How to Make Money Blogging

For some blogging is a passion. But passions don’t put food on the table. Blogging is one of the best ways to make some money from home. If you are dispensing valuable or entertaining content to the masses with your blog, then you do deserve to monetize from the product you have created.

Unlike with digital products, making money from blogs is done indirectly. After all, you cannot charge people for reading. Technically you can, but web users never really pay for things they can easily get for free elsewhere on the internet.

Before you monetize from a blog, you need to find a niche market and build engagement. That is to say, you need a unique topic that sets your blog apart from others. Otherwise, you will be in direct competition with dozen other blogs that look just like yours. Once you have found your niche, you need to build reader engagement.

 

 

That means finding loyal readers who subscribe to your blog and constantly engages with comments and shares. These are the readers that will be the base for making money off your blog. The more subscribers you have, the more monetizing potential your blog will have.

Once you have found your niche and a loyal audience for your blog, you can try the following to make real money:

Place Ads on Your Blog

The simplest and easiest way to make money with your blog is to place online ads on it. Now, this should be done very carefully. Web users abhor ads in general. Therefore, you should not bombard your readers with a horde of ads as they read your posts.

Ads should be placed as non-intrusively as possible on your blog. Many readers will use ad blockers, so it would be helpful to put a disclaimer explaining that ads provide you with a much needed income. Avoid pop-up ads. When you buy ads through Google AdSense, make sure the material comes from reputable sources. Last thing you need is to transmit malware to your readers.

Promote Products or Businesses

This is a classic way authors make money. Product placement is slightly different from placing ads. Here, you can mention certain products or brands in your blog post without making it seem as if you are specifically promoting those products as an advertisement does. In return for product mentions, the manufacturer or the brand’s company will pay you a stipend. It works similarly for businesses. Local vendors, insurance companies, and online businesses often promote themselves on popular blogs. If your blog has a solid following, you can cash in.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing refers to placing links on your blog that redirects to a website of an online shop or a business. This is a more direct way of marketing. You don’t have to disclose to your readers that you are endorsing the link’s destination (they’ll get it), but you do have to tell readers that they are being redirected to a third party website.

For example, if you are writing a post about shoes, you can include a link to Amazon’s shoe store. Amazon will pay you a percentage of the revenue generated from that lead. As with buying ads, you should be very careful not to link anything that might lead to a dubious website that might contain malware.

Sell Premium Content

Your website should mainly be free to attract readers. However, if you have a considerable loyal readership, you can sell them premium content. This works for some blogs really well. For example, if you are blogging about a technical or a know-how topic, invested readers will be willing to pay for exclusive content. You will, of course, have to create premium content that people are willing to pay for.

Sell Merchandise

Instead of premium content, you can use your blog to sell merchandise. This could include things like t-shirts or mugs, or similar classic merchandise. You can base products on the topic of your blog. It should be noted that eBooks and blog post collections are great merchandise for bloggers. If you have any popular posts, you can write an expanded eBook based on it that readers who liked the original would buy. Pushing merchandise is not a quick way to make money off your blog. It will take a while for you to invest in merchandise and have subscribers buy it. This is usually only suitable for very popular blogs.

Charge Guest Bloggers

If you have a successful blog, chances are that other people might want in on with that fame. You can charge people to write guest posts for your blog promoting themselves, their own blog, or a business. This, however, is not a regular source of income.

As you can see, there are several ways to monetize from your blog. You can try one or more of the tactics mentioned above. The moneymaking potential of your blog will depend on the number of subscribers. So don’t be too keen to push ads and products. Always put readers’ interests first, and keep them engaged to increase the value of your blog.

How to Write an Ebook

Writing a book and getting it published used to be a daunting task. However, thanks to e-books and popular online bookstores like Amazon Kindle, now just about everyone can get their own book out there. While you can reach an international audience with an eBook, challenges remain.

You have to write the book and market it to a specific audience, and that part is never easy, no matter the technological advantages. If you are committed enough, you can definitely get your eBook published and make some money. Read ahead for a brief guide on how to write your first eBook:

Choose a Topic

First of all, you will need a topic to write about. Broadly speaking, you can write a fiction or a nonfiction book. If you are a fiction writer, you can write just about anything you want. You can try genre writing like sci-fi or romance, two of the top selling genres in publishing. Or you can create your own unique story. It’s up to you. Non-fiction authors can write autobiographies, how-to books, or address a topic under a particular subject. If you are stumped when it comes to choosing a topic, try to do one of these: solve a problem (“how to sleep better”), address a concern (“dangers of UV rays”), or satisfy a curiosity (“truth behind UFOs”).

