How do you start a profitable blog?
This is the question that this blog post seeks to answer comprehensively.
Many expert bloggers have answered this question but all of them are focusing on the technical part of it.
They are telling you how you need to set up the site, how to write content, how to use pluggings, how to plah! Plah!
Well, I agree, mastering the technical steps are a must and I too recommend.
But there is a problem…
It doesn’t need a brainer to spot it out that most blogs fail not because of the technical issues but psychological ones.
1; choose a profitable niche
There are many skills in blogging that can be learned on the go. There is room for improvement but only when you are in the right niche from the start.
Content creation skills, marketing tactics and general mastery of blogging will skyrocket with continued practice but not in the wrong niche.
When you are starting to blog, the first thing to research is “mistakes that can criple your blog in the first year”.
Once you are sure that you have avoided gravely mistakes, you will be good to go.
The most important thing is not to follow your passions unless if they are profitable.
2; find a mentor
This one cannot be stressed enough. A mentor will help speed up your learning. If you manage to get more than one mentors, the better.
Many bloggers are willing to help you in your learning. You can get assistance for free or you can hire. With limited capital, you better forge free friendship, with some dollars you better hire a mentor.
To find a free mentor, you have to make friendship. The best way to turn an expert into a mentor is to do it naturally. Follow their blogs, read them, subscribe to their email list. At this point, you can write them an email.
While writing an email, try to be helpful more than you are dependent.
Help promote their blogs in social media, over to write blog posts for them and soon much more.
3; Develop a passion
To succeed in any field, you need to be passionate. Passion is developed by doing something over and over again on daily basis until it become part of you. Something that you cannot do without.
Reading, thinking and writing about your niche on daily basis will turn into a passion with time.
With that momentum, you can churn out blog post after another without getting bored. You can read one blog post after another without burnout.
That’s how true mastery of a topic comes. It comes in a simple strategy of learn, apply, rinse and repeat.
Remember, develop a passion in a niche that is profitable.
4; Take speed reading classes
To be a blogger means to be a teacher. A true teacher is a mentor, a motivator and a friend.
As a blogger, you are supposed to mentor, motivate and bond with your readers.
Successful teachers are masters of their subject matter. They achieved this status by reading widely.
You have to read not only the topic matter but a wide scope of knowledge.
Remember, you are a businessman, a writer and as we have said, a teacher.
Like all great mentors in history, you will have to be knowledgeable. Achieve this by by taking speedreading classes.
#5; Never stop blogging
This is the most important secret. Once you have been blogging for a while, don’t stop no matter what.
You are on the right truck because you are blogging about a profitable niche. Correct your mistakes but never quit.
A blog will take almost one year to start getting noticeable traffic from google and hence to start making money.
Most people quit before they actually are sure that they have lost.
#6; Give your best.
Well, you don’t have to be perfect but you have to be at your best. What you are fighting for is to rank in the first page of search results. You are fighting against thousands of competitors. You have got to give your best fight to stand out.
Approach blogging as a business, get serious and ultimately, you will make progress.
#7; Always take notes
Learning to blog is like learning a new profession. Yes! Blogging is a profession. If you took good notes in college, why not here?
The difference between learning blogging and learning in college is that the earlier tests you in a real world situation.
The good thing about blogging exam is that you can always refer to your notes while you do the exams. That’s why you can get a first class if you want. I mean, that’s why you can earn seven figure, if you want.
#8; Advertise your content
Now that you have written several blog post and you are confident with your blog, you should start to advertise the content on social media.
No one will find your content if you don’t take it public.
Use social media but…
Do it one step at a time. Focus on ranking your blog in google then go to Facebook.
#9; Focus on one media
Most beginning bloggers try to target all social media.
They are on Facebook and Twitter at the same time.
It is good to focus on one media, say Facebook first.
Once you have taken roots, you can branch to other areas. But one step at a time is how a begginer can make money blogging.
#10; Improve on quality
Don’t be over obsessed with quantity, focus on quality.
Write a blog post that adds value to the readers, they should be unique and actionable.
You may not be able to produce high quality post on day one, but you can do it with practice.
Remember to update your blog posts as you master new ways of writing and ideas, this will make your earlier posts profitable.
#11; Mind the quantity
Though you should be focusing on quality, don’t forget or neglect the quantity.
Aim to write atleast one blog post per day for the start.
Also, try to write long form content. A blog post that is 3000 words and above can play a major roll in ranging your blog post.
#12; Make use of keywords
When you focus on keywords, you will be addressing the needs of your readers.
Don’t just think of idears and publish them, research the topics and write.
By researching the topics, you will find the questions that people use to research your content.
The simple way to do this is to enter your topic into search and take note of “people also ask”.
#13; Research your post
Before you write a blog post, do a lot of research. Make sure what you are giving is not just opinions but proven facts.
Try to use statistics and to back your statements. Use quotes on your posts, they will make your arguments acceptable especially when you are starting out.
#14; Start with the right hosting
Now, you don’t want to make a deadly mistake when starting out.
One of the piggest mistake that you can do when starting out is to start with a poor hosting service.
Choose a tested five star blog hosting service provider like Bluehost.
With their services, you will never expect your blog to be down.
#15; make updating schedule
By updating your blog post regularly, you optimise your blog post.
Make sure you are updating your blog post after at least every two years.
This is very true for the evergreen blog posts. Those are blog posts that are relevant for more than two years.
#16; Write evergreen posts
Evergreen blog posts are those posts that will still be relevant even after two years.
This blog posts will always be driving in more traffic even months after they are published.
How will you feel when a post you write five years ago converts a stranger into a customer.
You will feel good, right? Then go for those posts, ninja!
#17; Invest in the blog
How do you start a profitable business? This question is the same as asking, how do you start a profit blog?
The answer is simple, by investing your money and time.
Most newbie bloggers make the mistake of not iinvesting in their blog.
Some of the areas that you can invest on a blog include;
. Domain name; Goddady is the best
.Hosting; Go with Bluehost
Training; Find free course on the net
Virtual assistance; Try upwork
Provided you have chosen the right niche and you are willing to learn, you can be sure that your blog, someday, somehow will succeed.
For that reason you can invest on it without worry.
#18; Re-invest on your blog
The first dollars you earn from your blog should go back into your blog.
This will help you to hire more intelligent people than you.
You want to hire more experienced seo, content marketing, content curators experts than you.
To stand out in blogging as I told you, boils down to one thing, using your mind.
Use you mind and you will discover one simple truth. Working as a team is better than working alone.
The only expertise that you need to have is the expertise to hire and keep competent people.
#19; Collect emails
Most new bloggers fail because they never take the time collect visitors emails from the start.
In other words, most bloggers are not building business relationship with their followers.