Do you just love sharing your thoughts online? Are you maintaining a blog?
If so, are you well aware that your simple hobby can turn into an awesome moneymaker? Yes, blogging which you do on your spare time and even serves as your stress relief can definitely help you earn a lot of money. The great thing about it is that you can do it anywhere – in the comfort of your bedroom, in your awesome glass garage door in Oklahoma City, or in your favorite café. No matter where you are, as long as you have your computer with you, or even a smart phone or tablet and wifi, you are sorted.
To start converting your blog into a moneymaker, here are some things that you should consider:
1. Establish your brand.
When you start your blog, think about what you want it to be. If you are already an established blogger, with followers and a good online reputation, then that is already a good start. If not, then do your best to clean up your writing; define exactly what your niche is – say you are writing about travel, food, mom tips etc. This is important in order for you to position your blog and for your readers/followers to understand what it is all about.
Understand different revenue generation methods.
There are various ways for you to earn from your blog. The important thing is for you to go through all of these revenue generation methods, study them and determine what works for you. Among the most popular ways to earn from blogs include:
2. Joining affiliate programs
There are various affiliate programs that are offered by different online retailers such as Amazon.com or BN.com. The key here is research. You have to understand how each affiliate program works so you definitely have to read up. Note that affiliate programs usually work by putting advertisements on your website. However, you will only get paid when a visitor to your website actually clicks on an ad and purchases something.
3. Ad placements
You can also market ad spaces on your blog. This only happens usually when your website gets enough traffic and great content. Brands will pay you a specific amount to get their ads on your blog site and some will even pay you on a per-click basis especially if you subscribe to Google AdSense, Tribal Fusion, Value Click Media and the like.
You can promote different merchandise on your website and have it printed. This is usually a good way for artistic types to earn from their blogs.
5. Other money-making schemes
Of course there are various other ways to earn from your blog, you can hold contests in partnership with other brands, write promotional articles, reviews and so on. The important thing to remember is to keep up with the trends.
6. Always be a professional.
Of course we all want to earn. Some people even resort to negative tactics and schemes in order to do so. My advice, don’t. This will create a negative backlash on you. Just maintain professionalism at all times.