Last Update 22nd September, 2016.
Do you love to write?
Have a passion for sharing ideas and sparking conversations?
Then how to start a blog and make money online might definitely be an option for you.
One of the reasons I launched TheMakeMoneyOnlineBlog.com was because to many, honestly, the blogging industry is a joke.
You can write a blog as a hobby, sure. But try and make money by blogging and people will think you’ve lost it.
But I’m here to tell you you can start a blog and make money online. How cool is that? You can get paid for writing about something you love, get excited about and are passionate about. It doesn’t get much better than that!
The truth is, for the last three years I have earned $6,000 a month writing just two blogs. You can blog and make money online too. I’m about to share with you all the tips, techniques, training and tools you need to blog and make money.
I learned all I know about building money making blogs from following the training at Wealthy Affiliate (WA). I show exactly what Wealthy Affiliate can do you for to take your blog to the next level in my full and frank Wealthy Affiliate review.
If you’re ready – you can create your free account, start the training and begin building your blogs within 30 seconds from now.
An awesome blogger has a passion for writing, for sharing ideas, for spreading a message.
An awesome blog is clean and crisp, easy to navigate. An awesome blog has engaged readers who share, like and comment on content. A successful, profitable blog is one that offers high-value solutions to problems, answers to questions.
Not Sure What To Blog About?
It’s the question I get asked more often. The truth is, you can make money by blogging about absolutely anything.
When choosing your blog niche or topic just ask yourself:
- What’s my favourite subject?
- What am I passionate about?
- What can I talk a lot about?
- What hobbies do I have?
- What do my friends consider me the ‘expert’ in?
If you’re still stuck for ideas, don’t worry. Read What To Start A Blog About? for hundreds of ideas.
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1) Starting Your First Blog
With two free domains to get your started, superb free hosting and the website builder tools, starting your first blog is anything but difficult.
The helpful Wealthy Affiliate community will help if you get stuck with any aspect of building a website. You’ll learn a lot about layouts, adding new pages, design, adding widgets, and more.
With hundreds of free templates to choose from, it’s easy to have a professional, crisp and modern looking website up and running – even without any programming experience.
It’s not as difficult as you might think.
2) Write Useful Content
We’ve just touched on picking the right niche or topic for your website. When you’re blogging, it’s important to know the audience you’re writing to.
The important thing to keep in mind when creating content is to make it as useful as possible. Create something that people will value or will even change their lives.
This way, you can make people like your blog and gain their trust – which is important, especially when you want to make money off your blog later on.
At Wealthy Affiliate you’ll learn what to write about, how to add real value to your content and how to never run out of ideas.
3) Find Readers
Most bloggers send their posts out into the blogosphere but get nothing back. Their well-crafted posts never get read.
It’s vital that if you’re going to blog and make money that you know how to attract readers.
Within the training, you’ll learn how to leverage social media sites and build a following to attract visitors interested in what your blog has to offer.
You’ll be given access to free keyword research tools and be taught exactly how to get your blog to appear on the top of Google, Yahoo and Bing search engines.
4) Build a Community Around Your Blog
Whatever you start a blog about, you’ll have a group of people who will find it really helpful. You’ll learn how to build engagement within your site.
You’ll see your blog come to life as people share your content on social networks, add their own comments and advice and ask questions. You’ll become an expert at turning casual readers into loyal subscribers – people who trust and respect your advice to take action on your recommendations.
This is foundational if you’re to make money blogging.
5) Different Ways to Make Money Online
As you go through the training and take action on the daily assignments, you’ll be building your blog from the ground up and before you know it, you’ll have your very own online business.
Once you’ve created a blog, built it out with content, are ranked in Google and have regular readers it’s time to take one more step and actually make money with your blog.
There’s actually tons of ways you can do this. Here’s just a few…
a) Advertising Income
Not much different from magazines or newspapers selling ad space, once you have high traffic and readers, many bloggers offer advertising space on their site.
Established bloggers often have relevant advertisers approaching them offering to pay you to get exposure to your audience. There are also ad networks such as Google AdSense who act as the middleman to enable small publishers to run ads on their blogs.
b) Selling Products
Whatever your blog is about, you can sell products related to your blog, through your blog. Virtual products like eBooks, courses, videos, and audio can work just as well as physical products like handmade cards, jewellry and books.
c) Offer Your Services
Another way you can blog and make money online is by selling their own services in some way and using your blog as a platform to promote that.
Some offer life coaching, language tutoring, consulting, public speaking, freelancing and mentoring services. Some offer a wide variety of freelance services such as writing articles, web design, database design, book keeping, management, and more.
The secret is to highlight in your blog your key expertise to find potential clients for you.
d) Affiliate Marketing
For me, affiliate marketing is the number one way I make money with my blogs.
Whatever you choose to start a blog about, whatever your specialised area, there are affiliate programs out there (which are free to join) that offer products or services your readers will be interested in.
Linking to affiliate programs within your blog allow you to promote pretty much anything you can imagine without having to own or create the product yourself. No storage. No shipping.
You send the traffic to the company website and they pay you a commission of up to 75% if your visitors buy something.
This works when you link a certain product that is currently on sale on another site such as Amazon.
If a reader clicks the link and buys the product, you earn a commission on that specific sale. If you do this more often, you will get the hang of it and discover that there is more to it than simply posting a link and earning a commission.
There are MILLIONS of products/services that you can promote as an affiliate.
For example, at time of writing, there are over 142,308 different types of “running shoes” on Amazon alone, and you can earn commissions for promoting any one of them.
Once you understand how the “initial” process works and how to get traffic, there are MANY more ways in which you can make money from your website.
At Wealthy Affiliate you’ll learn all about the proper techniques to build, and scale your new blogging business.