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How To Turn Your Blog Into A Successful Business: 35 Experts Talk

With over 1 billion websites and nearly 3.5 million blog posts published per day, getting noticed in the blogosphere has undoubtedly become more challenging compared to several years ago.

But these numbers don’t stop millions of people trying to make it big through blogging. And out of all these aspirants, some still made it.

They waded through the volatile battleground of the digital world and successfully turned their blogs into thriving businesses. So naturally, we reached out to them, curious to get more insight behind their success.

So naturally, we reached out to them, curious to get more insight behind their success.

Despite the fierce competition, how can a beginner blogger stand out? And what are the key ingredients you need to grow your blog into a successful business?

And what are the key ingredients you need to grow your blog into a successful business?

35 of the top bloggers we contacted to give their most valuable advice to beginner bloggers below.

 

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  1. Ryan Biddulph        –    Blogging Paradise
  2. Henri Junttila          –    Wake Up Cloud
  3. Anil Agarwal            –    Bloggers Passion
  4. Jacob Whitmore    –    Blogging Titan
  5. Himanshu Gupta    –    Blog RAGS
  6. Raelyn Tan              –    RaelynTan.com
  7. Lorena Garcia       –    Call Me Lore
  8. Gary Dek                –    Start A Blog 123
  9. Janice Wald          –     Mostly Blogging
  10. Cory                          –     Growing Dollars From Cents
  11. Lisa Tener            –     LisaTener.com
  12. Chris Lee              –     A Blog On Blogging
  13. Marko Saric         –     How to Make My Blog
  14. Mike Brown         –     The Blogging Buddha
  15. Harry Goyal         –     Best Geeky Tricks
  16. Lindsay                 –     Design Bombs
  17. Susan Velez        –     SusanVelez.com
  18. Alee King            –     The Beautified Life
  19. Nekraj Bhartiya –    SEO Free Tips
  20. Claire Broadley  –     Websites for Writers
  21. Kory Woodard   –     KoryWoodard.com
  22. Morgan Timm  –      Mostly Morgan
  23. Francisco Anes –      Passive Income Wise
  24. Prosper Noah   –      Tips On Blogging
  25. Todd Maltzahn –     Learn to Grow Wealth Online
  26. Hena Bilal          –     Mending with Gold
  27. Scott Chow        –     Blog Starter
  28. Yuwanda            –     Inkwell Editorial
  29. Mike Lambert   –     Avoid Online Marketing Scams
  30. Darren Burton  –     Many Income Streams
  31. Bria McKamey  –     TendrilWild.com
  32. Elvis Michael    –      Blogging Pro
  33. Holly Sutton      –        A Branch of Holly
  34. Anna Bogushevskaya – Digital Drive with Anna
  35. Fabrizio Van Marciano – Magnet 4 Blogging

 


Ryan Biddulph

Blogging Paradise


Follow your passion over profits. If you mainly blog for fun you will become a student of blogging, working on your writing and creating and networking skills which help you become a successful blogger over the long haul.

Being in the game mainly for your passion also detaches you from money and traffic outcomes, both of which trip up most beginning bloggers who obsess over outcomes which do not manifest.

When you blog mainly for fun, the work/play/blogging is the reward. Everything else is extra or a bonus. This is the perfect energetic space for entering the blogging game because you will focus on learning blogging, studying blogging and putting your newfound knowledge into practice.

Ryan Biddulph can help you retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging at Blogging From Paradise.

 


Henri Junttila

Wake Up Cloud


To find your own way, and not get stuck in how it ‘should’ be done.

Find what works for you, and what resonates with you.

Everyone gives pretty much the same advice, but how many follow it?

When I started, I began by finding a mentor, and I learned from him. I found a few key things that worked for me (guest posting is one of them), and I focused on it to grow my blog from 0 to 10,000 subscribers.

There is no magic formula. Get to work, and have fun.

Henri Junttila writes at Wake Up Cloud, where he helps people live their passion and do what they love.

 


Anil Agarwal

Bloggers Passion


First things first: blogging is becoming so much hard. You have to spend time from writing posts to optimizing them to increase traffic to those pages. If you are just starting out, here’s a quick tip from me: “start using SEO tools”.

SEO tools such as SEMrush can be so much helpful in saving both your time and money in the long run.

So if you’re in a hungry to build a blog that makes money, make sure to invest your money first in such tools.

Apart from that, start networking with other bloggers and start promoting their stuff. That’s how you build a long-lasting business by adding value to the blogging community.

Influencer marketing is also one amazing thing that never gets old and can bring you a ton of traffic, sales, and brand recognition if done right. Just make sure to provide value to others first before seeking help from them. Learn how to write captivating emails that get opened. I also recommend you to analyze the competitors in your industry to find out what’s working and more importantly what’s not.

