How to Turn a Profit With Your Blog
If you want to do something you love and turn a profit at it, blogging may be the ideal opportunity for you. Blogging allows writers to take their passion and put it into words. These blogs are extremely accessible to people in the web, and they can learn to love the things you write about. While the writer does this, the blog can be turned into a source of income. The best part about a project like this is that you don’t have to be tech savvy. This overview can help you get started.
Start a Blog
Of course, the first step in blogging is to get your blog started. There are plenty of services to guide you through the process. First you must choose a blogging platform. While there are many services to choose from, WordPress has become one of the most popular today. In addition to its popularity (82 million users), WordPress works well with Google and other search engines. WordPress offers free templates and user guides, so getting your blog established is a simple process.
Next, you will need to get a domain service. WordPress offers both free and paid domain services. The downside to a free domain service is that you will not be able to choose your domain making it so it’s not possible to monetize your blog. In our case, the premium service is the best choice for monetizing purposes.
You will also need hosting. Hosting is what will allow the blogger to post the blog into the web. There are many choices when it comes to hosting. Different companies offer a variety of range of prices and features. It’s extremely important to research and compare different hosting servicesbefore making a decision. This is important because you are usually required to subscribe for at least one year, sometimes more.
You’re online now, now money begins to come in, right? Not yet, but you’re almost there. Before you can make money, you have to build up a large following. To do this, think about the topics you’ll discuss on your blogs and the people interested in those topics. This is important, when you know the intended audience, target sites and pages with similar followings. Find out what blogs they’re reading and what message boards they’re frequenting. Social Media is crucial to success. Find out what pages and people your target audiences are following, so you can also follow them.
Once you know where those audiences are gathering, you can start engaging with them. As you make out a profile for each site, be sure to list the web address for your blog. This way, as you leave engaging comments and make compelling posts of your own, people will know where to find more of your writing. A hard sell is frowned upon, so use your posts and comments to attract users. They will look up your profile, see your blog listed, and visit your site to check out your writing. This is the best way to get engaging followers.
It’s Time to Make Money
One way to use your blog to make moneyis by subscribing to a service, like the ClickFunnels method. This allows the service to place ads on your website for businesses that sell products related to your blog. It’s an automated service, which means you don’t have to know much about coding or marketing to make use of it. When a user clicks on the ad, you’ll receive revenue. It’s that simple.
Alternatively, you could sell ad space yourself. You can set the rates and determine what kinds of clients can advertise on your site. The ads can be placed on the borders of your pages or you can embed them in your blog posts.
There’s also affiliate marketing, which is a service typically offered by larger businesses. Wal-Mart and Amazon are just a few companies offering affiliate marketing programs. Once you sign up, you can place ads to their products on your site. Each ad will have a special code to let the system know consumers are coming from your blog. When someone clicks the ad and buys the product, you receive a portion of the sale price.
While there are more ways to turn a profit with your blog, these are the most common methods. It may take time to gather enough followers, but, as long as you keep creating valuable content, your following will grow. This will attract more advertisers and, before you know it, your blog will be a great source of passive income.
Lewis Robinson is a business consultant specializing in CRM and sales. He’s been actively involved in the starting of several small businesses and currently freelances as a writer and personal consultant.