Can you make money from a blog or is it just a pipe dream? Well, lots of people have become very successful from blogging, you just have to know how.
There are lots of ways to monetize a blog, but most of them won't make you rich overnight.
You can apply for an Adsense account from Google and get paid a commission every time someone clicks on one of the ads.
However, if you don't have a good page ranking and lots of traffic, you won't get many clicks. NEVER click on your own ads to boost your earnings. Google will find out and you will pay for the privilege.
You can become an Amazon Associate, but again without hordes of traffic, you won't make much money.
It is true that there are some people who make a full time living from the above two methods, but they have high ranking pages and tons of traffic every day.
Furthermore, they work very hard and spend a lot of time to keep their page rankings. It may seem an easy way to make money, but how much time are you willing to spend doing it?
Another way to monetize your blog is by affiliate marketing. Again, this has been very lucrative for some of the successful online marketers. However, they are well established and well known so what chance do you have of competing with them.
You need to get your brand well known and become established in your field, you need to be known as an expert in that field.
Another way to monetize your blog is create your own product. Then you need to dive traffic to your website.
Your blog needs to be updated regularly with good quality content. Make sure your content is original. Make your content informative, give tips to help people.
Join forums and make posts with your link at the end. Be constructive, answer questions, become known and people will check out your site.
Backlinks are a good way to improve your page ranking. Visit other peoples blogs and leave a comment. Don't just say 'Nice blog' or 'Liked your post', make your comments worthwhile and you will soon have people visiting your blog and leaving comments. Come we do it together. :)
Use keywords effectively, but do not over do it. Filling your post with keywords detracts from the meaning and it is also known as 'keyword stuffing'.