Finally, building a profitable blog takes time. You just need to be consistent.

Anil Agarwal is the guy behind BloggersPassion.com, where he is helping his blog audience in taking their blog traffic and revenue to the next level.

 


Jacob Whitmore

Blogging Titan


Just to start!

It might seem overwhelming but if you want to be a blogger you just have to start.

It took me 5 months debating on whether to start a blog.

It has opened up many opportunities for me and definitely worth it.

Jacob Whitmore likes to travel, work and make websites! You could say he is a geek.

 


Himanshu Gupta

Blog RAGS


“Write about what you love”

Yes, you need to follow this to be actually successful. There is no point in writing about something which you don’t love.

Make sure you love what you do or otherwise it will only waste your precious time.

Some important tips to earn from your blog-
1. Make sure that you connecting with your readers. The content is the key.
2. Building the trust is important to gain leads.
3. Consistency and Patience is the key.

Hope this helps 🙂 

I am a blogger and an internet marketer for the past three years. I only write which matters.



Raelyn Tan

RaelynTan.com


The most underrated trait – GRIT.

Work hard, do not give up, and you will gradually reach your goal. Eventually, anyway.

Most beginner bloggers start with a half-hearted “I can, oh maybe I can’t” attitude, but a mindset shift is needed.

Beginner bloggers should instead aim to have an “I can, it is only a matter of time before I succeed with blogging” attitude in order to grow.

Raelyn Tan is a blogging and digital marketing strategist at raelyntan.com. She enjoys writing about the latest digital strategies online to help bloggers grow a successful blog + biz.

 


Lorena Garcia

Call Me Lore


Blogging takes time, dedication, and a lot of hard work. Because of this, it can be easy to become discouraged in the beginning.

My advice to beginner bloggers would be to really know what sets you apart. The blogging world is very competitive but if you can define what makes you different and consistently create content that is high quality and engaging, you increase your chances of success.

It’s also so important to market your content effectively. You’re going to spend a lot of time creating amazing content, but it’s just as important to know how to promote it and get it seen by the right audience!

This is what will allow you to connect with your readers, build a following, and meet your goals.

Lorena Garcia is the Co-Founder and Head of Business Development at Bloguettes, a branding, training and consulting, and education company. She also has a personal blog, Call Me Lore, where she shares a behind-the-scenes look into her life, work, and family.

 


Gary Dek

Start A Blog 123


The best strategy to becoming a successful blogger is to start a blog on a topic you are passionate about.

If you are an expert or can invest the time researching and writing the best content in your niche, that will give you an edge over the competition because your site will always be better than others.

However, excellent content alone is not enough. Like a professional or career, you always need to be marketing yourself.

Reach out to other bloggers and experts, introduce yourself, encourage them to become familiar with your blog/brand, and let them know when you publish incredible content.

Similarly, learn basic SEO and social media marketing.

By structuring your blog and content properly, you will ensure you eventually get the traffic you deserve!

Just be patient!

Gary is a digital marketing expert who currently runs multiple niche sites with a total of 5M+ visits a month.

 


Janice Wald

Mostly Blogging


Step 1: Pick a needed niche. Buzzsumo.com can tell you where people’s needs lie.

Step 2: Promote your posts everywhere. This includes Question and Answer sites, Forums, Twitter, Flipboard, Facebook groups that allow self-promotion, JustRetweet, ViralContentBee…

Step 3: Take steps to increase your followers at sites that have followers. My post explains how to grow your Twitter followers. I have followed these tips and have over 13,300 Twitter followers.

Step 4: Create a lead magnet. When your followers see your posts and come to your site, you want them to see an irresistible free offer to compel them to sign up for your blog.

My post lists 50 lead magnets you can create.

The more followers you get at these sites, the more high profile you are. You will find advertisers pursue you to promote their brand to your followers.

Step 5: Create a 2-tier content marketing funnel with a big ticket item and a small ticket item. Email your blog followers time-sensitive offers about your big-ticket item. If they say they don’t have the funds, sell them your small ticket item.

In closing, follow these steps. By the time you get to Steps 4 and 5, your blog will have transformed into a business.

Wald is an author, a freelance writer, a blogger, and a blogging coach. At MostlyBlogging.com, she shares tips for bloggers and marketers. Her blog was nominated for the 2017 Most Informative Blog Award at the London Blogger’s Bash. 

 


Cory

Growing Dollars From Cents


Start email marketing as soon as you start your blog.

Use an email marketing service like MailerLite which is easy to use and free up to a specific amount of subscribers.

This makes it perfect for new bloggers on a budget.

Once you get the hang of MailerLite and have grown your blog into a profitable business, you should upgrade to ConvertKit.

That email marketing service is designed specifically for bloggers who want to grow their online business.

