A blog is a great way to share your knowledge and opinion with other like-minded readers about a topic you are fond of. Over time, you can build a list of loyal readers who turn to you as an established authority figure on the subject.

You can create a blog on just about any topic. If you enjoy politics, then you can have a political blog and share your thoughts about an election or foreign policies. If you are an avid video gamer, then you can mention the latest games being released. Whatever topic you choose, it should be informative with quality content.

For some people, a blog has become more than just a way for them to share their interests with others. Some bloggers have turned blogging into a profession. Earning income through blogging is very possible, and more bloggers are doing it either on a part-time basis or as a full-time career.

The most common way to earn money through blogging is by becoming an affiliate marketer. Affiliates promote someone else’s product and receive a share of the commission for every sale he makes. Most online companies offer an affiliate program that you can sign up for. Once a member, just leave a link on your blog that takes a visitor to the vendor’s site. If a purchase is made, then you get paid. Some vendors may also provide banners and ads that you can place on your blog. Whatever product you promote, just be sure it is related to your blog. In other words, if you have a video game blog, then don’t become an affiliate for a company that sells pet products.

Another way to profit from blogging is by joining a paid blogging site. There are advertisers that will pay you to leave a link, ad or write a product review on your blog. The site acts as a middle man between advertisers and bloggers. By joining these sites, you will have access to a database of advertisers that you can coordinate with.

Before you decide to make money off your blog, you will have to do some work on your site. This means making sure that your site is regularly updated, has a good number of readers, is ranked well in the search engine for specific keywords and has a decent page rank. Most vendors and advertisers will not bother with blogs that fall short in any of these areas. Also, meaningful content should always be present in your blog. Do not over saturate your blog with advertisement and affiliate links. It will become apparent to your readers that your main initiative is to make a sale. You will quickly lose readers this way.

Blogging for income is a legitimate way to earn a realistic income. Just be sure to slowly build up your blog and get a loyal following of readers before trying to turn it into a money making machine.