Easy Steps to Make Blogging Work for You Comments42 Comments

Check out my new guide for starting a blog to learn how to go about properly creating your own blog.

This week I’ve got a guest post for this blogging tips series. Well actually this blogger submitted the guest post back in February but I haven’t had a chance to fit it in until today. Unfortunately he’s not responding to my e-mails and it’s been quite a while. So I’ve decided to post it anyway. Would you publish a guest post if the writer goes MIA?

Since I could use more guest posts for this series, I figured I should go ahead and publish it. It ties in with what I’ve been writing more about lately anyway…monetizing your blog.

If you’re new to this series, check out some of the previous blogging tips posts:

The following is a guest post. If interested in submitting a guest post, please read my guest posting policy and then contact me.

There are dozens or more ways to earn a commission from your blog, more specifically from your published posts, and while some techniques may apply to you, others may not. It is not a question whether one method is better than the other, but which way of monetization is most suitable for your blog, your style of writing, your type of readers and some other factors as well.

First Things First – Content and Visitors

1. When it comes to making money with your blog, your first question should be, do I have what is necessary to make money in the first place? And that is your content and your dear readers. It is true that you can make a lot of money with little traffic, but it is always best to concentrate to attracting as much traffic as you can so that you maximize your income potential.

2. To get readers, you need to put your time and effort into creating quality content that is interesting, engaging and easy to read. Furthermore, you need to make this content available to as many people as you possibly can.

3. It is a good rule of thumb to publish one article per day to your blog and write few more articles that will serve for guest blogging, article submissions, social marketing and other means of attracting traffic to your blog.

4. Make sure that you write on the subject you choose for your blog, or write about anything you wish as long as you keep with the idea and the theme of your blog. Optimize some articles for desired keywords, while write some articles that are based on the subject and don’t target any particular keyword. Such content diversity is very good in the post Panda-Penguin world and will help you make your blog look like an authority rather than a content farm.

5. It usually gets down to being disciplined and working on a consistent basis and everything else is assured to happen. If you work that way for some time, you should see an increase of traffic as well as increase in positions of those articles that were keyword targeted.

Monetizing Your Blog

Once you have this sorted out and have your blog live for some time, you can start applying some of the monetization techniques that will turn your traffic into an income and help you make money blogging. It is best that you try various methods and see what works best.

1. One of the good ways to produce a residual income is to have your visitors sign up to weekly or monthly newsletter. In these emails, you should offer valuable and free information, while at the same time offer them something to buy. You can practice with various products, which can either be yours or sell them as an affiliate.

2. You can try with AdSense or other type of advertising. Such ads can sometimes bring a lot of money if they are placed strategically and if they simply work. Try it out yourself and see if it is worth the space on your blog.

3. Another good way to monetize your blog is by offering affiliate products through your articles, where they fit in. If your content is good and trustworthy, you may see a nice stream of income coming through these posts. Furthermore, you may reserve an entire post to discuss the benefits of a particular product and encourage readers to buy it.

4. Donations are another method of making money with your blog. Create one page reserved especially for thanking your dear readers and encourage them to donate an amount of their choice to support you in the future. Because your blog is all about quality and integrity, they have no other choice but to help you delivering such content in the future.

Conclusion

I can keep going, but I believe that for those who are just starting out and for those who are on the scene for some time already but don’t have anything of their own to sell, these methods should work very well. As you keep working and expanding your content and your income, you can try new stuff and keep experimenting to see what makes your blog the most money.

How do you plan on making money from your blog? What is working well so far?

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By : Adam | 8 May 2013
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42 thoughts on “Easy Steps to Make Blogging Work for You

  1. Matt Becker

    Helpful advice as I start out in this crazy new world. So far I’ve just been focusing on content and traffic, but monetization is definitely in the back of my mind. Thanks for the tips!

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    1. Jeremy

      If you’re just starting out, keep monetization on the back of your mind for now. It is unlikely that you will make much money at all early on and it can be too much of a distraction. Plus the low numbers may be frustrating. Keep focusing on content and marketing and look into monetization more when your traffic builds up.

