How To Make Money Writing Poetry Part 1: Make Money from Your Poetry Blog

Most poets assume that they cannot make money from writing poetry. Thus, they toil away expecting no monetary return for their labor.

However with a little entrepreneurship and creativity you can make money from your poetry. In this hub series I share with you tips on how to make money writing poetry. All of the money making tips outlined in this hub series are free to implement, so basically I will tell you how you can make money for free the only thing you will need to invest is your time and creative energy.

However, time is not really free after all you get paid to go to work and that is how you should think about your poetry if you intend to make money from it. The money making tips outlined in this hub series also involve making money online therefore, you will need access to the internet. In part one of the series I will discuss how to make money blogging and writing poetry.

The other sections of the make money writing poetry series will deal with how to earn money writing poetry on HubPages and Squidoo and how to make money selling poetry products, such as poetry gifts and greeting cards. Right, now that we have the fundamentals out of the way here is part one of the hub series on how to make money writing poetry.

As mentioned previously we are only going to use free resources. If you have money to spare then you may want to start out with a Wordpress blog and pay for hosting. However, if you are short on money then you can set up a poetry blog on Blogger.com which is free of charge.

Most people are scared off from blogging by the technical aspects however, blogger.com is extremely user-friendly and you do not need any HTML skills to use it. They also have an extensive help section. I was able to set up a poetry blog with zero HTML skills so have no fear if you are a technophobe. Now before you rush off to set up your blog you will want to keep a few things in mind:

A common mistake made by many writers is writing about topics that they are passionate about versus writing about popular topics.

While I hate to curtail creative freedom, you will have to keep the popularity of the topic in mind if you intend to make money writing online.

The best way to find out what topics are popular is to use keyword research. Now note that popular is not necessarily equal to profitable, a topic may be popular but have no willing buyers, however, at the very least it will draw traffic to your blog.

In this section I cover very basic keyword research that I have learned from reading a ton of internet marketing e-books and search engine optimization tips. All of the keyword research tools mentioned in this section are free and easy to use.

How to Do Basic Free Keyword Research


1. Free Keyword Research Tools that you can use: 


Google AdWords Keyword tool and Free Keywords Word Tracker. Both of these keyword tools give you search statistics but are also good for giving you ideas for keywords and niches that you may not have thought of.

2. Basic rules of thumb in determining popular search terms/keywords:


There are a number of ways in which people make money blogging. The success and profitability of the money-making method employed depends on the amount and type of visitors that your blog gets. It also depends on your own initiative and marketing skills.

If your blog attracts a low volume of traffic but buying visitors you may want to focus on affiliate marketing and selling your own products versus focusing on Google Adsense. If you have a high traffic blog you may want to include Adsense and even attempt to sell advertising space on your blog.
Once you build up a following for your poetry, you will definitely want to look at creating your own poetry art products (such as poetry books, poetry gifts and greeting cards) and selling them on your blog. Later sections of the make money writing poetry series will cover ways in which you can earn extra income from selling your poetry products.

You must always keep your core audience/market in mind no matter which method you choose to make money blogging. Always think of who the visitors to your blog are, what they would like to read (your blog content) and what they would like to buy or need to buy (the products that you will offer for sale on your blog). Initially you can actually try all of the blog monetization methods outlined below then narrow down to the one which is most profitable for you.

1. Google Adsense: Google Adsense is one of the most popular methods people use to make money blogging. You earn money when people click Google Ads on your blog. You have to apply for a Google Adsense account and once you are approved you can add Google ads to any of your websites or blogs that comply with their policies.

Google Adsense is also one of the ways in which you can make money writing at HubPages (which will be covered in a later section of the make money writing poetry series). Applying for Google Adsense is especially easy if you have a Blogger blog. Make sure you apply after you have a few relevant blog posts.

2. Sell Advertising Space: If you have enough traffic to your blog then you can make money by selling advertising space on your blog. If you are good at sales and have a reasonable target audience then you can approach companies and sell to them advertising space on your blog. You can also put a link in the sidebar of your blog for the sale of advertising space. Please make sure you check the rules for the blogging platform that you are using to see if they allow you to sell advertising space.

3. Sell Your Poetry Books and Poetry Products on Your Blog: You can use your poetry blog to market and sell your poetry books, your poetry products or any other products that you create. Personally, the largest share of my blogging revenue comes from selling my own products and the second largest share from selling affiliate products.

