If you want to make money from your blog, you’re not alone. Many people across the globe want to do that. A small blogging income is easy enough to create, especially for a writer. To create a full-time income, you’ll need to put a little more effort into it.
Five years ago in 2009, 452,000 people made blogging their primary source of income, according to the Wall Street Journal:
The best studies we can find say we are a nation of over 20 million bloggers, with 1.7 million profiting from the work, and 452,000 of those using blogging as their primary source of income. That’s almost 2 million Americans getting paid by the word, the post, or the click – whether on their site or someone else’s.
Blogging.org has a 2012 infographic, based on a 1000-person survey, which posits that 9% of bloggers make enough from four to six hours of blogging each day to sustain their lifestyle.
I’ve no idea how many people across the globe are full-time bloggers. Today there are many more blogs, more people read them, and there are endless opportunities to make money.
My point: if you want a blogging income, you can get it. These three tips will help.
1. Create Something to Sell via Your Blog.
Most bloggers rely on simple set-and-forget revenue streams. They add Google AdSense ads to their blog, and/ or some affiliate ads, and wait for the money to roll in. A decade ago in 2004, AdSense and similar advertising could make you a very nice income. You added some Google code to your blog, and Google showed ads. You wrote blog posts, and made money.
Those days have long gone – everyone created content, and everyone showed AdSense ads because it was easy. Today, there’s too much content chasing too little ad revenue. The Google AdWords PP C program, from which AdSense advertising derives, is expensive. I’ve no idea what the stats are, but from what I see, companies are paying more AdWords dollars for less return.
ACTION TIP: Create Information Products: Almost Anything Sells.
I created Write Short: Sizzling Success from Short Reports and Short Stories because the information in that program is easy to apply, and it works. If you want to make money blogging, you need to sell your own products. I’ve been creating and selling info products for many years. Blogging to sell information works for me, as it works for many others.
It can work for you. Sell SHORT material. It’s an utterly reliable way to make an income from your blog.
Want to sell longer material? Whatever works. You can sell ebooks, classes, courses… membership programs… anything you choose.
2. Sell Others’ Products.
If you don’t want to create your own products, sell others’ products on a commission. Ebay and Amazon both have affiliate programs, as do many other large companies. The kinds of products you’ll sell depend on what kind of blog you’re creating, obviously.
ACTION TIP: Decide on Your Affiliate Products BEFORE You Create Your Blog.
Here’s a list of the top 20 affiliate networks. Choose a network which appeals to you. Create a business plan first, before you create your blog. If you already have a blog, and want to sell products on commission, the same applies. CREATE A BUSINESS PLAN. And yes, I’m shouting. The more planning you put in, the greater the likelihood that you’ll make a great income.
3. Be Proactive… and BLOG.
I’ve been blogging for 15 years. I love it. To be honest I’d do it without pay, because writing something, then publishing it, is hugely satisfying to me. I write ALL the time. If I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing, and I write a lot, every day. Over the years, blogging has become pretty much automatic.
If you feel the same way – if you’re passionate about blogging, you will make money. Here’s why. You’ll ignore the naysayers. Not only will you ignore them (as I did for years, until everyone started blogging), but you’ll be gleefully proactive.
You’ll look at what others are doing. You won’t copy them; you’ll strive to understand how blogging works. You’ll keep going until it works for you. There’s not much more to it than that: keep going.
ACTION TIP: Talk to Yourself.
As much as I push blogging, I push journaling too. It’s all very well to think about something. If you want to understand yourself, and your potential, you’ll journal. Journaling helps you to make money, because it makes you more creative.
Your journals provide fuel for your blog. They also provide you with ideas, so that you can become proactive in making money.
In summary, to make money blogging, you need to sell something. You can sell products that you create, or you can sell others’ products. Then blog, and keep blogging. 🙂
Write Short: Sizzling Success From Short Reports and Short Stories
Use your spare minutes; turn them into cash. Write and sell SHORT products you create, both nonfiction and fiction. You’ll discover a great new write-and-sell strategy, and will develop your own profitable income streams which will boost your hourly rate into the stratosphere. Get started immediately.
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