• Dreamhost Banner Ad

Advice to Someone Starting A New Blog

From time to time, I receive e-mails from my readers asking me for advice. Since I’m a little busy nowadays and I can’t respond to your e-mail as fast as I like, I’ll just post some of the queries here and some of my advice so that other readers will also learn from it.

This e-mail was sent to me by a reader:

hi! i know you’re busy but just the same, i’d like to ask for some tips. i used to have a blogger blog then went to private blogging for personal reasons. however, i’m inspired by how much you were able to earn through blogging.

i’m starting from scratch now, and i made a new website. it’s barely a month old, and i hope you can help me earn from it as well.

my initial plan was to continue blogging until i’m qualified enough to be paid per post, but i sure could benefit from stuff that you know.

Thanks! 🙂

Here’s my reply:


Thanks for contacting me.

I don’t make money online thru paid posting. Though it’s quite tempting coz medyo malaki yung pay-out, I don’t like the idea that if I don’t make a post, I don’t earn money. 🙂

My way of making money online is by hijacking keywords thru SEO. Medyo magulo, but let me explain thru example.

I just research on keywords na malimit isearch sa Google, do some SEO (search engine optimization) stuff on it, wait for the visitors to come and earn thru Google Adsense. An example keyword: friendster skin.

If you search friendster skin on Google, you’ll see one of my blog post on the first page of their search results. Araw-araw, maraming nagsesearch nyan. Kaya araw-araw, kahit wala akong bagong post, may mga bagong visitors ako na naghahanap ng friendster skins. Araw-araw, basta may magclick nung Google Adsense sa post na yun, kumikita ako.

So far, I already have hundreds of keywords hijacked, sending my blog at least 2000 visitors a day. Dyan ako kumikita. I’m not active on paid reviews, kahit wala akong post for a week, tuloy ang kita, coz of the visitors na nagsesearch sa Google where my blog posts ranks on the first page.

Now, siguro, nagtatanong ka. Paano mag-umpisa?

First, you have to make sure that your blog is search engine friendly. This is called onpage optimization. Here’s my post about it.

Second, you need to properly position your Google Adsense ads. Here’s my post about ad placement.

Third, you need to research for keywords to optimize. Here’s my blog post about it.

Fourth, you need to get links to your blog post. The more incoming links, the more your blog post will rank on search engines kasi. Here’s my post about it.

Pagkatapos nyan, just rinse and repeat. Target a keyword every week, continue link building and watch your Adsense earnings grow every day. The result is not that great on the first 3 to 6 months, but once your target keywords started occupying the first pages of the search engines, tuloy tuloy na ang kita. Kahit wala kang bagong post, tuloy tuloy ang dating ng visitors.

Here’s a complete SEO guide which I followed nung nag-uumpisa pa lang ako. Hope this helps.

These are just my advice based on my experience. My experience might be different from yours. If you have something to add, subtract, divide or multiply, comment on!

P.S. Someone is having a writing contest. Click here if you want to win some dollars. 😉

Marhgil Macuha

Marhgil Macuha is a Computer Engineering graduate of Batangas State University. He is currently a Senior Solutions Developer at a Canadian IT company.


  1. great tips 😀 kaya umaapaw ang traffic ng blog na to 🙂

  2. Aba, ibinigay ang link ng free SEO ebook. Hindi na kailangang mag-subscribe para “macuha”. 😀

    Anyway, ako rin, maraming emails na nakukuha about blogging at kung paano kumita dito. Pasensha na Marhgil kasi isang sentence lang lagi ang sagot ko sa kanila:

    “Go to macuha.com and ask Marhgil because he’s the right man to ask about that.”

    Hehhe. Great post!

  3. Great tips! patience is the key.. thanks for this.

  4. Coming from the prince of SEO of the pHilippines… ano pa ang hahanapin mo?

  5. Mwahahahaha! 👿 baka maging criminal na ako niyan sa tip na yan. (Hijacker)

  6. wahhhhh.. Prinsipe ka na ngayun 🙂 nice one here.. heheheh.. dami tips

  7. Ang galing..thanks sa info..Still $cents per day pa rin ang earnings ko..hope to earn as you do…

  8. the best talaga ang blog mo bossing ,basta SEO, traffic generation.. and money making tricks 🙂

  9. hey would just like to plug (if it’s ok):
    UP CAST together with UP Babaylan, invites you to a special screening of the WORLD PREMIER of an independent Filipino PSYCO-DRAMA film, “LATAK” by Jowee Morrel at the UP Film Institute on AUGUST 21, 2008 at 7:00 in the evening.


