July 19, 2018, update
There are several ways to make money from blogging. Here are some of the best:
You write an article about a service or a product and then you provide a link to that product or service. If one of your readers makes a purchase, you will get a commission. To be able to make a sell you must be very honest with the review of the product or service, and it is best if you tried it for your self. For this strategy to work properly, you must write s few articles about the topic of your product or service, and then, write a review of the product or service. Try to keep with the 80/20 rule, 80% articles without affiliates links and 20% blogs with the affiliate links on them.
For example, if your Niche is Baseball, you can write 4 articles about the different Baseball Teams, and then you can do a review of the best Baseball bats, and you will add a link to the vendor site. You can do this with all the different baseball accessories.
You only need one thing to make money from adding ads to your blog, TRAFFIC.
If you have traffic to your website, you have done 95% of all the work to make money from your blog. There are several companies that will pay you for showing their ads, being the most famous Google AdSense, but as your traffic grows, you can subscribe for better-paying companies that require a minimum number of sessions on your website to subscribe with them.
You can get traffic through several methods:
SEO: (Search Engine Optimisation) It is the most recommended way to get traffic through Google and others Internet Search Engines. You must make use of Keywords in your article, have a title with keywords, have a speed optimized website, and a well written, original article. It takes time to rank within the search engines, but if you do it right, you will get tons of traffic organically.
Paid Traffic: You can promote your website with Facebook ads or Google Ads. You will get an initial boost of traffic, but you must be very careful, paid traffic can be very expensive if you don’t know how to configure it properly.
Social Media: If you want to get free traffic to your website, you can use your social media to promote your blog. Join Facebook Groups related to your niche and start interacting with them. Once you have built some reputation with them you can start promoting your posts, one at a time, don´t be a spammer. You can also create an Instagram account related to your niche and start getting followers. Follow the same rule, 80/20, on your posts. It is very important that you give your readers good content so you can keep them interested in your website.
Pinterest: Pinterest is not a social media, it is a search engine, and it can be a huge traffic generator to your website. First, you must create your business account and create boards related to your niche. You need to Pin to this boards, the more you Pin, your reach within Pinterest will grow. I wrote an article about PINTEREST FOR BLOGGERS where you can learn what you have to do to grow your Pinterest reach very fast.
These are the two best ways to monetize a blog. If you want to start a blog and you don´t know where to start, I have another article, HOW TO MAKE A BLOG SITE where you can learn all the things that you need to make a blog.
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A few months ago I lost my job and since then I have been looking for a way to provide for my family. I wanted to become an online entrepreneur because of all of the success stories I heard everywhere, but I had no idea on how to start.
I explored some options, like the stock market, but I felt it was risky so I stopped. I found a lot of programs that claimed that I could make money online fast, but after some time searching for information about them they became suspicious, to say the least. There were some of them that seemed legit although, but I felt that something was still missing.
It was on one of the searches that I encountered Wealthy Affiliate. This website claimed that you could start an online course, the first course being free to try, and after that, If I liked the program I could subscribe for a fee and have all the benefits that they offered.
I started the course, and what a great surprise it was to find this online community.
So, what is Wealthy Affiliate?
It is a place where you can learn all that there is to becoming a successful internet entrepreneur. Here you will learn the how to make money from blogging.
Here is a graphic on what they offer:
When you first subscribe for free you can ask any question you have in your first 7 days and everyone in this community will help you with it, it usually takes 1 minute or less to respond it. After you become a full paid member this is unlimited.
This is only a Premium option and with this, you can contact any member of this community by a private message that only he/she can read. This is good for helping each other.
When you subscribe as a free member you can create 2 websites with a subdomain of Wealthy Affiliate. (if you want to know more about the concepts like Domain, subdomains, etc., check HOW TO MAKE A BLOG SITE article.
Once you become Premium you can have up to 50 websites, 25 being subdomains and other 25 with your own personal domain, which is the best if you want to make an online business.
