Find your Niche –
So you have decided to become a professional blogger, Congrats! but now what? The easy part is done. Writing a blog for money is hard work and requires dedication. Well I’m here to help you get started. First things first, you need to find your niche. What is a niche you ask? A niche to me is kind of like the hutch where you keep your mom’s fine china. It is a showcase of what you love to do. It defines your product and makes it available for viewers to read and enjoy ( and hopefully buy ) what you are putting out there.
What is your specialty? Do you love to cook ? You could write a cooking blog, showcasing recipes, how to videos, sell recipes books (get the idea?) Are you a professional dog groomer? You could create a blog on animals, how to care for them, how to groom them, or places they can take their pets to get groomed and write reviews on the best and worst places to go? Choose something you are familiar with and enjoy talking about and GO FOR IT! The possibilities are endless….
Free Blogging Sites
Once you have chose your niche and have some ideas flowing, now you need a place to put them. Do your research and don’t pick a site because it is free or super cheap. I did that and man oh man what a nightmare roller coaster ride this has been (seriously like A Nightmare on Elm St kind of nightmare) There are so many sites that just want to take your money and run, so be careful. If you want to write professionally, keep in mind that you can start with a free host site to get you started but when you are ready to monetize your blog you will need to purchase your own.
Affiliate marketing companies and advertisers won’t allow you to advertise on a site that you don’t own. My personal favorite FREE website company is Siterubix .
Siterubix offers you 2 FREE websites, plus you get so many other Free incentives, by signing up with The Wealthy Affiliate program and Siterubix you will get:
They won’t ask you for a credit card and there are no monthly fees, unless you choose to go to the premium plan, and for what they offer you it is TOTALLY worth the pennies per day the premium plan costs. There are other hosting sites out there but none even come close to The Wealthy Affiliate Program. Plus the FREE training and courses OMG AWESOME courses, they have helped me so much and there are SO many of them offered and available right at your finger tips.
Connect to a Community
When creating a blog, you are going to have NUMEROUS questions and will more than likely need some help with issues that may come up, or even just to help give you advice on what works and what doesn’t. The Wealthy Affiliate has a wonderful online community with over 100,00 members to help answer those questions for you. There is an online chat service so you don’t have to wait until a customer service rep answers your email (so frustrating).
WA has experienced professionals as well as bloggers just like you and me to ask for advice, to get opinions on your posts, they are there to help in whatever section you need help with. For example: I was having troubles getting views to my blog and I went onto the chat for some help and to see if anyone had any suggestions, I spoke with 2 wonderful people that gave me a few suggestions on how to change those numbers. In 24 hrs of posting with the new ideas they gave me, I went from 58 viewers to 456 in just 1 day! Plus I got 7 referrals (affiliate marketing). I’m being totally honest when I tell you The Wealthy Affiliate program is undeniably the BEST program out there!
Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make. There are literally hundreds of thousands of companies out there to choose from. Unless you have a specific product you plan on selling, affiliate marketing is the best way to monetize your blog. Sounds confusing? No worries if you sign up with WA there are training courses specifically for helping you in this area.
When choosing affiliate programs just make sure you keep in with your niche. You won’t want to advertise for a leather coat company on your Ground Beef Casserole Post ( like I did, very bad idea lmao) or for an online dating service on your “How to Save your Marriage” article.
Blogging is a fun profession, but it takes ALOT of hard work and dedication from you. If you think blogging is the fastest way to make a buck or a get rich quick like you see so many people publishing ” make 5000 in your first month” that’s HOGWASH! I have been blogging for only 3 months now and I have made ………………………….
wait for it …………………………..$4.00 !!! Yup that’s right it isn’t a typo $4.00. I’ve been told to even make that in the first months is impressive, and the first 0.05 cents I made I was so happy I cried ( my family thinks I’m nuts btw ). After you start your blog and work as hard as I have been, you come back here and leave a comment and tell me how HAPPY you are for making those pennies!
I am getting there slowly and am darn proud of knowing those pennies are from hard work and lots of dedication and not throwing in the towel the dozens of times I have thought about quitting. I know I will succeed, I know I will get there, I know I will start making real money soon.
and what I really know and believe is YOU WILL GET THERE TOO!