Monetization of blogs is now a popular trend amongst bloggers. From the comfort of your home, you can make money writing about the things you love. As simple as it may sound, there’s quite a bit more to it than that, some of which we’re going to unfold in the following paragraphs.
How To Make Money Blogging
Before telling you ways you can make money with your blogs, I will like to point out a very important aspect you need to know, which is “interest and passion”. If you are going into blogging with the intention only to make money, then clearly, you are starting up on the wrong foot and you might eventually give up along the way. Mommy Bloggers like Suzi Whitford, Mandy Rose, and Leigh Anne Wilkes who are presently making money from their blogs, didn’t start blogging solely to make money from blogging. They started blogging because they had interest and passion in what they are writing about.
That being said, the steps to making money blogging is:
1. Open a blog
If you haven’t already, you need to first create your blog either by using a free blog provider like blogger.com, or by using premium services such as Wix — these applications do not require you to be proficient in coding and web development, hence, they are easy to setup and use. You can find a breakdown of blog providers here.
2. Start curating content
Essentially, this is the most important piece of the puzzle. This the part you need to focus on the most. If your content is just fluff or if it doesn’t engage your readers in a meaningful way, they’ll wander away from your blog in a heartbeat. What you write has to appeal to your audience, this is the only way to grow your readership or blog audience.
Of course, this is a broad topic that’s impossible to cover in a couple of sentences. But generally speaking, the content should be helpful to the reader and provide a solution to one or more of the problems they’re facing. The more of a niche-style blog you’re trying to create, the more this is true.
Sure enough, if you’re just trying to write fiction or something similar, the rules change a bit, but so do the monetization strategies you’re going to be implementing. For now, it’s best to stick with niche-style blogging and focusing on very specific topics, especially if you’re just starting out. Just like the Mommy Bloggers
3. Attracting readers and increasing your blog traffic
After creating your blog, another important aspect is to integrate social media into your blog. If you are already popular on social media? Perhaps you have a Youtube channel or Facebook page that has a decent following? If this is the case, you’re going to have an easier time getting people to read your blog by promoting it on these channels.
If your blog is new, it’s best to focus on keywords that are getting a lot of searches in Google and other search engines, yet have a relatively weak competition. Long-tail keywords are great examples of this: not only are they laser focused and perfect to build your content around, they are also more likely to have a weaker competition. The reason being is that they are getting less overall searches than the broader, shorter keywords, but as we outlined above, the benefits are well worth the sacrifices.
If this part sounds too complicated, you can also hire an SEO expert to do it for you.
4. How to monetize the content
If you’re selling your own thematically-related products or services, the question is easy to answer. But even if you don’t, this problem is probably the easiest one to solve.
For example, you could simply monetize your blog through Adsense or some other ad network. Another way to monetize your blog is by becoming an affiliate whereby you insert affiliate links into your content, such that every time someone buys something through the link, you’ll receive an affiliate commission.
Making money blogging can be a very lucrative venture if done properly. Many have found success blogging, in the beginning, don’t get your mind clouded with the thoughts of having an immediate success with your blog. It takes time to build a community and it could take 3 to 5 years to build results.
Now that you know this, if you still feel the need to start your own blog, then you are definitely having the right mindset.