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Can You Still Make Money Online with a Blog or Article Site in 2020?

make money onlineCan you still make money online with a blog or article site in 2020? The simple answer is yes, you can. I continue to make money every month. It’s not a lot, but it’s enough to keep me motivated.

Getting to the point where you can make a decent amount of money, however, takes time and perseverance. The problem most people face is that they overthink everything.

Resources to Help You Make Money Online

There are tons of resources out there, some good and some not so good. I’ll save you some time and possibly some headaches. Go to this page: Link Building in 2020: How to Acquire & Earn Links That Boost Your SEO

Link building is necessary even if certain pundits say it isn’t. Despite everything you may have been told, other people do not automatically link to pages on your website. Unlike the “Field of Dreams”, people won’t come to your website just because you’ve built it.

There’s a common phrase that’s been used for years: “Content is King”. Indeed, it is, but it’s only the beginning of the story. You can have the greatest content in the world but it means nothing if no one knows it’s there.

Speaking of Content

What kind of content am I talking about. I’m talking about text, the written word. Despite advances in technology, search engines still rely primarily on text. The more text you feed them, the more likely they’ll glean value from that text.

It may seem counterintuitive when it comes to cell phones, but people tend to read longer articles and stories than short ones. 300 words per page is the bare minimum you should provide, with 500 being better. If you can muster a thousand words or more, without resorting to the fluff and pap in journalism, you’ll get even better results. You probably can’t write that much all the time but it’s something you can try to do as often as possible.

What kind of content you provide is entirely up to you but niche sites tend to do better than general sites (like mine). The more effort you put into things, the greater your rewards will be. I can’t tell you how to find a niche you’ll be successful with, but I’ll offer a bit of advice. Invest in a general domain name (that doesn’t need to mean anything) and use different subdomains for different niches. At least, until you find success.

It doesn’t make sense to spend a lot of money to make a little but you need to spend a little, even if it’s only a domain name with a free hosting provider. People, in general, tend to shy away from websites using subdomains with someone else’s domain names. I don’t think I can get any clearer than that.

The Monetization Part of Making Money Online

There are many ways to make money online but it’s up to you to figure out the best way to monetize your content. You can use banner advertising, like Google AdSense, or you can use affiliate advertising, like Amazon.com’s affiliate program. Over the course of around 14 years, I’ve tried a little of everything. I always go back to using AdSense because it’s the easiest to implement in a set it and forget it kind of way.

For a long time, more than a few years, I made hundreds of dollars a month and I wasn’t trying very hard. I don’t make very much at all these days and there are dozens of reasons why. The biggest reason is because I don’t care to make a lot of money, so I’m not motivated to do so. I’m retired and living on a pension. I don’t need the money. Extra money’s nice to have, regardless of need, so I continue to plug along.

Once you start making money, don’t expect it start adding up quickly. You won’t be rolling in dough, so to speak, but you won’t be making pennies. That is, unless that’s what you want to make. Impressions alone tend to pay in pennies. It’s the clicks that count.

Read More Than You Write

I can’t make it any plainer than that. Writing takes time but thinking about what you’re writing will take longer if you’re not prepared. You need to read as much as you can about the subject at hand before you begin. If you do, you’ll read a lot more than you’ll ever write about that subject. The information will flow from your mind to your fingertips more easily when the information is fresh in your mind.

There are more techniques for avoiding “writer’s block” than I can’t begin to mention. The best technique, in my opinion, is what I’ve already mentioned.

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By RT Cunningham
January 11, 2020
Personal Finance, Writing


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