There is no doubt that we are struggling through a troubled economy right now, but nobody seems to know how long this downturn is going to last. Unfortunately, this makes a lot of people so nervous that they don’t know what to do. While some of you may have heard of this “making money online” thing, you aren’t really sure what it all means. First, let me put you at ease and let you know that it is completely possible to make money, and not everything is a scam. For example, a lot of successful people like to blog for money.
Let’s start with some of the basics. A blog is really nothing more than an online journal, and is a short for web log. The best part is that you can start blogging for no cost. Even better is that there are some online blog services that make it really easy to get up and running, regardless of how computer savvy you may or may not be. It typically takes anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or two to get your blog started.
Your first task is to decide what the main topic of your blog will be. Your goal is to blog for money, but if you can choose a subject that you’re interested in, it will be much easier to keep on blogging. On the other hand, if you just want to make as much money as possible, then you should take some time to learn about the various methods of choosing hot niche markets. This will give you more return on your efforts if you go about it the right way.
So, you’ve decided on your topic, and have some content added, but how do you actually blog for money, The two main ways are through Google’s AdSense program and affiliate marketing. Let’s take a quick look at each one in turn.
Google AdSense is where you ad a bit of code to your blog. (Don’t worry, most blogging set ups make this pretty simple.) Once the code is added, Google will automatically display ads that are related to your content. Then, when somebody clicks on an ad, Google gives you a portion of what they earn from the advertiser. Some ads will only make you a few cents per click, while others can earn you several dollars. Be sure to read and understand Google’s terms and conditions as they do keep an eye on those who use the AdSense program. You can make a lot of money if you pick the right topic, and get a lot of clicks from your visitors.
Affiliate marketing is basically selling somebody else’s products for a percentage of each sale. When it comes to having a blog for money, these products are usually in a digital format. A visitor sees the ad for the affiliate product, buys it, and then gets it directly from the advertiser. The advertiser then sees that you were the one who made the sale (they will give you a special link for tracking purposes), and they then pay you your share.