You’ve probably heard a success story or two about people who’ve made a lot of money as bloggers. Maybe they fell into it on accident. Maybe they get paid to blog for others. Maybe they set out to become a professional blogger and made it happen through their own hard work. No matter what your goals are as a blogger, there are a few steps you need to take to start making money at it. Let’s take a look at how you can actually get paid to blog.
1. Set Up Your Blog
It seems pretty obvious, but you need to begin by setting up your blog. If you don’t have awesome computer skills, this might be a barrier for you. There are a number of ways to set up your blog, but none of them are very difficult if you can follow some straightforward instructions.
2. Create Useful Content
Whatever topic you choose to blog on (and you can choose any niche you’re interested in), you need to provide relevant, useful content. You also want to build trust with your audience, and you do that by providing interesting, entertaining, or practical content that improves their lives.
3. Find Your Audience
As you create content, you need to be thinking about your audience and how you’ll find them. If you want to make money with your blog, you need to promote it. Think about who your audience is, where they hang out online, and what motivates them to visit your blog.
Readers who feel valued, get value from your blog, and find consistent, helpful content there will likely come back repeatedly. We sometimes call this process making your blog “sticky.”
5. Set Up Income Streams
Income streams from your blog could include advertising income, affiliate links, recurring income from paid access (like exclusive content, a community forum, or services), or using your blog to promote your business. There are other income streams for bloggers, but these are some of the most common. For the best results, you probably want to set up more than one income stream.