- Is blogging good side hustle?
- Can I make money blogging?
These are some of the questions most of us think about while starting to blog! Well, the reality is that we are moving towards a freelance and gig economy where more and more people are making money on their own terms by doing a side hustle!
Yes, you heard it right!
So, you can make money blogging and lead a financially stable life ahead! To create a successful and lucrative blog, you need to generate blog traffic, develop a readership, and monetize your content with an apt advertising or affiliate marketing strategy!
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Plan your budget
You will first have to spend money to generate money from your blog. The reason being, you need to register for a domain name. It costs about $10 to $15 to use for a year.
Secondly, you need to find a hosting website. You may find some hosting websites that let you use a domain name for free like WordPress.com, Weebly.com, Tublr.com, etc. But you may soon realize that their features are limited when you want to monetize. Whereas, you will need to pay on other websites, like WordPress.org, GoDaddy.co, etc. for hosting your blog content.
Prices for these websites vary, depending on the site and other factors like how many posts you put up and how many visitors your blog gets.
Start with great content
You need amazing content for the folks who read your blog! This is especially applicable when you want to build your blog largely out of organic traffic.
One of the most important ranking indicators for Google is the time that readers spend on your content. And their tendency to return to Google after going through it. Precisely, your goal should be creating something so good and engaging that no one has to return to the search results page.
But how will you make that happen?
You can try to write about something that you know and most importantly, that you are interested in. You need both of these for quality content. So, before you start your blog, find a range of topics that you are really passionate about!
Need help creating content? Check out my content planner here.
Opt for Google AdSense
Perhaps the fastest and easiest way to make money blogging is by opting for a Google AdSense.
But what is Google AdSense?
With Google AdSense, you can add Google Ads to your website. And when a visitor clicks on those ads, you can get a percentage of the ad costs.
Basically, AdSense is a contextual advertising network that places partner business ads on your website. All you need to do is, copy and paste some code given to you from Google in the places you want the ads to appear on your website.
Google will add ads from advertisers that match the content on your website so that your readers can see relevant ads. But always remember, try to make your content of the highest quality!
Enroll in the Amazon Associates program
This can offer you a chance to earn commission by advertising Amazon products on your website, provided visitors click-through from your blog and purchase the product.
The basic idea is that you can get a tracking link that is unique to you that links to any product sold on Amazon.com. If a visitor clicks on the link on your blog and purchases that product, you are credited for that sale. You can promote Amazon products in various ways like:
- You can include a product catalog (pulled from Amazon.com) on your blog
- You can write product reviews and links to the products you like on Amazon.com
- You can include a recommended resource page on your blog
But let me tell you one thing! Amazon Associates is much more appropriate if your blog is about merchandising, retail products, shopping, etc. Else, your visitors may find your blog irrelevant to the content you are providing.
Trying to get sponsored posts from companies
Did you know that many companies can pay you money for writing a post about them?
Yes, you heard it right! Those posts are known as sponsored posts. If your blog posts get decent traffic, various companies will pay for sponsoring a post. Isn’t that cool?
The best way to find sponsors for your posts is to create a page on your own site advertising your traffic and rates for sponsored posts. This way, advertisers can find you. And you can make money by writing a sponsored post.
Create your podcast
Well, your readers may not always get time to go through your blog posts! And thereby, they might miss one of your well-written posts in your blog. So, how about reaching those peeps with an audio podcast?
Yes, you heard it right! Podcasting has been exploding in recent times and many bloggers are jumping into it.
Once you turn your blog readers subscribe to your podcast, you can start monetizing your podcasts by putting ads.
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The bottom line is, blogging can be a great way to express your passion for a particular subject and make money simultaneously! Avoid any mistakes while making money from blogging, and always try to adopt healthy habits to clear your debts. Consider blogging as a side gig to boost your income and live a debt-free life ahead!
Lastly, I would say that patience is the key to your success! Please don’t expect that you will be rich overnight! You should stay patient while going through your blogging journey.
All the best for your bright future ahead!
About the author:
Valentina Wilson is a personal financial blogger who loves to write on how to manage personal finances in a better way. Traveling is also her passion and she loves to explore different places alone. You can find her at her blog Best Debt Consolidation.