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Do You Blog For Fun Or Is It A Money Making Enterprise?

Do You Blog For Fun Or Is It A Money Making Enterprise?

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When people first start writing a blog a lot of them believe it will be effortless and that somehow it will automatically attract visitors. A great many also think that it is possible to make money by blogging without expending any extra effort.

The reality is not quite that simple though. For a start, your knowledge and opinions will go unread unless someone can find the blog, so making it visible in the search engines is a critical task.
Anyone who is determined to make money by blogging can earn a good income, but not without a lot of effort and most important of all, consistency. There is a temptation to start out by posting every day, but as time becomes tight and outside pressures build up the novelty wears off and keeping the blog updated becomes a chore instead of a joy.

This is exactly what the search engines do not want, so any traffic there might have been will soon dry up.
Here are a few key points that might help turn your blog into a money-making machine:
Consider advertising on your blog. Of course, you will need some traffic to make this worthwhile, but by adding something as simple as a Google AdSense block to a sidebar you can generate a few pence each day.

If you are consistent, write quality content and engage your visitors you will attract more traffic, and in this case the income you can make will be considerably more.

If you have a regular readership you can sell advertising space yourself the rewards will be substantially more, and as long as you are selective about who advertises you can maintain the integrity of your site.
When you have an idea that seems popular you could create your own product and sell it from your blog. This lends itself particularly to digital products, but you might be surprised how popular a blueprint, a tutorial PDF or a video series could be.

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If you have a skill that other people do not this can be a great way of adding quality content to your blog and a way of generating income at the same time.
If you are not able to create a product of your own there is always the opportunity of selling someone elses as an affiliate.

There are hundreds of affiliate schemes available to join, and many focus on physical products rather than digital ones. A great example is Amazon, one of the worlds largest retailers and one of the most trusted names online, who will allow you to promote their range of products and make every effort to support you in your endeavours.

You will not earn huge rates of commission until you start selling a reasonable volume, but it is not unknown for affiliates to earn commissions of 30%-70% on each product they sell.
Anyone who plans to make an extra income stream from a blog could do a lot worse than following the tips I have outlined above, and with a bit of luck and some decent traffic you can start to genuinely make some money by blogging.



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    • Jade W
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    Fantastic tips guys! I have a blog that I created a few months ago all
    about music – so my own personal weekly chart, reviews and music hauls. The
    one thing I really do need to do is make a better layout but HTML is very
    tricky for me!

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    • Knox Vlogs
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    I’ve got to 100% agree with the tip to leave thoughtful comments on other
    people’s blogs. When I had a personal finance blog, that was THE #1 way I
    met people in the community and grew my readership. I’d click their
    comments, read their blogs, leave my own comment. Plus, not only are the
    blog authors reading your comment but other people who are active in the
    community will see it and possibly click on over to your blog. Great
    advice!

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    • Lena Marie Olli
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    Awwe how old this is ^^
    Sweet :)

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    • Anna Dublett
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    Aww… Little Darcy! :)

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    • Adelia Gonzalez
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    Does my blog have to be about beauty? Could it be like idk about how to
    survive high school?

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    • HeyImCara
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    I’m 13 nearly 14, am i to young to start a beauty channel?

    View Comment
    • Georgie&lizzy
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    What is the right age to start a blog

    View Comment
    • Amie Whetren
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    What is the correct age to start a blog I am 11 ?

    View Comment
    • martini rahman
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    ALOHA YOUTUBE READERS. omg chummy !

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    • Ellie Clarke
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    I’ve not long started a blog and would really love to be ‘blogging buddies’
    with somebody, so if you have a blog holla at me haha!

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    • Jeni Blaber
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    This was so helpful ? I’ve been blogging for over a year and I have 17
    followers and that makes me happy!

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    • The Hobbyister
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    This is really helpful. Thank you ?

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    • Lexi Baca
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    I dont have a laptop, does anyone know if blogspot works okay via iphone ?

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    • emma mccaskill
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    Hello zoe, hello Louise, just wanted to say a massive thank you for this
    video, I notice it’s a few years old but glad I found it. I have been
    wanting to start a blog for quite some time but had no idea where to start
    so I found this video really useful at least now I have a starting point
    ? thanks again. Emz xoxo

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    • Lucy Martin
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    well im just starting out a blog like of my everyday life and I don’t
    really know how to do pictures of that….. Should i just take a camera
    with me wherever i go and take pictures of things that i think i would
    write about….. PLEASE HELP

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    • kynzie Bennett
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    Oh my look at you babies!

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    • Milly Robertson
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    Lol Zoe thinks no one makes vids on both channels lol xx Zoe such a great
    youtuber but UR vids r much better now

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    • Bethany Bella
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    amazing tips guys!

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    • iloveSprite
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    AWW LITTLE ZOE

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    • Paula Mena
    • October 16, 2014
    Reply

    omg the ending was hilarious! I couldn’t stop laughing with you guys….
    you are both crazy hahaaha….

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