Are you better off than you were last year? Probably not. Have you been looking for a second job but find part-time jobs are difficult to find? Or, perhaps you don’t know how you can manage it because you have children to care for, your health is an issue, or transportation is not available. There are ways you can supplement your income from home, thanks to the Internet.
How I Got Started Blogging
Three years ago, my son who was working as in Internet Marketing at the time, said to me, “Mom, you’ve used computers and the Internet for years, you like writing, and you like being a grandmother. Why not combine the these interests and start a blog about being a grandmother or whatever you like? You can eventually make extra money from google ads on your site and affiliate marketing. Public relations companies will probably ask you to review products and send you free samples. You might even get a bottle of wine!” That got my attention.
My Income from Blogging
Well, needless to say, here I am with four active blogs and others in the development stages. My first one, NanasCorner.com will celebrate its three-year anniversary at the end of this month! And, he’s right. I receive a small monthly income that has doubled last year’s income which had doubled the first year’s income. My son reminds me that by the time I retire in five years, I could have a nice income to supplement my pension. In any case, it will be more income than if I had not started blogging.
Additional Perks – New Friends, Free Products, and an Award
If I didn’t enjoy blogging, I wouldn’t be doing it now for three years. Along the way I’ve met interesting people from around the world and have formed friendships with some. Another perk of blogging is receiving requests to review cool products. I’ve received products for review such as a digital camera, popular brand exercise shoes, children’s books, self-help books, novels, toys, Wii game, CDs, fun learning DVDs, cool lunch bag and accessories, pens and retractable pencils, water-powered alarm clock, exercise equipment and videos, food samples, and just recently…yes, a bottle of imported Italian wine! The nicest thing that has happened in my blogging career so far, is receiving an award from Grand Magazine in September of this year naming NanasCorner.com as one of the Top 12 Grandparent Blogs! I guess I can say I have finally evolved as a blogger!
How You Can Start Blogging
If you have access to a computer several times a week and have something interesting to say you will grow your readership. As your readership grows, income from posted Google ads will increase too. If a vendor likes your site, he may become a sponsor which means he will pay you directly to display his ad.
I started blogging on a free blog host site, Blogger.com, then moved to wordpress.com. They both provide you with free blog templates that are easy for a beginner blogger to use. Now my sites are hosted on Dreamhost.com and have my own urls which I purchased through Dreamhost for about $10 each. The cost of hosting is minimal, too.
Add Google Adsense to Your Blog for Income
Once I had content on my blog and my own urls, I added Google Adsense. The ads that display are driven by keywords the advertisers pay for. If they match keywords in your posts, the ads will display on your post or homepage, depending where you place them. Some keywords pay more than others. If you can determine which ones they are, you can really make money! One day, I checked my Adsense for the day. One of my ads would have paid $1,800 if it had 1,000 views for that one day! Instead, it earned me $1.80. It felt like I had lost the lottery by just one number. But, there are more than one ad on my sites. They all add up.
Building Traffic, Earn More
At one time, I was excited to make $4 a day. Now I average six times that. If you begin blogging, remember it takes time. Your goal should be a long-term goal. But, there is always the chance that you might catch onto something that draws traffic. On each of my sites there are a few topics that draw more traffic than others.
It is important to remember that you need to create a niche or theme and stick to it. Be open to trying new topics, but in someway make it relate to the rest of your blog. Build it up by multiple posts on the topic, but not duplicating them. If it doesn’t work, no harm done. You can always start another blog on that topic and redirect your original posts.
Tracking Your Blog Traffic
By entering a Google Analytics code into your blog’s template, Google will track the visits to your site and provide you with data such as amount of visits to each post, length of time on posts, how many pages the visitor clicked through…even the countries, states, and towns where the computers are located. What really helps is learning what search words your visitors used to find your post through Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.
Blogging Can Be a Family Business
Even kids can become bloggers. One young lady kept a blog about something that was popular at the time that she collected. I think it was about Beanie Babies. She had lots of visitors from other kids who also collected them. She had fun blogging and connecting with other kids who had the same interest…plus she made money, too!
Add More Income, Become an Affiliate Marketer
Another way to add income to your blogging is to become an affiliate marketer. You apply to become an affiliate member of individual vendors through affiliate sites. If your blog is approved, then you place banner links, product image links, and text links on your blog. If a visitor clicks on the link through to the vendor’s site and purchases one or more products, you will receive a commission. You’ll want to find vendors with products that can relate to your blog niche or topic.
Tips for Beginner Bloggers
- Blog what you like to talk about, what you know how to do, your experiences, or to help others. But, if you truly don’t enjoy the topic, it will become “work” and you’ll probably lose interest over time.
- Write your blog. Sleep on it. Re-read it the next day. Proofread it carefully. Don’t hesitate to ask others to read your posts, at least in the beginning before you hit “publish.”
- Let your personality show through. Don’t be afraid to be outrageous if that is what you want to bring forth, if it works with your style and topic.
- Ask for help when you need it. There are often forums on the blog host’s site. You can also search for an answer by typing in your question into Google. You can leave a comment here and I’ll answer your question if I can. If I can’t, I try to help you find it.