Keeping a blog isn’t easy. It takes dedication and good ideas that can be useful to the person reading them.
I know several people who started writing blogs and just gave up after only 3 or 4 posts. Its a struggle to get recognized by the search engines and an ongoing one to get and keep ranking.
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You want your content to be useful, entertaining, informative and helpful. That’s a big job and often it takes a long time for it to pay off.
You don’t need to be an English major but it helps to be fluent and know some grammar. Although, all grammar structure aside, it is recommended that you should write like you speak.
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First thing when beginning a blog is decide who your audience is. Who are you writing for? Yes, I know your objective is to make money, but unless you write for your desired target no one will stay long enough to give you a nickle. When you know your audience well you can anticipate their questions and write posts about that or any other newsy stuff they would find interesting.
Write consistently if you can. If you can’t, then write in spurts and time your delivery using the “Schedule” feature. This way you can write several posts at one time and trickle them out, making it look like you are doing it consistently over time.
Try and keep up to date with what’s new. If you are one of the first to post about an event in your niche, you will be ahead of the traffic. At the very least you don’t want to be left behind.
If you are most productive in the mornings then schedule your blog writing in the mornings.
So how do you add income by blogging?
First – let’s discuss how you don’t make money by just blogging.
If you write crap you won’t get ranked and then have to pay for your traffic. If you have nothing of value to offer people likely will not buy anything.
Writing about stuff that doesn’t attract buyers. There are many groups and genres that do not attract spenders. You can have many visitors to your blog in the run of a day but if it isn’t a topic of pain or passion, there likely won’t be much to be had.
The BIG three niches are 1. Health (fitness/weight loss) 2. Make Money (Both on and offline) 3. Relationships (dating )
After that its hobbies.
If just starting out maybe pick one of those and then niche it down.
For example – pick a subset of one of the three. If you chose Health, then say from that you choose weight loss. But it doesn’t stop there, you can cater to men or women, under/ over fifty, with or without exercise.
If you choose Relationships it might be in the dating niche. Women, men, gay. Over 40. Divorced and on the market again. There are several ways to cater to different sub-niches in the dating genre.
Perhaps you would be more interested in the “make money” niche. Maybe it is small home business’s like lawn care or carpet cleaning. If it’s the make money online niche this too has several categories to break into. Make money blogging, affiliate sales, ebay etc.
If you do decide that the “make money online” is the niche you would be most interested in an important step is to find some great products to promote.