Thousands of blogs are created every single day and 99% of them fail over time. Why do you think most blogs fail over time? how to create a blog that gets thousands of visitors? and how to make it profitable?
If you want to create a blog you have to first understand the secrets to make it successful. The truth is that anybody can create a successful blog, but it takes time, patience, and consistency.
If you don’t have time to write high quality content on a consistent basis, you won’t make it.
If you want to start a blog to make money overnight, you will fail for sure.
If you don’t have knowledge or experience about your topic, you will likely fail.
So what do you need to create a successful blog, lets dive into that.
1. Figure out your passions
First thing you need to do is to figure out the topics that you are passionate about. This is key because if you start blogging about somethings you don’t like, you will likely fail when things get challenging. Your passion will fuel you to keep going forward and not give up.
When you are passionate about your topic, people can sense it, and that will attract people that are also passionate about the same topic. Like with everything, a successful blog will take time to grow and to become an authority in your specific niche.
If you are passionate about technology and have knowledge and experience you can easy start a blog and help people with their technology problems.
If you like blogging and have created some successful blogs, you can help people create successful blogs.
If you are passionate about finances, you can help people with their finances.
If you are passionate about health and fitness and are in great shape, you can help people to be healthy and in shape.
I personally love motivating people to achieve their fullest potential in life and I write about it in a consistent basis in my other blog.
You must figure out what is it that makes you come alive. Ask yourself this question; if you didn’t need money to live? how would you spend your life? what would you do for free? and once you figure that out, go ahead and do it everyday.
The wrong reason to start a blog is to make money. The right reason to start a blog is to genuinely help people solve their problems, once you start doing that, people won’t mind giving you their money.
2. Choose a great Name
Now that you know the topic you are writing about, then its time to choose a good domain name for your blog. In doing so keep in mind the following things:
Choose a name that it’s easy to remember, keep it short, and related to your topic.
Make it original, easy to pronounce and brandable. Avoid numbers or signs.
Always choose .com extensions and avoid all others if possible.
If you can’t come up with an original and easy domain name, here is a tool you can use to generate great ideas: Namemesh
3. Create High Quality content
Creating high quality content is key to attract visitors and to make them addicted to your content. You must provide great value to people’s live. You must make their lives a little bit easier and better.Most people start a blog to take value from people. They write crappy content and create crappy products to steal people’s money.
If you want to create a great blog you must absolutely create great content that provides tons of value to your visitors. When you create great content you won’t need to advertise your blog or pay for marketing campaigns like most crappy bloggers do. People will find you and follow you to the end.
Now, when you first start writing, your content will be likely not that good. The key to create great content is to practice, practice, and more practice. Give it time to improve your writing and personal style. To be the best in your niche you must put in the time to make your craft the best possible. Just write as much as you can for as long as it takes.
Learn new things about your topic everyday and then write about it. Never stop learning as that will help to have tons of ideas to write about.
4. Be consistent
To be the best in any area, you must be consistent in anything you do. Do something everyday that moves you towards achieving your goals.
The reason why most people fail is because they aren’t consistent in achieving their goals. If you want to build your body, you must go to they gym at least 3 times a week. If you want to be healthy, you must eat healthy and sleep well on a consistent basis. If you want to create a successful blog, you must write regularly and keep learning to write interesting content.
Consistency is the only difference between successful blogger and unsuccessful ones. The best strategy to produce high quality content on a consistent basis is to have a schedule to publish blog posts. For example you can schedule to publish content every Monday. That way your audience know when they should visit your blog. If you can’t be consistent you will probably fail as a blogger.
The way your blog looks matter a lot, so make it professional looking from the get go. There are thousands of blogs with great content that look disgusting. If they could just make it look professional their traffic would skyrocket overnight. I absolutely love the way my blog looks. It’s simple and easy to use.You don’t have to put a bunch of stuff in your blog to make it look great. Simplicity is key.
The best thing about this is that you can easily learn how to customize your blog and make it look great. You don’t have to pay a professional designer to make it great. I learned everything by watching Youtube videos and googling about WordPress design.
6. Get traffic
Now that you have everything in place, then it’s time to get the good stuff. Remember, we are trying to get high quality visitors, having 100 high quality visitors in a day is way better than having 1000 low quality visitors. We want quality not quantity, so I’m going to show you how to do that.
- Organic traffic. Having high quality content will automatically attract high quality visitors. Relying on your content only to attract visitors will take longer, however, this is the best quality of traffic you can get.
