Blogging is one of the most attractive ways for people to make money. Some bloggers have created a very lucrative income, such as Zac Johnson who has made over $10 million from blogging. Unfortunately, many bloggers fail to make a living, because they aren’t willing to put in the effort.The good news is that ambitious bloggers that are willing to invest the time can make a great income. Here are some essential steps that you will need to take.
Choose a Niche
You need to choose a niche that you want to focus on. Your niche could be anything from analyzing economic trends to sharing vegan recipes to reviewing a favorite TV show. The most important thing is that you find something that you are passionate about. If you don’t like what you are writing about, then you won’t be willing to commit to it or create content that will resonate with readers.
Choose a Monetization Model
The primary purpose of your blog is to make money. How do you plan to do that? Many bloggers simply enroll in an online advertising platform such as Google, InfoLinks or AdFly and wait for money to roll in. This is certainly a valid way to make a living online, but it isn’t always that most profitable or easiest route to go. The problem is that you will need to generate a ton of traffic to make a living off it. Many Adsense websites generate less than $10 for every 8,000 hits. While that may be great for sites that publish topics that generate a lot of attention, it may not work well for more focused niches.
You may want to consider creating your own informational products, enrolling in affiliate programs related to your niche or setting up referral based marketing campaigns with other businesses. We will analyze the pros and cons of each of these options in a future post.
Create Your Blog and Start Writing!
What is the most important thing that you need to make money from blogging? The answer is of course, your blog. You need to register a website domain, sign up for a hosting account and start writing content. Your content needs to be engaging and informative so that readers will want to come back and share it with their friends.
Start Driving Traffic
Traffic is absolutely essential to make money from blogging. There are a number of ways to generate it. Google is the biggest source on the Internet, so you will need to make sure that your site is properly optimized for it. However, it will take time to get traffic from Google, so you will need to look for other alternatives. You can generate a lot of traffic from social media sites such as Facebook, Stumbleupon, Twitter and Reddit. However, you will need to make sure that your content is catered to your followers to get them to share it. Running a PPC campaign with Google Adwords or another advertising platform can also be a great way to generate targeted traffic to promote affiliate programs or your own products.
The biggest mistake that bloggers make is never getting started. The Wicked Fire forum is filled with posts from veteran bloggers telling beginners to stop asking for advice and just get started. Once you take the first step, your odds of making money blogging will infinitely increase.