In my post how to start an online business for dummies I listed the common mistakes people make when starting an online business. One of the biggest issues is that people just can´t start since they just do not know how. In this post I explain how to start a blog and make money with it.
Make money with your blog
First of all is it possible to make money with your blog? I often hear from people that it is not possible to make money with your own blog. However this is not the case. It is definitely possible to make money with your own blog. You have a lot of opportunities with a blog since it is not as “stiff” as a normal website that only contains affiliate links.
Why is that so?
Well if you decide to start a blog business it is all about trust. Your readers have to trust you and if they trust you you have a lot of opportunities to make money with your blog.
Be warned! You should not take advantage of that. Be always honest on your blog, you can and should have your own opinion but you should never lie to your readers or write something just to sell something. That is very important!
How to start a blog business
So the first thing you should keep in mind is: You are starting a BUSINESS! It is not just a hobby!
There is a difference between writing a blog just for fun and having a blog business. You have to be disciplined.
Of course it should be fun for you to write because it will be a lot easier to write then but you have to keep in mind that it is your business.
The most people just don´t start with their on blog. The reasons for that can be:
- They are afraid of making mistakes. Although there is no reason for that. Don´t be afraid of making mistakes you will learn from it. Further the internet has a huge advantage: You can always correct your mistakes.
- They don´t want to put time and effort in a blog that won´t work in the end.
To be honest the effort for a blog is not that high so you won´t waste too much time even if it is not going to work in the end. Besides that you will again learn from your mistakes and gain experience.
Every blog is different. You can learn from other bloggers but you should always stay unique. Keep your own style and keep your own opinion. Be you, be real that is the way your blog is going to work. The rest is technical 🙂
2 Important things before starting your own blog
- You should not wait to long starting your own blog business. A lot of people waste so much time you should stop that right now. Think about who you could be on one year. You could be a person who started a blog and doesn´t have to work anymore because you make enough money online. How does that sound? Good? I know!
- Do you really like writing? I mean you have to write a lot and it is critically important that you like to write if you want to be successfull!
Okay everything clear? Then let´s get started!
5 Steps to your own blog business
Step 1: Choose a Niche!
Choosing a niche can be very hard. Most of you will have a lot of ideas what you want to write about. Today you have this idea, tomorrow you have another idea. The results is that you won´t start anything since you are undecided what to do.
Further you have to make sure that you can make money with your blog. If you decide to start your blog on a topic which is just not profitable you will not make any money.
I highly recommend to choose a topic where you can help your readers. So your niche should be about a problem and you give advice how to solve that problem. So the benefits for your readers will be high.
I don´t recommend to just blog about your life. If you are not Justin Bieber nobody will be interested in you blogging about going to the toilet and eating chocolate or something like that.
I could write a lot about choosing the right niche for your blog but that would be too much for this article. So here is another article on how to choose a niche. It explains in detail how to choose a niche and what is important when choosing a niche.
Step 2: Create a blog – How to start a blog on WordPress
So if you chose a niche you are ready to create your own website right now. I highly recommend creating website with WordPress. It is easy to use and it is a very powerful website program. You don´t have to worry about codes or something like that. Everyone today can create a website in 30 seconds.
If you want to create your own website you have to do several things like choosing a domain name, choose a web host and so on. That can be very overwhelming if you are a beginner and it can discourage your from starting your own blog. That is not what you want.
So if you want you can create a website for free below. You don´t have to worry about purchasing your own domain name or web hosting. Just type in the domain name you want and get started!
Need a little help? This article shows you how to create a website in 30 seconds.
If you have more experience in these things you can still deal with buying your own domain name and web hosting afterwards. This article can help you choosing the right domain name.
Step 3: Content – How to create content for your blog
First of all you don´t have to be an expert at writing. I know that a lot of people are afraid they have to have perfect writing skills and so on. That is not the case. However there are several things you should do when writing content for your blog.
First you should get some ideas. Just sit down and do a little brainstorm. What could you write about? What might your readers be interested in? Give information about your niche. Most people may not know your niche as good as you so also give information and advice for beginners. Write about products which are related to your niche and review them for example. That´s helpful information.
I know it can be hard to write content for your website but it will become easier and easier with every post you write. Here are some tips for you on writing content for your website.
Step 4: Traffic! – How to increase traffic on your blog
In the first 3 months you will not have a lot of traffic. That is absolutely normal. It takes time to rank high with some of your keywords. If you keep publishing content on a regular basis you will definitely see results. The more content the more keywords you will rank high in the search engines for. That means more traffic!
In this article I show you basic ways to get traffic to your website.
You don´t know what keywords are? No problem here is my article about keywords – how to find the right keywords and how to use them in an article.
Further you should optimize your website for the search engines. That means you will make it easier for the search engines to find your content and your whole website and you will get the search engines to like your content and rank it high. A beginners guide: SEO.
Until you get enough traffic from the search engines you should concentrate on sharing your content through social media.
Even if you already get traffic from the search engines you should continue sharing your blog via social media.
Step 5: Stick with it
This will be very hard for a lot of you guys. Believe me it can be quite frustrating to create a blog and get no traffic or make no money with it. However it just takes time. As I said it will take 2 – 3 months to get traffic from the search engines. Most probably you will make money after those 2 – 3 months.
Don´t be discouraged. If you chose a good niche you will be able to make money sooner or later.
Make Money with Blogging
I am sure a lot of you ask now: “Okay but how do I make money with a blog?” Well, I gave you here a full plan on how to start a blog. If you do this you will be able to make money with it after some months.
The reason why I did not already tell you how to make money with your blog is you have to focus on starting your blog first instead of focusing on making money. Choosing a niche and creating a website are big steps if you are a beginner. After that you should concentrate on the content.
The best way to make money with your blog is not thinking about it in the beginning. If you concentrate on creating content to make money right from the start you might get distracted and mess things up. Remember the first thing you want to do is building trust through your content.
Please keep that in mind. Don´t think too much about the money!
You can make money with your blog through affiliate marketing. I wrote a guide on making money with affiliate marketing here. This guide similar to this post here, but it also explains what affiliate marketing is and how you can make money with it with your website. Check it out!
My recommendation for you if you want to get started
If you are still unsure and you feel that you need someone who shows you step-by-step in detail how to start your blog and make money, then I recommend you the free training of Wealthy Affiliate. They will show you everything you need to know if you want to start your blog business right now. What is Wealthy Affiliate?
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Did you start your own blog? Which niche did you choose? Do you already make money with your blog? Tell me about it in the comment below!
I wish you much success!
If you do not know what exactly to do after creating your website just have a look at this post here: How to Start a Blog on WordPress -First Steps