A lot of people ask me – how do you make money blogging – I say to them “it takes a lot of blogging to make money from it.” It’s a good answer because it’s actually difficult to start up making money with a blog – even if you already have one. Imagine trying to come up with a niche blog (the best kind to monetize) AND coming up with three months worth of topics (because you need a BLOG before you can even begin to make money with it) AND trying to market it and monetize it? First things first ladies – if you want to try and supplement your income by blogging then first decide what kind of blog you will be writing. Research some up and coming (or safe and popular) blogs and go from there. Decide on a name and buy the domain! You aren’t going to make ANYTHING if you have a “freebie” blog.
Then – you need articles or “blog posts” on your blog. It will take you a couple months to get going. You might be able to back date a few BUT you need time for the majority of these to make their way onto search engines. Your blog is useless if you aren’t getting it onto the search engines. You want people to FIND you don’t you? Do a little research on a little thing called SEO (search engine optimization). You can optimize your blog easily and it’s super important that you do.
While you are getting your posts going go ahead and join Google’s Adsense program. These are the banners/graphics you see on the side of a lot of blogs. It doesn’t bring in a TON – but it has the ability to. Also join some affiliate marketing sites – especially Amazon’s.
If you choose to stick with affiliate marketing fine. But you can also do a little “paid blogging” because advertisers are always looking for ways to get their products out there and “word of mouth marketing” (or in this case blog marketing) is easy for them, easy for you and easy on their wallets. You might end up writing about such topics as cheap horse insurance but you will have a few dollars more than you did yesterday!
I personally stick with a little of both although with a new baby – finding the time for blogging doesn’t come easy.
But seriously – all jokes about horse and pony insurance aside – blogging for money can be a fun experience. Supplementing your income is an even MORE fun experience when you can do it from home too! Just do NOT expect the money to roll in overnight and do NOT expect to “get rich” (quick or otherwise).