Niche blogging refers to blogging within a particular group of people or subject. Some websites have succeeded in creating a very profitable blog that requires a little amount of effort. But, note that niche blogging is not just an overnight work. Here’s an introduction that will help you clear out things in creating a profitable niche blog:
What is Niche Blogging?
Niche blogging has become popular among people who want to start their passive income online. The reason is that it has been believed that focusing on an individual subject means you are less likely to have competition and a better possibility of getting traffic.
It may sound easy to make, but profitable blogging requires a heavy and deep research. It’s true that blogging can only be something you built because you are passionate about it, but at the end of the day, you will eventually want to earn money from doing what you love.
The good thing is, there are abundant sources and possibilities of making revenue through your blog. And to be able to succeed, we handpicked some of the things you need to know about niche blogging.
How to Choose a Profitable Niche for Your Blog
Pick a niche that you’re interested in
Too often, bloggers make a wrong choice of only doing what seems to make them millionaires. Good niches that are profitable can be hard to score but deciding purely based on its capacity to be profitable is not going to do you favors in the long run. Even though you earn from said niche, if it’s something that doesn’t interest you, you’ll eventually grow tired of it and move on.
Search the demand for your idea
Jumping into the unknown is not going to do you any favor. To find out if there’s enough traffic to the subject you decided on, try to explore Google Trends and Google AdWords. Google is the biggest search engine and is where most of the traffic is going to come from. Know if there are people who are looking for your niche idea.
Another thing to note is your competitors. While it’s tough to leverage your way up against your biggest rivals, having so can be a positive thing. If you have competitors you can learn from them; it also means that your niche is something you can earn. There are more steps in validating if your chosen niche has a considerable amount of traffic. It’s a matter of hard work and patience to find what’s right for you eventually.
Look for Profitable Opportunities
One of the first steps in deciding on what niche you’re going to venture on is knowing if you can make money from it. Having a niche that you like and has a good traffic is one thing, but it being profitable is another. Even if you love writing about it, it’s a waste to realize that there’s no money to be made months down the line.
Setting Up Your Niche Blog
To start your niche blog, make sure that you have these basic things below:
- Create a Website
- Choose a Blogging Platform
- Generate a brandable and memorable domain
- Choose the Best Hosting Provider
- Use a Beautiful and Responsive Theme
- Install Useful Plugins
Making Real Money from Your Blog
Focus on the Content
Creating an epic content is the way to go. According to the founder of Blogging Spell, Abrar Mohi Shafee, “the best method of choosing a profitable niche is giving more importance to the niche you are competent with, rather than selecting a niche by only the number of potential audiences.”
To build a profitable blog, you must focus on the value that your content brings to the market. If you already created a credibility and trust among your followers, you can then start trying to profit from it little by little. Here are some of the ways you can earn from your blog:
- Create and Sell Online Courses
- Write an Ebook
- Sell Branded Merchandise
- Affiliate Marketing
- Advertisement Placements
Some of these opportunities may not make you a millionaire in a few months, but you can earn a handful if you have a good amount of monthly traffic on your blog.
Know How to Market Your Blog
Marketing your niche blog requires deep research and careful analysis before coming up with an effective strategy.
Social Media is one of the greatest contributors on how a site gets its traffic, so it’s just right to build and maintain your presence in there too. By developing a credible persona on social media, you can forward your followers to follow your niche blog then.
Build your email list from the start of your blog’s creation. You may not realize it, but some people are going to look forward to your future content. Once you have enough content to send out, create compelling email copies.
If you want to rank up and be visible to your market when they search, you need to optimize your blog to par up to the standards of search engines.
Look for high-quality blogs that accept guest posting. The more you spread the word about your niche, the more you’ll get more traffic.
The key to really knowing if your chosen niche is profitable is by testing the waters. You may have created what seems to be what people are looking for, but the truth is there’s still a huge barrier between your idea and its success. Strive to become the best blogger in your chosen niche, look for more resources that will help you stay motivated.
Creating your very own niche blog is not a walk in the park. However, once you develop a good one, it can work on auto-pilot. It all boils down to how well you crafted your idea and tested the market. Lastly, with good niche marketing strategies, you’ll be able to profit from your niche blog passively. Good luck!
Why Should You Pick a Blogging Niche?
How to View the Relationship Between Your Blog and Social Media
Alonzo Pichardo says it best.
“Buy your own domain and hosting and make that your own main hub. Social media is a branch of the marketing tree. That’s all.”
