Blogging, a story-sharing to a money-making tradition that has been thriving since the dawn of the internet, is actually still a worthy activity to do today. Despite the increasing prevalence of vlogging, a big portion of internet users actually still prefer reading to watching. If you are interested in blogging as a career this year, there are things to consider to make your blogging activity profitable in 2019.
Find a Monetizing Channel.
You cannot make money if you don’t monetize your blog, no matter how fancy it is. To do blogging as a career, the first thing that you should do is choosing the right channel to monetize your blog. Google AdSense has long been considered the most favorable channel to monetize your blog. Google pays you well if you can guarantee the quality, consistency, and integrity of your blog. Keep posting quality content on a regular basis and you can use Google AdSense income to support your livelihood.
Unlike what most people say today, getting accepted by Google AdSense is not that hard. As long as you can guarantee the quality of your blog, your chance to get accepted for monetization by Google is still relatively large. However, if you find it difficult to get accepted, don’t be disheartened because there are many other monetization channels available. If you are looking for a monetization channel with the same pay-per-click mechanism, RevenueHits can be a perfect alternative. Other similar channels that you can try include PropellerAds, Adversal, Chitika, Bidvertiser, Media.Net, and Infolinks.
Of course, the pay-per-click platform is not your only choice. If you want to get a commission for every purchased product that you promote on your blog, you can use an affiliate marketing platform, such as Amazon Associates. Although it is practically harder to attract buyers than to attract clicks, the commission for each sale is significantly larger than the payment you get for every single click.
Make a Real Blog.
Yes, in order to start blogging as a career, you have to make a real blog with excellent design, fast loading time, clean look, and—the most important of all—high-quality content. Perhaps, the reason why Google doesn’t accept your blog is its poor quality, so you can actually use Google’s acceptance to gauge the quality of your blog and to determine whether you already make a blog that is worth visiting.
There are several elements of a high-quality blog.
There are many platforms for building a blog, with Blogger and WordPress still the most popular, so here we will focus on those two. Blogger is a convenient platform to use because it provides you with all necessary blog components, including hosting, Blogspot domain, and a complete set of a blog management system, for free. Blogger can be a good start if you only want to learn about how blogging mechanism works.
More advanced bloggers, however, prefer using WordPress, which is more versatile due to its strong community support and thousands of plugins. WordPress CMS is free, but you have to host it in a host that is not free with a domain name that is also not free. With hosting and domain costs becoming cheaper and cheaper, it is advisable that you use this platform immediately even you are a beginner in doing blogging as a career.
Clean design with an intuitive interface, excellent typography and a good combination of visual elements (colors, logo, images, etc.) gives your readers comfort when visiting your blog. Don’t use too many fancy elements because they may cause longer loading time, which will irritate visitors and drive them away from your blog. Because most people are using smartphones nowadays, using responsive design is indispensable.
If you are using Blogger and WordPress as your blogging platforms, getting a high-quality design is easy. Many themes and templates are available for free and they generally already meet all basic requirements to offer high-quality blog design. After you start making money from your blog, you may consider investing in premium themes and templates that offer many features, some of which can boost your blog’s performance.
In order to write high-quality blog posts, you first need to be focused. Choose a niche that you are interested in and fill your blog with contents related to your chosen niche. There are several niches that are considered popular in 2019, such as fitness, health, and language learning. Do research to discover a niche that you are most interested in and start doing blogging as a career by targeting keywords related to that niche.