Building a healthy email list from the start is the cornerstone to most successful blogging businesses.

Cory is the founder of Growing Dollars from Cents, a blog about personal finance, freelancing, entrepreneurship and online business. He aims to empower millennials in managing their finances along with discovering different ways they could make and save money by doing things they love.

 


Lisa Tener

LisaTener.com


5 keys to successful blogging:

1. Know Thy Readers: KNow who you are writing for. If you don’t know who they are and what they want, ask them! Keep your core audience in mind when you write. Maybe even have a specific person in mind as if it’s a conversation.

2. Be consistent: Try to write at least once a week so that readers know they can count on you and stay engaged

3. Invite engagement: Invite your readers to share their own experiences and opinions, as well as questions they have for you.

4. Develop a theme: In the beginning, you may experiment as to what your blog is about. You may explore more than one theme such as writing, mothering, and cooking.

It may turn out that you can weave these 3 themes together and that’s great. But if you blog on several disparate subjects, see what gives you the most enjoyment and what readers respond to and focus on that.

5. Use keywords in titles, URLs, headers, text and for tagging photographs: keywords tell search engines like Google what your blog post is about. They will help readers find your articles.

6. Use Yoast in WordPress–this amazing plug-in will help you make your post highly readable and also help you improve the SEO (search engine optimization) of your post.

7. Break up text with short paragraphs, bullet-pointed lists, pull quotes, sections with new headers and images.

All of these will make your post easier to read and will help readers stick with it to read the whole post!

An authority on book writing and publishing, award-winning book coach Lisa Tener guides experts, entrepreneurs and visionaries to joyfully write and publish highly successful books. Lisa blogs for the Huffington Post serves on the faculty of Harvard Medical School’s publishing course and teaches Award Winning Book Writing Courses.

 


Chris Lee

A Blog On Blogging


From my own personal experiences, the key ingredients to successful blogging is time and consistency.

I would say “great content” is key but that only comes after the experience (time + consistency).

Many new bloggers quit just after a few weeks, which is not even close to how much time you need to make a blog a successful one.

Keep at it for a few months, consistently, and you will start seeing some amazing benefits around the 6 to 12 months mark.

It’s all about giving it time! No successful blog was launched in 3 days.

Chris Lee is an internet marketer and drop shipper making a living online after many years and many failures.

 


Marko Saric

How to Make My Blog


Best advice for beginners is just to start.

Simply launch the blog that you’ve been thinking about.

That’s the only way you can get experience, you can learn and get better.

Thinking, dreaming, planning, talking about and other theoretical activities will not help you much compared to the knowledge you get from actually starting a blog and taking action.

Blogger at How to Make My Blog. I write about content marketing, social media, and blogging.

 


Mike Brown

The Blogging Buddha


The best advice I can give to a beginner blogger when it comes to starting, let alone growing a successful business based blog is to make sure before you do anything else, determine if your niche is profitable.

Finding the product/market fit is the essential first step in launching a profitable website. Get as niche specific as possible.

There are many techniques that will teach you how to “niche down”. Follow this rule and you will be ahead of the curve.

I’m the founder of the Blog Creators & Marketing Academy and I teach people how to start profitable blogs

 


Harry Goyal

Best Geeky Tricks


For the beginners I would like to say that always stick with your blog and never loose hope.

As most of the beginners stop blogging just because they fails to get some audience, but you should never stop blogging.

Just stick with your blog and keep sharing your knowledge.

Always share valuable stuff and try to understand your audience.

To grow your business you can try these methods:-

  1. Always post valuable stuff, mean post the stuff which people wants to read and are looking for.
  2. Try to understand the audience of your blog niche and try to cover the questions which they are having.
  3. Never forget to share your blog posts on social media sites like facebook, twitter, google plus etc.
  4. Never write for search engines, write for people. Think as a reader and write in the way, which you would like to read. As most of the blogger start posting for the search engine by adding more keywords in the post but they forget to add valuable content. So this is the other reason they fail to get the audience.
  5. Build email list from the day one and always send new content or useful stuff to your subscriber to get more audience.
  6. You can also try give-away as they will help you to get more audience.

So these are the ways which I use and most important thing is to give your blog time. As it takes time to get success, so don’t lose hope and keep working and posting useful stuff.”

I am Harry Goyal from India and I am blogging since 2012.

 


Lindsay

Design Bombs


Those wanting to start a blog, or better yet, grow their blog into a successful business, face many challenges. And one of the biggest is not knowing where to start.

Fortunately, there is a tremendous amount of information out there advising people on how to approach starting a blog.