When choosing a topic, what’s really important is that you choose something you are good at and is passionate about. Do not try to force yourself to write something just to make money. It won’t work. Also, if you already have an online audience, write something that matches your online persona. For example, if you are a popular travel blogger, write an eBook about travel, not construction.

Take Notes and Get Organized

Choosing a topic can take some time. But once your mind is set, it’s time to prepare to write your eBook. Whether you are writing fiction or a nonfiction book, you will have to write an outline, brainstorm and take down notes, and so research. In general, now is the time to get organized to write the book. This is the step where you choose your preferred word processor. You can choose an app like Evernote to keep track of your ideas. Keep in mind that books rarely get written from Chapter 1 to the Finale. You will have to take copious notes in order to plot the story smoothly.

Get Down to the Writing

Once you have a basic outline, you can get down to the writing. You can start writing the book and continue to take note of ideas at the same time. It’s not unusual for authors to do a course correction midway writing a book. Don’t romanticize the process of writing. It’s much harder than what most people think it is. The content of your eBook will not flow out of you just like that. You will have to refer to your notes and stick to the topic you have chosen.

It’s helpful if you can do a chapter outline in advance. Some authors can do this, and others do the chapter outline after starting writing. You will need a solid foundation to build your book on, and the outline is crucial in this regard.

Different authors have their own way of writing. You could be one of those people who prefer to set apart a time of day for writing. Others write whenever they feel like it. It depends on your needs, style, and other commitments. What matters is that you are determined to finish the book. Otherwise, you will have to spend years writing just one eBook.

Have Your Book Edited and Proofread

Once you have finished the book, hold the celebrations. What you have in your hand is just the first draft. You will have to go through everything you’ve written and the perfect the draft into a manuscript. Professional authors have editors and proofreaders to go through their manuscripts. You can first self-edit the book. But it’s highly recommended to have someone else read through your manuscript and fix any mistakes.

Come up with a Title and a Blurb

If you don’t already have a title in mind, now is the time to come up with one. It should be catchy and match the content of the book. If you wrote a nonfiction book, coming up with a title would be easy. Fiction writers may have to spend some time coming up with something good. Make sure the title you choose is not similar to any other published book.

You will also have to write a short blurb for the book. This is the summary that readers consider before buying the eBook. The blurb has to be concise and reflect what your book is about without spoiling the content. It should also be very compelling so that people actually want to buy your book.

The final step is to format your eBook and design a cover. The above steps reflect only the writing process, which is strenuous enough. Once the book is written, you will have to get to the marketing part, which can sometimes be even more difficult. But always remember that you first need to have a written book to market.

 

What to Blog About

Blogging is a great way to create an online personality, promote a personal or a product brand, or make some extra money. Thanks to improved content management systems like WordPress, blogging is easier than ever. But the hardest part of blogging is choosing a topic. There are tens of thousands of blogs on the web. So it can be difficult to find something to blog about.

Technically speaking, you can write a blog about anything that interests you. However, anything may not be enough to captivate an audience, or motivate you to continue the blog. If you are serious about starting a blog, but have no idea what to blog about, here is a brief guide on how to choose a topic:

Blog about Something You are Passionate About

The easiest topic to blog about will be the topic you are most passionate about. It may not come to you right away, so sit down and think for a bit. Do you have any hobbies, interests, or things you absolutely love? Make a list. Now refer back to this list. Your ideal blogging topic would be here.

Blogging is not like writing an article once. You will have to maintain your blog for years. That means writing about the same topic for years. It’s very easy to experience burnout if you don’t much care about the topic you are blogging about. If you are passionate about the topic you pick, it will be very easy to make the blog interesting for your readers as well as yourself.

Pick a Topic No one Else is Blogging About

Here’s the dirty secret of blogging: most topics already have dozens of blogs. Say, for example, that you passion is travelling. You can choose to blog about it, but keep in mind that there are hundreds of travel blogs out there. It’s, in fact, one of the most popular topics to blog about. Your new blog could easily disappear among an ocean of other blogs about the same or similar topics.

How to Make Your Blog More Secure

To have a successful blog, fill a hole in the market. Find a topic that you care about that no one else is writing about. It should be mentioned write away that this is not easy. If you have a generic topic like travelling, you can find a subtopic that no one is writing about. The other secret of blogging is that there’s always an audience for blog topics no one is writing about.

Find Your Niche

This is a continuation of the point made above. The simple fact is that your blog needs an audience. Particularly, a specific audience. Generic blogs do not make it far. If you want your blog to be popular, you need to find a handful of true fans that will stay loyal for years. This is called a niche audience. Niche audiences follow niche topics. You can choose a niche audience by coming up with a truly unique blogging topic. As mentioned before, offer something to readers that no one else is currently offering. Then the market will follow you, not the other way around.

