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Leveraging Social Media

It seems like almost everybody uses social media these days. The question is, how do you use social media to your advantage so that it essentially drives traffic to your blog? If you typically use social media anyway, you should be able to figure this out in a matter of minutes. Even if you don’t use it regularly, it is still relatively easy to do and once you get the hang of it, you can do it with ease.

The first thing you have to do is talk about your blog on all of the different social media platforms you can get your hands on. It is a good idea to have a direct link to your website on all of your social media posts as well. Every time you mention your blog, you can link that blog post so that people can simply click on the link and read about your latest endeavors. From there, they can go on to visit your website and purchase products, such as when they choose to buy your photographs.

The great thing about social media is that when you talk about something, thousands of people are made aware of it almost instantaneously. It is an extremely effective way to get more people to read your blog and in turn, to visit your website and purchase the product you have available. It is easily one of the most effective forms of advertising and the good thing about it is that you don’t have to pay a cent to have access to it.

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Monetizing Your Blog

When I first decided make my living traveling around the world taking photographs and then blogging about it, I had people that laughed in my face. Some of them told me there was no way I would ever be able to make a living this way. If anything, that only made me more determined to do exactly that. Fortunately, if you love photography and travel like I do, you can learn to make a living off of it as well. Yes, blogging is involved. The idea is to learn how to monetize your blog so that is constantly making money for you.

How exactly do you go about doing this? The first thing you have to do is realize that while you can be immensely successful at monetizing your blog, it isn’t going to happen overnight. You have to put in a lot of time and effort, just like you do with anything else that is worth doing. You also have to be patient and allow it to gradually build up over time. As far as making money goes, you can monetize it a couple of different ways. The first involves affiliate marketing and the second involves creating a website of your own where people can purchase your photographs and then blogging about your travels while creating a link that goes directly to your website.

The first method will allow you to make income even when you aren’t really doing anything active with your blog. This means that you could go on a two-week long vacation and still have money coming in. This is accomplished through affiliate marketing and it usually means that you will be advertising someone else’s services or products for sale on your blog. Every time someone clicks on those ads, you get a certain percentage of the marketing funds. Typically, these are very low but they can certainly build up over time and they create a steady stream of income as long as you stick with it. Your second method allows you to get some direct sales. Anytime someone reads something interesting on your blog, all they have to do is click on the link and they can purchase photographs directly. The more you write, the greater your chances of getting the word out to more people and making more money.

As you can see, monetizing your blog really doesn’t have to be as difficult as most people make it. It is a reality that you can do what you love and still make money. You just have to be willing to put in the work in order to get there.

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