At the very least, blogging can be a great source of side income, and at the most, the primary way in which you make your living. Here are five ways you can start pulling in money from blogging today.
Most bloggers maintain their blogs solely for personal reasons: as an easy way to communicate the latest news to family and friends, for instance, or even just for the fun of it. But blogging can also be a way to make money on the side, or even — if you spend enough time on it — a primary source of income.
Have you been told this before and disregarded it, thinking it was just another work from home scam? Are you skeptical that you could actually make any money blogging? Blogging certainly isn’t a get rich quick scheme, so don’t expect overnight riches — but if you are willing to put in the necessary time and effort, you could earn a tidy income from blogging.
Here are a five ways to start making money blogging right away.
1. Look for paid blogging gigs.
The best way to start getting paid to blog right away is to get a blogging job. Look for a gig that pays per blog post or a gig that pays ad revenue on a really well known, high-traffic site. Blogging for ad revenue shares on a virtually unheard-of blog should be avoided — the pay will most likely not be worth your effort, and unless the site owner is doing a good job of promoting their new blog or blog network, you may even be able to make more with advertising revenue on your own blog.
Blogging gigs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Sometimes a company will hire a freelance writer to research, write, and maintain their company blog. Other times the company might hire you to write posts that will be placed on other people’s blogs (Guest blogging gigs), in order to promote the company on the Internet. Some blog owners also pay bloggers to help them write for a blog that has gotten too big for them to maintain alone, or even for one-off guest posts.
Blogging gigs are great because they offer an immediate source of income. They often don’t require you to do the legwork in order to promote the blog, and you can negotiate the terms so that you get a decent wage from the work you are doing.
2. Put ads on your own blog or blogs.
If you haven’t yet started a blog of your own, you can get some great tips from the book Problogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income. Basically, your blog will be most successful if you research to find a good niche (or several good niches, if you plan on starting more than one blog), post frequently, and promote your blog in order to build readership.
Whether you have an existing blog or are just starting one, you can get set up quickly and easily with pay-per-click ad services such as AdSense, and get started selling ad space right away. These services pay you every time someone clicks on an ad; payments per click may be just pennies, or as much as a dollar or two, depending on the ad and its placement. More popular and established blogs will attract higher-paying ads.
You can also sell ad space directly to companies. Generally companies will pay you a certain amount per month to run their ad; the amount your blog can command will depend on your traffic and your conversion rate (which you can get from your AdSense ads). This is a preferable way to make money from ads, because you get a guaranteed amount each month, and because companies tend to pay more when they deal with you directly.
3. Sell products on your blogs via affiliate ads.
Companies like Amazon introduced affiliate ads, which essentially allows you to list another company’s products on your page and earn a commission for any sales that go through your site. Selling products on your site via an affiliate program has a few benefits. One, you don’t have to go through all the work of selling your own products, such as storing inventory, shipping items, and setting prices — you just get a commission on every item that sells through the referral links placed on your blog. In addition, you can offer a wide variety of products tailored to your readers or your specific niche, and you can offer an even better variety if you establish affiliate relationships with more than one company.
4. Sell your own products on your blog.
Have something that you want to sell? You can use blogs to sell almost anything, from online garage sales or yard sales, to ebooks. Blog posts can be used to describe products, answer questions, and push sales. Blogging platforms such as Blogger and WordPress make designing and managing a blog much easier than building your own website from scratch, not to mention blogs can offer a friendlier, more casual forum in which to push your product. More people buy things online than ever before, but by selling items on a blog, you won’t have to pay the fees that eBay and other sites charge.
5. Use your blog to promote your business.
Finally, a blog can easily be used to promote your own business. For instance, many freelance writers keep blogs so that they can network with other freelancers and reach clients by offering advice and improving their website’s search engine ranking. Other businesses, from insurance agents to cleaning companies, also maintain blogs to help establish themselves as experts and provide information for web surfers.
Blogging helps you to make money by promoting your business in a couple of ways. For one thing, it improves your website’s search engine ranking by updating your site more often and helping to generate links to your site via your blog. It also provides a forum where you can talk about your business, your services and/or products, and draw in potential clients by providing a valuable source of information on the subject.
Many people have found blogging to be a source of income, but not everyone goes about it the same way. Using one or more of the five approaches described here, you can easily and quickly start raking in money by blogging!
This is a gust post by Caleb Blackham. If you would like to write for ShoutMeLoud, check our Adsense revenue sharing program.
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