Blog + Sales = $ucce$$ ?

Maybe yes, maybe no.  But it’d sure be awesome.

Sometimes, as fellow bloggers may agree, writing a post can prove a challenge.  Oh, there are tons of topics to consider, be they informative or entertaining, promotional or otherwise.  It’s simply a matter of determining which one is the right one given your predilection.

This weekend I was thinking how much I [really] want to write/blog full-time, but to do so, I’d need to generate an income from it.  That, then, became the focus of this weekend’s post.

blogsun3Making money via a blog is totally doable from all that I’ve been reading.  Can you earn enough to pay the bills, though?  Apparently so.  In fact, some bloggers claim they make anywhere from $1K to $10K a month, and the odd one claims [a lot!] more.  Of course, this means you’re not just a blogger anymore: you’re a bona-fide businessperson.  Nothing wrong with that!

First, though, you need to get a blog going and determine your niche.  Next, provide informative or entertaining posts, depending on that niche: after all, you want to attract visitors and keep them.  As such, and we’ve touched upon this a few times, having a mailing list is a must.  Supply your subscribers with info that they can use or learn from—info that would entice them to return and eventually buy in (literally).

The very basic premise or formula: begin by offering something free to attract [future] customers/clients.  Build trust while developing relationships by delivering [free] beneficial information or instruction is a good start and then, eventually, sell your product or service.

Maybe you don’t have a product or service?  You can always sell someone else’s.  A common practice—one I’ve certainly considered—is to allow businesses to promote their products and services on your blog for a cost.  Or you can partner with other businesses to promote their stuff and earn commission whenever one of your followers makes a purchase.  Sounds fairly simple (I like that).

To list all the ways of making money from a blog would comprise several posts.  But, you know, that might well be worth doing.  Okay, sold!  Look for these starting the first or second week in March.

In the meanwhile, if you’re curious about earning an income through blogging like I am, and are eager to learn more, go Google-ing.  “Ways to earn money through a blog” (or something similar) is a primo place to start.