Had enough of trying to work out how to make a living online with all the false promises, costs going through the roof and buying stuff you don’t really need, then let’s see in this make money from blogging for beginners article if we can point you in the right direction and show you that it isn’t really that difficult.
I am not here to pass judgement on all those make money online opportunities that send you down the wrong path, because there simply aren’t enough hours in the day.
It’s not too long ago that I was in that very same position thinking, wouldn’t it be great if I could make a living online, but ended up bouncing from one opportunity to the next, learning absolutely nothing of value. Not to mention the costs!
Talk about sole destroying and frustrating until I found by accident a way forward, but we shall get to that a little later on.
Why would I need a Blog?
I’m not going to get heavy into the why would I need a blog because the article could end up taking a number of hours to complete so I choose 2 of the main reasons.
If you are a business owner there is no better way to connect with your customers. Forget about sending out flyers or newsletters via mail, that is a thing of the past.
Creating content is a personal thing and allows you to keep in touch with customers to inform them of any ongoing changes.
Expanding the business by seeking out new clients by identifying what people are searching for that relates to your business.
With around half the world population that has access to the Internet, getting your business website in front of that crowd of people is not as difficult as you may think with the right tools at your disposal.
Affiliate marketing is a very simple business concept and extremely cost-effective as there are no overheads and you hold no stock.
You are basically the go-between.
Merchant – Affiliate Marketer – Customer
You promote other peoples products and once you have made a sale, you as the affiliate would get a commission, and that’s it!
This business model is by far probably the best one you can adapt to for earning a good living online and the most cost-effective.
What would I Blog About?
This can literally be anything.
It could be a hobby or an interest which you are passionate about.
If you are thinking of starting a blog and turning it into a thriving online business, then a little research has to be done first to establish whether your interest or hobby is going to have a big enough following for it to be worthwhile doing.
Is there a big enough crowd out there searching for things related to your hobby or interest?
Just off the top of my head, I have managed to list 10 massive crowd-pullers when it comes to what people are looking for when they hit the Google search engine.
Anything relating to…
- Fitness and Weight Loss
- Dating and relationships
- Self Improvement
- Building Wealth Through Investing
- Make money online
- Personal Finance
We would describe those as “Niches” although the ones above are far too broad.
What do we mean by “Too Broad”?
In simple terms, they are at the top level and would be far too competitive and a place where you’d find Major Corporations.
We need to be looking at sub-niches that are further down in the pecking order and more lucrative for the affiliate marketer.
There are 1000’s of categories that you could use and make a great business from.
Such as…“Fitness and Weight Loss”
Within that category, there could be 1000’s of smaller categories that you could use.
Where do People go for their Information?
The 4 major search engines as of 2020 are…
With Google taking the bulk of the market share with around 74% then a good start would be Google and just a little research here tells me that there are over 80,000 Google searches every single second.
This amounts to around a staggering 7 billion searches every day.
Each one of those individual searches as the potential to become a Niche that you could use as your business. Your New Hobby or Interest!
Just think, 7,000,000,000 – Quite a large number right?
All you need to do now is research what those people are searching for that relates to your Niche.
How do you make money from blogging, well let’s take a look at the steps required!
The Basic Steps that you need to know
Choose an Interest or a Hobby, which we call a Niche
As we mentioned earlier, this can be literally anything, and although I have just highlighted 10 great niches, it may be that you need further guidance then why not check out an article I wrote here.
A good suggestion would be to try and choose a Niche that you like or better still have a passion for.
This makes developing your Business so much more enjoyable.
Remember this business of yours is going to be around for a number of years to come!
Once you have found your Niche then it is time to start building your website.
Build a website
Before you mention or even think of it for that matter, building a website nowadays is extremely easy, I mean if I can build a website then anybody can!
In fact, I know a Website can be created in less than 1 minute because that’s how long it took me to create mine!
Choosing the right blogging platform is our next step and what I use like many others is WordPress, without a doubt probably the most popular and reliable blogging platform there currently is!
With WordPress as your blogging platform, there are literally thousands of themes to choose from along with over 50,000 plugins to help you.
Themes are a sort of graphical interface and its what gives your website that all professional look and uniqueness. It modifies the way the site is displayed without modifying the underlying software.
Plugins are computer programs that you install and attach to your website to do all sorts of techie stuff that a few years ago you had to program. That’s when things took weeks and sometimes months to do something relatively simple.
Creating a domain is your own private little piece of the Internet. Where you give your business a true name where your website will reside, just like www.Amazon.com. The name should be catchy and refer to your chosen Niche.
Choosing a theme for your website all goes hand in hand with what your Niche is about. With 1000’s of WordPress themes to choose from and most are free. I’m sure you’ll find one that best suits your needs!
