Do you want to know how to start a blog? I mean, do you want to know how to build an online business? If you have answered ‘YES’ to all these questions, then please sit tight, take a cup of coffee, a pen and paper and learn how you build your online business.
I have been blogging for a year now, and this is my second blog, so I am hoping that through sharing the experience, and the lessons I have picked up along the way, you too can successfully launch your blog, and eventually start making some income out of it.
Trivia: Blogging like any other business out there, requires that you learn a ton of things, and there is a LOT of noise out there, so many gurus promising you that ‘their way’ is the only right way of succeeding with your blog. I can’t remember how many times I felt lost, confused, and almost thought of giving up, but then things started to improve, I started getting traffic, views and therefore managed to test my blog with the easiest monetization method – Ads (and yes, it worked, the first month I added them, I was getting an average of a dollar and a few cents per day).
This mega-post on how to start a blog and build an online business comes right after our series of posts on how to start a business, and how to grow a business in the traditional sense. You can visit this link and check it later, let us now focus on what are the steps you take to make start your blog and build an online business now.
Affiliate Disclosure: This blog post may contain affiliate links to products and services which I love, used, and highly recommend to other aspiring bloggers. Therefore, as you click on those links to purchase new tools or services, I may get a small commission.
Starting Your Online Business Blueprint – 10 Steps to Start a Blog and Monetize it
Please go through the 10 steps shared below in order to make sure you build a good foundation for your online business.
How to Start a Blog Step 1 – Mindset and Motivation
This point may sound unnecessary, but I wish some of the ‘how to start your blog’ posts I read in the past would reference this. Perhaps they wanted to make it sound easy, well I am not here to tell you that, and I could not sleep well at night if I told you. Blogging and getting to the point of actually making a dollar or more is REALLY HARD. Especially if you have no idea of what you are doing (like my past self).
Let me share with you some 2019 blog statistics that may help clarify what I just said above (quoted from https://seotribunal.com/blog/blogging-statistics/ ):
25.13% of bloggers spend between one and three hours producing an average post
95.9% of bloggers promote their blog posts via social media
21.9% of bloggers publish blog posts weekly, while only 2.6% post on a daily basis
2 million people use Bluehost to host their blogs
Only 5% of bloggers earn a full-time income from their blogs. (Meera Kothand)
A few key things to know…
- A blog needs to be planned, don’t write about just anything
- Keyword research is critical, but not in the way that many gurus sell it
- WordPress + Hosting are essential to establish a good base and Own your blog
- Don’t just write blog posts, make info products, and learn affiliate marketing
- Be ready and willing to INVEST in your blog, especially if you don’t have much time
- Collect email Subscribers from the Start
- Don’t expect to Rank on Google before your blog has 6 to 8 months of life, and 10-40 articles published (at least 1000-word long each)
- Don’t make the mistake of making a spammy blog, with product review type posts only
- Do your best to review the top 10 posts for each keyword and make something far better (research, include statistics, images, and links to other great resources)
- Protect your blog from any legal issues, after all it is your business, make sure you are covered
Leverage social media to increase your reach and traffic (Youtube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Twitter)
How to Start a Blog Step 2 – Choosing your Niche or Blog Topic
There are millions of blogs out there and they cover pretty much everything from travel, parenting, personal development, business, how to make or save money, finance, education, and news.
You can and should write about something that you love, something that you can keep getting inspiration on almost effortlessly, but in light of the purpose of making a business, you’d better select a topic that has higher chances of ranking and therefore easier to monetize.
Let me explain…
SERPs like Google, Bing, and Yahoo make money by selling ads, and people use them to search for valuable content, the more valuable and authoritative (keyword here) your blog becomes, the more these SERPs send traffic your way.
If you are writing about digital marketing and SEO, then it will be hard to rank above giants like Neil Patel or say ranking higher than business insider when writing about business topics. So, the solution to that is to try and build content in a more niche down approach, or in a less crowded topic.
