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HOW TO START A PROFFITABLE BLOG

How to start a profitable blog

How to start a profitable blog is quite a  very good question which deserve a very detailed answser.

Your success begins when you ask yourself the question “How Can I Start A Profitable Blog”.

Ask yourself am I up to the task? Am I ready to be consistence? Can I manage to schedule myself?

Find answers to those questions and if you are able to answer correctly, then you are ready so continue reading.

If you want to kick off your journey to create a profitable blog. You will first agree to treat blogging as a business not a job.

If you want to start a profitable blog, successful blog and blog for profit you need to be hard working.

This only will give you the confidence to believe in yourself that you are ready to be a successful and profitable blogger.

When I first started blogging I started creating lot of blogs. I found it so difficult to find myself in a niche, all I do is to shuffle around creating content on every topic I found interesting and come across.

You should know that when starting up a blog you need to have a specific niche in which you will base on, you can’t just be writing about anything you feel like writing about.

People don’t give a fuck about what your blog is all about, you are the one that will make yourself a standalone person creating profitable content.

Mind you… blogging to success is not only by creating good content you will believe with me if you keep on reading.

Now let’s talk about what it takes to create a profitable blog.

Whether you have a blog before or you are just starting out you should take note of all what we are going to discuss in this article.

You might have heard about Yaro Starak and know who he his, you might have also heard about his success in blogging.

He’s a great blogger who is making over $1Million/year in blogging and have couched thousands of individual who own multi-million blogs today.

He share something’s about how to create a profitable blog and am going to share his detailed e-book (Blogprofit Blueprint) with you at the end of this article.

 

Here are STEPS to take in other to create a profitable blog.

Step 1: Ask yourself “Why Did You Want To Start A Blog”

Step 2: Ask yourself “What Are You Passionate To Be Writing About”

Step 3: Get A Hosting And Choose A Very Unique Domain Name

Step 4: Design A Mobile And Desktop Responsive Blog.

Step 5: Add Opt-In Form To Your Blog

Step 6: Choose Your Blog From This 4 Mega Niche

Step 7: Write A Pillar Content

Step 8: SEO (Search Engine Optimization) And Keyword Research

Step 9: Monetize Your Blog

Step 10: Drive Targeted Traffic To Your Blog

 

All this steps might be what you have done before but I will still want you to read this article because i know it will be different from what you have read about how to start a blog for profit of course.

What am going to share with you are what those that earn $20,000 – $100,000 per month have been doing.

So read How To Start A Profitable Blog…

Step 1: Ask yourself “Why Did You Want To Start A Blog, Why Did You Want To Start A Profitable Blog”

Asking yourself the reason why you would like to start a blog is the first step to your success as a blogger.

Once you know the reason then you are good to go.

It might be because your friend is a blogger and you also want to be a blogger, it might be because you want to make money, it might be you want to blog for passion etc.

But let me tell you “if you are blogging just to make money, you will really get tired and fed up before you even make a penny” and probably you will stop blogging.

The best is to blog for passion, profit will crawl in later if you are good at what you blog about and you will be making passive income.

Seat yourself down and be calm, think of what people are dying and craving to get.

Provide solution with your blog, create a blog not because you want to blog for fun but to provide solution to people that have problem.

Also there is no new blogging tittle again you just have to narrow you blog down to a specific keyword.

If you narrow down you blog to a specific keyword people will find you.

Let’s see some examples

Example 1: If you are in health and fitness niche you will notice that most people go for weight loss generally as the main target of their blog.

You should be that wise person that will not go for that particular keyword you should narrow it down to things like: weight loss for over 50 women, weight for over 50 men, Make your husband want you more with your fitness, How to build abs in few month.

As you can see those keywords are targeted and narrowed keyword because people that are over 50 and want to loss weight will not go to search engine and type how to loss weight they will type things like weight loss for over 50.

And if your blog is well optimized you will be the on ranking for that keyword.

Example 2: If you are in the E-business and E-marketing (make money online), what most people do is to go for keywords like how to make money online.

Again be that sensible and wise person that will create content around narrowed keywords like: 5 ways to make $100 per day, 20 methods to earn $2,000 per month.

People like figures more than sentences (words).

So be wise.

I hope you’ve gotten what am trying to emphasize, let’s continue the topic ->How To Start A Profitable Blog.

 

Step 2: Ask yourself “What Are You Passionate To Be Writing About”

 What did you want to be writing about

Blogging requires dedication, find what you are passionate about and what you can write long article about.

