When Graham Hill created his Tree Hugger blog back in 2005, he knew he was doing something right but he never knew that his blog would be worth $10 million within two years.
Discovery Communication was more than happy to buy it for that sum even though it has only been existing for two years.
In 2005, Michael Arrington started TechCrunch, a technology and gadget blog. He knew he was doing the right thing, but it never once occurred to him that online giant AOL would gladly pay $30 million for his brainchild five years later.
Jim Benning and Michael Yessis were obsessed with traveling. They too like Michael Arrington and Graham Hill decided to create a blog about their obsession in 2001. Six years later, Travel Channel offered them $6 million for World Hum. They just couldn’t turn down such an unexpected mouth-watering offer.
Reading this complete guide that shows you exactly how to start a blog, monetize it, is one of the first signs that you’re about to become a millionaire in the next few years.
You’re about to read the most-complete informative guide on creating a blog that makes millions of dollars per year.
I hope you read all the information contained in this post and don’t jump or skip any point, because if you do, you’ll be spoiling your chances of getting rich through blogging.
Find Your Niche
Blogging is simple and easy. But to really succeed in it, you need to get this first action done right, which is deciding on the topic or subject you’ll be blogging about.
Most successful blogs have a consistent theme they write about. This is what helped them gradually built up a large base of readers who have certain things in common.
Blog About Your Hobbies And Passions
What are your hobbies?
What are the things or activities you’re really passionate about?
These should be things that could keep you up all night.
Before you choose a hobby topic to write about on your blog, make sure it’s the one you can write about week after week without getting tired or running out of ideas.
The hobby topic you choose should have depth with lots of related topics connected to it. This is what would enable you to keep pumping out contents over the long term.
For example, a hobby subject such as traveling has lots of depth.
You could travel anywhere in the world. That means lots of cities, parks, and experiences to write about.
A hobby topic such as swimming has very limited depth.
No matter what type of hobby you choose to blog about, as long as it has depths and related topics, consider it good.
In-depth hobbies have the possibilities of making you millions. Combining it with the below makes it better.
Teach a Valuable Skill Through Your Blog
What modern, extremely useful skill do you have?
Photography? Cooking? Web developing? Personal Finance? Copywriting? Stocks Analyzing?
Blogging can help you turn your knowledge into millions of dollars per year.
You should be aware that there are always millions of people out there who also want to learn that valuable skill you have.
If you can create a how-to blog that perfectly teaches different aspects of that skill, millions of people would start trooping into your blog every day trying to learn…
All you do with this type of blogging concept is, regularly come up instructional contents or how-to guides on performing the skill.
Skill-base blogs are similar to hobbyist blogs.
It’s much easier to generate quick cash on hobbyist and skill-base blogs as you can quickly launch and sell instructional videos or eBooks on the blog.
Blogging for Career Development
Blogging also has some indirect benefits…
For example, you can use it to supercharge your career and rise to greater heights in your field.
What I mean by indirect is, you may decide not to make money directly from your blog. You could, instead, choose to use it as a springboard to help people discover you in your industry.
For example, if you’re a consultant, you can use your blog to gain more clients. And if you offer some other kind of service, you can also provide that through your blog.
Going this route, blogging will only help you advance your career rather than blogging making the money itself.
Below is what Glen Allsopp founder of ViperChill said about this type of blogging concept:
…I was able to promote my services in the Internet marketing industry through my detailed writing on that very topic. This alone has made me tens of thousands of dollars; money that I definitely wouldn’t have had without my blog.
Then he continued:
Secondly, I was able to land my dream job through blogging. I didn’t apply to a newspaper ad or even a job board online. My employer found me. Funnily, they even added me on MSN messenger to offer me the job.
From what Glenn wrote, you can see that his blog helped him made the headway in the Internet marketing niche.
You can derive the same benefit too by creating a blog base on your career path.
Blogging about topics closely related to your career would let people see you as a true professional, thereby sending you more contracts in the process.
Blog to Promote Your Business
If you currently have a business that takes a bunch of your time, you should start a blog to promote it.
Business blogging will give you more search engine traffic which will lead to lots of new customers for your company.
It will also help your business stand out and keep competitors at bay.
It’s also worth noting that business blogging isn’t about publishing posts that only promotes your products. It involves creating value that attracts people.
Before you choose any topic to blog about, make sure you really have a deep interest in it.
If you keep publishing interesting and great contents on the topic you choose, you’ll soon realize that over a million of people are visiting your blog each month. This is what will create money-making opportunities that have the potential of earning you your first million dollars online.
Choosing and Registering A Domain Name
Website addresses are generally called domain names.
For example, Pluck My Feet domain name is located at http://www.pluckmyfeet.com.
Choosing a good domain name is very important if you want to make serious money through blogging.
Note that the address given above is my own domain name which is not connected to any business or individual.
Registering your own domain is good. It gives you the opportunity to create exclusive emails that has the name of your blog on it e.g. email@example.com
You’ll find out that most generic domain names have been taken. So, you’ll have to come up with your own unique name that will attract people when they see it.
I’ll show you how to come up with your own perfect domain name below.
Keywords vs Branding
There are two types of domain names: Keyword and Brandable domain names.
- Keywords Domain Names: As the name implies, they contain keywords of what the blog is about e.g. ElectronicsMarketer.com, DiabetesDoctor.com.
- Brandable Domain Names: These type of domains may have some relation to the topic but they sound memorable and can become an identity by itself. They are very good for building a community of loyal readers e.g SearchMetrics.com, LifeHacker.com, BusinessInsider.com
A brandable domain name is the one to go for when starting your blog. Most of the top blogs all have brandable domain names.
My domain name looks branded. I strongly recommend you get creative and come up with your own brandable name too. It’s not that hard.
Think of The Future
When choosing a domain name for your blog, do not opt for a name that would limit your market scope to a single niche.
