The Go-Getter’s Guide to Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers

The Go-Getter’s Guide to Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers

The Go-Getter’s Guide to Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers:

Most of the beginners focus on google adsense to monetize their blog. Further, there are many bloggers who put a lot of attention in creating their own product. And while doing so, they leave their blog un-monetized for a long duration of time until their product is ready.

What if I say that there is a better and easier way to earn money online on your blog?

Yes, there is! And it is called affiliate marketing.

Don’t worry if you are new to this topic. I’m going to cover everything about affiliate marketing for bloggers step-by-step in this blog post.

Here is what we are going to cover today:

  • What is affiliate marketing?
  • Why is affiliate marketing for bloggers a good way of monetization?
  • 5 Things to know about affiliate marketing for bloggers.
  • How affiliate marketing actually works?
  • Best programs for Affiliate marketing for Bloggers in India.
  • Cons of using Affiliate marketing.

This is going to be a long post. So without wasting any time, let’s get started with the affiliate marketing for bloggers.

What is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is an arrangement by which an online retailer pays commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals.

In simple words, affiliate marketing for bloggers is a way to sell products without owning or creating one. Here, you are just diverting your blog traffic to some specific products, which are owned/created by someone else and earn profits on sales.

It’s really simple to make money from affiliate marketing for blogger and it requires only 3 steps:

  1. Find a product or service that you like
  2. Promote that product/service to your blog readers
  3. Earn a small profit (as commission) for each sale that you make.

That’s all. No need to create a product, set up the payment system, or deliver the product from your side. Just promote the product and make money.

Here is an example of affiliate marketing for bloggers.

The below-given book contains an affiliate link from Amazon. I’m am an affiliate partner for amazon associates program. If you buy the book by clicking on the link given below, I will receive a commission for the purchase.

influence

Now, here I’m not trying to sell you the book.

However, if I was a blogger who writes about psychology and then I could have promoted this book to my readers. I would have suggested this book as a must-read book on psychology and recommended my readers to buy this book.

Note: This is genuinely a good book, otherwise I wouldn’t have selected it even as an example.

If I had created a huge audience, who trust my expertise, then they would have bought this book. And each time any of my readers buy this book using the above link, I would have made some profit.

Why is affiliate marketing for bloggers a good way of monetization?

Here are few top reasons why affiliate marketing for bloggers is a good way of monetization:

1. Affiliate marketing works even you do not have a huge traffic on your blog:

Let’s say that you are just getting 100 visitors per day. If you want to make money through ads with a small traffic, you will earn only a few bucks as you are paid per click (PPC).

Even if you’re getting 20 clicks on your ad, and pay per click rate is 20 paise (which is quite high), still, you will hardly make Rs 4 in a day.

However, if you promoting products like shoes, clothes, books etc and are able even a single sale per day, you will make a lot more compared to what you’ll earn by ads.

For example, the commission for selling shoes as affiliates on Amazon is 12%. If you have a fitness blog, and you promoted a running shoe worth Rs 3,000, got a sale, then you would have made Rs 360 just by that single sale.

2. You can monetize your blog from day1:

To get your google adsense account approved, it sometimes takes even months. Google will first validate your blog along with your blog contents and the amount of traffic that you are getting.

Further, if you are planning to sell your own products on your blog, then again it might take you months to create that product.

However, through affiliate marketing, bloggers can start making money from day1.

Most of the affiliate program hardly takes a day to approve your account, including amazon associates.

And why shouldn’t they hurry to approve your account? By promoting their products, you are increasing their revenue. Here, both you and the sellers are making money. That’s why most of the affiliate programs readily accept the accounts of the affiliates.

You can become an affiliate for a program and start promoting their products even from the day 1.

3. The bigger your email list, the higher will be the revenue:

Let’s say you have an email list of 1,000 people and you are promoting the same shoe (Rs 3000, 12% commission) to your email subscribers. Even with a small conversion rate of 2%, you will make an earning of Rs 7,200, just by sending a single email.

Imagine how much you can earn per email if you have a bigger email list and you are sending emails frequently.

4. You do not need to create your own product or services:

The best point of making money through affiliate marketing for bloggers is that you do not own the product. All the works like creating a product, pricing, setting payment system, shipping, customer services etc are taken care by the seller. You just have to promote the product and enjoy the profits.

5. You can learn what your audience wants:

By promoting the products, you can learn what kind of products works for your audience i.e. which products they are buying.

Through this learning, you can create a similar product in future and sell it to your audience to keep the whole share of profit, not a commission of 5-10%.

Further, by offering affiliate products, you can warm your audience for the idea of buying from you, so that when you launch your own product, they will be comfortable with it.

Also read: 11 Insanely Easy Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

5 Things to know about affiliate marketing for bloggers.

Amazon-Associates

1. For making tons of money by affiliate marketing for bloggers, you need to promote high priced products.

Let us understand this with the help of an example.

Suppose Blog A is a sports blog and promotes sports items like sports jerseys, shoes etc. Here the average price of products that they promote is Rs 3,000.

Let’s imagine there is another Blog B, which is a literature based blog, and it promotes literature books. For blog B, the average price of products that they promote is Rs 200.

Assuming commission and monthly sales for both these blogs, here is the monthly total profit for both these blogs:

Avg Product

Cost (Rs)

Commission Monthly sales Monthly Total

Profit (Rs)

Blog A 3,000 10% 100 30,000
Blog B 200 10% 200 4,000

 

Here, you can notice that even the sales of blog A is half of blog B, still, it is making more than 7 times profits than blog B.

To match the same earnings, blog B has to generate 15 times more sales compared to blog A.

In short, it is pretty tough for the blogs promoting low-priced affiliate products to match the earnings generated by blogs promoting high-priced products.

2. The earnings by affiliate marketing for bloggers depend on their blog niche.

You cannot promote sports shoes if you are running a literature or poetry blog. The audience of a poetry blog and not visiting that blog with a mindset to buy sports shoes.

However, the audience of a sports blog knows that the sports products are costly and their mindset is ready to pay for the high-priced product.

That’s why your niche matters for generating big profits by affiliate marketing for bloggers.

For some niche’s it is difficult to find high priced products. For example educational blogs, where the bloggers generally promote books (which costs between Rs 200-400).

On the other hand, there are few niches, who can easily promote high priced products. For example- a photography blog.

Those bloggers can easily promote best DSLR cameras, which easily costs Rs 35,000 or above.

Similarly, if you have a fashion blog, you can also make huge money by affiliate marketing. Most of the designer clothes or shoes costs above Rs 2,000. That’s why the commission for the products will be high and you’ll generate greater profits.

3. The golden rule of Affiliate marketing for bloggers:

Here is the golden rule of affiliate marketing for bloggers- “You should become the affiliate of only those products that you have personally used.”.

While recommending products to the audience, your reputation is at stake. Do not promote bad products, which can decrease the trust of your audience towards you and harm your brand.

4. Affiliate marketing will teach you how to sell.

If you not able to sell few of the best-selling products on amazon to your audience, how will you sell your own products or services to them?

Affiliate marketing is the best way to learn how to sell to your audience.

5. Be transparent about your affiliate products

It’s important that you disclose all your affiliate links.

There’s no point in hiding this. Make your audience understand that purchasing from your affiliate link won’t change the purchase price for the products. They are anyhow going to buy the product at the same price.

Further, by disclosing the affiliate links, your blog readers will appreciate your honesty and will contribute to your blog’s earnings.

How affiliate marketing really works?

Now that you have learned what is affiliate marketing for bloggers and its key points, you should also understand how affiliate marketing actually works.

Here’s how affiliate marketing for bloggers works:

1. When you join an affiliate marketing program, you will be given a unique id along with your logging credentials.

2. Once you log in to your account, you can generate specific url for different products using that unique id. For example, let’s say you want to promote a sports shoe. Then you can create a specific sharable url for that shoe, in which your unique id is tagged. You can promote the shoe using that specific url.

Please note that you can generate code for both simple ‘text’, ‘image’ or ‘combination’ using the unique id. This can help you to promote both link and shoes image on your blog.

amazon associates

3. You can share that generated URL on your blog and whenever someone clicks on that URL, he/she will land on the product sale page. Further, if he/she buys the product, you will be eligible to get your affiliate commission.

4. Many of the affiliate programs has cookies in the URL, which means that even if that person doesn’t buy the product at the time of landing, but purchase some product within 24 hours, still you will get the commission for the sale. This is because the cookie works for 24 hours, which proves that the buyer was directed from your blog.

5. Further, you will get the commission for all the products that the buyer purchase after he visits the merchant page from your blog.

In addition, it needn’t be the same product for which he/she initially visited the merchant page. Even he/she buys a different product, yet you will receive your share of commission.

For example, let’s say you are an affiliate for amazon. You placed an ad for a book on your blog. One of your visitor clicked the link and visited amazon store using that link.

However, he didn’t bought the book. Instead, he found an amazing shoe on the amazon store and bought it.

In such case, even though you didn’t promoted the shoe, however, you’ll get commission for it as the buyer visited amazon store through your link.

In addition, whatever he/she buys from the store for the next 24 hr will also be credited as your commission as there are cookies in the product link that you shared on your blog.

 

Best programs for Affiliate marketing for Bloggers in India

There are a number of programs available for affiliate marketing for bloggers in India. Few of the best ones are stated below:

1. Amazon India

Amazon is a leader in the e-commerce business in India. You can find a variety of products to promote from amazon which varies from shoes, clothes, books, electronic items to house hold items, kitchen appliances, musical instruments etc.

