Guess how many people are going to start a brand new blog today? Thousands!
Since WordPress blogs are so easy to get started, thousands of them invade the internet every day. This means thousands of new domains, hubspot, wordpress.com, blogspot and tons of other free and paid domain services are going live daily for you to compete with.
This means that you need to have a better and more clear mindset on what you are going to blog about and how you are going to make money with your site(s). The key here is to focus on quality content, catering to what your audience is looking for and delivering.
If your competition is ranking #1 on Google for “best pet food” and you have a pet food blog, then you need to see what they are doing and do it better! This means if your competition is doing text, you need to do video. If your competition is doing text and video, you need to throw some infographics into the mix and run a social media contest to get even more activity going.
No matter what your niche is, you need to do more and be the best.
Now let’s talk about monetization!
Once you have a great site with a decent amount of traffic, then you can focus on making money with your site. You also don’t need to make a new blog post every day, instead just focus on what you have and making the most out of it.
Five Ways to Make Money Blogging Right Now
1.) Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money online and there are millions of products and services for you to promote. You are most likely already talking about other products and services on your site, so why not get paid for writing and linking to them? Search for your favorite products and sites online and you will find that many of them already have an affiliate program in place.
2.) Sponsored Conversations
There is a huge demand for traffic and links on the internet. Many sites like IZEA and LinkVehicle are connecting bloggers with huge advertisers to place sponsored content on their sites. This mean you can get paid to write about topics that are relevant to your site. Some advertisers are paying hundreds and even thousands of dollars for just single posts and social activity!
3.) Create Your Own Product
Depending on the niche or subject matter of your blog, creating your own product or service may be the best route. This can be anything from an ebook, online course, members area, consulting and much more. If people are coming to reach your content on a daily/weekly basis, there is no doubt that they would also pay for premium services.
4.) Build a Mailing List
No matter what niche or topic your blog focuses on, a mailing list is a must have. Through the use of a mailing list you can building your newsletter contacts on a daily basis and send out updates and solo mailings to people who are interested in your site. This is a must for anyone who is planning on a future product or service release. The sad truth is that 90% of the people who visit your site are going to leave and never come back. A mailing list is the best way to stay in touch with them after they leave.
5.) Google Adsense
The last method in this list is Google Adsense. It’s simply the easiest way to make money and start posting ads to your site. Google does all of the work, which includes managing advertisers, click tracking, sending out payments and much more. Google Adsense is a great way for anyone to learn how to start making money online and see what type of ads are being served on your sites.
Hopefully this post will give you some new ideas on how to start making money with your future or existing blogs!