Due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, a lot of businesses are affected and a lot of people are laid off. Lots of people lost their jobs and worry about their income. Moreover, during the period of quarantine, a lot of people have to stay at home. Many people are worried about their living and start to think about how to make some money during this quarantine period at home.
Since they have to stay at home, they start to think about making money online. Although the breakout of Covid-19 is a huge crisis for the world, it is a very good opportunity to start making money online. There are many reasons that you should make money online as soon as possible. You could click here to take a look at the 5 main reasons that you should start to make money online.
In my opinion, blogging is one of the effective methods to make money online. But you may ask how to create a blog and get paid from blogging? You could get paid from your blog by putting advertisements on your website. There are so many advertisement programs on the market such as Google AdSense. If your blog can get a lot of traffic, you could earn a lot of money from these advertisement programs. Moreover, if the quality of your blog is good enough and it can attract a lot of visitors, some vendors may even give you money to write a post for them to promote their products or services.
Furthermore, blogging is always used as a means to start affiliate marketing which I think is the most powerful way to make money online. OK, you may ask what is affiliate marketing? Simply speaking, your blog acts as an intermediary between your blog visitors and the vendors. For example, let say your blog is about photography. A lot of visitors will go to your blog to look for information about photography and look for equipment related to photography. Then, you may join the affiliate program of Amazon and introduce some photographic equipment to your audiences. When someone visits your blog and purchases something on Amazon through your affiliate links on your blog, you will get paid by certain commissions from Amazon. OK, if you still don’t understand the entire process of affiliate marketing, please click the play button of the below video. I will walk you through the entire process of affiliate marketing.
Choose Your Niche Before Creating A Blog
Before creating your blog, you have to think about your niche. So, what is a niche? A niche is a distinct segment of a market, in other words, an “audience”. Your niche will determine the direction of your blog. You have to write a lot of articles related to your niche. Therefore, your niche should be something that you have passion for it, you are interested in it, you have some knowledge or experience of it. Otherwise, if you choose something that you are not interested in, it will be a hard time for you to write articles and you will not enjoy having a blog.
Anything could be your niche. But as I said, a niche is a Distinct Segment of a market. Therefore, when you just start your blogging journey and want to get paid from affiliate marketing, you should try your best to narrow down your niche as specific as possible. For example, you are interested in outdoor recreation such as camping, climbing, cycling, and water sports. So what kind of outdoor recreation is the most favorite for you? You may narrow down to camping. Then, you can think about various camping equipment such as backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, lanterns, and trekking poles. So, you could narrow down again, say lanterns as your niche. Finally, you choose lanterns as your niche and you will write a lot of reviews or articles related to different lanterns. Certainly, you could also write some general articles about camping as well. That’s no problem at all but remember that lantern is the main niche for your blog at the very beginning. As your blog grows over time, you may start to widen your niche. You may start to write some reviews or articles about tents as another niche for your blog.
Choose A Domain And Hosting For Your Blog
A blog is a website technically. Therefore, you need to register a domain name and a hosting service for your website. As a member of Wealthy Affiliate, I will introduce Wealthy Affiliate to register a domain name for your blog. Wealthy Affiliate is an affiliate marketing training platform. There is a Site Builder function which is the picture shows below. You could register a domain and a hosting for your website on it. I believe Wealthy Affiliate is the best affiliate marketing training platform right now. If you want to get more details about Wealthy Affiliate, you could click here to take a look at my review about Wealthy Affiliate.
Now, you have two options to register your domain name. The first one is to register a free domain and the second one is to register your own domain. Ideally, I prefer to pay for registering my own domain. However, if you have a limited budget, you could register a free domain at the beginning and then move your free domain to your own domain after you earn some money. Let’s take my website as an example. As you could see on top of your browser, my own domain is “youngrichfree.com“. However, if I want to register a free domain on Wealthy Affiliate, my domain name will be followed by “siterubix.com” and become “youngrichfree.siterubix.com”.
When you think about your domain name, I think it is better related to your niche. For example, if your niche is about lanterns, you could choose a domain name as “bestlantern.com”. It is good for your visitors who will know what your blog is about immediately when they see your domain name.
There are other places that you could register a domain. For example, you could register a free domain under “blogger.com” or “wordpress.com“. If you register a free domain on these websites, your domain will look like “yourdomain.blogspot.com” or “yourdomain.wordpress.com” respectively. On the other hand, if you want to purchase your own domain, you could go to GoDaddy or Bluehost, then your domain will look like “yourdomain.com”.
After registering your domain, it’s time to find a place to host it. Luckily, you don’t need to worry about it too much. It is because almost all domain name registration platforms offer hosting services as well. In the nutshell, when you register a domain on Wealthy Affiliate, your website is hosted on it as well. And of course, you could register a domain on Godaddy and host it on Bluehost. It’s up to you.
Below I have included a “Building Your Website in Under 30 Seconds” video walking you through the Website Platform (also known as SiteRubix) at Wealthy Affiliate and showing you how quickly and efficiently you can build a website at Wealthy Affiliate.
