If you are like most people, you have likely heard about the potential to make a fair amount of money by operating your own blog, but you likely wondered how to accomplish this. There are actually several ways to make money with your blog, but the most important thing is to blog about a niche that you are passionate about. Failure to do so will likely result in you becoming burned out, and it is tough to monetize a blog you no longer update. Let’s take a look at how you can dominate 2013 with the creation of your blog.
Starting a Blog
When it comes to starting a blog, we will break it down into three steps, which are to choose a topic, purchase a domain and hosting and upload content. When you are choosing your topic, the most important thing is to list some topics you would enjoy learning more about and blogging about on a regular basis. Next, you will need to obtain a domain name and hosting. Several sites sell domain names, and they typically cost less than $12 per year. You can also get a hosting package from the site you bought your domain, or you can purchase it through a third-party site. Finally, you will need to add interesting content to your blog.
Monetizing Your Blog
You will want to play around with the various monetization options to determine which one you prefer and which one works best for your specific niche. One option you have is to use PPC (Pay Per Click) ads, which will allow you to earn a little revenue each time someone clicks an ad linked to another site from your blog. Another option you have is affiliate marketing, which is where you will sell a third-party line of products. This works great if you want to base your blog around a very specific niche, such as baseball, as you can suggest specific pieces of equipment people might want to buy.
Finding and Keeping Readers
Finally, you will need to find a way to get readers to your site and keep them wanting to come back. The best way to do this is to upload content to your site that keeps your readers engaged and thinking about how helpful you are. This shows that you are not just in the business to make money; whether or not that is actually your intention. If you want to gain the maximum level of exposure as quickly as possible, you can purchase PPC ads through Google or Bing. If you can wait a while, you can save your money by allowing your solid content to rank on major search engines.
Creating a blog is actually fairly simple, but getting readers and making money is where things get a little tricky. Stick with it though because it will take time for even the most experienced bloggers to instill trust in their readers. Make your debut in the blogging world part of your New Year’s Resolution, and stick with it to see that you can become a blogging success in 2013.