”Can you really make money with a blog?”
That’s a question that all bloggers ask, especially experienced bloggers who know how much time and effort it takes to build a noteworthy blog.
Despite the massive changes in Google’s algorithm such as Penguin and Hummingbird, blogging still remains a legitimate way of earning money online. As long as you do things the right way, you will be able to transform your websites into money making blogs and earn a steady income.
With a shiny New Year ahead of you it is the perfect time to refocus on monetizing your blog. Revisit some of these ideas to get started converting your unique content into cash.
1. Identify Your Niche and Develop Niche Products
The first thing that you need to do is to identify your niche. You need to make sure that you are familiar with the niche you have chosen. In this way, you will be able to write content that will amuse readers and showcase your expertise. On the other hand, choosing niches that you know nothing about will only hurt your reputation.
Once you have identified you niche, it is time to develop a profit strategy – turn your readers and followers into customers by providing them with products they need. Think about your targeted audience — what is it they need, what would they benefit from, what would they pay for? Come up with a list of products and develop a strategy to create them.
One way you could easily get your hands on quality products is through PLR. PLR products give you the ability to sell them as your own — you pay a one-time fee and sell the products to an infinite number of your customers for as much as you want.
However, bear in mind that PLR products are usually sold to numerous people online, and that your competitors may be selling the exact same product claiming it as their own. If your readers spot this, you may loose credibility. Therefore, it is always a good idea to change the cover and the contents of PLR products in order to make them unique.
Another option is to develop products — Ebooks, Graphics, Videos, MP3s — on your own. It may be easier than you think, especially considering the niche you choose is within your expertise. Creating your own products is also the cheapest option, and one that will probably result in a more quality end-product, and increase the confidence of your customers.
2. Do Your Keyword and Competition Research
Keyword research is among the most important skills you should acquire if you want to be making money with your blogs. This will allow you to know which set of keywords have high volumes of monthly searches in search engines. Inserting right keywords into your contents will make your blogs highly visible in the search engine result pages.
When you get on top of Google for some highly targeted keywords, chances are you will be spotted by companies looking for blogs to promote their products on. This is where the money comes in. Just by insuring your blog’s visibility in search engines, you will be approached by other marketers and offered money to put their advertisement on your blog.
However, be sure to do your homework before putting some ads on your blog. You want to provide your readers with the best possible service, and advertise only those products that fit well within your niche, and which your readers will find beneficial and useful.
3. Write Relevant Content and Promote Affiliate Products
Once you have your set of keywords ready, the next thing you should do is write content that is relevant to your niche and to the set of keywords you have found. Make your blogs informative and interesting. You don’t have to be very formal when writing blogs. Remember, you are writing a blog, not a presidential speech. People will love your posts if you add some humor in it.
Within your quality articles, it is a good idea to include some sort of promotional material. Find affiliate products and services that fall within your niche, and include links within your blog posts. As long as your content is informative, beneficial, and high-quality, chances are your readers and followers will click on the links you provide and enable you to make a commission.
4. Teach, teach, teach!
You’ve built a social following and have great content for visitors but nothing is happening–at least on the cash side. With plenty of free streaming conference providers out there, why not teach a class on a subject specific to your blog. With the right marketing, that 30 minute freebie can build excitement for a longer conference later, one that you can charge registration for. A free conference gives students a preview of your skill level and teaching skills.
5. Consider offering premium content
You’re the expert and it shows. Best of all, you’re ready to share your knowledge with others!
Consider creating a “clickable” link on your blog that allows interested parties to reach you for premium content. You can earn big bucks just by writing about what you know.
6. Premium memberships can bring in revenue
Offer your readers a premium portal! Members can access new, exclusive material for a small fee. Of course, you will have to invest some time and effort in creating premium content.
Some ideas you can offer are how to videos and an active chat feature!
7. Make Sure Contents Are Original
Search engines never tolerate duplicate content. This only means that copy and paste method of writing blogs will not work. If there are any plagiarized contents in your posts, search engines will penalize your site. Worst of all, they may block it.
Furthermore, readers are not dumb. If they realize that your contents are not your own and are copied elsewhere, they will be annoyed and never visit your site again.
8. Find Ways to Generate Traffic
Once you have published a post, the next thing that you need to do is to generate traffic. Using social media is an effective way of gaining followers. You can also link your site to popular article directories. Submitting content to major search engine like Google, Yahoo and Bing will also boost your web traffic.
Building blogs that make money will always be a legitimate way of earning a steady income online. Just stick to the basic principles of blogging and you will be able to make money online. By choosing a specific niche that you are familiar with, conducting keyword research, writing original and relevant content, as well as doing your best to generate traffic, you will be successful in blogging. After that it mainly comes down to promoting your own, PLR, or affiliate products, or selling ads spaces.
There are many other way of making money with your blog — as long as you have an extensive list of subscribers, readers, and followers, you have the ability to transform them into customers and start making a steady income with your blog.