For example, let’s assume you are a retailer and wanted to create a blog about baby shoes. Then you decided to register BabyShoes.com, your market reach will immediately be limited to that one niche.
If you’d registered a domain name like BabyWears.com, you could still venture into baby clothes, napkins, shoes, etc. You won’t still be able to expand into blogging about adult wears. That’s still a future limitation.
Sometime in the future, your blog could outgrow your chosen niche and you may want to venture into other markets. Choosing the wrong domain name won’t let you do that.
My domain name gives me the freedom to blog about any topics that help people out of difficult situations: personal development, entrepreneurship, health, career, relationship, personal finance, etc.
Another important point is, don’t pick a name that will become irrelevant in the future. For example, HealthWise2014.com, Chocolate2016.com.
As a rule of thumb, I don’t register domain names that are more than 20 characters long.
The longer a domain name, the more mistakes users will make when typing it into their web browsers. This can lead to losing potential customers.
Short domains are easy to remember and there was less room for errors.
People can easily spell out short names when telling their friends online or offline.
You don’t have troubles spelling Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube, and Twitter. It’s because they’re so short and catchy.
…Dot Com or Net or Org?
There are two types of common Top Level Domains (TLDs).
There are generic ones (e.g .com, .net, .org, .edu).
And there are also country code TLDs (e.g .au, co.uk, .ca, .es).
The one you go with will greatly depend on your needs and goals.
I highly recommend you choose .com if you’re targeting the global audience.
Simply go with your country TLD if you want a localized audience. This will help you rank higher on search engines whenever people in your country searches for keywords related to your blog.
Ignore Domains With Hyphens
I rarely see successful blogs with hyphens these days. I feel this is because it devalues the worth of the website.
Most web users find it hard remembering domain names with hyphens. It can be annoying sometimes. I hate it and so do many Internet users.
Your blog name should be easy to pronounce, spell, type and remember. Having an easy name will lead to loads of traffic assuming your contents are also good.
Stay Away From Trademarked Names
Many bloggers have lost their hard works, sweats and had to start all over again due to choosing the wrong domain names.
Before you register any domain name, do an extensive background search to see if there’s any company whose name appears in your chosen name.
In addition to that, you should avoid using acronyms in your website name.
For example, registering domains such as iLoveBOA.com, NSAmoney.com or AONexperience.com could get you into legal troubles with the organizations whose names appear in that domain.
Don’t Use The “Blog” Word
Many new bloggers while trying to register a domain name often make the mistake of including the word “blog.” Don’t make this mistake.
Even though you’re planning to start a blog with your domain, you should never add the word “blog” to it.
One of the limitations faced by this is, you won’t be able to expand your business beyond the blog format in the future.
Instead, you should go with a unique, short, catchy and brandable domain name.
Buy Multiple TLDs
You should secure your domain name by buying other TLDs.
If you register the .com version of your domain name, you should also register the .net, .org .co.uk (etc.) versions as well.
After you’d registered them, you should now redirect all of them to the .com (or main) version of your website. Doing this protects your domains from being taken by competitors.
My Thought About Previously Used Domains
There are lots of domain markets out there packed with valuable and catchy names you may want to buy.
Most of these domain names could be cheap, while some may be a little expensive.
The danger attached with buying these domains is spammers may have used and abandoned them.
You surely don’t know if the domain name has been penalized by Google before.
If the domain name has been slapped with a Google penalty, you’ll face poor start and may find yourself trying to clean up the mess the previous owner did with the domain.
Because of this issue, I’ll advise you to come up with your own domain name rather than buying from domain markets.
Before you register any domain name, you should consult your loyal friends and ask them what they think about your website name. You never know, they could have a better idea.
Also, make sure this are people you can trust, not guys that will go and register your domain names before you do.
If you’re having a hard time coming up with a unique domain, you can turn to Nameboy and DomainsBot for some ideas.
After you’ve come up with a perfect domain you’ll like to use, proceed to Namecheap to get your domain name registered. It costs less than $15 per year.
Having a good domain doesn’t mean you’re successful yet. Of course, there’s more to creating a blog that makes money round the clock.
Let’s move to the next point.
Deciding Where to Create Your Blog
Now that you have a domain name, it’s time to find a blogging platform to host your blog.
There is much popular blogging software out there, but below four is the most used.
I think it’s worth explaining more about these four so you know which one is good, which one is bad and why.
At least, you should find out which one is good for your needs and will help you achieve your goals faster.
- Blogger: Google owns and run blogger. It’s a beginner-friendly platform and very easy to use. Google provides you with its tools to help you succeed. It also lets you use your custom domain name which you registered. If you’re not interested in getting your own domain name, you can use Google’s Blogspot. Your website address will look like this: yourwebsite.blogspot.com. The downside of this blogging software is that it makes your blog look old-school as Google hasn’t done much to upgrade this blogging software. Because there are very little tools to work with, I don’t advise people to start on Blogger.
- Tumblr: This is a micro-blogging platform owned by Yahoo! It lets you blog and network with people at the same time. Its user interface is easy to work with. But still, this platform isn’t the best place to start your blog. The platform has been heavily criticized in the pasts for promoting adult, self-harm and suicide-related contents.
- WordPress.com: This platform is a blog web hosting service provider owned by Automatic. WordPress.com offers its users free hosting with their address at the end (yourdomain.wordpress.com), or you can get a custom domain name on the platform. This will cost you $18 per year. The disadvantage of this blogging software is, it restricts bloggers from making money from their blogs. Users don’t have full control over what they do. The worst part is, they retain the right to display Google ads on your blog without seeking your approval. This platform isn’t an ideal place for bloggers who wants to make serious money through blogging.
