Frequently Asked Blogging Questions
How to start a blog, what niche I should be blogging about.
will blog make me money… and many such questions.
I loved creating this blogging FAQ after I received several questions everyday.
Hope this FAQ is helpful for you. If still missing any question, just ask filling up the question form at the end of the page. Cheers!
Starting a Blog
Wordpress. That is where most of the bloggers take a start from. It is designed and developed for bloggers that need to maximize their search engine presence. Other platforms such as blogger, Tumblr and Medium also exist, but the capabilities of WordPress far exceed any other platform. Read more here http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-choose-the-best-blogging-platform/
Start slow.Don’t rush. You cannot post daily in the beginning as you need motivation to continue writing. Start slow, maybe once a week and then continue on daily basis only once it becomes a habit. Focus on providing quality content to your audience. Each piece should be well written, and well-optimized. It won’t be easy in the first place, but rewards would definitely be worth it. Read what the guru of internet marketing, Neil Patel has to say about it at http://neilpatel.com/blog/5-simple-steps-thatll-help-you-determine-how-often-you-need-to-blog/
To say the least, top quality, engaging and helpful written blog posts for your targeted audience as they have a direct impact on search engine rankings. But that is not it. Authority blogs and websites like NeilPatel.com go as far as adding in images, statistics, graphs, backlinks to relevant posts, as well as infographics and videos, all to enforce their point of blog. This way, you will get better engagement on your blog. Not to forget, quizzes and surveys help you to further amplify user engagement.
You should have a mobile-responsive blog, using no more than 2-3 colors and 2-3 fonts. You don’t want a clutter of so making colors and text. Less is more, that is the way forward. Have color schemes matching your content. Your blog should also make it easy for readers to read your posts. Here is what Amy Lynn has to say about it: https://amylynnandrews.com/blog-design-dos-and-donts/
Paid.But when you are starting out, having a free theme is easier for you to break the shackles and get consistent with your blog. But free themes are not good looking, plus they have a number of coding issues, making our website vulnerable to hacking. But, as the traffic grows, never stay on a free theme, borrow some money or invest in purchasing a high quality theme from websites like www.themeforest.net, and www.magazine3.com. High quality themes cost from $50 to $100 but are far better than using free themes.
With Google Penguin and Panda updates, keyword density does not matter much now than it was before. However, something in the range of 1% to 1.5% is good enough for your keywords. The more the keyword density, the higher the chances of your blog penalized by Google for likely content spamming. Here is what Harsh Agarwal has to say about it at https://www.shoutmeloud.com/keyword-density-seo.html
Yoast SEO, Jetpack, Google XML sitemaps, Google Analytics, W3 Total Cache, Wordfence security plugin, broken link checker, Redirection, are some of the most popular, commonly used and essential plugins for all wordpress websites. You cannot run and manage a successful wordpress site without these plugins. You can read more here:https://themegrill.com/blog/best-wordpress-plugins/
Not more than $100. Buy a theme for around $60 from www.themeforest.net and get a monthly hosting from hostgator for around $6.95 a month! That should be enough to getting started. But if you are really serious, invest in a yearly hosting plan, get an HTTPS certificate, and start writing! Shouldn’t cost you over $300. You can hire a blogging coach or an SEO expert that will provide you with everything in details to getting started with blogging.
Almost all shared web hosting companies tout themselves as the best hosting provider. To say which one is at the top is difficult, but here are some companies that provide quality hosting services:
ii. Inmotion hosting
Simple. Quality content, optimized with the right keywords, a point, multimedia content, low page loading time, and responsive for smartphones. The relevant and helpful the content, the better your blog will do in rankings.
a regular website?
A blog is meant to be updated with new, fresh content, on a regular basis, either for personal or business purposes. The content can or cannot be formal and is usually for informative and educational purposes. A website such as that of a corporation, is usually static and does not change over a period of time, has formal content, and is very professional about the products & services it represents.
Off course, it would, and it should! But, just being passionate isn’t enough. Are you passionate enough to continue writing on your niche, maintain your blog, providing regular updates and interacting with the community? If yes, then go ahead. But remember, as stated earlier, being passionate about a topic and not making money in the long run is quite disappointment, resulting in one’s faith to be completely lifted from blogging. This is where blogging coaches and mentors come in hand for help.
