How can I make money from a blog? That’s the single most important think most people think about when they start their own website. To be honest, generating an income through blogging isn’t rocket science, but still many people fail at it.
Despite hundreds of articles, books and video tutorials on the subject, why is it that only a few people in the blogging industry are making thousands of dollars per month, while everyone is getting frustrated with low traffic despite having a good amount of content on their website.
Yes, content is very important, without it your blog wouldn’t even exist. But some successful blogger can publish one article per week and get more traffic than someone who’s posting content on the daily. So what’s the catch here? In order to make money with a blog, you need to do more than just write articles.
The amount of articles you publish won’t make your blog successful. You actually need to focus on the quality and make sure that you’re sharing reliable information that is relevant to your audience.
If you’re just recycling the same run-of-the-mill articles that already exist on the internet, without adding an element of uniqueness to it, your readers won’t find the work interesting enough to share with their social groups.
So what can you do to create articles that people want to read and share with others? Here are a few things you can do to make money with a blog by creating sharable content:
Writing about a topic you’re interested in
If you don’t know much about a topic, chances are that you won’t be able it to explain to your audience either. So pick a topic or niche that you know about and create content on it.
A good place to get ideas for topics is Quora where you can go through questions people are asking and pick out ones that you the answers to.
Have some variety
Don’t just stick to articles. You can create videos, ebooks, infographics or any other fun way of getting information to your audience. Reading just articles can get boring at times.
Engage with your audience
Don’t let your blog be a one-way street when it comes to communication. Interact with your audience by getting their option on articles or asking them what topics they want to see on your blog.
Offer to freelance
Your blog can be a stepping stone for getting a better writing job on the freelance market. The blog will serve as you portfolio that you can show to clients to gain their confidence that you can create content that readers love to share with others.
You would also have an upper hand on other applicants when it comes to content optimization and social media marketing, which could get you hired instantly.
Probably one of the best ways to make money from a blog is through affiliate marketing. This actually means that you can find a partner website like Amazon and simply market their products on your website and earn a commission when someone clicks on the custom link from your partner and buys the product you recommended.
Advertising is another way to make money with a blog. Once you have over 10,000 visitors coming to your website, you can start making a decent income from Google ads. Adsense is a little tricky to understand so make sure you do your research before applying.