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How to Blog to Make Money

By Edited May 29, 2014 1 4

With a little knowledge about how to blog to make money anyone can begin earning money from their blogs. However, that is not to say that making a lot of money with blogs is easy because it is not. It will require a bit of work and perseverance. However, in the end a high earning blog is its own reward.

So how does a person start a blog that makes a lot of money? Before we tackle this question, let us look at how to quantify "a lot of money." You need to take a moment and ask yourself what are your monetary goals for your blogging business? Do you want to earn a full time income blogging? And, if so, what is a full time income to you? We're going to assume that you want to learn how to blog to make enough money to quit your job and live off your earnings. We'll say that you want your blog to earn $3,000 a month, which equates to about the median salary in the US for a single individual.

Is it possible to create a blog that you will make you that much money? Yes, it is quite possible. The first thing that you will need to do is to determine how much daily traffic, measured in page impressions, that you will need in order to reach your goal. To complete this exercise you will need to have some idea what topic or niche that you want your blog to cover. Because, and this is one of the cardinal rules of internet economics, your earnings will be determined by the subject matter that you blog about.

For instance, let's say that your passion is collecting old rocks. You love to travel the world to discover rocks that are millions of years old. Would this make a good topic for your blog? Probably not. If you want to make money from your blog it is essential that you be able to monetize your traffic. This means that you will either need to promote products or services to your readers or sell advertising to companies that want to promote products or services to your readers. In either case, there will need to be a natural market for your subject matter. If there are not many (or any) companies catering to your market (such as collectors of very old rocks) you will have a problem making enough money to live on.

Picking a profitable topic to blog about is the first step to creating a blog that you can live off of. The next step is deciding how you are going to monetize your traffic. Bloggers measure their income in terms of their traffic. Most bloggers use the earnings per 1,000 impressions (CPM) in order to measure how much money they are making from their blogs. For instance, if you make $20/day and get 4,000 impressions/day, your eCPM comes in $5 so to reach your blogging goal of $3,000//month you will need to increase your page impressions or your eCPM substantially. You will need to have an understanding of how much money each visitor to your blog makes you in order to create enough content to bring in a sufficient amount of traffic.

The next question that you need to tackle is the specific method that you will use to monetize your blog's traffic. Most bloggers use a combination of advertising and affiliate marketing in order to reach their income goals. But it is a rule of blogging that you have to be willing to test and experiment. Some forms of monetization, such as Google adsense, will work wonderfully well with certain topics but fail miserably with others. Therefore, it is critical that you try and continue to try until you have found a method that works for you.

Making money from a blog is something that will take time. Do not expect to become a rich blogger overnight. In fact one of the rules of blogging that you will usually be working for free for the first six months because you will not be making a lot of money. However, every blogger has to get through those first months in order to get to the point where they are making money from their blogs. And, the sooner that you get started, the closer you get to where you can earn a living. Knowing how to blog to make money is but the first step.



Jan 25, 2010 11:04pm
This is a well-written informative article. It helps to know that you won't make money the first few months. I'll have to be more diligent.
May 4, 2010 6:13am
Very helpful. I'll bookmark this.
Sep 2, 2010 9:41pm
To make big money, writing an ebook for distribution and creating a mailing list is a must.
May 29, 2011 12:26pm
Thanks for reminding us that we have to be patient and persevere in the first few months of blogging.
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