If you want to make money online and can write clearly and with focus, then this might be a way forward for you. This article outlines 5 easy steps to make money on blogging. And it comes from my personal experience.

Before I go further, it’s important that you keep in mind that I’m suggesting that you to start to make money on blogging without giving out a credit card to anyone. Don’t spend or commit to spend money on a self-described blogging platform until you are ready! I’ll also address the question that a lot of people ask about halfway through an article like this: “Is this a scam?”

No, it is not. And I will even give you a link to two independent reviews that critique what I’m outlining.

And you are more than welcome to comment below with your questions or contact me through this site.

1. Choose a topic

I have been a writer since I was six. Seriously.

Sure, it started out by my writing a mere 50-word “essay” about a family vacation, but I’d discovered both a topic and a niche (we’ll get to that in a minute) that interested me.

I’ve been blogging since 2006, but my first monetized website focused on small town travel, which I love to do and have done a lot of. Because I knew my topic, I could write with a certain amount of credibility and therefore develop domain authority.

What is domain authority? Top CEO expert Neil Patel says:

Domain authority (DA) refers to the number of relevant backlinks—links to your website from other reputable sites—your site has. The relevance of those backlinks also contributes to your score.”

Neil Patel — “How to Boost Domain Authority: Checking and Improving This Key Site Metric”

So as others have linked back to my monetized travel website, whether the link leads to a restaurant review I’ve written, or a hotel, or a tourist site, those all build domain authority and increase my ranking in Google searches, which is how people find my site. (Google searches covered in THIS ARTICLE.)

Therefore, you want to choose a topic you know fairly well or that you are willing to learn about.

>>> If you’re ready to jump in and brainstorm on some topics, CLICK HERE<<<

My topic was not the easiest to monetize, though I’ve made it work. I’ve since chosen a couple other topics to create websites around and monetize.

Your topic could be one of the more popular ones, such as:

  • Health
  • Sexual health and relationships
  • Money and money management
  • Computers and electronics
  • Food

But these topics are too broad (as “travel” was for me), and you’d be going up against too much competition from established sites.

While choosing a topic is the first step, choosing a niche within the topic is the more important second step.

source: 99Designs

2. Choose a niche

We might define niche as “a specialized segment of the market for a particular kind of product or service.” (source: Oxford Languages)

My topic was travel. That’s a huge category of topics, though, so I narrowed it to small towns and usually write about towns here in Texas, where I live. I have been able to focus on restaurants, lodging and other products and services that people are looking for online and therefore create traffic to my site and produce income.

Here are the above topics with a sample niche within each:

source: The Active Times
  • Health
    • Exercise for men over 50
    • Living with asthma
    • CBDs — health benefits of…
  • Sexual health and relationships
    • Dating for divorced people
  • Money and money management
    • Budgeting tools for college students
    • Investing in cryptocurrencies
  • Computers and electronics
    • Rebuilding PCs
    • Wearable technology
  • Food
    • Nutrition for diabetics
    • Vegan recipes
    • Organic gardening

3. Find a platform and community

This is where it gets a little tricky.

There are two basic ways you can choose to make money relatively easily:

  1. Choose a blogging platform (WordPress, Wix, Medium, Typepad, etc.) and DIY the rest. You can start blogging for free, but you’re not likely to get traffic until you purchase a domain (URL) through GoDaddy or another domain name provider.
  2. Choose a blogging community and receive a range of tools, including domain search, etc.

In the first example, you only make money if you get traffic to your site and either sell your own or someone else’s products and services. And it’s all about generating TRAFFIC.

>>> Read more about how to generate web traffic here <<<

No traffic, no income!

But if you choose a platform where a lot of people like you are trying to make money by blogging, then you’ll have access to a range of tools you can use to generate web traffic.

*** CHOOSE YOUR PLATFORM

There are a few good platforms you can choose from.

I researched a couple and tried two on a trial basis. At the end of a few days, I chose Wealthy Affiliate, which is a community of more than 300,000 users learning to make money on blogging and succeeding!

source: The News Wheel

At this point, I know I start sounding sales-y. Or, at worst, I sound like I’m scamming. Believe me, I messaged back and forth with one of the Wealthy Affiliates founders about this, and I’ve had people on my team ask me as well.

So let me allay your fears by giving you two sources that critique the platform I use:

The first review is certainly objective. The second is incredibly detailed and will give you the low-down on affiliate marketing, which is what a platform like WA is.

WA allows you to write about what you want, connect your niche with an audience, and establish advertising relationships to make money by blogging.

But…

I think the second review doesn’t give proper due to one thing I have found absolutely essential: the community.

The encouragement of having like-minded people and new friends is great. It’s a bonus.

But if I didn’t have people who have gone before me and can help me navigate things like Google Analytics, getting set up with affiliate programs and using keyword research, I seriously would have quit after a week.

The training is also amazing; don’t let the review fool you.

4. Don’t spend any money until you’re ready!

Another caveat about WA or any platform: don’t spend money until you’re ready to commit some time!

Try a platform or two for free. Take advantage of the one-week trial that many offer. There’s a lot that WA offers for free, and I’d encourage you to give it a test run.

The corollary to this, of course, is: IF YOU HAVE TO GIVE A CREDIT CARD FIRST, DON’T DO IT!!

5. To make money on blogging, join my team!

If you like what you see at WA after a trial, then join my team! I also am available when you set up a free Starter account.

I currently have eight people in this current cohort I’m working with, and I try to limit each group to 10 people, 12 at the most.

source: Industry Week

My mentor’s name is Gary Horton, and he has helped me every step of the way since I joined. I still message him at least once a week to ask a technical question about one of my sites or about a tool within WA, and he answers back within a half-day if not an hour or two. If he isn’t available, there are plenty of other users who can and do help.

The Technical Support is awesome.

You won’t get that level of attention anywhere else.

So if you’re ready to try it out, CLICK HERE or on the banner below. You don’t need to spend a dime or give them your credit card. Kick the tires. I did: I exchanged three or four emails with Kyle, one of the co-founders, before signing up for good.

And if you decide not to sign up, your only loss will be a few hours of your time learning about affiliate marketing and whether it’s right for you!

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