Whether you’re a stay at home parent, student, unemployed or enthusiastic about a specific interest or hobby, the chance to make a little extra cash on the side whilst working from home sounds like a dream come true. How about turning that little extra cash into a sizable, or full time income?
Well you can get your head out of the clouds, stop dreaming and turn that into a reality – kind of. Whilst it is possible to make a full time income from the internet whilst working at home, many people hear about this, get excited, and instantly expect results. Don’t expect to become an overnight millionaire through blogging or vlogging. Look at it as an investment, the work and time you put in it today, will pay off in the future.
So now that your expectations are a little more grounded lets look at what some of the most simple ways to get started making money is.
Thousands of people run their own blogs, on a huge range of subjects. Literally any subject, topic or interest will have someone, somewhere blogging about it. Are you interested in fitness? Gaming? Technology? Baking? Painting? Gardening? Pets? Travelling?
Whatever the topic, a blog can be written about it. The above categories are all vauge and very general. “Pets” is a huge topic to cover. What kind of pets? From your initial topic, refine this into something specific, something you are enthusiastic about, and something you are clued up on. You may run a blog about looking after pet dogs for example. Far more refined and specific than simply “pets”.
So you’ve gotten your topic, how do you make money from it? There a number of ways, but to keep things simple, lets look at Google Adsense.
So what is Google Adsense? In a nut-shell, it is Google’s platform for allowing you to monetize web pages, blogs, articles, videos and pretty much anything else on the worldwide web. By signing up to the service, Google will place ads on your website or blog. You make money when people click on these ads. The prices vary depending upon what the ad is, you do not set the price (Google takes care of this). You also maintain control over where your ads are placed on your blog. Many blog themes come pre-built with an area that is suited for ads.
So how do you make money through videos? Again there are many ways, but the easiest way to get started is Youtube.
Owned by google, attaching Adsense to your videos is as simple as clicking to enable it and linking your account details to it. Then when people watch your videos, an ad will play before or during it. When people watch these ads or click them, you gain money also.
So the basic principle is, create a blog or youtube channel. Get as many people viewing and visiting your content as possible. The more visitors or viewers = the more clicks. The more clicks = more money. Sounds easy right? Not quite. That is the basic theory, in a nutshell. However the hard part comes when you’re trying to get people to read your blog. With millions upon millions of sites on the internet, how will people find yours?
That is why its important to find a niche, and a subject you are passionate about. Create great, unique content that people actually care about. Don’t just put a picture of your pet dog up there. Make it entertaining, make it factual, give your content a purpose for existing.
Don’t expect to get rich quick. For many starting out with a Youtube channel it will take them months to make just $1 a day. However with patience and hardwork, that $1 a day, over the course of a month certainly adds up. Then that $ may turn into 2, 3, 5, 10. Whilst not enough to live off, it certainly will help boost your bank balance. The more time you have to invest in your blog or videos, the more you will be rewarded.
Once you have an established visitor base, and a group of subscribers or regular members. How about serving up a range of branded t-shirts and selling them to your fans? Customised t-shirts are a cheap way of generating extra revenue and increasing brand awareness. A great range of garments with custom printing are available here.
The possibilities to make money online truly are endless, and today we have explored just a few ways to make money through blogging and videos. Get creative, work hard, and reap the benefits.