You are seeing these articles all over the web about these kids who are making a ton of money by creating a blog. Sometimes these kids are generating thousands and thousands of dollars a day. Sure, that’s rare, but there’s a lot of people who are generating five, 10, 20 grand a month from their blog. I’m going to teach you today how you can create a blog that generates income. The first thing you need to do is go to neilpatel.com/howtostartablog. Once you go there, you’ll start seeing the article. The article will break down how to get started with your blogging platform. But first it teaches you that you need to pick a niche. How do you know what to blog about? Well, one, has to be based off of your passion. If you’re really passionate about something, you should probably consider blogging about that versus something that just makes money such as mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and legal related keywords are really lucrative, but who wants to blog about that stuff? It’s boring. And if you don’t love what you’re going to do, you’re going to eventually quit.
So blog about something you love. You have to be passionate about it. When you’re on that web page on neilpatel.com you can type in keywords, and it’ll break down what industries have a big enough market size. Now you’re like, All right, I’m passionate about this subject such as clothing or fashion and I know enough people are searching about it so now I can create a blog about it. But you don’t want to go too broad, and that tool on neilpatel.com, that how to start a blog page, it’ll tell you if the niche you’re picking is too big or too small. Now that you got that out of the way sign up for a hosting account. You can use BlueHost, HostGator, GoDaddy, whatever you want. I would recommend that you use BlueHost because with one click you can install WordPress and then it’s up and running, you don’t have to be technical.
Once it’s up and running, you can even pick some themes and the design, they’ll give them to you, and then you want to start writing your articles. Once you start writing your articles, there’s a few things you need to know. The first is if it’s not appealing, people aren’t going to read it. Think about it. I’m writing this article, but I myself want to read it. If you don’t, don’t write it then. If other people also want to read it, great. You have to be willing to read it and other people want to read it. Ask people, survey them, just talk to your buddies, friends, people that you know, be like, 3Hey, would you like to read this article about men’s fashion and how you can match colors? Yeah, all right, that sounds cool.4 Great, then write it.
Now that you got your topic there’s a few things you need to know. First is your headline. Your headline has to be appealing. Go to Copyblogger. They have this headline formula. They’ll teach you how to write really persuasive headlines. They even give you a formula and a tool that you just have to plug and play keywords in there, and you’ll be able to create really cool headlines from that.
Now that you got your headline, outline what your post is going to be about. Just think about those high school days where you think, write the introduction, you write the body, and then the conclusion. The body has subheadings, so just write your introduction, write the conclusion, add in your subheadings, and then fill the rest out. That’s how you get started with writing your first blog post. When you’re writing your first blog post, each paragraph can’t be more than five or six lines. If it’s more than five or six lines what’s going to happen is it’s going to be too overwhelming for people.
No one wants to read a 10 line paragraph. It’s just too much. Also, use the words you and I within your blog post. That way it’s like a conversation. People will interact, engage with you, and then they’ll leave comments. Why? Because your content is engaging. You can also ask a question at the end of your conclusion, which will help create more engagement because that will spur more people to leave comments. And when they leave a comment, respond to them. Don’t be a prick. If someone asked you a question in person, you would respond to them. Do the same with your blog. Once you got your blog post out, you of course want to link to people within your blog post to back up the main points you want to make or any other cool blogs that you think would benefit your readers.
Once you figure that out, you want to start doing this on a consistent basis. Write at least one post a week, but ideally you should be blogging three times a week. Over a course of six months to a year you’ll build up a big base of readers. As you build up a base of readers you can use a tool called subscribers.com and hellobar.com. They’re free. Hello Bar offers email subscriptions where someone can subscribe to your blog by just entering in their email and get notified every time you release a new blog post. Subscribers lets people know as they’re browsing around on their computer in the browser that, hey, you got a new blog post, and they should go back to your site. So the people will start keep coming back to your site. Then from there you can monetize in a few ways. One you can put Google Adsense. It’s a quick way to make money from Google in which they’ll pay you every time someone clicks on one of your ads.
You can also use affiliate links. There’s sites out there like clickbank.com in which they’ll let you promote products and services within your space, and every time you generate a sale for someone else you’ll get paid a commission. That’s called affiliate marketing. That’s a really simple way to start making money from your blog. The third way, and this is my favorite, why not sell your own products or services. Let’s say you have a site about fashion. You can actually do let’s say a box where they get mailed fashion tidbits, or they get mailed fashion items once a month, and you can charge a premium for that. That\’92s a quick way to make money. It’s kind of like Birchbox. Or you can sell a guide or an e-book about men’s fashion or how to be swag on a budget. Whatever it may be, you can sell an ebook literally for $5, $9, whatever it may be.
This will all start generating you income. And if you want, you can do a mixture of everything. As you do this from the ads to the affiliate marketing to selling your own products, you’ll notice that over time your income will go up. Just be patient and give it a good six months to a year before you start making any decent money from your blog. Just like anything worthwhile it takes time..