A niche blog is one that specifically covers one area of a topic and develops its credibility as an authority. It is created with the intent of covering only one target market. For example, problogger.com only focuses on how to use blogging as a medium to make money online and specializes in this topic. Another example is that of parenting.com, that focuses on parenting tips including pregnancy, baby nutritional tips, and more.
Use keyword tools such as keyword.io, Google Keywords planner, Google’s SERP suggestions and Keyword tool by Wordstream.com to see primary and related keywords for your niche. Then, filter down to select the most relevant keywords you want to target based upon their high CPC, and search volume.
It is a serious business! If you are a business, you should blog to market yourself, talk and talk about new product launches. If you are an individual, blogging helps you in expressing your feelings and if you are really good at your niche, you can make a lot of money out of it.
Blogging is like running your own shop. There are no limitations. It is a free world for you. You choose to pick any niche and talk about anything that you want. It helps you to express yourself. You might have a life lesson that you learned, and want to teach others about it. Go ahead and blog about it.
A free blog is hosted on Blogger, WordPress and other websites such as yourblog.wordpress.com. It works as a subdomain and has a lot of limitations. A self-hosted blog is what you own, install and manage yourself by setting up your own hosting server rented out by hosting service providers. While starting out as a free blog is great, remember that the benefits always lie in a self-hosted blog.
Hosting services offered by web hosting companies specifically for bloggers, by providing a pre-installed copy of wordpress, is calledwordpress hosting. Due to the popularity of wordpress, a lot of companies are offering shared and managed wordpress hosting services to cater to the growing needs of wordpress bloggers.
Know your web hosting needs. What are you blogging about? If it is a personal blog, go for shared web hosting. Check the uptimes, and reviews of top service providers. Compare their prices and see which ones outweigh others. Does the hosting provider has excellent customer support record? Who will be there to save if something goes wrong, for example, if your site crashes? For more tips, check http://www.successfulblogging.com/tools-for-bloggers-free/
Read more, to write more, simple. The best speakers are first, the best listeners. Hence, the best writers, are always the best readers. Moreover, they never give up and continue learning, practicing and polishing their writing abilities. In short, develop your style of writing, and try to be as clear as possible with less complicated words in your writing.
While it is tempting to talk about numerous topics, it is better to stick to a few topics that you are REALLY good at, and develop your authority in them. Keep blogging frequently on these topics, set up your google authorship, and share your content on social media. From your blog’s design perspective, it has to load within 4 seconds, and mobile-responsive as more than 75% of the traffic is coming from smartphones.
If you are an expert in blogging and SEO, then you don’t need one. But if you don’t have weeks or even months to spend time in doing things that can be done within days, it is in your best interest to hire a coach. The initial investment in hiring a coach will eventually pay off in terms of time and results.
Blogging for Money
If you are consistent, you should start earning something within the first 6 months of blogging. It is all about investing time and effort in writing quality content that is engaging and helpful for your readers. Nothing will happen overnight though and you need to develop a lot of patience before seeing stable income & results. To know more, you can read http://www.stealthsecrets.com/how-long-does-it-take-to-make-money-blogging/
The easiest method for anyone is to place Ads using the Google Adsense platform, but not every blogger makes good money out of it. If your blog is suited for a particular niche, you can make money by promoting affiliate products and earning a commission on every sales. You can sell your services and products such as ebooks, and even selling your blog. Here is some more interesting stuff at https://smartblogger.com/make-money-blogging/
If you are starting today, staying consistent, and manage to get a lot of traffic over time, expect to make something out of it no less than 1 year. It is the most popular way of making money online blogging by selling ad space on your website, but you need to have a very high quality website, with lots of good quality content. If you are not targeting the right keywords, even with a lot of traffic, you cannot make any substantial income out of it. You can read more at http://www.stealthsecrets.com/how-long-does-it-take-to-make-money-blogging/
Something that you are REALLY good at, but wait! Did you conduct research to see how competitive your niche is? Is there really a lot of blogs making money out of it? What is the keyword search and volume of traffic in your niche? If there is potential with lots of searches and people are making money out of it via affiliate marketing or selling ads on their website, you can work on it too, but it will require lot of time and patience.Copyblogger has an excellent piece of advice at http://www.copyblogger.com/niche-keyword-research/
Yes and no. for some, it works out well, for others, it doesn’t. you might not make a lot of money using Adsense but if you have a decent amount of traffic, you can sell ad space without any network and get paid directly from advertisers willing to get exposure and quality traffic from your blog. But not, selling ads is not always the best way to earn money online. You can promote affiliate links and sell your services products and run an ecommerce store to make money too!
