How To Start A Money Making Blog – Easy Guide
Do you want to Start a Money Making Blog?
Then read this…
For you to have landed on this page, I assume you either own a blog but not making money out of it or you wish to start a blog and earn from it.
I also assume you know what a blog is?
The name BLOG was coined from WEB LOG and is according to Wikipedia a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consist of discrete entries (posts) typically displaced in reverse chronological order.
Don’t be confused; simply put a BLOG is a type of website that is updated frequently with latest news or information. Anyone can own a blog site and start posting the same day. You can update your blog by the minute, hour, daily, bi-weekly, weekly, monthly.
Many bloggers are monetizing their blog for profit.
Before we continue, I will like to explain something, which is, the platform you blog with will determine how easily you’ll making money from your blog.
There are free platforms like Blogspot (example.blogspot.com), WordPress.com (example.wordpress.com), Wix (example.wix.com) etc.
The above listed platforms are free, meaning you do not pay for a domain or hosting.
But of course this free method of blogging is not easily monetized as you have limits to what you can do at your back-end. As a matter of fact, some of the owners of this platform will monetize on your blog and take the profit for offering you a free platform to share your view.
I will advice you blog with platforms that does not limit you like WordPress.org, Blogger etc.
Now, going on, I will be sharing with us how to start a money making blog i.e. how to create a blog and position it for profiting.
WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT
If you must be successful as a blogger, you must have passion for what you are blogging about, you must be skilled in the area you are writing about, be consistent in posting new articles, be ready to give out quality and unique information and finally, you must be ready to engage your audience and win their trust.
“TRUST GENERATES MONEY ONLINE”
CHOOSING A BLOG PLATFORM AND HOSTING
There are a whole lot of platforms one can run a blog on but the most popular are WordPress.org and Blogger. WordPress to me is the best in terms of profitability, design and SEO. You can download and install latest WordPress platform direct from your host.
Some popular and affordable hosts to consider includes;
The above listed hosts are cheap, reliable and customer friendly host and domain company. They also offer you free domain for the first year. (Fastcomet offer you free domain for as long as your site remain hosted by them).
To start a money making blog that is for professional purpose, you must have your own unique domain (www.YourDomain.com) and a host for it.
You can get a domain name for less than $10 per year and a good host per your budget. I register all my domains with Namecheap and use Fastcomet, Bluehost and Inmotion as my hosts for all my blogs and they have never failed and have good customer care that will attend to you 24/7.
PLEASE NOTE: When choosing a domain, it is advised to choose something related to what you are writing about. For example, if you want to write about HIV treatment, your domain should look like this (*www.hivcure.com or www.treathiv.com). This is so when people see your domain in a search report, they will have an idea of the content of your blog. It will also help your sites ranking in SERP when people search keywords related to that.
Also Note: You can contact me (2348155672112/ email@example.com) to help you set up your blog, I promise you won’t break a bank but I would love and will prefer teaching you how to fish than giving you a fish.
MONETIZING YOUR BLOG
When I was in the university, there is this saying I and my friends use a lot when we approach the school gate; “WHERE PEOPLE ARE, THERE IS MONEY”.
We say that because, my school is located in a remote area with little population but business people will troop in during school days selling one thing or the order in front of the school gate. Now what are they capitalizing on, STUDENT TRAFFIC. So what am I saying? For you to make good money from your site, you need GOOD QUALITY TARGETED TRAFFIC. Traffic generates sales and you get traffic when your blog is filled with quality and original content.
Remember the saying, Content is King. It still is.
Now how will you monetize your traffic?
There are lots of ways to monetize a blog; this also depends on what your blog is all about. I will share with you the top 7 best and simple ways you can make money from your blog.
Best and simple ways you can make money from your blog
When your blog start garnering a lot of readers; celebrities, companies, businesses, schools, government, TV shows, entertainers, music stars, fellow bloggers etc will like to partner with you in terms of displaying their brands on your site. This brings a lot of money. Online advertising is taking over conventional ways (radio and television) of advertising.
