HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH A BLOG
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO MAKE MONEY BLOGGING?
FIRST THINGS, FIRST – CREATION, PUBLICATION, PROMOTION:
Start a Blog. This seems obvious – you can’t make money blogging unless you start. You can’t sit around waiting for the perfect idea or do enough research to become an expert. It’s a learning process that takes time if you want to make money doing it. So simply – START. (Learn how to create your own website HERE)
Create Content. Content is simply everything you put on your Blog – anything your write, pictures you post, music you add, etc… The more content you have, the more traffic you will create.
Establish a Platform. This simply means to centralize the content of your blog and relate it to one or a couple different topics. To build a reputable audience you want to gain their trust and show them why YOU are the expert and why they should read YOUR content.
Update regularly. Yes, it’s hard starting, especially when you won’t see profits right away – it might make you want to quit. DON’T. It might take a few months to begin making money, but the more you post, the more profitable you will become.
Market, Market, Market. Maximize with Social Media. Your blog probably won’t generate much traffic at first, so it’s important to tell everyone you know about it. Market it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – and tell others to pass on the word! (See How to Market Your Business)
WHAT IS BLOGGING?
Blogging has become an internet phenomenon since the early 2000s when some of the major blogsite hosts first launched. At first, they were primarily used for political purposes. But now, the sensation has grown and you can find blogs dedicated to just about any subject imaginable.
Blogging can be a tool for businesses to create and promote products, provide reviews, or simply for personal pleasure -creative outlets, rants, etc… But how do you make money with a bog?
Let’s talk about CONTENT MARKETING.
WHAT IS CONTENT MARKETING?
Content marketing is simply creating content on your already established Blog that drives people to your website via a search engine. By using certain Keywords related to your topic, internet users will be directed to your site. The more content and keywords you have on your site, the more traffic you will generate. (CLICK HERE for more information on keywords)
Reviews are one example of content marketing. When people want to know if a particular product is worth their time/money they usually search the internet for reviews before buying. If you can provide them with quality reviews of products/services related to your topic or ‘niche,’ then you can build your reputation as an expert in your field.
CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGIES
TONE. Is your blog primarily academic or more topical? Speaking to your targeted audience in a way they can relate to will build trust and increases their probability of revisiting your site.
KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE. Know your audience and who you want to drive to your blog. By setting the tone of each article, you can communicate clearly and effectively.
PURPOSE. Each article you write should serve a purpose. It should help the reader solve a problem or increase their quality of life in some way.
TIME. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Be upfront and straight forward. Show your client how you are going to solve their problems right way – people don’t go to Blogs to read hours of information.
Once you have established your content and you’re driving people to your site, you can apply to be an ‘affiliate marketer.’ This simply means asking permission to use a company’s banner on your webpage via a special link they provide.
Almost every product you review or promote will have an affiliate link associated with it – companies want to drive people to their websites, so they’re willing to pay a small commission fee to you for advertising their products.
In order to get the most out of your affiliate links, try to keep them within the theme of your website. If you’re blogging about Softball Pitching Techniques, then find affiliates associated with Softball or sports.
It’s easy to find a company’s affiliate application. Simply Google ‘company name + affiliate.’ Once you’ve located the webpage, just fill out the application. Sometimes you have to wait for approval and other times you’re approved right away.
A good way to utilize your affiliate marketing is to notify your readers when a particular product or service goes on sale!
Applying for Google AdSense is similar to affiliate marketing. Except you allow Google to post the ads – you don’t have control over what they are.
OTHER SOURCES OF INCOME
If you have created your own product or you have your own service to offer – for example, a cleaning business – then you can create a website/blog to promote yourself! You can sell things via your blog or website – handcrafts, gourmet goods, eBooks.
You can also offer your services as a guest speaker or personal coach!
There are many facets and strategies to learn when trying to make money with a blog. People dedicate their whole careers to researching the world of internet marketing. But this is the basics and is enough to get you started! Like I said, the most important thing is to START.
I hope you found this article helpful. If you have any comments or questions please drop them in the comments section below!
Go be awesome today!
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