By Lina Martinez

Do you love to write? Do you enjoy communicating and interacting with others? Have you received positive comments about your blog posts? Making money out of doing something you love may seem like an unachievable dream, but it can be done. More and more people are choosing to turn a hobby into a full-time job. If you love blogging, here’s how to make your passion into a money-spinner.

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Focus on the content

The key to a successful blog is high-quality content, which appeals to the target market. Think about who you want to read your blog, and what interests them. Try and make sure that every post is useful in some way. People should gain something from reading what you’ve written. The most popular blogs tailor content to a niche market or a specific demographic. Perhaps you have an interest in fashion, photography or the latest tech news. Or maybe you’re keen to attract a young crowd. Once you know who you’re aiming at, you can customize the content to suit.

Reach out

It’s not enough to write brilliant posts. You need to make sure that people actually read them. Some people will come to you, but you may also have to reach out. Work with other bloggers and include links in your blogs in return for a mention on others. Learn more about what your readers do online. Which social media platforms do they use? What other blogs do they read? Gathering information about your readers can help you to create an effective strategy to get more visitors to your site. It will also give you more information about what your followers want to see on the blog. It’s always beneficial to open up channels of communication. Encourage readers to leave comments and feedback, and take time to respond.

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Look for additional opportunities

It is possible to make money out of your own blog, but there are other ways of generating an income from blogging. One way is to look for opportunities as a guest blogger. This way, you can write articles, which are used on other sites. As well as earning money, you may also be able to boost your profile by including backlinks and an author bio. Sites like https://www.guestposttracker.com/blog/get-paid-to-blog are a useful resource.

Start selling

Once you have an established following, you can start making money by selling advertising space on your page. Think of your blog as the classified section of the newspaper, for example. It’s also possible to earn commission on sales that are generated through your blog. If you feature a product and include a link to buy, for example, you will earn commission on purchases that come through your site.

Another option you may consider is using your blog to promote services that you offer. If you’re interested in business, you could offer a consulting service. You may charge for advice on social media marketing or hosting business events, for example. For more tips, check out http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2015/08/11/how-to-make-money-as-a-blogger/#519f171215a3.

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Do you love blogging? Do you wish you could do it all day every day? If so, why not bear these pointers in mind and try and turn your dreams into a reality?