Hello and thanks for the interesting question. In general, you have all the answers you need to start a blogging business in 2019 right here in this blog, but I’ll try and fill in the blanks if I may.
Start a Blogging Business in 2019
There are just 10 steps to start a blogging business and they are really not that difficult. If you take your time and do everything in a step-by-step way, you should be making money in no time. Well, no time-ish.
1. Work Out What You’d Like to Blog About
You can make money blogging about almost anything so you don’t need to worry too much. However, if you’d like to be certain of making money, I would do a search of “evergreen niches”, and choose the one you like the most.
2. Buy a Domain Name That Reflects Your Niche
While you can start with a free blog, I would not. You first and most valuable piece of online real estate will be your blog. It will cost less than $50 if you use the link below, so try and start it as soon as you can.
3. Set Up Hosting
Now, lots of people will tell you that XYZ hosting is the best, but the top 10 are pretty much the same. I use Namecheap but Bluehost, Siteground, and a few others are just as good. Do your research and go for the one you like the most. Use this link if you are a new customer to save 15% on your first domain – select from over 200 TLDs.
4. Start Blogging
You can start writing however you want. People will tell you about copywriting, power words, calls to action and so on, and these are all important. But the most important thing is to write and publish your posts. Worry about getting better at it later.
5. Add Images to Your Posts
Okay, one bit of advice about writing, make sure you add images every 300 words or so. You don’t want your readers to be faced with 1000-word posts with no breaks in the text. They’ll quickly stop reading if you do. Pixabay (https://pixabay.com) is my favourite place. You can download an image for free and you don’t even need to give credit, although I always do.
6. Add Images to Your Posts
One bit of advice about writing, make sure you add images every 300 words or so. You don’t want your readers to be faced with 1000-word posts with no breaks in the text. They’ll quickly stop reading if you do. Pixabay (https://pixabay.com) is my favourite place. You can download an image for free and you don’t even need to give credit, although I always do.
7. Join Forums
Sites like Quora, Yahoo answers, niche forums, and social media are all good places to start. Don’t be all ‘salesy’ here. Just go onto forums, answer questions, put a link to a relative blog post (if allowed), or a link to your website in your signature if you can’t post links in your answer itself.
8. Repeat on a Regular Basis
Decide how often you can post an article. You don’t have to publish every day, once a day, once every two days, three times a day are all good. Any less is okay, but it will take your blog more time to gain traction. Try for three times a week minimum. If you can’t write three times a week on your niche, it may not be the right niche for you.
9. Remember to Market Your Posts
You need enough time to market your post. I was reading one successful blogger who said he would spend five times longer marketing a post than he took to write it, so marketing your post is important.
10. Add Your Affiliate Links
You don’t need to do this at the beginning but I would. Find the affiliate program(s) that you want to promote and add links into your text at appropriate places. Try to make it sound natural when adding the links. “When I’m buying Fido his favourite treats, I always get him these[link]” rather than, “BUY THESE[link]”. Not the best example, but you get the idea.
If you have no idea about affiliate marketing, I’d like to suggest that you take a look at Affilorama’s excellent affiliate marketing training. It is one of the best training programs on the net with lots of great free stuff.
Wrapping Everything Up
And there you go. One word of further advise. It is very easy to start a blog but much, much harder to keep it going. Don’t start with unrealistic goals. If you can’t do one post a day, then don’t even try. Remember that blogging, especially if you want to earn money from it, is a marathon, not a sprint.
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