How to Start a Blog that Makes Money and Never Look Back Again. Learn from Pro Players.

Let’s face it! You want to learn how start a blog that pays off ASAP. You want the roadmap to online “riches”. You find no pleasure in sitting around and trying things blindfolded, just to find weeks later that your effort, time and money were all flushed down the toilet.

Blogging is simple. Just get on the right track and you’re almost guaranteed to win!

That requires you learn the game and play it differently.

Know how the pros play…
and break the rules!

See what the top dogs do… and act the opposite or do it better. You don’t need permission to innovate!

Simply put, you have to learn the insights from those who know how to get traffic that “sticks” and then how to “convert” that traffic into leads, clients or sales. You add your own spin to it, and create something phenomenal.

That’s how I started… watching pro bloggers do their magic, and creating my own show. It wasn’t easy in the beginning, but I started to learn fast… and results sparkle!

Want to know my secret? Here’s what I had:

  • One brain and two hands
  • Zero blogging experience
  • Basic writing skills & computer knowledge
  • Sheer determination and perseverance…

Make no excuses! I believe you already are (or can be) better than me, don’t you think?

The biggest secret you need to know about learning how to start a blog…

Starting a blog that makes money is like growing a tree from seed. Just listen closely…

  • First of all, you need to decide on the type of tree you want to grow. That’s your niche and target audience… don’t just jump right in. Think. Research. Find your passion.
  • Secondly, you have to select the right seed (register your domain name)
  • Thirdly, you plant the seed at the recommend soil depth and at the optimal time (buy a premium webhost to build a strong blog foundation)
  • Then, you add water (on-site content) and sun light (off-site content) on a regular basis. As each day goes by, your plant starts to grow naturally. Next spring, hopefully you can taste the fruit (get the cash).

The paradox of blogging:
Attract a Ton of Traffic, Make No Money

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Bamidele Onibalusi
The king of guest posting

Most pro bloggers whom I talked with (or interviewed) made almost no money in their first year blogging.

This guy actually brought so much sun light to his blog (close to 300 posts within a year) yet made no cash, just got happy with traffic and exposure.

Am I saying that you will make no money with your blog? It depends. 98% of the bloggers out there start off with big dreams and give up quickly. That’s because they don’t have a realistic strategy. Most have no strategy at all.

Strategy means to know beforehand everything (or more than anybody else) about your target audience and competition…

You have to understand SEO (the truth about it, not the myths that the web is flooded with)… what makes people search particular subjects and how they THINK online…

You need to learn what makes people click an ad, answer a comment, or read a post till the end…

Then you have to think differently than anybody else. Be the inventor of your niche, or somebody else will.

Get Number #1 Or Quit Playing!

Before you start writing your first blog post. Even before you start registering your domain name or selecting your niche, think how to…

  • Make your blog the Google replica of your niche.

Think what happens when you transform your blog into the #1 reference site of your industry.

Blogging is about attracting the right audience through relevant information. Give them fish, and they will ask for more. Teach them how to fish, and they’ll tell others about you.

That means make an effort and habit to create premium content (on and off site) – never settle for less. Most of your competitors will never become a top-notch content factory.

You can do this all by yourself, along with a partner, or maybe with a team that you train/hire for producing super hot articles and information.

Everything comes with the experience. And sometimes you can skip the learning curve. Yes, there are shortcuts you should take advantage of. There’s not fun to spend a year blogging like crazy, then find your niche topic or target audience is not making enough profit.

That’s why you need to learn from someone who has been there, done it. Go all by yourself, and you’ll be slapped by tigers and eaten by sharks. There are no Penguins or Panda in the zone…

Blogging is like a jungle

There are now more bloggers than ever. It sucks… anybody can create a page and load it with more ads than content. Because of that, attention span is fierce. You’re the first to publish something amazing, or simply don’t exist.

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Darren Rowse
Pro Blogger

“Be First – if you’re the first in your niche to do, say or be something you’re likely to be linked to heavily by others in your niche.

Being second, third, forth…. in your niche to do, say or be something will generally have less impact. For example take a look at the success of the Million Dollar Homepage in contrast to the main thousands of copycat pixel advertising sites that followed. Another example was the One Red Paperclip guy.” – Darren Rowse, ProBlogger.net

Creating good content is not enough. It has to be premium or it won’t get noticed. And creating premium content is not enough either. It has to be done on a massive scale. On and off the blog. Read that again. Let it sink. And then prepare the strategy to take your industry by storm.