Let me give you some examples of niches you could tap into
Under Parenting, you could write a blog focused on children’s growing lack of focus at school due to excessive exposure to Television and the Internet, and focus your blog around that. There are tons of blogs discussing how to take care of a newborn, a toddler, and how to be a better parent, and so on, but not many focusing, and become authorities in the subject of children’s distraction at school. (I’d love to read about that)
For Travel Blogs instead of the old ‘look at me, am travelling the world’, or ‘suggestions of places to go in Dubai, or Europe’ type, you could go further by focusing on a specific country, a specific city, and discuss anything and everything to do with that place, from culture, hobbies, safety, interesting hotspots, opening a business there, raising a child, getting a job, and so many other things that could be of interest to thousands of people who at some point are or will consider going there, and who knows your blog might just be the reason they decide to go.
Please don’t waste more than 1 day deciding this. Choose your topic from 3 sources, (1) something that you are passionate and knowledgeable about or you are known for as an authority, (2) something that you would really love to learn, (3) A trendy topic that is not really foreign to you, but there are not so many talking about it online.
For the sake of this post, we will be using the example of the parenting-related niche I mentioned above. It is a topic that I know nothing of (as of now), but am interested in learning because several parents that I know have told me that their kids are ‘dumb’, and cannot pay attention in school and that they’d like to take them to Psychologist to start therapy.
I have kids myself, and if that was a message that the kindergarten teachers send to me about my little boys…I’d certainly be worried, and a bit angry at them, and at myself. Because not every kid learns at the same speed, and learning methods from previous generations are no longer being effective to new ones. Perhaps, I’d be inclined to try new things before ruling out that my kid is ‘dumb.’
You can add a comment or send me an email if you’d like some help deciding on the best niche for your blog, I am happy to help.
How to Start a Blog Step 3 – Plan Your First 20 to 50 Keywords or Topics to Write About
Most people will tell you that after you have selected a niche or the main topic you should choose your domain name, well you could do that, but I much rather you spent at least 30 min searching online for keywords that might be of value to your future audience.
How do you know what keywords or topics will be of value?
There are 3 main ways to do that (1) The expensive one, (2) the time consuming one and (3) the quick one.
By expensive, I meant buying a premium keyword research tool like Semrush.
By time-consuming, I meant using free keyword research tools like Ubersugest to find out estimates of what keywords are there in your niche, and the volume of searches per month.
The quick one is pretty straight forward, just start typing your keyword on Google or Pinterest, and then see the auto-suggestions and other related searches that come at the bottom. These giants know and are telling you that people search for that.
I normally use the quick one, and then the time-consuming one to prioritize based on volume what keywords I will be writing about first.
Let me show you with Screenshots of how that looks like:
As you can see there are ideas that Google gives you right away, which for sure people are researching about after all Google wants to be helpful, and if you are about to search for something, then they will suggest what other people have been searching for. That’s your source of keywords and ideas.
You can still get cool ideas for your blog posts from the related searches section, which literally means people who search that, also search this. So, you can surely benefit from using those.
Last, but not least, is using an actual keyword research tool. The best free tool I can suggest to you right now is Neil Patel’s UberSuggest. It’s a great tool that keeps being improved on, it gives you keyword ideas, estimation of search volumes for the keywords, it shares your competition keywords and traffic – in short, it’s an amazing tool.
You can check out Neil’s site and get more details on how to use the tool, it certainly helps to give you an idea of what’s happening out there, and whether your choice of keyword is good or not. Now, let’s move on to the next point.
How to Start a Blog Step 4 – Choosing a Domain Name (the URL name)
This is another important step, choosing a domain name that will somehow easily call the audience and SERPs about what you are writing about.
There are some top bloggers who defend that the domain name is no longer as important as it used to be, in terms of ranking your site high in the SERPs, it all depends on how great your content is, and how you market it.
My advice, choose something catchy, that people can easily remember, type in and find your content. For our case let us say www.kidslearningadvice.com or www.teachingyourchild.com or www.kidseducationchallenges.com.
These came from the top of my head, the next thing you need to do is verify if the domain name is available or if someone else is already using it. You can check that in multiple sites, or directly on Bluehost when you go pay for your hosting they give you a 1-year free domain. (will show how to do that in a bit).
