For many people, blogging isn’t just a hobby or pastime. It’s a way to earn a living. There are countless numbers of bloggers on the Internet. Although the World Wide Web has been around for some time now, it wasn’t until the end of the 1990s that blogging took off.
Do you earn a living from blogging? If so, you will doubtless be looking for ways to increase your blogging empire. As with most things in life, there are good and bad ways of bringing home the bacon.
Blogging is a legitimate, fun and exciting career choice. But, if you don’t do your job well, you will end up running out of money! The focus of today’s article is to share with you some dynamite ways of increasing readership. And your income!
Keep reading and take note of what I am about to tell you! Don’t worry – you can thank me later!
Write about stuff that people want to read
It might seem obvious, but a lot of bloggers don’t write anything that’s interesting to most readers! Imagine that, you are a visitor to your website. Read a few blog posts on it and think about whether the content interests you or not.
Many people are often surprised when they realize what they write isn’t interesting or useful in any way! You will doubtless be monetizing your blog. Are your blog posts genuine and well-written? Or do they seem spammy?
It might be a good idea to get some people you think would take an interest in your blog to read through some of your past articles for feedback. Sometimes it can be hard to find out what the problem is if you don’t feel one exists in the first place.
Let the cash roll in
If you rely on your blog to make you money, it’s important your site has the right ingredients for a successful and popular blog. Apart from quality content, your blog’s layout should be easy to use and responsive on mobile devices.
Make sure that you sign up with reliable affiliate networks. These are the ones that have a good billing system that can track clicks and orders through your website without issue. Examples of good affiliate networks include Amazon, Affiliate Window and VigLink.
Market your blog
As they say, you have to spend money to make money! PPC ads on Google, Facebook and popular related websites can help drive traffic to your blog. Just make sure you set a budget and stick to it. Don’t be tempted to increase it on an ad-hoc basis, or you won’t make any money!
Be a good writer
There is nothing worse than reading a blog post full of spelling and grammar mistakes. Before you accuse me of being part of the grammar police, it’s worth noting that people get bored of reading something if it is hard to understand.
If you’re burning the midnight oil, you should consider checking it when you’re 100% awake. Do you have general issues with spelling and grammar? If so, you should consider signing up to something like Grammarly to help you.
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Blogging is the new poetry. I find it wonderful and amazing in many ways.