Blogging is many things to many people. It can be an online diary in which you post your daily thoughts and reflections, it can be a way to let friends and family overseas know what’s going on with you, or just a platform for you to wax lyrical about the things you’re most passionate about.
For some, however, it can be a fun, rewarding and potentially lucrative way to make money. While many make a little extra money by running their blog as a side hustle, there are a few who are able to make the transition to full-time blogging.
However, if you hope to make money from your blogging passion, it’s essential not only to have the right attitude and work ethic, but the right tools. Here are some essential online resources that no blogger should be without…
The moment you start getting paid to blog you become a self-employed freelance writer and any money you make (whether you like it or not) is taxable income even if you pay tax at work. As such, it’s important to use the right online accounting software to balance your books. The good news is that any expenses related to your blogging activities also become tax deductible!
It doesn’t matter how beautifully you write if nobody knows who you are. Your ability to get noticed and build an audience for your blog is intrinsically linked to how much money you can expect to make from it. Thus, it’s important to consider SEO or Search Engine Optimisation. This will help your blog to get noticed in search engine queries and organically grow your audience. WordPress plugins like Yoast can help you to tweak your content to make it easier for search engines to find.
Speaking of SEO, the keywords you use in your post titles and the main body of your posts will be of paramount importance when it comes to getting you noticed online. Struggling to find the right keywords for the content you want to right about? No problem! Ubersuggest is a cool, free and easy to use resource that helps you to find the keywords which will get your content the most traction.
Being a talented writer is just one of the many disciplines bloggers must master if they are to make serious money from their blogging activities. They must also become shrewd social media managers and inventive web designers. The content of your blog is only one part of the user experience. Your site must also have a design that is not only beautiful but easy to use and intuitive for users. As such you may need to outsource some parts of your blog like web design, web development and UX copy for a website that matches the quality of your content.
Resources like FreelanceMyWay can help to put you in touch with other freelancers who can fill in the gaps of your skill set at eminently reasonable rates.
When you have the right tools at your disposal, the path to blogging success is laid bare before you!