How to Start a Blog Step 5 – Buying Your Hosting Plan
At this point, you already know that you want to OWN your business, your blog, your online platform to teach others and share your experiences. So, out of the options available, you could:
- Use a free WordPress and risk one day losing all your work because you do not own the server/hosting where all your content was saved up. You cannot add ads, eCommerce or any of the other forms of monetization to it.
- Invest in your business by purchasing a year, or more, of hosting from one of the hosting providers. Which will allow you to have full control of what happens to your online business.
I am using Bluehost on both of my blogs and have been satisfied with the support, and the pricing so far. So, I highly recommend them.
In one of the best informative posts about Blog statistics from SEOTribunal.Com, Bluehost is mentioned as being the host for over 2 million blogs out there.
Bluehost is the hosting provider, you can think of it as the computer or a reliable and secure server where your site will be stored. Furthermore, Bluehost gives you a free, one-click WordPress installation.
WordPress is a content management tool that allows bloggers to easily and conveniently publish their content online. It’s one of the things you will play more with, so it’s worth learning about it.
With WordPress you can select a free theme (the way your site will look), add in some plugins (think of it as little tools that make your life easier within WordPress), you can start publishing your content right away. It takes about 15 min to 1 hour to set up everything.
Bluehost for bloggers who are beginning their journey is amazing because it has a great pricing (from $7 a month, normally), flexibility, a dedicated support team to support customers 24/7, they give you enough storage, free custom emails that come with your domain name, and most interesting a free Domain/URL name.
To make things even more interesting, I have an existing deal with Bluehost, where my readers (you), get a massive discount of $3.95 per month instead of the normal price of $7. Therefore, when you log in to Bluehost through my link you get that discount, and it becomes easier to afford 12 months, 24 months or 36 months of hosting, based on your budget.
Screenshots with examples of the steps to set up your blog with Bluehost
5.1. Buying hosting at a discounted price through my link
When you click on this link, it will take you to the Bluehost page, where you can benefit from that discount I mentioned, then you proceed to the next step.
5.2. Select Your Plan
On both my blogs, I selected the Basic Plan, and paid for three years, as it comes cheaper than paying for 1 year only.
5.3. Checking Domain Name Availability
Here, you insert the domain name idea that you chose for your new blog. Let us use one of the examples we discussed before. Kidslearningadvice.com (lucky me, it was available, at least when I checked, so if you are reading this and want t similar name, try it and see if you can find – good luck!)
5.4. Filling out Details and Selecting Options
This step goes a lot faster if you have a Google account, and you just use all the details from it. That way, you don’t spend 5 min filling out the different fields. Alternatively, just fill all the fields manually and scroll down to the sections of package duration, and payment.
When setting up my blogs, I did not pay for all the extras at the bottom, at least not initially, didn’t have enough budget to cover it all. So be wise here, there are more tools and resources where you can spend money on, so a basic plan should do the trick for beginners. You can also select if you are paying with your credit card or Paypal.
So, instead of paying up $285+, you can have your hosting, and domain for as low as $71+ (1 year only). After selecting how much you are willing to invest at this point, you read and agree to the BlueHost’s Terms of Service and Submit.
5.5. WordPress Installation
Your next step is installing WordPress. Installing WordPress is quite easy. After you purchase your hosting plan and get your domain. You can log in to Bluehost, and you’ll find the option of installing WordPress with one click, under the Website section (left side). Just click the install now button. Here’s a quick guide from Bluehost on how you can install WordPress. Follow it here.
When you are done and you click on WordPress, here’s the back end of your blog, consider it your workshop.
5.6. Selecting a Theme
Once you are done with the step above, you can now select your theme, or the layout of your blog, how you want things to appear to your audience. You can do it by yourself, it’s quite easy, but if you are going to take my advice and hiring a professional from Fiverr to design and polish your site, then please do so. Here’s Fiverr the link to access those professionals (create a profile by Joining with your Google/Email account).
If you want to do it yourself, go to Google and research the best blog post themes. I love WP Ocean, it’s the first I ever used. But, our tastes and blog types may differ, select a theme that fits your niche, and personality. There are free themes, and paid versions, you can select a free theme by clicking the option ‘Appearance’ and then searching and installing/activating it.
