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[Revealed] 5 Steps to Launching A Successful Blog that Makes Money from Day 1

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Who else wants to build a profitable blog from scratch?

Hands down, everyone wants to make money blogging. After all, making money online is fun, right? You can be your own boss and you can literally make money wearing your pajamas.

But you should know one important fact: 90% of the blogs never make more than $100.

Do you know why? There are a GAZILLION number of blogs out there. Each day, thousands of blogs are going live. Blogosphere is heavily crowded and launching a successful blog from scratch is NOT easy.

If you are wondering about how to build a better blog that makes money, this article is for you where you will discover 5 amazing steps to launching a successful blog today. Are you curious to find them out? Let’s get started.

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Step 1: Create a content marketing strategy

Over a decade ago, Google used to send a ton of visitors to the sites that posted articles every single day. Now, that strategy became almost useless.

In 2016, Google is rewarding the sites with authoritative, engaging and in-depth content and ruthlessly penalizing the sites with thin content.

If you want to bring more exposure to your sites really quickly, creating timeless and informative content is the only key. For that, you need a solid content marketing strategy.

Here are few quick tips to develop a content strategy that grows your audience.

  • Know your target audience before you write a single blog post. Know their wants and needs. Then, refine 3 to 4 topics that you can write about.
  • Come up with a list of blog post ideas. Use tools like SEMrush or Long Tail Pro to create a list of potential long tail keywords that your audience might use on Google to find your stuff.
  • Spy on your competitors. Find out what they are consistently posting on their sites to grow their readership. Analyze their top performing posts and try to create blog posts around them with your own angle.
  • Create an editorial calendar. Create blog posts in advance and schedule them daily, weekly or monthly to create a consistent posting frequency for your blogs.

If you’re not sure about how to develop a content marketing strategy, you can go through Udemy courses to learn about creating content that sells.

Step 2: Design is king

Imagine someone landing on your blog for the first time and immediately abandoning your site because of its design. Listen, no one likes to read a blog that looks messy.

Your blog design plays a crucial role in converting your website visitors into subscribers into customers. Everything from your logos to landing pages to eBooks cover design, you need a professional touch.

If your blog design looks pretty, it becomes extremely easier for you to make your audience spend more time on it. It also reduces your website bounce rates and increases your sales.

You can either hire a professional designer or you can use sites like 99Designs to make your design look appealing. That being said, here are few essential design tips that make your blog look incredible.

  • Use landing pages. They help you increase your sales and subscribers. Use landing pages for your products, services and other important pages. You can use GetResponse, Leadpages etc to create landing pages within minutes.
  • When it comes to blog design, simple is beautiful. Declutter your sidebar and remove all the unwanted stuff that don’t get any clicks (footer section, useless ads, sidebar links etc).
  • Make sure your site is easy to navigate. Show all your popular posts in the sidebar and use a font size between 14 to 16 px.
  • Make the color of your links visible. Use a unique color that differentiates from your overall blog’s text color. Also make sure you’re using the right hosting so your site loads faster.

Step 3: Build an email list even before you start

Did you know that 80% of the top bloggers income comes from their email lists?

Yes, top marketers like Pat Flynn, Ramit Sethi, Derek Halpern, Zac Johnson use their email lists to build their reputation and grow their online sales.

Email list is a money making machine.

That’s the reason why I highly recommend you to start building it even before you start creating content. Create a launch page, giveaway something for free and start collecting emails before you actually launch your website or blog.

Just make sure your giveaway provides real value and has a professional appearance. For example, hire a freelancer to format your ebook and design a winning cover image.

That way you can build a tribe around your blog even before your first post goes live.

Step 4: Create an influencer list

Most people start a blog, create content and they find ways to increase their traffic and sales.

It really sucks. As I said earlier in the article, blogosphere is heavily crowded and building a better blog that makes money is becoming harder each day.

The only way to survive in a crowded niche is to network with other influencers in your industry. Find ways to offer them help before seeking help. Get to know them, subscribe to their email lists, buy their products and frequently get in touch with them to grow your own network.

You can simply search on Google by using the search strings that are relevant to your blog topics to find and connect with the top influencers in your field. Follow them on twitter, retweet their links and frequently link to their content to build strong relationships with them.

Before launching your blog, seek their help. Ask them to promote. That’s how you can get initial traction for your blog. As a quick note, the guys at Fizzle are doing a great job in helping people to launch successful online businesses.

