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Can You Make Money Blogging Online
In a recent post, we covered what we feel were the 7 best ways to make money at home.
Within these 7 various methods of earning online at home, you can bet blogging was on the list.
Just about everyone knows what a blog is and undoubtedly, we have all visited blogs from time to time.
You may even have a favorite sports or health blog that you visit regularly while spending time on the internet.
For those unfamiliar on exactly what a blog is, it can be summarized as:
“A website updated frequently with new posts or articles.”
The word “blog” is short for weblog.
When a website publishes a new post, you can think of this as the website’s log, or diary.
Why A Blog Is Important
Having a blog gives website owners a chance to write about their interests (people visiting the blog may enjoy these same interests).
It also allows individuals or companies to promote and to teach people about their products and services.
It also allows website owners to express themselves on matters related to their website. It’s a place to share your thoughts and passions to the world, or, whoever is interested in listening at least.
It should come as no surprise when I tell you that places like Disney, General Electric, Allstate, Coca-Cola, and Walmart all have blogs. Just to name a few.
Blogs are quite powerful and create a chance to connect and build trust with people.
Weblog, frequent articles, blog, whatever you want to call it. One thing is for sure….
There are many ways you can earn from blogging alone. We intend to help show you how to get started.
How To Blog And Make Money Online
I don’t want you to think of blogging as a quick means to making money online.
Setting up your website and blog, attracting actual visitors, and even researching topics you wish to blog about at times – takes time.
It’s all a process.
If you are in search for a fast way to earn money online, then blogging might not be for you.
However, if you understand that there’s a process involved but could bear very rewarding results in the end, then read on.
When it comes to blogging or ANY legitimate online business model, the old saying remains true. “Anything worthwhile takes time.”
Now that’s out the way. Let’s explore different ways in which you could earn.
Personally, as someone “newer” to the whole online business and blogging scene (I’ve been doing this for 2 years), I’ve had a love/hate relationship when it comes to ads.
At the time of this writing, you may notice two ads within the right sidebar.
All I did to get these ads was apply over at Google Adsense, got the HTML codes, and added them to my website.
They earn me anywhere between $1-$10 per day.
For each person that views the ads (they appear on their screen), I earn a little bit of money. If someone decides to click, I earn a little more.
It’s pretty passive and after inserting the codes, Google Adsense takes care of the rest.
This is what I love about ads.
My dilemma. They are not the best for those just getting started with a blog and they can be too distracting.
“Whatever Jason, but you have them up right now!”
True but this blog isn’t particularly new as we’ve had close to 400,000 visitors since creating the site a year and a half ago and I currently have the ads in place as a ‘test’.
You can still earn with ads but…
Popular websites with a lot of incoming daily traffic tend to do really well when it comes to adverts.
Also, I feel certain websites are more suitable for ads than others.
If you are “newer” or just getting started, maybe hold off on the ads.
Give yourself and your blog a chance to grow trust with your readers. Let them focus and enjoy reading your content and to not get distracted by the ads.
Besides, ads won’t make you nearly as much money as promoting your own products or earning a commission from promoting someone else’s.
This leads us to affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing allows you to promote someone else’s product resulting in commission(s).
It is also how I make the majority of my income working from home now.
As an affiliate, if someone clicks your ‘special’ affiliate link and decides to make a purchase, you get paid.
At which point, your work is done.
Anything that is related to customer support is handled by the product owner.
Of course there’s more involved in joining affiliate programs and setting up your website but this is the basics of it.
Build A List
By list, I mean an email list.
Getting subscribers to join an email list could seem like an impossible task at first, believe me.
Who would want to subscribe and hear from me? What do I do once I have an email list?
The best way to get somebody to join your email list is to offer them something of value in exchange for their email. (Example: Our free course to starting a business online which you may have noticed above).
If you are running a blog right now, I encourage you to start an email list. This is a great way to keep in contact with your website’s visitors.
Earning From A List
The point of a list and running a blog should be to offer value to your visitors. Within any niche.
Offering value builds trust. When people trust you, they will trust your products, services, or recommendations.
Your own products or products you promote as an affiliate are something you could offer to your list.
Offer things of value. Things you believe will help your audience.
If you start sending people products of low quality or begin spamming people with worthless offers, then trust is out the door.
If you can help people by offering value, then you can earn a lot of money online.
Let’s move on to our last item for making money online while blogging.
Sell Online Courses
If you are new to creating a blog I would suggest starting off with affiliate marketing. I share these reasons within my own experiences as an affiliate.
Affiliate marketing gives you a great sense of how online business as a whole works, how to attract visitors and turn them into buyers, etc.
Once you get this down, then you might want to move on to creating your own products or selling your own courses.
This is just my opinion and I truly feel being an affiliate will help you to get some experience first.
Back To The Courses
A few examples of courses you could create and sell online would be a video course or some type of membership website with training.
With an online course, we’ll use a video course for this instance, you could teach a range of things: help people learn a language, fitness or cooking lessons, lessons on tennis or become a better shot in basketball, lessons on making money, etc.
The goal of an online course should be to help people by addressing a problem and providing a solution.
To learn more about creating an online course, head over to GrowthLab.
Can You Make Money Blogging Online?
Just understand that it will take a bit of work setting up your website, bringing in traffic, and to eventually – earn money.
Having a blog is a great way to express your thoughts, connect with people from all over who share similar interests, but also could result in substantial income when done right.