- WordPress.org: This platform is owned by the WordPress Foundation. It is regarded as the best blogging platform. WordPress.org was used by more than 23.1% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013. With WordPress.org, bloggers have complete freedom over their activities. Various search engines are also in love with this blogging software, even Google. It offers unlimited awesome tools that keep your blog ticking in the right direction. This is the blogging platform I highly recommend and will be talking about in this article.
Hosting And Setting Up Your Blog
To run your website on WordPress, you need a good and reliable web-host.
Selecting the right web host is one of the most important aspects of blogging.
Most beginners are prone to make the wrong choice. You can avoid making costly mistakes by reading my tips in this section.
We blog to maximize profits, retain customers and keep them coming back for more. A bad web-hosting service can have a negative impact on these.
Below are some of the negative impacts:
Loss of Revenue
Don’t forget that blogging is much like a business and must be treated as such to be successful.
Whenever your website goes down due to a bad web-hosting service, visitors to your blog won’t be able to view your contents, read your product pages and learn more about your business model.
Amazon had a 40-minute outage sometime in 2013. It was reported that it costs them about $5 million dollars.
Negative Effects on Rankings
Big search engines like Google and Bing love blogs that give web users what they want, but if your blog site frequently goes down, they will have to down-rank your blog pages on their search results. This may have an adverse effect on your quest to netting your first millions through blogging.
Of course, you don’t want Google to down-rank your blog pages on search, that’s why you need a good web hosting service.
Security And Malware Attacks
Just like your computers, your web-host server could get hit with malware attacks.
As you may have already know, there’s no excellent software for keeping out malware. Those hackers are working round the clock to invent new malware.
The best solution is to continually back-up your files and makes it easy to restore them in case your website gets hacked. A good reputable web-host does that for you.
A good web host should also provide 24/7 technical support, maintenance service and stay alert whenever malware hit.
Choosing The Best Web-Hosting Service
The Internet never goes off. It’s always open 24 hours a day, so, your website should be accessible at all times.
There are some things you need to know when selecting the ideal web-hosting plans for your blog.
There are different types of web-hosting packages namely: Shared Hosting, VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting and Dedicated Hosting.
The plan you choose will greatly depend on your needs.
Permit me to explain more about these plans.
Shared hosting is a web-hosting service where many websites are hosted on a single web server connected to the Internet. Each website is allocated its own place on the server.
Shared hosting is regarded as the cheapest web hosting plan available.
What does it mean?
VPS hosting is a type of web hosting that uses Virtual Private Servers. Although the websites are hosted on the same physical machine, VPS allows each website to be fully independent as if each were on its own separate machine.
Below is an example of how it works.
The easiest way to visualize how VPS work is to use the apartment analogy. Each virtual server, or “container”, on the machine is like an apartment suite. You can install any software you like or restart your own container without affecting the other containers on the machine, much like how you can renovate your own suite without affecting the others.
When on shared hosting, an issue with one site may affect the other sites hosted on that same server.
The situation is completely different when hosted on a VPS machine. A problem with one site won’t affect the other sites hosted on the same server.
Additionally, when hosted on shared hosting, a single high traffic site may use up all the server resources leaving other sites on the same server inaccessible. That will not happen on a VPS machine. A site can only use the resources allocated to it.
Dedicated hosting is a type of hosting in which a whole server is given to an organization or website.
The server is usually not shared by anyone else, it only belongs to a single client.
Dedicated hosting gives you total freedom and control over your hosting needs.
This type of web-hosting option offers high performance that can’t be beaten by any other hosting plan.
Should you go for dedicated hosting when starting your blog?
That will depend on your needs but my honest answer will be a NO!
I’ll tell you the reason why below.
Which Web-Hosting Option Should You Choose?
There’s nothing like unlimited space when it comes to web hosting. As the saying goes “you get what you pay for.”
As a blogger, you need to do what it takes to make sure your site is always accessible and loads very fast. That’s one of the keys to gaining high rankings on search engines and also make visitors stick with your blog for lengthy times.
If you’re just starting your own blog, I strongly advise you go with shared hosting at the beginning.
You should upgrade to a VPS hosting plan as soon as your website starts receiving 100,000 page views per month.
Then upgrade to a dedicated server once you begin to get close to 500,000 monthly pageviews.
You need to keep upgrading your hosting resources to accommodate increasing traffic.
Now, from which web-hosting service provider should you start from?
I highly recommend Bluehost. You can go from here. They offer 30 days money-back guarantee. No hidden fees.
Bluehost is the largest brand name when it comes to WordPress hosting. They’re one of the oldest web hosts and has been around since 1996.
Their web hosting plans come with a free domain name registration. That’s almost $15 saved.
This blog is currently hosted on Bluehost. I’m pleased with the level of service and great support I’ve received so far from them.
Setting up your blog is pretty easy with Bluehost. They have easy to understand tutorial videos. Their support system can also get things done for you.
Choosing A Theme For Your WordPress Blog
Why WordPress has become extremely popular is due to the 100% freedom it gives bloggers to customize and design their blog in a way that suits their personal needs.
Numerous WordPress Theme frameworks have been at the forefront of this movement.
A WordPress theme framework allows you to build WordPress themes the same way Volkswagen builds its cars. They use only a handful of platforms, on which they can build dozens of different models for their four major brands. Each car model has a common set of components like engine, power train or suspension. But when it comes to designing the interior and exterior, each brand gives its own flavor to make it unique.
You don’t have to worry about how HTML works to design a good theme. With many WordPress frameworks, 80% of your work has already been done. You only have to use the remaining 20% to make it look unique.
If you really want to make your theme look unique, you can always hire an experienced web designer to help you with that. Most designers would customize things to suit your personal needs and branding.
I advise you first get a basic theme that looks good to start with and don’t worry much about the unique aspect.
I didn’t worry much about the unique feel of the theme I’m currently using on this blog.
