The headlines about bloggers making millions with no effort are usually fake news, or a sales pitch by someone building their own online business.
Good luck to them, some bloggers do make a great living, they work hard so deserve it.
HOWEVER most bloggers don’t make enough to live on, and never will.
Many bloggers don’t do the work to earn a fortune, most genuinely want to serve, support and help you, their audience.
Blogs exist across the globe for every topic you can imagine.
Self-help, educational study and mutual support groups, hobby groups and that isn’t even mentioning the travel, health, beauty and fashion blogs that you may be familiar with.
You know when you ‘Google’ (other search engines are available) to find a fact, or check an ailment, the responses you find are often written by a blogger.
When you read something online that you find informative, helpful or of value why not support the person who delivered it to you.
1. Read all of the post
Bloggers work hard, they put together content to help, educate and/or inform you. Many work in fulltime jobs, or hold two, three of four jobs elsewhere. Many blog for fun and because they have a passion they wish to share, to help you so don’t miss out on their research and expertise.
2. Comment and feedback, be positive and constructive
Think of the post as a speech, there’s nothing worse than speaking to an audience who don’t respond, don’t react so get into a ‘feedback’ habit. You’re the audience, so give the writer your opinion, a virtual hug or a virtual round of applause by adding a few words. Too busy? OK, just a little thumbs up is all it takes.
3. Sign up on their website
This’ll help to keep you informed, save you time scrolling for recent posts and usually deliver content direct to your email address. It also helps your friendly hardworking blogger know their content is appreciated and ensures they keep delivering what you need direct to you.
4. Don’t sign up on their website
Counter intuitive maybe, well no. Bloggers want positive engagement, they want to help and make a difference. They want people who’re interested. Readers who’ll enjoy and engage with their content and happily share the links and content with others who’ll also enjoy and appreciate its value.
If you aren’t interested in the topic, then scroll on by. However before you do think about sharing it with someone you know who will enjoy it.
5. Click on their links / ads
This is often the only way a blogger can make any money from their site. Usually the adverts will be picked for you, so you should see something you like.
Your blogger will often receive a tiny payment / commission if you shop via their links or ads, however it shouldn’t affect the price you pay. In fact your blogger will often have identified great exclusive deals for you so it may even save you money.
Clicking links to other websites can also boost the blog’s rating and boost them up the Google/search engine lists. So other’s can find the information more easily.
So next time you’re reading online, look at who wrote the content and if you’re not on their website consider visiting their blog directly. Then take action, reach out to them on social media, do one of my 5 a day.
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