An increasing number of people have begun blogging with the hopes of an increased pay check at the end of the month, or just as a way to share their opinions with the world. Nowadays you can set up a blog completely for free using blogging platforms such as Blogger, Tumblr, TypePad etc. although if you’re determined to earn some money, I’d suggest purchasing your own domain which can be as little as a few bucks. These sites can still host your blog for free, or you can purchase web hosting for another small fee which gives you total freedom and endless design ideas for a blog with the help of WordPress. You can read more about setting up your first blog here.
Monetizing a blog is the easy part, actually getting people to your blog is the hard part. I’ve written a small article on generating traffic here. Basically, you want people to come back to blog after they’ve read a post. Recurring visitors are much more crucial than random views. The bottom line of finding recurring visitors is by posting interesting content often and of high quality. They all don’t have to be really long, I average about 500 words normally! You can also use blog directories, search engines and social networking to gather more viewers.
Once your traffic is flowing, monetizing the blog doesn’t really require too much effort. Google AdSense is the first place you should visit, where you get paid for every click. When you register, you just have to copy and paste the code for different advert sizes/colours (which you can customize) anywhere on your blog. In fact, if you use Blogger, all you have to do is click the ‘Monetize’ tab, enable AdSense, choose where you want the ads to display and voila! You can also advertise ad space to anyone for a set price per month, where the amount of clicks doesn’t change the price. Alternating between these two types of adverts can really increase your income. Different colour ads or their location could make you more money, so play around with their positioning to see if you benefit!
If you fancy a change of scene, you can always sell your blog to make some extra cash and begin a new one, although I’d recommend advertising your new blog on your old one for a while. May as well make use of all the readers you gained! Well, this is the basics to earn money blogging, obviously it’s not as easy as I’ve made out, but with time and patience you should see some worthwhile results, good luck!