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How to Start a Profitable Blog

Starting a profitable blog online can be exciting and fun. It’s a great way to supplement an existing income stream or even to become one’s sole occupation.

Many individuals and small blogs have met with tremendous success, some making literally millions of dollars of profit a year, even after starting at ground zero, with no knowledge of the Internet beyond the very basics, if that. There are no guarantees, but it can be done. 

It does require patience and a willingness to go
through the steps to get it right, though. That’s what we’re going to teach you here.

You do not need to know anything about web design or development to start blogging.

All you need to do is open a hosting account , where you can have a blog application installed and activated.

Starting Your Site With BlueHost

In this particular example, I’ll use BlueHost for the hosting and show you how to set it up. It’s cheap and works well.

Good for people on a tight budget.

The domain is going to be the name of your website if you don’t have one already.

To receive the best deal right now you can get my special deal here that’s going to be $2.95 a month.

Choosing The Right Plan And Domain

I would suggest going with the $2.95 plan, This is the more affordable plan online today!

BlueHost can do free migrations if you aren’t happy with your current host or looking for a change. The other plans do come with marketing extras. However, I don’t use them so I just go with the basic plan.

All you really need to do is head over to flame Domain and start clicking. You will know when you’ve found the right domain, it will stand out to you.

BlueHost will take you to the domain section after you have chosen a plan. If you already have a domain name then you can transfer it quick and easy.

Once you have done all that you will be asked to put in your details and payment details

Once you’ve done that the next page will give you some options, The only one I go with is domain privacy.

It’s not needed though I just like to use it.

So that’s quite simple, right? Just follow the instructions and you’re on your way to making a great blog.

I don’t want to complicate things because it’s very easy to do this. I could go on about options and pricing but there is no reason for that. Blue Host is good cheap hosting and that’s all you need if you’re on a budget.

Installing WordPress

This step is very easy with a few clicks of a button to get started

Bluehost will install WordPress for you!

The first thing you need to do is create a password.

Now you choose a theme for your website.

Don’t worry you can change this later if you need to change it.

You will be taken to a screen that says “Start Building” Click that button.

I love using BlueHost because they have the automatic wordpress install.

Other hosting providers make you install it yourself and it can be time consuming and confusing.

Now that you have the blog setup it’s time to grow it!

researching a niche

When deciding on a blog topic, it’s important to take some time to do your research to find out how big the potential audience is likely to be, how hard it will be to make money, who else is out there, and whether there’s a demand for content in that particular niche.

There are lots of tools freely available to help you do your homework and it doesn’t need to take long at all.

How Big is this Niche?

While intuition and common sense will tell you a popular topic is popular, it may not always be obvious for smaller niches.

For example, it’s pretty clear that photography is a popular subject, but you may not be so sure about purely black and white photography.

The simplest way to get a feel for how big a niche is would be to check how large the search market is.

If there are a large number of people searching for keywords in your niche, you’ll know it’s probably a big area of interest.

Two great tools for assessing search volume are Google Trends and SEOBook’s Keyword Research Tool.

Simply type in a keyword and the tool returns a set of associated search terms along with an estimated daily search volume.

For example, at the time of writing this, “photography” was searched for approximately 20,051 times a day on Google, while “black and white photography” was searched for approximately 1,603 times, or about 8 percent of the first term.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that the black and white photography market is exactly 8 percent the size of the photography market, but it does give you a rough idea of comparative sizes.

Google Trends will plot out a graph of search volumes for different keywords.

It’s useful for comparing trends over time and trends against other keywords. Searching for “photography” and “black and white photography” reveals that the latter term’s volume appears to be declining. This might indicate waning popularity for that subject.

How to Start a Profitable Blog photography

The comparison also shows that according to Google Trends the plain “photography” term is a hundred times more popular than “black and white photography.”

Again, this doesn’t mean that photography is a hundred times more popular than black and white photography, but it does provide some food for thought.

How to Start a Profitable Blog black and white photography

Getting Traffic Flowing To Your Blog

Before you can make a profit from your blogs, you need to get people visiting them. You could be selling products directly to the visitor, or selling the audience you’ve developed to advertisers, but at the end of the day every source of income you’ll derive from your blogs depends to some degree on traffic.

Keyword Research

The most important thing you can do is proper keyword, no matter which service you go with.

But regardless of the keywords you use to rank in the search engines, which keywords have the right balance of low cost, high visibility, and limited competition?

There are so many variations on the keywords that can be used in just about any field, so keyword research can take a lot of time. Google offers a tool that makes the job easier at 

google keyword planner tool

how to start a profitable blog google key word planner tool

Simply enter a few keywords or phrases pertinent to your site’s topic, and you’ll be given a list of related keywords, the search volume they attracted through Google, and the amount of advertiser competition.

Advertiser competition pushes up the cost to bid on the keywords, and it makes it harder to be seen at all.

The lower the competition, the better. Search volume, essentially tells you how many people searched for a keyword in a specified time period. The higher this is, the better.

Forum Participation

Forums are great because they allow you to identify a bunch of highly targeted individuals who you know for a fact are interested in whatever it is you’re publishing content about.

Marketers realized this many years ago, and unfortunately for us, the abuse of these communities means there are a lot of obstacles in the way between them and you promoting your site.

This can be a good thing: if you were a participant in one of these communities, as you wouldn’t have to filter out more promotional material than actual discussion. But it’s still something you’ll have to deal with nonetheless.

The best thing to do is to by become a contributing member of the forum, answering questions and helping people, participating in discussions and debates, and generally becoming a well known contributor of the forums, before you can even think about including your URL in a signature without raising eyebrows.

Leaving Comments on Blogs

As most blog commenting sections allow you to have your name link to your blog, this is a good way to get other bloggers to notice you, interact with those who read the other blog, and hopefully get some of them back onto your website.

Head over to Google and find some websites. I just do a basic search string.

How to Start a Profitable Blog search blog

Here’s a trick to increase traffic. Find articles that are new, so a week old and comment on those or even 24 hours old.

If the post gets very popular your comment will be at the top, you will get really good traffic if the post gets popular or they rank for some good keywords.

When you leave the comment there should be a section where you can put your website address. When people click on your name it will take them to your website or page you put in the website section.

Developing Your Social Media Profile

This comes in handy for traffic generation much later on as you develop a following, but in the meantime,  it’s a way to meet contacts and make friends.

Some of those people might be starting blogs of their own with similar readership levels, publishing content relevant to yours, and therefore you can exchange links to share with your readers.

You might get lucky and befriend someone who’s already established. Most established bloggers like to point out someone who is new to the scene but offering something helpful – the hard part is getting on their radar.

Either way, developing social media profiles is something every blog owner, editor, or writer should do, and will help you both now, and when it’s more established.

Growing An Email List

Email marketing is a highly effective marketing strategy of sending emails to prospects and customers. Effective marketing emails convert prospects into customers and turn one-time buyers into loyal, raving fans.

To collect the emails you should create some sort of opt-in form or popup on your page. I use a plugin called Thrive Leads to do this. It’s a common plugin and you would have seen it around before on other blogs.

You can create good looking forms like this. (you have probably seen this before)


Final Words

I’m going to end it here because that’s all there really is to it, that’s my tutorial showing you how to start a blog. Anyone can try the methods above that’s how easy they are

You can grow your blog to thousands of visits a month even if you’re just learning to create your own website.

You just need to be active in your niche and make sure you optimize those articles for a bunch of keywords 

Sure building up a blog with these tips will take time with these methods but as the old saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

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