Step 5: Get your first 3 customers

Once your blog goes live, create engaging content and also offer services from day 1. Offering services (freelance writing, design, SEO or whatever) is the fastest way to get your first customers.

Once you started making money online, it motivates you to push your limits even further. That’s the reason why you need to get your first 3 customers as soon as possible after launching your blog.

You can then create your own products, promote affiliate products to your email list and use banner ads to generate more income from your blogs.

Conclusion

Building a better blog from scratch is NOT a rocket science. All you need is to create great content consistently, focus on your readers instead of Google, create the right products that suit your audience needs and network with the influencers in your field.

Yes, it takes time and you won’t be getting sales immediately after launching your blog. That’s when you need to keep grinding to achieve the best results.

So what are your thoughts? What are the other tips do you have to build a successful blog?

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Are You Trying to Rank or Help People?

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Check the intent behind your blogging actions. What are your drivers? Some bloggers desperately want to rank, to place articles on page 1 of Google, to drive sweet, passive search engine traffic. Good luck with that. Nobody succeeds ranking until you give virtually all of your attention and energy to helping people with your blogging efforts. The rank comes after the generous help and that generous help often spans years of your life because developing page 1 Google skills is no joke. If it were easy, everybody would rank on page 1, right?

But you would be surprised by how many folks struggle blogging because the focus on rank over help dominates their minds. I never fell afflicted to this common limiting belief because I give scant attention to ranking on Google. Most of me could care less. I help people through my guest posts, blog posts, course and eBooks. My intent is to help people not to try to get traffic and money through manipulating things. Be honest about the big difference between the two because making this shift will improve your life tremendously, along with positioning you to experience increasing blogging success.

Focus heavily on people and little on things to discover the secret of blogging success. Bloggers succeed by generously helping human beings for sustained periods of time. Imagine some blogger who appears to be all over their blogging niche. Study this individual. Guaranteed, this bloggers generously helped people for years, hours daily, through multiple methods of helping people. Imagine guest posting, blogging, broadcasting live on Facebook and podcasting. See how the top bloggers always seem to be assisting people from a generous, genuine energy? Be that person. The tops never obsess over ranking because doing so attaches you to outcomes. Attach to outcomes. Feel fear. Attachment is fear. Any time you blog from a vibe of fear, you will struggle, fail and quit eventually. Top bloggers feel fears but release the energies versus panicking and bailing on generously helping readers. Everybody else panics, bails and tries to manipulate things to get traffic and money, failing horribly over the long haul.

Nobody gets ahead trying to manipulate things because money flows through humans mainly, then, through things which act as receiving channels. Imagine if I sell a copy of my blogging course. Generously helping human beings instills trust in the person who bought my course. Money flows from them to me through Selz, and my bank account, from their credit card or bank account. The things – Selz, bank accounts – are receiving channels, facilitating the sending and receiving of money, but generous service and trust put the financial transaction into action.

Stop trying to rank before all else because dealing with things solely – SEO and Google – moves you out of the realm of reality, into thing-ality. Bloggers who succeed keep helping folks generously and keep promoting themselves, realizing the things are just tools humans use to connect with each other, to help each other and to prosper each other. Focus on helping humans, not trying to rank on page 1 of Google, to uncover the secret to successful blogging….and to uncover the secret of ranking on page 1 of Google.

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Why Blogging Jealousy Is a Damaging Emotion

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I spent today enjoying lunch and a hike through the forest with my wife. But like the past goodness knows how many years, I will work 6-8 hours daily….or more. I put in an hour or so this morning. Now I get to work a bit before 5 PM. People love my travel photos. Folks often tell me how jealous they feel, envying our life. We are so lucky! We are blessed. We are aligned. All that jazz. But the same folks NEVER feel jealous or envious of the fact that I worked 6 hours daily for the past goodness known how many years of my life. I tell folks about my workload sometimes; most look at me like I have 3 heads, people proclaiming themselves lazy and definitely, believing I can have this workload because working long and persistently is not for them.

Before you envy my movie-worthy life, envy my movie-worthy workload. Before you jealously bust my chops about my photos in Fiji and Bali, be just as envious and flat out jealous of the 20,000 hours I have blogged over the past decade of my life. You cannot have the sweet fruit unless you patiently water the seed and allow for it to thrive, during growing season. Likewise, you cannot have blogging success unless you patiently, persistently and generously work, to succeed.