4. Affiliate Marketing Selling Other Peoples Products: You can sell company products or other peoples products and get paid a commission for each sale that you make. You can put links and banners to relevant products in the sidebar of your blog or within your blog posts.

Text links and product images tend to be better for making sales than banners. Once again you want to think about who your readership is and market products that would be relevant to them. Since you are running a poetry blog think of products that people who visit a poetry blog would be interested in. Most people who enjoy poetry love reading, so books are a good bet, they also tend to enjoy art so you may want to sell art as well. Alternatively you may want to focus on affiliate products related to your poetry niche topic.

For example if your blog or blog post is about love poems you may want to market romantic gift products. Here are the links to some good affiliate programs for blogs:

Amazon.com which sells books and just about everything else, and which you can also use to make money on HubPages (which will be covered in a later section of the make money writing poetry series).

Allposters.com has an art affiliate program which enables you to sell poetry related products like art and poetry posters and which also provides you with a source of images for your blog posts. I always post an image when I post a poem, sometimes it is my own art and at other times it is a poster or art print from Allposters.com with a link to buy the poster.

Zazzle.com In a later section of the make money writing poetry series I will discuss how you can use Zazzle.com to create and sell your own poetry art products. However, you can also make money with their affiliate program which enables you to make a commission selling products created by other poets and artists.

Affiliate Networks Last but not least if you want the flexibility of choosing from a variety of affiliate programs then join affiliate networks like LinkShare that allow you to choose from a wide variety of affiliate programs.

That is the conclusion of part one of how to make money writing poetry. Hopefully, you have enough information to start making money from your poetry.

In future sections of the make money writing poetry series I will cover how to make money writing poetry on HubPages and Squidoo and how to make money from poetry art products, poetry gifts and greeting cards.

25 Ways to Get More Traffic to your Blog

As you start to develop your blog, you will come to realize an important fact: you want people to read this thing. In order to gain more readers, you need to actively drive more traffic to your blog on a regular basis.

There are many, many different ways that you can do this.

Here are 25 of them just to get you started:

1. Tell people about it. Word of mouth is the best marketing tool that you have at your disposal so don't be afraid to brag about your blog every chance that you get.

2. Link to your own articles. You can do this within your blog, of course. But also make sure that you are using links to your own work if you do any sort of blog writing for other people. (Of course, make sure that you're allowed to do this.)

3. Use Craigslist. There are dozens of different ways that you can use Craigslist to promote your blog and you should be using every single one of them.

4. Get active on social bookmarking sites. Top ones that I would recommend as a blogger are Mixx and StumbleUpon but there are lots of big and small ones out there to keep you busy. The key here is to choose just a few and then be truly active on them on a regular basis. This gives you more credibility on the site and drives more traffic to your blog.

5. Visit the blogs of other people who write on similar topics and leave thoughtful comments there. Include your blog link in the "website" section of the comment form and people will start turning up on your blog.

6. Add a link to the blog on all of your social networking profiles. If you're on Facebook or LinkedIn, you should make sure people can find your blog there.

7. Add a link to the blog on your email signature. Also add a link to a specific post that you like.

8. Business cards. Every blogger should have business cards and should hand them out liberally. Very few do.

9. Issue a press release. Figure out what makes your blog special and then issue a press release about it. If you're really serious, you might hire someone to write and spread the press release for you.

10. Do a giveaway. You can advertise on the blogs of others that you're doing a giveaway on your own blog. For example, you have CDs laying around that you don't want so hold a contest and announce it on a bunch of music blogs.

11. Give away your writing. Do guest blogging on the sites of others. Offer to write one article per month for a site that you like in exchange for a link. Alternatively, you can publish articles on sites like this one which may provide you revenue income but which are also a tool for promoting your own blog.

12. Have a link love post each week. These are posts that many bloggers are doing these days which are simply lists of some of the other posts that they are reading around the web. People like this because it's a great resource for them to start learning about other blogs with similar topics. And you get the immediate attention of the people that you are linking to.

13. Use promotional items. Bloggers need to learn some of the basic marketing skills that salespeople use. Get pens or coffee mugs or whatever else you'd like to give away and have them imprinted with your blog URL. Try to come up with a cute saying or slogan that says what your blog is about to go along with it. Then give them away like crazy.

