In the trailing blog, we talked about why engineers should blog in order to make their profile. This time we are going to talk about how engineers should blog in order to make money.
Before we sail the ship, let’s get a reality check. Not everyone who tries to make money blogging becomes rich. In fact, those who do well from blogging are lesser in the count. Disappoints you? But we are not here to hype this up or make any promises. It is possible to make money blogging – but it takes time and a lot of hard work – and it doesn’t happen for everyone!
When I’m talking about engineers should have a Blog, it means not a personal blog but a profitable blog with perfect Blog business plan. Let’s do a calculation and let’s imagine you know what is Blogging and how to start a Blog. You created a blog in 1st or 2nd year of Blogging and every week you write 1 article.
Now, let us do a simple math calculation and see what could be your stats by the end of your engineering degree:
- 52 x 1 = 52 articles in a year
- 52 x 4 = 208 articles (4 Year course)
(If you compile these, you can publish your own books, another way to make money).
Now, expecting you are using Google AdSense to monetize your blog, you can easily make handsome money per month from your blog with a proper blog business plan in 4 year time. Moreover, when you graduate, you will have passive income and financial stability. Sounds like a dream, but believe me it is not tough.
What follows is a summary of three income streams through blogging. Before you read it though – keep in mind that every blog is unique in how it can make money. Some of the following income streams will work on some blogs a lot better than others – the key is to experiment with as many as possible and see what works best for you.
1. Google AdSense
AdSense is a ‘contextual’ advertising program where publishers simply add a piece of code to their blogs that helps Google analyze what your page is about so they can serve ads on that topic. This increases the chances of your readers clicking the ad which increases the chances that you’ll earn something from them.
AdSense also provide a variety of other income streams to bloggers including a site search tool (you make money by people searching your site) and referral tools (where you can make money by recommending Google products).
Ready to get started? Register for Adsense.
2. Amazon Associates
Similar to AdSense, Amazon’s Affiliate Program is one way to attract traffic to your website/blog and make money. As Amazon is the leading shopping portal, you can expect good income during festival times. With this program, you can add links to any item on Amazon’s site to your website and get a commission when someone clicks the link or makes a purchase. While Amazon’s commission structure is relatively low, the program offers many advantages and is very easy to use.
You can create an aStore, which is an individual site showing the Amazon products that you choose to sell. You can let Amazon suggest products and include a link on your blog. You can also add individual products to your site for a customized look. While earning substantial income will take time, work and patience, it’s worth checking out the program and learning how to become an Amazon Associate.
While there are numerous other ad-services you can use to monetize your blog, this is not the only way. One can use SiteScout, continuity plans or referral programs to make money via blogs. Once you get into writing and blogging, you can publish you own e-books online, without the hassle of finding a publisher and headache of marketing.