5.7. Publishing Your First Blog Post
Finally, it is time to share your wisdom and passion with the World! Just go under Posts, and click ‘Add New.’
I want you to be smarter than most here. Prepare some posts beforehand, so you can have at least 5-10 blog posts ready, so when you share with friends and on Social Media, your readers can find more content. Otherwise, just post 1 at a time until you get there, and then start promoting it.
How to Start a Blog Step 6 – Designing Your Blog
Making your site more appealing, easier to navigate, faster, and ready to be known to the world is another big step in the process. You want it to look clean, professional, and comfortable to your readers.
You could do it yourself by watching useful videos like this on Youtube, where Tyler Moore takes you step-by-step on how to do it. It should take about one and a half, if not two hours, to completely do it (if you are a novice like I was).
Find the video below:
I did that, and the site was OK. But, if you are like me and need your site to be more than OK, then I strongly advise you to seek help from professionals who do this for a living, and I don’t mean the ‘expensive’ Webmasters in town, I mean freelancers who work online and charge much cheaper.
I used Fiverr, an online platform where you can find freelancers who can do almost everything, from designing your Website, making you a cool logo, helping you optimize your site for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and mobile phones – which is key.
Why getting affordable freelance support will boost your business?
Getting help has never been a bad idea especially when it’s on something you probably aren’t really good at. Keep in mind that they are tons of freelancing sites on the web market, but then again, there is Fiverr.
Hiring a freelance service is the next best thing when looking for fast, reliable and professional services to boost your business. Aside from the point that this hired help take away the stress of the task performance, you are also availed with ample time to carry out more productive activities like creating new ideas and innovation for your brand, brainstorming on more engaging activities for your business, while allowing a more experienced professional deal with labor.
You can use this link to visit Fiverr, and they’ll give you a special discount of 20% in your first order.
Fiverr Screenshots (So you can get an idea of what it Looks like)
Please note that instead of paying a designer for thousands of dollars for building your Website, on Fiverr you can find talented people who will charge you less than $100 to do it or more. So, it’s a platform that can help you out with budget constraints and services.
How to Start a Blog Step 7 – Set up Email Subscription
Email subscribers are incredibly valuable to your business. So much so that most top bloggers mention that their biggest sales come from their subscription base.
The reason for the subscription base being effective for selling your (future) products, or affiliate products where you get a commission, or even to bring you traffic is the trust. They already know your work and trusted you enough to give up their emails and keep in touch with you.
There are expensive and cheap ways of achieving this as well. Firstly, you add in an email capturing and management platforms like Mailchimp (Free), Convertkit, or Kartra. Secondly, you build a lead magnet (enticing free information or tool) to your customers in the form of a pdf, a cheat sheet, etc., in exchange for their emails.
These mail tools are going to be integrated into your WordPress (Blog), preferably by the site designer that you hired on Fiverr, or alternatively you can log in to one of the sites and follow the steps they share. Let me go over each one of them, and depending on your budget and stage in the blogging journey, you can select the best fit.
7.1. MailChimp (Free tool for up to 2000 subscribers, I am using it on this blog)
With a free signup, MailChimp helps you build your business from scratch. Upon signing up, the platform modifies the marketing strategy of your business and takes your online to a whole new level.
The processes are simple, as a member, the software helps you:
- Create unique campaigns – with this feature, you can personalize your message and social media ads to reach out to wider coverage and thus engaging prospective customers.
- As a member, you also get to learn how to use the dome of the coolest tools to enhance our business.
- Automation is the new deal. Learn to switch between all your business platforms with MailChimp. Business only gets better, easier, smarter and convenient with this platform.
- Achieve great value with less effort. Campaigns provided by Mailchimp are made smarter to adjust to every scenario.
7.2. Converkit (I am using this one on my first blog, it’s really great!)
- Converkit redefines the concept of email marketing. There is so much more to blogging than just writing some content and posting them on your site, the level of interaction to have with the viewer of your blog determines the success of such a blog. This is where Converkit comes in. Converkit provides a comprehensive email listing for a blog or website audience and personalizes the emails sent to the subscriber’s audience.