The Most Popular Content Management System: WordPress
After registering your domain name and hosting, it is time to get your content management system (CMS). A content management system is used for writing your posts or pages on your blog. You could also insert images, videos, sign up forms, and edit the format of your articles very easily. Nowadays, it is much easier to publish something on the internet compared to decades ago. You don’t need to take care of some complicated coding or HTML language nowadays. You just need to write your articles on a content management system which just like what you do on Microsoft Word.
Nowadays, I think WordPress is the most popular and user-friendly content management system on the market. And the good news is WordPress is already plugged into your Wealthy Affiliate account. When you log in to your Wealthy Affiliate account, you could use its Site Content function to write your article on Wealthy Affiliate platform. Meanwhile, you could also log in to your WordPress account, which is the back end of your website, through your Wealthy Affiliate platform to write your articles.
There is a little walk-through video called “Creating Your Initial Website Content (Framework), showing you around the platform and how to best benefit from it. Watch the video below.
Boom!! Your blog is created. You have your domain name, hosting, and content management system. You can now start to write your posts on your blog. You are now a blogger. So, the first part, how to create a blog is solved. It’s time to think about how to get paid from your blog.
Write Each Post Targeted To One Keyword
If you want to get paid from your blog by affiliate marketing, you have to try your best to get traffic to your blog as much as possible. So, how to get traffic to your blog? I think the most effective way is to rank your blog at a higher position on the search engine result page, especially Google’s result page. This tactic is called Search Engine Optimization (SEO) which is trying to rank your website as high as possible. In the nutshell, the higher ranking of your website, the more organic traffic you’ll get. Targeting low competition keywords to write your posts is one of the ways to improve your SEO. If you want to get more details about improving SEO, you could click here to take a look at my article about improving SEO.
Before you start to write a post, please do a little research on a keyword. Once you find a low competition keyword, you should write an article targeted at this specific keyword. And please notice that a keyword is not a single word, it should be a phrase which so-called a long-tail keyword. So, how can you find a low competition keyword? There is a powerful keyword research tool called Jaaxy. You could use this keyword tool to find your keyword very easily. Then, you could start to write your article targeted at this specific keyword. If you want to get more details about how to use Jaaxy to find a low competition keyword, please click here to take a look at my review about Jaaxy. I’ve also attached a video below which walks you through how to use Jaaxy to find your targeted keyword.
Put Your Unique Affiliate Link On Your Blog
Now, let me tell you how to monetize your blog by affiliate marketing. First of all, you need to join an affiliate program. There are lots of affiliate programs on the market. For example, Amazon has its affiliate program so that you could join, promote its products, and earn commissions. Another example is a very famous affiliate platform called ClickBank. You could sign up for a ClickBank account and promote its intangible products.
Let’s take Amazon as an example. After you join its affiliate program, you will get a unique affiliate link and you could put this unique link on your blog post. The affiliate link is something like this: https://amzn.to/2MWlH2N. This is my Amazon affiliate link. When you click on my affiliate link, you will be directed to the homepage of Amazon. If you purchase something on Amazon, I will get a certain percent of commission depending on the products that you buy.
Bonus: Successful Stories From Affiliate Marketers
In fact, due to the rapid development of online shopping, more and more people participate in the affiliate marketing business. Blogging is one of the ways to start your affiliate marketing campaign and you can find a lot of role models who have successful stories worldwide. Now, I just show you some of them and hope they can inspire you to start your affiliate marketing journey as soon as possible.
- Jerry Huang – How WA Has Transformed My Life, LITERALLY! (My Personal Black Friday Special For YOU!)
- Michael – My First $30,000 Month, Well Almost $29,330.68 To Be Exact
- Brok – Joined the 10K Per Month Club. January Earnings $13,481.39
- Grace aka Littlemama – Earned $624 Today: Take This Online Business Seriously!
- Liz – $17,000 from one blog post over 2 years.
- John – Highest Affiliate Commissions – New Record Today! ($6,582+)
- Kuda – 5 dollars everyday passive income thanks to WA
- Mike – May Monthly Report + Profit First. $1,612.50 in 2 months
- Roderick – What Does $1000 Per Day Look Like?
- Tiffany Domena – May Income Report – How I Made Money Working from Home
- And much more…….
They are just ordinary people, they are not a superstar or celebrity but they are financially free. They could quit their daily full-time jobs and earn massive passive income from affiliate marketing. They are still making money while they are sleeping or having a long vacation. Their “Computers” are working for them, their blogs are their “Employees” and they are their own bosses in their lives. Do you want to be one of them? Hope they could inspire you to start blogging and getting paid from your blog very soon.
Want To Quit Your Job? Start Blogging !!
It’s easy, right? That’s the entire process of how to create a blog and get paid from it by affiliate marketing. Just sign up Wealthy Affiliate, register a domain and hosting, use Site Content or WordPress to blog, sign up affiliate platforms such as Amazon or ClickBank, put affiliate links in your posts, try your very best to drive traffic to your blog and start earning commissions.
Your blog or website is your virtual property. You could generate long term income from this virtual property. But I have to tell you honestly, you can’t get rich overnight. Affiliate marketing needs you to work hard and your persistence. Therefore, if you want to be a success in your affiliate marketing journey, please keep learning from Wealthy Affiliate, keep writing posts, and keep patient for the huge results.
If you have any questions or comments about blogging and affiliate marketing, please feel free to share below.