Run a Content Marathon

Here’s a guy who took a stand and published 100 posts in 100 days to his insurance company’s blog. The end result: over $5k in new revenue. I was so excited about this content-publishing method that I went ahead and asked Ryan how we come up with the idea. Read his answer:

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Ryan Hanley
Content marathoner

“Have you ever seen the movie Pulp Fiction? Do you know the scene where Uma Thurman’s character overdoses on heroin and John Travolta’s character has to give her an adrenaline shot to the heart?

I needed to give my blog an adrenaline shot to the heart. I couldn’t think of a better way to boost traffic immediately than use YouTube and Google+ to answer client questions and push so much fresh content out there in such a short period of time that Google Search had to notice.” – Ryan Hanley, RyanHanley.com

It’s time to give your blog
an adrenaline shot to the heart!

What’s your game plan? What’s your goal? Why do you want to blog in the first place?

If you have no destination in mind, any direction will seem right. But that’s wrong, plain suicide. Translated into blogging terms, waste of time, money and effort.

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Keep learning about how start a blog that makes money…

  • Step #2
    Download my premium eBook: Niche Blogging Profits (and still my secrets, most of them which you won’t find on this blog, or elsewhere)
  • Step #3
    Discover How I Sold 3 Health Niche Blogs on Flippa for almost $7k

Don’t forget to browse the site for blog posts relevant to your needs, and check new ones as I add them regularly.

If you need help installing your blog, require premium content to stand out and get quality-targeted traffic (on-site articles and off-site guest posts) or simply want to get in touch, click here.

Hope you liked the short and sweet guide to learning how to start a blog that makes money. Go out there and spread the love. I thank you in advance for everything that you do for me and for the entire community.

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What Is WordPress and How Does It Work. Hint – It Makes Blogging Simple & Addictive

This is the most in depth, step-by-step, practical article on what is WordPress and how does it work. I invested 2 days of my time carefully researching, writing and editing the content you’re reading now, to help YOU learn more about this topic and get your blog up and running ASAP.

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WordPress is the web platform that makes blogging simple and addictive

I know how painful it feels like to have a strong desire for information and couldn’t find it. This is the type of article I wished I had access to back in 2005 when I first stumbled upon blogging.

If you find a better post on the subject, please email me, and I’ll give you my Niche Blogging Profits eBook ($29 value) free, plus a 60-minute Skype consulting call ($200 value) where you get to ask me anything about blogging and WordPress. Consider it my thank-you gesture for your “detective” work!

What Is WordPress and How It Makes Blogging So Simple and Addictive

In short, WordPress is an open source content management system (CMS) that people just like you and me, use for publishing blog posts/articles/information, and get “famous” or “rich”.

In the next minutes you’ll learn…

  • the difference between WordPress.Org and WordPress.com
  • what is a plugin and how does it work
  • what is a widget and how to use it
  • how to dress your blog (e.g. select your theme)
  • and other must-know things.

WordPress firstly started as a blogging system, and quickly evolved into a monster CMS with 1000’s of plugins, widgets and themes to select from. WP is limited only by your imagination and techie skills.

Think of WordPress (I call it WP in short) as a full-featured, fully customizable web site creation platform used by millions of individuals, businesses and organizations worldwide.

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Stats valid at the time of writing the article.  Source: http://en.wordpress.com/stats/

I am not going to bore you with hard-to-grasp details or PHP and HTML jargon. You can learn that later. Here we’re going to cover the basics, the essentials you need to know to get your blog up and running ASAP.

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

Both services are free, and basically provided by the same company. Here are the key differences between them…

WordPress.com

WordPress.com gives a free hosting platform, but you cannot monetize your site, nor sell it

What is WordPress.com and how much does it cost?

WordPress.com gives users a free blog they can use to post content but you are not allowed to place ads or advertise your product, or service. You can always upgrade for the premium account if you like to get an ad-free site with a personalized domain name, hot themes, custom design, and many other options.

Wordpress.org

WordPress.org enables you install a blog in 60 seconds through a self-hosted web host

WordPress.org offers a free downloadable file which helps to manually create a database onto your web host, and install your blog. Today, all respectable webhosting firms offer a free WP install option with their service. That means when you go with a self-hosted WP platform, you can install a blog in as little as 60 seconds – and without having to manually create a database or deal with coding.

Once the blog is installed, you need to log in into its dashboard with the username and password which you’ve chosen yourself (that WordPress emailed you) and make some basic settings editing.

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Take a sneak peek into my dashboard…

First thing you see a WP dashboard it’ll feel intimidating. Just play with the menu and everything WP has to offer there. It took me close to 3 weeks learning the basics of WP and the difference between plugins and widgets, and what each does. That’s the learning curve you cannot really skip.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Self-Hosted WordPress Website
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WordPress Plugins: What You Need to Know

Think of plugins like extra options to your car or upgrades to your computer.

