If you’ve spent any time surfing blogs, then you may think of a blog as place for people to make inane observations about life. And while some of these blogs are fun to read, just look a little closer and you’ll realize they are not truly launched for fun.
In other words, these blogs generate income for the blog owner.
Welcome to “Blogging Cash” – your quick-start guide to starting a profitable blog!
In just minutes you’ll discover:
- How to pick an in-demand, hot niche so you always have plenty of readers.
- How to get your blog up and running (even if you don’t have tech skills).
- How to start create blogs posts that your visitors will rave about.
- How to attract new readers so you can start turning your content into cash.
So let’s start taking the steps towards creating a profitable blog for you…
Choosing Your Blog’s Niche/ Topic
Your niche or topic is the basis of your website – it’s what your blog will be about, it’s “Reason For Being”.
Choose the ‘wrong’ niche, and the best you can hope for is a constant struggle; more likely you’ll simply fail.
Choosing the ‘right’ niche won’t, by itself, insure success, but it is the single biggest determining factor, and what drives all subsequent steps.
If there’s anything ‘hard’ about picking your niche,it’s having to choose from so many excellent potential opportunities.
Once you know how to come up with and qualify niche ideas, the real fun begins – because as you’ll see, there are a near-infinite number of good, lucrative niche site ideas waiting to be exploited. Your biggest problem will be deciding which to pursue!
That said, I often hear from people who are just starting out that choosing a niche is difficult or frustrating – even mind boggling.
The four most common “complaints” I hear are:
- Not knowing where to begin;
- Not being able to come up with good ideas
- Not knowing if an idea will be profitable;
- Not knowing if an idea is achievable.
RFB: Your “Reason For Being”
One of the most important aspects of choosing your niche or topic is your RFB – your “Reason For Being”.RFB is the reason your website exists, the justification for visitors to go there. Without a good, clear RFB,you’re sunk before you even begin.
RFB answers the question “why would someone take the time & effort to visit your blog”, shapes the approach you take, and dictates your content.
Suppose you have a passion for animals, and decide you want to launch a blog in the ‘pets’ niche.
After brainstorming, looking around online, thinking about your own experiences, etc., you decide to create a site about keeping pets for apartment dwellers.
Having lived in big cities and being a pet lover, you know there are unique challenges and restrictions for pet lovers in the city.
Large or very active dogs, for instance, don’t typically do well living in an apartment. If it’s a walk-up, that poses additional challenges. Even tropical fish can pose problems – very large aquariums are immensely heavy and require firm, strong flooring underneath.
If you were to simply build a blog without consideration of your RFB, it would end up being a hodge-podge of marginally-related articles, with little cohesion or connectedness.
Looking at this example, however, you can come up with a clear, strong RFB: addressing the specific challenges facing apartment dwellers who want to have a pet or pets. Now, instead of assembling a hodge-podge of articles or videos, you can map out a strategy that will dictate your content:
- Dog breeds that adapt well to apartment living
- Desensitizing your dog to noise & activity
- Treadmills: exercising your dog when you can’t take him out
- Etc, etc…
Your RFB provides the reason for someone to visit your site. The clearer and more specific your RFB, the better off you’ll be.
An easier, obvious example is a review blog.A blog reviewing coffee makers would have as it’s reason for being, comparing different coffee makers in order to make a purchase decision.
Improving the RFB, we might instead build a review blog around a narrower, more specific choice, for example “Home Espresso Makers”.
While there may be less people looking, it will be considerably easier to get and convert visitors looking to find out about and purchase a “Home Espresso Maker” than just a generic “Coffer Maker”.
Whatever niche or topic you decide on, make sure you frame it with a clear, specific RFB.
Passion & Knowledge
Knowledge and interest are crucial characteristics for success.
If you don’t know what you’re talking about, it’s nearly impossible to build an effective niche blog.
You simply won’t be able to keep your blog viable if you don’t have knowledge of the topic that your site is built around!
Fortunately, you don’t necessarily need to be an expert already – as you’ll see, it’s relatively easy to become competent – even expert – in any but the most technical topics.
What you will need, if you don’t have the knowledge or familiarity already, is the willingness to learn.
That’s where interest comes in.
For instance, there’s a lot of money to be made in affiliate commissions on sales of miter saws.
And the fact is, if you have a website on wood working,you’ll learn quite a bit about saws in a very short amount of time, certainly enough to know more than someone looking to buy one.
