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Blogging can be much more than a hobby if you ally yourself with the right brand affiliates and figure out how to monetize your content. — Getty Images/undrey

Your blog can be part of your company's content marketing strategy or a standalone business. Blogging creates passive income through various methods, including affiliate links and advertising. However, it takes time and resources to set up, update and maintain.

Many people consider their blog just a hobby, but you can earn money blogging by taking a few steps. Below, we'll cover monetizing a blog and explore strategies and tactics for creating profitable posts.

Develop a blog monetization strategy

Successful bloggers intimately understand their target audience and deliver value. Your results depend on your blog’s niche, search engine optimization (SEO) efforts and content marketing approach. Profitable blog monetization strategies may focus on short- and long-term goals and may monetize an entire website or individual blog posts.

Here are a few things to think about before monetizing your blog:

  • Complete competitor research by looking at sites in your blogging niche, including affiliate links, ads and services or products.
  • Consider how much time and money you want to invest into content creation and promotion.
  • Think about how much money you want to earn and create a timeline with revenue goals.

Explore ways to make money blogging

Your approach to making money blogging depends on the above factors. As such, you may use one or many different methods to reach your goals. For example, once you set up advertising, it works in the background. In contrast, affiliate marketing requires regular updating and content creation.

Monetize your blog with:

  • Affiliate links: Join an affiliate program to earn a commission when your audience clicks on an affiliate link for products or services.
  • Sponsored posts: Invite brands to sponsor a post on your blog. They pay you for mentioning or reviewing their company or items.
  • Members-only content: Create premium content for members. A subscription model can also use affiliate marketing and sponsored posts.
  • Advertising: Make money when visitors click on banner ads from Google Adsense or sell ad space using a native advertising method.
  • Promote services: Use your blog to increase sales of your professional services, such as coaching. Or work with third parties and make a commission on referrals.
  • Become a freelance blogger: Offer blog-writing services for other companies and use content marketing to generate leads.

Profitable blog monetization strategies may focus on short- and long-term goals and may monetize an entire website or individual blog posts.

Optimize and promote your blogs

A successful blog requires high-quality content and an understanding of your target audience. You need people to visit your blog, click on your links and subscribe. Consequently, you should write for your readers and organize your content in a way that’s appealing to humans and search engines.

Start with a goal for each article. Do you want readers to click on your affiliate links, sign up for your email list or check out your professional services? You can write a blog post that focuses on one affiliate partner, like a product review, or add links to various affiliates with a round-up post.

Complete SEO research and choose a mix of terms and phrases related to your topic. Improve your SEO using best practices, tips from experts and online marketing tools. Remember to add meta tags for your post and images, improving SEO and accessibility.

[Read more: 10 Important SEO Terms For Beginners]

Next, give your target audience a reason to read your blog. If it’s full of fluff and isn’t actionable, people may exit your blog. Provide solutions and support your audience by vetting your sponsored posts and affiliate partners, so that you can give an honest recommendation.

Lastly, format your blog post to make it visually appealing and organized. Your headers should outline your post and tell readers what to expect in the paragraphs below. Use bullet points to improve readability and add high-quality images or infographics to break up blocks of text.

But, once you click publish, the work doesn’t end. Every blog post needs a promotion plan. For instance, you may create social media posts and send emails after publishing a blog. Plus, don’t forget to moderate your blog comments and respond to readers. Having frequent personal and meaningful conversations build relationships with your base.

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