It’s not hard to see why blogging for a living can be a dream come true. You get to write about topics you’re passionate about and work whenever you want, wherever you want. You can earn enough money as a full-time blogger to support yourself, but you have to put in the time and follow the right strategy.
Find a Specific Niche
The first thing you need to decide is what to blog about. Make sure that you’re knowledgeable about the subject and that you enjoy discussing it, as you need to post frequently and consistently for readers to keep coming back back to your blog. Try not to worry too much about profitability yet. Bloggers have made money from blogs on all kinds of topics, such as finance, travel, or parenting. What’s more important is that you narrow down your niche so your blog stands out, because there are millions of blogs out there. For example, instead of choosing fitness as the subject of your blog, you could choose fitness ideas that don’t require a gym membership. This is a more specific niche, which means less competition.
Plan How Your Blog Can Generate Income
There are all kinds of ways that a blog can make money, but it definitely isn’t easy to create a profitable blog. Only 11% of bloggers make over $30,000 per year from their blogs. Here are a few options to generate income from a blog:
- Affiliate Links
- Product Sales
- Guest Posting
- Sponsored Posting
Advertising, affiliate links and product sales all generate passive income, so you make money even when you’re not working. However, advertising and affiliate links can detract from the readers’ experience on your blog. Guest posts and sponsored posts can pay well, once you have a large enough reader base.
Think Long Term
Even if you find the right niche and an effective way to generate income, success as a blogger doesn’t happen overnight. Play it safe by assuming that your blog isn’t going to generate much money for the first six months to a year. Every method of generating income through a blog requires a large number of consistent readers. To make any sort of money consistently, you’ll need at least several thousand page views per day. There’s no substitute for hard work when it comes to getting readers. You need to post new content several times per week, and it needs to be content that people want to read and share with their friends. When you’re starting out and don’t have many readers yet, this can be frustrating and feel like a waste of time. Keep in mind that every successful blogger started where you are and built up their reader base slowly but surely. If making money blogging was easy, everyone would be doing it. Considering the amount of blogs out there, it feels like almost everyone already is giving it a try. When you carve out your own unique niche, find the right method of income generation, and commit to updating your blog, you give yourself a major advantage over your competition.