How I Made My First $1K From Blogging + 10 Rules to Successful Blogging
We live in a time where success doesn’t stop at the board room or cubicle. Today’s young workers are opting for alternative methods of work. Particularly where they can have more control over their schedule and aren’t trading dollars for time worked. This pursuit for passive income is more accessible than ever because of social media and digital content. Although not everyone wants to make money working from home, most people wouldn’t mind supplemental income that can come from successful blogging and making money online in addition to their day jobs.
When I started blogging and using the internet as a way to make money, I made many mistakes. Fortunately, the lessons learned from those mistakes are the underlying reasons why I am successful in my online businesses. Certain key strategies took me years to figure out and I can only wish I had known about them earlier in my career as an social media influencer. This is why I thought to share a few key tips that lead to making my first $1,000 on the internet. All of the tips require commitment and hard work but it can be useful to have a blueprint of what you need to do from the start of your endeavors in order to make you journey a little less burdensome.
- Create A Website with Your Own Domain Name: It’s easy to go to one of the many web content platform to sign up for a free username . The only problem is most of them attach their website name next to yours, leaving you looking extremely ameture and seemingly not invested in your business. The best way to look really legit even at the start of your business is to buy your own domain name (i.e. www.yourdomainname.com). The last thing you want is to see your name attached to another website (i.e. www.yourbuinessname.wordpress.com). It might cost you a few dollars a month depending on the type of hosting plan you get but it’s an investment worth making.
- Start an Email List Immediately: The thing I regret most about starting my online business was waiting a couple of years before I created an email list to collect emails. I didn’t consider myself “big” enough to have an email list and I didn’t understand the importance of it. Your email list is most times the only way you can communicate with your follows, fans, and customers. This is made up of people who essentially clicked your subscriber opt-in button to say, “Hey, I like what you are saying please send me more.” You job as a blogger/content creator is to send them more. You might begin obsessing over the number of subscribers you have but you can’t grow your list if you don’t start your list. Go to www.mailchimp.com and sign up today. It’s pretty simple to set up. Post your signup link everywhere and begin collecting names and emails as soon as possible. Down the line, you will be able to use this list to sell products directly to your customers, you might be able to get direct advertisement and companies to become sponsors when you list is large. Think of you email list as your income source.
- Study Your Competition: Many novice business owners steer clear of their competitor in fear of looking inferior to them. It’s intimidating to know that another business has succeeded in areas that you are working on. I’ve found that studying the competition is one of the best learning tools in any niche. Always ask yourself what are they doing, how are they doing it, and where is there room for improvement. In other words, if you were one of their customers what would you put in their suggestion box. After taking note of these things, make sure you build your business in a way that fills in those gaps.
- Narrow Your Niche: When you first start out, your resources are most likely limited. In order to put your best foot forward, avoid having such a broad focus in the beginning. You can always expand later. For example, if your niche is children’s education, try to focus on a more specific area within that category such as early childhood education or infant development. You don’t want to spread yourself too thin. When I first started my blog I wanted to focus on fitness but quickly learned that I need to zoom in on a specific group so that I can personalize my business and target more specific customers. I eventually narrowed my niche to those in need of extreme weight loss.
- Choose A Monetizing Method: Although many people are now starting a business with no business plan, it is still smart to have an idea how you want to monetize your business so you can shift your content focus accordingly. If your plan is to monetize using Ads from a network like Adsense, your content would be slightly different from it would if you were planning on selling books down the road or getting endorsement. Knowing that you can always switch or add to your monetization plan, be sure to pick a method that you feel will be most beneficial from the beginning.
- Be Authentic: This is the tip I believe in most. With so much information available on the internet, businesses are having to compete more than ever now.The internet has a way of dehumanizing you and making you feel more like a robot than an actual person with business who cares about your customers, clients, or readers. One sure way to connect with your potential customers is to be completely honest about you, your business, and your values. This helps you build rapport with your customers and clients and eventually builds trust. Being involved with you social media makes you seem more accessible which pushes people to let their guard down. When I first started my fitness blog, I would edit out all of my workout mistakes like when I would get fatigued during a home workout video. It wasn’t until I started leaving those less than perfect moments in and telling my personal stories that people started to connect with me and feel like I could relate to them. This when I saw a great increase in traffic with my blog.
- Create a Schedule and Stick To It: Blogging is only a success to those who are consistent with it. It could take months and even years for you to see a noticeable increase of traffic to your blog but it’s important that you create a schedule that you can stick with. You don’t have to overcommit to blogging every day. Instead, try once each week or every other day and add on if needed. When I first started my fitness blog I was committed to publishing great content several times per week. I remember waking up before my day job to create content and finishing at the end of the day. I didn’t have many eyes on my blog but I was committed. The most success comes to the person who shows up and works even when nobody’s watching.
- Content is King: As a blogger, vlogger, or any time of digital influencer the content you put out into the world is what matters most. It will always be the base to which everything falls back on. Being authentic can fall short if you put great work out. Great work speaks for itself and doesn’t need you to be anything. People will share great products and/or information no matter who’s behind it. When you are starting out, try to be a service to people with your content. Always ask yourself, “what problem am I solving with this piece of content.” When you put other people’s needs first they will repay you through action; whether it’s a buying something or sharing.
- Be Okay With Selling: Selling is scary. When you love your work so much you don’t want people to think you are a scam and you don’t want to feel like you are begging people with money. Learning to sell and find a price point that matches your business model takes practice and skill. For a long time, I felt bad about selling but I had to keep telling myself, “If I am not making money, this is just a glorified hobby.” In order for your business to be successful you need to make a profit and not feel bad about making a profit. Your profits are what feed your family. Your profits can expand your business. Besides, if you feel really bad about making money you can always start a nonprofit organization with your profits to give back. At the end of the day you need to sell something.
- Believe In Your Brand: Because If You Don’t Believe In Yourself, No One Really Will.
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