Your most important assets are dedication and patience. Approximately 9% of bloggers are able to make a part time income from blogging, and an even smaller percentage of 4% are able to make over $10,000 a month from blogging (six figures a year). However, don’t get discouraged. With consistent effort and passion, you can easily make at least part time income from blogging. Here are the most effective tips on how to make money blogging:
1. Create a blog with appeal.
The first step is to have a blog. It is most preferable to have your own website and it is easy to purchase one. Try to add something to your blog that makes it unique, intriguing or appealing. Spend a good portion of time making sure that your design and layout is appealing to others and will not be distracting or hard to look at.
2. Produce valuable content.
What you are writing needs to be useful and valuable to others. Whether it is entertaining, evokes emotion, gives them factual information, or produces them with opinions, your content needs to have a purpose and something must be taken from it by the reader.
3. Find your voice.
You need something that will separate you from other bloggers and finding your own unique way of speaking is going to attract more readers. Your writing voice is the tone and diction you use that will make you memorable and keep people interested in what you have to say. If you sound generic, people will lose interest quickly and you will not reach as many people as you wish to. Voice normally comes naturally to writers, but try to focus on bringing out aspects of yourself into your writing.
4. Connect with your audience.
Audience is extremely important and connecting with them will do wonders for your blog. Learn as much as you can about what you are trying to communicate to your audience and put yourself in their shoes. Think about what you would want to hear if you are searching out your own content and go from there.
5. Interact with other bloggers.
Connections are important in the real world and in the blogging world as well. Establishing relationships with other bloggers will give your blog more attention and support. Comment on other blogs with positive remarks, especially blogs that focus on the same topic as yours. This will lead to you feeling more successful and interactive with the blogging community.
6. Be consistent.
Consistency is extremely important. Readers will want to hear from you regularly and will lose interest fast if they see that you have not posted in a week. Try to post at least once every two days. A successful blog needs a lot of time put into it and you need to be engaging with your readers as much as possible.
Having money coming from more than one place will actually help you make more. You have to remember that once you have gotten people interested in your blog, your blog is a platform and there are options available to you for making money. Some of them include:
– Advertising: You can make money through advertising by the use of display ads, which appear on your blog. These ads should be related to your blog’s content so that people will get even more engaged. Google AdSense is also something to explore!
– Giveaways and reviews: A giveaway or review is when a company supplies a blogger with a product and then that blogger gives it away to a reader or reviews it in a blog post.
– Sponsored posts: A sponsored post is when you talk about a product in detail and a company will pay you for it. It is important to keep these to a minimum so that you don’t lose readers. Readers will know when you are being paid to talk about something which is often a turn off. However, once in a while they are a good stream of income.
By putting in an hour or more every day, you will find that you are gaining more followers and people who are interested in your blog. Eventually, you will see that your streams of income are growing and you are making more money with each passing day. The important thing is not to lose hope and to keep trying. Being passionate about what you are doing will make it easier to keep at it every day and eventually you will see positive results!