Generate An Extra Income Online by Blogging

by WorkFromHome on November 7, 2011

Blogging began as a digital diary of sorts for people who wanted to share their thoughts with the world. And while that is still true for many, it has also become a way to make money online. Some writers/bloggers have become so popular that this has become their sole income.

If you are looking for a way to earn money from home, then you really need to take a look at the opportunities to make money blogging.

What to Write

The best way to start your blog is to decide for which niche market you want to write. A blog that is too broad in topic will not attract enough readers to make you any money. However, if you have any specialized interests or knowledge, you can write a blog that others will flock to when they are looking for information on that topic.

It is especially helpful if you really care about the subject you’re writing about. You are going to be spending a lot of time writing about the subject so you will need to be comfortable with it and not mind spending a lot of time thinking about it. Readers of blogs will go to sites where there is a lot of new material, so you’ll probably be doing blog posts several times a week, if not daily.

Readers also recognize when the writer really enjoys the subject. They are coming to your blog because they are passionate themselves about the subject or they need good information about the topic. If they are disappointed, you will lose readership, and that means you’ll lose opportunities to make money.

Finding your Platform

You don’t need to create your own website in order to have a blog. There are many sites that host blogs for people just like you and you’ll need to pick one that works best for you.

Setting up a blog on these sites is not difficult. Some are free and some will charge a nominal fee to have them host your blog on the Internet. Many of these sites offer tutorials on how to set up your new blog with them.

Before you’re ready to let the world see your blog, you should have several postings published on your blog so that when people come to your site you’ll have good content for them to read and you’ll have had some time to tweak the look of your blog page. The more professional it looks, the more readers you’ll draw.

Readers will find you through keyword searching – again, this is why a niche market is so important – but you can also help yourself find more readers by guest posting on other blogs with a link to your own, by participating in online forums, or by listing your site in blog directories. The more readers you can attract, the better.

Start Making Money

Once you have the readers, it is time to make some money. You can generate income by selling advertising space on your blog. There are several advertising networks online that are looking for places to put their ads. And each time one of your readers clicks on an advertisement, you share in the revenue.

If you have a really nice niche blog, companies supporting that topic will also contact you directly about buying space on your blog page to post their advertising. In these situations, you are paid just for letting them put the ad on the page, you don’t need to have your readers click on an ad or promotion.

Another way to make money is to do affiliate marketing. After you’ve built a list of blog readers you can start promoting affiliated products to them. You can do this by writing product reviews in your blog or make purchase recommendations that will encourage your followers to buy through your affiliate partners, earning you a commission on the sales when they go through the links on your page.

By sharing your interest on a subject and by having readers who share your passion, you can easily make money online by working from home.

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