How To Start A Money Making Blog
Do you want to Start a Money Making Blog? Then read this…
For you to have landed in 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.
Many bloggers are monetizing their blog for profit.
Bloggers who are passionate about any topic they blog about tend to excel more in the blogging business.
A blog can be hosted for free with an open source tool like WordPress.com, Blogger, Wix etc but of course this free method of blogging is not easily monetized.
I will be sharing with us how to start a money making blog ie how to make a blog and how to 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 that one can run a blog in 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 like Fastcomet or Inmotion after setting up your domain. Fastcomet is a cheap, reliable and customer friendly host and domain company. They also offer you free domain.
To start a money making blog that is for professional purpose, you must have your own unique domain (www.your-domain.com) and a host for it. You can get a domain name for less than $10 per year and a good host for around $5 per month depending on the host. I register all my domains with Namecheap and use FastComet 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 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 search reports.
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.
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.
When your blog start garnering a lot of readers; celebrities, companies, businesses, schools, government, TV shows 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 of advertising (radio and television).
You can make steady cash flow through sponsored ads by advertisement companies like Google Adsense, Media.net, VoltAds, Propellare Ads (very rewarding and converts for small traffic bloggers) and a whole lot of them. You just need to sign up with them and if you are accepted, you are given a unique link/banner which you will strategically position in your blog. When their banner is placed in your site, 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/banners 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, 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.
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 that what you sell in your site is worth paying for else you will lose 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 monet through PayPal but cannot recieve. 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 conatct me if you need this information.
This is another big way of building online income. 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 and some of the good local ones include JUMIA Affiliate Program, Konga etc.
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 cumber 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 inturn give them valuuable 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 adviterizers.
One of such ad marketplace is adclerks.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 publiher and have advertizers 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 adviteriser shows interetst in 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 monitize a blog, infact, it is one of the best for 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 you 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.