9 Steps to Creating a Profitable Blog from Scratch

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To create a profitable blog, you need to treat your site like a business and not just content with a fancy domain name. This is where 99% of bloggers fail.

In this article we are going to break down the process from start to finish… giving every future and existing blogger the blue print for success.

At the same time it’s important to note that this isn’t a path that will make you rich over night… it’s also not going to break your bank. What it will do is give you the foundation to create a blog that provides value to your audience, brands you as an authority and also makes money in the process.

How to Make Money Blogging… From Start to Business

You’ve created a blog, wrote content for your blog daily and have a few visitors coming to your site… but you still aren’t making any money? — I’ve hear this story way too many times and it happens all to often.

Here’s the problem… way too many people jump into blogging without a business plan. This is the same as jumping out of a plane without a parachute… there is a slight chance for survival… but most will die.

Instead, you need to PRE-PLAN before your blog launch. Create a plan of attack… and then conquer!

1 – Dominate Your Niche

To find success online, it’s all about understanding your niche. Take the time to look at your competition, monetization methods and how you can create a valuable experience to your audience.

2 – Niche Down Even Further

Don’t just pick a niche… pick a niche and keep going a level deeper. This ways you can dominate your niche more easily and only create content that you know your audience is looking for.

3 – Come Up With Blog Post Topics Early

Before going live with your blog idea, you should first see if you will have enough content to write about. Try to create a list of at least 10-20 different post ideas. If you have a problem coming up with possible content for your site, check out Google for related search terms and if needed, niche back up one level to cover a wider range.

4 – Pick a Domain Name and Hosting

Your domain name is important, but don’t go nuts trying to think up a great name. Stick with the generic TLDs (.com, .net and .org) and also make your domain easy to remember. Also stay away from numbers and dashes. You domain name should let someone know what your site is about without needing to ask. In terms of web hosting, just go with a well known company like SiteGround, HostGator or BlueHost and you should be fine.

Also, before setting up your domain name and hosting, be sure to search around for hosting coupons as this can save you a lot of money in the beginning. With 20-60% off coupons for your initial purchase, you could be saving a couple hundred dollars by paying for a year in advance, instead of on a monthly basis.

5 – Install WordPress

WordPress is the best solution out there for creating and managing a blog… it’s also 100% free to use. Most web hosts will also have 1-click installation for WordPress, so you don’t have to worry about downloading and installing it on your own.

6 – Create Content that Provides Value and Generates Leads

This is where many people get it wrong. Don’t create content just for the sake of creating content… instead create content that will rank well, provides value and generates leads in the process. If your article is explaining how to do something, include a call to action at the end of your post to push them off to the next step. After creating your content, spend a good amount of time guest blogging on other sites within your niche to increase your backlinks and establish authority. It’s also important to focus on great titles and headlines to gain attention and increase social shares.

7 – Social Networking is Huge

This one is a no brainer. With over 2 million users on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other social networks… you need to be too! This also means you need to include social media sharing buttons on all of your blog content, while also making sure they are easy to find. Also create a social media account for both your personal name and your blog. This will help you rank for multiple positions in the search results. Of course you always have JustRetweet.com as a solution for increasing your following and social shares as well.

8 –¬†Secure Your Following with a Mailing List

Mailing lists are simply the most powerful way to continually grow your audience and brand over time. While 70% of the people who come to your site for the first time will end up leaving and never come back, those who join your mailing list will keep coming back time and time again. Improve your chances to get people to join your mailing list by using popup plugins, which allows you to display a popup window and incentivizing the subscription by giving away a free ebook or resource guide. You can click here to view a list of how top bloggers are using these same methods.

9 – Create Your Own Products and Services to Earn More

Once you have the niche, content and traffic… now you can focus your efforts on creating your own quality products and services. With your own products and services you will not only be earning a much higher percentage per sale, but you will also be building your brand in the process. Not sure what to sell? Create a premium resource guide (PDF file) of the best content on your site and sell it for $27-$97 to test the waters.

Make Money with a Blog — A Visual Look

It’s always nice to read about how to make money with a blog and the necessary steps to take to get there… however, a visual look and reminder is always nice too. Through the infographic below you will see exactly that.

The important thing to remember is that blogging is a slow process. Almost no one created a blog and found success a day or two later. While it may take longer to find success than other methods, it’s definitely much more cost effective and a better long term solution for entrepreneur, marketers, brands and site owners of all sizes.

How to Make Money Blogging

Infographic provided by http://blogging.org/blog/how-to-make-money-blogging/

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