Well let me tell you this: it ain’t easy! No doubt you’ve heard about all those bloggers out there making millions of pounds and you’re thinking; “it can’t be that hard, all they’re doing is writing interesting blog posts and then sending readers to affiliate offers. That’s easy peasy lemon squeezy…”
But the truth is, if it was that easy to make money blogging, then everyone would be doing it. The truth is, blogging for cash is hard work. It takes time to build up a reputation in any niche, so that people will head towards your blog without you needing to forcibly send them there!
I’ve been blogging for a while now, and my visitor numbers still aren’t anywhere near as high as I’d like them to be. Sure, I’m only a measly copywriter so my market is pretty small, and I’m not blogging to generate income either. I’m blogging to help my readers with their own businesses and give them advice and guidance about things like SEO, social media, web copy and writing sales letters.
But if you’re thinking of starting up a blog in order to make money, then here are three important things to bear in mind…
1. Be Patient
Generating traffic to your blog takes time, I don’t care who you are. You’ll need to put in some long hours promoting it online via social networking tools, video sites, article sites and forums, amongst many other vehicles, and it may take a while to build up an online reputation. Writing blog posts is pretty labour-intensive too, so you need to be committed to it and in it for the long-haul.
2. Be Passionate
The best advice I can give when starting up a blog is to pick a subject that you’re PASSIONATE about. Blogging is a time-consuming business, so it’s absolutely crucial that you have a keen interest in the subject, or you’ll soon lose the enthusiasm you started out with, and end up moving onto the next venture. It can be tough coming up with new ideas for blog posts, as well, and it will be even tougher if you have little interest in the topic.
3. Write About What You Know
Again, this is an absolute must! People are only going to read your blog if you have something interesting and insightful to say about the topic in question. And in order to do this, you need to know it inside out. If you’re not an expert in the subject you’re blogging about, it will soon become very clear to your readers (who will be) and they’ll soon go elsewhere. Secondly, it’s vital that your blog ranks highly in the search engines so that you pick up even more readers and potential customers, and for this to happen you need to be updating it regularly with new and fresh content. Of course, this is a lot easier to do if you have vast experience in, and knowledge of, the topic .
So if you’re thinking about starting up a blog and you’d like to earn a regular income from it, then make sure you bear these three points in mind. If you do, you’ll stand a far better chance of creating a successful, well-read and ultimately profitable blog!
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