Hey! in this post I want to share with you guys, my recipe for creating a successful blog in 2018 and forward.
This post is based on what I’ve done with some of “experiment” and case study by creating few blog to learn what works and what doesn’t.
In other blog I talk in specific niche, other blog covering multi niche in one place. And guess what, all the myth about specific niche blog that you ever know is not all of them true, and I have to say the truth that most of them is just bulls##t.
Now, Google and other search engine likely prefer to put a blog / site with brand name on the search result rather than blog that using a keywords in their name and url.
I think it because there is so many spammy site that also using keyword for site name and url.
So! What Is Successful Blog?
What I mean here with successful blog is not just merely in the financial stuff. But more successful in the branding, engagement and yes! traffics! … organic traffics.
Yep! if you can be successful to make your blog become your authentic brand then it will be the “#1 engine” for your blog become successful in financial for sure, or… at least easy for you to find a way how to monetise it.
My recipe may not instantly make you became a millionaire blogger in one night. But with this recipe you may can break through like I do.
Short story, a year ago I thought it was impossible and I even almost give up in the first year running this blog. Thankfully, slow but sure the blog that I create a year ago now start to getting better and bigger.
First year is always the hardest process for build a blog, so if you can pass it, you will see the result afterward, is not a guaranty but is a fact.
So, how to do this? I mean how to create a high quality blog that can become your second income generator while you still can have a freedom to do thing that you love and passionate about.
Here, I will share my simple secret recipe how to make extra money from blog and do it in simple and the right way, so you don’t have to make unnecessary mistake like I did and move faster, better and safe a lot of your time and money.
But yeah! it’s all depend on your effort too, how you can make your goal come true. Here I just show you the way …
Plan everything from the beginning, that’s the key for successful blog.
If you don’t have a solid plan then make it first, learn and do research first.
Never get hurry to buy this buy that before you found the solid plan for what and where you gonna bring your blog in the future, so you don’t have to wasting your money and time to invest on it.
Yep, investing money for good resource is great but without a better plan, is a joke.
My best advice is to combine something that you passion about, something that you love into your plan.
So when you start to run your blog you will enjoy every process and do it with “fun”
It is also important, what your plan to monetise your blog in the future?
Is it by selling your own product or service? by doing affiliate marketing or put ads on it?
That’s three most make sense how to monetise blog if you are not running a big company.
If you have a product to sell on blog, thats great! thats how most people make money from blog.
Don’t have your own product to sell? no problem! then you can offer product from affiliate network such as Amazon, ShareAsale etc. And there is many many other affiliate network that you can join that suitable with your blog.
My advice about working as an affiliate is always be honest to your audience and boldly disclose to them that you are working as an affiliate.
“For example, in this post I will disclose that I also will recommend a product and services to you to build a better blog. You will get the right resource and I get a little commission for provide you with the right information that I have test it my self to build my own blog, this blog. It may sounds cheesy, but that’s the true and it’s fair and everyone is win”
To get approved as Adsense publisher you can read my post about it here: How to Make Your Blog Get Approval by Google Adsense
Use The Best Resource You Can Afford To Build Successful Blog
“If you want the best result, find the best resource that you can afford.”
Choose self-hosted WordPress as your CMS platform. Why WordPress?
Because is proven very good for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and most used CMS platform out there for DIY blogging. Is customisable and it’s flexible.
If you know how to code, is good but if you don’t know how to code is okay there is thousand of plugins that you can install for DIY WordPress customisation. Trust me, once you use WordPress you’ll fall in love with it 🙂
Use a good and fast Web Hosting to host your WordPress blog such as Bluehost
Important! Also make sure to choose the catchy name for your domain, when your domain name is short and catchy, is good for branding purpose and will easy to remember like I’ve mention earlier.
Depend on the situation, eight character is good or at least not more than ten character. Less than eight characters domain name usually very expensive (Premium domain-name)
If you are interesting you can try Hosting company that I use to host this site. You can read my review on this post Affordable Web hosting to Start WordPress Blog it’s Indonesian Hosting company that have run +- 13th years.
Pick the right Theme
You can always start with thousand of free WordPress theme.
But if you looking for a premium theme that absolutely great for Search Engine Optimization, we recommend StudioPress Themes that I also use it my self for this blog.
You can read my review about StudioPress Theme here: What Is The Best Theme For WordPress Blog
Learn how to use WordPress!
It a must to learn how to use self-hosted WordPress especially for DIY blogging, so you can take the full advantage of Using WordPress. You always can learn it while in the process of running your new blog, and then you can turn your experience into content.
You can also find here at Digimanx.com some tutorials post about WordPress: https://digimanx.com/category/wordpress/
And there is also a bunch of blog who also talking about how to learn WordPress out there that you can search on Google 🙂
Just do it!
When you done with mapping your plan, then just “do it” my friend, make it happen and make a blast!
Create great content on your blog, write engaging post that useful and valuable for peoples on your niche.
Keep on learning, be patience, blogging is not get rich quick scheme. But for sure, it can generate an extra income for you if you do it right 🙂
Okay! I hope this post useful as a references for you who want to build a successful blog.