He shared my video on Instagram. Video registered 3,926 views. Here it is:
I filmed the video because I spent 20 minutes clicking profile links of folks who Liked my updates. I found a few self-hosted WordPress blogs, read and commented on these blogs. Relationships established. But most Instagram users:
- had no blog to speak of
- linked to YouTube
- linked to Facebook
For the heck of it, I spent a good 3 minutes looking for one user’s blog. I found an obituary (he was young and alive but shared a common name) and a collection of spammy “look up his information sites.” He claimed to be a blogger via his Instagram bio but he is no more a blogger than I am a werewolf.
Think about Alonzo’s advice; the blog is your main hub, or root, or base of your tree, and social media acts like branches. Offshoots, nothing more.
Instagram owns Instagram. Instagram:
- can kick that kid off of Instagram for 1 of a billion reasons, in a heartbeat
- WILL change their algorithm, soon enough, forcing the kid to change his strategy, uprooting his online world
- forces the kid to make his brand, Instagram’s brand
Not investing is a domain and hosting is about the biggest mistake you can make online because not owning your site hands your power, your decision making, your branding potential and your monetizing potential to someone else.
Social media is a branch. Spend most of your time daily working on your blog and networking with other bloggers who own their self-hosted, WordPress blogs. Unless they change their values or quit blogging, this is the most sound, intelligent approach to blogging.
Use social media for a little bit daily to:
- tag bloggers you mention on your blog
- help bloggers in groups related to your niche
- share your blog posts
- share other blogger’s blog posts
You are a blogger. Not an Instagrammer. You are a blogger. Not a Facebook-er. Spend most of your day on blogs. Not social media.
Marios Tofarides runs an authority blog on eBooks. Not in a billion years could he make his social media profiles look anything like his branded, self-hosted blog. Paula at Contented Traveler runs a first class travel blog. She could never re-create her blog’s branding, style and voice on social media. Sarah Arrow built a well known brand and thriving business by making her blog stand out, through creating, through connecting and through smart blog branding. Impossible to do this, through social media alone.
Pay Up to Play Up
I can mention your blog on Blogging From Paradise, a DA 47 blog read by many influencers.
I can mention your blog on Blogging Tips, a DA 48 blog read by many blogging influencers.
But I never link to free platform blogs because no influencer or experienced reader trusts information on free platforms. If you cannot invest $3 a month, you carry too much of a fear-lack-poverty conscious energy, that seasoned readers and top bloggers know to avoid.
I never link to a social media profile because….social media is not a blog!
Pay up to play up.
Invest in a domain and hosting. Move up in blogging circles. See social media as branches, using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as secondary or even tertiary means for helping people. Spend most of your time on your self-hosted, WordPress blog and networking on other self-hosted, WordPress blogs.
1 Failure Conscious Tendency That Makes Blogging Tougher
Some bloggers cannot accept a good thing when they get it.
I have linked to tens of thousands of bloggers over my decade online. I love my friends. I take care of my friends.
99.999999% of bloggers are beyond grateful to get a backlink from an established, pro blogger like myself for many reasons:
- Blogging From Paradise has a DA of 47; that’s some backlink juice!
- Blogging Tips has an even higher DA; 48 I believe, meaning more backlink juice
- you bond more deeply with me, and forming a deeper friendship allows me to open doors for you, via guest posts, more backlink mentions, interviews, prospering partnerships
- greater blog traffic through exposure
- greater blog profits through exposure
- greater brand awareness through exposure, and also, your blog and brand aligns with Virgin, Forbes and Fox News, sites I have appeared on, creating greater trust
I could go on for 45 minutes. The list of benefits are endless. There are absolutely no downsides to being mentioned by me, on my blog or via guest post. Yet, some folks, because of their own fears, cannot accept these gifts freely and gratefully. Hey guys; I luv ya’s. This is not a rant, but a lesson in seeing good (versus fear/downside), expressing genuine gratitude and learning how to move up in blogging circles, by being fully grateful to receive the above gifts and by purging any fears or lack of gratitude you feel, when a world renowned blogger links to you.
Virtually all bloggers are grateful for receiving the above list of benefits. Donna Merrill is a blogging high roller and she responds to virtually all my tags and mentions. I would never expect her to do so because we are great friends, and she is so busy, but that is heart-filled blogging.
But a few bloggers clinging to deep fears have responded to my generous backlinks a few different ways:
- some fear the linking structure is not neat and orderly
- some fear they are not getting enough link juice via Google, and ask me to log into search console and make changes or whatever
- some fear they are not getting enough links to a specific site or permalink, and ask me to edit the post, to change the link
All above motivators are fear, and fear is not real, so if you honor these fears and react-respond in the above fashion, you judge things or make a request from an illusory, untrue, false, totally not real energy of loss, lack, limitation.
That fear has 100% to do with you, and nothing to do with me. I will keep being generous with my blogging buddies, but I seek out loving buddies, not those weighed down a bit too heavy by fear, so fear-bloggers gotta go, along with their links, going forward. Nothing personal, as I love and respect these folks. Just an energy thing.
