So, should you try to make money blogging? In my opinion, the answer is always “yes.” However, it’s not always that simple for everyone. Some people start blogging specifically to make money, while others start blogs just for fun. A lot of people only have a very hazy idea of how making money online actually works (remember when you didn’t know what an affiliate link or a pay per click ad was?), so some people start blogging and have no idea they can actually monetize the blog and make some money.
As you’re probably aware of by now, getting traffic to your blog is essential if you want to make money blogging. Each and every strategy for making money blogging rides on having readers to click on your links, follow your ads, or purchase whatever product you are selling. No readers means no money! So it’s important to continue to implement strategies to get more traffic to your blog, even after you have a solid readership.
A lot goes into running a blog (or hopefully several blogs) including lots of content generation. After awhile, you will end up with tons of blog entries, articles, top 10 lists, product reviews, and hopefully ebooks as well. This content is already working for you on your blogs, but why not use your content to generate another income stream too? You get multiple income streams from your existing content rewriting it, and selling it as Private Label Rights (PLR).
When I post about making money blogging, I usually post about making money in some specific way: through keywords, ads, affiliate links, etc. However, today I’d like to talk about something else you need to have if you want to make money blogging, and that is persistence. Because the fact of the matter is, it takes time and effort to build an income from a blog.
A lot of people think it’s easy to make money online without putting any work in. But unfortunately, this statement is only half true: it is easy to make money online, but you have to do the work. If you don’t put any effort in, you’re not going to make any money. So, in order to make money blogging, you really need to be blogging regularly.
I use WordPress for all my sites, so I’m pretty well versed on WordPress plugins. I prefer to use free WordPress plugins, because there are so many wonderful free plugins out there it just doesn’t make sense to pay for them. I wrote an entry awhile ago about my top 10 Free WordPress plugins, which you can take a look at here. Then, I decided to dedicate a blog entry to going a little bit more in depth about each plugin. So far, I’ve covered All in One Seo Pack, No Duplicate Comments, Akismet, Similar Posts, Post Teaser, Simple Tags, and Google Sitemap. Today, I’m on the 8th plugin on my list, which is a plugin called Subscribe to Comments.