There are several factors that affect whether you can say that your blog is going to be a successful blog and earn you a decent income. Not all factors apply to every income method and not everyone will agree with them all, so here is my list!

Page Rank
First and foremost, the easiest to measure is Google’s Page Rank. A lot of systems measure you by this ranking, but in reality, it does not actually say anything about your website. A high Page Rank does not guarantee visitors and a low Page Rank site can get plenty of visitors.

So yes, on most systems where you are trying to earn money, the higher your Page Rank the better you will do, but aside from that it is just a badge to wear.

Number of Backlinks
Most systems that report this measure Yahoo backlinks, because Google displays a lower answer whereas Yahoo seems to report every link it finds.

Again, it can be a pointless measure of success. It is quite easy to get loads of low ranking websites pointing to your website and it does not guarantee success. But advertisers like to see high backlink counts in the hope that they will also gain benefit from a mention on your pages.

Technorati Ranking
If it worked fully, this might be a half decent measure. It includes only links from the content of other blogs, taken from their RSS feeds. So comments and link directories are excluded. You then get allocated a Technorati Authority based on your relative position in terms of how many new links they have found for your site in the past few months.

So again, it is just a way of counting links. But so many good blogs are unable to get themselves listed that not having a Technorati Authority should not really mean anything.

Alexa Ranking
At last – not a measure of links! Using the various Toolbar Button and the Alexa widget, this system can count how many visitors your website has and then rates you against other sites, worldwide and locally. It is also able to capture information about search terms and a few other bits.

An excellent idea and a good measure, if only it was not so distorted! Because it depends on the installation of the Toolbar Button or the website Alexa widget, not all visits are recorded. Only those technical people with an interest have installed the Toolbar Button, so the counts are limited.

Actual Visitor Stats
This is the only true way of measuring whether a blog is actually successful, but not something that often happens. The problem is that it requires extra code to be inserted to the header of the code to track visitors. Extra code that slows down the loading of the page. And this extra code is needed for every monitoring system. Not really efficient!

In conclusion, for a blog to be successful as a paid blog, it needs plenty of good links back from other websites. Work on this correctly to also drive visitors to your site and you have everything covered.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

If you want to keep up with our latest posts, just follow us on our RSS feed, join our weekly newsletter or follow us over at Twitter. Please do join in - it is totally free and only the best posts are passed to you!

Also, leave a comment below. We are a 'DoFollow' blog, so it is well worth your time. Thanks for calling in.

Similar Articles You Might Like To Read:
    4 Indispensable Tips To Prepare Your Site For Earning So, you have started blogging and now want to earn a bit of cash on the side, or maybe you...
    Blogging An Income Questions Many people are interested in blogging for an income and there are many questions asked about it. Here I try...
    Finding The Best Value Out of Paid Links If you are buying links, then what is the best value? Are you paying a lot of bloggers to talk...
    Increasing Technorati Authority I always thought that getting correctly listed in Technorati was as easy as with search engines – sit back and...
    Not Winning The Technorati Battle I still have not cracked the brainteaser – just how do you become listed on Technorati? To date I have...
    Income Review – Sponsored Reviews I’ve not looked for a little while at the different systems that you can use to earn an income from...
    Has Google Given Up On PagerRank? Has Google given up on its PageRank™ measure of websites? Is PR dead? Is it gone and forgotten forever? Over...
    How Can I Make Money With A Blog? There are many ways of making money with a blog. Here are my top ways for both the new blogger...
    Monetising A Low Page Ranking Blog So you have not got much of a Page Rank for your blog, but you want to make some cash....
    Why I Gave Up On Most Paid To Post Systems I’ve used quite a few different paid to post systems over this year in the hope of earning a good...