Professional Blogging for a Living

The dream of working from home and making a living online through blogs is not new.  As far as dreams go, it’s not a particularly unrealistic one.  Bloggers all over the world have made welcome lifestyle changes, thanks to the income from their  blogs.  Before aspiring bloggers can replicate the same type of success, they must understand the different strategies needed for making this possible.

One sure-fire formula for success is using advertisements hosted by search engine sites.  AdSense, which is freely available from Google, is a good place to begin.  All that’s needed is a good site with quality content, and Google will take care of the rest.

Sites must be up-to-date, unique, and respectable to be Adsense blogs.  A savvy blogger will position the ads on the most visible site pages.  This will make more people click on them, which earns the blogger more money.  Once the ads make money, Google will pay the blogger a small portion of that income.

Some, bloggers prefer to earn more than Adsense provides them, and find search engine-hosted ad programs undesirable.  These people often offer their advertising space directly to advertisers.  This way, they get to keep the entire payment from advertisers or sponsors.

blogging and marketingAnother popular option that has generated millions of dollars in revenue is joining an affiliate program.  As an affiliate marketer, a blogger gets a commission whenever a visitor purchases a product through a link hosted on the blog.  The revenue calculated for each successful click of the link is a pre-determined percentage of the total sale value.  One such affiliate program is Clickbank.  There are many different affiliate products that span several different niches in Clickbank, which makes it an ideal place for all affiliate bloggers.

Instead of selling someone else’s products or services, bloggers can choose to market their own products as a way to make money.  Blogs can be used to sell clothing, handmade crafts, and original artwork, among a host of other items.  Bloggers can also sell ebooks, which has become a popular trend in the online industry.  The product, no matter what it is, must be of superior quality to generate an income and encourage repeat traffic and purchases.

Like most marketing strategies, the success of a blog is affected by the appeal of its contents.  The blogger may be able to charge for products or services if the information provided is of superior quality.  As more people sign up for the premium version, significant revenue can be made from the site in the long term.  Having a high profile blog can also provide financial benefits and opportunities for the blogger.

Individuals who are considered experts in their fields within the blogging community will find that they are often being requested to perform various services outside the online world.  Many authors have earned book deals this way.

Blogs can and do make money.  Bloggers who know how to combine marketing with blogging can make quite a bit of money.  By integrating a variety of the money-making options and experimenting with what works best within the niche, a blogger can build a profit base that can sustain the blog and even produce an impressive profit.  Making money blogging is not always easy, but generating an income doing what they love is something most bloggers wouldn’t trade for any other job.