Do you dream of starting a blog and making a living off it? In 2022, blogging is not an unrealistic way to make a living. But the blogosphere is not an easy place to stand out. There is a myriad of amazing blogs already, so you need to focus on differentiating yourself and knowing what is actually important to focus on so you can reach your goals faster.
1. Niche, Name, and Foundation
One of the main reasons new blogs fail is because they don’t take the time to focus on one niche or general topic for their blog and simply call their blog a “lifestyle blog” and include anything and everything in it. But how do you find a solid niche, which topics are profitable, and how general or broad should your niche be? Take this niche quiz to discover which of your interests are in a profitable niche (make sure to share your results)!
The next most important thing to figure out is a good name for your blog. You can find inspiration and specific suggestions for blog names on Biznamewiz. Simply enter the general niche you’d like to write about and it will generate some fun names for you to choose from.
After you have your name set, you should purchase it so you own your blog domain, which is the link to your blog, for example: www.ladybossblogger.com. If you don’t purchase your website URL, you don’t own it, therefore you can’t monetize from it because you’re renting that online space.
2. Ways To Make Money Blogging
The next source of revenue to tap into is working with brands. You can do this by reaching out to relevant companies within your niche and offer to write about them. For example, let’s say you blog about athleisure, you can reach out to a leggings brand and offer to write a post about their top 5 best sellers in exchange for their leggings and an agreed upon compensation for the post.
Here are a few brands that are currently working with bloggers and influencers that you can reach out to for a potential sponsorship.
Home Goods Brands
In addition to working with brands on sponsored posts, you can also become their affiliate partner for additional revenue. When you become an affiliate for a brand, they will give you a link to their website that tracks the traffic you generate for them and you make a percentage of each sale you generate for them. Not all brands have an affiliate program, but if they do, that’s a great way to track how powerful your promotions are which will help you land more brand deals.
SELL PRODUCTS ONLINE
After promoting various products with your affiliate links, you may start to see particular types of products that perform better on your blog according to the amount of income you’re able to generate for them. For instance, if you are promoting custom merchandise, you might find that custom printed socks are selling better than custom face masks or hoodies. That will tell you what kind of product you can create yourself and start selling to make 100% of the profits instead of just a percentage.
3. Ways To Promote Your Blog
In order to keep your blog growing, land more brand deals, and make more affiliate income, it’s important to prioritize how to gain more traffic to your blog. Here are the top ways to get visitors to your blog (and how to keep them coming back).
Pinterest, unlike other social media platforms, shows your post over and over again to your audience for months and even years which can 10x your promotional efforts, IF you know how to utilize the platform correctly. You can also automate your efforts with social media schedulers specifically designed to work for Pinterest users. To learn how to maximize your efforts, there are loads of courses out there to help you such as “Grow Christian Blog” or “Pinterest Traffic Avalanche“.
SEO stands for “Search Engine Optimization”. It’s basically how Google ranks your site online according to your content. The better your content, the more traffic you’ll get and the higher you’ll rank. SEO is a long term game though, you’re not going to see immediate explosive results like you would from Pinterest, however the most reliable and consistent traffic you can get is from Google. Read this blog post, 11 Tips On How To Get Blog Traffic Using SEO, to learn more.
This is the key to getting your visitors to return. Social media and one time Google visitors are great, but if you can collect their email, you can stay in contact with them since everyone checks their email at least once if not twice a day! Learn more by reading this blog post: 3 Amazing Webinars to Start, Grow, And Monetize Your Business Via Email.
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