If there’s something you’re passionate about, or that you want to share with people, you can create a blog and let people know all about it. This is a great way to share your thoughts, ideas, or passion with people. It’s also a great way to build a following, and create a small community of like-minded people.
The key to being successful as a blogger is to post regular content, and make sure that content is engaging and interesting to read. Think about the type of blogs that you like to visit often; why do you like reading their posts? What makes you go back to those blogs? What makes them unique?
The answers to those questions should help you determine the type of blog you should be creating as well. Now the most important part is; how do you monetize your blog? There are a few different ways to do this.
One way is to have advertising spaces on your blog. You can signup for a program like Google Adsense that will allow you to put advertising on your blog, and each time someone clicks on an ad, you will get paid a small portion. You can also allow companies and other websites to buy advertising space from you directly, and the price they pay you will depend largely on how much traffic you get to your site each month.
Another great way to monetize your blog is to promote related products as an affiliate. So what this means is you promote other people’s products, and if you make a sale from your site you get paid a commission. Let’s say you have a blog about knitting, and you want to promote a knitting kit, or a training product on how to start knitting. Each sale you make of those products you would get a commission of the product price.
You can also promote your own products or services as well. Why not combine the first method of being a writer with being a blogger? So you can use your blog as a portfolio of your writing, and use it to get clients for your writing services as well? The first thing you need to do to get started as a blogger is to decide what your blog will be about. What’s the purpose of your blog? What do you want to promote or sell?
Once you know that, you then need to come up with a name for your blog. Make it something personal, something memorable, and of course something that is related to what you want to do on your blog.
The easiest way to actually get started blogging is to then signup to WordPress.com and use their blogging platform. You can also register your own domain name to make it look more professional. Once you’re all signed up to WordPress, you can download themes for your blog, which you can use to personalize the look and style. Just go over to Google and do a search for “free wordpress themes” and you’ll find a lot of sites with a lot of different themes you can use for your site.
Then get posting. Post news, lessons, stories, or anything else you want to post, and make sure you post content regularly, either every day or every other day.
Finally you need to start advertising your blog as well. Just because you built it, it doesn’t mean they’re going to come. You need to tell people about it, and you need to get people to start visiting your blog. You can do this by telling your friends and family on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
You can also visit other blogs related to yours and start posting comments on the posts there. Don’t blatantly advertise your blog though; make sure your comment is in response to an actual post on the site. Most sites will allow you to place your blog’s address in a separate text field that will appear once your comment is approved. So if your comment is interesting, people will see your blog’s address and click through to your blog.
It can take some time to establish a solid readership, so you probably won’t be earning a great deal of money initially, but if you stick with it and combine this with other strategies you’ll learn about in this training, you can really increase your profit potential dramatically