Can I make a passive income through blogging?
There are plenty of bloggers out there like Ewdison Then, Peter Rojas and Pete Cashmore among others who are earning over 6-figures from just blogging.
Some started blogging just as a hobby but with time their blogs turned out to be their major online success in making money.
Therefore, if you are out there wondering if you can do the same, then I assure you today that it is very possible to achieve that dream and start making money online.
I remember when I finally made the decision to finally quit my job and start chasing my online success, I thought to myself;
“Never will I have to work for someone to make them rich while I get a very small percentage of their success.”
“Never again will I have to care about someone else bottom line!”
“Never again will I ever have to worry about what I would do to get promoted.
“Never again will I worry about being fired and start again from zero to look for another job.”
I must admit that coming to the final decision of quitting my job was really hard.
A greater part in me was very hesitant to make that next step of my life.
I kept on postponing and assuring myself that the following month I would write a resignation letter but 3 months passed by, when I never made my final firm decision to finally quit.
So after the 3 months, I got pregnant with my first child and this is what motivated me to finally step up boldly and quit my job to start something of my own.
All my life I always visioned myself being that mother who is always there to raise my kids and not pay someone else to do it for me.
I always wanted to give my all to my children and nature them to be the best version of themselves.
So when I found out I was pregnant I immediately took the step and up to date, I don’t regret it I only wish I did that early enough.
What did this mean?
This meant pay decrease and had to put extra effort in order to start making my own money online.
However, in the long run, it is one of the best career choices that I have ever made!
So back to blogging…
Is it easy? Absolutely Not!
I will be very frank with you and not beat around.
Blogging is tough and in most cases not predictable!
I am not trying to discourage anyone but this is the plain truth.
However, with the right help, you will manage to be successful in blogging and finally get your breakthrough in online success.
We all want to make money, right?
So maybe you started running a blog since you heard it was an easy way to make money online while you are at home, or maybe you are like me, you wanted to have something of your own!
Whichever the case, I want to tell you today that it is very possible to make money online, but only if you do it right.
You could end up making enough money to support your needs, expenses, your family and more.
You have to challenge yourself to learn how to start a blog today and making money through it.
I have created an ultimate guide that will show you the exact strategies and techniques for starting a blog and actually start making money out of it.
So let’s get into it.
So how do I start a blog business and get paid?
Before we proceed I would like to point out that;
- If you think you can make money by writing something that you are not familiar with or not passionate about, then think twice!
- If you want quick results without putting in more work, then be sure to give up eventually!
- If you are not committed to program yourself to publish new posts regularly and interact more with your audience, then be sure to be stuck in the same place as you started!
Knowing this as a beginner will prepare you to know what you are expected to do even before you start a blog.
The following are 10 summarized easy steps for you to take to start a successful blog today.
STEP 1: Decide On A Niche.
Deciding on a niche before starting a blog is very important since that niche will be your center angle.
Quick question to ask yourself is that;
What will you want to write about?
What information do you want to pass across?
Do you want it to be about a specific industry?
Do you want to display your skills or will it be in the area of personal development?
STEP 2: Find A Good Blog Name and Domain Name.
I would recommend that you get a dot-com domain extension.
However, if you cannot find one then you can opt for different extension but avoid going for .US, .CA, .info or .cc because they will not get you the same global appeal and awareness that you will get from a .com or any other.
Things to avoid when coming up with a domain name;
- Avoid domain names that have over 15 characters.
Google does not like this. Just try not to go beyond 3 words maximum.
- Avoid putting hyphens and numbers in your domain name.
Hyphens are usually an indication of spam.
In summary; what is a good domain name?
- A good domain name is easy to remember – internet users can easily memorize and type them whenever they want to go back to visit your site.
- Easy to spell – Avoid using complex pronunciation and anything else that may make someone to misspell your web address.
- Descriptive domain– This way visitors will have a clue of what your site is really about even before they enter it.
Quick Tip – when coming up with a domain and blog name try to add a keyword that is in your niche to boost your SEO.
This will help you to come up with a killer domain!
STEP 3: Find A Good Hosting Provider.
So how do I choose a hosting provider?
1. Decide how much help you will need in setting it up.
This will help you determine whether you will require a non-managed service whereby you will do everything by yourself or if not then you would opt to delegate completely the management of your website and this way you will have to go for the managed service.
Managed service allows the providers to keep an eye on your site by ensuring it loads properly, there are no security issues, manage backup’s e.t.c
2. Learn and understand server types.
This is whereby one box is run by hundreds of other websites. It is the cheapest hosting that is available.
Shared hosting always limits you from uploading files via SFTP or FTP, restricts what programs you may want to run, prevent shell access and limit the amount of access to the database that your site can perform.
In short, it limits your complete access to the server’s capabilities.
Virtual Private Server (VPS).
This is a virtual machine running in a box.
Its performance is so much better compared to the shared service above.
If you decide to use this you should familiarize yourself with some basic server management and maintenance.
This comes in the form of a physical box which is rented to you.
Only get this if you have skills in system management.
This can be a better choice for most bloggers.
It usually runs on giant public clouds like Microsoft Azure.
The advantage of these is that you can scale seamlessly. All you need is pay more and nothing needs to be rebuilt or moved.
3. Make sure you own your own domain.
Before you decide on what web hosting provider you would like, make sure you own your own domain!
This way you can be able to change web host providers if need be plus you get the opportunity to also own any of your SEO benefits.
What are the most important factors to evaluate when selecting a hosting service?
The following are 8 qualities of a good hosting provider:
You should make sure that your website is blazing fast so that your visitors don’t end up going somewhere else. No one wants to wait on a slow network!