To start, there are the logistics. And to that I suggest the following:

– Self-host your blog on WordPress so you can brand yourself appropriately and look professional
– Choose a domain name that not only matches your niche, but is everlasting as your industry changes
– Explore the different hosting providers available
– Pick a versatile theme that matches your brand and appeals to your target audience
– Research the must-have plugins so you can add the right type of functionality to your website
– Find a solid commenting system so you stay engaged with site visitors
– Invest time in social media as it powers a lot of traffic to your site
– Monitor site behavior with something such as Google Analytics to continually make improvements

The thing is, this information is easily accessible across the internet. You can find article after article suggesting which theme to use and why, which plugins are the best, why WordPress rules the world, and so on.

But I find that the most valuable advice that any new blogger should heed is this:

– Network. Take risks and reach out to those who have accomplished what you seek to achieve and ask them for help. Ask for guest posting opportunities. Comment on their content and show an interest. Andbe nice. You would be surprised how far being nice will get you when just starting out.

– Learn. Scour the best resources available that relate to running a website, marketing a business, and anything related to your niche. There is always something you can learn that will better you in the future.

– Just Write. Try not to focus on being perfect from the start. Get your content published, whatever that may be. Encourage people to read your stuff. And, watch your following grow organically as you continue to develop what your business model is truly going to look like.

In the end, starting a blog can be overwhelming. But it is so rewarding if you just stick to it. Plan the details and get a solid foundation, and then throw yourself out there and see what happens. You may be pleasantly surprised at the positive effects such a loose attitude can bring you.

Writer at DesignBombs

 


Susan Velez

SusanVelez.com


I’ve personally found that by taking the time to comment and share other people’s content on a regular basis, gets me more shares and likes.

I make it a point to visit and read other people’s blogs each and every day I’ll then leave a valuable comment that adds value to their post. Don’t leave a one-line comment that says “nice post” or “great article.”

After leaving a thoughtful comment, don’t forget to share the post. I always share the content that I comment on.

Do this consistently each and everyday. While you won’t see traffic or shares coming immediately. It takes time and consistent daily action to build online friendships.

Once you’ve done this for a few weeks. Now it’s time to reach out and ask the blogger if you can write a guest post for their blog.

This is what’s been helping me grow my blog. Just remember, it takes time, don’t expect overnight success. You need to keep working on building up those relationships.

This is what I’m currently doing to build up my blog. It seems to be working and I’ve made some really great blogging friends online.

Susan Velez is helping people start, grow and monetize their passions through blogging. She loves helping people with the techie side of blogging sign up for her free 7 days WordPress Course at susanvelez.com

 


Alee King

The Beautified Life


My most valuable piece of advice for bloggers just starting out is to just take the leap and follow your creative dreams, with no reservations!

We can think of a million reasons (many of them justifiable) why it isn’t the ”right time” to start a blog. But if you never take that leap, you’ll never reap the benefits.

And are there ever benefits!

Blogging can open loads of doors for you, and copious amounts of bloggers are making full-time incomes because they took the leap.

Don’t let your fears hold you back.

Don’t spend months perfecting your blog design.

Don’t agonize over perfection.

It doesn’t exist.

Just go for it! You’ll be glad you did.

The key ingredients for growing your blog into a successful business include many factors.

A few that have helped me:

1) Find a profitable niche. Write for THEM. Address their pain points in your content and you’ll have raving fans coming back time and time again.

2) Write everything with a clear purpose. Don”t just write — ensure you’ve gone over your goals for each day, week, month, and year, and create your content with your purpose or end goals in mind, always.

3) Diversity your income streams! Affiliate marketing is excellent, but so is creating your own products (e-courses, e-books, masterminds, etc).

4) Work on building your blog traffic, an email list, and a content strategy, and the rest will come!

Alee King is a blogger, professional B2B freelance writer, and blogging coach. On her blog, she teaches moms how to start and grow profitable blogs and learn how to turn their passion into profit.

 


Nekraj Bhartiya

SEO Free Tips


Great Question IOZOOM Team,

For Beginners, I would suggest to first find who is your audience, Where do they hang, Which social media sites do they used most?

Find all about your audience and write for them, Promote your post in those channels.

For Example, If you write about fitness, then your audience is more likely to use Instagram rather than LinkedIn.

Same If you are cook blogger, then promote your content on Pinterest rather than Facebook.

It applies in every niche. Build a persona of your targeted audience and focus on “Super Laser Targeted Traffic”.

To convert your blog into a successful startup, you need to build an email list, do proper research before writing your post, help others and doing proper SEO is the most important ingredients which will lead you to success.

People called me SEO hacker, but I am more than that. I help companies and businesses to grow their revenue from Internet Marketing.

 


Claire Broadley

Websites for Writers


Blogging is all about consistency. Write about the things you care about. Starting a blog outside your own area of expertise is tricky, and it’s very difficult to build momentum if you don’t have the ongoing drive to write for your blog.