- Converkit also provides you with basic and comprehensive need – to – know on how to build your site to ensure productivity. This software comes with an exclusive 14 days trail, this is a trial if I would sure take part in if I intend growing my blog.
Click here to visit the site and use their trial. I love how their automation makes my life easier.
The most powerful and resourceful Tool for Email and Online Marketing
Kartra provides you the opportunity of running your business in single marketing software that does not only creates room for flexibility but also makes it incredibly easy and fast to build a commendable online business.
Kartra provides a 14 day trial of its services for just $1, this 14 days has no limitation to the feature which is available to test users as full access to all Kartra features are immediately initiated once the 14 days trials kick-off.
With Kartra, your business is exposed to leading web designers and internet marketers who are always ready to craft a program which would fit your business and the target audience
Kartra is email marketing redefined. The additional campaign business strategy provides for a stress-free method of reaching out to the buyers. First of all, the campaign design has already customized landing pages and customer emails, also, included in the campaign pre-design are the necessary tags and segments are put together to target your immediate and prospective audience. These tags are necessary for keeping tabs on your prospective buyers and customers, also, rounding off sales with a customer.
With Kartra, online business owners have no need to worry over their sites, simply build your website in minutes crate designs, domains, and campaigns and finally operate all your online businesses on one flexible platform
How to Start a Blog Step 8 – Publish VALUABLE and UNIQUE Content
Now that you have your Blog all setup and design, as well as the tools in place to support you in securing new subscribers, to automate some of the work and ensuring you can focus on everything else, here comes one of the MOST important aspects of building an online business through blogging – CONTENT CREATION.
If you are not building and publishing awesome content for your ‘future’ audience, then you are not going to provide value, and by value, I mean Solving people’s problems, answering their questions, and informing them. If your content cannot achieve that, it will be very hard to monetize your blog.
How can a new blogger find inspiration for creating content?
- From established blogs – study what they are publishing and what attracts the most traffic
- From Google Search – search a few keywords related to your niche and check at the bottom all the Google Suggestions (those are questions that people actually asked at some point)
- From Google Autosuggest – when you are writing something on Google and it completes the phrase for you it means Google knows that people might (or are) search for that keyword
- Use a Free Keyword research tool like Ubersuggest from Neil Patel, and get tons of ideas, and you have a rough idea of whether a keyword is popular or not in a given country
- Spend some money on Keyword research tools like SEMRush/ Ahrefs (honestly, I haven’t done this yet, because it’s a bit pricey, and I feel like so far, the options above have worked just fine for me).
- In rare cases, it can be something that you’ve wondered or discussed with someone and you feel like other people might just be asking the same question
How long should a blog post be? What about formatting?
- Based on what most bloggers say, and from my own blog… blog posts with over 1500 and up to 2500 words tend to perform better than those under 1200.
- When I started adding references and linking to other sites where my visitors can get additional information, my traffic improved
- Avoid writing big chunks of text, making them between 3 to 5 lines maximum, because of people reading in smaller devices (65% of my visitors).
- Make an Introduction (with the basic description of what the post is about), use headings, and bullets to break up the text into easy to read (skim) blocks, and write up a summary/conclusion at the end of every post.
- Add some stock photos and make the post relatable
What kind of blog content attracts more visitors?
- List Posts / How to Posts / Controversial Posts.
- Better content can drive traffic to a blog by up to 2,000%. (Omnicore)
- 73% of visitors skim rather than read the blog post thoroughly. (Hubspot)
- 80% of all the daily traffic on a blog consists of new visitors. (Convince and Convert)
How to Start a Blog Step 9 – Drive Traffic to Your Site
The first thing I need to say to you here is: Traffic from Google and other SERPs will not come any time soon, it’s just the way it is, and you should not worry about that in the first 6-8 months, trust me, I learned that the hard way.
At the beginning of my blogging journey, I did not know how to bring traffic to my site, so I went and joined a ton of Facebook groups and used to spend (waste) hours sharing the links of my blog posts for other people to read them, in exchange of spending time reading theirs. Click for a click, Comment for Comment, and so on.