The commission rates for different products of amazon varies between 2-12%. Here is a detailed structure about the advertising rates for specify product categories.

Amazon assosiates commission- affiliate Marketing for bloggers

Source: https://affiliate-program.amazon.in/welcome/compensation

2. Flipkart

Flipkart is the biggest competitor of Amazon and it offers a similar affiliate program. The commission offered by Flipkart is also similar to that of Amazon.

You can check out the Flipkart commission rate here and joint the Flipkart affiliate program using this link.

3. Godaddy

Godaddy is a leading web domain and hosting provider in India. If you are in an online marketing, SEO, web development or similar niche, you can become a godaddy affiliate. Here is a link to join godaddy affiliate program — https://in.godaddy.com/affiliate-programs

4. Hostgator

Hostgator is another leading domain and hosting provider in India. The commissions offered by hostgator affiliate program is quite high. Hostgator India offers a commission pay out of 1250 per sale. This payout increases as you sell more. Further, you can earn as high as Rs 3,000 per referral.

hostgator commission- affiliate Marketing for bloggers

Learn more about hostgator affiliate program here: https://www.hostgator.in/affiliates

5. TripAdvisor

The TripAdvisor affiliate program is best for travel blogs. The commission are as high as 50-80% for the generated revenue. You can sign up for this affiliate program using this link.

In addition, few other programs offered for affiliate programs for bloggers in India are eBay India, Apple Itunes, VCommision, BigRock etc

Cons of Affiliate marketing for bloggers:

No monetization method can be perfect. Even making money by affiliate marketing for blogger has some cons, which are mentioned below.

  1. Most affiliate marketing programs pay ‘per sale’, not on link ‘clicks’. In short, if you are not generating sales, you won’t make money.
  2. Although affiliate marketing for bloggers is easy to start, however earning isn’t always instant. Sometimes it takes a long time to find suitable products which your blog audience will be willing to buy.
  3. Affiliate programs can change their rule anytime and may decrease the commission rate.

CONCLUSION:

Although there are few cons of using affiliate marketing for bloggers like you only get paid on sales (not link ‘clicks’), however, the pros easily over-shadows the cons.

It cannot be denied that making money by affiliate marketing requires less work as you do not need to create or own the product.

Moreover, depending of the price of the of the promoted products on your blog, you can generate moderate to high earnings through affiliate marketing.

Also read: 9 Tested Ways to Monetize Your Blog- #6 is My Favourite

That’s all. I hope this post about affiliate marketing for bloggers is useful to the readers.

If you have any questions regarding affiliate marketing, feel free to comment below.

#HappyBlogging.

How to Earn Passive Income With Amazon Associates

How to Earn Passive Income With Amazon Associates?

Passive Income…!! This is the dream of the majority of the bloggers. Sitting on a beach at Pondicherry and writing blog posts while getting the money periodically credited in your bank account. Sounds fascinating, right?

Coincidently, this is doable and a lot many bloggers are making tons passive income. In this post, I’ll walk to through one of the best passive income source- Amazon associates.

First, let me show you some proof.

Honestly speaking, I’m not showing my income proof to brag. Moreover, I only make a minority of my earnings with amazon associates.

However, there is a big reason why I’m showing this report. Here, I want you people to understand that you too can make money from a real blog using affiliate marketing.

These days, the problem with the online/digital marketers are that they have never earned any money from a real blog. I mean, they are just earning money by teaching others how to make money. Ask any other popular online/digital marketer about their successful blog in any other niche (lifestyle, fashion, finance etc) and the truth will be revealed. They won’t have any another successful blog in the real niche (other than the ones where they teach blogging). That’s why they will never understand the real problem that most bloggers face.

Before starting this blog, I’ve started two blogs. One failed and the second become successful. First one was an entertainer website and second was in the finance niche. And even here, I’m only sharing the earning report for my real blog- Trade Brains. As I’ve faced the problems myself, that’s why I can truly understand the difficulties. Moreover, I also understand the true potentials of a blog as I’ve also made money through them.

Anyways, enough of my philosophies! Here is the earning report of Trade Brains from Amazon associates for the last year (2017).

Yes, I know that isn’t much. But as I’ve already told you, amazon associates only contributed a minority of the earning from Trade Brains blog. Moreover, this is totally a passive income. I didn’t focus much on affiliate earnings last year. Just wrote a few blog posts and place a few links in between. That’s all.

Now that you have understood that you can earn good passive income through amazon associates, lets further learn about this affiliate program.

Also read: 9 Tested Ways to Monetize Your Blog- #6 is My Favourite

What is amazon associates?

Amazon associates is an affiliate program offered by Amazon.

Affiliate marketing is an arrangement by which an online retailer pays commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals.

In simple words, affiliate marketing for bloggers is a way to sell products without owning or creating one. Here, you are just diverting your blog traffic to some specific products, which are owned/created by someone else and making profits on sales.

It’s really simple to make money from affiliate marketing for blogger and it requires only 3 steps:

  1. Find a product or service that you like
  2. Promote that product/service to your blog readers
  3. Earn a small profit (as commission) for each sale that you make.

For example, let’s say you are a photography blogger. And you use a specific DSLR Camera in all your photoshoots. You can promote this camera using an affiliate link from Amazon. If any of your readers buy this camera using your link, you will get a commission for that sell.


Also read: The Go-Getter’s Guide to Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers

How much can you earn from Amazon Associates?

Here are the commission rates offered by Amazon associates–

Clearly, you can notice from the above table that you can earn a commission up to 12% on the sale of different products. The highest commission is on the Men’s apparel and clothing products. Further, you can also conclude that the fashion or lifestyle bloggers who promote these products can make a better income.

Let’s say a blogger is promoting a sports shoe worth Rs 3000. Here, he/she will get a commission of Rs 300 per sale. Moreover, if he/she is able to get 100 sales on that product in a month, they will make Rs 30k in a month. (Moreover, you can always promote multiple products).

Why my commissions were low from Amazon associates?

My write-in finance and investment niche. The only products that I can promote on my blog are books. Further, the average costs of books are between Rs 200 to 500. Therefore, for each sale, I would have made a commission somewhere between Rs 20 to 50.

Now, even if I’m able to make 200 sales (double sales than a lifestyle blogger) in a month, still the net income will be between Rs 4k to 10k. That’s why my income from Amazon associates was low.

Overall, the income from amazon associates depends on your blogging niche. If you are just starting your blog or planning to start -I’ll definitely suggest you to carefully choose a niche which you can monetize easily.

Also read: 9 Most Profitable Blog Niches to Start Blogging.

Few Simple Tips to Increase revenue from Amazon Associates.

The biggest tip to increase your revenue from Amazon associates is to select a profitable niche. However, here are few other tips to increase revenue from amazon associates—

  1. Look at the reviews of the product on Amazon before promoting. The last thing you want is to get your reputation hurt by someone else crappy product.
  2. Write the product review and share your honest opinion about the product. (In my case, I wrote book reviews for few of the popular investing books).
  3. The links in between the posts work the best. This is because when a reader gets involved in your post and you suggest something really awesome, he/she will be inclined to check out that product (and maybe even purchase it).

Bottomline:

Amazon associates is an amazing way to monetize your blog and earn passive income. You can sell thousands of products through your blog and earn a decent commission. It doesn’t require any additional work or efforts.

All the money that I earned last year through Amazon associates were totally passive. This year, I’m planning to try out a lot of experiments to increase my revenue from affiliate marketing. And, I’ll keep sharing my learnings.

Keep hustling and happy blogging.

Also read: How I Build an Email List of 18,000+ Subscribers Within 13.5 Months (From Scratch)?

6 Pro Tips to Build Backlinks to Your Blog

6 Pro Tips to Build Backlinks to Your Blog.

6 Pro Tips to Build Backlinks to Your Blog:

Building backlinks to your blog is a very imitating and time taking process. It takes a lot of time to build a large number of backlinks to your blog.

However, if you want to improve your ‘search engine’ visibility and boost your blog traffic, building backlinks is a very important process that you cannot ignore.

What is a backlink? It is an incoming link from one web page to another website. When a webpage links to another website by providing a link or citation, then it is called A backlink.

In this list, I’m ‘not’ going to give you the list of 100’s of websites from where you can build backlinks to your blog, which won’t help you to improve your search engine ranking.

On the contrary, I will give you 6 Pro Tips to Build Backlinks to Your Blog, which actually works and will help you to get ranked ‘higher’ on google.

So, if you are interested to build ‘quality’ backlinks to your blog, please read this post till the end.

6 Pro Tips to Build Backlinks to Your Blog

Here are the 6 pro ways to build backlinks to your blog which will actually help you to improve your search ranking:

1. Guest posting on the right sites.

guest post

Guest post is still the best way to build backlinks to your blog. Just write a ‘good’ content and get it posted on a high domain authority website/blog.

Here are few of the advantages of writing a guest post:

  • It will help you to get backlinks from reputed websites/links.
  • Guest posts will boost your blog traffic as you can divert the traffic of the big blogs/websites to your blog.
  • Getting your blog accepted on an authority website will increase the reputation of your blog. Plus it will create an awareness & social presence of your blog in your community.

Now, while writing guest posts, it’s always recommendable to write for reputable blogs/websites.

Although writing for ‘small’ blogs or the blogs with ‘similar’ ranking as that of yours, will also create backlinks, however, the quality of the backlink won’t be same as that from a reputed website.

While building backlinks to your blog quality matters.

Further, it’s a lot of time to write a good post. Therefore, if you have written an amazing post, it makes more sense to either get it published on a high authority website or to publish it on your ‘own’ blog for your readers.

