The short answer is yes – you can make an income off of blogging. However, it isn’t easy. There are some successful bloggers out there making thousands a month off of their content, but these bloggers are few and far between. Making this kind of money isn’t guaranteed, however, there are other certain ways of making a few dollars on the side from blogging that could make life that little bit more luxurious. Here’s how…
Grow your following
Before you can think about earning any money, it’s important to get yourself an audience. This will help with reputation and PPC ad effectiveness (which will be discussed later on), which will, in turn, increase your likeliness of making any money.
The most effective way to increase your following is to create regular content. You’ll never get lots of traffic if you’re only posting once a month. Make sure you’re posting all your content on social media. It’s worth creating a Facebook page and a Twitter page for your blog and inviting all your friends to follow. Sites such as http://blogging.com/ can help you to learn more about expanding your readership. Remember that as important as all the marketing is, nothing will make your blog more successful than original content and a winning personality/writing style.
Monetize your blog with ads
Once your blog is starting to receive regular traffic, it may be time to monetize it with ads. PPC (Pay-Per-Click) ads work on the basis that every time someone clicks on an ad on your website, income is generated to your account. These aren’t the most profit generating method of making money unless you’re really attracting thousands of visitors per day, you may not even notice an impact.
Become a guest blogger
Guest blogging can be a far more lucrative way of making money. This involves getting paid to post content on other people’s blogs – generally very big blogs that can afford to fork out money. Guestposttracker.com has a list of just some of the blogs that will pay for your content. Some may only pay five dollars, whilst others may pay up to a hundred. Requirements differ for each one – it’s useful to have your own blog beforehand to use as proof of previous blogging experience.
Write affiliate posts
Affiliate posts involve getting paid to write promotional content by a brand or a person. This could be a product review or an article. Generally, the post has to feature a link to the brand/person’s website that you’re promoting. You’ll get paid for however many clicks that link gets. In other cases, you may only get paid for those that click and then pay for a service. For the latter, some companies may offer a percentage of the sale – which can be extremely profitable. For example, if you manage to write an affiliate post on a holiday or a car and a reader of your post then goes on to buy this holiday or car through a link you provided, you could go on to earn hundreds from a single click.
Sell your blogging ability as a service
Some bloggers will pay companies outright to review a service or write a post for them. This can be done simply by offering your service on Fiverr.com or Gumtree. Here you have ultimate freedom and can effectively charge whatever you want. However, it’s important to still have that readership behind you at first so that you can prove your reputation is worth charge money for.