how to start a blog that makes money?
a lot of people fail to make money out of there blog due to different reasons such as not being consistent, didn’t know why they are blogging, didn’t know how to start a blog that makes money? etc.
today I am going to share with you the 7 things that you need to do in order to make money with your blog. and we will go through the basics of setting up the blog but also what you need to do in order to actually be able to make money form it and not just have it to be a time-consuming hobby. you can also know what is a blog here.
1. what are you going to offer
the first thing you need to do before you even chose your domine name or set up your blog at all is you need to figure out why people would read your blog.
if you don’t know why people would read your blog then other people won’t know either and they won’t read your blog. and you won’t be knowing how you are helping them and finally, you won’t be able to turn it into something that is making money. so it is important to figure this out.
for some of you, it might be easy to figure out. you might know exactly why someone would read your blog.
EX:- if you are thinking of starting like “health desserts blog”. here you know people read your blog because they want to be healthy and they like dessert.
for other, they might have a much more vague idea especially if you are thinking of lifestyle blog or mommy blog etc.
here your not exactly sure what people would be getting out of it.
if this happens to be your situation, one of the main things that you might consider that people are getting out of your blog or reason, why people would read your blog, is because they are looking for someone who they can relate to and they’re looking to not feel alone.
here they want to know that there are other moms out there who are like them or other college students who are like them. and they just want to fell not so much alone.
the other reason why they might want to read a blog is for inspiration.
maybe you are going to inspire their style or inspire them to live a better life. they might read your blog for one of those reasons.
2. Note down your blog p0st ideas
once you figured out why someone would read your blog. then you need to note down a whole bunch of content ideas.
now there are two reasons for this.
by noting down you will have a lot of ideas at your disposal so that you’re not wondering what should be writing about and you should not be feeling like you don’t have enough ideas
you can refine and organize your ideas so that you can really polish what gonna be on our blog and it won’t be so messy right when you first start out.
if you note down all these ideas then you’ll be able to sort them into different categories and maybe decide to not do some ideas that at first, you were interested in.
so that’s why it’s a good idea to start with the second step by brainstorming a bunch of ideas and organizing them into categories and deciding which once your actually gonna us on the blog and which one is going into the trash.
3. start your blog
this is the step we all think we need to do, to start a blog.
so there’s a number of different things you need to do in order to get your blog up and running.
1. Domine name
this is just a web address that has your site name
there are a lot of companies where you can get your domine name
hosting is basically a service that has your blog on it. so that people from all over the world can go online and access your blog on this server
there are also free hosting providers like blogger. but I recommend you to get a paid hosting if you’re serious in blogging. because in free hosting you’ll get a shared hosting and in future, you will be facing problems if you have more traffic to your site.
the companies which offer you domine name also provides hosting.
3. installing WordPress
the third thing you need to do is installing WordPress.
there are some others as well but WordPress provides so many options, it is very flexible and it’s completely free. that’s what most people use for their blogs and for a lot of other types of websites too.
4. choose a theme
choosing a theme is kind of template for the decorations of the website.
if you want the website to look a certain way this is going to give you a framework so that you’re not coding things from scratch
5. email marketing service
not everyone does that but I highly recommend it especially if you want to make money with your blog.
here you will be signing up for an email marketing service. now you probably aren’t going to be marketing anything right away.
this service will allow you to collect the email addresses of people who are reading your blog.
this way you’ll be able to reach out to them on a regular basis and remind them about your blog and share new blog posts and build a relationship with them.
6. design and write your blog
step six is to actually design the blog itself.
you have these five different components you need and now put them all together and actually design your blog. so it looks how you want and you start putting content on it
lot of you might really enjoy the process of designing the blog and making it look how you want
4. Driving the traffic
after you’ve written a few blog posts, you’re going to probably want some people reading them.
it used to be that this step kind of took care of yourself and this was a number of years ago when the internet was still relatively new.
now, these days you might get a little bit of traffic from SEO, in fact, you might get a lot of traffic but that’s not guaranteed at all.
you really have to go out there and be proactive about getting the traffic.
for a lot of other bloggers, the best source of traffic has been Pinterest and Quora.
here people create images like the sort of pins that you see on Pinterest and they put them in the blog post and then they pin those images onto Pinterest.
Quora is a question & answer website where questions are asked, answered, edited, and organized by its community of users in the form of opinions.
here you can answers questions related to your blog post and at the end, you can link to your blog for people to read more. by this, you can drive more traffic.
this step takes longest, sometimes it works right away but a lot of times you do have to test different things and figure out something that works for you
once you are actually getting traffic its time to move to the next step
5. Engaging with your audience
basically, all it means is you’ve got this person coming to your website they read an article and then they might just leave.
they’ll completely forget about you and they’ll never ever think about your blog again, even if the article is great. it just that there are so many distractions in today’s world.
so if you want to build a lasting relationship with them and actually be able to help them more in the future and then make money from your blog then you need to engage with them.
there are mainly two ways to do this
1. through emails
like I mention before you need to collect the emails and then you want to email them on a weekly basis to continue to build the relationship and also to share your new blog posts with them.
2. social media
chose your favorite social media platforms like Instagram or Facebook or maybe twitter.
then you want to be sharing with them on a regular basis.
6. How can you add more value?
make sure you don’t try to skip to step six. a lot of people do if they’re focused on how to make money with a blog and then just try to skip to step six
step 1 to 5 is so important because those steps really lay the foundation for being able to make money. and if you try to skip any of those steps then making money with your blog just will not work and you will feel really frustrated and you’ll wast a lot of time.
this step is, to decide how to help your audience further
in step number 1 you decided why someone would read your blog in the first place. maybe they want to get healthy and they like dessert. that’s a good reason for someone to read your blog.
now in step six, you are going to figure out how can you take this a step further. that what they want, how can you give them more?
in this instance, you have a few options like.
- writing an ebook
- creating an online course
- offering services
- recommending products (affiliate commission)
which one to choose can depend on a lot of different things.
it can depend on what you feel like making or doing, it can depend on what you’re helping with your audience, it also might depend on what type of content your audience really enjoys consuming or what they are wanting form you.
it mostly has to do with what value are you gonna give them that will help them further but then also you need to decide what form that value will take.
7. give your readers what they want
this step is to show your readers how the product can help them.
a lot of us might just immediately feel like we’re trying to sell something and you may think you are not good at sales or don’t know much about marketing.
it really doesn’t have to be complicated. once you already have done all your foundational work like building your blog and getting the traffic, then you actually have an audience and you’re connected with them.
there’s already that trust there. and they already like you, they know that you have valuable things to share with them
here you just need to show them how this latest thing, whether it’s an e-book or product, specifically how it helps them and how their life would be different if they completed the course or if they bought the product.
you can do this over a series of emails or through a series of blog post.
you don’t need to feel weird or slimy or sales because they only going to buy it if they want whatever the result that would happen if they bought it.
so your job is just to give a good representation. if they buy then that’s actually fantastic for both of you because you’re helping them and you’re getting paid in the process.
all right that summarizes the 7 steps that you need to follow if you wanna start a blog that makes money.
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