Make sure you have enough space for whatever you want to do with your website. Space is always cheap so this should not be a limitation.
A website that keeps going down ends up losing a number of visitors, which may affect your profits, reputation e.t.c
Therefore your web host should be very reliable and you can find this out by looking up in the internet for the web host customer reviews, search for complaints about them, and check to see if they offer a guaranteed up-time.
All these will help you determine if they are truly reliable or not.
4. Customer Support.
You need to have a web host provider who you can reach out and get a quick response from them.
You can do this by checking their hours of support; if they have a published phone number or if they offer chat support. This would help you know how easy it would be to reach someone in case of an emergency e.t.c
5. Secure location.
Web hosts that are local are most likely to be reliable, easy to contact and most of all fast.
It is even so much better to have a web server that is located in the same country as to where most of your visitors are coming from.
6. Payment plans.
You should research and be aware of hosting companies that lure you with web hosting low prices but in return, they ask for more money so that they can give you more extra features that are mostly standard on most of the web hosts.
7. Great technology and superior features.
You need to first find out if the web host provides everything that you will need.
Do this by going into their control panel, script language support, the number of allowed sub-domains, check if it is hosted on Unix or Windows platform and most of all their databases.
8. Have substantial Bandwidth.
Some web host companies tend to cut you off when you have too much traffic while some charge you more.
You should make sure that the web hosting company that you choose allows you to go ahead and buy more bandwidth when you have more traffic in the future.
STEP 4: Choose a Good Blogging Platform (CMS).
Blogging platform also known as CMS (Content Management System) is where you get to write, design and publish your blog posts.
A good CMS allows you to easily use, organize your content, upload videos, and images, select preferred themes or custom design elements thus giving you total control over your entire blog.
WordPress is a good example of a good CMS.
STEP 5: Choose a good theme and design for your blog.
STEP 6: Create essential pages for your blog.
The most essential pages in your blog include About and Contact pages.
Step 7: Configure AMP (Accelerated Mobile Projects) Pages.
AMP specifications are very important since they help to ensure your pages are loading very quickly.
It does this by removing some extraneous bloated elements and thinning down your blog pages that may make your site load slow.
STEP 8: Set up Google Analytics.
Google analytics will help you to track down your work and find out how effective your blogging is.
STEP 9: Develop a content strategy.
- Commit yourself to a regular publishing schedule.
- Try using visuals on your content such as images, videos, and designs that stand out.
- Write a keyword- focused content.
- Publish and promote your posts.
Step 10: Decide on an income stream.
Will you be an affiliate?
Will you sell eBooks or online courses?
Will you run ads?
Or will you be selling a particular service?
Whatever it is you need to decide!
Step 11: Build a great sales funnel.
To build a successful sales funnel you will need;
- First and for all, you will need an email marketing system.
There are so many plugins and programs that will help you on email marketing such as Mail Chimp, Aweber, Constant Contact e.t.c
You will have to have email subscribers for you to begin email marketing.
- Secondly, you need to come up with a free offer.
This will not only allow you to get emails from your blog visitors, but you will also be able to see if whatever you are offering is providing value to your readers, thus giving you an opportunity to create more but this time for sale.
You can start selling cheap then scale up as you grow.
You probably won’t believe it but people are willing to pay $1000 to join a mastermind program and so much more.
This may give you passive income in the future.
How Do You Develop a Blog Strategy?
Before we head on to the steps you need to take in order to develop a blog strategy you need to know the following;
Why do you have a blog?
Who are your top competitors? And what are they doing to make them stay on top?
- Distribution platforms.
Where are you planning to distribute your blog content?
How many blog posts are you committed to posting a day?
- Create a budget for your blog.
This does not mean only in terms of money but time too.
In order for you to beat your competitors, you need to budget for the time too.
Creating time for you to make your blog to be great will make all the difference.
- Define your goals for content strategy.
You need to ask yourself;
- What do you want to achieve from your writing?
- What do you want your content to do?
- Are you aiming to make money through your content?
- Or is your main aim to build brand awareness?
- Define your core audience.
This step needs more research.
Getting a clear detailed description of your ideal audience, it will greatly help you in tailoring blog content to people who will be interested in reading your blog posts.
Conducting good research on your type of audience will help you discover your readers’ behaviors, interests, challenges, and curiosities then go ahead and create a content that is tailored to all these.
You can use sites like Quora, Reddit and Fluther to know what they are asking.
Being able to narrow down your targeted audience would really help you in coming up with a plan for;
- Great engaging topics.
- Discover the marketing channels that will effectively reach your targeted audience.
- You will be able to develop a good content strategy.
- You will know which keywords you will be targeting.
- Have a content promotional strategy.
- Create an action-driven content.
How Many Views Do You Need To Make Money Blogging?
For starters let’s make one thing clear; you do not need to have millions of blog visitors in order to make money online! What you need is a strategic plan.
How Do Beginner Blogs Make Money?
- Do not wait for your blog to start generating traffic for you to start making money. Always have a product by your side to promote. You can get a buyer also from one single blog visit.
- Learn and invest your time in finding out how bloggers make money then go ahead and build multiple income sources.
- Always be strategic and yearn to increase traffic!
How can I make my blog to grow faster?
- Promote your blog through social media.
- Be a boss in SEO.
- Create backlinks for your blog.
- Join online communities.
- Follow other bloggers.
- Use paid Ads such as Pinterest ads, Facebook ads, Adwords e.t.c (do this when you know you have mastered everything about content creation. Read this Blog post on how to create a viral content in 30 minutes for more info and a deeper understanding of content creation.
- Invest your time in your blog and promoting it!
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