How To Make Money Blogging The Beginners Guide To Success and Income Online.
The first thing to know about How to Make Money Blogging is that a blog like any other business requires time and effort to get started. Even with money behind it, there is still a labor of love to be had to make your blog successful. You need to have a passion for your subject called a niche. Without passion and genuine interest, you won’t write as often, and will not be as successful as a result.
Breaking your 9-5 mindset.
The hardest part of getting started on your journey to make money blogging is that you can leave some securities of a JOB behind as you grow into your business. You will need to realize that in many cases it can take months or even a couple years to turn a profit on your investment but once profits begin you may find freedom as you have never known before.
Profits are compounded by solid action and consistent repetition. An example is a store with fair prices, informative marketing, and great customer service before and after the sale. Like an online retailer serving these things, your blog must also be informative, show value, and deliver before and after a sale with more of the same great service. In a JOB you may be tasked with one hat in the formula but as a blogger, you will need to be well versed in every aspect of your content (Product). That is why I recommend a strong foundation through a great training program like the one here.
Investing in your business is something that may also seem new to you.
Much like buying industry periodical subscriptions or getting updated classes and attending seminars and conferences to stay good at your job you will have investments in your business blogging too. The big part of choosing what and where to invest is in what makes the most sense time-wise in dollars. You can do a ton of things yourself for example to generate free traffic but some tasks may take the time that just doesn’t equate to good math when doing a ledger. Some task can be either outsourced or automated to reduce the number of hours you put in to get the profit you receive.
We all know more pay for fewer hours is a good formula and for many, it’s why you started looking, to begin with. You will need to decide what a minimum price is for 1 hour of your work. This is your minimum self-worth. For me starting out I decided I wanted to increase earnings to $25 an hour, so is a project or aspect of promotion is going to take more time than is profitable for me, such as a task that would reduce my earnings to $20 an hour, and I can automate or outsource the item an investment may be just the thing. Advertising is almost always a win scenario as it can take countless hours to reach the same audience a few dollars a month can.
When discovering how to make money blogging you will also need to map out the initial needs of a good blog.
You will need a few things to make a site like good professional website hosting and a domain name of your own. After all, who is going to trust can’t-afford-my-own-domain.wix[.com] when they can get the same quality information from professional-and-here-to-stay[.com]? I know, long domains but you get the point. You will need training as we all do and while you can learn everything known to man on YouTube or through Google and Wikipedia, you still need to know in what order to place things in order to make them both make sense and work to earn money blogging.
Website design and development.
Instead of spending $300+ on a theme and $500+ on optimization while outsourcing ad copy and writing of post you will likely find more profit in learning to do much of this yourself. You can, for example, build a blog like mine yourself for under $100 including premium plugins with the right training and you can learn to set up that blog in as little as a few hours.
You will need to know how to source a free or paid WordPress theme that you place on a simple to install a WordPress blog. Out theme is actually a free theme as are most of the plugins we use have chosen to purchase only our advertising service and our membership to WPMUDev for social media and site speed plugins.
Many tools come with great hosting or have free versions. Our advertising plugin, for example, has a free version and we only went paid to have a stats section for paid advertisers available to us. Kraken Image Optimization, for example, is a high value paid tool that comes free with our managed WordPress Hosting from Wealthy Affiliate. WA also comes with the Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool we review here. In addition, there is a site content tool and a site speed and security center combined with world-class affiliate training. Highly recommended for $49 a month or $359 a year. I pay by the year to save more than $100 and have very simple billing.
Creature Comforts, keep them in mind. Building a blog user experience.
A clean design with few distractions, easy to read fonts, nice imagery, and smooth navigation is a must. Your blog theme should also be Mobile Responsive and clean HTML5 coding to make sure Google can navigate the pages and tell what you are saying as much as your readers can enjoy your post. Keep ads to the minimum, a link in a review post and links back to that post where they fit are far more effective than clutter to generate sales.
Content is King, and your readers are hungry for great content.
I keep stressing about training because what most people don’t know is that they have a ton of great posts and content inside them they just need to learn to put their personal stories and experience into words and structure those words so people enjoy them and search engines can find and share them. That sounds hard but I have found that with Amazon kindle it is affordable to learn and even posts like this can be written in a day with little effort once you know what your niche or target audience wants.
Below I will attach a few of the 30+ reads currently in my Amazon Reader for my Mobile Phone and PC. I am also looking to add a new device this winter like a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader because of the added benefits of reading anywhere and my aging eyes not liking my phone screen as much anymore.
Monetize your blogging for fun and profits.
Making money blogging is pretty simple once you have a good system of providing great content regularly. You can start by finding related affiliate programs for products in your niche or interest groups. An example would be a blog on Gold may find an Affiliate Deal with Amazon.com lucrative offering tens of thousands of Golf Related products and great commission rates from a brand name shopping site people already trust and do business with globally.
Products are often best presented with a review. A review you will find is much like a book report. You investigate the information of the product, the views of people who have used it, link to any related resources, and surmise whether you would or why you have bought the product yourself. Do this with depth and honesty and you will find they become easy with time and get great results.
Blog Promotion will also come as second nature in time
You will start your journey by learning to write content your readers will swoon over. Along with that will come some natural keyword selection and optimization but you will also start learning to build a keyword research portfolio or a content calendar filled with ready to use blog topics and even headlines.
Through tools like the EMV Headline Tool, you can optimize the things you say to get more reads, but you will need to learn how to get in front of the people who want to read those things. Again, training, training, and training will help you get there. From that point, you need to start really thinking of your brand and bringing in both new users and giving existing users a way to connect with you. Social media will do this while also building valuable social signals and inbound links. Don’t worry I talk jargon a bit but you will learn how to read it and explain these terms as you grow.
Paid advertising, content outsourcing, and more can also be learned as well. You will want to pick up skills in all aspects of traffic generation because what is good content and monetized blog post if nobody is reading them? Training is where it all begins. Be sure to take the free trial at Wealthy Affiliate so you can see if you are ready for a blog of your own.
Summary of the post.
How to make money blogging is simple, once you have your content in place and a good clean theme you can add related offers, build reviews, and start using marketing automation to monetize your blog. There are virtually millions of options out there for making money with a blog and earning an income online. Most of these opportunities are both free and legitimate. With good training and an ongoing quest for knowledge, you will learn to spot bad players and steer clear from scams online.