Blogging for profit is one of the best ways to start making money from home. It is fairly easy to start, doesn’t require a long resume of skills, and can be inexpensive. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s easy to make money. Today I wanted to share some important tips with you that’s learning during the past 7 years as a blogger, virtual assistant, and work at home mom.
It’s not a “Build It and They Will Come” Business
Don’t start a blog and expect to see money rolling in right away. Blogging for profit will take time to build. That’s why you often see bloggers doing other work at home opportunities while they grow their blog business. Give your blog time, attention, and commitment to see the rewards.
Be Genuine and Authentic
When you are blogging for profit, you want to pay close attention to how you present yourself in your blog. With hundreds of thousands of blogs out there,there may be several hundred blogs sharing the same kind of topic(s). Don’t let that discourage you. This is where your unique personality comes in when blogging for profit. When you are your genuine self and honest with your readers, you gain their interest and their trust. Through authenticity of being yourself, you’ll gain a tribe of fans. Readers can tell if a blog is write from the heart or a generic, slapped up on the internet just for profit. Sure we are blogging for profit. But by treating your blog as an outreach to help others, you win them over as loyal readers.
Simple is Better
If readers can’t understand your blog and have trouble reading it, they’ll just move on to the next one. Your blog needs to be user-friendly to help you gain consistent readers. It needs to be easy on the eyes to read and to navigate.
Remember the days of websites filled with colorful, patterned backgrounds? Those days are gone. When designing your blog, be careful choosing your blog’s background and font color. Although there are a lot of color choices that blogging programs offer, it’s best to stick with a light background and dark text. Studies have shown that the human brain processes this type better than light text on a dark background.
Remember, clean, uncluttered, and easy to find your content.
Don’t Overdo Sharing Links
Make sure to use the links wisely. Only put links up for blogs or content that is truly related to your blog’s topic. The point is to give your readers additional information on your topic. There is no reason to overwhelm them with links to other sites. A big goal when blogging for profit is getting, and keeping, readers on your blog. If you fill your site with links, you’re sending them off to other sites, instead of shopping from yours.
Watch Out for Errors
Proofread your entries before you post them to your blog. Bad spelling and grammar causes readers frustration. It makes the blogger lose credibility. A blog will be more difficult to read and people will lose interest. The online world is a world of text, so take some time to learn commonly misspelled words and grammatical errors. Use tools such as a spell check.
Watch for missed words, too. That’s my number one problem, especially when I’m excited about a subject. Even though the words were in my head, they don’t always all get typed. So, I usually proof read a couple times, at least, to avoid this.
The Habit of Regularly Posting
Keep your blog fresh and interesting by posting at least once per day when you start out blogging for profit. With so much information available on the Internet, your readers may go elsewhere if you aren’t supplying daily content. If you aren’t sure what to write about, try posting a poll, a link to another blog, comment on a news story or post of list of helpful tips.
Not every post has to be long and complicated, but you do need to post something everyday. Around 700 words is a nice goal to work toward. But don’t feel you can’t post a shorter post in between of around 300 words. The longer posts keeps readers on your site longer to read it completely and makes your sight seem less spammy to search engines.
This not only gives your blog more content for readers to see, but also gets you in the habit of writing consistently. This helps your writing improve and spurs creativity for futures topics. Later on, when you have a larger following, you can decrease the number of times you post each week. It’s then you shift to fewer, but longer posts.
These tips will help keep your blog readable and interesting to your visitors. The more visitors you get, the more you will succeed at blogging for profit. Just make sure to present yourself in a professional way and keep your readers coming back for more new content each day. In no time, you’ll have a tribe of faithful readers helping you earn a rewarding income from your hard work.