The trend is to convert quality blogs in to slide shows, with a light background music and voiceover and uploading them on Youtube with a description and a backlink to your blog. This way, viewrs can get to know your blog better and the traffic will also be diverted from your videos to your blog. But the videos need to be highly engaging, short, and providing quality information.
As much as you can think of. Six figures?Absolutely, yes!But it all boils down to the right niche, consistent efforts, quality blog, good hosting, and using the right business model to monetize your blog. If one model doesn’t, work, replace it with others. As stated earlier, not all bloggers are successful with adsense, and hence make a lot of money by using other methods such as promoting affiliate links. But it is always better to hire a blogging coach and get consultancy for the right monetization tools to increase your blogging income. With so many methods, and a lack of blogging coach, you are bound to get lost.
Marketing your blog
Conduct thorough research on keywords. Use keywords wisely throughout the content. Optimize alt tags for all images. Content should be helpful for readers, properly formatted, with H1 & H2 tags, at least 700+ words. Use short paragraph, internally link to other related blogs. A highly recommended SEO plugin to use is Yoast SEO. Read more at http://www.tradingeconomics.com/indonesia/interest-rate.
Write amazing content and post on websites like Medium.com, Quora.com (by answering questions relevant to your niche.) and guest posting on other relevant niche blogs. This way, you will drive a lot of traffic to your website by developing high quality backlinks. For example, look at this answer on Quora by Lisa Jacob, that has garnered over 66,000 views, and over 100 upvotes in a matter of 2 weeks only. With a backlink in the answer, the website must have been getting a LOT of traffic: https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-of-the-least-known-uses-of-a-smartphone/answer/Lisa-Jacob-10
Write quality content, keep on engaging with relevant bloggers, promote your content on social media and write about evergreen topics. Evergreen topics remain fresh for as long as the internet’s age is. For example, a keyword search on “seo tips for bloggers” shows a post from Yoast.com since 2015 on the first page of search engine results. Here is the link to it: https://yoast.com/seo-friendly-blog-post/Within your relevant niche, look for other blogs maintained and contact their owners using the contact us form or email address on their website. Make a list of them updated in excel and send them an email one by one. Read their blogs, appreciate them of their efforts and recognize their contribution to their society. Write an email to them, thanking their contributions, and sending them your BEST piece of content to publish on their website with a backlink to your site.
Within your relevant niche, look for other blogs maintained and contact their owners using the contact us form or email address on their website. Make a list of them updated in excel and send them an email one by one. Read their blogs, appreciate them of their efforts and recognize their contribution to their society. Write an email to them, thanking their contributions, and sending them your BEST piece of content to publish on their website with a backlink to your site.
As long as they are relevant. We stated earlier to comment on relevant blogs in your niche, but those comments must be relevant to the topic, highly engaging and contributing to the overall readers’ experience. Yes, you can use your backlink too, but it should never be done in a way that looks spam to others. Matt Cutts (the Google search engine product manager) says he does it a lot of times, but maintains quality over quantity. You can read more here:https://searchenginewatch.com/sew/news/2307497/matt-cutts-on-blog-comments-links-spam-use-your-name-not-keywords
There are many more like Gmail, Google Analytics, Mailchimp (free for up to 2000 email subscribers), Evernote (a note taking online tool to help you synchronize with everything), Dropbox (an online cloud storing service FREE for up to 2 GB), Google Documents, Google Calendar, Google Spreadsheets and Skype. There are many others too, but the ones mentioned are the most commonly used tools. Take a look at more tools here: http://www.successfulblogging.com/tools-for-bloggers-free/
Yes. Business blogging is meant for corporations and businesses to talk about new product launches, and market themselves toward their target audience. Businesses blog to create brand awareness, and generate business leads. For example, Payoneer, a leading internet payment gateway often blogs about online payments, freelancing, tips for growing small business, and more. My personal blog is also a business blog as it serves a purpose; to gain more clients by selling my speaking gigs and consulting services. Niche blogs are specifically focused on a particular topic, by individuals, with a sole purpose of making money.