How can you find what you are passionate about?

Now read…

You find what you are passionate about when you are able to seat down and think through and ask yourself “what did I like doing”.

You can be good at training dog, you can be good at prospecting, you can be good in affiliate marketing, and you can also be good in couching people on how to be free from dept.

Just think through and find out what you are passionate about.

After you have gotten what you are passionate about then you need to check if people are searching for what you want to be blogging about.

And you can do that with keyword planner.

Here are 10 best keyword planner:

There are bunches of keyword planner around the internet you can use any of those or go to google and type “best keyword planer” and you will be provided with lots of them.

Once you have make research about the keyword and find out that people a searching for the keyword you want to rank for then you are good to start your blog.

And make sure the completion for those keywords is low.

Here is what I mean, go to ads.google.com, set up your account and once you are done setting up your account you should see the screenshot below

Screenshot of how to use ads.google.com

click on tools and then click on keyword planner and you should see the screenshot below

how to discover keyword in ads.google.com

Then remove your country so that you will target people worldwide.

how to target a specific country in ads.google.com

Enter the keyword you will like to rank for to see if people are searching for it.

Let’s just take our keyword to be “make money online” and below is what loads up.

targeting the keyword how to make money online in ads.google.com

As you can see there are lot of keyword suggestions, so check those keyword suggestion and choose any one that it’s competition is low and the search volume is more than 1000 at least.

Create your article about it and you are good to go.

Let move on because I guess you are getting value from this article ->How To Start A Profitable Blog.

 

Step 3: Get A Hosting And Choose A Very Unique Domain Name

choose a domain name for your blog

Know that you’ve found yourself in the game. Let see how to set up your blog in a unique manner.

You need a unique Domain name and Hosting for your blog.

How would you get a unique name for your blog?

Let say your blog is about “Dog Training”, you should choose a domain name related to your niche like: Dogtraining.com, Dogdoctor.com, Trainingfordog.com, Doghelper.com etc.

If your domain name is related to your niche, you are giving search engines signal that this is what your blog is all about and you will rank better than does without targeted domain name.

Now that you’ve understand how to choose a domain name let’s talk about hosting.

Hosting is like the container, it’s the hosting company that give you a database to host your blog.

Have tried many of those hosting company and the one I like and prefer is Bluehost because they have high domain authority and very responsive.

Here is how to sign up on bluehost:

Once you are done choosing a domain name and hosting then go straight to your cpanel and install wordpress and start designing your blog.

How to create a profitable blog is not a day journey you need to first design your blog and make it responsive.

If you can’t design a blog and logo yourself then contact us and let create one for you.

Since you are done setting up your blog lets proceed to another step.

 

Step 4: Design A Mobile And Desktop Responsive Blog

Design a mobile and desktop responsive blog

70% of internet users are using mobile and that’s the main reason why you should design mobile responsive blog.

Also you need to optimize it so that it will be loading very quick and very fast on mobile and on desktop.

Here are some wordpress plugin to speed up your site:

SEO + Analysis

  • Rank Math
  • Monster insight
  • Google analytics
  • Yoast etc.

Performance

  • reSmush
  • WP fastest cache
  • iThemes security
  • WP Clean up optimizer etc.

It’s not that you should use all these plugin, because most of them are the same they might just have slight different (one may have the feature that the other don’t have).

You are few step to success so continue reading ->How To Start A Profitable Blog.

 

Step 5: Add Opt-In Form To Your Blog

If you really want to build a profitable and successful blog you need to add Opt In form.

This is to be done before you launch your blog.

Blog with Opt In form make passive income because they will keep on updating those that sign up to their form.

If you have a product to promote you will just promote it to your email list (those that sign up through your opt in form are your email list) and make money.

If you ask those that are making millions of dollars online blogging you will learnt that they have email list.

One email list is equivalent to $1 (money is in your email list).

If you check the homepage of this website, you will notice that an Opt In form is placed at the front of whoever landed on that page even at the widget.

It is not just an ordinary Opt In form, if you take a closer look at it you will notice am giving out something for free in exchange of details.

That’s exactly what is called Opt In form.

And make sure what you are giving out is related to your blog niche so that your visitors will not see your as someone that is not capable of what his offering.

Make sure your Opt In Form is click worthy like the screenshot above.

