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After months of setting up and writing engaging content for your blog, you’re finally starting to see results. Visitors are revisiting, and your growth for new traffic is impressive. You’ve even started to guest blog and maybe attended a meet-and-greet or two. You know it’s a gamble to ditch the nine-to-five and make this your full-time career, but you’re ready. You’re excited, and you want to get started. Monetizing your blog and earning a living is possible, but make sure you’ve performed these 5 essential checks first:
Your Domain And Your SSL Certificates
Your domain name must be your own rather than an extension of WordPress or some other space provider. It should be formally registered and hosted using a service that gives you complete control of the backend settings of your site. This goes far beyond using WordPress and its associated plugins and is often the only way to set up your SSLs. Of course, many plugins are excellent for developing your website just the way you want it. And yes, this can include setting up an eStore and taking payments.
Are You Sure You’re Secure?
Before you do much else, it’s worth running some security checks. Your hosting service might be willing to oblige, but you might find you’re better off with a full-service provider. With managed IT services you can take advantage of security risk assessments, and enjoy full remote VPN client access so you can work from anywhere securely. It also means that everything will be updated and patched as required to keep your website safe for users and customers alike.
Are There Limits On Your Payment System?
Many people looking to sell products and services through their website set up a PayPal account and hope for the best. This can be the quickest and easiest approach when you first start. It’s easily recognized by your customers too so they will have trust in you from the beginning. But there are often limits to what you can do with these kinds of accounts before you start to encounter bigger fees. Eventually, you might need a more versatile system to take card payments, gift vouchers, discount codes and more.
Do You Have The Traffic To Be Eligible For Advertising?
You can charge for advertising anytime you like. The trouble is without a media kit proving your high traffic, you’re not likely to attract much agency interest. Do you want to work with Google Adsense or affiliate programs like Amazon? Then you might need a minimum volume of traffic, or wait for payment until you’ve reached a particular threshold.
Do You Have A Strategy And Marketing Plan In Place?
Whenever you move over to earning exclusively from your online activity, it is essential you’ve got a strong strategy and a clearly defined plan in place. Select your monetization options. You might go for merchandising and selling eBooks at first. Then determine how you will reach your followers and new customers to sell to them. It’s never easy and usually takes some testing and trials. You should soon start to see some income trickling in.