Yes, it true. You can earn money from blogging.
The thoughts you have of making a full-time living from your blog are not pipe-dreams.
Many bloggers make thousands of dollars per month, others tens of thousands and some like Pat Flynn of smartpassiveincome.com make over 100k per month.
However, before you can make $1, you have to monetise your blog.
The first step to starting a blog is choosing a niche. A niche is simply the content focus/topic of your blog.
Although the first step, picking a niche is the most important part of creating a blog. Get it wrong, and you’re destined for failure from the get-go.
And believe me, it's heartbreaking to work on a blog day after day, month after month, only to realize that it's never going to go anywhere because of the niche you chose.
One of the quickest ways to get traffic to your blog is to go where your audience is hanging out. And there is a good chance that some them are over on Quora.
If you're not familiar with Quora, it is a Question and Answer platform used by over 400 million people per month. That's a lot of people looking for answers to their questions!
Did you know that Google processes over 40,000 search queries every second? That’s an astonishing 3.5 billion searches made by people every day – thousands of whom are your audience – seeking answers and information.
With stats like that, you should be trying to get a slice of the action by using SEO (Search Engine Optimization) as part of your marketing strategy.
As a blogger, one of your primary jobs is to keep the content flowing but consistently coming up with fresh content ideas is a challenge. It’s an issue that many new (and seasoned) bloggers face.
The good news is that if you do hit a content idea slump, there are some excellent online resources that you can use for inspiration to get the creative juices flowing again.
What if I told you that there was a way to get lots of traffic to your blog, grow your email list, build your online profile, position yourself as an authority in your niche and gain backlinks to help your blog rank better in Google and other search engines.
Oh, and did I mention that it won’t cost you a penny – just your time. Would this be something that would interest you? You’re damn right it would interest you!
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How many posts do I need before I launch my blog? This is a question asked by many new bloggers.
Technically, once you publish your first post, your blog is launched. However, if by launch you mean actively promoting and marketing your blog to attract visitors and turn them into fans, then I would say that you need at least fifteen posts, more if you have multiple topic categories.
There are some bloggers, who think the opposite though. And recommend launching with only a few posts – as little as five, or even one. And while I understand the thinking behind this (namely get yourself out there, and get the ball rolling), for many it’s probably not the best launch approach. For two main reasons.
To build and grow a successful blog you need reliable hosting it’s the backbone of your online business.
When it comes to hosting there are different types of solutions – Dedicated, VPS, Cloud and Shared hosting are the most common – each caters for websites of differing sizes and traffic levels.
As you are just starting your blogging journey, “Shared Hosting” will best suit your needs. It’s the jump-off point solution for new blogs and small business websites. However, not all shared hosting is equal; hosting performance differs from provider to provider, so too do the resources and features included in price plan packages.
As exciting and exhilarating as starting a new online enterprise is, it can also be overwhelming and a little daunting. There is just so much to learn and do that it can seem like an insurmountable mountain.
To help you on your journey, I created this post, which outlines the steps involved in taking a blog from inception to launch.