2007 income was over $17,000! He also is nearing the 10,000 mark in terms of subscribers to his blog.

Monetizer enjoys Mr. Chow's posts despite a few grammatical/spelling errors here or there and having to look at pictures of various buffet lunch items. Regardless of that, John Chow is making big bucks from blogging and you should study his ways.


Make Mooney Online with John Cow
2) John Cow -
Parodying the big guy, John Chow, is the Cow. They started a blog which slightly mocks the idea of John Chow but still provides readers ways to make money and profit online. Smart guys, because if someone mistypes Johnchow.com, they just might end up at the Cow's blog.

While some say this is a copycat of John Chow's success it's actually creative and entertaining. Written from the perspective of sarcastic cows making "moo-ney", this blog is highly worth your time. It also features a very clever and catchy brand new blog site design as well as constant mention of contests from the Cow and other sites.


Make Money Online with DoshDosh3) DoshDosh - A very stylish and useful blog written with all sorts of great information about making money online, blogging, optimization, social media and productivity. It's got the tools and tips you'll need and is presented in very understandable terms. You'll find yourself returning to its easy to understand nature and helpful resources very often.


Problogger Darren Rowse4) Problogger - Darren Rowse is another one of the top bloggers along with John Chow. In fact Chow, Rowse and Shoe (below) are considered the "Big 3" in blogging for money. These guys make a ton of money and are "full time bloggers", meaning it's their job to blog and they get a solid income from it.

Learn from Rowse, an expert blogger, and gain his unique insights into how the monetized blog can work for you. Rowse covers things such as setting up your blog, tweaking its design/optimization, gaining readers, as well as trends and ideas on how to be a more productive blogger.


Make Money with Shoemoney5)ShoeMoney - Another great blog about blogging, technology and ways to make money. Bookmark this one, which at times goes into other topics such as Mixed Martial Arts and celebrities. Shoemoney offers unique perspectives on blogging, making money online and many other topics. It also includes a stylish and captivating new design.

You'll find a multitude of great ideas and inspiration from the Shoe!


Several of the above bloggers have recently undergone "makeovers" for their blogs and some of the design concepts turned out quite nice. Enjoy them, learn from them, and realize there are a TON of blogs out there about Making Money. Each blog will have different perspectives and ideas of just how it's done, so it makes sense to pull knowledge from as many areas as you can. Consider Chow, Cow, Dosh, Rowse & Shoe because they are amongst the cream of the crop in online money making blogs and will present you some great ideas to get yourself going. Bookmark all 5, get their RSS feeds, and be on your way to being up there with the best. Also consider being a frequent commenter on these heavily traveled blogs, as it just may help bring you more readers.

For honorable mention, here's 3 others you may be interested in checking out:

Super Affiliate ZacJohnson - Includes very good commentary on the blogging world and on what trends he believes will work or not work for making money online.

The Blogging Experiment - This is done by another blogger, Ben Cook, looking to build from the ground up, with some great tips and resources. He also has given himself a year to turn his blog from $0 into a full time income.

kottke.org - This is not really a make money online blog, but he makes money online with the blog :)

Building the Blog Strategies Part 1

The Monetizer Blog is relatively new, and as mentioned before it is fully experimental in nature. There are many bloggers and "gurus" out there who toss a blog or site up blindly and act like they know how to make money. The Monetizer won't lie to you pretending to be a millionaire or Donald Trump. Instead, like most others, The Monetizer is looking to earn online and provide feedback, ideas and commentary on the ways to do it. It's also important to note there are guys online who are getting it right and who have made success, and some even suggest staying away from the "Make Money Online" topic. Monetizer has to disagree.

If you use enough passion, creativity, drive and determination, your blog can be just as or more successful then those top dog bloggers. Blogging or online success isn't achieved easily (unless you already have fame or recognition), and it's highly doubtful any of the gurus got to where they are without a large amount of work put in. The Monetizer relies on information and resources collected through research where else - the world wide web. So buckle up and enjoy this ride. Fresh new ideas can lead you to ideas of your own and then "you will find a path towards success, wealth and happiness" - that was in a fortune cookie once.

Here are some of the current strategies The Monetizer is looking at and using, and you might want to look at integrating these for your own promotion strategies:

- Developing BRAND NEW Squidoo lens page and trying to network, gain traffic, ratings and rankings.

- Building up network of friends with MyBlogLog

- Submitting site to search engines, Blog directories and RSS directories

- Myspace profile and networking

- Using BlogRush widget for potential incoming traffic

- Use of Blogtoplist, a blog network with rankings system

These are just a few of the ideas and campaigns The Monetizer has started working on, and you may consider them for yourself as well. The goal here is to grow this blog from the ground up. This may help others see what works or doesn't work if you're looking for new ideas and inspiration in developing your own blog into a money maker. Set yourself daily goals in terms of your blog or site and it's promotion, and put in that effort daily to make it grow. And remember to enjoy the ride as well as relax from time to time :)

Feel free to leave any strategies you think are effective as well. After all, the internet makes for a great, open exchange of ideas and money making opportunities..

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