Professional freelance tech writer and blogger.

 


Kory Woodard

KoryWoodard.com


Consistency! When you’re just starting out, it’s really important to work on building your brand, getting your name out there, and establishing your expertise.

The easiest thing you can do to accomplish that is to consistently publish new content on your blog and social media.

That doesn’t necessarily mean 3-5 posts per week, but whatever schedule you pick, make sure you stick with it for a while.

Kory Woodard works with professional bloggers and female-led lifestyle brands to create purposeful and beautiful designs for their brands and blogs because she believes that the right design can transform your business.

 


Morgan Timm

Mostly Morgan


Beginner bloggers really need to just keep pushing.

Starting out as a blogger can be so discouraging when you see everyone around you getting tens of thousands of pageviews or huge opportunities that you can only dream of at this point.

But the only way to get to where your blog heroes are is by persisting. Create and publish great content that you’re proud of every week and don’t give up.

There will be that “ah-ha” moment where everything clicks and all of the sudden your pageviews are growing and opportunities are abundant.

You just have to push through to get to that point.

I’m a life and style blogger based out of the midwest that has been in the industry for nearly 4 years. In that time I’ve learned a lot about the business of blogging and love sharing my expertise on my blog and YouTube channel.

 


Francisco Anes

Passive Income Wise


Time is money.

That’s why I recommend taking a course on how to blog instead of reading every blog on the internet. Invest in yourself.

While you can find a lot of information on other people’s blogs, it will take a lot of your time and effort to find the useful information.

As I said, time is money, so you want to learn as quick as possible and implement what you learn to get the results you are looking for.

In my experience, the key ingredients for growing my blog into a successful business which makes over $1,500 per month were two:

Rock-solid strategy. I created my own strategy by doing blogging courses.

I learned a lot from other bloggers and how they did to succeed in different aspects of blogging.

Your strategy should consider a publishing schedule, email marketing, social media, monetization planning, outreach and every single aspect of blogging. Learn from the best bloggers and create your own strategy.

Determination. You need to believe in your blog. No matter how hard things get, keep going. Big empires don’t appear overnight.

Blogging is not easy at the beginning and requires a lot of time and effort, but the payouts are amazing.

When you think about giving up, stand up and keep fighting.

Hello, my name is Francisco and I run the personal finance blog Passive Income Wise. On my blog, I write about saving money, budgeting, pay off debt and making money blogging. I also publish articles about how to make a living and succeed blogging from home.

 


Prosper Noah

Tips On Blogging


Yes, for Sure the easiest thing in the blogosphere is starting a blog, the most important aspect is growing that blog.

When I started blogging back then in 2014 I publish more than trice a day thinking its what brings in traffic

What a beginner thought

Growing a blog takes some time, you really can’t start that damn blog and make it successful immediately.

Here are my tips for beginner bloggers.

– Work on Publishing Contents that readers will love.
– Promote that contents: You can’t grow a blog without visitors who actually read your post.

You need to get them to see your posts first and there are simple ways to do that.

– Visit other blogs in your niche,
– Leave in-depth comments on the posts and share or tweet the articles:

The Authors will get to notice you and your blog better as time goes on.
The same happens with the readers, they get to visit your blog and as well share your contents, leave thoughtful comments and many others.

A friend of mine Ryan Biddulph always say “The best way to actually promote yourself is to promote others”

When you promote others, for sure they gonna promote you. This way you get more exposure for your new blog.

When you get these readers, visit their own blogs from time to time, build your email list using Mailchimp so new readers can keep coming back when you have a new post on the blog.

Build your Friend Network and you’d see the massive growth within some time.

Don’t worry about traffic when you start newly, follow above tips and you’d get to see the traffic you so desire, don’t be discouraged.

Continue Practicing, get more results.

It might take some time before you start seeing a significant result in your following, however, don’t relent in your efforts.

Have a great time and wish you much success!

Prosper Noah is the Brain behind Tips On Blogging. Starting a blog is one step, another and most important is growing the same blog. His tips have helped a lot of people Start and Manage their own Blogs.

 


Todd Maltzahn

Learn to Grow Wealth Online


Build your list and try to be unique. There are too many copy-cat blogs out there.

To grow a successful blog stick to a posting schedule and connect with as many other bloggers as possible.

Just stick with it and good things will happen.

Todd is an occupational therapist and internet marketer. His website teaches people the best ways to make money online without spending thousands of dollars.

 


Hena Bilal

Mending with Gold


Finding a great plan-of-action and committing a 100% to it without losing focus.

A stay at home mommy learning and sharing through her journey into blogging.

 


Scott Chow

Blog Starter


When beginning bloggers reach out to me, my advice is typical to focus on blogging about things you are passionate about.

