In the past few weeks, I've been noticing a lot of posts by newish bloggers about how to make money blogging. Not just a little money, but how someone can make blogging their primary source of income.
Can you make blogging your primary job? Sure. Can anyone do it? Anyone who's got a good idea and the dedication to keep going. There are a number of PF bloggers out there who make a good amount of money from their blogs. What do they have going for them? Not only do they run good ads on their website, but most importantly, they provide good content. These bloggers update at least once a day, probably more often than that. They provide posts that are interesting to read and provide useful information. Their sites are well designed, created so that the ads are present and prominent enough to please the sponsors, but not so prominent that they are annoying. Most of them don't use pay per post type services - the sites that pay you for writing about a certain product.
Blogging for a living is not easy. It's not like you can sit down and write a post in an hour and then have the rest of the day to yourself. You have to spend time researching and planning posts. You have to promote your site. You have to find sponsors, and you have to keep those sponsors happy.
For the majority of us, blogging will never be a primary source of income. But a good blog can bring in a little bit of extra cash. I've got ads running on my site. I don't think I'll ever make a significant amount of money from the site, but I am hoping to be able to make enough on the site to perhaps get a domain name for the site and some hosting outside of Blogger. And after that, I'd like to be able to blog for charity. Sure, it might be only pennies a day, but every penny counts.
So if you're looking for advice on how to make money blogging, all I can suggest is to provide good content. Personally, I would also suggest not inundating your visitors with ads and text links and popups - for me, those are the types of things that make me remove a site from my bookmarks. And keep at it. A lot of bloggers who are making money by writing have been at it for years. It's not something that happens in a day.
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