Blogging is one of my favorite things to do, even more so when I get paid to do so! I actually quit my job to stay at home and blog full time. Seriously, I make a six figure salary yearly and I get to stay home and watch my kids grow! Now, this may seem like it’s too good to be true, but I promise you that this is so possible. I am here to finally share my keys to blogging success with the world, it’s long overdue!
First thing is first, in order to make money blogging, you have to have a blog! Find a subject you are passionate about and create a blog around it. A large majority of your time will be spent coming up with content for your site, so it is incredibly important that you choose something that you love! After you have determined your blog’s focus, it is time to register your domain name and sign up for a hosting service. A hosting service allows you to upload content to the web, and it keeps your blog online. I have worked with Bluehost ever since I began blogging, and I am so happy with them! Use my code to receive the special price of $3.49 a month to keep your blog running. I was even more excited to learn that WordPress is free through Bluehost, making my blogging experience so much easier! As soon as your domain is registered, it is time to consider working with a publisher. A publisher is crucial, without it, you have no way to share your articles! I work with WordPress for my publishing needs, but Blogger is another company to consider. Compare and contrast between publishers, and choose the one that works best for you and your blogging style. For more information, please read my How to Start a Blog post.
Once you have decided on a publishing company, began customizing your website. There are free website themes available through WordPress, or there customizable ones available for purchase. If none of themes appeal to you, consider purchasing a theme code from a different website.Typically, these themes are a bit more unique. Once you purchase the code, it is yours for life! Make sure that you choose a theme that isn’t overpowering or distracting. You want something that compliments your website content and doesn’t distract from it. Remember, content is the most important thing in the blogging world. Fill your website with thoughtfully written pieces and use spellcheck frequently. No one wants to read an article filled with spelling mistakes or grammatical errors!
As soon as your blog is up and running, it is time to begin building your audience. Building an audience is really what makes or breaks your blog. Use social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to advertise your blog. Interact with other bloggers to help build your image, and comment on boards or posts with meaningful content. The more you post, the more your name gets out there! However, I must tell you how important it is to only post meaningful content! You don’t want your posts to look spammy, so be sure to post things that are relevant! Although it seems broad, the blogging community is actually quite small making it easy to build life long relationships through social media. Blogging can actually provide you with friends for life!
After you have established a following base, it is time to turn your blog into a money making venture. Use advertising companies like Google Adsense to use your blog as an advertising space. You will be paid based on how many page views your blog gets. Adsense will pair you with companies that advertise products that your readers may be interested in. Use advertising and affiliate links to create an unconstrained blog. When working with affiliate links, you will recommend products to your readers, and provide them with a link to purchase. When a purchase is made using the link you provided, you will receive a commission of the sale. You can make a huge profit when affiliate links and advertising work together.
If you are looking for other ways to make money online, consider writing an ebook. Almost every blogger I know releases an ebook at some point. Even if writing isn’t for you, so much can be learned from writing an ebook. Some bloggers have even had their books picked up to be published in paper form. You might be worried about releasing an ebook on your own, but most writers pick other bloggers to release ebooks with. Release an ebook with a friend, and you may find that it is way more successful than it would have been if released alone. I recommend that everyone consider releasing an ebook at some point, it isn’t as scary as it sounds!
If you are brave enough to start, blogging can be one of the most worthwhile adventures you will embark upon. Don’t worry about making mistakes, they will happen! Use other bloggers as a resource, and don’t be afraid to ask questions! If you commit enough time, your blog could be one of the most successful areas of your life.