How to make successful blog
beginners guide for blogging
Types of Blogs
When starting a blog, one of the most common questions you might think of is which are the most popular types of blog? There are many different types of blogs covering a wide range of topics, interests, and audiences. For a successful blog, you need to plan ahead and choose the niche that works for you. Here are some of the famous types of Blogs.
1. Fashion Blogs
Fashion blogs are one of the most popular types of blogs on the internet. It’s a big industry with a huge global audience. Fashion bloggers get invited to major events, receive special perks, merchandise, and even business deals by top fashion brands. These types of blogs are good for creative people with a keen eye for style and fashion.
2. Food Blogs
Food blogs are another popular blog type. It attracts a lot of readers who are interested in recipes, ingredients, healthy eating, fine dining, and other food related stories.
Many food bloggers just start with something as simple as their local restaurant reviews. However, as their blog grows so does their interests and target audience. They start covering other food related topics as well.
3. Travel Blogs
Travel blogs are becoming more popular each day. Due to cheap air travel, people are traveling more than ever, and they are always looking for travel tips, advice, and destination guides. These blogs make it easy for other travelers to learn about a destination they have never been to. If you are a traveler, then i recommend you to create your travel blog.
4. Music Blogs
Music blogs has a wide audience who search for critiques on the best and trending music. Music lovers enjoy songs from different languages, cultures and norms.
The music industry has big potential for bloggers to write about different types of music like jazz, pop, heavy metal, famous singers, and more.
5. Lifestyle Blogs
Lifestyle blogs are the most popular type of blogs you can find online. They have a variety of readers, interested in topics ranging from culture, arts, local news, and politics. This gives the blogger a wide range of topics to cover, making it easier to plan their content strategy.
6. Fitness Blogs
Fitness blogs has been a hot trend since they cover important topics like health and general fitness. People all over the world rely on the internet to seek advice on how to stay fit. It’s a great opportunity for fitness instructors to start a fitness blog and get clients online.
These types of bloggers/instructors write about diets, diet plans, workouts, supplements, and more. Fitness bloggers can also create video content to explain different exercises to their audience. They can monetize their website and videos using Google AdSense and affiliate marketing.
7. DIY Blogs
DIY blogs are very interesting and have a huge audience. It has multiple sub-types like arts and crafts, construction, wood-work, metal-work and more. These interesting DIY activities would encourage visitors to try new stuff and share it with the trainer/blogger. DIY blogs may involve a lot of communication which is great for blogging.
Is Blogging worth it?
Well it depends on a few things that are:-
Time you invest in it.
Your SEO(search engine optimization) work
How consistent you are regarding it.
If you want to generate some real income by blogging you need to work smart and consistently. You need to have a strong state of mind. Then something good may happen to you.
Career in Blogging
Have you ever considered taking your blogging hobby to the next level by starting your own business or pursuing a blogging career? Here are some things you need to look out for.
Develop your skills
First things first, to become a successful blogger, there are some essential skills that you need to develop. Hard skills: SEO & Research, Writing – Grammar & Spelling, Marketing. Soft skills: Patience, Motivation, Communication, Organisational skills.
Both these hard and soft skills are particularly important for those of you who are planning to start making money out of your blogging career. You will need to ensure that your content is SEO-friendly and that you develop a marketing strategy and a clear brand image. It’s important to keep your content and communication consistent in order to develop a clear target audience.
Get the most out of your content
Once you have decided who your target audience is, it’s time to get your work out there. Although you may be working on your own blog site, it’s also important to distribute your content on other successful blogs and websites too. As we mentioned, if you want to start making money out of your blogging career then it’s important to
cross-post your content to develop a more established readership, leading readers from other blogs and other sites to your own. After all, your audience is key to your success.
Be aware that sometimes we can be penalised for duplicate content so we recommend updating your content slightly if you are posting it elsewhere. Whether you decide to change some of the wording or take out some of the content, the freedom is yours but we recommend keeping it unique per site, it’s also important to add a canonical tag to republished content to ensure that Google reads yours as the original. The aim of crossposting should be to develop your brand image, show off your talents as a writer and to point
readers in the direction of your website. Gaining backlinks on other websites will help you to rank better in Google and it also proves that other websites recommend and trust your content.
Complete an Internship
Searching for an internship is a great way to advance your blogging career. Whether you decide to find an internship in Content writing alone or a more broader sector such as Marketing, the choice is yours. Internships and traineeships provide great opportunities to develop key skills needed to enter a lucrative blogging career.