But can you honestly see yourself maintaining enough interest in miter saws to keep at it for the long haul?
This is why we choose only niches that we find interesting on some level. It doesn’t need to be a burning passion, but is does need to be a topic that will sustain your interest.
And common misconception that you have to base your blog on something that you are already expert or at least very knowledgeable about.
As long as the topic is one that will sustain your interest,you do not need to already be an expert. As mentioned,developing enough expertise is actually fairly simple if you’re willing to apply yourself.
So, how do you select a niche?
This is a subject that’s kind of tough to outsource,because it’s all about you. But pick a subject that you can imagine yourself having an interest in over time,and it’ll be easier for you to separate good content from worthless content, answer questions from people who visit the blog (or at least find answers), create content and intelligently edit hired writers, and stick with it if things don’t go your way initially.
Discover Which of These Niches are Profitable
Where To Begin: Brainstorming
We begin by ‘brainstorming’ – creating a list of potential niche candidates.
What makes a viable ‘candidate’?
Here are the characteristics we’re looking for:
- Not too big, and not too small – we’ll go over how to determine this.
- Availability of affiliate products and/or services.
- A topic you are either already familiar with, or is interesting enough to you that you’re willing to learn about it.
The best way to start our list is to write down topics we already have some familiarity with, interest in, expertise in, etc.
As an example of a list of someone could be:
- Scuba Diving
- Playing Guitar
- Model Building
- Motivation etc
If you’re having trouble starting, try asking yourself these questions:
- What hobbies, interests, or sports do I like to pursue?
- What am I expert or very knowledgeable about?
- What jobs have I had that I was good at, or had a real interest in?
- What issues or ideas am I passionate about?
But remember – the most important part is to GET STARTED. You could improvise along the way, or even change your niche if necessary! But if you don’t launch your blog, you will not be able to start your online business.
Make it a GOAL to have your blog launch this week itself!
Learn more about Picking a niche in details
Set Up a Blog
Once you have a niche in mind, then your next step is to set up your blog.
But don’t do it.
Most of these third-party platforms specifically prohibit commercial activity. And even if a third-party host does allow commercial content and links, you still shouldn’t use these solutions.
Because you don’t control the property.
And that means that your blog could completely disappear one night – and you’d have no recourse, no way of getting it back and no way of letting your blog readers know what happened. If your blog was fairly well-established, you wouldn’t just lose content – you’d also lose your livelihood.
So let’s skip that option.
Instead, what you need to do is set up a blog on a website property that you control.
This means that yes, you need to get your own domain name from FastComet and WordPress managed hosting.
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Besides being able to control the property, the other advantage is that you pick the domain name – which means you can work on branding your business.
Once you have your domain name and hosting lined up, then you need to install the WordPress. Web hosts like FastComet allow you to do this in just a few clicks through your Host’s cPanel (which you can access by going to
Client area >> cPanel >> Softaculous apps installer >> WordPress. and that it.
Follow the screenshot below:
- Client Area : click the cPanel icon to open Main cPanel dashboard
- cPanel Main : Use the search function and type "Softaculous App installer" and select WordPress to install WordPress blogging platform.
It wouldn't take more than 1 min
After you install WordPress, you need to enter yourdomain.com/wp-admin to access your website. The default WordPress theme (design) is fairly bland. Fortunately, you can change the theme to one that’s more suitable in just a few clicks. You can browse over 1500+ different themes here: https://wordpress.org/themes/.
Theme is up to your choice & preference. But if you ask me i prefer ,Elementor Hello theme (Specifically For Elementor pro if you want to create like me) Astra and OceanWP. because they give full access to their theme except paid extension/addons.
Better yet, after your blog is installed you can browse them directly through your WordPress blog dashboard. Once you’re logged into your dashboard, look for the “Appearances >> Themes” option on the left side of your dashboard. You’ll then be able to browse and install any of the themes at the link above directly from your dashboard – no tech skills or knowledge required.
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Once your blog is up and running, the next step is to draw up a profitability plan…
Monetize Your Blog
Now here’s where it starts getting exciting. Because unlike those bloggers where teenagers share their angst-filled thoughts, you’re blogging as a business.
You’re looking to turn your content into cold, hard cash. And that means you need to create a plan as to how you’re going to monetize your blog.
