The fact of the matter is most bloggers, even popular bloggers, do not make tons of money blogging. There is, however, a small minority of people who are making a killing by operating blogs. Yes, it can be done. If you are serious and you follow some strategic guidelines (see Outrankio), you can make blogging your full-time business and actually make money from your blog. Below are the top tips for bloggers that actually want to make cash blogging.
One – Blog for Search Engines
When you write a blog post on a popular site with high traffic, the results are rewarding. For example, if your article makes it to the front page of a site like Digg.com, the traffic boost you acquire might be momentary but the exposure is awesome. Even better, if one of your blog posts ranks for a popular search keyword on Google, this article can bring you traffic for months or even years. Here there is money to be made.
Two – Write Long Posts
It is better to write one long blog post that offers your top ten blogging tips than it is to write ten 100-word entries containing one tip each. The reason is in the hands of search engines. It’s easier to rank a 1,000-word post in the search engines than it is to rank a 100-word post. Additionally, you can easily promote one post or others can promote it for you by linking to it. It is important to write worthy readable posts if you want them to result in money. Make sure your long posts are engaging and not just words on a page.
Three – Sell Something and Make Money
If the point of your blog is to talk about your day then you will not make money. You had best log on to Facebook and make some new connections. The point of your blog has to be to encourage some type of profitable activity. The fact of the matter is, reading isn’t a business. When someone seeks your blog and reads your content, at this point no money changes hands. The simple act of reading does not make you (or anyone else) money. Even your advertisers will pull their advertising if your readers only read and don’t click anything.
If you recommend a product on your blog, you will be able to earn affiliate commissions when your readers take your advice and purchase the product. It is nice if you have a product of your own to promote and sell. With affiliate marketing, this is probably more attainable for the average blogger.
Even if you are not specifically marketing any products, you must at least be willing to sell your traffic to someone who can market them for you. You can sell traffic by using a program like AdSense or by selling advertising directly.
Four – Write About a Commercial Topic
For every blogger who writes about their favorite sports team or political party, I can show you a blogger who has a day job producing few results and little money. Bloggers that write about their passions, unless their passions are being profitable, are generally not getting rich. In order to make cash from a blog, you want to encourage some sort of profitable activity. Keep in mind that no one (particularly not the blogger) makes any money when somebody simply reads the words on the page.
While many topics lend themselves naturally to blogging, unfortunately, these are the topics are generally the most common in a crowded market is so crowded. For example, politics and personal finance blogs are common topics. Personal finance is an amazing topic to blog about in theory because it is both commercial (there are lots of advertisers and products for the blogger to recommend) and easy to write about. The issue is that there are thousands of other blogs in the niche already. This is a problem if you want to make money. You need to exploit your topics and find riveting information that isn’t already posted 100 different ways. As part of your strategy, you many need to sell your services as a financial guru.
Five – Blog Where There Are No Blogs
If you find a commercial topic that offers products to promote and advertisers to advertise, it’s a positive step. If you can blog about a unique or up-and-coming topic, you may have hit the jackpot. Today, there are blogs about every mainline topic you can think of. You have to be willing to dig down into micro-niches that aren’t so apparent. You can make a lot more money on a single blog in a $10 niche than you can on one-blog-among-a-million in a $1000 niche.
The best topics for new bloggers are those topics outside the box. For instance, if you come across a niche that seems promising but risky you might have a winner. Remember, there are lots of bloggers who write under pen names if you have a great thought but want to protect your name.
These top five tips for how to make money from your blog are shown to work! If you take blogging seriously and treat it like a real job, you would be surprised how well you can do. In fact, you may get so busy that you need to outsource your blog so you can focus on other amazing business prospects. Don’t miss more helpful tips: Finding Your Blog Angle