Get Rankings & Visitors to your website or Traffic as it is known.
Getting ranked is a term that Google uses when you publish your blog posts and over time Google will rank your post according to many different parameters. The higher the page ranking in Google the more chance your posts are likely to be read by future subscribers which hopefully would mean future sales!
Getting visitors to your website can be done 2 ways. Paying for Traffic or SEO (search engine optimization) and sourcing the traffic organically for FREE.
Here we are going to focus on SEO because it will save you a ton of money and it is the best solution for long-term success!
It all starts with…
1. Targeting the keywords that people are keying into the Google search engine that relate to your Niche.
Let’s say our Website and Niche is about “Dating and relationships”
To get an idea of the keywords that people are keying into the Google search engine we need to go back to Google and research this further, and how we do this is by using a very useful feature…
Just by typing “online dating ti“ into the Google search automatically displays suggestions for keywords that we can use that relate to our niche.
We could also go to the last page of the Google query to find some additional keyword suggestions like…
What started off with an idea as now exploded into many suggestions for doing very little!
We can then take several of the Google suggestions (if needed) and research those potential keywords further.
So for this example, I am using the keyword “online dating tips for guys”
We research those potential keywords further by using a Keyword Research Tool.
In this case, we are going to use a tool called Jaaxy to see if there is a big enough crowd of people searching for “online dating tips for guys”
Looking at the results of the Jaaxy search query and we see a bunch of numbers associated with our keyword.
The ones we are interested in are…
Avg = 96 – (The average number of searches in a month)
Traffic = 17 – (Our potential crowd if we ranked on Page 1 of Google)
QSR = 51 – (Quoted string results, the number of websites with reference to that exact keyword phrase – “online dating tips for guys”
Ideally, you would like Avg and Traffic to be as big as possible!
QSR less than 100
As you can see by our results that “online dating tips for guys” would be a good keyword to use for our new “blog post”
2. Writing the content for our Blog Post
Now with the keyword “online dating tips for guys” that we have decided will be the heading to use for our next blog post, we would start writing the content.
Just like we started off with researching keywords that people are keying into the Google search engine we would research things related to this New Keyword – “online dating tips for guys”
That’s easy and just be typing the keyword back into the Google search engine we have a whole lot of things that we can research that are ranked on pages 1 and 2 of Google to give us some ideas.
There are really no restrictions on the size of a “blog post” in terms of the number of words.
Saying that though, Google loves unique content with posts in the 1,500 to 2,000-word count range.
You would create great content by giving useful advice and then suggesting solutions, which would come by the way of affiliate products.
Where would I find those affiliate products to promote?
You can find 1000’s of affiliate products online that would relate to your niche.
Pretty much all are free to join which is a simple process.
Select the affiliate program you want to join then promote their products.
Why not check out Amazon, they are the biggest online retail outlet with over 500 million products.
Earn revenue is when you get paid.
If you have carried out steps 1 to 3 correctly then it is only a matter of time before you start to see an income, and when you do it will come in floods.
These are commissions paid to you by the product owner.
Each keyword that you use targets a certain group of people and if you have done your research thorough enough then you will find some great keywords that have plenty of Traffic with very little competition.
Over time you will publish 100’s of blog posts and as a result, the traffic will get bigger and bigger, meaning more and more people are going to get to see your website.
More traffic means more subscribers means sales!!!
How long will it take for me to start making a living?
Obviously, this is not a “Get Rich Quick” scheme and if that is what you are looking for, forget it because there isn’t one. Maybe chance your arm at the Lottery but we all know what the odds of that happening are, right?
Just like the saying, “the more you put into something, the more you will get out of it”
Everybody is different so the harder you work the quicker you will get there.
Eventually, you will be in a position where you could ease off with that “boring full-time job” and even replace it with this new online business you have been developing.
The beauty of this business is that it will be running in the background 24/7/365 and you can run it anywhere. All that’s required is a laptop and an Internet connection.
Want to know how you can learn all this and more?
As I mentioned right at the beginning of this article, I came across a training platform quite by chance and to be honest can’t remember how it all came about.
I know I had been looking for quite a while, but not quite sure what exactly I was looking for until I found it.
Now, you don’t have to bounce from one so-called opportunity to the next because I have the perfect solution right here!
If you would like to directly contact me about anything then you can do it here
Hopefully, you have clicked on some of the article links which should have given you a thorough understanding of just what this blogging is about and that it really isn’t that difficult.
Time-consuming it may be, but starting and running a business takes time and done right with the right training and you can really benefit beyond your wildest dreams.
Don’t forget to leave a comment, I would love to hear your thoughts