Jealousy and Damage

Most bloggers never realize the intense jealousy that damages their blogging campaign. Why does jealousy hurt you and your blog? Delusion, that’s why. Take my Fiji or New Zealand or Costa Rica pictures. Most people who see the pictures envy my life because most folks CHOOSE to work a 9-5 job and CHOOSE not to travel. In the same breath, after expressing intense jealousy at me living a cool life of travel, I advise the person to begin blogging, to engineer a similar life for self and family. In an instant, most bloggers complain about having no time, no time, and no drive to design such a life of fun and freedom. Why? Being jealous of bloggers immediately places you in a “they have it, but I cannot have it,” type victim, non-empowered, weakling energy. If you believe only I can live this life, and envy me, and you foolishly believe you cannot life this life, you make endless excuses to cling to your belief system. Said excuses guarantee your unhappiness and comfort.

If you envy my life of travel, envy the 6 to 10 hours or more I have worked every single day of my life over the years. Do you envy working 8 hours every Saturday and Sunday? Are you SOOOO jealous that I will work 6-7 or more hours today, after being out of the house for about 6 hours, hustling into the evening? Nope. I did not think so. Few human beings envy someone who works generously, diligently and persistently because most people hate doing the very thing that sets them free. Why? Doing the thing that sets you free forces you outside of your comfort zone, to face deep, pulsating fears. Facing these fears seems highly unpleasant. Nobody enjoys facing fears, but you need to face fears in order to grow, to succeed, and to live a life of movie-worthy levels, you being the object of blogger envy.

Stop being jealous. Get to work, admire industrious bloggers who live their dreams, and you too will live your dreams.

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How to Ride out Traffic Swings

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Traffic swings occur for every single blogger who ever blogged.

Literally, nobody is immune from seeing traffic stats swing high, low, back, medium and all over, in between. How do you ride out these swings? Blog for the love of blogging and see traffic as an extra, a bonus, or some add on to your blogging campaign. Make the blogging work, the reward. See all else as extra, or a bonus, and you become totally chill in response to inevitable traffic swings. Way too many bloggers become obsessed with traffic stats. Even more make the foolish mistake of obsessing over traffic stats on a daily basis. Guys; this is nuts. How can you focus on daily traffic swings when you know all good, lasting things take time, energy and a willingness to have a vision? Relax. Slow down. Calm down. Trust in yourself. Trust in the blogging process. Good things take time and generous service.

Imagine if Jeff Bezos panicked over day to day traffic and sales numbers on founding Amazon over 2 decades ago? Imagine how doing so would have crippled his campaign? Everybody experiences swings – usually, wild swings – as a newbie entrepreneur and blogger because no growth is perfectly linear. Over time, with generous effort and a blanket trusting in the blogging process, you traffic increases month over month. But day to day analysis is a silly way to assess how you are doing. How in the heck can you honestly make a blanket assessment of your blog over a 24 hour period? It’s only 24 hours! We measure success in thousands and tens of thousands of hours…..not 24 hours. Come back down to earth. Get your head out of the clouds. Nothing of meaning, of lasting value, unfolds in 24 hours. Please be gentle with yourself and be even more gentle with your silly mind because the mind wants fast results but your heart knows; successful blogging is a long term gig.

Check Stats Infrequently

Do you have an absolute blast checking stats? If so, check stats monthly. Allow momentum to gain by generously helping people daily, over a monthly period. Observe your traffic stats to iron out any kinks and to not be swayed by the day to day fluctuations leveling most bloggers, creating a roller coaster wave of emotions in mind. I barely check metrics because if I love what I do, trust in the process and trust myself, the more generous service I put into blogging, the more blogging generously serves me. Simple equation here. Why in the heck would I assess my success based on 24 hour increments? Blogging success hinges on thousands of hours of generous service, not 24 hour blogs of work, right?

Pump your breaks guys. Get uber busy helping your readers by creating as much quality content as humanly possible. Be generous. Focus heavily on giving, not getting, to allow your daily stat checking obsession to dissolve just a wee bit. Blogging become uncomfortable here and there but does get easier and easier the more often you give freely of your time and talents. The challenge is not to panic when you resist checking stats for a few weeks as most folks go bonkers mad, ready to explode, once they try to detach from frequent stat checking.

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