Making a Living With a Blog
Let’s start with a topic that is pretty much in everyone’s mind, and that is, how do you start making a real living with your blog? What does that mean?
I think that it means making a living online with your blog, having a business, being your boss and having financial freedom.
Many people decide to start a blog to make a living because they are passionate about a particular topic. It is not a bad idea. However, most people fail to earn from it. If you want to start a blog in a big way and earn money, you must understand it.
Well, it’s not really that easy as it seems to be, but I will show you how it’s not impossible at all with this post.
Ways to Make Money from Blogs
Here are some of the ways they make money from their blogs and ways you can also blog for bucks:
Many advertisers are waiting for you to approach them, these are programs such as Google’s Adsense, where you allow companies to place their ads . . . ads related to your topic . . . on your blog. Each time one of your readers clicks on an ad on your blog, you earn a small amount of money (a predetermined amount).
A slightly different approach is used by companies such as CrispADS. With this type of service, you tell them how much you want to charge for advertising space on your blog, and they will attempt to find an advertiser who will pay that price (plus a commission for the go-between company). These are just two of a large group that is expanding daily.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) and ATOM Feeds are two of the dominant blog feeds. The object of a blog feed is to distribute every new post you add to your blog to a list of subscribers; you make your blog posts available to RSS or ATOM, people who want to read your stuff regularly can subscribe to your posts read them on a newsreader. The latest trend is to include advertising in these blog feeds, and, as before, if your subscriber clicks on an ad that is included with your feed, you get some money. There are no BIG bucks here yet, but it’s a rapidly growing field.
If you are just starting your blog or already have a blog, this is also a good option to earn money from a blog because you don’t have to invest any money, just sign up for an affiliate network like Amazon.com and earn a commission from all your blog visitors.
Online companies have been offering affiliate programs to bloggers for years; some big ones are Amazon, Linkshare and Clickbank. They work by providing you with a unique URL that you add to your blog. Any readers that click through to the company and buy something are providing you with a commission. Another version of the affiliate program is the “mini-mall” concept offered by companies such as Chitika eMiniMalls. The mini-mall works through a link on your blog that takes your reader to a page with a variety of merchandise; all sales earn you a commission.
Large corporations are very aware of the blogosphere and the growing number of people who read blogs. In response, they are using blogs to advance their business interests — blogs may never replace the Michael Jordan-type superstars for corporations. Still, blogs are already gaining many fairly lucrative corporate sponsorships.
Suppose you have a blog that is dedicated to a particular topic, e.g., digital cameras. In that case, that is published regularly, that has a good readership and is recognized as an authoritative source for digital camera information, your blog may draw the interest of a corporate sponsor, and you may be approached to run their advertisements for new products on a long-term basis. You know you’ve made it to the big time professional blogger’s league if and when you reach that point.
The methods mentioned above are just a few of the very many ways you can start making money from your blog, but there is a catch!
As you probably noticed, every scheme mentioned and every other money-making blogging scheme you’ll find requires a great blog . . . a blog that draws hundreds of readers (as a minimum) regularly. To reach this stage of leadership, you need a blog that offers the reader some unique, quality content.
If blogging is a money-making business for you, you’ll need to treat it like a business by dedicating your time, energy and creativity to its success. Also, like any successful business, you need a product or service that is a ‘customer magnet.’ Your “product” is your content: it could be news or information or entertainment, but whatever it is, it must be unique and exciting.