By Zac Johnson.
If I were to tell you that people were blogging about what they are eating, what they are wearing and what they find interesting in the world of technology, you probably wouldn’t be surprised. However, if I were to tell you that some of these bloggers are making six to seven figures per month with their sites and content, would you believe me?
While common estimates claim there are hundreds of millions of active, daily blogs in the world today, the great majority of them are not making any money. In fact, most blogs on the internet are just creating content, which seems to clutter everything up. If you want to create a successful blog that makes money, you need to provide value to your audience while also building a trusted brand and following in the process.
This is something I have not only experienced firsthand, but have also taught to thousands of other bloggers as well. The formula is always the same no matter what niche market you are in: Focus on value, provide a solution for your audience and then find the best form of monetization possible.
Three of the hottest niche markets in blogging right now highlight this formula and demonstrate how some of the top sites and content creators in different markets can generate in excess of six figures on a monthly basis:
Food Bloggers Are Cooking Up Revenue Like Never Before
If you’ve ever searched for a recipe online, you’ve likely come across a successful food blog. These sites aren’t just out there to just look pretty and show off pictures of what people are eating. Instead, they are generating millions of dollars through the use of paid advertising by recommending products through affiliate marketing, which is generating a commission every time a referred sale is sent to one of their site partners. To uncover the best affiliate programs out there, simply think about any of the top brand names in the world of cooking and home cooking supplies. The majority of these brands already have an affiliate program in place. Bloggers often need only to visit their websites and look for the “affiliate program” link to join their program.
To make it in the food blogosphere, you are going to need to get creative with your content development and promotional efforts. With so many different food blogs already out there, you need to establish your site as an authority. Some of the best working methods for this are guest blogging, creating high-quality, original images for your content and getting exposure and media mentions on high-profile sites. These are all accomplished by first creating great content, then reaching out to other industry experts and asking for a mention or reference from other sites.
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By Zac Johnson
Zac Johnson has 20 years of experience in the online marketing/business space. You can learn more about Zac through Blogging.org