How Can You Make Money Blogging
The internet is a booming market place and everyone wants a piece of the internet money pie. Can you make money blogging? Absolutely! Will it happen overnight? Absolutely not! However, if you take the right steps, and gain the right knowledge you can earn a substantial income from blogging, over time. Some of the most important topics to have knowledge on when starting a blog to earn money are SEO, ad hosting, sponsored posts and affiliate programs.
What is SEO?
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and it is highly important that you use this technique within your blog posts. You may have the greatest content among your niche or some insanely unique ideas but if your blog doesn't appear in search engines no one will ever read your material. Some of the tactics of SEO include using a keyword tool, considering keyword density, back linking and cross linking. You can find more information on SEO by searching for tutorials.
How To Host Ads on Your Blog
There are several ways to earn money off of hosting ads on you blog but it must be done in an appropriate manner without making your blog look like one giant ad. First thing you should do is sign up for a Google Adsense account. This allows you place Google ads on your blog and most blog hosting sites like blogger and Wordpress have this integrated to make it really easy! Never place more than three Google Adsense capsules on your blog at one time. Next, sign up for a Passionfruit ads account. This easily lets you set up a way to sell ad space on your blog that takes very little management and charges nominal fees. You simply create the amount of ad spaces you want to sell, their sizes and their prices and then Passionfruit provides you with the codes to place on your blog. Passionfruit handles the money collection, the ad placement and all you have to do is approve the ad and cash in on the fees.
Sponsored posts are a great way to add extra income to your life generated from you blog. A sponsored post is basically when a brand or company pays you a sum of money you both agree upon for a post in your blog feed advertising their business or product. Some things to consider when trying to build relationships to receive pay for posts;
- The amount of money you are paid will greatly depend on your following (or audience) and the product itself
- Sign up for websites like Brand Backer to make finding these relationships easier
- Put a notation on your blog letting potential clients know that you offer company or product reviews for a fee and that they should contact you via email for more information
- Always let your readers know when a post you are writing is sponsored, it's a big no no in the blogging community to try to hide this fact
- Always give 100% honest reviews! Your readers will quickly stop reading if they feel you aren't providing them with honest information
Affiliate Program Directory
Most affiliate programs work with Commission Junction and it's affiliate program directory is extremely large! Start here before going anywhere else.
Affiliate programs allow you to place links and ads for a specific product or brand on your blog and receive commissions of sales you generate from those links and ads. The best way to go about this is to join an affiliate relationship with a brand or company you already purchase from. When you review a new product you've purchased you can easily place your affiliate links and ads within the post not only letting your readers know where you bought the product you're raving about but earning a little money on their purchases. So often I see bloggers advertising for companies for free when they could be making a few dollars just by letting their readers know about products they love.
Quality and Consistent Content
One of the biggest ways to earn money from your blog and be successful is to have quality content and be consistent with your posting. If you go long stretches without posting, your readers will get bored and stop following you. Content is also important, be sure to give quality content that is relevant to your blogs niche. Don't over spam your blog with sponsored posts, be sure to put your own thoughts and ideas into the mix. Take the time to research your ideas and write thorough heart felt posts.
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