Sharing your passions with the world is extremely powerful and will deliver the best results in terms of people connecting with your words.

Focusing on generating the best possible content is the best thing for any blogger to do, as your business will only grow based on the audience that you are able to foster.

Scott Chow helps people start blogs through a free step-by-step guide, called The Blog Starter, created especially for beginners. His guide is set up to help people learn how to start a blog quickly and easily.

 


Yuwanda

Inkwell Editorial


This is for those who are “for profit” bloggers; ie, those who want to make money blogging.

1. Choose your niche wisely. Some niches are harder to monetize than others. So why make it harder for yourself by starting with a difficult niche?

Caveat: NEVER discount passion. Although some niches are harder to monetize if you LOVE something and are willing to put in the work, don’t discount it because it may be considered a difficult niche.

2. Learn SEO (search engine optimization). Blogging without knowing this is like trying to find a place you’ve never been to without directions. You don’t have to become an SEO guru, but to learn the foundational basics. You’ll be lightyears ahead of others, and start to get traffic and sales that much sooner.

3. Create a blog plan: How do you plan to get traffic; how often will you blog; what will you blog about; how will you monetize your blog? These are some of the basic questions you should ask — and answer.

4. Never give up: A lot of blogging is just sticking with it long enough to figure out what works. Many bloggers give up before they ever find success — because “making money blogging” is not as easy as throwing up some content and/or sticking in affiliate links.

That’s why all of the above is important. If you approach your blog like a business, you exponentially increase your chance of success. 

Yuwanda Black is the publisher of InkwellEditorial.com, a site devoted to “Making Money Writing … for Yourself or for Others.” Yuwanda puts her writing skill to use in several ways: writing and self-publishing ebooks (almost 100 to date); developing courses, and writing online (SEO) content for small and mid-sized businesses.

 


Mike Lambert

Avoid Online Marketing Scams


There are actually many moving parts to building a successful blog but in saying that I feel the best advice is keep it simple.

The best advice I feel I received when I was just starting out was write your content as if you were talking to your buddies this makes a connection with your readers and has served me well over the years.

Getting people to comment is the key to your blogs success and to do that you need to make that connection being to analytical with your writing won’t get people to engage, but writing like your the person next door makes your readers feel comfortable in asking questions or leaving comments which will help your sites rankings with search engines.

A well structured website is very important, having an easy to navigate website will pay off big time, this will keep your visitors on your site and reading more of your content, there is nothing more frustrating for a visitor when they can’t navigate your site with ease, make sure your categories make sense.

If you have a header make sure your most important links are the first in the header and the last, stats show that visitors will click on the first and last topics in your header the most.

Use black text on white background and avoid the use of red unless you want people to stop, greens and blues are passive colours that should be used.

If you are hesitant about participating in a niche because you feel you need to be an expert on that topic then think again.

Knowledge is acquired over time, as you explore and write on topics for your blog your knowledge on your niche topic will grow also.

I started in the weight loss niche, didn’t have a clue about weight loss other than my own experience. Knowing that I couldn’t write about topics that I didn’t have knowledge about I registered for newsletters from places like Harvard.

I read many research papers on various weigh loss studies comparing various weight loss techniques and other relevant research info.

Over time my knowledge and expertise surpassed my wildest expectations. Not many people start out as experts, you need to work at becoming an expert but it will happen if you find the right resources and put in the effort.

When setting up a blog post make sure you use images as breaks, nothing scares of your visitors more than a sea of text. Use relevant images that help make your point. Use bold headers, set your post up in a way that you answer your readers questions….

What
Why
Who
Where
how much

You will find that laying out the headers for paragraphs on your page and then going back and filling them in will give your post a nice flow and before you know it you will have your 1500 words which should be your goal for SEO purposes.

Use your keywords in your topic headers when it makes sense to do so, this helps with SEO also.

Building an authority blog takes time similar to a brick and mortar business. You need to prepare yourself for at least a years work before you really start to see the dividends of your hard work.

You must use a keyword tool to write all your content. Using a keyword tool will help you rank well with search engines if you don’t use a keyword tool you are just blindly pumping out content that more than likely won’t rank. Only a small percentage of internet users search past the first two pages so your goal should always be to reach the first two pages of Google with your content.

It will take roughly 15 posts before Google starts to view you as an authority on a topic, after that you should start to see your posts rank much better.

Keep a regular writing schedule, Google likes to see that you are posting on a regular schedule and will reward you content with favorable rankings.

Try and focus on one category at a time, you want to be an authority on a topic if you are jumping around writing content on a multitude of topics on your site it will take that much longer to establish your authority with Google.

Wow! I could go on and on, but these are the main points about creating a successful blog. Have fun, keep a schedule, ask for feedback, offer value and always strive to inform your audience, have a great day. Mike avoidonlinemarketingscams.com

Mike Lambert: Affiliate marketer, creator of multiple websites in various niches.