I only customize a few things I can and just leave the rest and started blogging immediately.
I feel the blogging aspect is more important, but the design shouldn’t be neglected too. At least, you should always start with a good-looking design.
Where should you buy your blog theme?
Let me quickly introduce to you the popular WordPress theme frameworks available.
I want to make sure you make the right decision when selecting your blog theme.
This is the most popular WordPress Framework at the moment.
It was developed by my favorite, Copyblogger Media.
This framework has lots of interesting features that you won’t get elsewhere: detailed SEO options, HTML 5, supports Schema.org, clean responsive design and lots of beautiful pre-made child themes to choose from.
It currently costs a one time fee of $59.95 to purchase the Genesis Framework.
They offers unlimited support (I’m enjoying the support I’m receiving).
Thesis is a more advanced WordPress theme framework. It offers more control over design and functions.
They have a simple do-it-yourself dashboard where you can comfortably build your own Theme to suit your needs without learning how to code.
Their basic license costs $87 with no support included while their Professional license costs $197 with unlimited support.
Note that you’ll need to renew each year to continue using their themes.
WooFramework + Canvas Theme
WooThemes is one of the popular WordPress Theme stores.
They have their own framework called Woo Framework. Their framework can’t be used alone so they sell it with a base theme called Canvas.
The team builds its own themes which are highly respected in the WordPress design industry.
Most of the themes designed by the Woo Themes are all good-looking.
It costs $97 to buy WooFramework + Canvas Theme.
Gantry is not the easiest WordPress framework to work with, but it offers extreme customization that makes your blog looks unique and completely different from any other theme you can find out there.
The framework is designed by another popular WordPress theme store, RocketTheme.
At $99 per year, you can be sure you’ll be getting a Framework that lets you design a theme that’s absolutely unique.
The Best WordPress Framework
Genesis Framework and Thesis Framework are considered the most popular out of these four. But Genesis is much better than the rest.
I’m a huge fan of Genesis Framework, so is many other popular bloggers out there.
Why do I rate Genesis above Thesis?
If you visit many WordPress design communities, you’ll hear designers mentioning “child themes”. That’s the name given to the WordPress themes created by designers using the Genesis Framework over at StudioPress.
For example, I’m currently using the Eleven10 design which is a child theme of Genesis Framework.
Genesis costs a one-time fee of $59.95 and comes with unlimited lifetime support. You can’t get that elsewhere. And many more.
I highly recommend you get Genesis Framework today or one of its Child Themes over at StudioPress.
Top WordPress Plugins To Install On Your Blog
Everyday, we chase new ways to work smarter, faster and become more productive in things we do. The same is true for WordPress too.
Almost every single day, old plugins are being upgraded to perform some simple functions better. New ones are also being introduced.
Presently, there are more than 30,000 plugins in the WordPress repository. They’re made to improve users experience on our blog sites. They also improve the lives of the bloggers.
With over 30,000 WordPress plugins, you can easily get stuck with deciding which ones are really important or which ones to use. I’ve decided to help you with that.
Below are 11 plugins you should install as soon as your new blog goes live.
This is a very important plugin to add to your WordPress blog.
You need to keep track of every development going on your blog. Google Analytics helps you with that.
After installing this plugin, you’ll be able to know the channel where each of your visitors is coming from, how much time people are spending on your webpages, the average age of your readers, what devices, browsers most of them are using to access your blog and lots more.
With this valuable information, you’re better equipped and doing the right things just seems easy.
Almost every genuine bloggers use Google Analytics on their blog.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
This is another popular WordPress plugin.
It lets you effectively optimize each of your blog posts in WordPress.
You don’t need any advanced SEO knowledge or programming skills to use this plugin. Just install and you’ll be able to evaluate and analyze your posts.
Effective use of this plugin will no doubt help you increase your blog’s search engine rankings.
W3 Total Cache
This plugin help improves your site user experience without making any change to your site’s contents.
There’s also a similar plugin that does the job well, it’s called WP Super Cache. WordPress only allows the use of one of both at a time.
Google XML Sitemap
This plugin does a single job and it does it well.
As the name implies, it helps generates an XML sitemap for your blog site.
What a sitemap does is, it helps search engines crawlers to crawl your site faster and more efficiently.
Contact Form 7
This plugin has been downloaded more than 16 million times.
With the help of this plugin, you can manage multiple contact forms and you’re also free to customize it to suit your needs.
Yet Another Related Posts (YARP) Plugin
Ever visit a web page and found some list of related posts beneath the post you just read? That’s exactly what this plugin does.
It also gives bloggers the ability to customize what relevant posts they would like to show.
It simply helps optimize and reduces the sizes of images to improve sites speed.
Broken Link Checker
This plugin does a good job of improving the user experience of your blog.
Broken Links occur from time to time. It could be in comments, within posts or pages.
As soon as a broken link is detected, you receive an email asking you rectify the problem.
This social sharing plugin was developed by the Buffer team. It’s so flexible and very easy to use.
With Digg Digg, you can add floating social sharing buttons that follow users while they scroll up and down on your blog site.
Disqus is a powerful and easy to use the commenting system on WordPress.
All comments are neat and well-organized. You also have total control over your comments.
One of the biggest problems face by bloggers is comment spam. With Disqus, you can say goodbye to comment spam.
This plugin was built by the WordPress team itself. You bet they know their stuff.
It performs daily backups of your blog and also offers strong security features that protect your blog from malware.
This is the only one plugins in the list that will cost you money. It starts at $5 per month.
Valuable Tips for Becoming An Excellent Blogger
Let’s assume you’ve registered your domain, bought hosting, got a beautiful WordPress theme and installed all the plugins revealed above. What’s next?
It’s time to start blogging.
This is where the real work is. Your success or failure would be determined by how good you are in this activity called blogging.
Reading this entire section will tell you the dos and don’t of building a successful blogging career.
