To set the record straight, I had no idea what I was doing when I started blogging 4 years ago! I blogged about anything and everything, but it never went anywhere and I never made any money. As a matter of fact, I actually stopped blogging for a year! However, I knew there had to be a better way to blog and after 4 long years I finally figured out the secret formula. If you’ve thought about blogging or want to start a successful blog today then keep on reading. . .
The best advice I can give anyone who wants to pursue this career is that you must treat your blog like it’s your business and be willing to spend some money. Here are two important things I highly recommend as a blogger:
- The first thing is that you need a business website and you also need to find a good host to run your website. Self-hosted websites are great for bloggers because they’re easy to mange and you have full control over the website to do whatever you want. I am currently using Bluehost and one feature that I really love is their live-chat that is available 24/7! You can easily connect with someone if you run into any issues even at 3am in the morning. I also love that it’s affordable and I am only paying $4/month! Ultimately, it’s hard to run a business if you do not have a website to showcase your work.
- Secondly, ask yourself this question, “is this a profitable niche?” (Keep in mind: a niche is an audience) There are many ways to approach this, however, google trend is a great place to start because it gives you real data in real time and what is trending in “search” at the moment. It’s important to know the monthly searches related to your niche audience so you can create contents that makes money. More importantly, you’ll know what kind of problems your targeted audience have and that my friend is very important to know.
Lets go back and review the question… Can bloggers really make money from blogging? Here’s my short answer: ABSOLUTELY!!!