Nevertheless, if you not able to get your guest post accepted to any reputable websites, then you can start with the small/medium authority blogs. They won’t help you much to improve your Google search ranking, however, you have to start somewhere and even that backlink can help you a bit to create some backlinks and get little traffic to your blog.

How to write guest posts to build backlinks to your blog?

There are 3 simple steps to write a guest post on reputable websites:

  1. Make a list of all the high authority websites/blog in your niche and collect the list of the email of their owner/editor.
  2. Send a mail to the owner/editor requesting a guest post with a suggestion of at least ‘3 Topics’ on which you are interested to write. Also, include the links of few of your best blog posts to increase your credibility.
  3. Wait for their reply and once getting accepted, write an amazing blog post and submit it to their website.

Although it seems easy to submit guest posts, however, here are few things that you need to know:

  1. Study the blog/website where you are are requesting the guest post. You do not want to suggest the ‘topics’ to write which has been already ‘published’ on that website.
  2. The acceptance rate of a guest post is quite low. You might have to send a hundred emails per month to get the 4-5 guest post accepted. But do not worry, there are tons of website out there and you can always reach out to the next one if the previous blog owner does not accept your guest post request.
  3. In most of the time ‘referrals’ matter. If you can get someone to introduce you to the website owner/editor, then they are more likely to accept your guest post request.

That’s all. Follow these points and you will easily be able to get some of your guest posts accepted to the reputable sites.

Even if you are able to write 2 guest posts per month on high authority sites, you can create quality backlinks, which definitely will boost your search engine ranking. And obviously, blog traffic will also increase.

2. Backlinks through Infographics

What is an infographic? IT is a graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly.

Here is an example of an infographic:

infographic tradebrains

(Image source: Trade Brains)

Infographics are a good way to build backlinks to your blog. All you need to do is to create an amazing infographic, which explains a lot of information and get it shared on different blogs.

The key point here is that creating an infographic takes a lot of time. Therefore, most of the bloggers avoid creating one.

However, due to the ease of studying infographics, if you include it on your blog, your readers can find it very quick and easy to grasp the information.

Here is an example of how you can build backlinks to your blog using infographics.

Let’s assume you have a fitness blog. If you write about ‘yoga’, you can create an infographic for the ‘Yoga exercise’.

Now, the poses are difficult to explain by writing an article, however, if you have created a good infographic, it’s self-explanatory to the audience.

Most of the bloggers in the same fitness niche might also write about yoga. However, they will not be willing to create a time-taking infographic.

So, what will they do?

They will just google search few ‘yoga poses’ and include it in their blog post and will try to explain most of the things by their ‘writings’ in the post.

However, for such bloggers, you can give them a better alternative.

Send them an email with the image of your infographic and tell them that you are ‘okay’ with them including your infographic in their ‘yoga’ post. All they need to do is a little mention of the source i.e. a link to your blog.

If your infographic is amazing, most of the bloggers will readily accept to include the infographic in their blog post and you will get a backlink to your blog.

yoga poses

(Image Source: GET HEALTHY)

You can repeat the same process with a number of bloggers who have written similar blog posts.

Please note that most ‘how to’ infographics work well as they explain the step-by-step process of that activity/work to their viewers.

Although, creating an infographic is time-consuming, however, it will take less time to create an infographic than to write a big guest post.

Further, there are a number of free websites from where you can create infographics on your own. Few of them are Snappa and Canva.

3. Track your competitor’s backlinks and ‘steal’ it.

There are a number of websites which gives a detailed list of all the backlinks that a blog/website has.

You can track backlinks of a blog using monitor backlinks, ahrefs, Moz or majestic.

Use these websites to learn from where your competitors are generating backlinks.

ahrefs backlinks

Image Source: Ahrefs

If few of the reputable websites are accepting guest posts or including the links of your competitors on their website, then the chances are they will also accept your guest post or will link your blog, where ever they find it relevant.

For example, if one of your competitors has 600 backlinks and you know each one of them (using ‘Ahrefs’ or other websites), your life can be a lot simpler as a blogger.

If you reach out even 200 of those websites which has give backlink to your competitor, the chances are that you will create 20-30 backlinks fast and easy.

The best part of using this strategy is that you don’t even have to research yourself. You are just ‘stealing’ the backlinks of your competitors.

Further, you can apply the same approach to a dozen of your competitors and build hundreds of backlinks effortlessly.

Using this strategy, you can easily build backlinks to your blog fast, which are also high quality, and hence can improve your search ranking and beat your competitors.

4. Write Testimonials or get interviewed

testimonials

If you notice the testimonials given by many people, they always include a small description about themselves in the end. Like where are they from, their profession and their website.

You can take advantage of this to build backlinks to your blog.

Let’s say some high authority blog/website is selling some product/services to their readers. On the sales page of that product/service, that blog is providing testimonials to create a social proof for the readers.

Then you can write a testimonial for that product/services and include a link to your blog in the description.

This way to build backlinks to your blog is quite trending these days.

You can find a number of websites which provide SEO, social marketing, email marketing, link building services, have added a testimonial from their previous customers.

Similarly, fitness blogs which offer coaching/consultancy also display the testimonials of the people who have improved their health due to their coaching.

Further, other niches like photography, content creators, logo designers etc also add testimonials on their website and link their clients.

All you need to do is to write a testimonial for these websites and build backlinks to your blog.

Another way to build backlinks to your blog is by getting ‘interviewed’.

The only downside of using this approach is that you should have some interesting story to share. If you hadn’t done anything worth telling the audience, why will anyone ‘interview’ you?

Moreover, if you are a small blogger, it’s pretty tough to get interviewed.

Nevertheless, if you able to get ‘interviewed’ on an authority blog, they will definitely write a description about you and will link to your ‘blog’ there.

Overall, writing testimonials and getting interviewed are both effective ways to build backlinks to your blog.

5. Blog commenting:

This is one of the most popular and simple ways to build backlinks.

Simply visit the blog in your niche, read their article and write a relevant comment.

Most of the blog comments have 4 options to fill- ‘Name’, ‘email’, ‘website’ and ‘comment’. Do not forget to include the link to your website in the description. Otherwise, there will be no use for writing that comment for building backlinks.

Further, please note that here I’m suggesting blog commenting, not spamming.

Always write a relevant comment about the post like what you liked about the post, what the author missed, any suggestions, what you didn’t understand about the post etc.

Most of the blogs have a comment ‘moderation’ feature, which means that your comment will never get ‘accepted’ by the admin if you are just spamming.

Note: The quality of backlinks by blog commenting is inferior. Most of the blog comments offer ‘no follow’ links. And it’s the ‘do follow’ links that matters more in order to build backlinks to your blog.

Read more about ‘no-follow’ and ‘do-follow’ links here.

Nevertheless, even ‘no follow’ links can help you a little to build backlinks to your blog.

6. Link exchange

link exchange backlinks

Link exchange is a good way to build backlinks to your blog. It is simple, yet effective.

Here’s what you need to do to build backlinks to your blog using ‘link exchange’.

  1. Reach out to the blog owners with ‘similar’ domain authority in your blog niche.
  2. Ask them for mutual benefits i.e. you will create a backlink for their blog and they will link back to your blog.
  3. Further, also ask for a guest post-inter-change. Guest post is even better than just ‘link swap’ as it will help you to drive traffic and create a ‘social presence’ for that blog audience. Suggest that you will write a guest post on their blog and will accept a guest post on your blog.
  4. As this ‘link exchange’ will mutually benefit both the blogs, the chances are that many of them will accept your request.

An important point to note here is that while asking for ‘link exchange’ always prefer the blogs/website with similar authority/reputation as that of your website.

If you are exchanging link with blogs of low authority, it won’t help you much to improve your search engine ranking.

Further, if you asking to exchange link with blogs of way ‘high’ domain authority than that of yours, they won’t accept the offer. And why should they? This link exchange won’t help them in their ranking.

That’s why the key rule to link exchange is to go to the blogs/websites with similar authority.

Conclusion:

Here are the 6 Pro Tips to Build Backlinks to Your Blog

  1. Guest posting on the right sites.
  2. Backlinks through Infographics
  3. Track your competitor’s backlinks and ‘steal’ it.
  4. Write Testimonials or get interviewed
  5. Blog commenting
  6. Link exchange

Also read: 11 Insanely Easy Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

That’s all. I hope this post is useful to the readers.

If I missed any ‘big’ way to build backings that is worth mentioning in this blog, then please comment below. I’ll be happy to add it to the list.

#HappyBlogging

How I Build an Email List

How I Build an Email List of 18,000+ Subscribers Within 13.5 Months (From Scratch)?

“But how did you do it? No one is signing up on my forms. I’m rarely getting one or two subscribers in a day?”, Gourav asked peevishly.

He has been taking a few blogging tips from me for the last two months. In fact, I was the one who motivated him to start blogging.

What are you giving them in return?”, I asked politely.

“I’ll be sending them my weekly newsletter…. I’ll send them the best articles published every week”, Gaurav replied energetically.

Gaurav owns a tech blog where he gives reviews on the latest electronic gadgets and technology. In the last two months, he has written over 40 blog reviews.

“No, I mean what are you giving your subscribers right away when they sign up….

…What you’ll be giving them in the future is of no value to them unless they really get it. As of now, they don’t know how valuable your weekly newsletters can be… What are you giving your potential subscribers instantly- for an exchange of their personal email id?”, I tried to explain the question further.

“Ah… a promised… of useful newsletters in future”, Gaurav smiled awkwardly.