Overcoming Writer’s Block
I’ll assume that you’re not trying to be someone who blogs occasionally. Your goal is to get rich and you strongly believe blogging can help you achieve that.
For this reason, you’ll be writing frequently. Maybe spending most of your spare time writing the next, next and next articles to post on your blog.
As a blogging beginner, one thing will surely happen to you:
You’re likely to find yourself scratching your head and thinking about what to write next.
Many excellent bloggers do have writer’s block and this is how they tackle it:
They set their timer to 15 or 30 minutes. Then they keep typing. They never mind if what they’re writing looks horrible or good, they just type.
The most important thing is to make sure you’re writing most of the time. Don’t quit. That’s just one of the steps to becoming an excellent blogger.
Examine Why You Have Writer’s Block
Though almost every active blogger had experienced writer’s block at some point, it doesn’t look good when it happens every now and then.
If you regularly have writer’s block, you need to ask yourself a few questions:
Do you really enjoy this niche?
Your writer’s block might be because you don’t find your chosen niche interesting enough.
I recommended above that you choose a niche around your hobbies, business, expertise because it’s the only way you can keep coming up with contents every week without getting tired.
Do you enjoy writing, or do you really want to blog?
if you don’t like writing, it will be safe to assume blogging is not for you. Maybe podcasting or video blogging might be better.
To make it big in blogging, you have to enjoy every bit of activity connected with it.
There’s no way you’ll become successful at things you don’t enjoy.
Do you feel ill-equipped?
Sometimes, new bloggers may find themselves lacking the tools or knowledge required to succeed in a particular niche. If that is your case, then you should go and acquire those basic tools and knowledge first if that is what it would take…
You should be honest with yourself while answering the above questions.
Don’t be afraid to strengthen your weakness and keep leveraging your strengths.
Pretend You’re Your Reader
When the idea of writing this post came to my mind, I thought who are my readers and how can I better serve them a content that would help them succeed in blogging?
After hours of thinking, I made the decision that I’ll be writing for someone who has zero clues about how blogging works. Maybe someone who hasn’t even hear the word “blog.”
As you can see, I was able to write in such a way that a complete web user can understand.
I also reveal every single baby step a reader needs to take. That’s how your writing too should be.
You should write in such a way that your article addresses most questions a reader might have.
Don’t Edit As You Write
Writing is fun and it helps develop you even though you’re writing to improve the lives of others.
The biggest writing mistake is trying to edit as you write. That will hinder your creativity. It will also make the writing process very boring for you.
So, whenever you sit down to write either in Microsoft Word or any other writing software, do not edit.
This is important because while editing a paragraph, you can easily forget the point you’ve had in mind for the next paragraph. That kills the flow and rhythm of your writing.
You only need to get all your points down first, and then edit later.
Don’t Format As You Write
This is another writing mistake many people make.
The first draft is more important than anything else. It’s not the finished product but its the framework the end product is going to be built upon.
After you’ve put down all your thoughts, you can then start formatting how you want the page and each paragraph to look like.
As you read this article, you’ll notice bold texts, including headers and images. I did those stuff after I’d completed writing the first draft.
Save Often And Do Backups
Anything can happen as you write. You must always plan for the unexpected events. They do occur from time to time even if you have a new desktop or laptop…
While writing, make sure you’re saving your work. A computer crash might happen and the next thing you see is your computer shuts down itself.
A malware may hit your computer hard that you may have to get rid of all the precious documents you have on it.
Backing up your content on the cloud is the best bet.
You can upload your content files and save them inside your email folder, or use a cloud storage service like Dropbox. It syncs your documents so you can always access them on whatever device you’re using.
Losing a precious piece of work may weigh you down for more than a week and it could spoil your entire day. You should always save and backup your contents to avoid this. Most excellent bloggers do it.
Form A Writing Habit
Blogging shouldn’t be treated as a chore, instead, it should be seen as interesting work.
You should have a particular time during the day which you’ve set aside for writing.
If you’re a full-time mom and have toddlers, this could be the time when your kids are sleeping.
If you’re good dad, this could be when your kids are in school.
You should make it a habit to always write during a fixed period.
Establish a Posting Schedule
Your posting activities shouldn’t be infrequent. Readers should know when to expect a piece of new information from you.
Don’t post today and wait till the first day of next month before you post another.
You should choose days when you want to post.
I notice most successful bloggers post on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I don’t know the reason for this.
Some also like posting during the weekends.
I don’t have a posting schedule yet, but I’m still trying to come up with one I can stick with.
My reason for not having one yet might be because I’m currently publishing long contents. Long-form contents take time to create. Most times, I can’t even tell how long a post might take me to create.
Don’t go posting every 5th, 15th, and 25th of every month because I said you should have a posting schedule. You should also endeavor to post regularly, even more than your major competitors.
Frequently updating your blog with new contents gets you more visits from Google and other search engines.
Write with a Timer
You can make writing less overwhelming by learning to take short breaks when you write.
Writing for long hours without a break could affect the quality of your contents.
For every 30 minutes I write, I take 5 minutes break, then relax my mind for 30 minutes after writing for 3 hours. This helps me maintain my writing drive.
What works for me may not work for you. You can come up with your own plan.
Having a timer beside you lets you concentrate on writing instead of watching the clock and wanting to get a break.
Live Your Life
Don’t go writing all the time because I said you should be actively blogging. You should learn to live your normal life too.
Don’t stop seeing your friends and families because you always want to write all the time.
Blogging doesn’t deprive you of living your life and having fun. You should see it as an interesting activity you do at a set time.
The more you’re making blogging deprive you of the good things you use to do, the harder and boring blogging becomes…
So, don’t sit there in front of your computer all the time till you get sleepy and tired. Go out and have some fun!
