If you are a new mother with your hands full, returning to work may be a while away down the road. With the costs of daycare, your destiny is probably to look after your young one. You may well be looking for a new option to earn money.
Many people may dismiss blogging as being a hobby. This, however, is not the case. You can earn a considerable sum of money by setting up your own blog.
Start Your Blog
The first thing that you will need to do is pick a platform for your blog. There are several different options available to you. Some of these options include Blogger, Wix, an WordPress. You will be able to customize your site and create your own look.
Don’t panic, though, it may sound more complicated to set up than it actually is. There are easy to use themes available, all you need to do is find the style that suits the look that you want to go for, and apply it to your blog in one simple click.
Find Your Niche
Finding a topic blog is crucial. Having a theme that links all of your posts will mean that you can get an audience of regular readers who will be interested in the subject that you are talking about. You need to pick a topic that you have enough of an interest in that you can sustain very regular posts about over a long period of time. Try to pick something that you know a little bit about, or that you can easily research for inspiration.
There are some subject areas that can be very popular. Parenting blogs, for example, get a wide readership, as do cooking and lifestyle blogs. You may decide that your article topic of choice would be IT technology, or you could create a crafting blog complete with how-to guides. Think about your blog as a magazine that you are writing. What would the readers want to turn to next? Think about running regular features that keep people coming back week after week.
Set Your Site Up
Have a play around with all of the settings on your site. You can experiment with layouts until you feel satisfied that you have the right look. Once you have this looking good, you can add some widgets to your site. Many of the features that the widgets offer can help you to build your website following and improve your website ranking.
Think about including as many social media related widgets as you can. Make sure you keep them neat and professional-looking, though. You will need to include sign-up boxes to allow people to subscribe to your site. Think about adding in widgets that will enable readers to view other posts on your page. If you can increase the number of pages that people are viewing on each visit to your site. Ideally, you want people to look at as much content as possible whenever they visit. Anything that you can include to encourage this will help you.
Start To Write
When it comes to writing your blog, the one rule is that you should post often. Your readers will want to see content from you regularly, you may want to think about posting every day. If you are unable to post daily, you can set up your posts ready to go live on a later date. Your site will automatically post them at the scheduled time and date.
Finding your voice may take a while. You will want to come across as friendly and helpful. If you sound judgmental in your posts, it may turn readers away. Once you have your voice, try and maintain that style across all of your posts.
Search Engine Optimization
Getting people onto your site will take some effort. They won’t just find their own way there unless you do some work to get your site noticed above the 2 billion other websites that are on the internet right now.
SEO is the way that you will do this. Using the right keywords in your posts, you will appear higher in the rankings on internet searches. You will need to think about the search terms that you want people to be using when they are looking for you. Try and fit these terms naturally into your writing.
Your site needs to be linked to other, more reputable sites. This will help you to build up your profile. Having other people linking to your site vouches for your authority. One way that you can do this is to offer to guest post on an influential bloggers page. Many bloggers offer to do this as it means they get extra content value on their site.
Include internal links in all of your posts. Linking your current posts to relevant previous posts is an excellent way of increasing the chances of your website ranking higher in searches.
Socialize Your Site
One of the other fundamental ways in which you can get traffic to your site is through social media. You will probably already have at least one social media account, so it shouldn’t be hard to pick up. Consider making accounts specifically linked to your blog. If you can build up a following on social media through regular posts, proper use of hashtags, and interacting with people; you can drive people toward your page.
How To Make Money From Your Blog
There are two main ways of making money from your blog. Firstly, advertising. And then secondly is affiliate marketing.
Using spare areas of your website, you can provide space to advertisers. You will need to have a high level of traffic to your blog for this to be effective.
Affiliate marketing means placing links to products on websites such as Amazon on your website. If anyone buys one through your like, you will earn a commission on it. Again, for this to be effective, you will need a high volume of visitors to the site.