If you’re a teen in paradise right now, feeling fortunate to have escaped the cares of school, you might be tempted to splash out on the luxuries life has to offer. But while it’s perfectly acceptable to want for nothing more than the essentials (transportation, food, and shelter), you shouldn’t abuse your newfound freedom. There are ways to make money online as a teen outside of the US that you need to consider, especially if you’re planning to fund your independence. And one of the best methods is to start a blog. Though the idea of making money from a passion or hobby might seem far-fetched, the truth is that anyone can do it. Here’s how.
Before you start making any money off your blog, it’s important to establish some ground rules. First, make sure that you’re legally allowed to be doing so. If you’re under the age of 18, you need to have your parent’s permission to begin a business (not exactly the ideal scenario). Second, make sure that you’re committed to putting in the necessary work. Though it’s tempting to simply dive in and see what happens, creating a successful blog takes a lot of hard work and commitment. Third, learn from the best. If you want to be inspired by other successful blogs, it helps to emulate their strategies. Finally, make sure to follow the laws governing online marketing. If you’re selling and displaying ads on your site, you need to adhere to the Google Adsense guidelines. If you’re monetizing your content through affiliate marketing, you need to follow the FTC guidelines. Keep all of this in mind as you’re building your blog, and you’ll be able to create a profitable business that’ll allow you to join the global economy of the digitally connected world.
Setting Up Shop
Now that you have your basics taken care of, it’s time to sit back and reap the benefits of your labor. To really succeed as a blogger, you’ll need to establish yourself as an authoritative voice in your niche. To do this, you’ll need to create high-quality content that is both relevant and unique to your target audience. If you want to make money online, you should absolutely be creating content for the digital nomad community. This niche will naturally attract digital nomads from all over the world, and you can bet that they’ll all be looking to learn more about the topic you’ve dedicated an entire blog to. If you’re just starting out, try creating content that’s relevant to teenagers or students. You can use your blog to teach them how to navigate the digital world with their minds intact (and let’s be honest, they’re going to need all the help they can get with social media).
Grow A Following
Once you have a decent amount of content on your blog, its time to start attracting readers. The easiest way to do this is by using social media to engage with your audience. By connecting with your readers on social media, you’ll be able to establish yourself as an honest and trustworthy source of information. Though many big name blogs won’t even admit it, having a sizable social media following can actually help to establish your legitimacy. When potential customers come to your blog for information, they’ll often turn to your social media platforms for guidance.
Make Money With Affiliate Marketing
If you’ve been reading our blog articles for any length of time, you’ll know that we strongly support affiliate marketing. This is a legitimate way to make money online, and its one of the best methods if you want to establish yourself as a source of valuable information. To use affiliate marketing, you’ll first need to choose an affiliate product that you think will be valuable to your target audience. Ideally, you want to choose a product that you’ve used or heard of, and that is relevant to your niche. Once you’ve chosen your product, you can create an affiliate marketing page for it. On this page, you’ll find a product image and description, as well as a link to the merchant’s website. In exchange for referring customers to the merchant’s site, you’ll earn a commission (usually around 15% to 30% of the sale). Though the numbers can be a little higher (and sometimes much higher depending on the product and how profitable it is for the merchant).
Monetizing Your Blog
Once you’ve started making money from affiliate marketing or selling and displaying ads on your own site, its time to start funneling that money back into your blog. The first and most important step is to set up a shopping cart on your site. This is an easy way to let customers purchase products that you’ve promoted on your blog. You can add these products to your shopping cart, and when the customer checks out, you’ll have a chance to suggest products that you think they might like. Also, make sure to add something in the cart description that’ll make the customer feel like they’re getting a good deal. You can also use email marketing to promote your affiliate products. Just create an email template that’ll include a link to your affiliate website, and get sending. Though getting started can be a little challenging, once you do, the benefits are endless. Not only will you be able to fund your global adventures, but you’ll also be able to save money for future endeavors (like college or a house deposit). Plus, you’ll finally have the income you deserve as a hardworking high school student.
If you’re looking for a legitimate way to make money online, starting a blog is the perfect option. Not only will you be able to create content that you think might be valuable to your target audience, you’ll also be able to establish yourself as an authoritative source of information in your niche. Though it might be difficult to turn a hobby into a profitable business, anyone can do it if they put in the necessary effort. Don’t be discouraged if your first few attempts at monetizing aren’t profitable. As you build up your audience, you’ll be able to choose products that are more lucrative, and establish yourself as an independent businesswoman (or man).