What is a blog?
Before knowing how to make money with a blog, I think we need to know what a blog is first of all.
So here is the definition, according to Wikipedia, of what a blog is:
“A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009, blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject. More recently, “multi-author blogs” (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups, and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other “microblogging” systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into societal newstreams. A blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.”
And according to Dictionary.com a blog is:
Okay, now that tells you what it is. Now, what do you do with a blog?
So essentially a blog is a website. Okay, now I did not realize that. Did you? Okay. So I would guess that this website is a blog. Interesting isn’t it? Now that we know that a website is a blog and a blog is a website then we can go ahead and fill in the rest of the gap. Okay, now you are thinking that this old lady is learning something that you already knew, right? So, sometimes it takes me a while to figure someth
Next step. Now we need to know how to make money with our blog. Are you ready for that? I know I am.
When looking up how to make money blogging on the website, you will find that there are many different ways, companies, and sites that give you step by step ways of making money blogging, or making a website. (Wow, I did not realize there were so many different sites, did you?) Anyway, there are sites that teach you how to do it, some that have a 30-day challenge, some that show you what to do, and others that just tell you about it.
Okay, where is the money? I would like to know that myself. So here goes. But first, let’s talk basics.
Seems like you have several things you need to making a good blog. Some of the first steps you probably already know. But I will put them here anyway because there may be someone out there that does not know them. I, being somewhat of a fussy person, likes to know that I have covered all the basis.
First – You need a computer or something to make the blog on and the internet.
You cannot make a blog or money without a computer or something that will connect to the Internet. But then again, you already know this, am I right? And without the internet, you will not get very far. So this is really a beginner item. You, being in college, probably already know this.
Second – A blog.
Yes, you need a blog to make money blogging. (Okay, now I bet you are thinking that this lady has gone nuts. Everyone knows that you need a blog to make money blogging. But there may be someone out there that does not know this.)
Third – Time.
You need time set aside to write your blog. (Again, you are probably thinking Duh! Everyone knows that!)
Fourth – A subject or Niche.
Yes, you need something to talk about. (Okay, now you may be a little frustrated at me for going into the basics like this, but you know some people think that you can fix a computer with a sledgehammer and a screwdriver too!)
Now to the nitty Gritty of making money blogging.
There are several things to make money blogging they include:
- Creating content
- Building your brand
- Promoting your brand
- Choosing and implementing streams of income (Hey, that’s money!)
Okay this sounds simple, right? Well, let’s see how simple it really is. We need to find something that someone is interested in. So how do you find out what someone is interested in? You ask. Okay. That done. Oh, so you don’t know what to ask? Need some help? Okay. We can do that.
What I do is sit down with a pencil or pen and a piece of paper and write down what I am interested in. Then go to google, bing, or any of the search engines and put each of your interests into the search engine and see if anyone likes them. Or when you are going to that party ask people what they like. Bet you will get a lot of answers there.(I would ask for 2 or 3 from people at a party. Because they may go on and on. And unless you don’t want to get up the next morning, I would limit it to the top 2 or 3 that they have.) You also may want to limit them to things that are not going to get your site banned from the internet too. There is a way that you can go to Facebook and look up interests and see if anyone on Facebook who has your same interests.
Or when you are going to that party ask people what they like. Bet you will get a lot of answers there.(I would ask for 2 or 3 from people at a party. Because they may go on and on. And unless you don’t want to get up the next morning, I would limit it to the top 2 or 3 that they have.) You also may want to limit them to things that are not going to get your site banned from the internet too. There is a way that you can go to Facebook and look up interests and see if anyone on Facebook who has your same interests.
You also may want to limit them to things that are not going to get your site banned from the internet too. There is a way that you can go to Facebook and look up interests and see if anyone on Facebook who has your same interests.
There is a way that you can go to Facebook and look up interests and see if anyone on Facebook who has your same interests.
Pick 4 or 5 of your interests. Sit down and write something about each of them. (I know you have some time in between homework, class, and the party to do this.) Just write a few sentences about each. Nothing dramatic. You can do this, right?
Building and promoting your brand.
These two go together. You have to build rapport with people on the internet. (Yes, there are people out there in the internet land.) They are not all at school. There are other people you know and there are people you don’t know. (Remember when your mom told you not to talk to strangers? Well, forget that now. You are a grown person. You are after all in college.) But do be careful who you talk to.
You cannot sell things to someone if you don’t know people. You cannot get anyone to visit your site if you don’t know people. So we want to know people who know people. Does that make sense?
Choosing and implementing streams of income
You will want to develop a stream of income. Don’t get caught up in trying to do only this, because without the others you really cannot get this. So don’t miss a step.
To be successful you need to consistently find new ways to make money. There are a lot of ways to make money. The different ways can be combined to make each one linked to another. Let me explain.
You can use display ads to promote a hosting site, like this:
This is a banner ad used to promote Wealthy Affiliate. You can use these ads inside your content, on the side of your content, or in the header or footer of your blog.
There are things called Private ads. These I do not recommend. They are getting ads from someone and posting them to your site. It is similar to an ad you take out in a newspaper or something like that. (I really don’t know much about these ads, but what I have read about them, they may give you more money but it may not be worth the time. Something you can look into and let me know your opinion on.)
This is where you work with a company and write something up about their business or a product they have. It could be something as simple as doing an article about hamburgers for a small mom and pop restaurant in your neighborhood, or as large as a network marketing that you thought would be nice to join. You may want to limit these types of things because you don’t want your audience to be bored. (Am I boring you? Did I see you yawn?) Okay, we are almost done with this.
Then there are things called affiliate marketing. This is fun. In my opinion, you can go almost anywhere, promote a product, and get paid for it. (You are now a middle man/lady.) This is exciting! Do you have a favorite shop? Check them out online, go to the bottom of their page and see if they have something called affiliate. If they do, click on it. Sign up. Most of the time it does not cost anything to sign up. You should already have your blog up and running when you do this. And have an idea of what your site is about. Don’t be like me and start up your site and then have to go back to the affiliates to tell them what your site is about. When I first started this, I wanted to make money so bad that I forgot why I wanted to do my site. Not a good thing. I found out that you have to have a reason or description of your site to sign up to be an affiliate.
Okay. Now with all that said, let’s begin a blog. Okay? There are classes you can take, I know school again. But you can start for nothing, does that help? Go to Wealthy Affiliate, right now. Sign up. Go to the “get started” course, if you already know how to do most of this stuff and you have all your ducks in a row.
(Not literally! I am not giving you ducks.)
And start your blog! If you don’t really understand or you don’t have a niche yet, go to Wealthy Affiliate and start the Bootcamp. This will help you.