We See the World as We See Ourselves
You see the world, you see other bloggers and you see their linking strategies as you see yourself.
If someone fears they won’t get enough traffic or clicks or Google juice through my linking strategy, that has nothing to do with the guy featured on billionaires’s blogs, and living his dream, circling the globe. That has to do 100% with you, your fear of loss, your fear of not enough, your trust issues, and other deep, fear based energies, begging to be unearthed and felt.
I am the mirror. You are the source. You are cause, and effect.
Picture break! Me during my trip to Fiji with my friend Olivia.
My dear friend Alonzo Pichardo sent me a Message months ago. He was deeply grateful I had linked to him 50 plus times on Blogging Tips alone. He is grateful! Does it surprise you that the guy runs a highly prospering business and leads a huge, loyal following?
David Boozer routinely sends me Messages sharing how grateful he is for my eBooks, courses, content and mentions, writing from the heart. More gratitude! Does it surprise you that one of his YouTube channels has registered millions of plays, alone?
Alonzo and David do not ask me to change links or put stuff into Google console or to change my linking style; they know a gift when they see it.
Vishwajeet Kumar feels incredibly grateful for each backlink I give to his helpful blogging resource, and expresses his gratitude on social media.
This is how you move higher in blogging circles, to see more success, versus moving lower, through fear-based lack of gratitude, and, losing link mentions.
Guys; see the blessing in a coveted backlink. Be grateful. See the good. Move up in the blog-0-sphere. Experience increased blogging success.
Connect to Get Connected
Do you want to know how I became a connected travel blogger?
I patiently read posts from a brilliant group run by Mapping Megan, published genuine comments and promoted my fellow bloggers.
That is it. I put in serious work. I also published helpful content on my blog, too.
Bloggers mistakenly believe in “getting connected”. Like being connected is a passive act, that just happens. By luck, or by lame pitches.
Do you want to get connected enough where you get featured on world famous blogs? Invest in my Teachable course. I teach you how to do it without pitching anybody.
I created the course after bloggers emailed me asking if I can feature them on Forbes, or asking how much it costs to get a link on Forbes. All these bloggers made the critical error of believing asking someone for a favor or feature – quite a passive, lazy, mindless act – is how you “get connected.” If this were true, 30,000,000 bloggers would be featured on Forbes, Forbes’ reputation sinks into the sewer and nobody would want to get featured on Forbes anymore.
Do you see how foolish and silly strategies like asking people to get featured on world famous blogs waste your time? Like me asking the NY Knicks for a try out, after I only had skills good enough to be a junior college basketball player. Foolish.
Passive Versus Active
Getting connected is passive. Not gonna work.
You EARN connections by connecting yourself to human beings, and you connect yourself by featuring skilled bloggers on your blog, by mentioning them and sharing their content on social media and by expecting nothing in return. I mention Paula Pins the Planet because she’s a first class travel blogger. I connect myself to her. Friendship forms. I connect myself to Rhonda Albom by linking to her on my blog and by tweeting her posts. As more and more friendships form, blossom and grow, my friends:
- promote me
- endorse me
- help me
- inspire me
- buy my eBooks
- hire me
People then say, “Hey, Ryan is a connected blogger! He knows everybody.” Fools believe me being connected just….happened. Passively. Lost folks believe I am lucky to be connected. The blogging brain dead believe I began blogging from a connected, influential space, when I knew more cats than bloggers 10 years ago, a lost blogging soul who did not know what a blog, was.
I spent 10 years of my life connecting myself to bloggers by promoting them without asking for anything in return. I help skilled bloggers because skilled bloggers provide you with helpful resources. Naturally, this level of generosity and calm, cool detachment helped me pop up on the radar screen of high profile brands. Kinda happens, when an army of influential blogging buddies endorses you, promotes you and vouches for you.
Connecting yourself to successful bloggers requires:
You pay a specific tuition for being connected; helping influencers without giving thought to your own needs. Then, over months, then years, you become incredibly connected, powerful and influential, based on your generosity and willingness to shine the spotlight on other bloggers, like Moss Clement. Peep his generosity. This is how to get connected. Be a tireless supporter of other bloggers, like how David Boozer and Alonzo Pichardo do it. These guys are generous! David promoted me more than I promoted me. That’s saying something. Then, Alonzo and a bunch of folks found me through David, and these blogging pros generously promoted me. I keep promoting them too, returning the generosity these folks have shown me.
Do you want to know my secret for being hyper connected?
Take care of your friends!
Think little of your own needs. Friends will help take care of you.
Connect yourself to people. Promote them. Expect nothing. Be super connected.
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