Many people want to learn how to write blogs for money, but they don’t know where to start. Having a lifestyle blog involves writing blog posts about something you’re passionate about, but it also means that making sure that each individual blog post is optimized to be found in the search engines.
I believe that there is an art, craft, and science to blogging for money. The ART is creating a well-written blog post article that offers valuable information. The CRAFT is structuring your article with graphics monetized links, and making sure that it looks good to human readers. The SCIENCE of blogging is determining which keywords will appear in each blog post, and optimizing each blog post for search engines.
Starting a Blog for Money – Is It Possible?
Is starting a blog for money possible? YES! There are many blogs on the internet that are beautiful and well-written, but don’t make any money. That is often the choice of the blogger who’s blogging for the love of it. Not every blogger wants to have a commercial blog, and that’s okay. I have a few blogs like that myself. 🙂 But if you would like to create a blog that creates an income, and enables you to make your own schedule, you’ll need to find ways to monetize your site.
Whether you are into health, food, family, etc, you can create a blog around something in your life, and share your experience and know-how with others. The internet is the perfect place to find kindred spirits who are interested in what you’re interested in. Better still, we can make it easy for them to find you by optimizing your site for search engines.
You optimize your lifestyle blog by sprinkling your articles with pertinent keywords that people have searched for in search engines like Google. First, you optimize the blog post article to look good for human eyes. After that, you optimize the article for search engine “spiders” or web crawlers, which are internet bots that browse the internet in order to index pages within the search engine.
Here’s an example of a Google keyword search:
When you write an article based on a popular Google keyword search that has little competition on the internet, your blog will have the chance to make it to the first page of a search engine. Yes, even on the internet it’s about location, location, location.
When you optimize your monetized blog post so that it’s ranked on the first page of Google for your keyword, traffic to your lifestyle blog will increase, along with your sales.
Blogging for Money Online – How Do I Do It?
Some bloggers are interested in blogging for money online, but don’t know how to do it. Blogging for money online involves creating interesting articles, and making sure that each individual post is monetized, meaning each post offers the reader an opportunity to purchase something.
Some of the ways to monetize your site include:
- Linking to products that offer an affiliate commission
- Offering your own products for sale
- Advertising on your site
And these are just a few options!
What About Travel Blogging for Money?
As I wrote above, you can blog just about any topic you choose. If you enjoy visiting different destinations, travel blogging for money is also possible. Travel blogging involves creating and sharing digital content about travel, and creating affiliate partnerships with hotels, airlines, and other travel sites. This way, when someone gets excited after reading about your trip to Cancun, they can click a link from your site to book a trip for themselves. And when they purchase a trip through your referral link, YOU get the affiliate commission!
As a travel blogger, you will be able to write off many of your travel expenses on your taxes (of course, consult your accountant first). When your travel blog becomes more popular, you may begin receiving samples and other offers from related companies. Some companies may even offer you free travel in exchange for blogging a review!
What are “Blog for Money” Sites?
Most “blog for money” sites aren’t much more than sales schemes. If you see an offer that offers to teach you how to work from home, but doesn’t tell you how, run! Some of those “opportunities” are just opportunities to buy a $47 dollar eBook that teaches you how to post ads that sell “work from home” opportunities for $47.
In order to blog for money, you will need a lifestyle blog of your own that is built from scratch. It’s not difficult, but you need to know what to do. As the saying goes, “success leaves clues”, so the best way to get up and running quickly is to learn from experienced and successful bloggers. And since you’re working online, it’s also beneficial to have online peers and community for support so you don’t feel so alone.