If you’ve been wondering how to start a profitable blog then I’m here to help you out. There are several reasons why starting a profitable blog is a great idea, even now when “blogging is saturated” and “social media is better” according to everyone.
Blogging can be a great tool to earn income online, start a business or attract customers to an existing business, like an e-shop or brick and mortar store.
Our world has long moved past the necessity of a physical business in order to be successful. Perhaps you’ve seen this image floating around.
It paints a pretty picture, doesn’t it? Jack Ma, co-founder of Alibaba has a net worth of over 38 billion dollars. It’s time to jump into the new normal and create for yourself your own space online. A blog is a good fit for you if any of the below reasons resonate with you.
1. You want to help people.
A great blog helps people to accomplish something or provides a solution to a problem. If you have a desire to help others and you’re knowledgeable in a particular subject area then that’s a great reason why you should start a blog to share your knowledge.
Even the most superfluous of blogs like fashion or humour blogs help people to put their outfits together or simply puts a smile on your face.
A blog that is profitable is a blog that helps people to solve a problem. It gives thorough information and actionable tips to persons looking for solutions. The content on a profitable blog is usually set out like this.
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2. You want to make money.
Whether you’re looking for a side hustle or eventually you want to quit your job, a blog is a great way to make income working for yourself. There are several ways to monetize a blog to turn it into an income earner. The main ways: advertising, sponsorships, brand collaborations, selling your own products (physical or digital) and affiliate marketing are great ways to make your blog earn for you.
If you want to make money online, a blog is an excellent way to do this.
3. You want to establish a presence online.
Whether you already have a business, you’re a service provider or you’re a public figure of any kind, you need a blog. A blog attracts new customers, provides ways to connect with existing customers and can help you to show your authority in your niche online. Even for brick and mortar businesses, it is a good idea to have a blog that provides information on your products.
This helps to sell to a wider audience and provide searchable information to customers seeking solutions that you provide.
For a public figure, a blog can serve as your resume and house your credentials and past work. You can write articles on your subject area to establish your expertise and set yourself apart from your competition.
4. You want to build a community.
Blogging is a great way to find like-minded people to share and connect with. Whatever your niche is, yes, even if you want to write about making paper hats for your pet parrot, you can connect with those with similar interests.
Matter-of-fact, if you do indeed want to write about paper hats for parrots, a blog may be the only way to go about building a community as you’re able to connect with people all over the world. You know, in case you have trouble getting your close friends to show interest in these paper hats.
The stronger your community, the better your chance of monetizing your blog. Win-win! Join the Help a Blogger Out Facebook community here if you’re a blogger wanting to connect with other bloggers at different levels of their blogging journey.
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5. You can expose yourself to new opportunities.
You never know where this blogging thing might take you. Every opportunity I have had after my first job was through my blog.
From writing about attractions and accommodations in my beloved country to landing high paying jobs doing things I loved, the opportunities are truly endless.
Many a blogger has gone on to land TV deals, book deals, clothing lines, etc. Maybe you’ll be able to sell those parrot hats! Don’t limit yourself to what your career has offered so far, put yourself out there and see what comes.
Should I Blog or Stick to Instagram Blogging?
This is a question I see a lot of inside Facebook groups for bloggers and I’m always left wondering, what’s an Instagram blog?
Many people feel that starting a profitable blog is too hard to do now and that they should stick to trying to build a following on Instagram with frequent postings and long captions.
The peril in doing so is that you do not own your content and you’re at the mercy of Instagram’s algorithm. One business owner who operated an entire business on a popular Facebook page learned this the hard way. When Facebook changed its algorithm and the page’s organic reach suddenly plummeted, so did that business.
Is that a business model you want to pursue?
Your blog is your property and you’re responsible for all content and the marketing of it. That’s why it’s harder to get good blog traffic and income but once you put the work in, man oh man is the income good.
And you will no longer be at the mercy of working with brands as the main way you monetize, there are many other ways to monetize a blog.
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How to Start a Profitable Blog
Starting a blog that makes money can be challenging but it is definitely a worthwhile undertaking if it’s something you truly want to pursue. It’s important to do it the right way from the beginning if its something you’ve made up your mind to do, especially if you plan to monetize. I’ve written a comprehensive yet easy beginner’s guide to starting a profitable blog here.
I also have a completely free course on starting a blog where I break down blog niches, what to write about, how to set up the blog and structure your content and more. Take the course here.
Getting your blog up and running by following that course is only the first step. Now you need to actually get it to be profitable. Most bloggers will tell you that they were profitable 6 months to a year into their blogs. Luckily for you, there are blogs like this one that help you to cut to the chase and get profitable right out the gate with tested strategies.
Tip number one, start with a self-hosted blog. This is the only way to go if you’re serious about turning your blog into a business. I use Siteground to host all my blogs because they are very affordable and their customer service is quick and superb. I also experience virtually no downtime with them and this is crucial when you’re depending on a blog for your income.
One strategy I have tested and proven is to begin writing about popular topics and launching your blog with lots of content from the start. This way, you can work the Pinterest monster to bring you a huge amount of traffic as soon as you’ve launched. Then, you can begin to scale back on creating content and work on monetizing and growing your traffic.
Don’t worry that you’ll be writing about what everybody is already writing about. Worry not about the blogging market being saturated. The internet isn’t even at 100% penetration worldwide as yet. There are new people coming online every single day. What if you were the one to get to them first?
Even those who have maybe read something similar to what you’ve written might prefer the way you write about it because of your own personal style and the way you explain the information. We’re all human beings but we all differ slightly and have our own quirks and preferences. You’ll find your people.
See how this strategy worked for me on a brand new blog that made money in its first month in a popular niche (not blogging.)
If you’re already a blogger but struggling to find your blogging voice and connect with your audience, this post can help you out. It outlines how I find popular content to blog about that I know will bring in great traffic.
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Informative post! Thanks for sharing.
The main reasons why I created my blog are
1) I want to help people be comfortable with themselves
2) I want a job in the media industry and I have better chances of getting hired if I already have an online presence 🙂
This is interesting to think about. I always thought you shouldn’t go into blogging wanting to make money? Hm. Anywho, I haven’t seen that image before! Definitely gets me thinking. I enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing 🙂
You can definitely go into blogging solely for the purpose of making money and do pretty well with it too if you treat it like a business.
This was a great post! I made the jump from Instagram to blogging back in January and I’m so happy that I did. I haven’t been able to really make my blog profitable yet but I’m hoping to get there at some point.
Very good point about the algorithms on Facebook and Instagram! A blog is your own and although it’s hard work to promote it, it’s still yours and you dont have to worry about some algorithm game!
This is fantastic! And all such good points about not relying just on Facebook or Instagram to build your business and audience.
You hear of too many businesses who do this, and then suffer when those social media companies change their algorithms.
This checklist is great! I had to laugh about the paper hats for parrots comment. I have enjoyed finding and connecting with bloggers who do DIY projects, geeky/needy topics, and book reviews. Thanks for a great post!
The reason why I started blogging on my own domain 2 months ago (instead of Instagram blogging) is because I wanted to have control and own my digital properties. Instagram is extremely popular now but may not be a decade later.
That is a fantastic reason! You’re so right about IG