There are a staggering number of ways to make money online and they all range from super legit to complete scams. One of the most commonly recommended (Yes! I recommend it, too!) is to blog online.
Well, lemme show ya how to get paid for blogging the most time-tested way... by blogging on your very own website! Yes, I know, you might be thinking, "But that sounds difficult/like a lot of work!"
It's certainly not 'hard,' but it does take patience and a lot of work, but anyone can start in just a few minutes (seriously).
First things first, there's a ton of ways to get paid by blogging like I mentioned before. You could do free-lance work, blog through a website such as Fiverr, and some other options... but I am going to talk about and suggest making money through affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing has a 4-step process that you could teach to a kid! Yes, it's seriously that easy!
Before you start blogging you gotta figure out what you want to blog about! This website, for instance, is all about making money online. So, I review different programs, tools, and scams out there for doing that, as well as writing blogs on changing your mindset and marketing.
If I were you, I would either choose this same niche (Your "focus" for what you'll write about) or choose something you are really, very passionate about. And it can be ANYTHING! There are websites out there about cats and YES some of them (the ones who put effort in!) pull in a good amount of money each month!
Just write a short list down of interests you have. Things you love. Then get fairly specific, you don't want to just make a website on "sports" because there's way too much competition. Try something more like "rugby shoes." That's pretty specific, and I know for a fact there are a ton of people curious about and searching this topic looking for reviews!
If you want to do a couple free keyword searches, use the tool below! Just follow the instructions and it you shouldn't get lost. 😀 OH! Btw, it is totally free, it won't take credit card information or anything like that, promise!
Look, there's a lot of ways to make money online without using a website, but why NOT have a website? They are so dang powerful and allow you to just about anything!
In case you didn't know, there are a lot of companies online that offer free websites for people, but there's almost always the same issue with them... you either can't make money on them, or they take part of your commission! (Plus, their hosting sucks, your personal info isn't secure, the website isn't secure, etc.)
So instead, I suggest using SiteRubix. Totally free, no catches, and you can build your website in the next couple of minutes! Just type your domain in the little box below and follow the directions.
The next step to making money with blogging is to get traffic. There are all sorts of different methods to getting traffic to your website, but the key component is your actual posts.
What you'll end up doing over the course of the next months (maybe even years if you really find yourself enjoying it!) is writing content that is targeted. In other words, you are writing blogs that people are already searching for online. These are called keywords.
By targeting these specific keywords and making great content you can expect to get some great rankings in search engines! Then, from these rankings, you get visitors that will naturally find your site because it is relevant to what they are searching for. (That is assuming, of course, you are using a tool that shows you accurate information about the competition.)
Ah finally, pay day!
This part can be done anytime before or after you start to get some visitors to your site. All you're going to do is find some sites that sell products within your niche. Soo if you blog about protein powders, you should probably checkout various sites that sell different ones.
To do this, do a Google search for "(your niche product or service)" + "affiliate program" as an example. Than, you can find a whole host of different affiliate programs provided by different websites. All you have to do at this point is sign up for the program! (It should always be free to do so, but if not, stay away and find someone else.)
You will then find a special affiliate account section or something within that website. On there you will find your "affiliate link." Take this link and post it within your blog naturally whenever you suggest a product. Then, if they click on it and make a purchase, you make money off of it!
Making an income online is a pretty big undertaking and there's a lot of different information out there, most of it being behind paywalls with promises of "secrets and tricks nobody knows about."
Seriously? Can you believe that crap? Internet marketing has been around for decades now, all of the best tactics are available for free online!
The one thing though that I will admit is that it's hard to find this information all in one place. That's why I suggest beginners to checkout Wealthy Affiliate. Besides the fact that they will hook you up with two free websites with hosting, they also offer a 10-lesson course that's totally free as well!
I hope you enjoyed this short guide! It should be everything you need to jump start your future full-time career as an online blogger! 😉
If you still have any questions for me or you have something to add to this post, feel free to leave a comment below for me and I'll get back to you asap!