Plugins help enhance your WordPress blog and extend your blogging experience at the same time like nothing else – with plugins you can do almost anything you can imagine of. In the free WordPress.org directory you can find, download, rate, and comment on all the best plugins the WP community has to offer.

Before you make a plugin work, you need to install it and activate it. Some plugins will only work for/in the sidebar of your blog, which means you need to use the specific widget of that plugin in order to enable its effects.

Using widgets is a simple “drag and drop” move. See the snapshot below (click to enlarge it)…

Widgets Enable Plugins to Function on your Blog and Add the Extra Features You Need

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Drag the widget you want to use from the center area and drop it on the right

Next we’re going to showcase some of the most popular and useful plugins you should try for your blog. You won’t need all of them, just a few. You might also want to look for other alternatives, as what I’ve mentioned here is just one main plugin per its category.

There are multiple plugins for anti-spam, just like there are for anti-hacking, commenting, social media, SEO, inter-linking, affiliate tracking, and so on.

Also I don’t use all these plugins myself, nor do I recommend all of them. I just included them because that’s what most people are looking/searching for when starting their blog, so I think it’s helpful for you to see this aspect and get to know the world of WP plugins better.

Top 12 Most Searched for Plugins by their Category… Free Downloads!

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WordPress Gallery Plugin

WordPress Gallery Plugin makes it as easy as it could possibly be to create gorgeous sliders for your WordPress powered site.

Free Download

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WordPress Membership Plugin

 

WordPress Membership Plugin transforms your WordPress website into a fully functional membership site.

Free Download

 

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WordPress Seo Plugin

WordPress Seo Plugin improves your blog WordPress SEO.

Free Download

 

 

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WordPress Calendar Plugin

WordPress Calendar Plugin allows you to manage your events and appointments and display them to the world.

Free Download

 

 

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WordPress Forum Plugin

WordPress Forum Plugin adds a bbPress forum to your blog. It is lean, mean, and ready to take on any job you throw at it.

Free Download

 

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WordPress Facebook Plugin

WordPress Facebook Plugin makes your WordPress site social in a couple of clicks, powered by Facebook.

Free Download

 

wordpress-shopping-cart-plugin

WordPress Shopping Cart Plugin

 

WordPress Shopping Cart Plugin allows you to add an ‘Add to Cart’ PAYPAL button for your product on any posts or pages.

Free Download

 

wordpress-video-plugin

WordPress Video Plugin

WordPress Video Plugin adds a filter for WordPress that allows easy video embedding of 65 supported video sites

Free Download

 

 

wordpress-directory-plugin

WordPress Directory Plugin

WordPress Directory Plugin allows you to build local directories, business provider listings, Yellow-Pages style business directories, Yelp-like review

Free Download

 

wordpress-slider-plugin

WordPress Slider Plugin

WordPress Slider Plugin adds beautiful, responsive EasyRotator photo rotators and sliders to your WordPress site in seconds.

Free Download

 

 

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WordPress Mobile Plugin

WordPress Mobile Plugin (e.g. WPtouch) enables you add a simple, powerful & elegant mobile theme for your website.

Free Download

 

 

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WordPress Backup Plugin

WordPress Backup Plugin makes simple automated back ups of your WordPress powered website.

Free Download

 

 

WordPress Themes:
Dress Your Blog for Success!

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WordPress.org provides free clothes for your blog. Take time to choose wisely.

WordPress themes are the clothes for your blog. When you select a flexible theme, you will be able to adjust the way your blog looks like for the end user (readers, visitors and customers).

A good theme provides your visitors with a pleasing reading experience and great interaction.

Never underestimate the power of looks. Get the wrong theme and your readers won’t stick to your site, traffic won’t grow.

FREE Themes vs PREMIUM Themes

There are plenty of free and paid (also called premium) themes for your WP blog. Some free themes are as good as premium ones, although they are not providing the continual support and upgrades like paid themes do.

Plus, the bad thing with free themes is that they’re much more vulnerable to hacking attacks, viruses and malware exploits.

For these reasons alone, I highly recommend you stick with a premium WP theme and learn how to get the most out of it. Plus, a premium theme has plenty more features and other powerful advantages compared with a free  skin. This blog runs on Genesis for example. I’ll write an in depth review on it soon. Stay tuned.

P.S. If you have no money to invest in a premium WP theme, then you’ll obviously select free clothes for your blog. However, this doesn’t look professional, so once you make the money go with one of the premium skins out there. It really counts.

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