Check Out Which Topics are Popular for Blogging

If you are not sure if your niche would interest many people, you can always check out what topics are popular for blogging. Travel, photography, writing, music, pop culture, and even blogging are popular topics for blogs. You can base your own topic on any of these. It will be a good way to ensure that your blog can attract a strong following.

Choose a Topic You Know a Lot About

Readers visit blogs seeking information on a topic they are interested in. You, as a blogger, will have to be an authoritative figure the topic you are blogging about. For that, you will have to actually know a lot about the topic. So, if you are still not sure what to blog about, choose a topic you already know a lot about. You will be able to divulge useful information to readers interested in the same topic. Even if someone else is already blogging about the same topic, your knowledge can make your blog superior with more informative articles. That will definitely attract readers.

Continue to brainstorm a blog topic with the above points in mind. What’s important is that you choose a unique topic or a form for your blog that will attract interest. Don’t let your blog be a copy of someone else’s. Use the above suggestions to come up with a great niche that leads to a highly successful blog.

 

How to Make Your Blog More Secure

website securitySecurity is a major concern for all websites. Even if you are just running a simple blog, it can be vulnerable to hacking attempts and malware. As a blogger, you should be concerned of the security of your personal brand and website, as well as the security of your readers. You could unwittingly spread malware from your blog to readers if you are not considerate of cyber security.

Your blog can be vulnerable to hacking and hijacking if you are not careful. There’s also the risk of someone duplicating your blog’s address to dupe readers into believing that a spam site is the real blog. Ransomware attacks are also a concern. Yes, the web can be a scary place full of cyber criminals. In order to protect your blog from devastating security threats, follow the below tips:

Use a Very Strong Password

It can be annoying to type in a long and complex password every time you log in to your blog. However, this small hassle could save your blog from a career ending hack. You should use a strong password for your blog that a cyber criminal cannot easily guess. So, “myblog123” won’t cut it.

Use a random number and letter generator to get a password. Such passwords are strong because they are impossible to guess. Always combine letters and numbers, and don’t use any words that include personal information, like your name or birthday. Do make sure to change this password at least every three months. A strong password policy is one of the most basic but highly effective defenses against cybercrime.

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Create a New Admin Account

Most CMSs offer admin accounts with the blog. When you are in charge of the blog and it’s finally online, delete the old admin account and create a new one. Generic admin accounts could be vulnerable to hacking attempts. There could be bugs in the code that savvy hackers know about. A new admin account eliminates such threats. So obtain one as soon as the blog is up and running.

Get Malware Scanning Software

Websites can have their own antivirus software. Go the the official page of the CMS you use; it should have a list of compatible and recommended security scanning software for blogs. If none is provided, send in an inquiry and ask. This scanning software routinely checks the source code of your blog for potential malicious code like bugs. If there are any problems, you will be immediately alerted. Don’t forget to set up automatic updates for this software.

Update All Software

Update and upgrade all software related to your blog. This includes the version of the CMS you are using, all plugins or APIs on your blog, your computer’s OS, browser, and just about everything else. Software makers routinely issue updates that sometimes include patches for security vulnerabilities. These are not announced, that’s why it’s important to set up automatic updates. If you are using any outdated programs, upgrade immediately.

Limit Access

Do not allow just about anyone to access important admin privileges for your blog. The recommended method is to keep these privileges just to yourself, or the administrator. If someone else is posting to your site on your behalf, provide access very carefully. It’s never wise to allow full access. If the access is granted temporarily, disable it as soon as the work is done and change your password.

Control User Generated Content

Allowing users to post their own posts, videos, or images is a great way to create engagement. And it’s also a great way to attract malware. If users are allowed to post content, it should be done with proper security protocols in place. Malicious code can be included in images or videos people upload. Be aware of this potential problem, and ask an expert how to allow users to securely submit content if necessary.

Have Control Over Ads

Ads are a very prominent method of distributing malware across the web. So, be careful not to post just about any ad on your site. You should verify where the ads come from. However, sometimes even this is not sufficient. The New York Times, for example, once became the victim of a series of malicious phishing ads that were imitating a well-known national advertiser. Having a virus scan on your blog as mentioned above will help. Also, you can join an ad network with high security standards. Being vigilant will be necessary to protect your blog from malicious ads.

Last but not least, always back up your blog. Make it a habit to back up every week or month. When you have a backup, you can easily restore your site in case there is a security breach.