You just started a blog but want to earn some side income out of it? Well, you come to the right place. For those who don't know me, let me introduce myself.
I am Cindyrina. I started my blog more than 10 years ago as a hobby. I was a full-time office worker and at the same time managing my blog during my leisure time. Those days, I never imagined would earn out of my blog. I am not a famous Malaysian Blogger or what so ever. But I would say my blog did give me a passive side income until now. As long as you don't aim to get rich or become a millionaire like others claim, then this guide to earn from the blog is totally practical.
Blogger and Influencer are totally two different things. Just bear that in mind. If you are an extrovert, then the influencer is a good thing for you to try. It can be very lucrative to the extent you can even tell your current Boss 'Goodbye'! But for introverts like me who are 'camera shy' and don't really good at social skills, then a blog is good enough as a place to express yourself and earn at the same time. You can be both blogger and influencer tho if you have the flair.
How to Earn From Blog?
Step 1 Start your own blog
You need to own a blog to start earning out of it. It is so easy to start a blog. You can choose between WordPress or Blogspot. I personally prefer Blogspot because it is really straightforward. You don't need to be an IT or Programmer background to start a blog. The only IT related skills I have is operating Microsoft Excel and Words when U started my blog back then.
Don't forget to get your own domain name. I paid mine for RM45 a year and let them direct the domain name to my Blogspot. So easy.
Step 2 Publish good content on your blog
Many 'online Gurus' will suggest you have a blog niche. As for me, started out with no niche then slowly build up towards Beauty, Lifestyle and Travel Blog. If you like cooking and have talent in it, you can start writing about the food you made and share the recipe. If you love fashion, you can provide write about fashion. There are many topics for you to choose, from. Yes! just like other 'online Gurus', I personally recommend having a blog with a niche to get more traffic. Write good content out of your niche and learn about SEO later. SEO is something you need to look into to get more advance in the blogging world.
Always put this in mind, a blog with just content is just another blog among the millions of others. But a blog with great content that can bring more traffic to your website can bring you good side income that you never imagine before.
Step 3 Build traffic to your website
What is traffic? Traffic means people visit your website and spend time there. You may start to build up organic traffic. Organic traffic is generated from search engines and at this moment mostly from Google.
A user will type a query in Google's Search Box when he/ she looking for something. If you have a good SEO or keywords in your content, you will appear into a good ranking from the google search and users will click on your website. Yeayyy! you gain traffic out of this. Organic traffic is very valuable for bloggers because it converts to many things, such as - users spending a longer time on your page, reading and scrolling on your website. Other than that, the user actions on your site are really important too. The 'Action' I meant is things like subscribe to your blog. newsletter, write comments, buy your products or inquire about your services. That is why good content is very important in a blog.
Step 4 Link your blog to auto advert
Now, you have good content and traffic to your website. It's time to earn. Apply the 'Google Adsense' and start earning out of the advertisement from google. You can check on my o0ther blog as an example on the advertisement placement by 'Google Adsense'
Step 5 Article placement
From time to time, my blog receives an inquiry for article placement from the advertiser. I have my own rate card ready for this. It can be a ready write up from the client or a request for a blog write up service with the client content direction. Just make sure to accept content that is suitable for your blog niche. You don't want to confuse your reader and end up losing followers or subscribers.
Step 6 Sponsorship
Throughout, my blogging journey with princesscindyrina.com. I received many products sponsorship and even shopping sponsorship. Since my niche is more on lifestyle and beauty, I am blessed with many beauty products sponsorship and many more. I just need to experience their products and services and share my experience through my blog. Some come in gift reviews and some come in both cash and products too.
Step 7 Make money through affiliate marketing
There are many affiliates marketing which you can earn from just writing out about products and services your use in the day to day life. There is no need to just wait for product sponsorship solely to talk about products. You can also use good affiliates links and earn through every sale made from the link click through your content.
Step 8 Make money by selling your own product or services
You can also use your website to market your own products and services. This is a perfect marketing tool to introduce what you have and get customers out of it. Some people start to write ebooks and many more ways to earn. You just need not be shy to talk about your product and services on your own website.
I will stop here for now. I will share the list of good affiliates websites and which apps to use to get product reviews for bloggers. Meantime, please share this blog post to your social media if you think this post will benefit others too.