“Haha, but that’s not enough Gaurav!! You need to give your potential subscribers something valuable right away to motivate them to enter their email id in your opt-in form…

…Most people are now habituated to ignore these opt-in forms as they are everywhere. No one bothers to sign up for these forms anymore. Until and unless you give them something of big value for FREE, their reflex will be to close that form.”, I added.

“But I’m giving value to them through my blog posts. I have written so many awesome contents. Why won’t they subscribe then?”. Gaurav replied quickly.

Because they can come back and read your article whenever they want. Why share their personal email information for that?…

…Unless it’s really something ‘that’ valuable, no one will give their precious email id. When was the last time you subscribed for any email list without getting any ‘amazing’ thing for FREE?”

“I signed up on Snapchat for free…” , Gaurav smiled wickedly.

I know why you joined Snapchat, buddy 😀 ….

… anyways, the point is that you should give something valuable to your readers for FREE to get their email id in exchange. Many people also call it a lead magnet or bait. But, don’t mind the term… 

…This FREE valuable thing can be an ebook, checklist, guide, tool-kit, resource list or anything that can be useful to the people. But the bottom line is that it should motivate people enough to give their email id in exchange.”

Finally, after a half an hour of explanation, Gaurav slowly stated grasping the concept that I wanted him to learn. This was something that I learned the hard way. And that’s why I didn’t want Gaurav to repeat the same mistake that I did for a long period of time.

The Shoddy Beginning of My Email List Building:

I started my blog Trade Brains in January 2017. However, until April 2017 I didn’t place any sign-up form on the blog to collect emails. The first time when I placed the opt-in form on my blog was May 2017.

During the start, I placed the sign-up form on my blog just because I read on many marketing websites that every blogger should collect emails. Therefore, I also placed an opt-in form asking for ‘Name’ and ’email-id’ with a sign-up button. I didn’t monitor the number of sign-ups for the next two month. I was happy that I’ve placed the sign-up form on my blog and was dreaming that my list will be built soon.

However, at the end of June 2017, the result was totally different than what I expected. There were less than 200 subscribers, even though my blog was getting a monthly traffic of over 20,000 pageviews per month.

Also read: How I grew my blog from 0 to 133,891 monthly page views within 12 months? [With a Day Job]

How I grew my blog from 0 to 133,891 monthly page views within 10 Months - Trade Brains google analytics

After reading the report, I started learning a lot about how to build a massive email list. I just could not believe that I wasn’t able to convert the majority of my blog traffic into the email subscribers.

And that was really hurting me from inside. At one specific moment of time, I even started considering that my blogs were not good enough and that’s why people are not subscribing to my newsletters. However, the pageview stats were saying a completely different story that my subscribers count.

How I really build my email list of over 18,000+ Subscribers?

I got sincere about building an email list from July 2017. I read over a hundred of famous marketing blogs like QuickSporut, Backlinko, Social Trigger, Shout me loud etc to learn the different strategies and tips to build the list.

And then I learned the beautiful concept of lead magnet…

A lead magnet is an incentive that marketers offer to potential buyers in exchange for their email address, or other contact information. Lead magnets usually offer a piece of digital, downloadable content, such as a free PDF checklist, report, eBook, whitepaper, video, etc.

Source: Digital Marketer

How I created an awesome lead magnet?

I write blogs in investing niche – Stocks market investing and personal finance. And the most valuable topic in this niche is- “How to select stocks to invest for consistent returns?”

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned investor, this is the topic that will fascinate anyone related to this area. This is the golden question which everyone is looking for.

And I am giving away an 18 page of a comprehensive guide on this topic for FREE on my blog.

I wrote a post of over 4,000+ words, added lots of relevant pictures and converted it into a pdf. It took me around 5 days to write this massive post… And I am giving this pdf to all my subscribers for FREE.

Anyways, those hard work of 5 days- helped me build a huge list of over 18,000+ subscribers and beyond (It is still helping me to build the list bigger).

In short, there’s a very simple formula to build a gigantic email list. Give something really valuable to your subscribers for FREE… in exchange of their email id.

Few Important Guidelines to build a huge email list:

Giving something valuable is just the formula. However, you should also know how to use this formula effectively. Otherwise, if you put the wrong values in any formula, the results will be wrong, won’t they?

Here are few important guidelines to build a huge email list:

1. Add Multiple Opt-in Forms on every page (without any guilt)

opt in form locations

I use three Opt-in forms on every single page of my blog. My main aim is to increase the subscriber list. So, I put it everywhere- shamelessly. Even if a single ‘off-placed’ Opt-in form helps me to get 4 subscribers in a day, I can get around 1500 subscribers from it in a year.

You can’t be both shy and also wish to collect emails automatically. If you want to build a huge list, then you have to ask to give the email id from your readers. Place your Opt-in forms everywhere- Header, Footer, Sidebar, After post etc.

2. The pop-up form works the best

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First of all, I would like to mention that Google doesn’t hurt your ranking for using pop-up forms. Many of my articles still rank in the first position and first page of Google for multiple keywords.

Moreover, most people are now used to ads and pop-up. They won’t get annoyed seeing these forms. So, use the pop-ups freely.

Now, I’ve experimented with opt-in forms on headers, sidebars, embedded between articles, footer, scroll bar and a lot of many places. However, the conversion rate (visitors converting into subscribers) of the pop-ups are the best.

That’s why if your main aim is to build a big email list, you should sincerely consider placing a pop-up form on your blog.

Quick Note: If you are feeling a little diffident to show a pop-up just after a person enters your blog, then you can always use the exit pop-ups. These pop-ups only show up when the readers are about to exit (if you move your cursor towards the top of the browser to close the tab, then it will show a pop-up in between). Further, as your readers are already going to exit, what harm can you do by showing a pop-up at that moment? Most of the marketers use exit pop-ups these days. Its conversion rate is high (but not as high as a regular pop-up form).

3. Use opt-in in ‘About’ Page

The people who visit your ‘About’ page are really interested to know more about you. And if they like your story, they will readily become a subscriber. Therefore, always include a sign-up form on the ‘About’ page of your blog.

However, the only problem here is that very fewer people will actually read your about page. If a person is looking for a quick answer on your blog (through a google search), he might not be ready to read your about page.

Nevertheless, for the other population of people who reads your about page, the conversion rate is quite good.

4. Add social proofs

“Join 18,000+ Subscribers” vs “Join our Newsletter”. Which one is more appealing?

The first one, right?

Here, the fact that 18,000+ people have already subscribed to this newsletter, acts as a social proof and makes the people think that it should be really something awesome- that’s why so many people have subscribed for the list.

In short, just add the numbers and it will help you build even a bigger one.

NOTE: Don’t worry if you have just 1,000 subscribers when you start this strategy. Just be honest and write the numbers. Further, it’s good to have some social proof rather than none.

5. Create a FREE eCourse

7-day-free-eCourse-how-to-invest-in-Indian-share-market

This is my final tip. Again- here you are going to give a great value to your subscribers. Although it might take you a lot of time to build a good course. However, the conversion rate of email courses is ‘damn’ high.

In my case, I didn’t start the eCourse to build the list. I created the 7-day eCourse with an expectation that people will read the emails every day and if they liked it, they will come back to my website and engage with me if they have queries. Doing so, I wanted to build a trust and relationship with my readers.

But, woohh!! The conversion rate of that free course was really good.

Again, the conclusion is the same… People love getting valuable kinds of stuff for free.

The eCourse helped me a lot in increasing my subscriber count. Further, it also helped me in building a consistency and momentum among my subscribers to frequently refer my blog– which additionally helped in increasing the repeat traffic.

BOTTOM LINE:

When I first started blogging, I was always astonished while seeing the famous bloggers having 100,000+ subscribers. But now that I have got a successful blog- Trade Brains, I can say that building a massive email list is not that difficult.

A huge newsletter subscriber is a side product of having a successful blog. If you are already getting a good traffic on your blog, it’s not much burdensome to turn them into subscribers- ‘if you know the strategy’. Just add value to your reader’s life and you can easily convert them into your loyal subscribers.

Enough Said! Now you know all my secrets. And it’s your time to act right away- Start building your list. Good luck!!

Most Profitable Blog Niches to Start Blogging

9 Most Profitable Blog Niches to Start Blogging.

9 Most Profitable Blog Niches to Start Blogging:

So, you want to start your blog. But what should you write about?

Can you make money by blogging on any topic?

I don’t think so. You can not make money in every niche that you decide to enter. Some niches are very difficult to monetize.

On the other hand, there are few niches which are easy to generate traffic and to monetize the blog.

And that’s what this post is about. By the end of this article, you will be able to learn 9 most profitable blog niches on which you should start blogging to get good traffic and make lots of money.

However, first, you need to understand this!

If you are serious about blogging, there are 2 things that you should focus on, even before starting your blog:

  • How are you going to get traffic to your blog?
  • What are the possible ways to monetize your blog?

(And I am going to answer both these questions for all the different niches that we’ll discuss in this post.)

Next, there is a secret formula to become successful in your blogging career.

Although it’s not that secret, however, not known to many of the new bloggers. And the formula is:

Successful blog = Profitable niche + Quality Content + Targeted Traffic

Money is the by-product of a successful blog.

If you have a profitable niche, this already means that you can easily make money from your blog.

Further, please note that there are exceptions to this formula. There are many people who blog on crazy topics and earn millions.

However, that’s not generic, and frankly speaking not ‘doable’ for everyone.

For example, I recently come across a ‘survival’ blog, where the blogger writes about how to survive in a jungle.

Crazy, right? Are you going to try this one out?

