Blogging....I started out blogging in January 2009. It was only almost 2 years ago? I thought it had been few decades haha. Back then it was the times where what your friend do and have are what you yourself should do or have. Weird is it? But life is all about competitions and rivalry. You can have it? Well so do I (I sound evil now don’t I hmm). I myself at first use blog as my own personal diary. Well not that personal actually and I remembered my 1st post was just me bragging to my friends that I’d also manage to have my own blog. That’s all.
Well my blog is basically bout me, me, me, the stuff I did, my friends, my family and not to forget my so called lovey-dovey life. Ahaha but basically it’s just about me. Okay enough. What I’m trying to highlight here is about blog, blogging and how we can make money out of it. Something that not only you can consider but also I myself should think about instead of just blogging I could make some money out of it right?
What actually is a blog? Blogging actually comes from the word web log. Remember Dr. once told us about this term? Haaa, kantoi if you don’t remember (hmm no wonder she said if we had final exam most of us will fail including me miahahhaa). Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Through blog we are able to share things like our thoughts, pictures and videos of our own and others that become the blogger subject of interest. Did you guys know that as of December 2007, blog search engine named Technorati tracked more than 112,000,000 blogs? Can you imagine what’s the figure is now? Goshh the figure is so huge and just imagine having millions of diaries falls on your head and I’m sure we’ll be dead crushed by tons of diaries haha. Okay back to reality now, blogging in Malaysia become known to public even more due to the case of Raja Petra (the writer of Malaysian Today) for his controversial entries in his blog. He’s into politics but not me hehe. The trend further increase and we can see more and more blogs emerge day by day but however not all succeed in making it a successful way to make money.
Using blog as a medium to make money not only just through selling products and services but we can also make money through advertising, affiliate marketing, selling or flipping blogs and also through other indirect methods such as growing offline business, syndication and job hunt. There a multiple streams of income and a famous saying state that we should not put all egg in one basket then therefore bloggers should also think about other available options for its income stream. According to stevepavlina.com, the author states that there are six different streams of income which includes:
- Google Adsense ads (pay per click and pay per impression advertising)
- Donations (via PayPal or snail mail — yes, some people do mail a check)
- Text Link Ads (sold for a fixed amount per month)
- Chitika eMiniMalls ads (pay per click)
- Affiliate programs like Amazon and LinkShare (commission on products sold, mostly books)
- Advertising sold to individual advertisers (three-month campaigns or longer)
However, a poll was also conducted at ProBlogger which asked readers if they make money online from sources other than blogging. The result shows that 50.22% responded that they make money online from non blogging sources. All of this indicates that there are so many means of making money from blogging itself. We already know what can be done to create income from blogging now the focus is on how to attract traffic or readers to our blog. Why is traffic important? It is simply because for most methods of online income generation, the traffic represents our income. Simply saying that by doubling the traffic to the blog, blogger will most probably doubles his or her income assuming that the visitor demographics remain fairly consistent. Having sufficient traffic the realistic worst case is that you’ll eventually be able to monetize your web site via trial and error as long as you keep those visitors coming. Traffic is the primary fuel of online income generation and having more visitors means there will be more ad clicks, more product sales, more affiliate sales, more donations, more consulting leads and others which will leads to income generation.
It may be easy to start a blog but how good should a blog be in attracting readers that will contribute to the account streams? Here's the tip that I manage to get from few great sources:-
- Create valuable content.
- Create original content.
- Create timeless content.
- Write for human beings first, computers second.
- Know why you want a high-traffic site.
- Let your audience see the real you.
- Write what is true for you, and learn to live with the consequences
- Treat your visitors like real human beings.
- Keep money in its proper place.
- If you forget the first nine suggestions, just focus on genuinely helping people and the rest will take care of itself.
So now you have almost all the necessary information to make money out of blogging. As easy as that and what we all need now is some effort to make it happen and succeed. Keep the money coming guys. Have fun with blogging and Good Luck!
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PREPARED BY :
NUR HANEE MOHAMAD