Previously I have written about Way’s To Fail At Blogging and now I’ll share a few ways of how to be successful or point you in the direction to be successful. Without putting in the hard work, you will never be successful at anything in life. That’s just reality and I have learned that you get what you put in.
Let me get this out-of-the-way. Do you want to make a living from blogging or enough to pay off outstanding loans? You may have come across numerous blogs such as making sense of cents, ShoutMeLoud and Smart Passive Income blog who share their income reports each month in details. They make it sound so easy that anyone can earn money online but in reality it’s not so easy. I want to talk about 5 ways to put you in the right direction to head down that successful path and perhaps financial freedom.
Ways To Be Successful Blogging
- The Niche – From years of moderating on forums and answering emails I have come to the conclusion most new bloggers don’t pick the right niche and eventually give up on chasing their dreams. The reason for failing is picking a niche you know next to nothing about or picked it because you heard it was profitable. Let me get this straight, pick a niche that you are either are an expert in right now, eager to continue to learn the inner workings of that niche or one that you are truly motivated to concur and be one of the leaders in that industry. Go for your strong points.
It does not matter what niche that you pick, you can make money from any niche blog. Making money comes later, establishing your blog online and your brand is more important at first. You can promote affiliate links later on, add Google AdSense, sponsored posts or sell banner ads for money. Create ebooks and sell them for money with information not found on your blog. When you are an expert in a niche, it’s good to start a blog in that niche.
Pro tip, start a newsletter from the beginning.
Recommended Read: A Look At The Ultimate Email Opt-In Plugin – Bloom
- Domain Name – The most important thing when deciding to start a blog is the blog title and most importantly the URL. The URL should be short if possible and easy to remember. You will be promoting the URL and branding it online so keep this in mind when searching for a domain name. The following 2 domain registers Hostgator and Godaddy are the best ones to use. This blog is currently bought from Godaddy.Do not use numbers or “-” character In the domain URL.
Here is how I came up with WPOutcast. WP is short for WordPress and Outcast word is because I do things different when I blog about anything related to WordPress. I am the outcast and not the typical blogger. I don’t sugar coat anything online. To help brand my name or domain URL, every single website I join, I list my URL and blog title somewhere in my profile. I add “WPoutcast” at the end of all published posts and pages so my name is in use all over and will stick sometimes in people’s minds and they associate that name with a certain WordPress themes, tips and plugins blog.
Believe it or not, the domain is very important so get something that relates somewhat to your niche and easily memorable online.
- Web Hosting – This is where new bloggers get into trouble. They pick the wrong web host from the beginning and have a hard time keeping visitors coming back because of the hosting issues. Some of the big issues that effect your blog is frequent downtime and page speed. If your blog is slow in loading then that means you either have 2 many plugins installed or the cheap host you picked is the wrong choice.I have been blogging for many years and have a list of Web Host that I recommend to every time. The best investment that you can make is on choosing a web host.
- Our Current Host: WPOutcast’s Experience With Cloudways WordPress Hosting
- SEO Plugin – Not having any type of SEO plugin installed is not good for you in so many ways. Yes most themes these days come SEO Optimized but they don’t come with a SEO plugin that is set up to help index content faster and put you in a position to get good rankings depending on your link building that you do. One plugin I have used for years is the Yoast SEO plugin is what we use and the best one. Do read my guide on how to set up the plugin.
Following my instructions will prevent any duplicate content getting into the search engines which is bad for SEO.That SEO plugin has a built in sitemap feature with it, set that up as when you publish new content, the sitemap cans re-submitted automatically in your Google search console if you set that up on your own. SEO is the most important factor so get things right when you launch a new blog or correct any SEO mistakes now with the instructional guide I created.
- Blogging Schedule – This is the biggest thing that sometimes even the season’s bloggers forget. Writing content is easy but sticking to a schedule sometimes is not. All of us have personal lives off the internet and maybe have kids that play sports. So creating a schedule for some blogging time is crucial. Once you create a schedule for blogging, follow it always. When you start to get followers on your blog, they will tend to pickup on some of your habits.For example, they typically know when you published new blog posts, when you interact on social media (related to blogging) so they get online around those times because they eager to see what you publish or talk about next.
I have some people I know following my blog posts but never subscribed to receive an email when new ones are published. Those people tend to belong to a lot of lists and just don’t want to join another one. So they pickup on my blog posting habits and make sure to visit the blog around certain times of the day.Treat your blog as a business. Set a time that you work on that business. Even if you can only give 2 to 3 hours 4 days a week to your blog, believe me that’s enough to get content written, interact on social media…etc
Ending With These Words
My secret to sharing blog posts on some social networks while I am not online is because of a premium plugin. This plugin is like my own social media employee. Content is shared all the time so I can take a few days off if I wanted to and still my social media accounts have fresh content from the blog. This plugin does bring in traffic because It’s sharing blog posts and pages from my blog.
When I go on vacation, I’ll schedule 3 blog posts to be published so there is fresh content while the social plugin does all the hard work while I spend very little time online when on vacation.
- Read: Revive Old Blog Posts & Share Them Automatically To Your Followers
- Also Read: The Typical Work Day Of A Part Time Blogger
If you have any questions, please ask away in the comment section. I will do my best to give you the information that will help you.
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