In times of uncertainty with the cost of living being so high, people are searching for unique ways to increase cash flow. One of the most common ways to earn money is by blogging. The idea of making money by blogging is confusing for some people, after all, how do you make money while sitting in front of a computer all day? The blogging industry is much more than that and requires serious dedication and hard work. But, is it all worth it?
According to Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of Making Sense of Cents in the 2016 article, “How to Become A Full-Time Blogger,” she had made around a few thousand dollars after a year of blogging. You can actually make a living off just blogging! Looking at Financial Samurai’s 2020 article, “How Much Money Do Online Bloggers Make?” Bloggers who consistently publish quality content multiple times a week can make anywhere from $1,000-$10,000 a year. That being said, how do you get started?
As mentioned, blogging takes hard work and dedication. It will take time to earn the big bucks. However, it’s not complicated to get started. It’s fairly simple to start blogging. First, you need a website to actually do your blogging on and, you need to know what you’re going to be blogging about. On WPBeginner’s early 2020 article, “Which Are the Most Popular Types of Blogs,” you’ll see that there are multiple types of blogs you can create. When you know what you want, you can get started.
Now that you know what kind of blog you want, let’s get started on the actual blogging process. We can look at Alex Chris’ article on Reliable Soft, “How to Make Money Blogging.” First, you need to register a domain name for your blog. This is what you see in the bar at the top of the screen. Once you set up your website, that’s when you’ll start. Focus on a single topic or theme. Have someone look over it to make sure it’s as good as can be. Be sure your blog sites are SEO or search engine optimization friendly. This means making sure you include popular yet related keywords, Keep your titles and descriptions clear and related to the topic. This will increase your chances of showing up in search results.
Getting the money to roll in is a different story. To earn money you need to promote yourself and gain a following. You can grow your following on any site like Twitter or Facebook. Brands and advertisers will see that you have a large following and will want to sponsor you. This means they give you money to review a product among other things. To maintain a following you’ll have to reply to emails and comments to show you’re engaged. You can also make money by selling ads. This means you advertise your blog with Adsense. This will help create traffic to your website.
So, if you’ve ever thought about blogging but didn’t know where to start, you now know what to do. Of course, you won’t be making a million bucks your first day of blogging but it takes patience. As they say, slow and steady wins the race. It also could get you thousands of dollars in your bank account!