Write in Batches
I didn’t write what you’ve read so far on this page at a go. That would have affected the quality of this article.
What I did is, I broke down the writing process and dedicated some set time to each one.
The entire writing took me about 4 days to complete. I know you may suggest I’m slow and should’ve finished within 2 days.
The truth is I made it fun, not chore.
I watched some good movies between and also went out and see some of my close friends. I don’t always think about it because I have a set time dedicated to it.
I like writing in batches because it makes the writing process seems easy on me. Many successful bloggers do the same…
Don’t Write From The Beginning
I’ve been a victim of breaking this rule many times, but later, I often realize that I shouldn’t have been worried about the introduction.
The body is where you want people to read. It’s where you sell your product, service, idea, whatever your reason for writing.
Concentrate your efforts on writing the body of the content first. After you’ve done that, you should then come back to write the introduction to present the reader of the things will learn if they read the content body.
Keep Note-Taking Booklet or App At All Times
Every day, you come across nice quotes, ideas, facts, statistics or stories that could make a great blog post.
Saving these ideas on a booklet or an app like Evernote guarantee you never run out of ideas when next you’re planning to write a new blog post.
Turn Off All Distractions
Writing is a creative process.
Sometimes, you may come up with one of the best ideas without even knowing it. This is because you’ve been buried in writing that you don’t seem to think about anything else.
Constant distraction can shut down your creative imagination. That’s why you need to make sure you don’t get distracted while writing.
Always turn off all notifications on your smartphone before you start writing. And don’t forget to let those disturbers know that you won’t be available at certain times.
The most wealthy and successful bloggers have a set time when they’re left alone. They only do one thing at that moment — they write.
Every time you’re typing, make sure you only have the text editor open.
Find Time For Inspiration
Writing is only a 50% core of blogging. Constantly keeping up with the latest updates and learning more about how your niche works is the other 50%.
The more you learn, the more you know. And the more you know, the more you have to tell.
Constantly researching widens your brain capacity, and that helps you have more story to tell your audience.
To be an excellent blogger, you should continue learning. Don’t assume you know everything. Learning doesn’t stop. Even the so-called gurus are still learning.
SEO Copywriting Tricks For Getting Massive Search Visits
You may have seen me mention “SEO” very few times in this article. But what does it mean?
SEO is the acronym of search engine optimization.
Most bloggers use various SEO tactics because they help them increase their blog rankings on search engines.
Bloggers are competing with themselves to be at the top positions of Google search results. Why is because it increases their chances of being seen by many searchers.
The more the visitors your blog receives, the faster you realize your dream of getting rich through blogging.
Because you’ll be writing most of the time, I think it’s best to incorporate SEO into your writings. That leads us to SEO copywriting.
SEO Copywriting is the process of integrating SEO into your blog contents. It makes your articles more human-being and search bots friendly.
How do you do SEO copywriting?
Below are some effective strategies that will help you drive more quality traffic from search engines.
Write Longer, In-Depth Contents
This article, the one you’re reading right now is a perfect example of what I call in-depth content.
It’s in-depth because I explored many aspects connected with creating a successful blog.
Content length does lead to higher rankings on Google and other search engines.
Google believes that longer contents answer most of the questions a searcher may have. Therefore, it ranks long-form contents over short-form contents.
Because Google wants to provide its users with the best results, having more thorough content will give you a big edge over other bloggers who are competing with you for the same audience.
A study conducted by SERPIQ shows that the top 10 ranking pages on Google for many keywords contains more than 2000 words.
So if you truly want to build a successful blog within a short time, you should start writing contents that are longer than your competitors.
Speak Your Audience Language
When writing your blog contents, you must use phrases prospects are likely to type into the search box. This is very important if you want to get found on search results.
Many Internet marketers recognize these phrases as Keywords. They’re GOLD!.
How do you find these keywords?
Google has a tool called Keyword Planner. Just by typing a word (or phrase) related to your content into the box in the Keyword Planner, you’ll discover up to 800 phrases your potential readers are typing into the Google search box.
Copy those words you discover in Google Keyword Planner and use them a few times when writing your content.
Focus on Long-Tail Keywords
Above, I told you what keywords means. Now let me quickly introduce you to the 3 types of keywords we have:
- Head terms
- Middle terms
Head terms are broad keywords such as weight loss, bodybuilding, and social media. They usually have one or two words and are said to be very competitive.
Middle terms keywords usually have three or more words in them. For example: weight loss tips, bodybuilding trainers and social media marketing. They usually contain three to four words and have moderate competition.
Long-tails keywords are usually made up of four or more words. For example: weight loss tips for men, bodybuilding trainers in New York, social media marketing for beginners. These type of keyword has little to zero competition.
In the early stage of your blog, you should focus on creating contents around long-tail keywords because they have little to zero competition.
Ranking at top positions for long-tails is much easier even when your blog is still pretty new.
You’ll find lots of long-tails inside Google Keyword Planner.
Optimize Your Titles
You should make sure you’re using those long-tail keywords I talked about in your titles.
For example, if your keyword is, weight loss tips for men, you could write an article titled “10 Weight Loss Tips for Men” or “Effective Weight Loss Tips For Men Above 50.” These titles contains the exact keyword you’re trying to rank for.
Work on Your Description
Google displays the description beneath the title when someone searches for the keyword you’re targeting.
You should endeavor to include the exact keyword you’re planning to rank for along with some catchy phrases that would make people click on your listing on search results.
For example, if your keyword is “weight loss tips for men,” you could write something like this:
I just put together a complete list of weight loss tips for men. They work like magic. Check them now!
Google usually allows no more than 160 characters in each website description section on search. The above description example contains 102 characters. A description like this will receive more clicks on search engines.
Keep Your Content Fresh
Google likes frequently updated contents. It shows the blogger is really serious about satisfying the needs of users.
