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In the past, making money blogging was a dream to so many. Only a few were able to tap into this liberating online money-making method.
Are you still in the state of imagination about making money blogging? Do you daydream of a day when you can stop fighting the daily traffic and work from your couch in your pajamas doing what you love? It’s time to wake up from your state of wondering because making money blogging is a reality, and the setup is simple and very inexpensive!
There are many different ways that you can make money blogging, but I will be concentrating on a simple, step-by-step starter method so that you can get your feet wet and start to get profitable return on your blog now. And you may even learn a little “blogger speak” along the way.
1. Draw Your Blogging Plan
Friend, if you want to make money blogging, then you must have a blogging plan. Success needs a plan to follow, so get your pen and a sheet of paper (or your favorite electronic notebook) and write out some of the things that you would like to achieve with your blog. blue Your blog plan consists of two parts: the what and the who. Lets start with the what. Write out the kind of blog that you would like to have and make a list of the things you would like to blog about (music, health, relationships, cars, etc.). Blogging is all about things you know and love to share. The most successful bloggers are the ones who choose topics that they are passionate about. I’m a mommy writing about all of the things that I have done as a mommy, including writing this blog.
The second part of your blog plan should be details about the kind of people you’d like to reach as your audience. Are you writing about raising kids? Then your audience might be parents and daycare workers. Or are you writing a women’s blog about getting healthy? Your target audience might be women wanting to get healthy. But let’s not forget to think outside the box. An audience for a women’s health blog could also be male nutritionists with female clients looking for ways to relate to their clients to better help them get healthy. Spend some time on your plan. It’s a road map to your success.
2. Take A Quick Tour
Take a tour of other blogs of the same niche (blogger speak for: find some blogs talking about what you want to talk about) to see what types of articles they are writing and what their blogs look like. See some of their blog features to get some ideas of features that you might want to include on your blog. Remember, you’re not the first person to write a blog on your topic, so don’t recreate the wheel. Don’t be discouraged either. There are some amazing blog designs out there, but every one of them started right where you are today. Rome wasn’t built-in a day!
3. Create Your Blog
Believe it or not, but creating your blog might be the easiest part of becoming a blogger. If your just writing a blog for fun, then you can create it anywhere and start writing, but if you’re creating a blog with the hope of profit, then its an absolute must to purchase a domain instead of using a free domain. I prefer BlueHost for hosting. If you use my link, you can get BlueHost hosting for $3.95/ month. BlueHost gives you a perfect one step solution for domain and hosting and works nicely with WordPress. Another option is Weebly. Weebly offers one stop shopping for domain, hosting, and website design. It is great for the computer novice as they do all of the background work for you. It also offers drag and drop website building which I have used many times in the past to help people setup and maintain professional society websites when they had zero website experience. Choose what you feel most comfortable with. There are many tutorials on how to move blogs from Weebly to WordPress and the reverse, so don’t worry…you can change your mind later.
4. Design Your Site
No matter how long mom has been telling us, “never judge a book by its cover” or in this case, never judge a blog by the pictures, people will always decide if your blog is worth reading based on what they see when they first click onto your site. No matter how good your content is, a poorly designed blog will send your readers running before they ever read the first word. Don’t worry if you have no experience with html coding or any of those other computer programming terms. There are now many tools available to help. If you chose Weebly for your blog, then you have already seen how simple they make it to design your website. If you chose WordPress, then checkout this great website builder plugin that I use called Beaver Builder. It turns WordPress into an easy to use drag and drop system very similar to Weebly. It takes a little more trial and error to figure out then Weebly, but works great one you get the hang of it. If you need more help building your website, or just need a few little things done like logos or header pictures created, check out Fiverr. This fantastic site offers everything from creating your logo to creating your WordPress site and jobs start at only $5!! I’ve used Fiverr for more projects than I can count. I’m amazed at the tasks that people are willing to do for $5.
5. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Now you have a blog and it’s setup just the way you would like it! It’s everything you dreamed it could be, but how will people find it? The answer to that is Search Engine Optimization or SEO as the internet world calls it. In its simplest terms, SEO is just optimizing your blog to be seen by search engines so that they can pull it up for people searching for specific key terms. When your new to blogging, the easiest way to do this is to configure your meta tags, your blog description, and create back links.
Content is King! You need to write quality articles to post on your blog. This will increase your blog page rank and blog traffic. Write about what you love and write about what you know. Your primary focus should be writing content that people would be interested in reading. If you’re a fantastic speaker, write the way you speak.
7. Pay Per Click & Affiliate Marketing
Now let’s talk about making money!! You have fantastic content. You have people reading it. Now how do you make money from it? My favorite way to monetize my blogs is through affiliate marketing. Simply write articles about the things/companies that you love. Then get an affiliate link from that favorite company and include it in your post. Every time someone reads your post and loves what they read, they might be inclined to click on your link to check it our further. When they do, you get paid! Ok, this is slightly oversimplified. Some companies have different criteria for when you get paid. Some pay you when you readers simply click on their ad. Others pay when one of your readers shares their email address by signing up for a free trial with your favorite company, and others require that your reader buy something for you to get paid. I recommend Google as a great place for you to start when adding pay-per-click ads to your blog. It’s very user-friendly and since Google is such a huge company, placing Google ads is supported by everyone. My Favorite affiliate marketing company for starters is Share A Sale. There are many other affiliate marketing companies out there, but I find Share A Sale the best when you are just starting out. They offer some great affiliates to work with and they approve many newly starting blogs.
8. Get your articles seen.
You’ve set up all of your metatags, so why aren’t people seeing your articles? Remember, you’re not the only one writing about your topic. There are lots of bigger blogs who will rate higher in search engine results, but there are other ways to get your articles in front of readers. Post your articles on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Use Google and Facebook advertising to get your site seen. A little advice about Google: When signing up for Google Adwords, don’t start your first campaign on day 1. Setup your account and then go about your business working on your blog. After 2 or 3 days Google usually sends you a coupon code for $75-$100 of free advertising. This is great to get you started and help you to work out the kinks in your advertising campaign without spending your hard-earned money.