How Do Blogs Make Money
Well I guess you’re here to get an answer to the question: How do blogs make money? Well let me just point out right upfront that tons of blogs do NOT make money!
But then tons of blogs DO make money 🙂
There will always be people who like the sound of making a blog, look into it and decide to give it a go. A high percentage of these people will spend untold hours toiling over which blogging platform to use, how to set it up, what content to use, where to get images from, whether to start making videos and dozens more problems.
Their major realization will come when they only get a handful of visitors to their shiny new blog; it’s like an island in the middle of a vast ocean!
Sorry folks, setting your blog up is the easy bit 🙁
Getting visitors to come to your amazing new blog, and then actually making money from them is a whole other level!
So, we’re back to the same old question:
How do blogs make money?
Well presuming you can get some traffic to come to your blog (and we’ll work on that later), there are lots of ways to make money from them.
1) You can sell your own products
Of course not everyone will want to make their own products, but selling your own products on your blog can be a big moneymaker. Even a short report in pdf form can make you some regular money.
2) You can sell other people’s products
This is known as affiliate marketing. You find a product in your niche and sign up as an affiliate so that you can promote their products on your blog. This can be with a banner, with blogging or reviewing the product on your blog. Amazon or ClickBank are popular choice for affiliate marketers.
3) You can join a Network Marketing company
If you are a Network Marketer a blog is a great idea! You can blog about your company and your product line. You could attract people into your business by helping them set up their own blog and giving them ideas for marketing. You could do blog posts on a different product each week, highlighting its benefits and hopefully making money that way.
4) You can become a retailer
You could set up your own shop or business (or perhaps you already have one). Setting up a blog would certainly drive sales and you could let customers know via your blog about any special offers or sales you have going on, or highlight particular products.
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How Do Blogs Make Money?
So now you can see that there are lots of ways to monetize a blog. But of course without traffic, no-one will ever visit your site!
There are so many different ways to get traffic to your website, it would be impossible for me to list all of them for your now, so this is just a few starter ideas for you.
#1 Join a Tribe and get your content syndicated. With most tribes, you read, comment and ‘like’ other people’s articles and videos, and they return the favour. These can work very well and soon get some traffic going to your site as your content is shared around the internet.
#2 Share every post you make on as many social media sites as you can.
#3 Share all your posts on as many bookmarking sites as you can. Later on you can automate some of this.
#4 Make sure your posts have good ‘on page’ SEO so they can be found easily by the search engines….(free traffic!)
#5 Post regularly! If you only do the occasional post, Google will pretty much ignore you. If you do regular, good quality posts, Google will rank you higher.
That should kick-start traffic to your blog, but you need to take into consideration, no scrub that, you need to get into the MINDSET, that blogging is a long-term strategy – you need to be building up your blog constantly for at least 90 days before you will see results.
Whaaaat?? Yes really!
And I mean proper, solid, hard work; not just an hour here and there! Do you want success? Then you need to put in the work!
Whilst you are building up that traffic to your blog, you must get some other type of marketing going on, preferably paid marketing.
The success or failure of your blog is never down to luck;
Unless it’s L-U-C-K as in Labour Under Correct Knowledge!
If you labour under correct knowledge, your blog should succeed and you will know the answer to the question – How Do Blogs Make Money?!!
So how do you make money with your blog? Please leave me your comments and let me know how you get results with your blogging.