14. Create a newsletter. You can probably find the time to do a short little monthly newsletter about yourself. Include information about your blog and your favorite posts as well as some of your goals for the next month. Send this out as an e-newsletter or a print newsletter to everyone on your contact list. This will help them feel closer to you personally and that's sure to make them more loyal to your blog.

15. Tell Technorati that you're around. You should sign up with Technorati and then make use of Technorati tags in your posts.

16. Understand Google. Google is the search engine that everyone is using these days so you should make sure that you understand how it works. There are lots of articles out there that you can read to get a better understand of keyword use, linking rules and page rank.

17. Submit your blog to directories.

18. Add a link to the blog on your bio. There are many different places where you will publish your bio over the years. Make sure that you include that link so people from all of those places can find your blog.

19. Linkbaiting. There are many aspects of this but the basic idea of link baiting is that you write a controversial topic and then include links in it to people that are likely to disagree with you. You have to be able to stand the heat if you're going to do this but controversy is always a great way to get attention and attention is what you want.

20. Write an eBook. If you know enough to blog about a topic then you know enough to write an eBook. It will take a little bit of time but then you can promote it through different channels where you can't promote a blog. Include your link on all of that promotional material and people will turn up on your blog.

21. Make sure that you are regularly reading up about new blog promotion tools and resources for bloggers.

22. Create a video about your topic. You can film a short video that explains an aspect of your blog topic and upload it to YouTube. Humorous videos are best because people like them. Make sure that you include your blog URL on the video as well as on your YouTube profile.

23. Attend blogging events. There are social media and blogging conferences cropping up all over the place these days. Other bloggers are your best readers so start getting out there and meeting them.

24. Hold your own event for bloggers. Start advertising in your area that you're putting together a coffee-and-conversation night for bloggers to talk about blogging. The more people that attend, the more traffic you're going to get.

25. Provide content that people want to talk about. Ultimately, traffic really does spread through word of mouth. If you have good content then people will start helping you to spread the word.
These are all great ways to start driving traffic to your blog. However, the best way is to get creative and do some sort of blog promotion that no one else is doing yet. Anything that gets you attention is going to get you traffic.

How to Get More People to See My Blog

If you are spending the time writing a blog you will want as many people as possible to read it. There are a lot of ways to bring more visitors into your blog.

They are all pretty easy to do. I can already tell that you want me to tell you how to get more traffic to my blog that I am writing. I will give you five tips to bring the masses in.

Write lots of articles.


The more articles you write the more people will want to visit your blog this is tip number one. Don't just write but write about things that people care about and value in their lives. Not only should you include a link to your blogs at the end of your articles but also try to use many keywords when writing. By doing this you will get many more people reading your articles and having the back link to your blog and your rank will go up and up with the search engines.

Put some videos online.


When you are trying to get more traffic to your blog make a video about what the blog is about, this is tip two. YouTube is an easy way to post your video. Having both the articles and the video will give you twice the amount of sight on the web and you can be guaranteed that videos are seen. When you do your bio for YouTube make sure you include the link to your blog.

Make use of your social networking pages.


Here is tip number three you can use all your social networks to bring in more interested visitors to your blog. Your sites can include My Space, Twitter and even Face Book. Make sure that the page you make has good content in it that people will be interested in. Don't forget to include your link back to your blog on every page you make.

The use of forums.


Forums are a great way to generate even more traffic to the blog. The forum you join should be about what your blog is about. Visit the forums often and add good postings. By also including your blog link in your forum signature this will draw in more people to see what you have to say. This is tip number four.

Don't forget to bookmark everything.


At last number five, always bookmark everything you do to get people over to your blog. Go to all the major social bookmarking sites and enter all your content that you have put onto the Internet, don't leave anything out. Not only will your search engine rank go up by giving you more back links you will get visitors directly coming from these bookmarking sites.

Now you have your answer to your question how do I get more traffic to my blog and it was given to you in five simple steps. The five include articles, videos, social networking, forums and bookmarking everything you do. By using these five tips more reader will come to your blog and your blog will gain more and more success.

Good Luck!

How to Write About Controversial Subjects

Certainly debate is healthy for the reader as well as the writer.

Opening a larger image of the subject at hand, a person may be able to reflect on anothers point of view.