 


Darren Burton

Many Income Streams


The best piece of advice I can offer on starting and building a successful blogging business is to learn from those who have already done it.

Whether you sign up for some official training, or just follow other successful bloggers and reach out and make connections with some of them.

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel here. While everyone is different, there are certain principles that have been proven to work over an dover again; such as good keyword research and SEO, providing quality content that gives your readers value, writing content that people are happy to share on social media.

Another key ingredient is good old-fashioned persistence.

It takes time to build an online business, and if the goal in financial reward, you can’t expect to see money coming in within days or weeks of starting a blog.

It all takes time, especially in the beginning. Treat your blog like a business, stick with it and the rewards will come as a natural by-product of your efforts.

Many Income Streams is all about how to make money online and create multiple streams of income. Living the dream lifestyle of time and money freedom is possible online. I’ll help show you how.

 


Bria McKamey

TendrilWild.com


In my years of blogging, I’ve found two things that are central to my success: remaining consistent and staying true to what feels right for me.

Anything you work at requires consistency to see results. You can’t decide to start a blog, pluck at it for a month, become discouraged by a lack of progress, and give up right then and there. Blogging is not a hobby or a career that develops overnight. I firmly believe there is little to no immediate success when it comes to blogging.

But there is a lot of hard work. With that hard work there must be consistency in your efforts.
And that consistency can produce success. But more importantly, it can produce satisfaction from the knowledge that you created something you believed in, and you brought it to fruition.

A second factor that needs to be present in your blogging endeavors is only doing what works for you. Don’t lose sight of your goals and why you started blogging in the first place for shiny new marketing strategies or the newest course that promises wealth and thousands of followers.

Those tactics may work for some people. But I’ve had the most success when I develop my own ways of doing things and sticking with them instead of worrying about what everyone else is doing.

Keep your head down, focus on your own creative abilities and unique talents, and new opportunities and results will gradually come.

I’m Bria, founder of TendrilWild.com, a blog devoted to self-care and personal development for introverts. Lorelai Gilmore taught me how to embrace my sass and speak my mind. I’ve never met a library I didn’t love, and I believe in quality over quantity when it comes to friendships.

 


Elvis Michael

Blogging Pro


It’s safe to say that starting a blog is both an art and a science. As such, here are the key ingredients to help maximize your chances of success:

While niching down is not absolutely necessary, it can greatly help you succeed in the long-run. This ensures that your content resonates closely with a specific audience, as opposed to creating a hit-or-miss culture within your blog.

Have an end-goal in mind and don’t merely post for the sake of traffic and brownie points. Study your audience to learn what they want, then provide an outstanding solution after building a great relationship.

On a related note, forget about publishing frequency and focus much more on branding/marketing. Build a solid relationship with relatable bloggers and followers alike. Link to their content, befriend them on social media, help them out, build a niche mailing list, and be a good sport. This gradually leads to reciprocity and authority, which is undoubtedly huge in this business.

Speaking of business, always treat your blog as such. New and established bloggers sometimes feel like abandoning their website indefinitely. It’s okay to step away, but implement a solid strategy in the process. For example, schedule one or two pieces in advance or hire a temporary virtual assistant to keep the business running; not doing so can lead to dire consequences.

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel but refrain from being a generic blogger. Most successful blogs have something that helps them stand out: Will you host a monthly contest? Is your blog’s sense of humor irresistible? Will you provide an audio/spoken version of every article for those who prefer this format? Think outside the box here; readers and fellow bloggers will notice and appreciate it.

Everything else revolves around continuous learning, tweaking, and repeating.

Elvis Michael is an avid blogger and e-entrepreneur, endlessly exploring new ideas and effective ways to inspire.

 


Holly Sutton

A Branch of Holly


My most valuable advice for the beginner to bloggers is always thinking about your target audience.

The more specific you can be about who you are blogging for, the more you can create content that actually attracts the right audience.

Sometimes you think you know what your audience wants from you, but you still struggle to get views and engagement.

At that point, start asking your email list and Facebook fans what you want to read and learn about, and start creating content around that instead of what you assume they wanted to read.

It seems like such a simple thing to do, but that is what completely changed how I run my blog for the better!

By creating valuable content you know your audience wants to read, giving away information for free and getting people to sign up to your mailing list – those things, in turn, work together, so that when you’re ready to sell products or services, your audience is ready to buy from you too!

Holly is a motivated, positive, tea-drinking millennial from North West England. Additionally, she’s an award-winning blogger, social media manager, and blog coach, with years of experience in the online marketing industry. Holly enjoys inspiring other bloggers and small business owners through strategic planning to get their own breakthrough.

