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How To Build A Wildly Profitable Blog
In recent years, blogging has gone from something you do as a hobby to something you can make a handsome living at. People are leaving their day jobs to stay at home (or travel) and write full time. And if you’re here, you’re probably wondering how you can do the same.
As someone who has started and sold several successful blogs, I am eager to help you in your quest to do the same. The good news is that finding success in blogging is within reach. The only caveat is that being successful in the blogosphere will take time, dedication, and hard work. But if it were easy, everyone would do it.
Keep reading for some of my top tips on how to start a blog that will net thousands of dollars a month in revenue.
- 1 Find Your Niche While Offering Something Unique to Your Audience
- 2 Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Site Functionality and Design
- 3 Affiliate Marketing is Something You Can’t Afford to Sleep On
- 4 Become a Content Generating Machine
- 5 Network with Fellow Bloggers to Find Guest Contributors
- 6 Keep a Close Eye on Your Performance Metrics and Ad Revenue
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Find Your Niche While Offering Something Unique to Your Audience
This is the first and most crucial step. You need to find the point where your passion and expertise intersect. It’s also very important that you pick a niche that isn’t overly-saturated. If you do choose a subject with a great deal of competition, consider driving down to something more specific. IE: If your passion is baking, maybe consider narrowing your scope to just covering pastry. The less competition you have, the greater your chances of placing higher in search engine rankings. And ad revenue from search engines is crucial if you want to make blogging a career.
As for offering something unique to your audience, scope out your competition and identify what you will do to set yourself apart. You can do this in a number of ways but make sure that you have something to offer your readers that they can’t get elsewhere. People have so many choices. So, differentiate yourself in a way that not only draws in viewers but keeps them coming back.
From here, you will want to secure yourself a domain that includes the name of your blog. The shorter and more concise, the better. You want people to be able to easily remember how to find you.
Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Site Functionality and Design
This is important for several reasons. The first of which is repeat traffic. If your interface is clunky and confusing to navigate, people will hit the back button and go somewhere that they can find what they are looking for without any hassle. Furthermore, Google weights the ease of use in their search algorithm. So, having a seamless interface is doubly important. If you’re not particularly tech savvy, it is well worth the cost to employ the services of a talented web designer. It won’t be cheap. But those services will more than pay for themselves in the long run.
Affiliate Marketing is Something You Can’t Afford to Sleep On
Most bloggers list affiliate marketing revenue as one of their top sources of income. As a subject matter expert, your readers are likely to listen to you when you recommend a product or service. And when one of your followers makes a purchase through an affiliate link, you get a commission. You have an ethical obligation to your audience to disclose that you use affiliate links on your site. But it is very commonplace and not something most readers are bothered by. The more affiliate agreements you can secure, the more revenue you stand to make. Top bloggers bring in thousands of dollars a month from successful affiliate marketing alone.
Become a Content Generating Machine
Once your site is live, content is king. The more quality content you have for your readers to take in, the more authoritative search engines like Google will consider you. Daily posts are important. You want your readers to have something new to look at every time they visit your site. If you aren’t regularly churning out new, engaging content, readers may lose interest and stop coming back.
Network with Fellow Bloggers to Find Guest Contributors
Guest posting is a great way to bring in new readers. And it’s good for you and good for the guest poster. It’s customary to include a backlink to the author’s site, which helps them with their search engine rankings. But the benefit to you is that guest authors bring in a built-in audience with them. They will help you get new eyes on your blog. And if you provide a guest post for them, you will get the SEO (search engine optimization benefit of a backlink to your blog. Make sure you only allow guest posts from and write guest posts for reputable sites. SPAMMY links are a great way to get downgraded in the Google search algorithm.
Keep a Close Eye on Your Performance Metrics and Ad Revenue
Google Analytics is a challenging tool to master. But you will want to spend as much time as it takes learning the ropes. This is where you can track which search terms are bringing readers to your site, how engaged they are, how many people are leaving after reading only one article, and so much more. Once you learn to utilize analytics, you can take the data available to you make changes to ensure you are getting the most out of each and every visitor.
The more time a user spends on your site, the more ads they see and the more likely they are to click. Both ad views and ad clicks are profitable to you. There are several ad services you can use but the one I have had the most success with is Google Ad Sense. They pay reliably and the interface gives you tips on how to maximize your earnings.
So, those are my top tips for starting a money-making blog. If you’re interested in getting into blogging, make haste. There’s no time like the present to embark upon a new career.