New bloggers are almost always enthusiastic. Setting up a blog for the first time does give you a sense of accomplishment. The moment you start publishing posts the hope that you will one day make money out of blogging becomes stronger. Then, reality slaps you right in the face. A month since you started there still aren’t many people visiting your blog. Without knowing what to do you end up giving the dream of monetizing your blog.
Most bloggers give up less than a year after they started. Why? Because they don’t get many readers and comments hinting that people actually read what they write.
It makes bloggers sad to keep on writing and yet not get the attention of people. Trust me, I’ve been there and many bloggers share the same sentiment. If you have money-making in mind your blog needs to have high traffic. The following tips should help you with your goal right from the get-go.
Tip 1 – Choose a niche that you really really love
An income-generating blog needs you to publish posts on a regular basis for the next couple of years. Unless you write for a niche that you are truly interested in, you won’t be able to keep up that long. Select a niche that is:
Interesting for you
Something that you have an authority on (related to work experience, hobby, or educational background)
You can have a broad niche (i.e. technology, android, search engine optimization) and separate it into different categories when writing a post (4 tips before writing a post). You can also create a specific niche such as “making money out of blogging” or “internet options reviews by Broadband Expert.” Avoid jumbling unrelated topics on a single blog (i.e. lifestyle + gaming technology + travel). Keep your target audience in mind when choosing a niche.
Tip 2 – Your blog title and description matters
The blog title should encompass all topics of your chosen niche but it also needs to be interesting at the same time. This will be the brand of your blog so it should stand out. Under the blog description, briefly state what readers will find in your blog and if possible, use keywords that coincide with covered topics.
Tip 3 – Learn about Google Page Rank and Alexa Rank
Earning blogs have Google Page Ranks higher than 0 and low Alexa Ranks. You want to get these statistics when trying to monetize your blog because advertisers look into them. The Google Page Rank increases and Alexa Rank decreases based on the traffic received on your blog. You can use them to gauge the performance of your blog.
Tip 4 – Get a domain right away
The domain must be similar to your blog title to avoid confusion and branding purposes. If you get a good Alexa and PR 1 under a .blogspot or .wordpress, switching to a personal domain will unfortunately erase your achievements and leave you starting from scratch. Getting a domain as soon as you start blogging will prevent this from happening.
Tip 5 – Register your blog to Google Analytics
Google Analytics is a free online tool that provides detailed information about the traffic of your blog. Use it to check for:
Page loading times
Average time on site
New vs returning visitors
You can learn more about these terms from the tool itself since Google offers tips and definitions.
Tip 6 – Optimize your blog for search engines
From article title to the pictures you upload for a post, you must optimize your blog for search engines. This is a technique called search engine optimization or SEO. You want your blog to show up on the first page of the search engine results page (SERP) when people type certain keywords.
Start by learning keyword research from SEO-related blogs. Once you get the idea, consistently use the same keywords on your:
Even when uploading photos for a post, they must be optimized with keywords. Remember to use keywords as naturally as possible because if you use too much, people won’t like what they read and Google will bring down your PR.
Tip 7 – Write for others not yourself
Narcissism is a bad habit of many bloggers. These are the people who write story-telling posts that have little or no value to readers. When you write posts, always keep your readers in mind and how an article may be useful to them. By creating informative and helpful articles you can attract people who will read and follow your blog.
Tip 8 – Use social media
Social media can expose your blog to a wider audience and help bring in more traffic. You may also use it to communicate with readers and gain their trust and loyalty. Before you create profiles or fan pages, do read some tips by social media experts so you’d know what to do and what to avoid. The greatest challenge in social media is maintaining an online reputation.
Tip 9 – Don’t use ads
People these days are smarter. They barely click ad banners or ad links placed on the sides or in between posts. Blog monetization has stepped away from Google Ads towards affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, paid reviews, and many more. These new money-making schemes make Google Ads an insignificant means of earning – at least, for beginners. So do your readers a favor and skip Google Ads.
Tip 10 – Perform link-building
Link-building is a SEO technique that you must learn and live by. When done properly it can boost your blog’s Google PR and bring in traffic. The easiest link-building techniques you can practice are:
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