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September 28, 2014
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How To Make Money From Your Blog

There are lots of reasons to have an informative, engaging blog with lots of well written content consistently updated, and one of the most pressing reasons why you should have one is to make some money. Whether your blog is about dieting or rabbit hutches or being a parent, each post should be written with the ultimate goal of making money.

More and more people are spending time online and at least 20% of those are reading content. You need to make that content user friendly. Interestingly 85% of consumers now search for local businesses online which demonstrates just how far the internet market has reached in a very short space of time

 

 

 

 

 

How do you go about making an online income with a blog?

Find your niche

 

Find your niche and build your website around it. With the recent google updates, having a wide niche or even worse a website with lots of generic material, is a no no. If you have a niche like weight loss for example narrow it down to something like weight loss for the new mother for example.

 

Write every day

 

Or at least every week. You need quality targeted content to help your site rank. This helps to

 

  • Engage the visitors to your site , keeping them there longer and increasing the  chances they’ll join your email list or buy from you.
  • Builds a relationship with your visitors.  People are far more likely to trust you enough to buy off you and buy higher priced products and services from you when they feel they have a relationship with you.
  • Acts like a search engine magnet …getting Google’s attention, building your Google rankings and your traffic from search engines.
  • Attracts high quality backlinks and social media shares from people who like your content. This brings traffic directly and helps to boost your Google rankings even more.

 

More and more people are spending time online and at least 20% of those are reading content. You need to make that content user friendly. Interestingly 85% of consumers now search for local businesses online which demonstrates just how far the internet market has reached in a very short space of time

 

You also need to promote and share those blog posts. Spend some time in promotion and share on Facebook, linkedln and others to show your content to the world and garner more links and shares

 

You should write about engaging topics and mention an affiliate product in passing. You shouldn’t go for overkill though. If you are writing about a product directly or listing five things to get a new baby, one of which happens to link to an affiliate product then that should not feel too forced for comfort.

 

You may also be wondering how to get started with affiliate marketing and what it is exactly. In summary, affiliate marketing is a way of making online money without the need to have a product of your own to sell. You are in effect the middleman and for every product sold you get a cut. I am not going to pretend that you will get floods of money overnight, its a longterm process and there are many skills involved which are outside the remit of this article but it is certainly worth investigating if you are thinking of starting online or if you are already established and looking for ways to monetize your blog.

Affiliate marketing involves finding the right sort of keywords to target with small amounts of competition and then finding a product which is a good fit for your target keywords. The trick is also in finding a product which converts well with a decent affiliate commission. There will be further articles on this topic to follow

For more information about what affiliate marketing is take a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affiliate_network