So if you follow the above 5 steps you should be at the point where your blog will be called standard blog. And also you are on your way to understand everything about ->How To Start A Profitable Blog

Now let switch to expert mode…

 

Step 6: Choose Your Blog From This 4 Mega Niche

choose a perfect niche for your blog

Don’t misquote me about this mega niche. It’s not that all the rest niche are not good but what am just trying to let you know is that this 4 niche are the best niche that we usually spend on.

Almost all successful information businesses on this planet fall into one of the three “mega-niches” said by Yaro Starak

Here are the four (4) MEGA niche:

  • Dating and Relationships
  • Health and Wellness
  • E-business and E-marketing (Money and Finance)
  • Irrational Passions

As you can see all the listed niche are related to human being and we spend a lot.

That is the main reason why we call them mega niche. In the blogprofit e-book that I talked about earlier you will get to understand many things pertaining blogging, just continue reading and check the e-book later.

Creating blog around those 4 niche is proved profitable.

->Irrational Passions are things we don’t necessarily need that we spend money on.

For example, money spent on sports, fashion, cars, travel, electronics and entertainment.

Anything that people are irrationally passionate about, from shoes to the local football team to video games and movies, are potentially lucrative blog topics.

A lot of people spend a lot of money on them and that make them a great niche to create blog about.

Step 7: Write A Pillar Content

Write A Pillar Content

Let me first explain what pillar content is in a nutshell: Pillar Content, or sometimes called Pillar Articles, are the foundation of a good blog.

This content is the reason why people read your blog in the first place. Content is the value you offer to the public. It attracts attention and engages an audience.

How To Create Pillar Content (By Yaro Starak)

There is no exact formula for producing an article that will become a pillar, however there are definitely some key characteristics you can work on.

You may be surprised when articles you write become pillars when you didn’t expect it, or the reverse where you pour your heart into a great article and it doesn’t do much for your traffic at all.

Here are typical pillar article concepts that you can post to your blog. Generally speaking, these formats are more likely to lead to pillar content outcomes.

  1. The “How-To” Article

This is a staple pillar article concept. Think about your industry and write an article that teaches how to do something in it.

Only write how-to articles on topics you genuinely understand how to do and have experience with Some examples:

  • If you blog about a certain type of dog breed, write about how to choose the right dog food.
  • If you help real estate agents get customers from the internet, write how to use Facebook as a marketing tool especially for real estate agents.
  • If you blog about how to publish a fiction novel, produce a how-to guide on approaching publishers.
  • If you blog about how to start dating again after a divorce, create a how-to guide on where to meet people.
  • If you blog about how to make money on foreign exchange trading, create a beginners how-to guide about online trading services.

It should be clear which how-to topics are popular and relevant to your audience and which you feel capable of explaining well. Remember to tell a story if you can!

  1. The List Article

You have no doubt seen many list posts on blogs.

The usual titles are “Top 7 Ways To…” or “10 Tips To Improve…” etc. They often spread like wildfire all over the internet, and there is a good reason why… Lists are easily digested by human beings.

It’s been tested and proven that articles in the 300-700 word range with clear dot-point bulleted lists and a compelling headline are good traffic pullers.

In this case it’s all about simplicity of consumption for people with short attention spans – i.e. most people!

Bear in mind that while a 400 word article might equate to the average attention span of the casual web surfer looking for procrastination entertainment while bored at their job, if you are building an expert-based authority blog, you can and should produce longer list articles.

A “Top 50” list with plenty of pictures that you spend a little bit of extra time putting together can do a whole lot more for your traffic than a short list post with no substance.

  1. The Definition Article

Many industries have key concepts which new readers won’t know.

If a concept is complicated, produce a pillar article that defines the concept, clearly explaining what it means and how it can be implemented.

It may seem simple and obvious to you, but remember you are an expert in your field, so explain it to the beginners in simple terms and tell a story as an example.

A glossary definition page is a good pillar article.

If there are a handful of key concepts in your industry, write an article that lists the concepts and provides a one-paragraph definition for each.

A page like this is good as a reference piece and often referred back to by other bloggers and websites.

You may say why bother doing this if most terms are already defined elsewhere on the web at sites like Wikipedia?

Creating your own definitions keeps readers on your blog, increases your pageviews (the total number of pages of your blog readers view) and visitor length (how long readers stay at your blog).

Describe a concept in your own words, using your own unique story to build credibility, trust and cement your expertise.

It’s always smarter to include your own version of a definition if you are capable of explaining a term or concept, rather than link to other sites and drive traffic away from your blog.

  1. A Technical Blueprint

A technical blueprint is similar to a how-to article, but is focused on the technical aspects of a problem.