Definitely, his blog is driving a lot of traffic and he has monetized his blog by selling affiliate products like Camping torch, tents, hiking shoes etc.

Similarly, there are few insanely popular blogs on ‘Best Wines in the world’, ‘Pet snakes’, ‘Kid’s toys review’ etc.

However, these niches are not ‘possible’ for everyone to start. I will cover only those niches in this post which any ‘ordinary’ person can start.

#2 Common Myths for Successful Blogs:

1. You should only pick a niche you’re passionate about.

No, you shouldn’t. 

Not everyone has a passion which they can turn into a profitable blog.

For example, let’s say you are very passionate about ‘crocodiles’ and write amazing contents like where crocodiles are found, their lifespan, their reproduction etc.

crocodile

However, this isn’t a very profitable blog niche.

There is very few targeted traffic who are really interested in this topic. Moreover, how are you going to monetize this blog? By selling crocodiles? Just kidding. It’s really difficult to generate money from this blog niche.

If you are starting a ‘hobby’ blog and aren’t planning to make a living out of it, then it’s okay to write on the niche that you are passionate about.

However, if you are going to dedicate 40+ hours per week to a blog, then first make sure that you’ll be making enough returns from this blog.

Moreover, passion cannot be found, it can only be developed.

Do you really think all the expert swimmer had always a passion for it? They keep of swimming since childhood and later developed a passion for it.

Similarly, basketball players. Many might have sucked in the starting. However, as they kept going, they would have developed a passion and later excelled in it.

In the blogging world, are you sure that every ‘how to make money’ blogger was always passionate to ‘selflessly’ teach people how to make money?

No. Most of these are ‘developed’ passion.

2. “Build good content” money and traffic will follow”

Not entirely true. Content matters only 50% for the successful blog or less.

Even if you are writing amazing contents, however, if you are not getting traffic then your blog won’t be successful.

There are some niches which can generate traffic quite easily.

For example, food blogs. Almost everyone had ‘at some point in time’ searched about how to make a specific food. There is a large audience for a food blog.

On the other hand, if you write about some typical ‘boring’ topic, where there are only a few targeted traffic, then even if you are writing amazing content, it won’t give you good results.

It’s important to write a good engaging, informative and entertaining content.

However, it’s equally important to write on something that a large audience want to read.

Traditional vs Modern Niches:

Traditionally, there happened to be only three successful niches- Health, wealth and romance.

All the other niches were a by-product of these niches.

However, today, there are a number of new niches which generate equal traffic and money to that of ‘health-wealth-romance’ niches.

Few of the popular new niches are Technology, Entertainment, Parenting, Beauty and Fashion, Lifestyle etc.

The golden rule of finding the best niche:

When looking for the most profitable blog niche, here are 3 things that you should keep in mind before you start.

The only blogs that people ‘care’ about are the ones who-

  1. Help people make money
  2. Solves their problem
  3. Or Entertain them.

If you are able to find a niche which is a combination of all three, then your chances of becoming successful are quite high.

Therefore the most profitable blog niche helps people make, solves their problem and entertains them.

9 Most Profitable Blog Niches to Start Blogging

Now that you have understood the ‘underlying’ principle of the most profitable blog niches, here are the top 9 on my list:

1. How to make money

how to make money

Sub-Niches: Blogging tutorials, Make money ‘online’, Passive Income

This niche is obviously the ‘winner’ of the most profitable blog niches. Most of the bloggers in this niche easily make tons of money.

This niche fulfils 2 out of 3 requirements of the golden rule of finding the best niche.

The ‘How to make money’ bloggers help their viewers to make money by creating their online business and also solves their viewer’s problem of how to get started (or how to make money).

Newbie bloggers keep on looking how to start a blog, generate traffic or to monetize their blogger. And these ‘How to make money’ bloggers with their blogging tutorials are able to help them. In return, these bloggers are able to get huge traffic and generate good money.

Monetization Method: Ads, Affiliate marketing, Service, Consultancy etc

Few of the popular bloggers in this niche include Pat Flynn, Melyssa Griffin, Darren Rowse, Mariah Coz, Shout me loud.

2. Personal finance

personal finance

Personal finance follows a similar approach to that of ‘how to make money’ niche.

Few of the common tropics that personal finance bloggers cover are frugal leaving, investing, best credit cards, saving money, retirement planning, tax saving, extra ways to make money at home etc.

Personal finance is one of the most profitable blog niches to start blogging as people are constantly looking for these topics and are willing to spend money if they are getting the solution.

For example, people who are looking to save 30%+ tax on their income, will easily give a consulting fee of 1-2% to their advisor.

Monetization method: Ads, Consultancy, Services etc

Few popular blogs on personal finance are- Making sense of cents, Trade Brains and I’ll teach you to be rich.

3. Health and Fitness

health and fitness

Traditionally, one of the best profitable blog niches.

Health and fitness bloggers easily get tons of traffic to their blog as many people are ‘conscious’ about their health & fitness. Most people consistently keep looking for topics like weight loss, yoga, running, diet, nutrition etc.

Moreover, this is one of the easiest niches to monetize.

There are thousands of affiliate products that these bloggers can promote like fitness supplements, running shoes, yoga mats, exercise machines like treadmills, dumbbells etc.

Moreover, these bloggers can easily provide coaching for their reader’s problems like weight reduction, fat-loss, yoga etc.

Monetization method: Ads, Affiliate marketing, Coaching etc

Overall, one of the simplest profitable blog niches.

4. Technology

technology

A modern profitable blog niche. 

The technology bloggers cover topics on gadget & electronic stuff and write about technology hacks, troubleshooting, gadget guides and similar topics.

The best thing about this niche is that new products and gadgets will be constantly launched in the market. Therefore, these bloggers never run out of the content to write about.

Monetization method: Ads, Affiliate marketing, Services etc

5. Beauty and Fashion

fashion

These bloggers have an access to cool life and popularity.

Beauty and fashion niche is one of the trending profitable blog niches these days.

However, there are few drawbacks of this niche. First, you need to have a beautiful personality to present to your audience. Second, to keep yourself updated with the latest beauty and fashion products, you have to spend some bucks.

Nevertheless, if you are able to build a traffic on your blog, you’ll get a number of sponsored products and can earn a lot by writing paid blog posts, reviews and banners.

Most of the beauty and fashion blogger are quite popular on Youtube & Instagram.

Monetization method: Ads, Affiliate marketing, Sponsored post/review/banners etc.

6. Lifestyle

lifestyle

Sub-niches- Travel, Gardening, Home/Outdoor decor, Photography etc

It’s really difficult to define a lifestyle niche as it totally depends on the blogger how they want to describe their blog.

Nevertheless, the audience finds this niche quite entertaining and that’s why the lifestyle bloggers are able to quickly build a large traffic to their blog.

Monetization method: Ads, Affiliate marketing, Sponsored contents etc

7. Personal development

personal development

Although this niche has been on the internet for a long-time, however, this ‘personal development’ came to light as one of the best profitable blog niches only in the recent times.

The different topics covered by personal development bloggers are self-help, how to get confident, how to avoid procrastination, how to be a leader, how to talk with anyone, how to influence, public speaking etc.

These bloggers do not find much difficulty in generating traffic as many people are eager for personal development and keep on looking these stuff on the internet.

Monetization method: Ads, Affiliate marketing, Webinars, Workshops etc.

8. Product Reviews & Coupons

product and coupons

The favourite niche for the youth.

The young people constantly keep looking for the product reviews and ‘coupons’ for a movie ticket, flight reservation or anything where they can avail some discount.

These bloggers can easily get in touch with big brands to get coupons for their customers and get a commission of every sale, as an affiliate.

Monetization method: Ads, Affiliate marketing, sponsored contents etc.

9. Food

food bloggers

For a long time, food niche was considered as a ‘hobby’ blog. However, in the recent time, it has turned out to be one of the most profitable blog niches for bloggers.

Generating traffic has never been a problem for the food bloggers. Moreover, due to the newly developed methods, even monetization is not tough for these niche bloggers now.

The famous food bloggers are easily able to sell their cooking ‘courses’ or recipe books at a high premium price.

Further, they are can also earn good commission by promoting expensive machines like juice-maker, dining sets etc.

Monetization method: Ads, affiliate marketing, ebooks, sponsored products etc.

That’s all. These are the 9 most profitable blog niches to start blogging

Please note that I didn’t include any entertaining, politics or stand up comedy niche here because it is really difficult to monetize those niche. Except for ads, you won’t be able to monetize your blog that easily.

Summary:

Here are the 9 most profitable blog niches to start blogging:

  1. How to make money
  2. Personal finance
  3. Health and fitness
  4. Technology
  5. Beauty and Fashion
  6. Lifestyle
  7. Personal development
  8. Product reviews and Coupons
  9. Food

Next Step: Dive in and get started:

So, if you are still confused about where to start, just pick a big niche and slowly work down to 3-5 sub-topics that you find interesting.

For example- if you are planning to start a finance blog, start writing all kind of stuff like investing, insurance, mutual funds, retirement planning, savings, credit card etc.

Once you found out which topics enjoy and are most comfortable to write and is getting a positive response on your blog, then slowly narrow down.

Further, as you keep writing, you will definitely develop a passion.

Ready to start your blog? Learn how to get started here-

How to start your blog within 20 min? The Ultimate Guide

How I grew my blog from 0 to 133,891 monthly page views within 10 Months - Trade Brains google analytics

How I grew my blog from 0 to 133,891 monthly page views within 12 Months? [With a Day Job]

HONEST DISCLAIMER: I didn’t use any paid advertisements/traffic to get these page views. Over 68% of my traffic came directly from organic search. Here’s a quick snapshot from google analytics of Trade Brains.