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  2. Edward Antrobus

    The method not listed here :) is the one that has slowly taken up the lions’share of my blogging income. Consulting has been very irregular for me, but when it happens it can be rather lucrative.

    my fastest growing source is actually disconnected from my blogs entirely. Fiverr had really been blowing up for me lately.

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    1. Jeremy

      Consulting can be rather profitable, but personally I’m more interested in building up income that is somewhat passive. Hopefully I can build up affiliate income like that soon. I don’t think I’d ever offer any service on fiverr though. It’s just too little money for each task.

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      1. Edward Antrobus

        I provide a limit per gig and if someone needs more, I direct them to purchase multiple gigs. Last week, I had a woman buy 8! It is frustrating because even them my rate on Fiverr is half what it is outside, but you have to go where the customers are. I’ve made more money on Fiverr last week than all year from a sure devoted to seeking the same service.

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  3. John S @ Frugal Rules

    There are some good tips here. Like they sort of touched on, I tend to think that the content is vital. I think that’s what brings people back, if you’re looking for traffic and potential income that is.

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    1. Jeremy

      I’m not so sure that is true John. If you want to make money from repeat visitors it is, but if you build up a strong site it can make a ton of money just from first time visitors coming from search engines.

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      1. John S @ Frugal Rules

        You’re exactly right Jeremy. I did not expand on my initial comment enough. I was meaning in terms of when you’re first building up your site that content is vital and that monetization should generally not be a huge focus. But, once you do build up that traffic and start to get good incoming search you can focus then on monetizing that.

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        1. Jeremy

          I do agree with that. There’s no point in wasting your time worrying about monetization a lot early on and then getting frustrated when the money isn’t coming in.

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  4. Grayson @ Debt Roundup

    You have to be careful when thinking about monetizing a blog. If you don’t do it from the start, then some readers can get upset when ads are placed in after a couple of months. You have to think about these things when you are first starting out.

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    1. Jeremy

      It is something to consider, but if your readers are put off from new ads, they probably wouldn’t have liked your blog if it started with ads. Some people just aren’t happy unless a blog is ad free. So I’m not sure how much of a concern that really should be.

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  5. Cat

    I am starting to read your entire series of blogging tips from the beginning :) to hopefully make a better job of my blog overall.

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  6. The Norwegian Girl

    Good advice, however I do have to say one thing.. Posting EVERY day can get you quickly burnt out from blogging, so I think it`s more vital to post lets say 3-4 times a week, this way you`ll keep things fresh, but you still have time to create good articles!

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    1. Jeremy

      That is very true. I experienced some of that early on, but I found that once I started accepting guest posts that problem cleared up a lot. Bloggers do have to realize that they are under no commitment to post a certain number of times. It’s all up to them to decide.

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  7. Darnell Jackson

    This is good because I think people are forgetting what the point of a blog is all about.

    If you can’t hold someone’s attention and they find it pleasurable or useful whatever it is you are sharing with them, then you shouldn’t be blogging.

    Basically blogging is for people who talk to much and like to laugh AND argue.

    It is what it is, an opportunity if you are prepared.

    There’s the question to answer. are you prepared?

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    1. Jeremy

      I wouldn’t say blogging is for one specific personality like that. Since readers of blogs vary a lot, the style of blogging that appeals to them would vary a lot too. I think even a boring blogger could be providing content that some people actually like. He’d just have a rather limited demographic to target.

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  8. Shannon @ The Heavy Purse

    Great tips, as always. RIght now I’m focusing on increasing traffic and creating content. I’d certainly love to generate some more income but the few offers I’ve received haven’t really been worth it and few were a little shady too. :) But all this information helps me plan for the future and motivates me to find a way to monetize my site in a manner that suits me.

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    1. Jeremy

      I think you’ve got some flexibility there with the books you sell. With that kind of setup, just getting exposure for your books could pay off. On the flipside you also probably want to be more careful and not risk jeopardizing what you already have going by accepting ads that Google might not be too happy about.