Technology-focused bloggers are good at blueprint pillar articles because they love to use graphs, spreadsheets and images to demonstrate how to do something.

A technical blueprint is a step-by-step, visually enhanced article demonstrating exactly how to complete a task. Often the pictures tell the story more than the words.

Designers and programmers use this style of blog post to show how they code a website, design an image using Photoshop, code software, or simpler activities like attach a file to an email.

You can apply the principle to almost any industry that has common tasks which may be complex to understand.

In this case it’s more about the imagery and less about the story.

  1. Present A Theory Or Argument (And A Strong Opinion)

If you blog about politics, current events, economics, philosophy, or any topic that triggers healthy debate, use your blog as a platform for your theories.

Strong opinion is a staple of good blogging.

You don’t want to sit on the fence, you need to tell people what you really think.

Conflict spreads, so don’t be afraid to be controversial, provided you can justify your theories.

The important idea here is to present some unique thought. Give your opinion on a major issue in your industry, or on a mainstream topic that your readers take an interest in.

  1. Create A Significant Resource Or Article Series

This is one of my favorite pillar concepts. I recommend it to all my coaching members as the first articles they publish to their blogs.

You start by planning a series of blog posts. They can be articles, audios, or videos (or all three!), depending what content format you prefer.

The key is that each piece connects to the next in a series. You are creating a “super how-to” resource.

Your goal is to produce a free introductory A-to-Z guide on a core problem your audience needs to solve.

You might require five to ten articles to really cover everything, but that’s a good thing, you shouldn’t hold back. You can use those articles as a “start-guide” you list on your blog navigation bar, or use it as an email course, sending people to each article in the series after they sign up for your email list.

You can collect and collate the articles into one document and create a free PDF report. If you add pictures, a table of contents and a nice cover graphic, you have your first key significant resource, which again can be used as an incentive for signing up to your email list.

Really good reports go viral. This article you are reading right now is one such example (email it to your friends, that’s an order!).

You can literally reach hundreds of thousands to even millions of people just because you decided to write a series of high quality blog posts.

  1. Use Multimedia To Reach All Modalities Of Learning

All human beings have a dominant modality for learning.

The four modalities are:

  1. Visual (seeing)
  2. Auditory (listening)
  3. Tactile (touching)
  4. Kinesthetic (participating)

When it comes to blog content, these four learning preferences break down into people who like to read, who like to listen to audio, who like to watch an instructional video, and those who want to actively participate in a live presentation.

Since every person has a dominant preference they are more likely to ignore content not presented in it.

Your best chance of satisfying the majority is to provide content in all the formats you can…

  • written articles
  • podcast audios
  • video presentations
  • interactive webinars

Blog posts that include pictures, graphics, infographs, charts, mindmaps and drawings perform better.

In an ideal world every piece of content you publish would be available as an article, a downloadable MP3 and a YouTube video they can watch.

This is difficult to achieve when you start due to limited resources.

I recommend in every blog post you create always include at least one other piece of multimedia content.

Every article should have pictures. Every podcast should have a PDF transcript so the readers can benefit too.

If there is a relevant YouTube video you can embed in a post, do it, even if you embed other people’s videos (which is completely legal).

Above is what Yaro Starak explained about pillar content and Below is my very best explanation.

When you write pillar contents you will notice that it will engage your audience, if the content is picked up by google it will drive massive and profitable traffic to your blog.

Let me tell you this “blogging is not all about pillar content” you have to make sure your blog is a standalone blog and give search engines reasons to put you above others.

Make sure you read through all this article to get the full concept of ->How To Start A Profitable Blog.

 

Step 8: SEO (Search Engine Optimization) And Keyword Research

Search Engine Optimization

SEO is the main deal in blogging. If you blog is not seo optimized you might not show on search (not even might “will not show”).

SEO (search engine optimization) is categorize into two:

  1. On Page SEO
  2. Off Page SEO

On page SEO include where to place your keyword in your article and the keyword density.

The obvious methods to increase you on page seo are:

  • Include relevant keywords in the meta-tag
  • Include relevant keywords in the meta-description
  • Include relevant keywords in the H1, H2, H3, tags.
  • Include relevant keywords in the image tag (the alt test tag)
  • Include relevant keywords in the content

If you are using Yoast SEO it will help you rank faster because it will ask you to edit all the listed above if not done already.

