We’ve all, at one point in our lives, entertained the idea of making a living online. While for some this may seem like a pipe dream, others have not only made making a living from home a reality, but they have actually exceeded their own expectations in the process. A common thread among the most successful online businesses is the implementation of a monetized blog. Most companies nowadays use blogs to add a personal touch to their otherwise faceless business – and make large sums of money in the process. If your company specializes in one of the following niches and you’re not blogging, you’re missing out on huge potential gains.
It seems like every week there’s a new diet or exercise trend sweeping the nation. With these trends come products, classes, and services that millions across the country will gladly pay top dollar for. Through affiliate marketing, you can capitalize on each of these trends (as long as you keep your integrity as a reputable source). Providing information regarding products that will help others lose weight and stay in shape can be an incredibly rewarding experience – and can put some money in your pocket, as well.
If you specialize in web design, you’re probably used to having people look at you as if you have three heads whenever you rattle off some computer-related jargon that comes second nature to you. These people are the reason you can succeed as a blogger. Whether you specialize in coding and programming, or graphic design and web page aesthetics, keep in mind that the average person needs a step-by-step walkthrough for even the simplest of these tasks. Offering courses through your blog on web design is a great way to earn passive income – as long as you’re able to explain complicated topics in a comprehensible manner.
Technology is another jargon-laden industry in which many consumers simply become intimidated and throw up their hands in resignation. It’s also a constantly evolving field, so you’ll never run out of topics to write about. This is another niche in which affiliate marketing can be extremely lucrative. Whenever you recommend a product, you’ll make a percentage of the retail price anytime someone purchases it using the link you provide on your blog. However, it’s important that you don’t come off as a salesman when providing these links. Instead, ensure your readers see you as the informed specialist you are who’s simply looking out for his audience members.
Education is a pretty broad topic. It’s also a hot one, as well. Perhaps one of the hottest trends in education relates to MOOCs and other forms of online learning. Sites like Udemy pay affiliates incredibly well, so there’s a lot of money to be made if you are a trusted source for educational materials and courses. Again, you don’t want your blog to be an obvious money-making ploy. Provide valuable information for your audience regarding educational resources, however, and they’ll trust you when it comes to opening their wallets.
Who would think that blogging about blogging can make you rich? Okay, so unless you’re Neil Patel, you probably won’t become a millionaire writing about how to create a successful blog. But a well-written and well-produced meta-blog can open the doors for you in a variety of ways. While blogging about blogging, you’ll learn valuable SEO and content marketing strategies that will help you get your writing noticed, which could lead to incredible gains as a freelance writer. Even if you don’t make money with your meta-blog per se, the portfolio you build up will be invaluable in the long run.
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So I’ve mentioned a bunch of hot trends as things currently stand in the world today. But, if you haven’t noticed, society is constantly evolving. What’s hot today will be old-hat tomorrow. Capitalize on this. If you have an innovative and progressive mindset, you could end up being the next Mark Cuban or Bill Gates. If you have a bunch of ideas rattling around in your head and no idea what to do with them, start a blog. You’ll start to see it take shape within the first week or two of dedicated writing, which may very well take you on your next journey in life.