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How to start blogging for money
Imagine being able to make an income online from blogging, can you do it? of course you can make a full time income from blogging the question that I’m going to answer for you is how to start blogging for money.
I’m also going to cover how to pick a profitable niche blog, how to set your blog, what is the best way to blog and how to promote your blog.
Blogging is a simple way to drive people to your blog content by using keywords that are being typed into the search engines to create valuable content that will keep people coming back for more every time you write a new blog post. These are followers of your blog, so the aim is to build a large following for your niche blog.
By building out your blog you will attract more people, the more people that come to your blog the better the chance you have of making money if they click on affiliate product links within your blog.
What is a niche blog?
A niche blog is a blog that is dedicated to one particular part of a niche market, for example take the fashion industry, it’s a massive industry so if you were to focus on the fashion industry and write a weekly blog around that you could choose to write about women’s fashion.
Can you see how women’s fashion is a niche part of the fashion industry, in this example you would use every available keyword to write about women’s fashion blog. Before you start your blog, here are some questions that you need to ask yourself;
What should I blog about?
What do I know about this niche blog?
Is this a profitable niche to blog in?
How will I make money from this blog?
How will I promote this blog?
Who is my target market?
What should you blog about?
I am a great believer in writing about things that are important to me, subjects that I know something about, in that way writing a blog to make money is so much easier.
Writing can become a chore if you aren’t really interested in the subject that you are writing about, for example I would be totally useless at writing about video gaming machines because I don’t have a clue about that area.
Pick a subject that is interesting to you
Pick a subject that is interesting to you, there are millions of ideas for blogging that you can find on the internet for example you could look at these:
- How to get rid of belly fat
- How to become a rock star
- How to be a great mother
- How to parent your children
- How to create a great garden
- How to sow the best flowers
- How to become confident
- How to find the perfect partner
- How to manage your money
- How to be good at maths
- How to learn computing
- How to write for money
- How to become successful
- How to play guitar
- How to make money at affiliate marketing
As you can see there are millions of niches that you can explore until you find the perfect niche and then you learn how to start blogging for money.
Is this a profitable niche blog?
Spending time finding the right niche blog for you is the most important part of the process, sometimes people overlook this and end up writing a blog that doesn’t make any money.
Be careful in your choice you need to pick a niche that isn’t too competitive but that there is demand for, a niche where your blog will make an impact and can be monetized easily.
Your niche blog could be written about a hobby that you have, it could be around whatever you do for a living, or it could be about a fantastic product that you have just bought like a new car or a new lawnmower.
Get a pen and paper and write down as many ideas for a niche blog that you can think about, maybe about 10 ideas would be great to start.
My friend Ivelina has produced a fantastic video, it isn’t very long but it covers all the steps that you need to do to make money blogging.
Do your market research
The next step is to do your market research, fortunately these days it’s very easy to find out if a niche blog is worth pursuing or not, here is what you do, let’s say that you want to write a blog about making cakes and you need to know if it is worthwhile and what the competition is.
Open Google trends
Open Google trends and type making cakes into the search bar, you will see the results like how many monthly searches, has the interest in the topic been stable over the last few years, is the graph going upwards instead of downwards. If you can see that this niche is one that is going in the right direction then you can consider it for your blog, go to your second choice and repeat the procedure.
Is this a profitable niche blog to be in?
How to find out if your niche blog is a profitable one, go onto Google and type in some of the keywords associated with your blog, are brands or businesses spending money on advertising in your niche blog area,
Look at the first four websites that come up, if you see a paid ad sign then there is a good chance that your niche blog can be profitable.
How will I make money from this blog?
Any successful blog makes money in a variety of ways, the key to making money from a blog is first and foremost you need to build a blog following so you need to start off in the right way. Once you have a large amount of people reading your blog and remember this is the internet so conceivably you could have millions of people reading your content.
Is this going to be easy? probably not but if you choose your niche blog wisely, do your market research then with the right training on how to set up a blog for success then there is no reason that you can’t be successful.
Once you have gained visitors to your blog you can monetize it by adding google AdSense, google AdSense is an easy way to earn money from your blog once accepted into the program all you have to do is place a code on your blog. Google then show relevant ads to your blog visitors if they purchase a product you get paid a commission.
Another way to monetize your blog is to become an Amazon affiliate, when you are accepted into this program you will need to make three sales in the first 6 months, the beauty of the Amazon affiliates program is you can sell any of the millions of products that they have for sale and earn a commission.
The beauty of the program is that you don’t have to do anything else other than advertise products from the Amazon site on your blog.
How do you set up a blog for success?
Now that you have found a potentially profitable niche you need to get started on writing exceptional, engaging, thoughtful content that makes your blog stand out from your competitors. You will need to write consistently and stick to a schedule, use a blog structure that makes it easy for your blog readers to digest your content in bite sized chunks.
How long will it take to be successful?
Blogging for a living is a project that when you begin it will feel like you are going nowhere for a while until the search engines start to notice how good your blog content is and reward you with fist page results, first page results mean that you will be making money from your blog.
Blogging for money is like building a house, it’s a brick by brick work in progress, once you have built your niche blog they will come in their thousands. No one knows how long it will take to build a successful however if you look at some of the top bloggers in the world today and their earnings you will see what is possible
How much money can you make from blogging?
The thing to remember about blogging for money is that once you start you need to keep going until you are making enough money for your needs, how much money can you make from blogging?
Some of the top bloggers are making between $0.01 cent to $o.10 cents per page view across affiliate links and display ads, so if you reach for a target of 1,000 people viewing your blog pages per month, conceivably you could make between $10 and $100 per month.
If you set your target higher to say 100,000-page views per month you have the potential to multiply your online income form, you blog by 100 meaning an income of $1,000 to $10,000 per month.
Is this achievable?
It is achievable if you are turning out consistent, engaging valuable content that makes your readers trust what you have to say, when that happens you become an authority blogger in your chosen blog niche. After that the sky is the limit once you stick to the fundamental tasks that make a great blog.
My advice on how to start blogging for money is pick a blog niche that you feel comfortable with, pick a niche that you know something about, pick a profitable niche using the steps outlined, write consistently, write quality engaging content, once you start keep going don’t stop, stay positive and keep the faith!!