Hello and welcome to my brand new blog where I will share top tips on different topics including blogging tips, making money online, social media, etc.
The aim of the blog is to help bloggers achieve their business goals, build a successful blog, and be able to make money online.
Although this blog is brand new I am not new to blogging. I have started blogging 7 years back and I have learned a lot from my mistakes.
When I first started blogging back in 2011, the first blog I have created was a technical blog where I shared my work knowledge and experience. The blog was hosted on the free Weebly platform.
After doing further research I have found WordPress, I loved it as it gives you more freedom and a lot more features.
Shortly I transferred my blog from Weebly to a hosted WordPress installation, with my own domain name. The blog shortly started to pick up more loyal readers and more traffic.
When I have learned later that I can make money online with my blog, the idea blew me away. In no time I started displaying AdSense ads on my blog (Although it has little traffic and page views).
I quickly figured out that it’s not easy to make money with a blog in that niche. So, I have started another two blogs in a famous niche, namely making money online & social media. I displayed AdSense ads on those two blogs too.
I have also tried every revenue sharing website out there. I was able to make some money on two of them Squidoo & Hubpages.
To make the story short, in the 3 years I end up managing 3 different blogs. But with little time to post and market all 3 blogs. The money that I was making wasn’t enough to pay back for the cost of the Webhosting and for the time that I have spent.
I was frustrated and I decided to drop the 3 blogs ending my journey around 2014. I was really disappointed, I didn’t even sell my blogs or domain names. I haven’t even kept a backup of my blog posts. And the web hosting company that I used was one of the reasons why I quit blogging. More on that later.
Looking back at all the mistakes that I have made, and what I have learned from them. I have decided to start this blog to help other bloggers start their blogs and to make money from them, without having to go through all the frustration I went through.
I am not claiming to be the EXPERT in this field. But I am an honest person and I will be sharing tips from what I have learned and what I am learning. I will show you exactly what I am doing and how I am doing it.
I want to highlight that it’s not necessarily what works for my blog will work for yours. A lot of factors that determine the success of the blog such as:
- Your blog niche.
- Your blog’s design.
- Your blog readers.
- And many other factors.
Those factors are different for each blog. What is important is the steps & procedures I follow to put in place strategies for increasing my blog traffic and generating more money. You can follow the same steps to find which method will work best for your blog.
Also, when I am recommending any product, I will show you how I am using it and why I am recommending it. If that is an affiliate link which makes me some money, I will let you know. And I will list all alternative products which I haven’t tried, for you to compare with it.
Below is a list of pro tips that I have learned from my experience with blogging & making money online.
Write Quality Posts:
It’s Important to write quality posts, no matter which niche your blog is in. You need to provide your readers with valuable information that they can’t find anywhere else. Your blog posts need to be well written and well researched.
Although search engine optimization is important, you need to write for your readers, not for search engines.
Don’t be afraid to link to other sites if it adds value to your readers and is relevant to the post topic.
Part of writing a quality post is to make sure your blog post is free from misspelling & grammar mistakes. There are many free applications that will help you check your post spelling & grammar like Grammarly & Ginger.
Another useful tool is Hemingwayapp which in addition to checking your post spelling, it will check if your blog is readable.
Make your blog scannable and readable:
Most readers will scan your post quickly for valuable information. Making your blog posts clean and scannable will increase your readers’ interest in reading your post. Here are some tips to make your blog readable.
- Make sure your blog design is simple and clean.
- Break Big text chunks into smaller pieces. 4-6 sentences per paragraph.
- Add relevant media to your posts. Images, Videos, and Infographics.
When you are adding any media to your blog, make sure that you have rights to use it. Add a credit to the source when required. There are many resources for getting royalty free images.
Have a Schedule For Your Posts
Set a schedule for the number of posts and the post frequency. Like publishing one post every week on Thursday.
You might change your schedule at any time to increase the number of posts per week or decrease it. But be consistent and follow your schedule.
There will be times when you need to publish posts outside your schedule, like posts about trending topics. These Trending topic posts need to be written and published as soon as you can.
Below are the top reasons to set a posting schedule, especially if you blog is brand new.
- Your readers will know when they are expecting your post. It will become a habit for your readers to check your blog on the scheduled dates. This will help you to generate steady traffic rather than having traffic spikes every while.
- Blog posts are written to be read. When you publish a post you need time to market it through social media which doesn’t happen overnight. You need to schedule your social media posts in different dates and times when a different set of your readers are online.
- When your blog is still fresh, you might have a lot of ready posts. But a few months from now, you might not have more ideas or you might not have time to write a new post. Don’t rush into posting all your post. Planning and scheduling your posts will help you in the days when you don’t have inspiration or don’t have enough content. Trust me those days will come.
- Having a posting schedule will help you publish quality posts. You will have time to revisit your posts to proofread it and make it more scannable. You will have more time to do more research, cover different aspects of your post and make it perfect.
My posting schedule will be two posts per week for the first few months, every Saturday & Wednesday. Then it will become 1 Post per week, every Saturday. For the majority of my posts, there will be a video published on YouTube a few hours before the post goes out.
Don’t rush into making money online:
If you have just started with your blog, don’t rush into making money online. Displaying Google AdSense ads on your blog when it is still new is not going to help you.
In fact, if your blog has a little few page views per month, not only your blog might look spammy; but also you are going to make very few dollars. When I started my old blogs, a lot of fellow bloggers advised me to remove Google AdSense ads until I have at least 10,000 Page views per month. But I didn’t listen to them. I end up making a few dollars per month and my blog looked spammy to new readers.
Earning very few dollars from Google AdSense can be discouraging. You might start publishing low-quality posts for the sake of increasing your traffic and earnings. While this might work for the first few months, it will completely destroy your blog future ability to make serious money.
Treat your blog as a business
Blogging is not a hobby its a job. if you are serious about making a living from your blog, then you need to treat your blog as a business.
You have to write your earnings and associated costs to measure your profitability. The associated costs include both your direct cost & Indirect cost. Direct costs include things like:
- Domain name registration.
- Web hosting
- Blog design & setup
- Premium themes and plugins you buy.
- Advertising cost.
Indirect cost includes things like the time you spend researching, writing, and promoting your articles. Does my time have a cost? Yes. Let us say you wrote those articles for another blogger or freelancing website. Depending on the quality of your writing, how much they will pay you? This will be your cost.
Some of these costs occur monthly and some of these occur yearly. For those occurs monthly, write them down in the month they occur in. For those occurs yearly, divide them in 12 months and add the result in each month.
You would need to consider that for the first 6 months or maybe the first year you might not make any money. You might be in loss or break even. Below is an example of how profit and loss look like.
Blog Profit & Loss Sheet
The above numbers are not actual numbers, those are just to give you an example. Remember that you are not actually making 5 Dollars, you earned more as you didn’t really pay for blog posts & marketing.
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