Trade Brains google traffic

Lessons from the past:

FailedStamp-minFirst of all, I would like to mention that Trade Brains was not my first project.

My blogging journey started back in 2014 (when I was a 19-year-old college kid). My first website, Messed Up Infinitely (MUI), an entertainer website — that I started with few of my friends in college, FAILED…!!!

 After two years of working (inconsistently) on the website, we finally decided to shut it down in the year 2016.

The website doesn’t exist anymore, however, the different social pages are still there (In fact, MUI has over 3k likes on its Facebook page).

The reasons why my first website failed- 

  1. I (and my team) was not passionate about the niche. We just enjoyed building something big. But no one cared much about the value or content.
  2. We tried to cover everything and hence failed to build a loyal (repetitive) audience. We started covering contents with FIFA 2014 news, then moved to TV Series like GOT, FRIENDS etc, then shifted to Harry Potter topics… The biggest problem was that even we didn’t know what was the theme of the website.
  3. We focused too much on traffic and monetization instead of building a great website. With viral (clickbait) topics like “How Game of Thrones might end?’ and posting it in facebook GOT groups with over 100k members, we were even able to generate +10k pageviews in a single day from a single post. However, we lacked consistency. A GOT fan will not read FIFA posts, right? Although traffic means more revenue from ads, it doesn’t mean growth.

Nevertheless, failures are a great teacher.

I learned a lot from my first failed website and moreover, it left an etching feeling inside me. I knew that many people are able to build a successful website. But the fact that we couldn’t simply be meant that there was something wrong with our approach.

Trade Brains’ Success Story

I launched Trade Brains (https://www.tradebrains.in) in January 2017.

launch-minAt that time, I was working as a graduate engineer trainee (GET) at Tata Motors. It was my first full-time job and I’ve been working there since last six months before starting Trade Brains.

Tata Motors is a fortune 500 company which manufactures automobiles. I was working in the Quality Assurance department and it was a hectic six days -nine hours job (Only holidays was Sunday). Nevertheless, in January 2017, I decided to hustle sideways.

Initially, it was really difficult to maintain a balance between work and side project. When you work in a day job, most of your productive hours are gone. By the time you reach home, your brain will be so tired that the only thing that it will want to do is to watch TV. It was really exhausting to come back home and work on the website.

However, this time, it was something different. This time- I was passionate about my website.

Btw… I forgot to tell you what is TRADE BRAINS’ all about?

Trade brains is a financial education blog focused to teach stock market investing and personal finance to the DIY (do-it-yourself) Investors.

trade brains homepage

The best part of starting trade brains was that I enjoyed talking about and writing about INVESTING topics. That’s why it never felt like a job and I was easily able to work on my website till 2–3 AM in the night.

Phase I: Jan-March 2017— (Zero Growth)

I started Trade Brains in January 2017. However, I was hardly able to give 2–3 hours per week during first three months. Moreover, I used these 2–3 hours only to build the website and write contents (no marketing, no social sharing… nothing else). Anyways, in the first 3 months, I was able to write 8–10 articles on Trade brains.

Although I have written a few of my best articles during this phase, however, it wasn’t getting any traffic. The monthly traffic for Trade Brains for the first three months of the launch was less than 100 page views per month. (Please note that I knew SEO at that time and had done on-page SEO on all my contents).

In short, I learned a very important lesson in this phase-

“BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME… IS WRONG”.

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Even if you build a great website with amazing contents, you will not get traffic on its own. You have to market your website.

(In the next phase of Trade Brains, the same contents that I wrote in Jan-March are going to great the most traffic. Although the content didn’t change, my strategy did.)

Phase II: April -July 2018 — (Steady traffic)

It was April 2017- when I decided to get serious with my blog.

Working 2–3 hours per week was not enough. Moreover, just working on website and writing contents wasn’t working out.

I changed my strategy. I started working +30 hours a week (alongside my day job) on Trade Brains. Further, this time I was more focused on marketing and getting TRAFFIC.

I already knew that I have written some amazing contents on my blog in the phase I. Therefore, all I needed to do was to drive the audience on those contents.

Anyways, this wasn’t really difficult.

Hard-Work-Success-Icon-Image-1400x800-862x493-minBecause of my past experience of working on my first website, I already knew many tips and strategies to get huge traffic. (Please note that although I knew the strategies, however, it required a lot of work. It wasn’t difficult, but it was time-talking).

In this phase II of trade brains, I continued writing 1–2 blog posts per week and then dedicated the majority of time in marketing those contents. Few of the common sources to drive traffic that I used was to post in facebook groups, Reddit, answering on Quora, joining the forums and actively getting involved in different threads, cross promotion etc.

During this phase, the traffic was directly proportional to the amount of hard work that I did. The traffic was not passive!!

This means that the more I promoted and marketed my content, the more traffic I was able to generate. Between April to July, I started getting a steady traffic of 18k -20k page views per month.

Phase III: Aug 17-Jan 2018 — Rapid Growth

After three months of continuous content creation and marketing, finally, I started noticing passive traffic on my website.

With time (and work), I was able to generate decent backlinks to my website and moreover, it was even growing automatically.

qualitative-growth-min(I realized this when I took a week off (no blogging or marketing) to go on a vacation with my parents. I was afraid that the traffic is going to decline and all my work from the past few months will be in vain. However, after a week, when I returned back and checked my website traffic, I was jumping on the bed with happiness. Literally no work and still I was able to generate over 8k page views that week.)

From Aug 17 to Jan 18, I noticed a rapid growth in the blog.

All the hard work of the last few months was finally showing up. My contents started getting ranked on the first page of google for many keywords. Different websites/bloggers started referring to my contents and website.

Although during this phase, I wasn’t working as hard as phase II, I was getting a consistently increasing traffic. From around 30k page views on Aug 17, trade brains grew to over 130k monthly page views by the end of January.

Reasons Why Trade Brains became a hit?

There are few lessons that I learned from my first failed website and second successful one. Moreover, I believe if my first website was a hit, I wouldn’t have learned so much. Here are the reasons why Trade Brains became a hit:

1. Writing ‘genuinely’ helpful posts.

All my contents on Trade Brains was focused to help people. I didn’t write contents just to write it. For my first website, we generally published 4-5 posts per week. However, for Trade Brains, the frequency was small: 1-2 posts per week.

But this time, the contents were genuinely helpful. I wanted the public to learn something when they are willing to spend their precious time on my blog. And once you start giving value through your contents, people (and Google) will appreciate it.

2. Consistency

Since April 2017, I’ve consistently given +30 hours per week time to Trade Brains. It wasn’t like ‘work a month’ and then ‘take a leave for the next two’.

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I didn’t consider Trade Brains as my side project since April and was consistently working on it. Even when I was hanging out with friends or was on a vacation, I was consistently thinking of what new ideas that I can implement to improve the website. Although it seems a small journey, however, being consistent for 12 months with a day job is really tedious (but worth it).

3. 20% time on content creation and 80% on marketing

It’s good to write amazing content but if you’re not marketing it, it won’t generate traffic automatically. From the phase II of trade brains, I started giving 80% of my time to market the content. And it really gave a significant result.

BOTTOMLINE

Building a successful website or blog is the dream of many online entrepreneurs. However, it’s not much difficult. All you need is a passion and a willingness to consistently work hard.

After over 18 months of launch, Trade Brains is still growing at a good pace.

That’s all. Take care. And keep hustling!!

how not to fail in blogging

6 Sneaky Lessons on How Not To ‘FAIL’ in Blogging.

6 Lessons About How Not To FAIL in Blogging.

When I first started blogging, I read a number of tips and advice from the successful blogger. Most of these posts gave a similar advice- Use catchy headlines, write in-depth articles, focus on SEO, build your email list etc.

However, these were just the technicalities, which can be learned or copied.

Most of the times, bloggers ‘not’ fail because they didn’t know how to write an in-depth article or catchy headlines. They fail because there are some unspoken rules, which most successful bloggers forget to share.

In this post, I’m going to discuss 6 sneaky lessons on how now to fail in blogging, which will distinctively help you to become successful in your blogging career.

6 Sneaky Lessons on how not to FAIL in blogging

1. Be transparent

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Your readers would love to know more about you. If you want to build a trust among your readers, you need to be transparent with them. Your blog should clearly mention who are you, your visions, how your readers can contact you etc.

Most of the people are not-so-open to trust ‘strangers’. And why should they? If you do not want to ‘fail’ in blogging, then become a friend, mentor, advisor, influencer or a ‘go-to’ person for your readers.

2. Research before you post

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It’s okay to share your knowledge with your readers. However, you should also give ‘correct’ and complete information to them.

If your blog solves only ‘half’ of their problem and afterward they need to refer other blogs, then it’s very much likely that your readers will soon forget the half-help that you provided.

On the other hand, if you solve their problem completely, they might feel obliged to visit your blog again if they are looking for the answers for a similar problem in future.

3. Understand your audience

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Let’s say the majority of your audience is ‘middle-aged’ people (40-60 years of age). Then the contents that you should be writing should focus more on the people of that age. You do not want to teach ‘how to propose a girl?’ to a middle-aged person, right?

Similarly, your way of writing content should also change according to the type of readers that you are getting. Use ‘mature’ writing over ‘cool’ words for your audience of middle-aged people.

Overall, understand your audience, their needs, difficulties and try to write contents focused on them, rather than anything ‘random’ that you like.

Also read: 9 Most Profitable Blog Niches to Start Blogging.

