Starting a blog is like trying to walk into a busy crowded room and attempting to get heard. It’s not easy. But, there are few places that offer the flexibility of a blog.
You set your own schedule and you can post from anywhere in the world.
You even have a chance to make money if you are self-motivated and willing to dedicate time to writing great blog posts.
But, if you want a chance of succeeding, you will need to find a way to navigate through the blogging landscape full of pitfalls and critics.
Which brings me to this post. I want to talk to you about monetizing your blog. It’s something that is important to a lot of people.
First off, there is nothing wrong with you wanting to monetize. Running a blog costs real money and the time you spend writing is worth something.
But, if you want to monetize your blog in the future, you need to start planning today.
What do I mean?
I will give you an example.
Let’s say that you want to create an ebook to sell online one year from now. So, you spent one year building up a email list and views. And in a year you put your ebook up for sale.
The problem is that the people who follow your blog may not be interested in buying your ebook. They may not convert to customers.
They may just like reading your funny stories about your cat. You need to start today by connecting with people who are looking for what you will be selling later.
You need to be writing content that will attract them.
Keep in mind that this only requires you to write 52 posts a year if you write one per week. This should be manageable for most people. You could even do it on the side.
Even if you aren’t sure you want to monetize later, you should still be tailoring your content toward building an audience that will be receptive toward you monetizing later.
Unless you know with 100 % certainty that you will never monetize.
I’m just trying to save you some time and energy.
Please keep in mind that you don’t need a rock solid plan. I like to think of it more like a path. Just keep trying different things until you find something that works for you.
Thanks for reading…
I’m curious, are any of you planning to monetize one day?