A little too much month at the end of the money? Looking to make a little money on the side to save, take a trip, or pay of debt? Then we have good news: you really can earn some cash as a blogger. If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog but you aren’t sure how to go about it, here are some great tips.
1. Don’t Go Willy-Nilly
Yes, it’s easy to start a blog. But it might actually be too easy. A lot of people believe that all they need to do is set up their blog with WordPress or Blogger and go for it. While that’s partly true, if you want to actually make money at it, there’s a lot more to it than throwing something together.
2. Choose a Niche
For your blog, choose a niche you know and have a passion for. Whether it’s Beanie Babies, coin collecting, or Southern cooking, it’s got to be something you love or you’re going to get bored. While you’re at it, pick a domain name for your blog that explains what it’s for. You can even buy a .com, .net or .info domain name for cheap, and have it point right to your blog.
3. Decide How You’ll Make Money
Do you want your blog to make money from advertising, affiliate programs, or actual selling? There are actually dozens of different income streams for bloggers. Your chosen money-making method will impact how you set up your blog.
4. Use Social Media
To go with your blog, create a Facebook page, Twitter account, and Instagram account with the same name. Invite all your friends and encourage them to do the same. This is a great way to start getting traffic. When you post something new, share it on all your social media outlets. Be active on social media; ask questions, create polls, offer freebies, and engage your readers.
5. Create Useful Content
If your blog isn’t worth their time, nobody will read it. But people who are interested in your type of content will read — and keep reading — as long as you make it worth their time. Make sure every post is engaging and offers useful information.
6. Take the Time to Find Readers
Being a blogger doesn’t mean you’re always blogging. It also means you’re on the hunt for readers. This means being found search engines, using social media, and creating content that begs to be shared.
7. Make it Stick
A good blog will attract readers. A great blog will keep those readers coming back, turning them into loyal followers. This is what people mean when they say a blog is “sticky.” To make your blog sticky, you need constant engagement and a sense of community that people want to come back to.