If you are like most people online, you have heard of bloggers. What you may not know is that blogging can be a lucrative career. In fact, there are many people who have made a living out of blogging. If you want to get paid for blogging, we have put together five ways to make money.
Guest Blog or Ghost Write
The first and easiest way for you to start making money is to blog for other people. You can get upwards of $50 for one 500 word blog post. The trick here is to find people who are looking for guest blog post writers or find someone who wants a regular blogger for their site.
When you are an affiliate for someone, you sell their product on their behalf and receive a commission of each sale you bring in. This can be a great way for you to start making some real cash, depending on how you attract visitors to your site. As an affiliate, that is your only job: traffic. Get enough people to see the product, and they might turn into your customers.
Sell Your Own Product or Service
You can also make money through a blog if you have a product or a service to sell yourself. This way is a bit slower. Unlike an affiliate, you don’t have a ready-made product. However, you have more control over your own projects and that means you keep all the profits.
Displaying ads on your site is one more way to monetize. There are two ways you can do this. The first is to sign up with an ad network and to run their ads on your page. The other way you can run ads on your site is to personally get other site owners to advertise on your side. This is preferable, as the site owner pays you before you display the ad, and you have full power of rejection.
A word of caution about ads: you need to know how your target market feels about advertisements. Many in your target market will not mind the ads, but do your best to monitor them to see how the ads affect them, if at all.
Build An Email List
Finally, you can make money with a blog by being yourself, and sharing good information. Even if you use none of the other tips, you will find that people will become fans of your work, and that can lead to interviews, free samples, job offers and offers for speaking engagements.
You can also give away a lead magnet, such as report of the top tips in your niche, a checklist or anything that your target audience will find useful. You can then send them follow-up emails that are filled with value and eventually, you can sell to them using this list with either affiliate marketing or your own product or service.
Use these ideas so that you can breeze past the competition and get right to the top. The most profitable of all of these ways to get paid for blogging would be to build your email list. Once you get that going, you will be able to make money at the drop of a hat.