You must have read somewhere about how you can initiate a blog and make good money through it instantly. But, the sad truth is 70% of blogs fail to generate substantial income, mainly because most beginners start blogging as a hobby and don’t really understand the core of monetizing it.
Moreover, there’s a widespread rumor that the blogsphere is saturated and there’s not enough room for newcomers to grow. However, in reality, the world of blogging has only expanded over these years. So believe me, you can start a successful blog in 2020 from absolute scratch and earn a good income in months if you just know where to start.
But, before we dive into the ‘How-To’ stuff, I would recommend that you must know your WHY.
Why do you want to start a blog?
Is it because you’re tired of your full-time job? Or do you want to save some money to invest in your next big thing? Whatever the reason is, knowing your why will help you to remain consistent when things get overwhelming.
So, now that you understand your WHY, let’s begin with the first step of how to start a successful blog in 2020 from absolute scratch.
1. Select a proper Niche
If your ultimate goal is to generate a huge income through your blog then writing about the first thing that crosses your mind isn’t a clever idea. So, don’t choose your niche randomly. First, do some research and then select a one which has the potential to attract a good amount of traffic. Don’t worry if you’re not an expert. As long as you can craft a well researched and deeply informative content that really helps your audience, you’re good to write about any niche that resonates with you.
Here are some highly profitable niches:
Lifestyle, health and wellness, travel, food, parenting, personal finance, DIY & Crafts, beauty, and fashion.
Note that today you can earn good revenues with almost every niche. The only difference is the niches mentioned above may help you to generate income quickly.
2. Learn some technical stuff
This one may look boring but it is really essential. The first step here is to choose a domain name. You must select an easy, short, relevant, catchy, and memorable name and check its availability. The second step is to choose a blogging platform. A blogging platform is a service that allows you to publish your content on the internet. WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, etc are the most common ones. Later you must pay for Hosting. It’s a service that lets you store the data of your blog on the internet. Consider it as an online hard drive.
Bluehost is the most common one. After you’re finished with setting up your blog, learn a few things about how many pages you need to add, what kind of design and theme would be better according to your niche and stuff like that. Plus, add the relevant legal pages as well.
3. Craft useful content
Always focus on creating helpful content because your audience won’t return to your blog if they don’t get any useful information from your posts. For this, you must know what your audience is looking for. You can easily find trending topics in your niche by searching about them on Google and Pinterest, by spying on your competitor blogs, by answering relevant questions on Quora, etc. Afterward, incorporate relevant keywords, add beautiful images, structure your content properly, and include eye-catching headlines. Also, write a short introduction, add a call to action, and a final conclusion.
4. Get wise on SEO
SEO may seem daunting at first but, once you start learning, it becomes easier. Plus, after you implement it correctly, it will bring organic traffic to your site constantly from search engines like Google, Yahoo, Binge, etc. Here are some techniques that you can use, Research relevant keywords (focused and long-tail) and create your content around them. Focus on gathering backlinks for your website to increase the Domain Authority (DA) Optimize title tags, Images, met-description, URL with proper keywords. Consider implementing other on-page and off-page SEO techniques as well.
5. Promote on Pinterest (and other social media platforms)
Pinterest can bring free traffic to your blog from day one. The key here is to use it correctly. Create the right number of boards, fill them with relevant content, and use ideal keywords, this is the best way to get your pins discovered by the relevant audiences Remember to craft simple, clean, fresh, and beautiful designs with intriguing titles, this will ensure that people click on your pins and visit your blog. Also, share your posts frequently on various other social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Quora, etc.
6. Learn how you can make money
There are many ways that you can use to monetize your blog. Some of the most profitable ones are,
Affiliate marketing, display advertisement, selling your own products, sponsored content, membership site.
But, out of these, Affiliate marketing and Display advertisement is widely popular among the bloggers because apparently they are the most passive way to gain income and does not require much attention after a successful setup.
I hope that you got some valuable information on how you can start a successful blog from scratch in 2020 through this article.
I would like to know what kind of issues you are facing as a novice in the field. Let’s discuss and try to find solutions in the comments.