Blogging is hard work, but it’s also fun. If you’re interested in making money online, this is a time-tested way to earn a living by helping others and writing great content. Here are some startup tips on creating your own money-making blog.  

Pick a Topic You’re Interested In

If you want to make money blogging, it’s important to pick a topic you’re interested in. Remember, this is going to be something you’ll write about on a daily basis so it’s important you’re passionate about, or, at least, have a basic interest in your topic. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something you have much experience in, as long as it’s something you wouldn’t mind researching, learning and writing about. Take a few minutes to write down the things that get you excited to spark ideas in this area. This will also help when choosing a product to promote on your blog.

Get the Technical Stuff Done

After you’ve found a product and a niche, the next step will be to get your website up and running. When setting up your website, you’ll need to choose a domain name that’s related to your topic. Try to think of a name that could be used on an authority site, in case you decide to expand your product line. For example, if you’re interested in health and wellness, and your product is “fish oil supplements”, choose a name for your site that encompasses health and wellness in its entirety, and doesn’t just focus on pills. This would be something like HealthyLiving.com or UltimateNutrition.com; something that could be turned into a larger website or an authority site later on.

Use WordPress to setup your website – it’s very user-friendly and there are thousands of templates available to help you create a custom look.

Set A Blogging Schedule

Typically, people who blog for a living publish a post least 3 to 5 times a week. Whatever you do, make sure you set a schedule and stick to it. People who plan their writing time tend to do much better than those who write on a whim. This will also help you decide what topics to cover ahead of time. Setting your schedule will depend a lot on the best time for you in terms of writing. Some people find mornings are better while others have more energy in the evenings. This is totally dependent on your personal needs and strengths.

Network on Social Media

Network on social media with people who are interested in the products and services that are centered on your niche. You can do this by performing a brief search in Facebook or Twitter using keywords that are related to your company and then directly communicating with other profiles that are similar to yours. You don’t want to sell them anything, but you can start by commenting on their posts and sharing valuable, relevant information. You should do this on a daily basis as it’s important to have a strong social presence when you’re trying to make money blogging.

Promote On Social Media

After you’ve networked on social media, made a few friends, and have become an authority in your niche, you can start promoting your product. Do this in a subtle manner, as people are often turned off by blatant sales pitches in their social media feeds. The goal is to not do too much promotion as you should also have this information available on your website. To reach a larger audience, you should consider paid advertising for your product.

Be Willing to Help Anyone and Everyone

Aside from getting your website set up, following a publishing schedule, and just being social, you will need to be willing to help any and every one that you can. This means you should be ready to answer questions and be a great help to people looking for answers to problems related to your niche. You could receive dozens of emails or several messages on your social media pages. Do your best to answer each and every one of them, and make sure you come across as genuine and truly interested in the person’s needs.

It’s not easy, but it’s definitely possible to make money blogging and promoting an affiliate product. It takes time and dedication, and a willingness to help others. With a little perseverance, you can turn a small blog site into a valuable, money-making machine.