Web Security Package
This feature is only for Premium Members and it protects you from hackers or cyber-attacks of your websites.
This is an automatic feature for both free members and premium members. In this platform, all the websites of the members, both free and Premium, are backed periodically to ensure that any problem that can happen you can go back to a previous version of your website.
Beginner training course:
This is for free and Premium members. Here you will learn the basics of the creation of your first Website, and once you finish this training, if you feel that you can benefit from these training (I know you will) then you can become a Premium member.
Personal Affiliate Blog
Within this platform, you can post blogs. This is different from the posts that you can make for your website since those have to be niche related, and the posts that you do for your affiliate blog are for sharing your experiences in your quest of becoming an entrepreneur. This blogs will also be rank by Google.
Affiliate Boot camp training:
As a free member, you will have access to the first Boot camp training in which you will learn and built your first website. After you finish this first training you will have the option to upgrade to Premium and keep learning with the rest of the courses.
Live Video Classes
As a Premium member you have access to all video classes, every week there is a new one. If you want to know what these classes are and what you can learn from them I will share with you one of them here, the 21-minute ranking method in 7 steps. In this video, you will learn how to start ranking in Google in 7 easy steps.
All course training and Boot camp training have a video walkthrough making them very easy to understand.
Keyword Research Tool
Within Wealthy Affiliate, there is a Keyword tool for finding the best keywords for your blogs. Don`t know what a keyword is? Here you will learn all there is to know about them. Let`s just say for now that keywords are used in your Blog´s title and inside your blog content and Google use these keywords for finding your posts or articles when someone does a search with these words.
As a free member you can use this feature 30 times, but when you go Premium you have complete access to this tool the times you need.
As a free member, you only have access to 2 training classrooms. In this classrooms you will find information and resources from members of this community, there are 12 training classrooms starting from the very basics to the more advanced tools and technics you can use to build a successful website.
As a free member you can join the Wealthy Affiliate program, but when you become Premium your Payout for referrals will be higher.
Earn while you Learn
You will always be able to monetize your websites even while you go through the training courses.
1 on one Coaching
You can have a one on one coaching from certified members for the first 7 days as a free member, and once you become a Premium member you can have unlimited one on one coaching.
The nest features are only available to Premium members:
Private Access to Owners
27/7/365 website Support
Website Feedback platform
Website Comment Platform
The feedback and comment platforms are very handy since within this community you can get an honest feedback of your website so you can improve it if it needs it, and with the comment platform you can obtain comments for your posts and you do the same for others, this way is a win-win situation. Comments help in the ranking of the Web search motors like Google and Bing.
So, what is my honest opinion about Wealthy Affiliate?
Before I joined this community I tried some other platforms, some of them are legit and you can learn a lot from them and others the only thing that they want is your money. Be careful of those offering making money online Fast and Easy. There is no way you can succeed without the proper work and dedication.
Sometimes I get free webinar adds from Facebook and I usually take them. It is always good to see others approach the same objectives. At the end of the webinar, they try to engage you to subscribe to their training. The last one I watched was on how to make more traffic to your websites. It had good information but nothing that I didn´t already know from Wealthy Affiliate. After the webinar, they tried to sell me their training for 47 USD a month, and for this price, you can get all the training that they have. If you compare the 47 USD vs the 49 USD of Wealthy Affiliate you can see how much more we get for the same price. First, all the hosting of our Websites is included. This is not offered in the other platform. Second Wealthy Affiliate is a community of persons that are willing to help each other; on the other platform, they have instructors that guide you. Here you have website security, the comments platform and the website feedback platform are priceless. On top of all that you have all the training, videos, courses and everything you need to succeed.
So I think this is the best place to learn how to be a successful online entrepreneur.
There is only one thing you need to succeed, and that is Your Commitment. I´m not going to lie to you, there is a lot of work ahead of you, but if you truly want to become a successful entrepreneur you can do it, and in Wealthy Affiliate, you can learn how to do it.
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