Personal experience is very helpful when it comes to writing about topics that are controversial.
Thought provoking articles are popular, and timely articles are crucial to get the audience.
How does one write about controversial topics effectively? Number one answer in writing about contentious subjects is to be sensitive.
Controversy is complex in nature. Being objective and keeping a broad view of the subject is also important.

Seeing both sides of the story are key, however one may be swayed towards one direction or another.
In writing about controversy it is imperative to keep it focused. Going off in another direction will only confuse the reader.

There are many subjects that are considered off-limits. These are some of the highest forms of controversies.

Talking about things like abortion or pro-life can bring out the extremists. Sparking the radicals and activists who have a lot to say about this or may have a huge stake in the outcomes can be pretty harsh.

Supporters of one over the other have been largely debated for years.

Picketing outside of abortion centers is common. Many of these protestors want to get their message out and will do almost anything to get the attention of the media. This may be one of the highest controversial subjects in society today.

To write about this matter, knowledge is important. Understanding both sides of the matter and then writing with clear sensitivity towards this subject is crucial. A writer may get caught up in the middle of huge controversy if their article is hugely favored in one area or another.

This is a personal decision on many counts so a writer cannot let unbiased opinions get in the way.
It is also important to remember that controversy of this nature is subjective so a writer should not take the comments personally.

It has been said to stay away from religion and politics.
Probably the largest areas of controversy, these two subject matters have the most highly opinionated and biased viewpoints.

In politics, there are the left wing individuals, the democrats, the republicans, and those who dont really care at all. All of these groups have a lot to say when it comes to the politicians.
There is little respect when it comes to political bashing. Writing about politics can bring out the nasty comments. Those hateful speeches and rants about a person in office can cause defamation of character.

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to politics. Sensitivity and awareness is the essential ingredient in talking about this subject matter.

Timely articles and opinionated articles will bring out the most views but may also bring in some heated discussions.

Bashing religions such as Christianity has become commonplace in todays world religions.
There are so many religions today and everyone believes their religion is the right one.
Writing about religion is a take-it-or-leave-it kind of subject.

For the reader, if the writing is about a faith they dont believe in, they may choose not to read it at all. On the other hand, a reader may want to comment on another faith in order to spark some controversy.

The religion topics bring out all sorts of individuals from the radicals to the insufferable.
The Muslim religion is another faith that gets attacked in so many ways. What a terrorist group did on September 11, 2001 was horrendous. To use that incident as a way to voice their faith was atrocious. These were extremists and terrorists, thats it. Today Muslims now have been categorized unfairly and that causes extreme hatred.

Writing about religion requires a levelheaded aspect of personal opinion. Caution is a key element because at the end of the day, faith is a personal choice.

Whatever a writer says or doesnt say may not make a bit of difference to the reader.
Every person alive today has some sort of belief in something. They may either believe in God or they dont, they may choose to ignore religion or have many questions. Others may just be sitting on the fence wondering what its all about.

The pendulum of faith sways in either direction on this highly controversial subject matter.
There are no step by step instructions of writing scandalous topics here, only viewpoints.
Subjective matter and observations in writing about articles that create controversy is all relative.

Here are 10 points to consider.


  • To write unbiased articles, personal viewpoints have to be put to the wayside.
  • If a writer wants controversy, they may choose a subject matter like those mentioned and bring in personal opinions.
  • It is best if a writer stays on topic when righting about controversy.
  • Keeping the readers attention and focusing on the results, such as what is the writers objective? Is the article a personal piece, a timely news report, or a persuasion article? Keep this in mind when writing and be prepared.
  • Know your subject matter and understand the controversy.
  • A reader may choose to skip the article, comment on it, or ignore it all together. That is their choice. However no writer is to be abused. Hateful bashing and extreme prejudicial comments should be in restraint. Malicious behavior is not acceptable and no reader or writer has a right to hurt or injure another.
  • Readers may be offended or upset with a controversial topic written but this does not constitute offensive language or abusive behavior in any way or form. In this case, the writer has the right to denounce or deny the comments.
  • Whatever a writer decides in writing about controversy, this subject matter will cause serious debates.
  • Extreme sensitivity to the issues is needed because personal opinions are subjective.
  • That is the joy in freedom of speech.
  • It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, youll do things differently.  Warren Buffett