Blogging is now a very popular past time and hobby for many people, both young and old and from all walks of life. There are now more blogs than ever on the internet and some niches have become quite crowded spaces. If you’re serious about blogging and looking to turn your hobby blog into a moneymaker then what can you do to take your blog to the next level? We’ll discuss a few things you’ll need to do in this post.
Find your niche and stick to it
Find your niche, or several niches if you write about a couple of different topics, and stick to them, don’t be swayed into writing posts about everything and anything (unless that happens to be your niche) as it can confuse readers who are accustomed to you posting about a certain theme or subject. Make your blog categories easy to find through the placement of simple navigation menus and tag your posts accurately so that readers can find the topics they are looking for.
Write consistent quality content
If you were to speak to any successful blogger who has managed to turn their blog into a thriving business, most will tell you that both the quality and consistency of what you post is key. To stay on top of posting consistently you will need to set a blogging schedule which essentially starts by asking yourself the question, how often can you commit to posting on your blog? Many people have the misconception that they need to be churning out content every day to be earning money, but this can mean a compromise on the quality of your content if you are rushing. Instead, sit down and think about what a realistic posting schedule looks like to you and how it will fit within your lifestyle, maybe that’s twice a week, three time’s a week or even only once a week. Whatever it is, stick to it and make it known to your readers. The next thing to do is make sure that every piece of content, whether sponsored or not, is something you are proud of. Quality content is what keeps people coming back for more, if you aren’t proud of a post, don’t post it.
Rethink your layout
If you’re serious about making money from your blog then you need to have a think about how your site is laid out. Is it easy to navigate? Does it make it easy for readers to jump between posts? Can readers easily find related content? Can readers easily follow you on other platforms? Can readers search your posts to find a specific keyword or topic? The best way to find an aesthetic and ergonomic blog layout is by buying a theme from blog theme designers such as Pipdig. Paid for themes often come with extra special features and more custom options which will help your blog to look professional and stand out from the crowd.
Let people shop your posts
One of the easiest ways to make money from your content is to let people shop your posts by using affiliate links and partners such as RewardStyle. One of the most popular affiliate programmes to join is Amazon Affiliates as Amazon is a hugely diverse platform and you can share items from a number of different niches, from cookware to clothing, pet supplies through to kids toys. Affiliate programmes such as Amazon Affiliates work by paying you a small commission when someone purchases an item through your affiliate link. Although the commission is often not groundbreaking it soon adds up and is an effortless way to earn money from simply recommended the things you love.
Create an App
If you’re becoming a well known figure in your niche then another way to earn residual income is by developing your own App. Emily Skye, a famous fitness icon and blogger, has her own Emily Sky Fit App, from which she shares her workout programmes. If you are writing e-books then you may want an App to share your content. Apps are a very valuable asset, so take a look at your blogging niche and think about whether it’s an investment you should consider making. If you do decide to go ahead with the creation of your own custom App, then enlist the help of a knowledgable software developer company who will help you make your vision a reality.
Work with advertisers
Your little piece of the internet is prime advertising space and advertisers are willing to pay some faily decent money in order to display their advertisements to your readers. Some adverts may be pay per click such as Google Adsense, but others are a one-off payment in return for being displayed on your site for a fixed period of time, these adverts are often displayed in a location such as your sidebar. Adverts can be a profitable but using too many adverts can be offputting to your readers, if they have to battle through ads to read your posts then you could lose subscribers.
Join blogging networks and improve your DA
To start bringing in the big bucks and working with big brands you will need a good potential reach and a solid DA, (domain authority). Your domain authority can impact how your site ranks in search engines and having a larger domain authority will put you in good stead for brand collaborations. One of the best ways to build a better domain authority is through the use of quality backlinks from other high ranking websites. To achieve a good set of backlinks you will want to build your name amongst fellow bloggers and collaborate with them. The best way to achieve a backlink is through offering to write guest content, this means that the person you are collaborating with receives a post to share with their readers and you receive your backlink, but backlinks can also be bought. Just be aware that for backlinks to work you ideally want them to come from a site with a higher domain authority than yours.