10 Tips for launching a money making blog
You might have heard about this little thing called blogging and want to give it a try, but how do you know where to begin? There is a huge amount of info out there that it can be confusing to know where to start, which is exactly why we have put together these 10 tips for launching a money making blog.
1. Use a self-hosted blog from the start
A self-hosted blog is the only way to grow a money making blog, so you may as well have one from the start. You can have your own self-hosted blog set up in less than an hour, so there are no excuses! Finding a host is often the longest part; I have tried a few hosted over the years while running Bargain Mums, and have found SiteGround to be the best value while also delivering the best product.
2. Choose a topic you love
There is no point choosing a topic that you don’t love, just because you think it will make you the most money. You will quickly run out of things to write about, and will also lose all enthusiasm before you know it. There are countless topics you could base your blog on, from fashion and beauty to food, travel and photography. I have a passion for all things food, travel and money (I was an accountant before I started Bargain Mums), and I talk about all 3 on my blog.
3. Produce quality content
Focus on producing quality content right from the start. It’s better to have 10 high quality posts that deliver amazing value to your readers than 100 not so good blog posts. Going back to the last tip, if you choose a blog topic that you are passionate about, you will have absolutely no problem coming up with great quality blog posts that you audience will read and share.
4. Have content ready to go
Have a few blog posts already written and published on your blog right from the start. That way when you start promoting your blog, readers will be more likely to keep coming back for more. There won’t be much incentive for readers to stick around if all they see is an empty website.
5. Set up social media profiles
While social media isn’t as easy to crack as it was a few years ago, it still is responsible for most of my traffic. The social media accounts you should sign up for will depend on yourself and your target audience, but for Bargain Mums I find Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram is where my readers hang out, so I focus solely on these 3 platforms.
6. Schedule social media posts
It’s impossible to be everywhere at once, and it get’s a little tricky to try keep multiple social media accounts updated. Scheduling your social media posts is the best way to free up time to do the things you actually want to be doing, like writing more blog posts. There are countless scheduling programs out there, but I personally use Facebook’s built in scheduling tool, along with Tailwind for scheduling Pinterest pins.
A little extra tip, don’t feel you have to continuously be producing new content for social media. It’s perfectly ok to share older posts; chances are a good portion of your followers wouldn’t have seen the post the first time around. A large part of running a blog is promoting posts you have already written, so don’t be afraid to rotate older posts in your social media scheduling.
7. Create an about page
Your new readers are going to want to find out a bit about who you are, so it’s a great idea to have an about page on your site from the start. Once advertisers start discovering you they will also want to know who is behind the blog to find out if you are a good fit for their brand.
8. Constantly publish new posts
You don’t need to be publishing new posts every day, but your readers will probably want to hear from you once a week. Your readers might start to forget about you if you only write new posts every few months.
9. Get to know other bloggers
Networking with other bloggers is a great way to learn more about blogging, and collaborating with other bloggers can be one of the best ways to find new readers. There are a number of blogging conferences and Facebook groups where you can get to know other bloggers.
10. Guest post of other blogs
Now that your blog is set and your are officially a blogger, it’s time to get your name out there. Writing guest posts for other blogs is a fantastic way to get your name out there and drive traffic to your site, especially when you are new to the blogging world. Don’t be afraid to get in touch with blogs you love to see if they offer guest posting opportunities.