So, you want to make money blogging, right?
You set up a blog, begin publishing articles every now and then and you think you to start earning right away.
But soon your dreams will be shattered.
There are several lessons I learned during my path to build an income with internet.
The first is that there are more than one way to monetize a blog.
What I am going to cover in the next paragraphs are four facts about how to actually make money blogging and the kind of attitude you need!
So, let’s get started!
1. Three Months Aren’t Enough to Make Money Blogging
The one thing you need is patience. You’ve probably heard that already.
It actually took me more than three years to start earning a decent online income from my websites.
If you want to make money from a blog, you need to:
- Publish quality content
- Attract a targeted audience
- Find and review products or services
- Promote your/other products or services
The real problem is that making things happen requires a steady focus. You need to put all of your attention into it. And even if you succeed, generating enough content and building an audience around it takes months.
So in brief, don’t start with thinking you’re going to make it big real soon. It all looks deceivingly easy when you see the big picture. It isn’t though.
Better spend some time into research to see if what you will be promoting is really worth it. Both for you and for the visitor.
2. Successful Monetization Doesn’t Come Down to Writing Only
Without having published say 40-50 articles, getting into affiliate marketing would probably have to wait. But it’s not all about the content base…
I’d not recommend dealing with any kind of monetization before you get a consistent flow of traffic AND fans.
Readers should not feel like you are selling them short!
The first step is to build an audience. You have to play it “clean” for some time.
You have to try to build people’s trust through things like engaging on Twitter, asking questions on your Facebook fan page and replying to comments on your own blog.
You solidify relationships and show others you are “real”.
Once you’ve passed that critical stage, you can move to the next point.
Do you need some ideas to make money with your website? Here’s 23 ways to monetize your blog.
3. You Can’t Make Money Blogging Without a Good Layout
I believe these days many bloggers neglect the importance of a good-looking layout… And before you make money blogging, you have to predispose your visitors. You have to show them that you are not there to simply seal the deal and make some cash.
It doesn’t matter if we are talking about placing contextual ads or selling products for a commission. The thing is that if you expect someone to spend say 100$ on your offer, you need to show them that you aren’t playing it cheap.
When we talk about building trust, the small details often prove decisive.
NOTE: Remember when it comes to looks, simplicity is key. Flashy elements are a thing of the past. It all comes down to creating a functional design that improves navigation. Eye-candy is good, but only if doesn’t make finding one’s way around difficult. Flat design is the trend of the moment.
4. You Must not be Scared to Actually Promote Your Offers
That’s right! I have always said that self-promotion isn’t all that bad if done the right way.
Hearing self-promotion, your first association are probably those Twitter eggs, sharing stupid links every five minutes.
Well that’s not quite what I’m referring to.
Don’t be afraid of promoting your affilate links, or your own products and services.
One year ago, I started offering freelance services, and I used different ways of promotion.
Do you want to read more? How to Start Your Own Content Writing Service
Now It’s Your Turn!
On to you guys!
Have you began monetizing your blog?
If so, do you agree to the advice I covered in the above paragraphs?
I’d really appreciate to hear your two cents on the “make money blogging” topic.