    When a young director Andrew Locsin discovers the cruel betrayal of his lover and friends, his vice triggers a destructive entanglement of his dark past. An ordeal that was haunting his unconciousness and graphic memories surface. Thrown into a mix of spine-chilling hallucinations and paranoia he comes face to face with the mysterious ghost of a mother and a girl. With no one to trust, the demons in his nightmares appear in his fight for survival in a horrifying doomed reality. Extracted from tumultuous true to life events, the film will take you into the dark side of grim reality.

    tickets @ 100
    contact: huse @09166520990
    link for more info: http://chador.multiply.com/journal/item/121/watch_the_WORLD_PRMIERE_of_LA

  10. I’ve been optimizing for some keywords right now pero wala pa rin ako sa top ng seach results..e-extend ko nalang pasensya ko dito baka in the end makikita ko end result nitong pagsisikap ko. I’m still averaging 1-2 dollars a day medyo mahina pa rin blogs ko pero its ok kaysa naman wala akong kita.:)

  11. Mind if I ask what tool are you using to get find those high rated keywords? Your help is highly appreciated.

  12. i just subscribed para Macuha..dito lang pala link…eniweiz, i am learning so far..good jab!

  13. That’s really cool advise bro.. (^_^)

  14. KEYWORD HIJACK! hehehe… ive done some of it in some of my posts and it really does work…

    but the problem arises if you are into NICHE blogging.. 🙂

  15. Thanks for accommodating the request from a newbie blogger like me.

    Kaya umaapaw sa positive karma ang site na to because Marghil is responsive to his readers.

    Wishing all the best and more success to Macuha.com!

  16. yan ang diskarte pagdating sa seo. keyword hijack, actually pinapraktis ko ngayon siya eh, sana effective sa akin. thanks sa pagsshare sir marhgil

  17. Hi Marghil, I’ve learned a lot from your SEO posts din. heheh. Thanks so much.

    Salamat din for promoting my Fave Movie Writing contest. 😀

  18. Really when it comes to keyword hijacking macuha is the man, nice post dude 😀

  19. I am following these advice of yours marhgil.. anyway thanks for sharing these.. i know it really help me a lot.. lalo na i am new in blogging….

    and my blogs undergo make over based sa advice
    Good luck

  20. wow that was cool, thanks.. im new to blogging as well just got started.. lito p nga ako kung ano gagamitin na platform eh.. una blogger, then my hosting account ako inistall ko ung wordpress.. balik ulit sa blogger, then nagplapla n nmn lumipat ng i.ph.. Dead Cockroach p lng ung post n mejo disente n nagawa ko. lito lng

  21. galing naman ng site na ito… thanks sa mga advice.. nagstart pa lang ako magblog and iapply ko mga mababasa ko dito 🙂

  22. nice tip kuya.i will try it during my free time….by the way im wating for my pamangkin….

  23. This is a late comment but I’m currently browsing your posts and fine them really helpful. I’m still new to optimization so I’m glad to have found your posts here. 🙂

  24. Hi.

    I am new in blogging and have an intension of making money (obvious naman… dahil kailangan).

    I started blogging when I read those post na puede pala kumita ng pera kahit d masyadong malaki basta maganda yung content o di kaya maraming ideas or tips kang maiibigay na info dahil sa mga ads.

    May tanong lang ako.. paano ko malalaman kung kumikita ba yung ibang blog ko na may adsense.

    Thanks in advance

  25. woot.. ito ang isa sa pinaka nice post na nabasa at eventually sinundan ko.. totoo to… 8months ago pa yun.. ayun OK na OK naman yung resulta after ko binasa at in-apply yun SEO EASY.. THANKS MACUHA…

  26. sir napaka dami ko na natutunan sa blog mo lalo na yung keywords hijacking ini impliment ko na agad sa site ko salamat sa mga tips tulad neto

Leave a Reply