An internship will benefit your blogging career in many ways, you will gain practical, creditable experience that you can add to your CV or to your LinkedIn and other professional networks. Your work may also be added to the website of the company you are interning for which helps to develop your professional portfolio too. There are so many reasons why you should complete an internship and it’s an effective way of getting into your desired industry whilst learning the key skills you need to succeed.
Network online & face-to-face
Just like any career, networking is an extremely beneficial activity that helps to improve your chances of success. The people you meet, the knowledge you acquire and the skills you gain, can all have a positive impact on your professional profile and essentially, your career as a blogger. Whether you connect with fellow bloggers on LinkedIn or Facebook groups or you decide to attend face-to-face networking events, the people you meet could significantly boost your Blogging career. You may meet or connect with people who have a successful business or agency that you can collaborate with or perhaps they have a blogging position in their company. Networking is always something we recommend.
Find remote or Part-time work
If you are looking to start generating some money from your blogging talents right away, then it might be worth searching for some part-time or remote work. Remote and part-time work is ideal for those of you who have other commitments or are studying. Having a more flexible style job means that you can work on as many projects and incorporate other work and priorities into your schedule.
In order to test the waters and to ensure that this career choice is the best option for you, a part-time or remote position may just be your best option. With a part-time position, you can make some steady money, whilst learning the essential skills and techniques that a blogger needs to be successful. By taking a part-time job, you can avoid taking all of the efforts from your own work and blog, whilst continuing to do what you love and make money from it, it’s a win-win. By creating content for other companies and getting paid for it, your work is still be distributed across the web which will benefit you and your reputation as a blogger.
Is Blogging a good career choice?
It is good career choice for those people who are willing to spend some good amount of time and effort and constantly producing quality content. The success rate of 4%-5% speaks for itself as most people think that blogging is a get rich quickly scheme. At least 6-8 months are must for a beginner to get going and start generating some revenue. Understanding your niche correctly will definitely help you.
*Now you’ve got the skills & knowledge so let’s start “How to Begin” and start a successful blog.
How to Begin
Select a perfect niche for your blog
To start a blog and make it as a blogger, you have to select the right niche for your blog. First, make sure to pick a niche that you are the most interested in —the one you are passionate about. That way you will follow your passion and enjoy your blogging journey.
Second, you must pick a niche that has enough audience interest. Once you select a niche, I also suggest you validate it.
Choose a blogging platform
At this stage, you’ll need to look at the best blogging platforms out there and determine the type of blog management software that you are going to use. I recommend building your blog using the self-hosted WordPress blog setup that I share in this guide. When it comes to popular blogging sites, you have a few options. Below are usage statistics showing the distribution of blog technologies in the United States.
———————————————————-Hosted blog solutions
For many new bloggers, it’s tempting to start a blog using free hosted platforms such as Blogger.com or Tumblr.com.
However, it’s important to understand that “free” always comes with limitations.
First, your blog name will be set as a subcommand (examples: yourblog.blogspot.com or yourblog.tumblr.com).
Second, you’ll be subject to their rules and restrictions.
Free options come in handy for testing a blogging platform. But, if you’re serious about starting a blog, you’ll have to start paying for full services and a custom domain name sooner or later.
Self-hosted blog solutions
You have several choices when it comes to self-hosted systems (also called a Content Management System or CMS). The most popular is the free and open-source system WordPress.org.
Self-hosted platforms allow you to set up your blog and run it using your own domain and web hosting. You’re fully in charge of your blog and its contents. It will cost just a few dollars per month for the webspace (hosting account), and around ten dollars per year for a domain. The actual blogging software is free.
If you plan to run ads, sell products or services via your blog, then this is the best way to go. Many hosting providers can help you to maintain e-commerce blogs.
Pick a domain name
Your domain name will be the name by which you will be known online, no
Matter what niche you choose. It’s your blog’s unique address on the Internet. It will be yours as long as you continue paying the annual fee ($10 to $15 per year for a .com).
Users who know your domain (URL – uniform resource locator) can simply type it into their browser’s address bar. Others will be able to discover you through search engines such as Google and Bing, so you definitely need to find a unique blog name.
Your domain name may be the highly popular “dot com”, or it may be country or niche-specific. The general rule is to get a “dot com” domain, but some of the other extensions can be used too. For example, “dot net” or “dot blog”.
If you can’t find a domain name you like, Bluehost will let you choose one later. That will give you time to do some research and thinking before you start your blog.
Get a web hosting account
After choosing a domain name, selecting a reliable hosting service will be one of the most important decisions you make.
To a great extent, the functionality and performance of your site will depend on your blog hosting. The host makes sure your blog is available 24/7 to potential readers and it’s where your contents and files are stored online.
Most hosting companies will also provide you a free domain for the first year when you buy their services.
