Starting a Profitable Blog: What Next?

You recently went through the first part of our “How to Start a Profitable Blog” series.

I wanted to check in and see how you are doing. Did you start a blog?

In case you missed any of the days, I put them in a series for you on a secret part of the website:

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If you do nothing else, follow that. A self-hosted blog is essential for what we teach and it’s important for building an income from your blog.

Starting a new blog is always lots of fun. However, there’s often always a lot of questions that come in during these early days.

Here’s a few pointers that I thought you would like to know about, based on questions that have come in.

We’re going to go over traffic and monetization strategies in future emails but here’s a few things you should know right away:

1. You’ll need a self-hosted blog. Don’t build your home on someone else’s land if you want to make a business out of it. If you want to start a blog the correct way, you have to be self-hosted. This will help you expand, get traffic, make money and earn a good income from your blog. Use A2 Hosting for the best customer service and reliability.

2. Produce high-quality content. Quality content isn’t as hard to create as it sounds – especially if you choose a topic that you enjoy or that you’re passionate about. Go with a topic that you won’t have to motivate yourself to think about and write about.

3. Write some blog posts in advance. Make sure you’ve signed up for your hosting first so you can take advantage of the half-price deal. But then, spend some time writing out a few blog posts so that your blog isn’t empty. When you get new visitors to your website, having some content already there makes it much more welcoming and gives your visitors something to browse through and they’ll be more likely to follow and subscribe.

4. Pre-write some more blog content. Having a few blog posts in a folder on your computer somewhere is a great way to feel some relief when you first start blogging. If you start to feel overwhelmed at the traffic, attention and commissions coming in, you’ll want to have a some blog posts on hand to take some of the pressure off.

5. Get your social media accounts created. If you’re doing anything visual like home, health or lifestyle – you’ll need a Pinterest, Instagram and perhaps Facebook Page. If you’re doing politics or tech, you’ll need a Twitter account as a primary tool. Be sure to create your social media accounts so you’re ready to start building up your following.

6. Know your market. It’s a good idea for you to go to though and make a list of the top bloggers/influencers in your market. You’ll want to get to know them, network with them and perhaps even offer to guest post on their blogs.

7. Have an About page. If you’re a solo writer on your blog, or even if you’re a small team of writers, people like to know who’s writing the content on the site. If it’s appropriate for your brand, create an About Page on your site and write a little about yourself so people can get to know you.

8. Stay regular. If you can, try and publish at least one new post per week. If you disappear for long periods of time, people can forget you. Regular posting keeps your audience growing.

Above all, make sure you enjoy the process and implement some of the upcoming strategies that we teach.

Thanks,

Tom Parker