4. Add ‘value’ or entertain

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Readers are looking only for two kinds of contents- either ‘value’ or ‘entertainment’.

You can add value to your blog by solving some problems or answering few questions that the readers might be looking for. On the other hand, you can retain your audience if you can entertain them.

The best scenario is when you can add value to your readers along with entertaining them.

For example, let’s say you are a technology blogger and write about latest gadget. Your audience might visit your blog to find updates about the latest gadgets.

Here- you can write amazing contents on new gadgets to add value and retain your audience. However, if your posts are also entertaining/funny at the same time, then your readers might also want to share that post with their friends.

Quick fact: ‘Entertaining’ posts are shared more than ‘value-adding’ posts on social media like Facebook, twitter etc.

5. Consistency is the key

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The only thing people notice is ‘Consistency’.

Most of the actors are popular because they are continuously making new movies and the audience is ‘consistently’ watching their faces. Similarly, most of the footballers become famous not because of just one epic goal. They become popular only when they ‘consistently’ score goals.

Nobody remembers someone who did something just once or twice and then disappeared.

You need to be consistent to become successful in your blogging career. Consistently write 2-3 blog posts per week. Your audience should become ‘used-to’ visit your blog weekly to check the new contents.

If you ignore ‘consistency’ and you’re much likely to fail in your blogging career.

Also read: 9 Tested Ways to Monetize Your Blog- #6 is My Favourite

6. Ignore negative criticism

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Do not expect everyone to ‘agree’ with your viewpoint.

If even your siblings have a different opinion, how can you expect that all your readers will like/agree with what you’re saying?

Many of them will hate your contents and leave a negative comment on your blog posts.

But that’s okay. Every blogger receives criticism.

When I first started writing about investing & finance, I received a number of hate comments on my blogs. As I was just a 22-year-old kid (back then), most people commented that I was not mature/experienced enough to give them investing tips and write on those topics (although I had an experience of investing in stocks for over 3 years even then).

Those comments/criticism did hurt a lot in the beginning. However, soon I understood that there will be haters everywhere. And you got to do what you got to do. 

If the negative comment makes sense, then take is as a feedback and improve. If it doesn’t make any sense to you or you do not agree then just ‘IGNORE’.

Summary:

Let’s quickly summarize the 6 sneaky lessons on how not to FAIL in blogging that we discussed in this post-

  1. Be transparent
  2. Research before you post
  3. Understand your audience
  4. Add value or entertain
  5. Consistency is the key
  6. Ignore negative criticism

Also read: How to start your blog within 20 min? The Ultimate Guide

That’s all. There are my 6 lessons on how not to fail in blogging.

I hope that you have found it helpful. Leave a comment below if you have any additional ‘lesson’ that you want to share with our readers.

#HappyBlogging

How to start your blog within 20 min

How to start your blog within 20 min? The Ultimate Guide

How to start your blog?

If you are new to blogging, then starting your new blow might seem overwhelming and complicated.

However, the truth is that it isn’t. Anyone with a basic knowledge of how to use the internet can start his/her blog, even within 20 min.

Quick fact: There are over 1.3 billion websites on world wide web.

Before I start this post on how to start your blog, I would I like to answer few most frequently asked questions, which might clear many of your doubts.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs):

Is ‘coding’ skill required to start your blog?

No. You do not need to learn HTML or any web-development languages to start your blog. Absolute ZERO-CODING skills are required for blogging.

Should you start a blog if you are not a good writer?

A ‘big’ Yes!

Even, I’m not a good writer. You’ll hardly find any ‘sophisticated’ word in this post. This is because I am not a writer. I just ‘write’ in the way I ‘speak’ in my day-to-day life.

You do not need to be a good writer to start your blog. All you need is a passion for your topic.

How much does a blog cost?

Although the price varies for different bloggers depending on the web-hosting and plans they choose, however, in general running your blog will cost you somewhere between Rs 200-400 per month. 

Don’t worry. This price is even less than the round trip of your ‘uber’ ride in your city. You can easily afford it and it’s definitely worth investing.

Why should you start your blog?

Here are few of the major reasons to start your blog today-

  • You can make money online from home.
  • No location constraint. You can blog from anywhere. All you need is your laptop and an internet connection.
  • You can share your experience/story.
  • Starting your blog will help you to create your social presence and build your own community of followers & blog readers.

I hope I have answered most of the major questions that you might have before you start your blog.

Now, as I already stated above, creating your blog isn’t a complicated process.

There are only three steps that you need to take to start your blog:

Step 1: Choose

Step 2: Design

Step 3: Create

Don’t worry if it doesn’t make much sense to you. I’m going to explain everything about how to start your blog from ‘scratch’ in this post.

This is going to be a long post. However, I promise it will be worth reading. So, without wasting any time, let’s build your blog.

How to start your blog?

Step 1: Choose

The first step to start your blog is to choose your blogging platform, domain name and web hosting. 

Now, let’s discuss each one of them in detail.

A) Blogging Platform

There are a number of blogging platforms available to start your blog and it’s really important that you choose the right one. Here are the few common blogging platforms available to start your blog- WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Medium, Wix etc.

I will highly recommend you to choose ‘WORDPRESS’ as your blogging platform. 

Most of the successful bloggers use WordPress to blog. WordPress powers 25%+ websites online today, and have over 75 million active users.

Here are few of the main reasons why you should choose WordPress as your blogging platform:

  • WordPress is super-easy to use. You will find it very similar to MS Word or Google docs while writing blog posts.
  • It is totally ‘FREE’ to use (including themes, plugins, layouts etc).
  • WordPress is highly customisable. You can easily customise your blog for how it should look.
  • The security features of WordPress is amazing. It is very secured platform to blog.
  • There are tons of ‘free’ help available online for WordPress. If you face any problem while using WordPress, simply google it and you’ll easily find the solution.

On the contrary, if you’re ‘not’ using WordPress and using a different blogging platform, you might face a number of difficulties. Here are the main disadvantages of using other platforms:

  • Not much control: The other platforms are controlled by their providers. They may delete all your contents and ‘kick’ you out anytime if they feel that you are violating any of their rules. You do not have much control over those platforms.
  • Limited space: Most of the other platforms have limited space, say 3 GB. They won’t allow you to host large files or videos.
  • Long ‘forgettable’ URL address: www.yourname.blogspot.com How does it sound? Or www.yourname.wordpress.org is it better? Most of the other platforms will add a suffix to their URL address to promote their platform. The long URL address for these platforms makes them easily forgettable.
  • Not much customisable: Most of the other platforms has a theme constraint or limited themes. You cannot design the layout of your blog as you have thought in your mind.
  • Monetisation problem in future: Many of these platforms won’t allow you to monetize your blog. Monetization is a big issue while choosing other platforms.

Because of all these reasons, it is highly recommendable to use ‘WORDPRESS’ as your blogging platform to start your blog.

B) Domain Name:

The domain name can simply be your blog name.

For example, the ‘Name’ of this blog is “MONEY 24 HR’. And that’s why the domain name of this blog is www.money24hr.com

While choosing your domain name, the golden rule is to use your blog name.

However, you can choose different domain extensions. For example, few of the possible domain names are:

www.yourname.com
www.yourname.org
www.yourname.in
www.yourname.net
www.yourname.biz

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Here are two basic tips for choosing your domain name:

1. While choosing your domain name, always prefer “.com” domain.

Why? Because while searching any website, this is the first preference by any person.

Let’s say someone heard your blog name but doesn’t know your domain address. The biggest probability is that he/she will type wwww.yourblogname.com. It’s quite rare that he/she will enter www.yourblogname.biz (.biz).

2. Keep the domain name short and rememberable 

Try to choose the domain name under 11 letter.

Keeping it short and rememberable will help your blog readers to easily get back to your blog.

Choosing a good domain name might take you some time. Most of the ‘simple’ domain names that might come to your mind would have been already taken.

You can check the availability of your desired domain here: HOSTGATOR

C) Web-hosting:

If the domain is the address, then hosting is the home.

This is a place where all your blog files will be hosted.

The domain name will tell you the address of your blog. But if that address is empty, what’s the use. You need your house to store the things.

Hosting is required to store different files like images, logo, content, themes etc.

Further, if you are using WordPress as your blogging theme, all the WordPress files (like themes, plugins, contents etc) will be installed and hosted on your web host.

Where to buy domain name and hosting?

You can buy domains from different domain provides such as Godaddy, Hostgator, Bluehost etc.

The price of buying a domain name is quite cheap compared to the price of web hosting. For example, you can buy a domain name for Rs 199 for the first year.

On the other hand, your web hosting might cost you somewhere between Rs 200-400 per ‘month’.

While choosing your web hosting, here are few points that you should consider:

1. Cost: The hosting cost should be within your budget. You do not need to pay for the ‘whole year’ at one. You can start with a ‘3 months’ plan. However, if you determined about your blog then it makes more sense to buy a year plan.

This is because of two reasons. First, if you take a longer plan, you will get more discount. Second, most of the blog easily take 6 months to a year to get real traffic. If you take a longer plan, you’ll be motivated for a long term. If you take a short-term plan, you might want to ‘bail’ in between.

2. Fast page load speed: No one likes a slow website. The page load speed for your website should be fast.

3. No downtime for your blog: Many a time, you will notice that few blogs/website doesn’t open for a while. This may be for 5-min, 15min or sometimes even for more than an hour. This is called downtime.

You do not want your blog to be ‘down’ at the peak time when most of your readers visit your blog. This might result in you to lose some of your audience.