I know that this will happen to you, you will feel like you are writing to nobody (first 6-8 months), and the urge to at least have some people even if they are not remotely interested in your blog to go and read, comment, share, and like will haunt you like it did me. Please avoid doing that, and focus on building helpful and relevant content instead. It took me 5 months and finding Jim and Ricky’s Youtube channel to realize that.
From what I have learned so far here are the best ways to drive traffic to your blog:
First 6 months:
- Pinterest + Tailwind
Pinterest is a Social Media/Search Engine that is used by more than 300 million people, and where if you publish interesting and catchy images that lead to your content, then people will come and quick. Some Niches (visual ones, like diet, DYU, etc.) might yield better results, and the bulk of users on Pinterest are still women.
The best place to get traffic are the Tailwind Tribes – they are like little communities built under the Tailwind platform where people share their Pins from Pinterest and get quicker reactions (Reshares, Repins, and clicks) which in turn leads to a steady flow of traffic to your blog.
You can Join My Tribe for Free (Leadership, Business, and Career Development)
- Facebook Groups
I know what I said before about ‘wasting time’ on Facebook groups in the beginning of my blogging journey, well that had to do with not knowing what I was doing, and joining over a 100 Facebook groups and trying to be active in most of them – it was insane.
There are, however, remarkable groups where you can really benefit from spending an average of 1h a day trying to get support, ideas, connect with like-minded people, who might in turn like your work and invite you to guest post (which may lead to getting traffic and recognition), you also get more experience from helping younger bloggers joining the group.
Here’s a list of the Top Groups I’d recommend a new blogger to Join TODAY!
- Cate Rosales Becoming a Blogger
- Amira Law ASelfGuru – Biz Blog Community
- Monique IrieDiva Bloggers Supporting Each Other
- Last but not least (unfortunately it’s a group exclusive to those who purchase the Web’s most amazing Affiliate Marketing Course). Michelle Schroeder Gardner’s Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Group
How much traffic can a new Blog Expect in the first 3 months? 6 months? 1 year?
The answer to this question is … it depends on several factors. A few of them…
- Search Volume and Trends (Seasonality, etc.)
- Quality and Quantity of Content
- Content Promotion Strategies
- Geographic Location of the Business
I have seen cases of bloggers who worked for a year and couldn’t get more than a 1000 visitors a month, some who got up to 10K visitors a month after 6 months, or much more than that.
Google, like many other SERPS, wants to send their customers to Websites with valuable content, authoritative sites, and with a good number of blog posts, and that means in the first 6 months they keep your new site waiting until 10-40 articles are there, then they start sending you traffic, and it only grows as your content increases.
Check below one of my sites, I started it on September 2018, and got almost no traffic from Google until March 2019, then in May 2019 it started picking up, and on July 2019 I reached 10K users and 15K page views for the first time, and in September 2019 I reached 14.9K visitors and 23K page views.
My latest monthly Report from Analytics
The overall traffic growth over 1 year period of my blog.
That is my story, my case, and it has many things that could have been done right, but I didn’t. It may not sound like success to many people, but it does so for many who know how hard it is to get your first 5000 visitors from Google alone in a brand-new blog.
How I did it? This blog post tells you everything you need to know!
How to Start a Blog Step 10 – MONETIZE YOUR BLOG
Monetizing your blog means using your blog as a platform to give you leads, sales, and revenue/income. Whether it is by advertising your products and services and attract clients from there, or by putting up ads, or even promoting someone else’s product.
Only 5% of bloggers earn a full-time income from their blogs. (Meera Kothand)
Let me answer below the common questions new bloggers (myself included) ask about how they can make money from blogging.
What are the different ways I can Monetize my Blog?
Here are the top monetization strategies used by full-income bloggers.
- Ads (placing ads and getting paid per click or per impressions)
- Affiliate Marketing (promoting other people’s products)
- Info Products (Making your own products like eBooks, Checklists, etc.)
- e-commerce (Selling physical Products)
- Services (Selling your Services – consulting, design, etc.)
Where am I on my journey to making income from my blog?
