Hi and welcome to Work Online USA! I created this website about a year ago dedicated to people like you who are interested in making money online; preferably in the form of blogging. It is too easy to pass up! Blog about what you love and earn money from it! Remember when they said, “Do something you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Well that’s our goal! With this blog post I am going to set you up for success. You will learn:
- How to start a website with wordpress
- How to blog about whatever you want!
- How to become an authority in any niche
- What is affiliate marketing?
- How to make quality blog reviews?
- How to brainstorm different niche topics?
- How to drive traffic to your website?
- How to generate revenue?
- Where to learn the skills you’ll need to be a successful/professional blogger?
Create a Website with WordPress
WordPress is a free tool and content management system. In short it is where you can create a website, blog, and manage your website. What I mean by managing it, is that you will be able to :
- Consistently create content, and you want to consistently to be successful.
- Manage plug-ins to optimize your readers’ experience.
- Manage the appearance, as far as menus, header, and titles.
- Manage comments because you will want to engage with your readers on a regular basis.
Your ultimate goal should be to help your readers. Whether it is to make a purchasing decision, where to purchase at (if not from you), or how to take their next step in accomplishing their goals.
It’s really easy to create a website with WordPress. You simply go to wordpress.org and register. Would you like help with this, a system to walk you step by step through the process? I would highly recommend registering with a company like Wealthy Affiliate. I actually used them to create MY website. Take a look around and see if you like it! 🙂 One way or the other both tools have no initial costs and will help you accomplish your goal of creating your blog.
Blog About Whatever You Want!
The internet has changed significantly over the past couple decades. Readers are now using bloggers for a more personal approach to their buying needs online. Did you know that over 1 TRILLION DOLLARS were spent last year with people shopping online? Yes, this business can be quite lucrative for you. If done correctly!
The beauty of blogging is that you can choose to blog about whatever you want. Now, you don’t want to just create a website and write about anything. You want to focus on a niche, or a targeted audience. If there are multiple niches that you’re interested in, great, you can create multiple websites! However, for each website you want to focus on one group of people. This is how you can be most helpful in that niche.
You want to become an authority in that niche. You want to be that person/website that people go to when they need information in that particular topic. Plus trying to rank a website that is in a less targeted niche, or a broad niche, is very difficult to do. We’ll talk about getting your website ranked here in a bit. The livelihood of your website will depend on it! 😉
Examples: If you interested in sports, don’t just make a website about sports. Pick a sport! It can be soccer. You can have a website about soccer gear, or the best soccer gear. Do you get my drift?
Another Example: Are you interested in fashion? Don’t speak about fashion in general, you can pick a more targeted niche like make-up! Your website can be dedicated to helping people choose the best make up for their fashion needs.
I hope these examples are suffice for you. If not, please feel free to have me elaborate in the comments. 😉
You Want to Become an Authority in that Niche
This is really important, and it goes hand in hand with the previous topic. If you were to make a website about anything and everything, people won’t know what to come to you for. People like to shop. They can become easily overwhelmed with a variety of departments in one store. Think of your website as a specific department in a department store. This is most helpful for readers!
I was just having a conversation with a friend the other day and he said, this website or website owner is my go to guy when it comes to credit cards. He loves credit cards rewards! I cannot recall the exact name of the website, but he mentioned anytime he exhausts all the rewards on one credit card, he’ll look for another and use this specific website. Who do you think earns money every time he chooses a credit card off of this website? Not only the credit card company, but that website owner TOO!
Choosing a more targeted niche on the internet will allow you to become a reader’s go to for that particular topic. When this happens, you have become an authority in that niche. Now your website will grow. You’ll gain more readers, more traffic, and you’ll generate MORE revenue!
What is Affiliate Marketing?
A brief synopsis on affiliate marketing; you’re bridging the gap between buyers and sellers. As I mentioned earlier, readers or consumers want to be more informed on a personal level on a product before they purchase it. They appreciate reading a blog about a product and getting a personal feel for it before they buy. This is where you can earn the trust of your reader and help them make their buying decision.
Affiliate programs are free to join, and this is a spectacular method to monetize your website or blog. Did you know that within the next 5 years, affiliate marketing is foreseen to grow into a 6.8 billion dollar industry? Businesses all over the internet have reported an average of 20% of their income coming from affiliate marketing. You can read my blog here to learn all about affiliate marketing.
Brainstorming Different Topics in Your Niche!
As a blogger, you’ll constantly need to brainstorm different topics to write about and discuss with your readers. Recently I became aware of a great niche idea that is up and coming: How to care for a specific pet. And I thought to myself, I own a golden retriever so I can create a blog about goldens!
So how do I choose a topic to write about? For instance, I would think, let me help people with potty training or crate training their golden. I can title my blog, “How to Crate Train Your Golden Retriever”. Within my blog I can include my recommendation for the best crates to purchase to my readers so that they can accomplish potty training/ crate training for their puppy.
How do I make money off of this? I would become an affiliate for Amazon. Amazon will give me specific links to specific products; in this case I would use a link for specific dog crates. I will post these links within my blog; for crate training on goldens. When a reader clicks on them the link will redirect them to purchase the item(s) on Amazon. Once the transaction is complete, I earn a commission! Easy Peasy! 🙂
How to Blast Your Earnings with Product Reviews?
Staying on the topic of the niche “How to Care for Your Golden Retriever”, I’ll discuss with you a personal experience of mine. In the early stages of my golden, he began to want to chew on things. I researched what were the best bones for him to relieve his chewing needs. I found out that nylabones were my solution, so I looked for reviews on nylabones for my golden. I found that they were really helpful for my dog, and that they were the best bones for him to have. Therefore, I purchased a nylabone or two for him. 🙂
Can you see the potential in creating blog posts and recommending items for your readers? You can create product reviews for any product on the market and earn commissions from it. Just to remind you, there were over $1 trillion sales taken place online last year in 2015. You can make a lot of conversions and sales off of product reviews!
How to Drive Traffic to Your Website?
Your ultimate goal for your website/blog is to get it ranked on the first page of the search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing. This is also known as search engine optimization, or SEO. There are many ways to do this, and you’ll want to focus on this within your website. After all, this is free traffic, also know as organic traffic! In order to get your website ranked on the first page of search engines you must:
- Consistently create content
- Create quality content which includes:
- Readability, or easy to read
- Using headings, as oppose to a sea of text
- Using the proper imagery/graphics
- Using the right keywords
- Social Sharing
Creating your blog to consist all of these will assist you tremendously with driving traffic to your website. Again, this is free traffic. You can learn about PPC, or pay per click too, but this is another topic for more advanced bloggers. Today’s blog post is intended to help you with making money on blogging for beginners. If you follow all of the above mentioned you will be on the right path!
Where Can I get Training to Become a Successful Blogger?
Would you like training that will help you achieve your maximum potential as a blogger? There is an awesome training program that will walk you step by step through the process. This training is found at Wealthy Affiliate. Getting your training at WA, will give you the necessary tools such as a free website, hosting, keyword tool, training, and support. You can achieve your goals with the right tools and training! Also, their Starter Membership is free. Check it out here!
At this time, I’d like to thank you for reading and welcome any questions you may have on becoming a successful blogger or on how to get started with making money blogging.