Monday, January 20, 2014

Can You Really Make Money Blogging?

The short answer? Yes.

During the last few decades, netizens have seen a lot of innovations over the World Wide Web. With the popularity of blog hosting sites like Blogger and Wordpress, a new group of online writers, ranging from stay-at-home moms to pet lovers, to fashionistas and travel enthusiasts, has been tapped and discovered.

However, while it's safe to say that it's relatively easy to start publishing your own blog, maintaining it is another story. And making money through your blog takes a lot of thought, planning, and hard work.

Let me explain how blogging works. When you begin posting articles, you need to get as much "traffic" as possible to your blog. The term traffic is simply netspeak for the number of online readers that will find your blog among the blogosphere. 

Online users are always looking for articles that are interesting, informative, or insightful. If you consistently create quality content, which means your articles are short yet concisely written, engaging, and appeal to your target audience, eventually you will build a solid base of followers.

Of course, there are other key factors in increasing your blog's traffic. Mastering the techniques of search engine optimization (SEO) is a must, and coming up with relevant keywords is crucial, too. 

Also, be informed that the majority of bloggers upload their own photos or illustrations. Some even put up instructional videos. However, photos and videos are mere "add-ons," which means they should be used sparingly. Otherwise, they will distract the readers instead of enhance the blog's lay-out.

In my next post, I'll talk about how different types of bloggers approach their work, and how you can find the style that best suits you. 

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