After you’ve posted your content, you should always go back to it every week, month or year to see the information you could add, improve and remove on the page.
Make Your Website Easy to Read
Online writing is very different from offline writing.
Most Internet readers are skimmers. You have to keep their attention and make it easy for their eyes to read your page.
How do you do that?
- Use H1, H2 and H3 headings, as you see on this page.
- Make each paragraph short and catchy.
- Use bold/italics to draw readers attention to some points on your page.
- And use simple readable fonts like Georgia or Arial.
How and Where to Consistently Find Great Ideas for Your Blog
After you’ve set-up your blog, you need to write every week, maybe publishing 3 times per week for months and years to come. Isn’t that a hard task?
Well, it’s really not. In fact, it’s very easy to publish 4 times per day and do that for the next 10 years without ever running out of ideas.
Top blogs like Forbes, Mashable and Lifehacker have been around for some time now and they haven’t stopped posting new contents every day.
We bloggers can never run out of ideas. As a beginner, you may not know this, that’s why I’ve decided to include this section.
Now, let’s get straight to the point.
Where can you regularly find inspiration for your blog posts?
If you want to be a successful blogger, you should have a list of blogs that you read. I currently follow more than 25 blogs in various niches right now.
Most times, I find information and facts that resonate well with people who read my blog on these other blogs.
Recently, I realized that I can create my own version of their articles by using the fact or story they shared as the foundation.
If you see a fact or idea somewhere, it doesn’t mean everybody knows about it yet. You too can use that same idea, but you’ll need to add your own spin to it using your voice, and maybe go extra depth by adding more helpful facts that back up the idea.
Not long ago, while surfing around LinkedIn, I stumble upon an article written by Gary Vaynerchuck, the CEO of Vayner Media. It’s titled “How Small Businesses Can Compete With Fortune 500s.”
I liked the idea Gary conveyed in that article. His point was to become a media company and create more contents than anybody in your industry.
Something came into my mind after reading that piece of information. I thought I could re-phrase the title to “How The Small Guys Can Beat The Big Players In Any Industry.” I like this title. I believe it’s better than the title Gary used on LinkedIn.
I haven’t published the article yet but I think I’m going to add more depth to that idea.
This is just one example. I have lots of other ideas saved in my notepad.
While reading other people’s blog, you can stumble upon great blog post ideas that you could write in another great version using your own voice and style.
Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn are all great places you can find inspiration for your next blog post.
I’m more active on Twitter than others. I like kinds of stuff displayed with fewer words.
Every single day, my Twitter Timeline present me with ideas that could make a great blog post.
For example, while typing this right now on my iPhone 5, this is what shows up on my Twitter Timeline:
The first one is a tweet from Forbes telling a fact-based on a study.
I could rephrase it like this: Your Boss Could Give You A Coronary Heart Disease (Learn How to Protect Yourself).
You can be sure many people would like to read that.
The second tweet was from Cracked.com. A humor site.
I could rephrase the title like this: Try Scaring Your Kids Today – You’ll Discover These 6 Lessons
Do you see how I rhyme with the last 3 words(these, 6 and lesson)? Many people would like to read that too.
I got those two big ideas from my Twitter Timeline. What a big discovery.
You can try it out too.
Your Own Contents
After you’ve started your own blog and been actively publishing for some months, chances are you’ve written some great blog posts.
You should go back to them.
Read them and find places you made powerful statements or say an idea. See how you can create articles base on those statements. You’ll be amazed.
News And Current Affairs
There are lots of things happening today. Some are good. Some are bad. But you’ll always have your own personal opinion if it truly relates to you.
You can create your own opinion in the form of an article and share it with your gorgeous readers. This kind of content would make them connect with you more.
Ask Your Readers
As soon as you’re getting a fair amount of daily visitors, you can begin asking your readers what topics they would like to read on your blog. You can do this on Twitter or through your blog.
Many of your readers will drop their questions and would like you to create articles that address their questions. Most of their questions should make great blog posts.
Check Your/Their Comment Sections
If you feel running out of ideas, the comment section is also a great place to visit.
From time to time, people who visit your blog will drop their questions in the comment section of your blog.
If an individual asks you a question, it indicates there are many other people who also have the same question.
Check around to see if you’ve answered that question before in one of your articles.
If it has not been answered, you should create a resource (article, video, audio) that perfectly address that question.
You can also visit other popular blogs in your niche. Visit their comment sections to see if there’s any question you haven’t address on your blog.
Who are the experts in your niche? What one question would you like to ask them?
You can consider doing an expert round-up post.
Email all the experts and ask a simple question from all of them. Then publish their answers on your blog.
Check Richard Marriott and Mauro D’Andrea blogs to see this strategy in action.
I’m seeing rising adoption of content curation recently.
With content curation, what you do is create a page that shares links of valuable resources most of your readers would find very helpful.
Check out HelpScout and Lee Odden’s TopRank Blog to see content curation in action.
How to Make Millions of Dollars From Your Blog
You have families to support and you also have dreams you’ll like to achieve. How can blogging help you with that?
I know you must have been waiting for this section.
Above I promised to tell you how to make millions of dollars from your blog.
It’s possible. Many people had done it and I’m in the process of replicating their success too.
Everything you’ve learned so far on this page is very important. There’s no magic way to making your first millions if you don’t heed all the advice given above.
Now before I reveal the simple secret to becoming a millionaire through blogging, there are some things I must clarify:
There’s no shortcut to making millions from blogging. The only way to success is hard work.
If you’re not willing to work hard, then I assume blogging is not for you.
And secondly, blogging could make you millions within the next 365 days but I’ll be wrong if I call it a get-rich-quick scheme.
If you must get rich blogging, then you must be willing to get rich slowly.
Even though blogging can make you rich within a short time, you should always play the long-term game.
