Location Independent Business Ideas for Digital Nomads: Blogging

One of the most popular location independent business ideas for small entrepreneurs such as Digital Nomads is undoubtedly blogging. Most digital nomads are bloggers or internet entrepreneurs who’re familiar with blogging and know what it takes to make money from their blogs. This article is a primer for those of you who are new to blogging, new to the idea of digital nomads, but willing to learn, and learn fast, at that. Here we discuss making money using Google Adsense, which we believe, quite strongly, to be the best option available for bloggers looking to monetize their blogs.

Google Adsense: What is it?

When you apply for your blog to be included in the Google Adsense program, Google displays PPC (Pay Per Click) ads on your blog, with your permission. Google sends web crawlers to spiders to analyze the content of your blog and displays ads that have keywords that are relevant to what’s on your blog. When an internet surfer clicks on the ads displayed in your blog, the advertiser pays Google a certain amount of money for each click. Google keeps a part of this money and sends the rest – 68% – to you, by check, at the end of the month. If you have a sizeable number of clicks per month – say 10,000 to 20,000 – all of this adds up and you are assured of a really terrific income that can finance your lifestyle comfortably.

How to Make Money from Blogging: A Quick Guide to Digital Nomads

Be Realistic: Don’t have too many expectations about the money that you’re likely to make from Google Adsense. It takes time and effort to grow a blog and there are no shortcuts involved. So, please don’t get into the Adsense program, expecting immediate returns. Initially, your income for the first few months is unlikely to be more than $10 a day. But for digital nomads, even this is great income, as the cost of living in low income countries such as Thailand or Cambodia is hardly likely to exceed $300-$400 a month.

Learn the basics of website building: It helps to know PHP, Javascript, Perl, HTML, CSS. You should also know the basics of WordPress. This shouldn’t be a problem as it hardly takes a few days to get up to speed with these things. Also, if you’re struggling with the creation of your website, you can always outsource the web development to a freelancer on Elance or oDesk. They do amazing work for unbelievably low sums. Your website layout should be elegant and attractive, the navigation of your site should be as simple as it gets.

Learn the basics of SEO: SEO is how you can get your site on top of Google’s search engine results pages or SERPs. SEO is more of an art than science, and your knowledge of SEO should be updated with every new update to Google’s algorithm. For instance, there is a big difference between the SEO done before Google’s recent Penguin and Panda updates, and that which is practiced now. Also, it is critical that you don’t do anything with your SEO that gets your site hit with a Google penalty. Getting punished by Google is the worst thing that can happen to a blogger, which immediately shuts off his or her income flow. This happens only if a blogger (inadvertently or not) violates Google’s Guidelines. So, learn what those guidelines are.

Create terrific Content: Well, that’s the most important thing about being a blogger. You must have great content that is very informative and written in grammatically perfect English (or French, German, Spanish, etc.) You should write for a specific target audience in mind – a niche – rather than aim for a general readership. And most importantly, you should really enjoy what you’re writing about and have excellent knowledge of it. Remember – you can’t fool your readers.

Use social media, engage with your readers: A successful blogger also has a very successful social media strategy. Social media is today one of the most important ways of getting traffic to a blog. Nothing beats getting a blog post going viral on Facebook or Twitter – that would completely transform your business. And it is equally important to interact with your readers, engage with them, and respond to their queries and suggestions.

Create one major site rather than many minor ones: While it is always good to diversify, you can do that later, only after your first blog is reasonably successful. Work on just one blog in the beginning, make it as attractive as you can, fill it with quality content and engage with your readers. This gets you much greater income than several small sites that hardly get you a dollar or two a day.

Conclusion

We hope you’ve found the information given here quite useful. Is there anything else you would like to know about or would want to be included in this blog? Please let us know. We love hearing from our readers, keep the comments and suggestions coming!