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Many people will tell you to start a blog purely because you love writing and what you’re going to be talking about. They’ll tell you not to start a blog if your goal is to make money, as you’ll quickly get tired of the hard work involved and probably give up. However, blogging and money can go hand in hand in this day and age, and many people are making money from their efforts – whether they have a travel blog, beauty blog, auto blog, or some other kind of blog, people are making money. Why shouldn’t you want that for yourself?
Below, we’ll talk more about blogging and money so you can get a good idea of what you need to do to make this your reality.
It’s true that you’re probably not going to make money from your blog right away, so consistency is key. You need to be consistent in the quality and output of your content to build up a readership. Only when you have a small audience can you even think about making a little money. Perhaps some of the quickest ways to do this is to implement a few ads on your blog, add a donation button (people may donate to you if they like your content), and include affiliate links. They can help you to begin making money right off the bat, but you need to make sure you’re transparent if you are using affiliate links.
While your goal is to make money, it’s important to note that blogging isn’t something you can do for free. You’ll need to have a blog on your own server with your own domain name for it to look authoritative, and this will cost you. You can find out more about how to set up a blog and do so really quickly, but you should have a budget ready. Invest in a unique design, custom development, A/B testing, and even social media marketing. You may eventually make these costs back, but there are always going to be ongoing costs with a blog that wants to make money.
Gaining traffic can be easy, but retaining traffic is the tough part. Make sure you’re providing high quality content that makes people want to come back again and again. You must provide value. Your site should also be attractive, fast, and easy to use.
You can’t fill your blog up with pieces that aren’t too in depth or barely scratch the surface. You’ll always get better results from longer pieces of content that really get into the heart of the subject matter.
Advertise your blog on social media, both paid and unpaid. Get involved in conversations, and start conversations of your own. Build relationships with other bloggers. It’s all part of the process of being a successful blogger who makes money.
You can make money with a blog, but you need to make sure you are consistent and even prepared to spend your own money to do it!