And the last point I’ll like to make clear before we proceed is: you should be willing to help people if you really want to become a successful and wealthy blogger.
Now that I’ve made myself clear, let’s move.
2 Multi-Million Dollar Internet Business That Originated From Blogs
Many blogs turned into multi-million dollar businesses. I’ll limit my talk to 2 real examples…
You’re going to learn something great from these 2 stories.
Let’s start with story number one.
Neil Patel started his blog, QuickSprout in 2007. Then his company, Crazy Egg was making lots of losses. Though he runs an Internet marketing agency, he never liked the idea.
After many months of active blogging on QuickSprout, Neil was loaded with lots of new information on the type of software that would succeed in the Internet marketing industry, so he decided to create another product which is called KISSMetrics.
KISSMetrics was an instant hit.
Neil has already had over 100 blog posts on QuickSprout before launching KISSMetrics.
KISSMetrics made lots of sales and he was able to recoup all his loses. His blog helped generates the kind of visitors that are very interested in his software product.
Today, Neil Patel now makes millions of dollars per year. Thanks to his blogging activity.
Brian Clark decided to quit doing an attorney in 2006 and started his blog, Copyblogger.
For four years, Brian Clark and his team were pumping out lots of contents every week and signing up partnership deals here and there.
Finally, in 2010, he decided to bring them together under one company called Copyblogger Media.
Below is what Brian said about his blogging success in 2010:
Over the last 4 years, I’ve launched several companies from this simple blog of mine. The idea that building an audience with content and letting the revenue-generating ideas, products, and services reveal themselves based on what the audience actually wants has worked out amazingly well.
Through this simple blogging theory, Brian became a millionaire and now makes millions of dollars per year from his blog.
So what are the takeaways from these 2 stories?
Start your own blog. Be extremely active. Launch a software product that perfectly addresses your readers needs. And YOU become a millionaire!
The Wrong Monetization Strategy
Many gurus will tell you to sell advertisement spaces on your blog, but the truth is, this is a traditional approach to making money through blogging.
Displaying other people’s ads on your blog steals money and readers from you. You may never get them back again.
How much do most bloggers get when people click ads?
Maybe $5 per click on average. And that is only if you’re in a profitable niche like Forex, Insurance and Credit Cards.
If you’re in a low profitable niche, you could be getting nothing more than a dollar per click.
Imagine $1 for a single click, when you can sell to the same customer 20 times and net more than $50 each time?
Does that make sense to you?
Absolutely NO of course.
I don’t think ads display is a smart way to make money off your blog.
The Best Way to Make Money Blogging
I believe direct selling is the best way to make money off blogs.
Because you have 100% freedom to do whatever you like on your blog, you can sell absolutely anything that resonates well with your audience.
Another thing is to remove doubts that your audience won’t buy expensive products from you.
There’s no such thing as a cheap market. If your blog has 1000,000 monthly readers, chances are, at least, 0.50% would buy your product.
Now imagine you’re selling a product or service for $500 each and only 500 people bought it, you would’ve netted $250,000 from that single product.
Think this isn’t possible?
Well, let me give you an example.
Jon Murrow runs a writer blog at Boost Blog Traffic where he sells a single product worth $10,000.
Now, I’ll like him to speak for himself:
Our $10,000 product is a year-long coaching program for writers – a group that’s not exactly known for their wealth, but I always fill all 10 spots within minutes of opening the program. Here’s why: I notify 40,000 writers about it. 2% of 40,000 is 800 people who might possibly buy a product in that price range. By only accepting 10, I’m creating a situation of extreme scarcity.
Note: Those 40,000 writers are people who frequently reads his blog.
The above quote should tell you that your blog readers would be able to afford your $500, $1000, even your $2000 products.
I liked how Jon explains this idea below:
The vast majority of your customer base won’t be able to afford premium products, but what’s interesting is it doesn’t matter. Often times, you can make more money selling to the 2% than you can to the entire 98% combined.
There are lots of other ways you can earn millions from your blog.
For example, you could launch an iPhone app and introduce it to your blog readers. You could write a book and sell it to your readers. You can also sell a premium membership…
Again, let’s assume your blog receives 100,000 monthly unique visits. Then you decided to introduce your free iPhone app to them. There’s a possibility you could hit 10,000 downloads the first month you launch it. That’s a great start and you could be on your way to making your first million dollars if your app truly rocks.
There are just no limitations to making millions from blogging.
How to Become A Successful Blogger Almost Overnight
I’ll like to say a BIG congratulations to you if you’ve made it this far. I’m sure you’ve learned quite a lot.
Now that you can’t wait to start your blog, I’ll like to share some more important points with you.
I’ve witnessed people who suddenly came out of nowhere and become kings of their niche.
I’m talking about bloggers like Jeff Goins, Leo Babaota, and Brian Clark.
What’s their success secret? Do you want to know?
Building a successful blog — and a successful business — isn’t just about working hard, though. It’s also about doing the right things.
The shortest short-cut to blogging success is to study your biggest competitors.
What are they doing?
What traffic generation tactics are they using?
If they are mostly writing guest-posts, you should be doing more of that too.
If they are posting 4 times per week, you should be posting 8 times per week.
If they are charging more than you, charge more too and increase the benefits of your offers. Prospects will have the perception that yours is better.
Today. I mean right now. Select the top ten blogs in your niche.
Try to analyze what they do every week.
After doing that, you should now find ways you can beat them by numbers. Make it a number game.
What you just read is the fastest route to becoming the top blogger in any niche.
After reading every bit of advice and action steps contained in this article, I have no doubt that you can’t wait to start your own blog.
I’ve created the best guide that teaches you how to create a blog and get rich through it. I believe you have on your screen a piece of information that would see you achieve your wildest dreams in the next few years.
Bookmark this page for future reference and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. This information could mean a million dollars to them.
Thanks for reading.