You’re not the only one who has thought to make a blog to make money.
But here’s the deal - before you try, you should know that it won’t be easy and it could take a long time.
There are plenty of examples of people who have successfully made blogs to make money, but it definitely isn’t easy or fast.
More importantly, making a blog won’t guarantee that you will actually make any money at all.
A lot of people have tried and failed.
I don’t want you to fail, so I am going to give some tips and tricks on how to start your own successful blog in hopes that this will help you succeed where others have failed.
Deciding on your niche
I have to start by asking—what's a niche? A niche is basically your topic. The thing you'll be talking about on your blog. You see it all over the place, and not just with blogs. There are plenty of sites that focus on one particular topic such as community theater, knitting patterns, or pictures of llamas in top hats. So why would you need a niche?
One reason is that it helps you stand out from other blogs. If there are already 20 blogs about celebrity gossip and you make another one about celebrity gossip, it's going to be hard for people to find yours in particular. It doesn't matter how many times you post per day or how great your writing is—if the blogosphere has already covered the same content before, why would people go to your blog instead of one they've been reading for years?
That's where having a niche comes into play. It can help you target an audience who won't find what they're looking for anywhere else but your site! In addition to getting more traffic than general interest blogs, niches have higher potential for making money through advertising because they know exactly what their readers are interested in and can match ads accordingly.
The design of your blog matters, but dont spend weeks designing it
A good blog design is important because it will help you with branding, usability and SEO.
It should be a good representation of your brand, be easy to navigate and load quickly.
However, don't spend weeks on designing your blog. [I know from my own experience that it can take forever when you start analyzing what color scheme to use and how to structure your website.] It's very tempting but do yourself a favor - don't do it. You can always make changes later on in the process once you have more experience.
Your content needs to be top-notch
The old axiom "content is king" exists for a reason. It's one of the most important factors that determines whether your blog will succeed or fail. Your content needs to be better than all of the other blogs in your niche, as well as being relevant to your niche and written and edited well.
Most people think that if they just sit down and start writing, they will come up with amazing content. Unfortunately, that is rarely how it works out. Because most of us aren’t professional writers, editing our own work can be extremely difficult. If you have a friend who will proofread for you (for free) — use them. If not, there are a number of tools on the web like Grammarly that will help make sure your writing is clean and concise before you publish it on your blog.
The internet is full of bloggers from all backgrounds trying to do the same thing as you — sell their expertise in exchange for money or recognition or both! In order to stand out from the crowd your content has to be unique and have a voice all its own. You might think this means being funny or snarky or sarcastic… and if that works for you then by all means go for it! But there are plenty of successful blogs that aren't funny at all (hello Serious Eats!). Ultimately, what makes a blog’s voice unique is its personality: give yours an infusion of passion, authenticity, and honesty and people will know who you are at first glance (even when they can only see words).
Finally: don’t forget why anyone would visit your blog in the first place – because they want information relevant to your niche!
Social media strategies are important
You will want to use social media to spread the word about your blog. On the most basic level, this means sharing links to new posts or content on your channels. This will bring traffic to your site and entice readers who weren’t previously familiar with you or your brand.
To really get the most out of social media, you’ll have to interact with your followers (and potential followers). It’s important that you engage with them; in fact, research shows that brands that get active on social media are more likely to gain followers than those who don’t.
In addition to writing and publishing fresh content regularly, you should also try to be active on multiple platforms at once. The best way I have found to do this is through a scheduling tool called Buffer. It allows me to schedule the same piece of content for multiple platforms at once, but customize each one so it doesn’t look like it was just cut and pasted from another platform.
Make sure you have a "Call to Action" in each post
A "Call to Action" is the part that you put at the end of each post. It could be an affiliate link, a product sale, or a newsletter signup. Calls to action should be short and sweet--you don't want your readers to get tired of reading your blog by the time they get to it.
Calls to action are necessary because otherwise you won't make any money! While there are lots of different types of calls to action, each one should revolve around getting people to take some kind of action (hence the name). Here's an example: "Sign up for my newsletter below."
The next step after creating a call to action is making sure it works. The most important thing in this regard is making sure you're getting key insights into who your visitors are and what they do on your site. If they don't do anything with your call-to-action, maybe it needs tweaking.
Don't forget SEO tactics
Here’s a list of some easy, but often overlooked, tactics for optimizing your blog for search engine traffic:
Use keywords in titles. This will help you rank higher in search engines (like Google). For example, if your keyword is “digital camera” and you write the title “Review of Digital Cameras”, then you have a better chance showing up when someone searches for “review digital cameras” or “best digital camera review.
Use keywords in tags. Most blogging platforms give you room to add tags to your posts so they can be categorized and found more easily. Use related keywords here as well.
Include keywords in your URLs. If your keyword is (you guessed it!) “digital camera”, use that term in the URL of the page that contains content about digital cameras. So instead of www.yoursite.com/camera-review1 use www.yoursite/digital-camera-review1
Put the keyword into image descriptions and alt tag text on images wherever relevant (the alt tag helps visually impaired people who use screen readers to better understand what an image is about).
If you know what to do, you can make money blogging
Are you really ready to make money blogging?
If you’re serious about making a blog to earn money, you need to have a plan. And not just any plan. It should be a detailed plan that includes goals, deadlines, and ways to measure progress towards your goals. You need to know the basics of generating income from your blog as well as how to drive traffic to your site.
You also need to know how to make your blog stand out from the crowd while still being user-friendly and easy for people who visit it. This may sound overwhelming at first but if you break it down into smaller tasks, the job is doable.
Can you really make money blogging? Yes, you can.
Do you know how to do it? That's another question altogether.
Do you need to know what you're doing to make money blogging? You guessed it—yes.
Making money with a blog isn't something that just happens overnight. You'll need to be dedicated and consistent in your writing efforts if you want results, and without a solid plan for the road ahead, success is pretty unlikely. There are so many factors to consider when starting out as a blogger, but these are some of the most important:
Write consistently high-quality content on a regular schedule so your readers will keep coming back for more.
Promote your content effectively by building relationships with other bloggers and becoming an authority in your niche.