One of the best ways to generate passive income and earn money online is through blogging. Because of the potential income you can get from this medium, there is a lot of bad advice regarding the matter.
Some people would tell you that it is impossible to earn life-changing money during year one, but that is actually not true.
To be honest, I’ve only started earning money blogging two years ago and in year one, I’ve actually earned $45,000 and in year two, well, I think you know judging from the title of this article.
If you want to achieve faster results and start earning through your blog, read further to find out how I did it. Of course, your results may vary but at least my advice does work. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Choose a Niche Where People Usually Are
I understand that you should build your blog as a hub for writing about your passions but if you want to earn money, you’d want to settle with a niche that is dictated by market factors and not by your passions. I know that this is hard, but we all have motives.
One of the bad pieces of advice that I’ve ever heard about earning money blogging is that ‘you are not passionate enough’. Well, the truth of the matter is that I didn’t choose a profitable niche right off the bat. That is why I failed in the first months.
Do not think like a hobby blogger but think like a businessman. And, as a businessman, if you want to succeed, you want to dabble into a market where there is a healthy level of competition because that is where you will know where your customers are.
Put Emphasis on Keywords
SEO is one of your best friends when it comes to making money by blogging. You see, you want to have as many people to go to your blog than others and that is where keywords come in.
You see, the major thing about search engine optimization is the use of the right keywords and for you to find those special string of letters, you’d want to use a keyword research tool.
You can use the free Google Keyword planner but I highly recommend that you spend a bit of money and get the Ahrefs Keyword Research tool instead. No matter which one you choose, they are pretty good.
Use the above-mentioned tools to find the right keywords with a healthy level of organic traffic. Then, use those keywords on your blog posts. Think about headers, titles, and your main body of content.
Leverage Social Media
As a business owner, you need to make sure that you foster relationships with your potential customers. To do this, you must use social media.
Facebook, for example, allows you to find certain communities in your niche where you can not only promote your blog (and therefore, your posts), but also engage with your audience to build rapport and find out what they like as part of your content piece.
Once you’ve gained some information, align your content based on what you’ve found out. This way, you can drive more organic traffic simply because you’ve tailored your content as per your audience’s demands.
Affiliate Marketing and Others
I mainly use affiliate marketing to help earn money. This is by promoting different products by including affiliate links into your content. When a person clicks on the link and does whatever it is that your partners want them to do (for example, buying the product on the page), then you can get a percentage commission from it.
Other things that you can do include creating online courses, writing ebooks that are rife with information and media content, and so much more.