Many people are able to supplement their incomes with their blogs, and some are even able to support themselves entirely by blogging.
While you may not be able to quit your day job once you start blogging, with the right advice you can find ways to make money blogging.
Blogs let you share your expertise with the world on a wide variety of different subjects.
If you really want to make the most money from your blog, it is a good idea to focus on a single topic.
While you may have many interests, a blog that covers a wide variety of topics may have a harder time finding an audience.
If you want to blog about multiple subjects, you can always have multiple blogs.
Since most of the money that bloggers make comes from advertising, you are likely to earn the most revenue from a blog that confines itself to a single subject.
This way, the ads that are displayed on your blog will be more likely to be relevant to your topic. When your blog is less focused, it is harder for advertisers to come up with ads that are really targeted at your audience.
Displaying Ads on Your Blog
To display ads on your blog, the simplest way is to sign up with Google AdSense or a similar program. All you need to do is give them the URL of your blog and fill out a simple application. Once you are approved, ads will be automatically displayed on your blog. You can customize how they appear so that they do not become too obtrusive.
These ads are selected by the program to be as relevant as possible to your blog. Thousands of different companies participate in these programs, so the odds are good that there will be some companies that sell products that are related to what you blog about. Of course, the more obscure your subject is, the fewer ads there will be that are related to it. If you want to display popular ads, you need to focus on a subject that has widespread appeal.
These advertising programs are generally pay-per-click, meaning that you only get paid for the people who actually click on the ad to follow the link. You do not get paid for everyone who just views an ad. It can be a good idea to encourage your readers to click on the ads to help support your blog. However, do not be too forceful in doing so. Just mention it from time to time in your posts.
Direct Advertising on Your Blog
You can also reach out directly to companies to see if they would be interested in advertising on your blog. This can take a little more work, since you have to get in touch with the company and set up the ads by yourself. Doing so can pay off, however, if there are companies that are directly relevant to your subject matter.
For example, if you blog about science fiction books, you could get in touch with publishing companies that specialize in science fiction, or you could contact science fiction authors directly to see if they would be interested in advertising their books on your blog. An exclusive contract like this can be a lot more lucrative than a more general advertising program.
Another good strategy for earning money with a blog is to sign up with an affiliate marketing program. By doing so, you are partnering with an online retailer. You try to direct your readers to this site, and if they make any purchases, you get paid a commission.
For example, if you blog about pets, you might become affiliates with a pet food supply store. In your posts, you can link to certain products that you want to recommend to your readers. Every time someone follows a link and buys that product, you get paid.
There are a number of other ways to make money blogging, but these are some of the most common. By making good use of these strategies, you can start to earn good money as a blogger