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So you are now set to start a blog that will help you make money online, right? Oh, that’s great. But how much are you ready to really start blogging?
One thing you must understand is that starting a blog is not as easy as starting to type on your laptop and making millions overnight. If you want to start a serious blog, you need to ensure that you have a proper plan for it.
Aside from being a way to make money online, a blog can be a fantastic outlet. Creative people love to find ways to express themselves each day. When you have a blog, you can talk to the world whenever you want to do so. In this post I want to give a few tips that will help you create the blog of your dreams – making you money for the years to come!
Here we go…
My 6 Dead Easy Steps to Starting a Profitable Blog
Step 1: Decide On A Subject
The first thing you need to do is decide on your topic. If your blog lacks any focus, it will fail. Blogs that don’t have one subject matter seem to lack direction. You will not get a dedicated readership if they don’t know what they are getting from you. As obvious as it might sound, you need to write what you know. For example, if you adore makeup, start a beauty blog. You want people to come to you for advice, and so give them some handy tips.
Step 2: Make a Plan
Before you start writing, you need to make an action plan. If you don’t make a plan, you might find that you lose momentum after you start your blog and just give up. Decide how many posts you will upload every week. You could also decide on themed posts. For example, every Wednesday, you could do a ‘Wednesday’s Style’ post. When you have a proper structure in place, it will be easy to run your blog.
Step 3: Find a Platform
There are loads of different blogging platforms you might want to use. The most popular is probably WordPress, although it is not the only platform you can use. Once you find a platform, you can create your blog using their easy step by step guide. Choose a theme for your site from ThemeForest to customize your site.
Step 4: Start Writing
This bit sounds a little easier than it is. You might think that writing is simple, but it is not. If you start typing without thinking about what you want to say, you will end up with a whole lot of jargon and rubbish. Instead, you need to plan out your posts so that you know what the point of each piece is. If a post has no reason behind it, it will seem shallow and stupid. Think about what you want to say to your audience and how to say it in a clear way.
Step 5: Monetize Your Readers
Once you have a large readership, you can turn your website views into cold, hard cash. If you are getting loads of hits every day, you can sell advertising and paid links on your site so that you can make money from it. You could also use your blog for market research. There are many systems that work in the same way PCRF works for mobile data. That means that you can gather information from your audience and sell it.
Step 6: Promote Your Blog
Promoting your blog is perhaps the hardest part of having a blog. You need to get the word out there about your blog so that people trust you and visit your site. Of course, you need a powerful social media presence, but you also need to get out there and meet people. Attend blogger events and networking sessions so that the people in your area get to know your name. When you attend events, make the right impression on people. Communicate your message in a clear, straightforward way so that people understand you.
There you have it, my 6 simple steps to starting a profitable blog. So, which are yours? Are there any steps you think are not included in this post?