How To Start Making Money With Your Blog
Many people who start a blog do so with the aim of making money from blogging. Some people want to make big bucks from blogging while others are content with making passive income through their blogs.
However, there are also several people who want to monetize their blogs or create a blog to make money but don’t know how to go about it. If you don’t already have a blog, then you should focus on creating one first.
Sometimes people talk about making more from blogging like it is the easiest thing to do and you often hear about people who blog full time for a living. However, the ease or difficulty you face from monetizing your blog depends entirely on you.
These are the necessary steps to take to start making money from your blog.
- Create your blog
This is an obvious point, but it is also necessary. Starting a blog is not the most straightforward task in the world, and it is a stumbling block for many people who want to be bloggers. The process of setting up a blog can be arduous but it is doable, and the good part is that you can do it all by yourself even with little or no tech knowledge or background. You can start by purchasing a domain, DNS and web hosting from a registrar and watch tutorials on how to build your website. Before you start a blog, make sure you select a profitable niche that also reflects your passion and interests.
- Write posts that people want to read
This does not mean that you should compromise your work and only cater to your readers. It just means you should keep a healthy balance between the content you want to produce and what readers are searching for. If you have no idea what people want to read, you can search for options on the internet. You can use Pinterest’s search engine to look for ideas on what to blog about and you can try the Keyword Research Tool on Google Adwords. The key is to make sure that every post you write has a Call to Action, something that your readers should do after reading the post. You could make a sale, add people to your newsletter or community group or all of the above.
- Work on creating amazing content
Your content is your real money maker, it is what draws people to your blog and keeps them coming back. You have to focus on creating useful, top quality content and choosing a niche topic or range of topics that you want to blog about.
The best type of content is useful content that impacts peoples lives in one way or another. People value that and they will read it or pay for it, even better, they begin to trust the author of the content because they find you relatable.
If you are clueless about how to create the kind of content that people like to read, then you can enlist the help of the internet and search for articles and podcasts about how to create content.
- Find readers for your blog
Your blog needs traffic, traffic means visibility, and often, it converts to revenue, so it is not just enough to create content, you also have to find people who will read it. It is possible to focus entirely on creating good content or building your blog especially if you think people will rush to read your blog once you set it up. It doesn’t work that way. You have to promote your blog as you build it and create your content.
There are different ways to promote your blog and get your work out there and several articles on the internet will point you in the right direction. The most important thing is to build a following, dedicated readers who follow your work, not just ‘traffic.’
You can build this following by identifying the demographic you want to reach and the type of content you think they are interested in reading.
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Once you have this group, the next step is to find out about their online presence; what blogs they read, the forums they participate in, the podcasts they listen to, the social networks they engage on and the accounts they follow on these networks.
The online presence of your readers presents an opportunity for you to also develop a presence in those places and to reach out to them.
- Engage with your readers
As you find readers for your blog and create quality content, you will notice that more visitors view your blog and sometimes engage with your content.
You have to return the favor by engaging with these readers and also building a community. You can do this by responding to comments and reaching out to your readers personally so that they can keep coming back. Don’t lose the readers you already by focusing solely on getting new people to read your blog. Look after your regulars and your readership will likely grow through referrals.
- Convert your readership into revenue
Before you get to this point, you must have started your blog, found dedicated readers and built a considerable following by engaging with your readers. The next step is to create streams of income for your blog. It may take some time to get to this point as all the other steps can be quite challenging, but if you do it the right way, then you are on the right track.
There are many ways to make money from a blog, and some of the most popular income streams are; advertising income, affiliate income, events, recurring income, promoting a business, services, and products.
One or more of these income streams can make you a lot of money.