Starting a blog with the intention of making money calls for a serious business plan.
Here I’m highlighting some tips which you should work on before starting a business online.
In particular, for bloggers, these tips will really help create a blog which will not be just another blog.
Some of you may be surprised to learn that blogging is a business, and you can apply all of the business “tricks” to your blog. Now, I’m not saying you need to join a top MBA institute to learn the basics of business, but if you apply some discipline to your blogging, it can very easily turn a profit in a short amount of time.
Before I start sharing these tips, depending on your business model, you should decide if you wish to create a branded blog like ShoutMeLoud, or if you wish to create a quick, money-making blog. Identifying this will help you a lot when you get into the saturation period.
Planning is very important for any business.
If you are blogging day and night without any substantial planning, then don’t expect anything big to come from your work. Make goals, plan correctly, and achieve. That’s all you have to do.
After planning, marketing is the second most important factor for any blog.
Google is responsible for a heavy amount traffic on any blog, but you can’t ignore other important traffic sources like Twitter, Facebook, and other social bookmarking sites.
Important Factors to Consider Before Starting a Business Online
Ways of making money
First, you should know about how to make money.
You need to know:
Do you want to have direct sponsorship?
You need to figure out all of these things before launching your blogging business.
Services you offer
Services are one of the main sources of income for a lot of blogs.
Do you have some special ability that you can market?
- Are you a designer?
- Are you a programmer?
- Are you an SEO expert?
You can provide any services related to your interest. Fix your rate, and show your best work in a portfolio so that a client can easily see your talents.
Remember that blogging is not only writing articles, it’s also about building professionalism.
If you are starting a new blog, then choosing the right domain name is one of the most important factors.
Choosing a wrong domain name can cause serious problems when it comes to your blogging business.
For instance, your niche is:
- Web design.
But your domain name is:
This is not only confusing, it makes you look unprofessional.
Whereas having the word “design” anywhere in your name would help people understand what kinds of services you offer.
There are various ways to market a blog:
It really depends on how much time you want to devote to marketing.
More marketing means more traffic, and more traffic leads to more clients.
There are various methods of advertising available.
But in general, advertising needs money.
So if you want to advertise your blog, get ready to spend some money.
For more on this topic, read: Do Blogs Need To Spend Money On Advertising?
You should make a proper work schedule and stick to it.
Discipline is a very necessary factor for every business venture.
Blogging requires very little investment, but you will at least need a hosting plan and a few other things.
Calculate your total input and make sure you can cover it.
You’ll need to spend money on:
Make sure you only spend money on what you actually need, but also make sure you don’t cut corners on things like free web hosting.
Running a blog-based business
These are some basic suggestions for you to get your blogging business up and running.
You can follow this list and use it as a guide as you explore what it means to be a professional blogger.
So now it’s your turn to tell me: What starting tips do you have for soon-to-be professional bloggers?
If you’re still struggling to become a pro blogger, you can always sign up for our professional blogging course over at ShoutUniversity. At SU, you’ll find everything you need to start, maintain, grow, and monetize your blog. Check it out: ShoutUniversity!
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