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How to Make Money Online in the year 2017: Blogging

Make Money Online

If you are looking for ways though which you can make money online, then you are not alone. For most people, the World Wide Web holds the greatest of promises when it comes to wealth creation. That is hardly surprising, considering the amount of trade and commerce that takes place through the internet on a daily basis.

Transactions across the globe generate an estimated $1.2 million in eCommerce revenue every 30 seconds.It is not surprising, therefore, that multitudes around the world are looking for ways through which they can make money on the ever expanding arena that is the internet.

The caveat

There is a catch, however. So many of the online money making ventures that are peddled out there are, in fact, legitimate ways through which you can lose your hard earned cash. If you have an email address, you will know what I am talking about. I have recently produced a series of articles in which I chronicled my brush with one phishing syndicate. In any case, blogging is one of the genuine ways through which you can make money online; 

  1. Blogging

What does it mean to blog?

Blogging is what I am doing right now; writing on a wide variety of topics (it can be on a single topic), and posting the articles on my website (a blog).

A blog differs from a traditional website in that its content is constantly being refreshed with new material. The content on a blog is presented in reverse chronological order, with the latest posts appearing first.

How can I create my own blog?

Today, it is no longer that difficult for you to create your own blog. There used to be a time when people needed to learn HTML and other programming languages before being able to create their own websites. Fortunately for ordinary people, that is no longer the case.

Its easy to create a website or blog
Make Money Online: Its easy to create a website or blog

Today, all that you need in order to start contributing to the millions of blogs that are already out there (many of them have long since been abandoned, but that is beside the point), is an internet connection. Afterwards, you can start making money through your site, right? The answer to that question is, its not that simple. So, how can you make money through your blog?

Make Money Online using your Blog

Once you have created your blog and have started blogging, the next thing that you need to think about is the actual monetization of your site. There are a number of ways through which you can generate income using your blog;

  1. Directly Sell Advertising Space

The first way through which you can make money from you blog is by selling advertising space. This can be done in a number of ways. You can, as an example, directly sell real estate to people who wish to place advertisements on your site.

However, this option is largely unavailable to beginner bloggers, for the simple reason that since nobody knows and cares about you, no one will wish to have their adverts posted to your blog.

You can go this route, however, once you blog is established. Meanwhile, you should explore the the other options for blog monetization that are laid out below.

  1. Google AdSense

An easier way through which you can have advertisements posted to your website is through Google AdSense. AdSense is, without a doubt, the biggest ad placement service in the world. There are also, should you fail to join AdSense, or should you be ejected from the program, many other ad placement services out there. You can read about these AdSense alternatives on the link in the provided page.

  1. Affiliate Marketing

Another way through which you can make money from blogging is through affiliate marketing. Browse across the internet, and you will come upon several stories of people who are making thousands of dollars every month through affiliate marketing.

Although it takes a lot of time to get started, affiliate marketing is a great way through which you can make money online.

You can read all that you need to know about Affiliate Marketing in this article. All that we can do here is explain that affiliate marketing allows you to act as an advertising portal for a wide range of companies, by recommending their products and services to your readers. You get paid for each sale that is made through your site.

  1. Sell your own products and services

Other than through advertising for other people, another way for you to make money online through your blog is by selling your own products and services. This can be anything, ranging from eBooks (a favorite among bloggers) to trinkets and art. The one thing that I have discovered is that most successful bloggers have books on sale on their sites that tell the stories of how they became successful. It’s, perhaps, a little bit of vanity that I shall indulge in when the time is ripe.

  1. Sponsored Content

Once you have built your readership and established yourself as a world renowned blogger, people will begin to approach you with content that they wish to have posted on your blog. You can charge them whatever you think you are worth.

Sponsored content, while only available to those bloggers who are really well known, is a great way through which you can increase the income that you get from your blog.

Make Money Online: Strive to Attract More Visitors to your Site

While it is easy to talk about success stories,what most people tend to forget is that blogging success is a matter of hard work, luck and time. You are probably not going to make thousands of dollars by posting a single story.

What you will notice is that it is people who dedicate much of their time to blogging who can make a living off it. In fact, it can, for some, become a full time profession (which is what we are all on the hunt for, isn’t it; the chance to give our bosses the finger on our final way out of the office?)

The key to having a successful blogging career (in terms of income), is to have as many visitors as possible come to your site on a daily basis.

Give your readers value (They don’t care about you otherwise).

Only your poor mother and a few friends are going to bother visiting your blog without the chance that they will get some value from it. Successfully monetizing your site involves doing everything in your power to, as mentioned above, attract the maximum number of people to your site.

If you do so, you can rest assured that a few of them will click on the advertisements and on the affiliate links that are on your site. A few of them might even subscribe to your blog. This way, you can build your own troop of loyal followers.

As an example, I have tried to give my readers value by providing them with the information that they can use while navigating the treacherous and ever shifting arena that is technology. There are a number of things that I can do to increase the number of visitors to my blog, all of which involve one Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy or the other. SEO is the process by which certain actions are taken, all of which are aimed at improving a website’s Search Engine rank.

Conclusion

In conclusion, it is safe to say that blogging is a very legitimate way through which you can make money online. However, it does involve a lot of hard work, and is not suitable for those who are looking for get rich quick schemes.   I personally have to spend whole days seated in front of my laptop. However, the good thing is that everything that I am writing at the moment is mine and will be mine tomorrow and the day after.

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