You can vlog, which is uploading videos on Youtube on a specific topic, or create a weekly series of podcasts. The point is to express yourself. But, in case if that is not what you are interested in, you can always hire a writer. There are a number of freelancer websites such as Fiverr.com, Freelancer.com and Upwork.com where you can hire from a pool of specialized writers to write for your blog. Even if you cannot hire a writer, read as many blogs as you can in your relevant niche and do some effort in improving your English language by watching Youtube video tutorials. Eventually, you willstart writing on your own!
Who says you need to be a designer or hire one in order to start blogging? Buy a theme, as we have stated earlier, install on your site, and you are ready to go. Most of the premium themes available today in online marketplaces such as Themeforest.net are already mobile-responsive so you don’t have to do any tedious designing work. But it isn’t as simple as buying and installing a theme. Every themes requires minor customization that you can easily do by hiring a designer on websites like Freelancer.com and Fiverr.com in the range of $20 to $30.
Yes it is. A website that regularly updates its blog, not only gets over 50% more traffic than its competitors, but also engages its target market. Over the years, blogs have evolved as an undeniable piece of marketing tool, as well as means of individuals of earning a sustainable income. A number of successful people making money online are doing so because of successful blogging.
It is the percentage of visitors that visit a particular page on your blog, and bounce off without visiting any other page. Higher bounce rate could mean a lot of things such as boring content, page taking too much time to load, or irrelevant content. This gives a signal to Google that your site is not worth rankings and traffic, and hence it negatively will impact your rankings. You would want people visiting your blog to not only stay on it, but also explore more pages.
Off course. If you are not satisfied with your host, you can have your domain and/or hosting shifted from your current service provider to another. But before doing so, don’t forget to read reviews of your new hosting provider and always ask them about the process. If you want to know more about the technical details, Hostgator has an AWESOME answer to it at http://support.hostgator.com/articles/hosting-guide/website-transfers/how-to-transfer-your-wordpress-blog-from-one-host-to-another-host
Never use a free theme. Period! Free themes are most vulnerable to having due to bad coding. Always invest in a paid, quality, mobile-responsive theme. If you are using wordpress, use a mixture of free and paid security plugins. Host your blog on a secure server. Keep updating your themes, plugins, and code. Have strong passwords for admin and enable SSL on your website. Never use admin as your login as it is too easy to guess. You can read more at https://problogger.com/10-vital-wordpress-security-tips/
Anything from Ads, to ebooks, affiliate products, consulting services such as writing, social media marketing, designing and more. There are endless possibilities to make money from your blog as long as you are passionate and consistent with it.
Add opt-in boxes in your blog posts, on the sidebar of your blog, and give a lead magnet such as a FREE ebook relevant to your topic to your readers in exchange of their names and email addresses. With all that being said, your efforts of regularly updating blog with fresh hand relevant content, should be consistent.
You should have a purpose. If you are starting out as a blogger, then you should be devoting your time on a regular basis toward writing, and promoting your content on social media. You should commit yourself to blog with a purpose. Hence, the more time you spend writing, you will continue making writing a habit and eventually polishing your writing skills.
As many as you want. A number of hosting companies now provide you with a multi package hosting plan where you can host as many websites as you want in a given range of specifications. While you may not need a lot of websites in the first place, if you are a professional, then it would be feasible to purchase one hosting plan for multiple websites instead of having different plans for each website.
What if you had backups and security plugins installed in the first place? But that’s fine. Now that it is hacked, let an expert security expert recover your site content. Get in touch with your hosting company, because if they are professionals, they will help you in this regards. Scan your website for malware removals. Chances are, that you will have most of your website recovered. To avoid it in the long run, always have the best hosting platform, and keep your website backed up every few days or weeks depending upon the site upgradation frequency.
Off course you can. Many people start off using free blogging platforms such as Blogger, WordPress.com, Tumblr, and Medium. Eventually, they shift to WordPress.org, and other self-hosted platforms such as
Ah! A difficult question. First, understand that passion is something you are interested about. Niche that makes money is one that requires tremendous effort in which you may not be passionate about, but eventually win at the end. Do note, that the niche you love, may not always be the best choice because of lack of affiliate marketing channels, and poor ad rates from ad networks like adsense, and chitika. Hence, follow a money-making niche and develop your interest in it.
Only repeat visitors will be commenting more than unique readers. Get more visitors to subscribe to your mailing lists, write with more passion and publish thought-provoking content. For example, “5 parenting tips that single dads SHOULD know about” seems to be more engaging than “5 parenting tips you should know”, because the former is catering to a specific niche.