- SEO: I have the essential knowledge about SEO, so here is a guide that explain it better: SEO Made Simple: A Step-by-Step Guide
- Guest blogging. Guest blogging one of the best ways to get more traffic. Find bigger blogs on your niche and request them to publish your absolutely best posts on their site, here is a great guide to do that: Guest Blogging (Definitive Guide + 5 Insider Secrets).
- Content distribution. To distribute your content you can use social medias sites like Facebook, Pininterest, Twitter and more. Forums like Tumblr and Reddit are also great sites to submit your content to.
7. Create a list of subscribers from the get go
The best marketing strategy in this age is email marketing, the sooner you start collecting email from your audience the better. Having a list of subscribers allows you to send notifications about new posts and products.
If your plan is to make a living blogging, then this is a must. If you decide to launch a great product in the future, most of your subscribers will be willing to buy from you, if you have provided great value and created trust from the get go. The best software to capture emails are:
Aweber: Aweber is a great option if you have a budget. They offer tons of customization options and is easy to implement.
Mailchip: Mailchip can be the best option if you just starting, it’s free until you have a budget.
8. Listen to your audience and create a community
The best post ideas come from your audience, so it’s a must to engage with your audience and start creating a great community. Pay attention to their comments and suggestions and always make them feel like part of the community.
Remember that you need people to make your blog successful, that’s why its so import to show genuine interest in their concerns and suggestions.
There are many ways to engage with your audience including comment box, email, and social media. Use all this tools to create a strong community of like-minded people. It’s better to have a few high quality people, than a bunch of people that doesn’t add any value to your community.
You can even ask your audience for content ideas to write about, they will be glad to help you once you have created trust in them.
9. Monetize your Blog
We all want to make money so we can live well and it’s even better to make money doing what matters to you.
The are various ways to monetize your blog so let’s dive into them:
1. Product reviews
This is probably the easiest way to make some quick bucks. All you have to do is write a great review about a product and post it on your blog. Before you accept a product review, always make sure to try the product first and see if it add value to your audience. Always make sure it’s a great product and not a crappy one.
2. Affiliate programs
Affiliate programs are easy to use and implement. All you have to do is recommend a product, software, or a book to your visitors and every time they buy a product you get a commission. The best affiliate programs are Amazon affiliates and click bank.
Display small ads in you blog and every time someone clicks you get money. You can use Adsense to display ads, or you can display fixed priced ads from third party companies. I personally use Adsense and the money I earn is enough to pay for the cost of running this blog.
4. Create your own product or service
The best way to make money with a blog is to create your own product or service. Now, your product must be great to be truly successful in the long run. You can’t create a crappy product and expect to make tons of money, it won’t happen. Your product must be better than what’s currently in the market, you must crush your competitors in every way possible. Sell something that nobody else is selling and people will beg to buy your product.
Some products you can create are books, courses, and seminars. Also you can offer coaching, mentoring, and freelance services. The key to make lots of money online is to create many sources of income. Take the time to learn how to implement each of these money making methods in your blog, so you can make a living blogging in the long run.
10. Get started and create an outstanding blog
Once you finish reading this post the next step is to actually get started. I remember when I first started blogging a couple of years ago, I had no idea what blogging was, I was curious and wanted to learn as much as possible so I could one day create my own blog. I spent days and nights learning everything from SEO, Traffic, Design, writing, and everything else and have learned a hell lot since then.
I like blogging and helping people more than I like sex or partying. This is my passion, I want to make a difference in people’s lives.
Now it’s your turn to get started in this journey and actually create something valuable for others. You must be clear on why you want to start a blog? is it just because you want to make quick money, or is it because you want to make an impact in people’s lives.
The reason most bloggers fail is because they are not willing to do the work, they want quick results. The truth is that it takes years of trying and failing and learning to create an outstanding blog. If you are willing to put the work and time for as long as it takes, then this is your opportunity to start something great.
Today is the best day to get started, drop all the excuses and begin your journey on this fascinating world. And who know maybe you end up loving it as I did.
What’s the next step?
If you are serious about becoming a professional blogger and making a good income doing what matters to you, then I highly recommend you to read the following books.
You don’t need to spend days and nights figuring blogging on your own, when you can just grab these books and save yourself time, which you can use to start building your blog immediately.
This is a straight to the point book that teaches you the basics on how to make money blogging.
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