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Blogging is a viable way to earn an online income. It takes time to build an audience and authority, but if you stay persistent in your blogging efforts, eventually you’ll reach a point where you can turn in your employee badge and live the life you dream and deserve.
Here is everything you need to know about building a blog in 6-simple steps.
1. Identify Your Passion
What do you enjoy doing with your spare time? Starting a lifestyle blog focusing on your passions is an excellent way to keep yourself committed and interested in delivering high-quality content to your platform.
With over 4.1 billion people online in every country all over the world, you can launch a blog on virtually any topic and still achieve a sizeable audience. The formula to a successful blog is excellent content, as well as effective marketing and networking.
Working with something you’re passionate about will help you persist through the start-up phase of your blog, where most people fail.
2. Select a Catchy Title
Once you’ve decided on the theme for your blog, it’s time to register a domain with the same name. Try and secure a dot-com URL, if it’s not available then consider changing the name of your blog. If that’s not an option, then look for a dot-org domain.
3. Select the Best Blogging Platform
You don’t need to spend a pile of money to build your blog. It’s possible to use free solutions to create your platform. If you have no idea of where to start, here’s a quick tutorial for creating your new blog. Choose a free template and theme, or customise them for a small fee on WordPress.
4. Traffic Tips
Reach out to industry influencers and authority sites in your niche. Offer them a collaboration where you exchange links. Posting your link on an authority site improves your search ranking and the visibility of your blog.
Register accounts on social media platforms and then identify top influencers in your niche. Send them a DM and ask if you can pay them to promote your blog. Most influencers will be happy to do this for a small fee.
Promote your content through groups on social media. Every time you publish a post or video on your blog, create a captivating social media post that invites people to your blog to view your content. Share the post on as many Facebook groups related to your niche as possible.
5. Monitor Analytics
Register with Google Analytics and monitor the sources of traffic visiting your site. Analytics will show you what posts people find exciting and where your core audience is based. Analytics provide invaluable information on subscriber demographics. Use this information to tailor your blog posts to topics that drive traffic and have the potential to go viral.
6. Time to Monetize
The final step in blogging success is monetising the traffic that visits your site. When you reach a certain tipping point, you’ll find that other authority sites and social influencer start to reach out to you with advertising queries.
Create a rate card that includes pricing for advertising, guest posts, and social shout outs. Given enough time and effort, you’ll eventually achieve blogging success.