Making money by blogging online has become very popular… But, only a handful of these bloggers actually make any money!
Some bloggers don't want to make money and blog just to express themselves.
But, other bloggers create their blogs with the purpose of making money from it.
They usually start very enthusiastically and blog daily. Their blog grows with good content, they insert a few ads or affiliate products, hoping to make the sales to justify their blogging.
Each day they check their stats… And they see… Sales $0.00
After weeks of consistent blogging and seeing no sales, the hope turns to disappointment and they abandon their blogs.
I cannot tell you how many times I have heard people say that they have 1, 10, 100 blogs and they have not made more than $10 a month!
Crikey… That was me for 3 years of my blogging career and then in 2010 I figured it out and made over $82,000 in that year and went on to increase the profit even further since then.
So, if you are in the same boat that I used to be in, I understand exactly what you are going through, and I'll give you the tips that will help you change this.
And if you are brand new to blogging, you’re reading this article just at the right time!
Here’s how to create a profitable blog fast…
It is important that from day 1 you have full ownership and control of your blog.
So, don’t put it on a third-party site (like blogger.com). You must get your own domain name and hosting.
Go to HostGator.com which will allow you to buy your domain and host your website for you.
If you’re using a quality hosting company like HostGator.com, it is very easy and will only take a few minutes.
Just log into your control panel (also known as cPanel), scroll down to “Fantastico DeLuxe,” and follow the links and prompts to install a WordPress blog.
First impressions count so make your blog look professional with a premium theme.
You can search “WordPress theme” in Google to find something, but I suggest spending some money to buy a theme that is search optimized and looks good.
I use OptimizePress as it is very easily customized. It also allows you to create sales pages, optin pages, launch pages and a membership site with the one theme. Other themes are usually just a blog theme and cannot be used for any other uses. OptimizePress gives it all to you in one very neat package.
You will need at least 6 quality blog posts initially and then commit to blogging regularly (at least once per week).
It is essential that these posts are well written, because you only get one chance to impress your reader.
The way you write your post determines if the reader will click to read another post, click your affiliate link, click your ad or just exit and never come back.
Quality blog posts are a great tool to pre-sell readers. So take the time and effort to do it properly. Do it right the first time and that post will continue to make money for you year after year after year.[box border=”full”]Tip: Variety is essential to keep the reader coming back. So, post different types of content such as top 10 lists, how to posts, tips and even posts that are keyword phrase optimized for the search engines.[/box]
There are numerous ways to monetize your blog – AdSense, affiliate products, your own products, selling advertising space and much more.
The secret is to find which monetization method (or methods) are most profitable for your blog.
Don't make the mistake of picking an affiliate product that pays you a huge commission and only promote that.
You should test Adsense for 500 unique visits and make a note of the results. Then test 1 affiliate product for the next 500 unique visits and swap it with another one and test that.
Once you have tested all the monetization methods you then analyse your results and pick the most profitable monetization method for your blog.
Every blog is unique and it is incredibly important that you test your monetization methods. Different seasons, global audience versus a local audience all impact the way your blog should be monetized.
Great content and optimized monetization strategies won’t put money in your pocket if you are not getting any visitors to your blog.
So, how do you find this targeted traffic?
Well, you can do this in many different ways. Here are a few to get you started:
There are many other ways to get targeted traffic to your blog, but that gives you a good overview and a great start.
If you want detailed step-by-step training on making money as a blogger and selling other people's products, then you should check out Become a Blogger by Yaro Starak, Gideon Shalwick and Leslie Samuel. I HIGHLY recommend it.
Ian is a successful offline and online entrepreneur with over 20 years of marketing and business experience. He is very passionate about living a life with time, income and location freedom. Find out more about Ian McConnell >>
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