You can be making money as a blogger! No joke. Keep in mind, though, that behind every successful blogger stands a lot of hard work and perseverance. Not only that, but a blogger has to love what he’s writing about.
Making Money As A Blogger Means Content and Site Traffic
Not only do you need enthusiasm, you need useful content that people want to read about. Once you have that– along with a steady flow of traffic to your site–you can start thinking about ways to make money. One of the best ways to do this is through advertising. Advertising can be either direct or indirect.
Direct Advertising for Making Money as a Blogger
Direct advertising means getting income directly from the blog. This can be done by selling ad space on your blog. There are some good programs such as AdSense that can scan blog text and add contextual ads. AdSense works well with practical subjects that can come up with a commercial angle. It doesn’t work so well for abstract subjects such as politics or religion. Payment is on a “per click” (CPC) basis.
Another direct earning method is using blog ads. The advantage with this is that bloggers can control the kind of ads that show up on their sites and how much they charge for the ads. The disadvantage is that if the price is too high, you might not get any ads.
Text links are also a good way to sell ads directly. They don’t take up much room on your blog and you can also control what type of ads get put up. A good program for setting up text links is Chitika. There are also other direct advertising methods such as RSS advertising and the latest-mobile application advertising.
Indirect Advertising for Making Money As A Blogger
Indirect advertising means making money because of your blog. This is another good way for making money as a blogger once your blog starts getting a higher profile. Indirect advertising can include such things as consulting and coaching services. Once people start seeing a blogger as an expert in a particular field, they will start going to him for advice. And people are willing to pay for good advice.
Many bloggers also advertise books-either e-books or hard covers-that they’ve written. Sometimes publishers will even come to a blogger because they have put themselves “out there” with a book idea. But even selling a few copies of an e-book online every month can turn out to be quite lucrative in the long run.
Additional Tips for Making Money as a Blogger
In addition, a successful blogger can offer courses, audios/videos and webinars as well as make himself available for speaking opportunities and training programs. In addition to offering products he has produced, a blogger can give referrals for products made by others. In that case, the blogger will get a percentage of the profit made through his referral.
All in all, there are many exciting opportunities for making money as a blogger if you are willing to work at it and dream big!
Karen Marrow is passionate about blogging and affiliate marketing. To learn more about blogging and how to make money as a blogger, visit her site about becoming a blogger.