Here is 2021, the internet is a different place. Gone are the days of free content and affiliate marketing. So, now that you’re contemplating blogging in 2021 what do you need to know? Follow these steps to see your success rate jump.
Step 1: Start making money from day one.
The blogging world is a bit different from what it used to be. Gone are the days when bloggers were provided with free content and made money through affiliate marketing. Now that you’re deciding to start a blog in 2021, here aresome things you should know. Blogging isn’t cheap anymore, as it costs $25-$50/month to host content online and can cost several hundred a year in domain hosting fees.
Before you start working on making money, start making a nice income from day one. There is no need to burn your entire savings to get started. You can start out with a small amount and ease into the blogging game. If you’re looking for money, not time, then consider:
Affiliate marketing via Amazon Associates. It’s an easy way to make money from day one by simply recommending products on your blog. This is an old technique that can be done in any niche and is quite easy to get started. Consider it the easiest way to start your blog. However, this isn’t the only way to make money online.
Step 2: Find your niche.
Now that you’re finding success with Amazon Associates and building up a nice income, it’s time to consider which niche to go into. A lot of people stick to blogging about their life or some hobby they have, but you don’t want to go down this route if you’re looking for long-term success in blogging.
Pick a niche that you can work on for years. A couple of ideas to start out with could be:
A personal blog about your life, family, or hobby. This will appeal to a wide audience and build up your reputation as an authority in that area. I would suggest not going into this niche until you’ve proven yourself in one of the above-mentioned niches first by making a decent income, building up an audience, and starting out with blogging because it’s more time-consuming.
Traveling. There are always people that are interested in traveling. This is a great niche because you can be creative and provide valuable information to your readers. However, this requires you to have the funds to travel or have some connections with hotels and airlines that can send you invitations for free. Keep an eye out for those opportunities.
Tech-related. A lot of people are into tech and love to read about the latest gadgets, apps, and software. This is a great niche but will require you to spend a lot of time on YouTube and other technical sites to stay up-to-date on the latest trends.
Step 3: Focus on quality over quantity.
Now that you’ve found your niche and started to make money with it, it’s time to focus on quantity versus quality. Your main focus will be on getting as many readers as possible. This is a lot more important now that you’re making money from day one and have a decent audience set up, because the more people who read your content, the better chances you have of making some real money.
As a result, I would say focus on quality and not quantity every time. Don’t hit your readers with too much information because they will get bored and be less likely to come back for the next post. Instead, I recommend you post one article every 10 days, or two articles every five days. This will help to keep your readers coming back and have them come back for more.
It’s important to always stay up-to-date on the current trending topics and news in your niche because this is what your audience is looking for. If you can provide them with this information in a relevant manner, then they will keep coming back for more.
Step 4: Sell courses and coaching rather than products.
It’s important to realize that selling products on your blog is a very different game now. Your readers are increasingly savvy and you don’t want to make them think you’re just trying to sell them something for making money. Instead, consider:
Selling courses on your blog rather than products. This way, your audience knows you have something valuable to offer and they’ll be more likely to buy it because you’re an expert in your niche. Think of it as a service rather than a product.
Selling coaching. There are a number of sites that offer this as an option for bloggers, and it’s something I would definitely consider selling on my blog once I’ve built up a decent audience and have proven myself as an authority on my niche.
Step 5: Don’t over-write or try to be everywhere all at once.
It’s very easy to get sidetracked when you’re blogging, especially if you’re blogging about your hobbies or life. Everyone says that you should write 300 words per article to get the most out of your blog, and this rule still applies when you’re making money with blogging. You won’t make much money from day one if you write 1,000 words for each article.
Instead, keep focused and try to come up with a short and sweet article that will get your point across without being too lengthy. Make sure to only include the most relevant information, so your readers can read from beginning to end without getting bored or distracted.
Another thing to consider is your background. Try and find a niche that you’re passionate about rather than one that you have to constantly write about. This will make your blog more engaging for your readers because they’ll know what you like, and it’ll also make it easier to attract new readers because they’ll want what you’re writing about.
Step 6: Track the hell out of everything with Google Analytics or similar.
It’s important to track every single thing you do online, especially if you’re making money from the internet. In this case, it’s especially important to track the actions of your visitors so you know what they’re clicking on and what links they’re taking. For this reason, I highly recommend that you get a Google Analytics account set up right away.
This is free software that tracks all the actions taken by your visitors on your blog, and it will also show you where everything is coming from (i.e. search engines, referrals, organic traffic, etc.). This will allow you to make adjustments and improvements as you go along so that your visitor value can increase with each new blog post you publish.
Step 7: Blog regularly (once per day).
If you’re serious about making money from blogging, then you will have to blog once per day. This is the minimum requirement really. You can’t make money if your audience only sees one post from you every month or two. Blogging just doesn’t work like that.
Yes, you can do a daily blog post with some variation to it but you should also do other forms of content as well. This includes guest posting or doing a weekly interview over Skype, or even live Q&A sessions via Twitter.
I recommend doing your daily blog post in the evening so you can stay up late to write and publish it before going to sleep. Some people don’t like blogging this way because it means they stay up late every day, but that’s the only way to do it. If you can sleep in until 10 am then do so, but for most people, that’s just not practical.
Step 8: Use your money to invest in better content (a better camera).
As you make money from blogging, use this money to invest in tools and assets that will help you create better content (like a nicer camera). I recommend investing in a complete DSLR kit because you can then sell your old gear or give it to a friend or family member. This will save you lots of money and help you create better content that will attract more visitors, which means more money in the future.
Step 9: Start an eCommerce site and link to it from your blog.
If you’re aiming to make $1,000 a month from blogging, then you should be making at least $5,000 a month online.
If you have an eCommerce website that generates at least $5,000 a month and is linked to from your blog then this will increase your monthly income by at least $500 per month. You could start with a small online store selling T-shirts and sell them for less than $10 each so the prices will stay low.
Step 10: Use either AdSense or affiliate programs to make money from your site.
There are two ways that you can make money from the traffic you generate on your blog. First is using Google AdSense which applies adverts to your site and gives you a percentage of the revenue. The second way is through affiliate marketing where you recommend goods and services such as books, games, software etc., and receive a percentage of any sales generated by your recommendations. I am not going to talk about affiliate marketing in detail as it is the subject of another article.
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