Why Start a Blog? Can You Make Money with a Blog?
Two great questions that get asked a lot are “Why Start a Blog“? and “Can You Make Money with a Blog”? The best answer to the first question is the answer to the second one. I’ll get to that in a moment, but people start a blog for many reasons. My wife chose to start a blog to write about inspirational topics for women. Many individuals start a blog just to journal their daily lives, and many companies start a blog as a resource to their customers or attract new prospects to their offering.
The #1 reason most people start a blog is to make money online. However, there are some basic concepts about online marketing that many people fail to grasp.
Start a Blog to Solve Problems for Customers Looking for a Solution
Two important things to make sure you know when you start a blog to make money online areg:
1. Who is your customer
2. What problem are you solving
To try and explain this a little better I will give you an example.
When I first started blogging it was to promote an MLM company primarily, and all I talked about was how great my MLM company was!
Guess how much I sold online in my first 6 months?
Zero sales and zero sign ups into my company!
I didn’t understand I couldn’t sell things online without giving solutions to problems people face. I found that my primary customer was typically 35-55 years old, and searching for ways to earn money outside their normal occupation. They didn’t care about an MLM company as much as they cared about finding a system that would help them make more money, or by showing better ways to market online.
So I had to shift my focus. I showed people:
- How to start a blog
- Market with videos
- SEO their content
- Edit pictures, Embed Videos on their Blogs
- Show Best Themes for WordPress sites
- Teach No Pressure Prospecting
- Etc, Etc
I HAD to create value for my video viewers and my blog audience!
Once I did that, my results changed overnight…
So how did I make money with a blog?
1. Make Money Online with Affiliate Programs
With my information site I signed up for affiliate programs. At first I focused on companies like MLSP, short for My Lead System Pro, and Empower Network which I thought would direct people to training programs that would be helpful. I did reviews on those companies and I did get some sign ups. However, in hindsight those companies fail miserably when it comes to training people on what really works to build traditional businesses online.
I’ve shifted my focus exclusively to Wealthy Affiliate University for helping people learn how to start a blog and make money online, but there are plenty of ways to make money with a blog as you will soon discover.
You can find corresponding affiliate programs for your niche by typing in the following into Google:
(your niche) + affiliate programs
So your keyword + affiliate program. The first options that show up are probably what you will want to focus your efforts on. They will have high conversion rates, and their brand popularity will probably be good as well.
Other affiliate marketing programs in one location to review are:
These are a few that I have used myself and they work great.
2. Make Money Online with Google Adsense Ads and Other Ad Programs
With this site I did not add any Adsense ads but I have other sites that are both a combination of affiliate programs and Adsense ads and I have sites that are plain Adsense Ads sites.Adsense ads are another way to make money online. You sign up an account with Google Adsense, after approval you can log in and get an ad code that you add to your own site. When you add this ad code ads will show in your post, page or sidebar.
When visitors click on your ads you will get paid for it. The payout to you depends on competition and demand, it varies highly from $0.1 up to $15 – 20 per click.
You are allowed to add 3 ad blocks to every page/post and you can customize it so that it blends in with your theme and content.
I use the plugin ”quick adsense” to make it as easy as possible to add the ads whereever I want them.
What other Ad programs are out there?
Note: If you apply for a new Adsense account you will need your own domain. You can not apply for an Adsense account using a subdomain like siterubix.com.
When your account is approved using your own domain you can add Adsense to your siterubix.com site if you would like.
3. Build An Email List
Another great way to make money with a website is to build a list, by capturing your visitors email addresses. By doing this it allows you to keep in contact with your visitors. By giving them value and solutions to their problems you become the person to go to in this field.
The easiest way to capture an email from a visitor is by giving them something in return for their email address (this is called a “Funded Proposal”. In my case I made a course that shows people how to build a business online if they want or I show them how to market with Youtube. They get the free training by leaving their email address. This way I can continue staying in contact with the visitor.
The easiest way to stay in contact and to collect emails is by using a program /software that can help you with this. Personally I use Mail Chimp and have done so for years. It is easy to use and it keeps track of your emails, follow up emails and broadcast emails to your different lists.
4. Make Money Online with Amazon Products and Product Reviews
The great thing when you add products from Amazon.com is that you get commission from any other products your visitor buys when you send through purchase. Starting out you will get 4% commission but the more products you sell the higher commission you will get.
In this scenario, you can do all kinds of product reviews and link back to Amazon to get paid commissions on products you don’t own. The advantage is if they purchase anything at all, not even related to your product you still get paid.
5. Make Money Online by Creating Your Own Product
If you are completely new to internet marketing I would suggest that you start out with affiliate marketing, when you know how to get traffic and turn that traffic in to buyers then you might want to move on and create your own product.
Don`t get me wrong creating your own product is a great way to make money and it should be a long term goal but getting some experience first will only benefit you.
If you are ready to create your own product Carson has a great training on this topic, Product Development
Here are 5 excellent ways to make money with your website. If you want to dig deeper down in each of these here are some helpful trainings from the folks over at Wealty Affiliate – The #1 Ranked Online Marketing Community in the World:
Another great resource on this topic is ”Make Money with WordPress”
Building a list – Email marketing
Amazon products – Top 10 tips to improve your amazon earnings
To be able to make money you need traffic to your website – 5 Ways to Get Free Traffic to Your Website:
If this is completely new to you then there might be some words or lingo that is not familiar to you, if that is the case check out this Wealthy Affiliate Glossary a lot of the words are explained in there:
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Whatever you do, start a blog today, focus on your customer and commit to being a good problem solver in your niche. At that point, you are on your way to making money online.
Wishing you all the best!