Off page SEO include other website that link back to your website. There are a numbers of things in which search engines take not or consider when analyzing the inbound link to your site:

  • The number of inbound links
  • The anchor text use to link to your site
  • The IP address of the website linking to your website

Generally, the off page will amount 90% of how well ranked your web pages are for relevant keywords in the major search engines.

When you are exchanging links with other website, don’t simply use your website name, but rather a keyword that describe what your website is all about.

Once you have your website compiled and all the inbound links working, you can submit them to major search engines.

With Google you can use your sitemap and Google spider will index it straight away.

You need to create a sitemap in .xml for your website in other to submit it to Google sitemap (https://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps).

You can use a program called GSiteCrawler that will automatically crawl your webpages and generate sitemap for Google.

You can learn more about SEO at SEOmoz, SEObook etc.

I hope you are getting value from this article (How To Start A Profitable Blog) if yes you are definitely heading towards making profit.

 

Step 9: Monetize Your Blog

Screenshot showing How To Monetize Your Blog

There are bunches of ways to monetize your blog and am going to explain few of them.

  • Google AdSense: Monetizing your blog with Google adsense is a great way to generate profit in blogging but before you can meet your expectation you need hundreds of thousands of visitors to your blog.

So that you will be making lots of profit with AdSense.

 

And write honest and detailed review about the product and publish it on your blog or if you have email list before just broadcast it to them.

Make sure what you are promoting is related to what your blog is all about.

For Example: If your blog is about Dog Training you will find a product like brain training for dog which is a product on clickbank.

 

  • Selling your own product: if you have your own product you can sell it and make money. Just be sure that your services is not out of your blog (related to your blog).

And if you don’t have product just relax and study your audience, study what they usually ask question and comment about then go ahead and provide solution by creating services that will solve their problem.

 

  • Sponsored post: There are lot of companies that will want you to write about them to your audience so that they can get exposure (they can only do that if you have a lot of audience), then you charge them.

 

  • Selling Banner space: If you have large audience people will want to advertise on your blog and you will charge them before placing their banner ads.

 

Those are few method to monetize your blog and if you are really getting value go ahead and sign up to our news later so that we will keep you updated.

So let proceed to the last and the most essential step on this topic ->How To Start A Profitable Blog.

 

Step 10: Drive Targeted Traffic To Your Blog

screenshot showing how to Drive Targeted Traffic To Your Blog

Traffic is where you need to work a lot because without traffic to your blog you can’t generate any profit.

So follow all this few free traffic method that am going to share with you.

The best method to drive organic and targeted traffic is through search engines. Search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, Baidu and lots more.

If you follow what I discuss in Step 8 you will surely rank on the first page of search engines.

Below are few methods to drive traffic to your blog:

are very fast in driving traffic to your website.

Join groups related to your blog, create your own page or group, start a discussion on what you are about to right on.

Post regularly so that your audience will not be boring.

If you install Yoast SEO plugin in your wordpress blog and link your social media in the sharing page, they will help you in posting your article to social media automatically.

 

all you need do is just to look for question that has been asked related to your Niche, answers it and leave link back to your website.

 

If you write an article on your blog create a video about it and share it on all the video sharing platform you know.

And if you know no other than the ones listed above just branch Google and type in “Best video sharing websites” and you should be provided with lots of video sharing websites.

 

  • Forums: Joining forums in your niche is going to help you drive traffic to your affiliate link. Here is how to search for forum in your niche: if you are in the weight loss niche go to Google and type “Top + your niche + forum” and google will load up bunches of group in your niche.

Below are the biggest forums on the internet:

  • HardForum
  • AVSForum
  • Namepros
  • AndroidForums
  • MineCraftForum
  • WarriorForum
  • Guest Post: Many people think this is a very hold strategy but it’s not. This method is among the best way to drive traffic to your affiliate page. Are you wondering how you are going to get an authority website to post on? Here is how you can do it: Now go to Google and search for group in your niche, if you are in affiliate marketing niche go to Google and type what you want to rank for or let me say what you want to get traffic to.

Once you have make list of the websites that you will like to post to, then go to a website called Hunter and enter the URL of that website in to hunter.io and it will show you the websites email address.

You can also use the contact page of that website to message them.

HERE is the BluePrint i promised.

Conclusion

I hope you have gain some value from this very article “How To Start A Profitable Blog” and by now I know you should be on your way to success.

As have said before treat blogging as a business not a job, and make sure you put in all your best.

Don’t wait for the right time because “Now is the right time”. If at all you have any question don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section below and am going to attend to you as soon as possible.

I wish you success on this journey.