Let me share with you the following three ways to do it:
Sell Your Own Offers
Do you have your own products or services? If so, then your blog is a natural outlet for advertising these offers. And best of all, there are plenty of ways for you to promote your offers on your blog, including:
- Using graphical ads – You can place banners and graphics of all sizes in your header, side bar, footer and even between the content.
Note: A word of warning, however: Just don’t stuff your blog so full of graphical ads that it looks like a circus rather than a blog. You want a new visitor to notice that you have great content – not that your blog is full of ads.
- Using text ads – You can place your text ads in the same places you put your graphical ads. Same rules apply – don’t overdo it. Your blog should be about great content and not be overwhelmed by ads.
- By embedding promotions in the content – This is often one of the best ways to advertise your offers, because it puts your ads directly in front of your readers. In other words, you can create blog posts which contain promotions.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you fill your blog posts with direct promotions. While it’s OK to post a direct promotion from time to time, it’s certainly not something you’d want to do too much. After all, your blog readers are coming to your blog for the great content – not the ads.
Instead, you can weave your offers directly into useful content.
Example: If you’re writing a “how to” article about how to lose weight, you might have a step that talks about reducing calories. You can then include a link for your low-calorie cookbook
Promote Affiliate Products
If you don’t have your own products or services to sell, no problem.
Another popular option is to promote affiliate products on your blog.
- Digital products – Digital Products such as those found at Clickbank.com. These are often some of the best products to promote, simply because they usually have high commission rates (50% or more).
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- Physical products: Because of the overhead and fulfillment costs associated with physical products, these tend to have low commission rates – as little as 5% or 10%.
However, depending on what you’re selling you may have high conversion rates,especially if you sell through a trusted vendor like Amazon.com.
- Services: These also tend to have lower commission rates, simply because the vendor is trading his or her time for dollars. There are exceptions, such as certain services which the vendor may have automated or otherwise found out how to do at a low cost.
- Subscriptions: Some programs (such as membership sites) re bill their members on a weekly or monthly basis. And some of these programs also award recurring commissions to affiliates. This means that if you sell the program once, you get paid again and again for as long as your referral remains a member of the program.
Here’s a hint: Whether you’re selling your own offers or you’re promoting affiliate offers, it’s a good idea to start a mailing list.
That’s because only a very tiny minority – we’re talking single digits – will buy what you’re promoting.
So if you send your visitors directly to the vendor’s sales page, you won’t get any benefit. The visitor won’t buy, so you won’t get any commission. And the visitor may not return to your blog.|
Thus you should seek to get your visitors onto a mailing list so that you can follow up with them again and again.
Yet another way to monetize your blog is to sell advertising to other marketers in your niche.
Here you can sell banner ads and other graphic ads, text ads, links (especially if your blog has a high Google Page Rank), and even ads embedded directly in your content.
The benefit of this particular monetization method is that you get cash in your pocket no matter what happens with the offer. In other words, you’re not in charge of writing ad copy or trying to figure out how to get your visitors to buy an offer. All you have to do is sell the advertising space and let your advertisers take care of the details.
And of course you can certainly use more than one method at any time. You just need to do a little testing to see which methods bring you the greatest revenue.
Once you’ve planned out your initial monetization plans, then move on to the next step…
Right now your blog is just a skeleton, a platform waiting for you to start filling it up with content. And that’s exactly what you’re going to do in this step.
I want you to do two things:
- Populate your blog with at least six posts : That’s right, I want you to write and publish at least six posts initially and drive some traffic. That’s because it “fills up” the front page of your blog and makes your blog look busy.
Think about it. If you just have one or two articles on your blog when your first visitors start streaming in, it’s unlikely those visitors will come back. Your blog looks dead. So give your visitors a good reason to come back by giving them some of your best advice in those initial six posts.
Commit to blogging regularly: Once you’ve populated your blog initially, then you should commit to blogging at least once a week. Depending on your blog, you may even do it more often (even daily). But the point is, make a schedule and commit to.
Now let me share with you three tips for creating good blog content…
Write Engaging Content
Do you remember some of those text books you read back in school? You know what I’m talking about, the ones where you had to struggle to keep your eyes open? You’d read the same passage over and over because you just couldn’t focus on the dry, dull text.
Heads up – do NOT create blog posts like that!
Instead, you need to create posts that educate your readers while entertaining them. If your posts are entertaining without being useful, you’re not giving your readers what they want, so they won’t be back.
If your posts are useful without being entertaining, your readers will likely seek out sources that are a joy to read.