When it comes to monetization I am guilty of not having done the best of jobs. In fact, I only started monetizing through ads when my blog reached 15 thousand page views a month. I did a few quick trials with Media.net and Google Adsense, but they were paying an average of $2-$4 a month, and it wasn’t worth it, so I removed them.
Then, I learned about EZOIC, which is a company that helps you sell ads on your blog, and makes your life much easier. It’s been about a month and a half since I started testing them, and I started making an average of $1 a day, and I was so happy because it meant a huge step up from Adsense and Medianet.
I highly recommend EZOIC because they make sure all the ads that are being placed on your site are high performing, and most often engaging to visitors, which means higher income potential for you and a better experience for the visitor. Click here to learn more about EZOIC.
I am working on info-products, and just getting started with affiliate marketing (will update this post later with results), and hopefully, I should be able to get a decent income with a job well done on these two fronts.
I need to make it clear that, at this point I had 1-year blogging, posting an average of 3 posts per month, and had a total of 40 posts, out of which 1 gets 87% of all daily traffic. Managing a blog while dealing with your day job, and tending to your family is no Joke!
BONUS TIP ON HOW TO START A BLOG & TURN IT INTO AN ONLINE BUSINESS: Select and Stick to a Master/Mentor Early On
LEARN from trusted sources, and stick to one or two teachers only. If they have made it, and have hundreds of people who learned from them and succeeded, then just follow their advice. I am guilty of having taken 5 months before I did this (be better than I was).
I have learned from a lot of bloggers, but lately, I have focused on the following 3:
Michelle from making sense of cents, she’s a young blogger who makes over a million dollars a year from her blog/business. She writes about finance and how to save and make money online. Her affiliate marketing course is one of the best, if not the best on the Web. Here’s the link for you to have access to it.
Jim and Ricky (really cool guys) from Income School, they have a network of passive income websites and an extremely famous course called Project24 (how to build a blog and replace your current income within 24 months, that’s what they help you with). They also have a Youtube Channel where they share amazing tips every Monday.
Neil Patel, another giant in the Internet Marketing industry, considered one of the most innovative entrepreneurs of our time, and millionaire, who also grew his fortune from running blogs. You can find him almost everywhere, from Youtube to LinkedIn. Here’s his blog link, check it out.
Resources and tools every Aspirant Blogger should know about
Aselfguru’s legal bundle, Fiverr, Kartra, Grammarly, Convertkit, Tailwind, and Bluehost.
Life as a blogger has never been easier, with the invention of new softwares, some of them free whole others are paid for, and the value for the effort put into blogging has tripled up in profit. So long gone are the days when bloggers write and go through the stress associated with blogging just to drive traffic into their page. There are some very important tools that are necessary for growing your blog visit and subscription and making you earn more.
The whole purpose of this post is to teach you how to launch your online business by starting a blog, and I would not like to neglect to teach you an aspect that most bloggers miss. Protecting their business and ensuring that they are blogging legally. There are ways like you’ll see below, to do so with pre-made templates from the Web, however, they are not your best options, as they may or may not cover you from all the things that you need protection from.
Amira’s legal bundle on the other side is great because she is a blogger, she is a professional lawyer, and has a large community of bloggers who keep recommending and using her product. She always assists her customers by answering their questions, etc., after they’ve purchased the bundle, and that in itself is an extremely valuable experience and reassurance.
Fiverr (It has helped me out so many times)
Take, for instance, the platform called Fiverr gives you the opportunity to hire affordable services. On Fiverr, you get to meet with writers; content creators, animators, graphic designers and so on, who are not only ready to do your job at a quite affordable if not cheap price but also at the very shortest time.
With this platform, you need not worry about what content to post on your blog, simply get someone in there and they’ll do the magic for you. You can also get your blog designed and website created within the shortest time possible. You can also create audio and video Ads to grow your platform, reach out to your customers and explain the services you render better. Fiverr sellers are people across all countries, races and ethnic groups, therefore, all the services you may want (even if its related to cultural diversity) will be found on Fiverr.
Kartra (My next Tool, heard so many amazing things about it)
Kartra is another tool you should become very abreast with, the software provides you with a platform that makes automation and email marketing smoother, easier and more convenient.
