Blogging is no more a pastime or just another hobby for youngsters. Blogging is fast becoming a steady source of income and is catching up among students in the age group of 18 to 28 years.
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Pick a topic that you loveThe basic rule of blogging is to choose a topic close to your heart. It's best if you love something other people also love, such as sports, politics, or celebrities. Amar Upadaya, a programmer at a leading blogging website says," All blogs have the potential to create revenue, but the popular ones are those which are informative or related to one's life experiences".
Build up trafficYour blog will not make money if no one finds your blog! Your ultimate goal should be to achieve a high ranking in the search engines. So try and build traffic to your blog or make your blog accessible to a large number of readers so that people visiting your blog can increase. The basics involve writing quality content, and updating the content on a daily or weekly basis. The best way to promote your blog is by joining a blog network such as blogadda, technorati , blogarama, buzzerhut, blogcatalog, etc. A blog network website helps bloggers by highlighting and promoting their blog to millions of users all over the world. You can consider a blog network, which is a platform where millions of users can view your blog with other similar blogs. In technical terms it is the search engine for bloggers. You don't have to pay anything to submit your blog to these blog network websites.
AdvertisementsOnce you are able to get a good amount of traffic to your blog, you can proceed to the earning strategies. The most obvious way to make money through blogging is with advertising. Advertisers pay a few cents when an ad is clicked upon. Or, they may pay a certain rate for each 1,000 page views.
Affiliate programsAffiliate programs are again good methods of earning money through a blog. Affiliate programs are similar to advertising. But in affiliate programs you are paid directly by advertisers for placing a banner ad or a text ad on your site. Here people can also earn by putting affiliate links inside their blog posts. You may get paid when a visitor clicks an affiliate link. But usually, visitors must make a purchase from the affiliate.
Pay-per-postSome companies will pay you to write about their products and services on your blog. Your pay varies depending on your blog and the traffic generated on your blog. There are many websites available on the Iinternet that can pay you handsomely for writing reviews of their products. Some can even pay you up to $1,000 per post. If you have a good traffic coming into your blog then you can easily join any of these company websites. Some require you to blog for a month or more before enrolling. Or, you may need a specific number of posts or site visitors.
Job BoardsAll the popular blogs have job boards to generate extra income. A job board is some sort of an advertising board which you place on your blog and advertisers post job opening on that. But to create an active and profitable job board you need to have a blog which generates a large amount of traffic.
Paid Surveys and PollsBloggers can also earn money by running polls and surveys on their blogs. There are many websites that pay you money to run a small survey or poll on
your website. The most popular one among them is called Vizu Answers.