Start a blog and make money? That is what a lot of people think. Why? Because that is what a lot of people have been told. The truth is however, that it takes a lot of work and time to turn a blog into a money making business. Here I am going to give you some simple actionable steps that you can take to Start a Blog and Make Money today.
How Do I Start a Blog and Make Money-Step One Choose a Niche With a Large Target Audience
I have heard many teacher bloggers say that you should choose a niche based on your passion. While I agree with that, it still needs to be commercially viable. If you own a space in the niche “hang nails”, there will not be a lot of people that come to read about hang nails. That being said there would also not be a lot to write about when it comes to hang nails.
One way to see if your niche has a reasonable audience is to google a keyword in your niche. That would be a word phrase that best describes your niche. The amount of searches for that phrase should be in the millions.
Next look at all the related articles that surround that niche to see the kind of information that those keywords produce. Sometimes the keywords we think best describe our niche may be used to find other information. Next, go to the keyword search tool in Google and type in your keywords. Look at related keywords and their popularity. The more keywords that are popular means that you have good base of people that are looking for information surrounding your niche. You can also see how your niche topic is ranking in Google Trends.
How Do I Start a Blog and Make Money- Do Good Keyword Research and Make a List
Keyword research involves finding keywords people use to describe information they want to find. The trick is to find keyword phrases that people are using to search that 1. Don’t have a lot of competition and 2. Bring enough traffic to your site to make it worth creating a blog post around.
One trick is to find keyword phrases that have at least seven words in it. Now I am not saying that you should just randomly add words to a keyword that is ranking well. These should be real phrases that people use to find information. This is where good keyword tools comes into play.
One tool that I like is a free tool called Ubersuggest. It is great for suggesting keywords that you might want to use in search. Another tool is a inexpensive tool called Jaaxy. So what I do is I go to Quora and I type in some keywords that are related to my niche. Then I see what questions come up. Then I take those questions and I feed them into Ubersuggest and look for long tailed keywords phrases with 4 to seven words in the phrase. Then I take them and I put them into Jaxxy to find out more detailed stats about how they rank for competition and search.
Jaxxy will allow you to make lists and store them on Jaxxy. If ever you want to export them on your computer, Jaxxy allows you to easily to that.
How Do I Start a Blog and Make Money- Create Keyword Rich Content Consistently
It is not enough to write a blog article once a month. The internet is built on content. Google’s algorithm rewards consistent content. Blogging at least 3 times a week is very important especially in the first 6 months. Your blog will not be successful until you have at least 50 pieces of content on it. After that, your blog’s traffic will slowly start to increase. Lot’s of successful blogs have way more than 50 pieces of content and have been around for years. They are usually holding top spots on Google search. That is why you want to be careful to choose low competition keywords. Otherwise your content will never be seen.
How Do I Start a Blog and Make Money- Learn How to Distribute Your Content
Content distribution is a very important step in making your blog successful. That is why it is important to have a social presence and to make sure you spend time on related group sites. Facebook has thousands of related group sites in just about every niche possible. That is why it is a great idea to join these groups and participate in discussions. You will be able to leave links to your content when you are able to answer relevant questions with one of your blogs posts. Also, posting links in a business page that you own is a great way to distribute your content. Having a social presence on as many social platforms as possible is a great distribution tool. Even consider using YouTube to create intro videos that refer people back to your blog.
How Do I Start a Blog and Make Money- Monetize Your Blog
I have heard a lot of bloggers suggest Googles Adsense program as a simple way to monetize a blog. While that is true, I don’t think it is the most profitable. There are many affiliate platforms that you can find products that are related to your niche subject. For example JVZoo.com, Warrior, Clickbank, Amazon Associates and Warrior Plus. There are hundreds more but all of them have related products that you can promote within your blog posts that can serve to help you generate and very good income over time.
How Do I Start a Blog and Make Money- Summary
I could go on and on with tips, tricks and strategies that you can use to make money with a blog. So below is a free resource that you can read that will help you even more.
10 thoughts on “How Do I Start a Blog and Make Money – 5 Critical Tips”
Really good post. Very concise and helpful info!
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Well that was super helpful! Big thanks for sharing.
I find your content to be extremely helpful. I’m just getting started and I see that blogging is fun and very thought provoking. My focal point is to encourage and uplift all who choose to read what I’ve wrote. It would be awesome to make money while doing it but my biggest motivation is to reach people through my content and hope to make a difference even if it’s the life of one person, a difference was made. Thank you for your post 🙂
Thank you. I am sure your passion will be rewarded. Just make sure you have all the tools in place so that people can find your blog.
Very helpful post! Thanks for sharing those keyword tools. As a blogger/writer I will be using them myself. I would like to add those keyword tools to my writing resource page on my blog to spread the word.
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Helpful post, thanks very much! Good to meet you in blogger land 🙂