The wrong web host can cause many problems with your blog. Just imagine choosing a mobile company that has no reception. Your web host is a major piece of the puzzle to creating a blog that is well-functioning. Therefore, you must choose a reliable provider.
Chose your Blogging software
There are so many platforms available for blogging. WordPress is without a doubt ruling them all. Some other options i’ll suggest are Blogger, Weebly, Wix & Tumblr. WordPress is better because of so many reasons, from choosing different themes to plugins to security options and much more. So you should know now where to go.
Create your Blog & start writing posts consistently
After you’ve got all the tools and software it’s time for some work. First Chose a domain name for your blog and add an attractive tag-line. Then design your blog with a color theme matching the type of your blog. Then create attractive Homepage as it one of the major points of your blog and also add About & Contact Pages.
Alright after its all done you can start writing posts & articles you want with some SEO tweaks & don’t forget to add attractive titles and description for them as they will decide the clicks. Now track your blog’s traffic and again keep posting consistently, it’ll really help you a lot.
Monetize your blog
After your having some good amount of traffic on your blog, you can monetize it in following ways and start generating some income.
By placing ads
By using various affiliate programs
By writing sponsored articles
By selling digital products
Wealth as a Professional Blogger
How Much Do Bloggers Make A Year
Like everything good, you’ve got to put in the work. Here’s what’s possible for ~60% of the population who is willing to publish 3X a week of strategic content without fail:
Year 1: $1,000 – $10,000
Year 2: $10,000 – $30,0000
Year 3: $30,000 – $50,000
Year 4: $50,000 – $100,000
Year 5: $100,000 – $250,000
Year 6: $150,000 – $350,000
Year 7: $200,000 – $500,000
Year 8: $300,000 – $600,000
As you can tell from the progression, there is a high correlation with time, effort and money. Too many bloggers quit by the first year, negating all their effort in the process. The secret to your success is unwavering commitment.
Even if you don’t make the above amounts blogging, it’s still a healthy amount of supplemental income to your day job.
Blogging Revenue Is A Function Of Traffic
The more traffic you can receive, the more revenue you will earn. Take a look at this chart on how much you can earn by pageview.
How much can you make blogging? Income by pageviews. It’s not unrealistic to make between $0.01 – $0.10 per page view in many blogging niches across display and affiliate ads. So if you get 1,000 page views a month, you can make between $10-$100 per month. But if you can get to 100,000 page views a month you can make between $1,000 – $10,000 off of your blog per month.
You must consistently produce valuable content so that your readers start following and trusting you. Sooner or later, your valuable content will start getting ranked in the search engines like Google. Eventually, they will turn into perpetual traffic generating machines that allows your blog to continuously grow.
Grow Your E-mail List As Large As Possible
Your e-mail list is one of your most precious assets. You own the e-mail list and nothing can take it away from you. With search engines like Google, they might go through an algorithm update and de-rank your posts out of the blue. With your e-mail list, you can always reach your audience.
Those who sign up for your e-mail list are the ones who will come back and keep reading your content and who you will build enough trust with so they will buy your products or click on the affiliate links for the products you recommend. Successful bloggers out there are able to make between $0.5 – $2 per subscriber a month. For example, if you have 1,000 e-mail subscribers, you could generate $500 – $2,000 a month. Not bad at all.
Most Profitable Blogging Categories
1. Finance / Personal Finance – It’s where all the money is, after all.
Boring Product Reviews – You can write endless product reviews on things you don’t even use to earn affiliate income. Just hire a bunch of freelance writers to do your work and you’re done.
Travel / Lifestyle – Travel & Lifestyle blogs are also intended to generate some crazy good money and are one of the leading types of blogs.
Fashion – Look good, make money. The higher price the brand, the more you will make because luxury brands themselves have the highest profit margin in fashion. There’s an opportunity for males to get into this category because it is dominated by women
Health Products / Supplements – People are infatuated with health, life, and fitness. There are plenty of sports drinks, exercise drinks, health pills, etc that can be marketed.
Least Profitable Blogging Categories
Music – Not even musicians are making big bucks now due to 99 cent downloads and piracy.
General News/ Politics – So much divisiveness in this country. You can plan off the angst, but it will probably make you angry and depressed.
Cooking / Gardening – Everybody has a cooking recipe to sell and a gardening hack to grow vegetables.
Toys/Games – Although there’s this one kid Ryan, 7 years old, who supposedly makes over $5 million a year from YouTube reviewing games.
Religion – If you can get fiery fanatics to follow your site, you might actually make a lot of money like Mel Gibson (made $500M in the Passion of Christ) and other celebrity preachers. But overall, it’s hard to sell products and earn ad revenue here.