If you have passion for blogging and ideas that you would like to share with online audience, but you don’t know how to start turning your ideas into actual blogs, these tips might come handy to you.
I’ve been blogging for years now and all that you’re going to find in this post is what I’ve learned from my own experience as a blogger.
At first, it was difficult for me to start as I didn’t possess technical skills and also I didn’t know how to make money blogging. I’ve now turned my initial ideas into a full-time job that is my main source of income. It wasn’t easy in the beginning but I was dedicated to learning various techniques that later became lucrative.
How to Make Money Blogging
There are several steps that you need to take so that you could actually make money. In addition to that, you need to be patient and experiment a lot. But, these are, in my experience, necessary steps for making your blogging successful:
- Create a blog
- Make meaningful content
- Start to search for readers
- Engage with your readers
- Begin earning money through different streams of income
Start a Blog
This is an initial step that is necessary. Many people who would like to start blogging find this step a major obstacle and often give up or postpone creating a blog because they have no knowledge about creating a responsive blog and all the details that go with it.
Some basics related to starting a blog include which platform you would like to choose, getting domain and hosting for your platform — you can choose from a variety of hosting providers, I suggest Bluehost — then you need to configure and design the blog. It’s much simpler that it sounds and when you create a blog, you can start adding meaningful content.
Make Meaningful Content
You should start adding content that will be useful to your readers. You can focus your attention on so many different topics and niches, according to your personal interests and knowledge. The main point is to write posts that will help your online audience, engage them and make them want to come back. This is a great way for you to express your creativity while at the same time targeting your audience. This really depends on your topics of interest. The possibilities here are numerous.
Start to Search for Your Readers
Creating valuable content is just one part of the process. It’s not enough to just create quality content. You need to get your blog promoted in some way. You can start experimenting with this part, as there are so many different choices on how to promote your content.
You need to start thinking about the profile of your readers, and what type of readers you would like to attract. When you have an idea about your reader’s profile, think what online content they already read. Consider these ideas:
- What kind of blogs do they read? — write down top three blogs
- Which forums might they be participating in? — write down top three forums
- Do they listen to podcasts? — write down top three podcasts
- What social media platforms are they engaged in? — write down top three social media platforms
- What are the top three accounts they follow on these social media platforms?
This is a good way to create the profile of your reader and start building your online presence according to these blogs, social media platforms, podcasts and forums.
Engage With Your Readers
When you start adding valuable content and have found your readers, your blog will get traffic and the readers will start to engage with posts you’ve written. This is a good time to start creating a community and engage with the visitors of your blog.
This can be achieved through communication with the readers, responding to comments and making the communication open and personal. Then, your current readers will share your content and the number of readers will start growing.
Begin Earning Money through Different Streams of Income
After completing all these steps, you are ready to start earning, but that can be a bit tricky and slow process. You need to experiment with different ways to find the most lucrative one. There are many ways to achieve this. Consider the following:
- Advertising Income
With the growth of your readership, there will be advertisers from whom you would be able to earn money by providing them with the exposure on your site.
You’ll need to create a larger and high-traffic blog so that advertisers would directly offer you a deal. However, smaller blogs also get advertisers such as Google AdSense.
- Affiliate Income
This basically means that sites that sell certain products will affiliate with you. Your blog will contain links to those sites, such as Amazon for instance, and each time your visitor goes to the affiliate site, you get even more money.
- Recurring Income
This implies that certain sites and blogs have a membership fee that offers visitors to have access to premium content otherwise inaccessible to non-members.
You can earn by offering different service on your blog, such as editing and proofing, writing, designing, coaching and many other types of services you are skilled at.
- Products and Promoting Businesses
Many companies build online presence to be able to sell their products or promote their online or brick-and-mortar businesses.
Online products include selling virtual books, tutorials etc, whereas physical products could be clothing, furniture, musical instruments and similar.
Major companies might invest in online promotion to become more known and spread the word about their non-virtual services such as mechanics, doctors, beauticians, hair stylists, spa centers and many more.