Today’s post is about blogging for an income. I called my first post about earning money with your blog, Blogging for money? Learn the truth, which was a post warning folk about some of the pitfalls about believing earning an income from blogging was easy. Today’s post is about making your blog successful and creating an online income.
The information in this post will possibly help you in your efforts of blogging for an income. What you are about to read is repurposed from Neil Patel’s video, 8 Steps to making your blog successful using Content Gorilla, Grammarly and adding my own expertise.
While there are kids generating thousands and thousands of dollars a day, one must remember that it is rare. Still, here are a lot of folks making five, ten and even twenty thousand dollars a month from their blog. With Neil Patel’s help, you will learn how to create a blog that generates income.
Blogging For An Income The Easy way
When it comes to blogging for an income, you must pick the right niche. When selecting a niche always choose a subject, you’re passionate about, and it’s also crucial that you’re very knowledgeable about the niche you’ve chosen. It’s more important to blog about your passion than a subject that just makes money such as mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and legal-related keywords are lucrative, but who wants to blog about that stuff? It’s boring. And if you don’t love what you’re going to do, you’re going to quit eventually.
That’s why it’s so important to blog about something you love. If you’re passionate about it, you’re more likely to succeed because you’re less likely to give up. Also, when you’re writing about something you’re excited people can see it in your posts, and that excitement can be infectious, which is more likely to lead to a sale.
Finding The Right Niche
The website neilpatel.com can help you find the right niche. Once there, type in your keywords, and it’ll break down what industries have a big enough market size. You may be passionate about clothing or fashion, and I know enough people are searching for it, so now I can create a blog about it. But you don’t want to go too broad, and that tool on neilpatel.com will tell you if the niche you’re picking is too big or too small.
Now you have that out of the way you need to sign up for a hosting account. You can use BlueHost, GreenGeeks, whatever you want. I would recommend that you use BlueHost because with one click you can install WordPress and then it’s up and running, you don’t have to be a tech wizard. Once it’s up and running, you can start writing your articles.
When you get really busy these shared hosting sites won’t be able to handle the traffic and you will want to move to a VPS (Virtual Private Hosting) like Inmotion Hosting which is the one I use for this blog.
Content Is King! Blogging For An Income Tip
There are a few things you need to know before you start writing your articles. The first is if it’s not appealing, people aren’t going to read it. Think about it. Content is King. It has to be appealing to your readers. Grammar is essential, so your articles must be grammatically correct. Grammarly can help you with this. Proofreading is also necessary. If it doesn’t sound right to you, then don’t post it. If you’re not 100% sure, you can ask people to check it for you, family, friends and the like. If they agree it’s a good article then you know you’re OK to publish it.
Once you have your topic, there are a few things you need to do. The first is your headline which has to be appealing. If you go to Copyblogger, who have this headline formula, it will teach you how to write persuasive headlines. They even give you a method and a tool which has a plug and play keywords which will help to create cool headlines.
Formatting Your Blog Post
Once you have your headline, outline what your post is going to include. It’s just like those high school days where you think, write the introduction, you write the body, and then the conclusion. The content has subheadings, so just write your introduction, write the end, add in your subtitles, and then fill the rest out. Whether it’s your first post or fiftieth post, you always follow the same process. Keep in mind that each paragraph can’t be more than five or six lines in length because anything more can overwhelm your reader, causing them to move on to another site. No one wants to read a 10 line paragraph. It’s just too much.
Engaging Your Readers
It’s also a good idea to use the words you and I within your blog post to make it more like a personal conversation. That way, people are more likely to interact, engage, and then they’ll leave comments. Getting intimate with your reader makes your content more engaging. You can also ask a question at the end of your conclusion to help create more engagement because that will spur more people to leave comments. When they leave a comment, always respond to them to show them that you care. It’s just as if you were talking to someone in person. You wouldn’t ignore them if they asked you a question, so don’t do it on your blog. Doing that will put you in front of all those bloggers who ignore this crucial point.
Sharing The Love And SEO
Once you got your blog post out, it is also essential to link to other sites within your blog post to back up your main points and to provide your readers with additional beneficial information. You want to do this consistently and doing so may encourage those sites to link to you in return which is fantastic for your SEO! You want to write at the very minimum, at least one post per week.
Writing consistent quality content over six months to a year, and you’ll build up a significant base of readers. As you build up a base of readers, you can use a tool called subscribers.com and hellobar.com, which are free. HelloBar offers email subscriptions where someone can subscribe to your blog by just entering in their email and get notified every time you release a new blog post. Subscribers.com lets people know via their browser, while they’re browsing around on their computer that you have a new blog post, and they should go back to your site to check it out. These sites will ensure people will keep coming back to your site.
More Blogging For An Income Ideas
There are a few other ways you can use to monetize your blog, Google Adsense being the most popular. With Adsense, you will get paid every time someone clicks on one of their ads. It’s a quick way to make money from Google in which they’ll pay you every time someone clicks on one of your ads. Another way to monetize your site is via affiliate links. There are many sites out there that allow you to offer their products as an affiliate and you get paid a commission every time someone buys a product from your affiliate link. Sites like ShareaSale That’s called affiliate marketing.
The third and trendy way to monetize your new blog is to sell your products or services. Let’s say you have a site about fashion. You could offer a service where they get mailed fashion tidbits, or fashion items once a month, and you could charge a premium for that. It’s kind of like Birchbox. Or you could sell a guide or an ebook about men’s fashion or how to be swag on a budget.
Whatever it may be, you could sell an ebook literally for $5, $9, whatever it may be which will start generating you an income. You could even do a mixture of everything. As you do this from the ads to the affiliate marketing to selling your products, you’ll notice that over time your income will go up. Just be patient and give it a good six months to a year before you start making any decent money from your blog. Like anything worthwhile, it takes time.
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