Last Updated on April 11, 2019 by NandiNN
Starting a Profitable Blog
Turning your side hustle blog into a profitable one. From a freelancer to a business owner, or from a part-time writer to a self-employed blogger with a regular monthly income.
If this is your goal, then you should continue reading this article because we wrote it for you!
It might take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get it done, but the good news is that it can be done. We’re not going to talk about small tricks and tips, but rather about some practical advice that can help you get this going in the right direction.
We want to share all the best strategies for your growing your blog and running a successful money-making blog.
But first, you have to decide on a platform. For most of the bloggers out there, WordPress is the most common option, just make sure you’re using a high-quality WordPress hosting.
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Are You Ready to Start a Successful Blog?
Starting a blog is just the easy part, but making it a success, takes a lot of doing on your part. By taking the time to learn about how you can be successful will really help in your continuous growth as a blogger.
Most successful entrepreneurs and bloggers have mastered a few tricks and tips to help them succeed. The more you can learn, the more successful you will be.
Being successful also means knowing how to manage your personal finances as an entrepreneur.
Tailor the content according to your audience
It might sound like generic advice, but it is the most important one nonetheless, especially if you are determined to turn your side hustle blog into a success.
The only way for you to start making money from your blog is if your blog has visitors and it’s driving traffic.
Visitors and followers show up when they get to consume great, well-thought out and well-written content that interests them.
There are a lot of fantastic blogs about biochemistry on the internet, but they are awesome for the people that have an interest in the field!
The most prudent way to achieve this is to pick something you, as a blogger, are naturally interested in because it will keep you engaged, and after a time you’ll turn into a bit of an expert on the subject. The more you can talk about a particular topic, the more of a following you get.
The best blogging tools used by bloggers everywhere that can help you understand your audience better is Google Analytics.
Once you are more established, Google Analytics will give you important date such the demographics and psycho graphics of your visitors.
You can also see the basic metrics for age and gender.
The next step is your blog content, and content is king, just ask Bill Gates, he’s the one that wrote it!
Once you have a general idea about what your audience likes, you have to deliver it to them in a nice package, filled with useful backlinks and beautiful pictures.
Your content has to be written in a way that will capture the attention of the reader.
It also has to be filled with accurate information and beneficial to the reader.
High-quality content is delivered only after proper research on the subject, and thank God we have Google. Not sure of what makes a good blog post? Check out this post!
You should also deliver content constantly, not only for the sake of your readers and keeping them entertained but also because that means more chances for you to score backlinks and increase your organic traffic.
As a blogger, you have to consider things such as keywords, SEO and content promotion.
Social media is your best friend when it comes to engagement rates and exposure. Outreach, Facebook ads, Instagram business profile, email marketing campaigns all of this should be at the top of your list.
We told you it takes a lot of work, and we’re not even done with the first half. Read on to get a few more actionable tips on turning your side hustle blog into a profitable one.
Putting up ads
If you want to turn your blog into a regular monthly income, you can choose to use ads.
Yes, we know that people don’t seem to like adds very much, but they are a necessity, and you have to understand how the set them up on the blog. Most ad agencies will put up the ads for you but you need to speak to them.
However, a note of importance, be tasteful, stick to one or two and don’t spam your readers!
You should use targeted ads, something your reader like to see; there is no point to put up an ads about neck pain to a healthy 20-year old that doesn’t have any neck pain.
Targeted ads won’t annoy your followers because they will pique their interest.
The best way to do this is to learn more about Mediavine and sign up on their site.
They have a dashboard where you can track all your earnings.
Find out how these 9 bloggers make money with ads. Most of these are making a full-time income.
Learn about Lead Generation and Affiliates Marketing
This is where it gets a bit tricky.
Lead generation is an indirect yet powerful way to earn money and create an email list of subscribers, which you can later use for newsletters, email campaigns, and many other cool marketing things. Take a look at this email marketing strategies designed for bloggers.
The best way to get email addresses is to offer your readers free content!
Something they can’t get on the blog, but it can be useful to them, like a recipe book if you have a food blog.
The second thing you can do that can boost your blog income is to find affiliates a.k.a. partners you can work with on your blog.
There are many bloggers and entrepreneurs, even influencers and services that can help you get started.
For example, Amazon Associates has an affiliate program that can help you learn the basics and get your toes in the water. Through the Amazon service, you can advertise products through referral links on your website and get a small commission in your pocket.
However, the best way to utilize affiliates is if they correspond to your blog niche.
That way you can establish an authority when you’re recommending a service or a product to your audience, just make sure you know what you’re advocating.
If you haven’t used the product yourself, then at least read the reviews from the other buyers. But really the best way to make a full-time income with affiliate marketing is to use the product yourself.
Want to learn more about Affiliate marketing? This post will help you.
Try to sell a product or turn your blog into an online store
The most profitable way for you to enhance the earnings of your blog is if you turn your readers into your customers, by selling them goods and products that are content related.
For example, if you have a blog in the traveling niche, you can sell guides that contain local spots for international visitors.
You can also offer your readers premium content that is reserved only for members that pay a small monthly fee to gain access.
Some of the most popular blogs and vlogs in the world work on this principle.
100% of the profit goes to you!
These are our short, but essential instructions if you want to monetize your blog and turn it into a real job! An online store is extremely popular.
Just read up on how this blogger made over $2 Million selling Printables on Shopify!
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