How To Become A Pro Blogger And Not Just A Person That Writes Stuff
On my road to starting a blog that would eventually become popular, I had two things refreshing daily in my mind. They were make a lot of money and make a lot of money. I would be lying if I told you any different.
Didn’t know how I was going to do it but I knew I was and that’s what’s important. I slapped up Google Adsense ads hoping to make the $300 a day that were portrayed in pics through out the web.
If a single, stay at home mother can do it, then I know I can right?
Well after much trial and error, here I am. The blogger with the red glasses. It’s been a long and bumpy ride from my days of making a dollar a week to making that effortlessly, over and over, day by day even while I sleep.
If you’re starting a blog and want it to be successful, here are 5 exclusive tips that most failed bloggers don’t even consider.
Do Something Different When Starting A Blog
The problem with most bloggers is they want to be like everyone else. They see a successful blog and they go copying content. I never do this.
What different are you saying that they aren’t saying? You have to do something that stands out.
If another blog talks about 5 tips to drive traffic, you talk about 5 tips to drive traffic from Facebook. This is different. Give people something they may not have seen.
I check out other blogs in my niche for design enhancements, networking with other blogs and creating back-links through leaving valued comments.
Must Be Passionate About Your Subject
I can’t stress how so important this is. Starting a blog about something you’re not passionate about is like a 60-year-old army vet opening & running a toy store. What would they know about children’s toys right?
Eventually the passion to sell toys will be gone. Same applies to a blog.
Only do a subject you’re passionate in talking about because there are times when you’ll be writing and may not get 1 visitor; but just follow my blog and I’ll keep you updated on methods to get free traffic to you blog.
When I first started iBlog4Dollars.com, I was getting 1 to 2 hits a day. It hurts that you create so much great content and only 1 or 2 people see it. I generally didn’t like to look at my stats. Wish there was a way to see what visitors are doing on my site.
Wasn’t thinking about the present though. I knew that eventually, using methods I talk about throughout this blog, I would start getting a steady flow of traffic and finally my content would be read.
I feel like Dr. Frankenstein and my content is the monster.
Know What You’re Talking About
You may not believe this but iBlog4dollars.com was completely finished for over a year before I released it in late October of 2011.
I started it but at the time, was only making a few dollars here and there online.
I wasn’t really blogging for dollars like I wanted to. I wanted to be living what I was teaching.
The day that changed was when I checked my mailbox and had 2 checks; then 2 days later another 3 checks; add this with the 2 checks I already had sitting on my desk.
I wanted to know what I was talking about. Not just regurgitating information I get from other blogs.
That’s what I was passionate about; I love telling people how to profit online because there are so many different ways.
As I’m typing this, I came up with a new method a week ago that I’m still tweaking.
So as much as it hurt me to my heart to shut down my site to get some experience, I decided it was best.
My very first blog post on this site, a PLR article provided by my unofficial mentor, Yaro Starak, explained in great detail about being an expert vs being a reporter. It’s called Reporter vs Expert – Why Most Bloggers Are Stuck Reporting.
I originally put this article up because I thought it would be great to draw in some traffic. I would really sound like an expert then. Turns out, this article was talking to me. I was about to make myself a reporter.
I then spent the next year perfecting my craft; learning more about my passion so that I could do the most important thing that bloggers do (besides where cool shades and flash checks).
Give Value To Your Reader
During that time off, I stared other blogs; tested out different methods of making money online and mostly just gained knowledge.
I was no longer focused on just starting a blog to only make money online. I was focused on gaining knowledge so I could provide value to my visitors.
This in returns, gives you the chance to have a following in which you can then make money online. Look at it like a blogging rockstar.
Fast forward to now; I know what I’m talking and who I’m talking to.
You need to know whose attention you want on your blog. Blogging newbies, aspiring dancers, college students that can’t cook, other stay at home moms; the possibilities for crowds you can reach through a blog are endless.
Lets just say I’ve seen some blogs that I not only question the sanity of its creators but the people who visit the site; but they created it and they have a following. Whatever floats their boat.
Find Ways To Rise Above Your Competition
Most people are afraid of competition. In some instances, it’s good; in some it can be bad.
In blogging, certain niches (like mines; blogging) have tons of competition. I say don’t focus on them. You have to find and do something that’s different that not many bloggers are doing.
For instance, I’ve added a widget to the sidebar for anyone with a question about blogging, to be able to leave me a secure message, 25/8 (really 24/7).
This saves them time by not having to send out an email and I just record a YouTube video answering their question.
Doing a video for each question may seem like a lot but in the beginning, when you’re not getting that much traffic, it could be the defining feature of your site.
I’ve only seen 1 other blog that offers this besides mines but still, it’s not secure.
I suggest going back to when you didn’t know anything about what you’re talking about. Put yourself in the mind frame of a newbie.
Find a way to reach out to your visitors. Trust me; it pays out in the end.
I don’t want you to think it’s going to take you a year to get where I’m at and then let that discourage you. Remember I wanted to blog about making money online.
This is a very competitive subject so I have to know exactly what I’m talking about or I risk being put on the “not a factor” list.
You on the other hand, could be passionate about something that you’ve been doing all your life and all the content you’ll ever need is just spinning around in your brain waiting to be put into word form (or video form) for the world to see.
I’m going to give you the secret formula for making money online in a later post but here’s a tip for anyone thinking about starting a blog about anything.
You don’t have to know everything about a particular subject. You just have to know more than most people and you’re an expert to them.
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To your success in starting a blog