There are a lot of you who are curious about how to make money with a blog. While you can definitely earn money, you’re usually not going to be able to make your blog profitable overnight. But don’t let that fact stop you from even getting started! Blogging is a fun way to earn while having your own space to share useful information, rant about things, or just whatever else you want to write about. It’s best to go into it with your primary goal being to share information or your thoughts with others and put the money-earning aspect somewhat on the back burner. That can come later after you’ve built your little space up and have some people who follow your blog.
Create Useful Content
First and foremost, you need to create content that others would be interested in reading. You can’t earn money with your blog if you don’t have traffic, and you can’t get traffic if there isn’t something there to attract others. I would also recommend blogging as often as possible in the beginning. If you can manage to do four to five posts per week, that’s great. The more content you have, the more likely people are to find you. Google will index your pages, and you might start turning up in search for certain keywords without even trying.
Share Your Content
It can take a while for Google to start sending you regular traffic, so you can speed the process up on your own by getting the word out yourself. Create a Facebook page for your site and ask people you know to “like” your page and also to share it with their Facebook friends. Be active on your Facebook page and let the people who “like” you know when you’ve created a post. Share the post, and it will show up in their newsfeed and they might go read. You should also set up a Twitter account for your site. Follow others on Twitter and many will follow you back. Write tweets that include links to your content so that these followers will see it and (hopefully) go read what you’ve written. You should also retweet the posts of others when possible. People might stop following you if you only share your own content, so be generous and help others out as well.
Placing Ads On Your Blog
This is one way you actually make money with your blog. Some good options for this are Google Adsense, InfoLinks, and Chitika. You can set it up so that the ads are at the top of your posts, at the bottom of your posts, in your sidebar, or even inside your content. If your visitors become interested in the ads shown, they might click over to them, and you’ll get paid a small amount for the clicks. Please keep in mind that you cannot ask people to click your ads and you definitely cannot click them yourself! This is a good way to get banned from the ad programs you are participating in.
Become an Affiliate
Another way to earn from your blog is by signing up as an affiliate for different products and services. All affiliate programs work differently — some will pay you for leads (usually $1 to $2 if a person simply signs up by submitting and confirming their email address) and some will pay you for each sale (a certain amount of commission based on how much money was spent). It’s a good idea to sign up with sites like Commission Junction or Share a Sale to see if there are any affiliate programs there that would fit well on your site. If your application for different programs are approved, you’ll be provided with coding to display ads, banners, or text links that will pay if someone follows them and signs up or purchases what you’re recommending. You can also seek out affiliate programs on your own by simply visiting your favorite websites or online stores and checking to see if they have affiliate programs. I would also recommend creating an account with Viglink. It’s free, and if they’re an affiliate for a certain company, you will be too if you have installed their code on your site and have links out to various places. This will help to ensure that you’re not missing out on any affiliate opportunities.
Sell Advertising Space
You might be able to earn some money selling advertising space on your site. The more traffic you are getting, the more attractive that space may appear to potential buyers. The beauty of this is that you can set it up however you want and charge whatever you think your space is worth. I believe most people charge by the month, but you could offer weekly rates, yearly rates, or even daily rates. You can also charge different amounts depending on the size of the banner/button that people want to use. If you’re unsure as to how much you should charge, do some investigating on blogs that are similar to your own to see what they are charging. This could give you an idea of what the going rate is.
As I stated at the beginning of this post, earning money with your blog will not happen overnight. It takes time to build up a following and get regular readers. That’s why it’s best if you choose to blog about something that’s near and dear to your heart. You will get frustrated and quit blogging very quickly if you’re not writing about something you actually enjoy writing about. And even after you are earning money, it could take a very, very long time for you to be able to quit your day job and focus solely on your blog.
Some Good Resources
Miranda of Work at Home Adventures has started a website called The Blogging Nerd which is designed to help people who are new to blogging. She’s already put some useful posts up that will help you in the very early beginning stages. I would also recommend checking out The Work at Home Wife for blogging advice and helpful resources. And of course most of us bloggers would be lost without the ProBlogger site. If you are looking into hosting options, I strongly recommend Hostgator. It’s roughly $10 per month and you can have as many domains as you want on one account if you choose the “Baby” plan. If you use the link I just posted, you can get started for just a penny and not receive a bill for the $10 until next month.