So how do you make your content engaging? Like this:
Tell stories: Don’t just give a step-by-step process. Instead, tell a story. Personalize it. Find the “human interest” angle and milk it.
Insert multi-media: You may do a lot of text-based posts, but try throwing in a video or podcast or photos from time to time.
Use plenty of tips and examples: This is a great way to make complex concepts more understandable.
Get interviews: Turn to the experts and ask for interviews. Just edit out the boring parts of the interview so that your readers (or listeners) stay engaged.
Create Content That Encourages Interaction
If you create useful and entertaining posts, then there’s a good chance that your blog readers will naturally start commenting on your content. But to increase the interaction, you can use these three tips:
- Encourage comments : This is where you specifically tell your readers to comment or you ask for their opinion. For example, you might add this to the end of your post: “What’s your take on this issue?”
- Publish “comment worthy” content: No one is going to fall all over themselves to comment on a “how to” piece that they’ve seen hundreds of times before. But make offer a novel strategy or make a controversial post, and you might just see your blog light up with comments!
- Post interactive features: This includes features like polls, surveys or anything else to get your readers involved.
Offer Regular Features
The final tip is that you should create regular features that you post on a weekly basis, such as “The Tuesday Tip” (where you share one really good tip) or “The Friday Round Up” (where you share the best news tidbits and blog posts from the week).
There are two benefits to creating these weekly features:
- Makes your site sticky: These features give your readers something to look forward to. And that means these visitors will come back again and again, just to see what you’ve posted in this week’s feature.
- Commits you to blogging regularly: Yes, it’s a bit of a psychological, which works to keep you motivated to stay on track. Basically, if you’re so much as a few hours late on posting your regular feature, you’re very likely to get your regular readers asking why you haven’t posted it yet. And that’s very motivating!
Once you populated your blog with some good content, then you can move on to the next step…
Great content and a good profitability plan mean nothing if no one is around to see your blog! That’s why you need to start pulling in traffic – and lots of it.
Here are three ways to do it…
Swap Content With Other Bloggers
The idea here is to be a guest blogger on someone else’s blog – and they can provide a guest article on your blog too.
This is a win-win situation:
- You get traffic: That’s because when you provide a guest article for someone else, you get an author’s byline. This is where you can promote and link to your blog. This is why you should focus on finding high-profile blogs in your niche that have a lot of traffic and activity.
- You get free content: If you’re swapping content, then you’ll get a free article to post on your blog. Ask the author if they’ll give you an exclusive article, which will make it even more valuable. And if this article comes from a well-known expert in your niche, that’s even better!
The key to making this strategy work is to make sure you’re getting your articles published on blogs that serve the same niche as you do.
So if you publish a blog about toy poodles, then seek out other poodle blogs, toy poodle blogs, and blogs about training other toy dogs.
Tell Your Contacts About Your Blog
In other words, tell everyone you know about your blog. This includes:
- Your Facebook contacts.
- Your Twitter followers.
- Your friends and family (by email, phone, in person).
- Your colleagues.
And anyone else you know. Just don’t spam anyone – meaning don’t email casual acquaintances about your blog, as they might take it as an unsolicited commercial message.
- Ask your friends and family to spread the news by telling their friends.
- Ask your social media contacts to re-post or re-tweet your announcement.
- Ask those who have their own blogs or mailing lists to tell their readers about your blog.
Use Forum Signature Files
Yet another way to promote your blog is by advertising it on forums.
No, this doesn’t mean that you spam forums. And you don’t even have to place a paid advertisement.
Rather, every time you post in the forum your ad shows up in your signature file.
Note: A signature file is the text that gets automatically appended to the end of each of your forum posts. Some people use these spaces to simply put their name and maybe a little bit about themselves. Where permitted, you can add an advertisement and a link to your blog.
Just be sure to read the forum rules before you join to see if commercial messages are allowed in signature files.
There are three keys to making this strategy successful:
- Pick relevant forums: Just like the poodle example I gave you before – if you’re catering to toy poodle owners, then find forums that cater to this same group.
- Participate thoughtfully: A forum is a community, so other members tend to pay more attention to those who participate thoughtfully. This means answering other peoples’ questions and being as helpful as possible. When you become a respected member of the community, you’ll get more clicks on your signature file.
- Prepare a good signature file: You need to give people a good reason to click on your link
One final tip: There are probably a lot of forums in your niche, so focus on the high-traffic, high-activity forums that are likely to give you signature file a lot of exposure.