Your cabinets are almost bare, your meal choices these day are PB&J vs Beanie-Weanies, and you are eyeing the cat rather suspiciously. Well, I hope times haven’t gotten quite that desperate for you, but you are probably having to live a little on the “thrifty” side these days. Everyone seems to be pinching pennies, praying for gas prices to go down, and looking for ways to earn an extra buck or two. But what if that extra income were as close as your home computer? Have you ever considered blogging as a business?
Bloggers have many opportunities to make a profit on their writing efforts. Some blogs are even designed for the sole purpose of making an income. If you are new to blogging, and have been wondering if there is any money in it, you might want to consider a few possibilities.
- Hosting ads on your blog Programs like Google’s Adsense and Bidvertiser offer pay-per-click ads designed to match your blog content. BlogHerAds are geared at blogs written by women, and use quality advertising females can relate to. Even new blogs can benefit from these type ads.
- Using Affiliate Programs Giving product reviews and link-throughs to products or services you evaluate and recommend to your readers. These usually work best with established blogs getting regular traffic.
- Selling A Product Or Service With A Blog If you have a personal product or service that you sell or are associated with, you can use your blog as a virtual billboard to promote and market it
If you decide to try to make some additional income from any of the above methods, however, you need to remember that none of these will turn a profit unless your blog content is meaningful. Good writing is still the key to drawing traffic to your blog. Just as companies don’t gain by advertising their products on a floundering television show, neither will they gain by advertising on a blog that people don’t read.
To find out how to write a blog that others will want to read, I highly recommend one of the blog writing courses offered by BlogWritingCourse.com. Our free course will introduce you to the world of blogging, and our subscription course will guide you through the ins and outs of building your blog and growing your audience. And perhaps, putting something besides peanut butter and beanie-weenies in your cabinet…
Until next time,