Described as the most complete E-commerce platform, the tools help you run all your online business in a single platform. Amazing right? I know. Though it requires a significantly higher investment, this is a tool you should definitely utilize as a blogger if you truly want to grow your brand as much as I hope you should.
You can visit the site to know more, here’s the link.
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Ever heard of Grammarly? Well, you should have? Written English can sometimes be difficult. Punctuation marks and construction of sentences to express the right feeling can very easily become wrong grammar. This is where Grammarly comes into play.
Arguably the best proofreading tool on the net, Grammarly ensures accuracy in sentence construction, punctuation marks, and expressions. Irrelevant sentences that may promote tautology are easy red marked by the tool. It also helps you check plagiarism and similarities in your articles and posts. This comes in handy in situations where your contents are outsourced to different writers.
As a blogger, the last thing you want is to post content which is plagiarized, when you do this, Google automatically flags off your site and gradually your page falls off Google listing.
Convertkit (Currently using it, and so happy with the product)
Using Convertkit, I came to realize the importance of email marketing. Like Kartra, Convertkit is specifically designed to create campaigns that are structured at meeting the specific wants of the member’s clients. The extent to which a business owner can interact with their client will d3etermine to a large extent to amount of loyalty such a customer/ client will have t that business. This is the sort of inert personal relationship which Convertkit tries to create with its email marketing techniques.
When you subscribe to the software, you are also [provided with tips on how to grow your online business, attain maximum profitability and increase traffic to your site.
Tailwind (I feel like it has helped my site rank faster)
Online business automation is the new deal in convenient online business, as a blogger, you want all your business run on 0one platform for ease and convenience, this is the flexibility which tailwind provides. One of its major objectives is the ability to save the time of its members while building up the amount of traffic generated for its subscribers. Tailwind monitors post, using the new smart loop feature, a subscriber’s best content is promoted to a wider audience and altogether made very visible on all the platforms. This is sure one of the best resources and tools to consider as a blogger when trying to build a financially stable online business.
BlueHost (Great support and the Site is performing well so far)
Bluehost is one original web hosting platform providing standard WordPress services to its members. Powering over 2 million websites, Bluehost is known for the quality services it provides. It also has 24 hours, 7 days support team which is readily on hand on support members and provide help when necessary. The site also provides for maximum analytics of WordPress progress, privacy, and security amongst other things. In addition to the wonderful services it provides, Bluehost is one affordable web hosting platform, for as low as $2.95 monthly, you get a sophisticated web domain. This takes nothing from the free domain it offers.
You don’t necessarily need to spend a dime with blue host, it offers you free domain hosting, imagine a platform where you can easily make million without having to pay a dime, interesting right? I know.
These and many more are the top resources and tools every blogger should know about. With these tools, you are just a few steps away from churning out thousands of dollars monthly without having to go through the normal stress and worry.
Get into it, subscribe to one and cheers to new beginnings
Canva this free tool helps me edit and publish my photos to my blog and Pinterest without any graphic designing skills.
Blogging and succeeding at it takes a considerable amount of effort, and it requires that you keep on learning and adapting to new trends. To end this ‘how to start a blog guide’ I’d like to end with a few more of those blogging statistics:
Now Quoted from (https://www.isitwp.com/amazing-blogging-stats-facts/)
Better content can drive traffic to a blog by up to 2,000%. (Omnicore)
73% of visitors skim rather than read the blog post thoroughly. (Hubspot)
80% of all the daily traffic on a blog consists of new visitors. (Convince and Convert)
One in ten blog posts are compounding, meaning organic search increases their traffic over time. (Hubspot)
The top two most outsourced content marketing activities are writing (44%) and design (41%). (Curata)
Once you write 21-54 blog posts, blog traffic generation increases by up to 30%. (Traffic Generation Cafe)
REFERENCES & FURTHER READING
Blogging Statistics. https://seotribunal.com/blog/blogging-statistics/. Accessed on Sept/2019.
Blogging Facts. https://www.isitwp.com/amazing-blogging-stats-facts/. Accessed on Sept/2019