 


Anna Bogushevskaya

Digital Drive with Anna


1. Start from choosing a good hosting for your website. Choose fast and reliable hosting solution. It will affect your SEO and user experience so much. Don’t pick cheap hosting companies, quality is a key.

2. Make sure you don’t follow any spammy techniques that may lead your new blog to Google Penalty. Don’t stuff your blog with a lot of ads. It will give a red flag for Google and your readers won’t be happy as well.

3. Do some SEO for your blog. But remember it is a long process. When you optimize your blog, do not expect that organic traffic will come fast. Instead, promote your blog on social media while it’s new, get some reputation, and more important – enjoy!

Anna Bogushevskaya is a founder of “Digital Drive with Anna“. Anna specializes in WordPress website design & SEO services that help entrepreneurs create, improve their websites and get more organic traffic.

 


Fabrizio Van Marciano

Magnet 4 Blogging


In my opinion, there are two very essential ingredients required for growing your blog into a successful and profitable business.

The first one is ‘passion’, you’ve got to have passion and lots of it. You’ve got to love what you do, whatever that may be. So, find a niche, skill, or subject that you’re all-out crazy about and start there.

The second vital ingredient is adopting a ‘business mindset’. With a business mindset, your goal is to make a profit from your blog.

You’ll eventually want to earn a living from blogging, right?

So you’ve got to have the mindset of a business owner and look at your blog as a profitable business venture.

With a business mindset, you’ll easily learn how to become a problem solver blogger, and how to best serve your audience.

You can then market that through your blog content, videos, eBooks, podcast, and all the rest of it.

Now the hardest part, of course, is trying to combine passion with a business mindset.

Because occasionally, being crazily passionate about a niche or subject, won’t necessarily mean that you’ll be able to turn it into a profitable business venture someday.

So, think, research, and plan very carefully.

Fabrizio Van Marciano is a full-time blogger, WordPress developer, web designer, and digital marketer from the UK.


 

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  1. Thanks to the iozoom team for featuring me and my tips in this post.

    This list is so helpful for new bloggers. I wish I found a list like this when I first started haha.

    For you new bloggers, you need to keep reminding yourselves of what you want to achieve with your blogs.

    After you’ve done that don’t stop until you’ve achieved your goals!

  2. The running themes seem to be (i) start, and (ii) be persistent. I was looking for the “secret” to blogging success, but I guess I’ve known it all along. 🙂

    I’m super honored to be included among such an awesome group of go-getter bloggers.

  3. Hi Iozoom Team,

    I so appreciate you featuring me with the other bloggers in this roundup.

    I already follow several of these bloggers. However, your roundup has definitely introduced me to some new bloggers that I need to start following.

    Thanks again and I’m going to grab a cup of coffee and see what all these awesome bloggers have to say. I have no doubt that I’ll learn something new that will continue to help me with my blog.

    I have no doubt that this post will help new bloggers understand what it takes to turn a blog from hobby to a successful business.

    Have a great day 🙂

    Susan

  4. Thanks a lot for having me in this wonderful roundup post.

    Surely it takes a good amount of time in converting a blog into a successful business. One has to keep trying different approaches, analyse the results and use the one that works for him.

    We should try to analyse the impact of each action we are doing on our blog like changing the blog layout, navigation structure, links position and even change in a call to action button colour.

    Thanks

  5. Good afternoon,

    I was very happy to read the clear guidelines for how to write a good post by Mike Lambert
    One should write in a clear, understandable way, just as if you visitor were to sit opposite and have a conversation with you. For sure a photo here and there will make the reading more interesting and
    give the eyes a rest. We often tend to make it too complicated and then the reader gets bored.
    I like the list of the W’s. The what, why, who, where and how much. A good idea to keep that list in mind.
    To not forget the importance of keywords and using them wisely, not too many but neither too few.
    The other good tip I think is to not to forget to write on a regular basis, Google is watching and will like it when your website is being “fed” regularly.
    I am sure that with all this information my next post will be a lot better than the previous ones.

    Regards, Taetske

  6. Thank you so much to the I/O Zoom team for featuring me in the article! I had a lot of fun providing a few of my own insights from starting and running my blog as well as learning new things from some of my favorite bloggers I look up to.

    There are so many little nuggets of wisdom in this article, for both beginners and advanced bloggers alike. I need to go back through and take some notes! 🙂

  7. First of all, thanks to all of you for puting your tips and it’s really nice to see some of my favorite bloggers here. To convert a blog into a successful business, I think couple of things are actually important, like, patience, skill, consistency, dedication, courage, never-give-up attitude, strategy etc. Things are changing in blogging. Today it is not like what it was back before 2010. Today a strong strategy, contacts, investment all these are important to convert a blog into a high paying business. Thanks to all for their suggestions.

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