Would you like to learn how to blog for profit?
Are you looking for a great way to make a side income or even start a business from home? Blogging could be exactly what you’ve been searching for.
Here’s the thing, many people don’t look at blogging as a “real job.” Yet, it’s actually the job of the future.
Instead of reaching for an encyclopedia, people turn to Google where they find blogs filled with useful information.
If you’re interested in starting and monetizing your own blog, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s what you need to know to blog for profit:
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1. Blogging for Profit Isn’t Easy Money
If you assume you’ll start blogging and make it rich overnight, it’s probably not going to happen. Blogging is work. There’s a method to it, you must be persistent, but if you figure it out you have a shot at making a real career from it.
You can work for yourself as a blogger, or you can find work as a freelance writer where you provide content for someone else’s site.
There’s potential to make a decent living, but you must know the method towards writing for the internet. I’ve been freelance writing for the past five years.
I’ve worked with many amazing people, helped provide content for many great sites, and have even helped with building a popular blog.
If you’re willing to put in the work, you may be surprised at how far you can go with blogging.
2. There’s Little Upfront Expense
When you choose to blog for profit, you’re essentially starting your own online business.
You create content, do a great job marketing your site, readers come to view your work, and companies are willing to pay for advertising space on your site.
Unlike starting a brick and mortar business, you don’t have to shell out tons of money to get things rolling.
Instead, you purchase your domain and jump in. You could start with a free domain, but it can prove more difficult for your site to be found by search engines.
3. Register Your Site and Get the Legalities Out of the Way
Once you’ve decided to start a blog, it’s time to purchase your domain. There are many ways to go about this. I chose to go through WordPress.
The process began by choosing a name for my site. Obviously, I chose RaisingDexters.com because it was a play on my name and gives readers an idea of what my site is about.
From there, I set the site up via WordPress. One thing I did find overwhelming was making sure I did my part to follow the legalities of blogging.
If you choose to sign-up with Google Analytics (which WordPress offers with most accounts) you must tell people what you’re going to do with the information you collect.
If the idea of setting up your site feels overwhelming, WordPress can help. I’m about as technologically challenged as they come.
Yet, WordPress made the whole process easy for me. If you get stuck, they have a help option and will have someone walk you through each portion of the process.
4. Write Loads of Amazing Content…The Right Way When Blogging for Profit
The next step to take to blog for profit is pretty straight-forward. You must provide content, and it needs to be good.
Figure out what the goal of your site is. Once you know, create a mission statement to make sure your content stays on point.
Once you know where you’re headed, start coming up with topics to fit your niche. From there, there’s nothing left to do but start writing. When you’ve written your content, be sure to optimize SEO practices.
SEO stands for search engine optimization. This is how the internet locates your site and drives traffic to it.
The basics of SEO are:
- Use keywords (Google Keyword Planner is helpful and FREE!)
- Leave plenty of white space when writing. This makes it easier on your readers to read your content
- Having a .com in your domain makes your site appear more legitimate to Google
- Hyperlink to other sites and to your own content where appropriate. Don’t go crazy linking to random things. Google knows what you’re up to. You’re trying to convince them that you are a real site with valuable information
- Add videos to your content. Creating a blog and YouTube channel simultaneously could help your SEO if you link your videos to your blog posts
- Add quality photos to your blog posts. You can take your own photos, use Canva.com to create images, or find images using Pixabay.com (some are free)
5. Join Affiliate Programs
Once you have a site that’s set-up, you’re producing content, and utilizing SEO, it’s time to work on monetizing your blog.
This can be as simple as joining an affiliate program. Amazon is one of the main affiliate programs bloggers choose to be a part of.
The reason being is they have virtually everything you could want. Sign-up for the Amazon Associates Program, start adding links to your blog posts of items your readers may find useful, and if they purchase anything by going through your link you’ll make a small commission from the sale.
Please make sure you provide a statement on your blog posts if you use affiliate links. Amazon actually requires it.
This is to let people know that you’ll receive a commission from their purchase at no added costs to them.
Providing this statement is the ethical thing to do. Not providing it can also get you booted from the Amazon Affiliate Program.
6. Use Social Media to Blog for Profit
You’ve got a site, you’re producing content, and you’ve figured out a way to make money. Now what?
You must concern yourself with driving traffic to your site. The best way to do this is to utilize social media.
Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest are excellent ways to get the word out about your blog. I prefer Pinterest because it levels the playing field with Google.
It’s still helpful to use SEO on Pinterest, but if you provide quality images and keep your boards active, people will come across your content.
This doesn’t mean they’ll stay, but at least your brand is getting out there.
If you’re interested in making quality images for Pinterest, Canva.com is an easy-to-use site that will give you awesome images to make your content stand out.
7. Let WordPress Help You Blog for Profit
When I first tried to start a blog in 2014, I was in over my head. I had no idea how to link up with companies to allow them to place their ads on my site, and I had no idea how to do the coding to actually get the ads to appear on my site.
I decided it was better to focus on my freelance writing career and learn the ropes before I branched out on my own.
Five years later, I’m ready.
I’m happy to report, WordPress has made many changes over the last five years which makes monetizing your site with ads a ton easier.
Now, simply scroll down on the home screen in WordPress and click monetize my site. You can sign-up for the affiliate program and the ads program.
When people sign-up for a WordPress domain through your site, you’ll earn a commission for it.
Once you allow WordPress to place ads on your blog, you get paid when people click on your content, read it, and view the ads.
Granted, it isn’t a ton of money, but the more traffic you get the more money you’ll make.
8. You Must Keep at It to Blog for Profit
As I said when we started, blogging isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. It takes work to blog for profit. Remember, you’re building a brand.
Yet, if you keep at it, there’s potential to make a steady income. You can also branch your brand into a YouTube channel, ebooks, podcasts, and much more.
Plus, if you can create a booming blog, you have a greater shot at landing more freelance work because other blog owners will want you to do the same for their site.
It’s all about creating multiple income streams. Don’t expect instant success, keep writing, and hopefully you can create a successful blog.
Now that you know how to blog for profit, it’s time to get moving. If you have something to say, that will benefit this world in a positive sense, create your own blog and start saying it.