4. Technical support: The easily available technical support is a ‘MUST-HAVE’ point to look while choosing your web host. You are not a web developer and although WordPress is super-easy, still there might be a few time when you will need technical support. Therefore, there should be a  trustable technical support in your web hosting service.

After looking at all the above points, the web hosting that I will recommend is – HOSTGATOR.

Here are the reasons why I recommend HOSTGATOR to my readers:

  1. Hostgator has a reputation for good performance.
  2. The page load speed for Hostgator web hosting is really ‘fast’ and there is hardly any downtime.
  3. There is ‘One-click-install’ feature for WordPress which means that you can easily Install WordPress on your blog with a single click.
  4. Hostgator has an excellent customer support. The ‘live chat’ and 24×7 ‘phone call’ feature for technical support makes Hostgator really reliable.

Overall, because of all these reasons, ‘HOSTGATOR’ one of the best web hosting providers in India and I highly recommend you start your blog with Hostgator.

How to Set up self-hosted WordPress blog?

In the next 5 minutes, I’ll show you exactly how to set up your self-hosted WordPress blog using your own domain name and hosting.

At the end of these 5 minutes, you’ll have a fully working WordPress blog.

Please note that here I’ll teach you how to set up your WordPress blog using HOSTGATOR.

In case you are using some other platform, for example, godaddy, Bluehost etc, still you can set up your WordPress blog using these steps as most of the domain and hosting provider follow a similar procedure for their set up as that of ‘Hostgator’.

Step 1: Go to www.hostgator.in

Step 2: Click on get started now.

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Step 3: Choose the best hosting plan to start your blog. I will recommend you to start with the basic ‘HATCHLING’ Plan. You can upgrade the plan in future, wherever required.

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Step 4: After selecting the plan, it will ask whether you have a domain name. If you have already purchased a name, select ‘yes’. Else select ‘No’.

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Step 5: If you selected ‘No’ in the previous step, that is you haven’t bought a domain name yet, then this pop-up will open.

Step6: Enter the desirable domain name.

Step 6: ‘Uncheck’ all the other add-ons. You do not need these features while starting a new blog and you can save money here.

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Step 7: If no one has bought that domain already, it will show ‘is available’ status. Click on ‘Add to cart’ and then ‘Checkout’.

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Step 8: After clicking on ‘Checkout’, you’ll land on the ‘Order Summary Page’. Recheck the order details. Make any changes if required. Then click on ‘Continue’.

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Step 9: This will take you to the ‘Sign In’ page. If you already have a Hostgator account, then simply ‘Sign in’ using your ‘email id’ and password. Else ‘Create an account’.

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Step9: If you select ‘Create an account’, then fill your details and create an account.

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Step 10: The last step is to make payment. Select the desired payment option and pay for your order.

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Once your payment is complete, you’ll receive a conformational email (within few minutes) stating that your account is ready.

The email will contain the URL address for the control panel of your Hostgator account, along with few other details like username, name server etc

Once you log-in to your Hostgator control panel, select ‘Get started with WordPress today’ on the top.

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After clicking, you will be redirected to a page, where you have to select ‘install’ WordPress.

Once you select ‘Install WordPress’, it will start loading and eventually, it will tell you that your WordPress blog has been installed, and you’ll see your log-in credentials.

That’s all! You have successfully set up your WordPress blog on ‘HOSTGATOR.

Please note that if you face any problem to install your WordPress site or need any technical support, feel free to contact Hostgator customer service.

They will be more than happy to guide you step-by-step to set up WordPress.

Further, if you want, you can even ask them to set UP WORDPRESS ON YOUR BEHALF and they will do it for you.

Step 2: Design

Once you have set-up your WordPress blog with your own domain name and hosting, the next step is to design your blog.

In the last step, you would have received credentials for your WordPress blog.

To enter in your WordPress blog using that credentials, you have to go to the following URL: www.yourblogname.com/wp-admin

Just add ‘/wp-admin’ to the end of the domain name that you have purchased and visit the URL. On the same page, enter your username and password of your WordPress account.

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Once logged in your WordPress account, the webpage might ask you fill some simple details like Blog Title, tagline, select a default theme etc. It will hardly take you 2 minutes to fill those details.

After you have entered the details, you will land on the WordPress dashboard, which will look like this.

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Please notice the menu present on the left side on your dashboard.

Let me give you a brief description of the different options available on the WordPress dashboard and their functionality.

Dashboard – This is the main page that you will see right after you log in.

Posts- On this option, you can write and publish new blog posts. Once you have written few posts, you can view and edit those old posts.

Media– This is the library which displays all the uploaded media files like images, PDFs, videos etc. You can add new media files here or delete the old ones.

Pages – Using this option, you can write and publish new pages or view and edit old ones. For example, you can create pages like about, contact, services etc.

Comments – Whenever someone posts comments on any of your post or page on your blog, it gets stored here. You can reply, delete or edit the comments on your blog posts here.

Appearance – Here you can edit how your blog will look. You can customise, change themes, add menus etc using appearance.

Plugins – Here you can add and remove plugins, which add functionality to your blog. For example, if you want to add a ‘contact form’ on your blog, you do not need to write a code for that. You can just download a plugin for it and add the form on the page with the help of that plugin.

Users – Here you can add users to your blog like admin, editor, author, subscribers etc. For example, if you have multiple authors for your blog, you can create different user credentials for all your authors.

Settings – Here you can edit your blog’s settings like general setting, reading, writing, permalink etc.

Here are few things that you need to need to design first for your WordPress site:

1. Select your blog theme.

There are over 20,000 free themes available on WordPress. Select a good theme depending on your blog niche. Make it look exactly how you want it to look.

Check out different available themes and install the one that you like the most.

How to find and install a new theme?

1. Go to appearance and select themes.

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2. Click on ‘Add new’

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3. Install the one that you like.

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4. ‘Activate’ the theme.

Done. You have successfully activated a nw theme.

2. Customize your blog:

After selecting the theme, next, you need to design your blog like adding blog title, tagline, favicons, menus, header, footer, sidebars etc.

You can customise your blog by going to
Appearance —> Customize 

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3. Install Plugins

There are few ‘must-have’ plugins that you should install on your WordPress site. Few of them are- Akismet, Google Analytics, Yoast SEO, Jetpack, WP Super Cache etc.

How to install plugins on your WordPress site:

1. Go to plugins.

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2. Click on ‘Add new’.

3. Search the plugin using the search bar.

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4. Install and activate the plugin.

Done! New plugin has been successfully activated on your wordpress site.

Step 3: Create

Once you have designed your WordPress site, the next step is to write amazing contents.

However, before you start to write blog posts, you need to create few pages such as ‘ABOUT’, ‘CONTACT’, ‘PORTFOLIO’, ‘SERVICES’, ‘START HERE’ etc.

A) Adding a new page.

Here are the steps required to create ‘pages’ on WordPress.

1. Go to pages and select ‘Add new’.

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2. Write the post ‘title’ and post ‘content’

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3. Add media files like images.

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4. Hit ‘PUBLISH’

You can change the font size, colour, attributes etc from the same page. Further, you can also add a number of items in the page like tables, links, featured image etc.

Do not worry, doing all these are quite simple. Once start using WordPress, you will find it very easy.

B) Adding a new post

Adding new post is similar to adding a new page.

However, first of all, you need to understand the difference between adding ‘pages’ and ‘posts’.

Pages are a just static page which gives different information about the website like ‘about’, ‘contact’, ‘services’ etc.

On the other hand, ‘post’ is used to write a new article. The benefit of adding a post is that you can categorise different ‘posts’ in different categories and show them at a specified place. For example, you can write a post of different categories like ‘blogging’, ‘marketing’, ‘social media’ etc.

On the other hands, ‘pages’ do not have any category and they are neutral for the blog.

That’s why it is really important that you add the new articles in only ‘post’ not ‘pages’.

How to add a new page to WordPress?

The process of adding a new page is similar to adding a new ‘page’. Here are the steps to add a new post to your blog:

1. Go to post.

2. Select ‘add new’

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3. Write post ‘title’ and ‘content’.

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4. Add images.

5. Select the category. If the category not present, then make a new one.

6. Hit ‘Publish’.

That’s all. Add few posts on your blog and your blog is ready. Easy, right?

Conclusion:

Let me quickly conclude the process to start your blog:

Step 1: Choose

Choose your blogging platform (WordPress), domain name and hosting. Once you have decided and purchased your domain name and hosting, install WordPress.

Step 2: Design

Select the desirable WordPress theme for your blog. Customize your theme with blog title, logo, header, footer, menus, sidebars etc. Install plugins to your WordPress site.

Step 3: Create

Add required pages to your blog like ‘About’, ‘Contact’, ‘Start here’ etc. Start writing amazing blog posts.

That’s all. 3 Simple steps to start your blog- Choose, Design and create.

Next steps: Start growing your blog

Once you have written few good blog posts, your next steps will be to grow traffic and to monetize your blog. Here are two important posts on blog traffic and monetization-

Blog Traffic: 11 Insanely Easy Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

Monetization: 9 Tested Ways to Monetize Your Blog- #6 is My Favourite

I hope you enjoyed this post on how to start your blog and is useful to you.

Further, I’d be happy to answer any of your questions in the comment section below!

#HappyBlogging

Disclaimer: This blog post contains some affiliate links, which means that if you buy something through that link, I will get a small commission. #BeingHonest

Kritesh Abhishek

Kritesh Abhishek

Hi, I'm Kritesh, a 23 years old Entrepreneur & Blogger. At Money24Hr.com, I share my journey of how I built a successful blog from 0 to 1 Million+ page views within 18 months of inception and will help you get smarter in growing your blog. Cheers!!

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