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  9. Kim@Eyesonthedollar

    I don’t know if I’ll ever be good at promoting products. I suck as a salesman. It would have to be something I really loved or found value in. Thanks for another Wednesday tip.

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    1. Jeremy

      Honestly you don’t necessarily have to be good at promoting the products. You just have to know how to get traffic to pages that promote those products in any way. Sure a strong sales pitch might help with conversion rates, but higher levels of traffic can overcome that.

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  10. Chris @ StumbleForward

    For me I’ve earned most of my money from Adsense and affiliate programs that I’ve signed up with over the years. I also been offered paid post but I chose not deal with them since I don’t want to face any search engine penalties.

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    1. Jeremy

      I’m surprised you list AdSense as one of your main blog income sources since it has a reputation for offering much lower income than you could get via other sources. Affiliate programs do have a ton of potential when promoted properly. That’s something I need to jump on when I have more time.

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  11. Skint in the City

    I’d focus on building traffic way more than monetizing in the early days, because you want to establish your blog’s unique voice first and I feel that’s always a bit diluted and compromised by advertising. Not that I’m saying I don’t like monetizing (!) – just seen blogs get downhearted trying to monetize too soon.

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    1. Jeremy

      For sure, there is no need from that distraction early on when you are still figuring everything else out. You can get off to a much better start if you are only focused on content and marketing. I think the pace of early growth is a strong motivating factor to keep going too.

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  12. Alexa

    I don’t know that it’s necessarily rule of thumb to publish one article per day. Depending the topic of the website and I think that could be overload and may come off annoying to readers. Esepcially if you are publishing one article per day just to be publishing one article per day and don’t have anything worth saying.

    I think quality should come way before quantity.

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    1. Jeremy

      I do agree that trying to post once per day is rather optimistic for most bloggers. You’re right that it can just annoy readers if it’s not quality content. Building up a lot of posts can help with search engine rankings/traffic though.

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    1. Jeremy

      On top of that it should be a niche that you can make money in…if that is one of your blogging goals. Some niches are far less profitable. Still you should be passionate about the topic to really succeed.

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  13. Shafi

    One of the bloggers who is quite successful suggested last year in one of his articles to monetize your blog only when you reach the 1,000 visitors mark a day.

    I had some affiliates links and a couple of Click Bank ads, but I was not getting anywhere with it. Zero, zilch. Then I removed all those ads except AdSense which I put them in different places than before, and the money is coming in, little but hopefully will get the minimum check from Google.

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    1. Jeremy

      I don’t agree with that advice at all. That is simply leaving too much money on the table. It can take a very long time to reach 1000 visitors per day. A lot of bloggers would give up before then and not have any money to show for it. Just because an approach worked for him it doesn’t mean others need to follow that.

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  14. Tarun Kumar

    Mostly full time bloggers get success easily than the part timers. And the time we invest matters a lot. Anyway we can tell it is working when we can make at least 3 figures of income.

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    1. Jeremy

      Yes the amount of time you invest matters a lot. Very few people have the luxury to start out blogging full time. Most will have to work hard part time to be able to transition down the road.

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  15. Tarun Kumar

    My bad luck is, I got permanent ban from adsense before I learned what blogging is all about. I am using chitika ,oh god, it is making below $0.50 daily for me. Can you please tell me some ways to make money with my blog other than adsense.? Thank you for giving replies to all the comments in your blog. God bless you.

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    1. Jeremy

      I can relate to your position since the same thing happened to me many years ago. On the bright side, that kind of monetization is one of the weakest ways to make money with a blog. You can make so much more with affiliate promotion, direct advertising or by creating your own product.

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  16. Kulwant

    Thanks for this accurate the step by step approach.

    People always think about making money before attracting good number of visitors and then keep complaining about failure. I myself always suggest my readers to build a strong audience for their blog before thinking to make money via their blog.

    This was indeed a great article to learn awesome things.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Kulwant. Anyone who decides to blog just has to realize that they won’t see money right away. It takes an incredible amount of time and effort to reach that level. It pays off in the end, but it isn’t a get rich quick scheme.

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