You can make steady cash flow through sponsored ads by advertisement companies like Google Adsense, Media.net, Propellar Ads (very rewarding and converts for small bloggers), Propellarads Push Notification Service also pay well for third tire countries. They also pay weekly and even have very small minimum withdrawal limit. Other PPC/CPA companies include Infolinks, Revenue hits.
You just need to sign up with them and if you are accepted, you are given a unique link/code which you will strategically position in your blog. When their code is placed in your site, and your generate traffic to those advertisers, you are paid a little amount of money depending on the number of clicks, action or impression.
Most do not require your audience to buy anything for you to get paid; once they click on the links you are getting paid. This is called PPC (Pay Per Click). Others may require your audience to not only click but perform an action either by signing up/register/buy something, completing a survey or making a purchase. This is called CPA (Cost Per Action) and always pays more.
PPC options include Adsense, Propellar Ads, Media.net., infolinks.
CPA options include AdBrite and ValueClickMedia.
Selling of useful information is very profitable. A lot of people seek for one solution or the other in the internet. You can sell your own e-books, audios and videos. When your readers trust you, they can buy products you recommend but make sure what you sell in your site is worth paying for else you will loose the trust of your loyal readers and fans. Remember, entrepreneurship is all about solving problems. When you provide the solution people need, you are rewarded.
For example, it is obvious that PayPal limits the kind of transactions Nigerians are allowed on the platform, we can only send money through PayPal but cannot receive. This pushed some bloggers and information marketers like us to seek for ways to genuinely accept PayPal from Nigeria without breaking any PayPal law. We were able to find a way and today, some us can now accept payment from our international clients.
We then decided to carry other marketers along, I created a short e-Book on how Nigerians can create a PayPal account that can send and receive funds from Nigeria. You can contact me if you need this information.
This is another big way of building online income. Some bloggers believe this is in fact the best way to make money from your blog. Here, you offer other peoples product to your readers and get paid an agreed percentage when they purchase the product. But like I mentioned earlier, make sure the products you are marketing are worth buying and of quality. So anytime you buy any material that you feel is very resourceful and can be resold with the permission of the owner for a percentage, why not, you will be making steady streams of income when you recommend it. You can also join affiliate networks that have a lot of products available for marketing. Place the unique banner bearing your affiliate ID in your blog and once a purchase is made through your link or banner you are paid.
Popular affiliate networks you can try include Commission Junction, Amazon Associates, ShareASale.
Also, if you are using any product, theme, webhost and you feel they offer good service, you can recommend their product to your readers and make a cut once they purchase the product.
Read more about Affiliate Marketing
CONSULTING AND OTHER SERVICES
When you have built a good reputation online some of your readers will like to know your secret, others may want to follow your steps; you can teach them online or guide them through achieving success even without seeing them.
I have consulted for a good number of followers and clients without even meeting them. At most, we spoke on phone. They’re convinced, they pay you for your time and you in-turn give them valuable information.
You can also offer to build a site for them to start like you. These kinds of service do not come free.
Most bloggers are not aware of certain publisher opportunities where they can create an account and sell ad space directly to advertisers.
Yes, you deal directly with advertisers.
One of such ad marketplace is Adclerks.com, BuySellAds.com
At Adclerks, publishers are allowed to sell different ad sizes on their site to advertisers on the network. You fix you price per cpm or monthly.
I am an Adclerks publisher and have advertisers paying me to place ads on TTE. Signing up is free, the ad company just take a certain percentage of ad sales.
Adclerks also monetizes your inventory while you’re waiting to sell your space using what they call Swift Ads. They show partner ads on the provided space until an advertiser shows interest on your site and you still get paid. So it is win-win for publishers.
I reserve this for the last but that doesn’t mean it is the least way to monetize a blog, in fact, it is one of the best for information bloggers that know what they’re doing.
I allow companies and content promoters share contents related to my niche on my blog and I get paid for this.
The good thing about this method is that you decide what your pay is. I have heard companies like JiJi.ng and even foreign companies sponsor contents on TTE. So you should also consider allowing sponsored posts to earn revenue from your blog.
These and other ways bloggers can use to monetize their blog.
If you are a blogger and making good money from your blog using a method not listed above please do share with us and leave a link to your blog.