After two blog failures, I was confused about whether blogging is real or just a waste of time.
I was unable to make a single penny from my blog within 13 months.
I was confused. I was depressed. And I was frustrated.
If these pro bloggers make HUGE money, why I’m not!
This question has always been juggling in my head.
And then I decided…
…to start it again from ZERO.
After a couple of months, my hard work has paid off. Phew 😎. I had made the first 100 dollars from blogging.
It took me 7 months to achieve this result. (I’d made hundreds of blogging mistakes though)
And the fun part is…I’m able to earn the first 100 dollars from blogging with only 1,697 users.
This proves affiliate marketing monetization won’t need millions of page views to make a sustainable income.
So, today I’m going to show you how to make the first 100 dollars from blogging even if you’re a complete beginner.
This is the exact step-by-step strategy I’ve implemented to achieve my first milestone.
Plus I will share some advanced strategies that I’ve learned over time. It will fast-track your result.
Let’s get started.
Niches are the riches
Let me be honest with you, not every niche is able to generate tons of cash, especially if you want to make money from blogging.
Some niches will bang the bank while others won’t survive for your ROI.
It’s your job to find a profitable niche…
No worries! your rescue guard is here.
Let me help you find a profitable niche.
Ask this simple question to yourself:
Does my niche provide values/information to the audience?
If you can provide value to the reader through your content, you’ll get an AMAZING ROI.
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You’re reading it carefully…because I’m providing value here. Right?
So whatever niche you want to start with…is it provide values/information to your reader. If the answer is yes go for it.
Here are some other questions to help you identify a profitable niche:
Do you pass on any information to the audience through your blog?
Do you help your audience, for buying any product?
Do you help your audience to live a happy life?
Do you resolve your audience’s confusion and problems?
Do you make your audience’s life smooth and worry-free?
If any of the answers is YES, welcome onboard.
You’re playing your game well from the beginning. Your niche should be profitable.
I bet…the next strategy I’m going to share with you on finding a profitable niche will help you find at least 5 or 7 niches instantly.
Here is another way of finding out the profitable niche. (It will work best for affiliate niche)
Would you spend money on the niche you want to start a blog on? Ask this question to yourself.
If you are willing to spend money on the niche, it means it should be profitable.
Let me break it down with a few examples.
Fashion niche. Yes, I do buy clothing, footwear, perfumes, watches, and many more things which help me to look sharp.
Finance niche. Yes, who else doesn’t want to make more money, save money, invest money, spending money wisely.
Fitness niche. Yes, I love to do weight lifting, I can buy gym accessories and essentials, I can pay for nutrition, exercise training, and of course whey protein 😉.
Travel niche. I don’t know about you but I’m a travel freak. I love to spend money on experiencing new places.
These are a few. You should get an idea of what I’m trying to say.
These all are the topics I could spend my money on. These are money-niches at least for me!
Are you getting my point?
If you are willing to spend money on the niche… there should be other people also willing to buy the same product or interested to read information.
Don’t make these silly mistakes while choosing your niche:
Some newbies end up making blogs around Shayari, their own life thoughts, and song lyrics.
Common buddy, you need to be unique if you want to grow online.
You can’t copy-paste any other’s content and think of being a millionaire via blogging. You can’t.
Nobody is interested in reading about your life problems. Nobody wants to know how your life is going…unless you’re Drake or Kylie Jenner or Jeff Bezos.
The point is…if you’re not a celebrity don’t bore people letting them know what the shit is happening in your life.
And If you are interested in showing your fun life to others, you need to start a V-log, not a blog.
Blog setup like a pro
You should have two choices while setting up a blog. You can start your blog for free or you can pay a little amount to buy hosting and a domain.
People often make it complicated whether to go with free hosted or self-hosted.
The answer is super simple…
If you want to make money out of your blog you should go with a self-hosted platform.
If you want to blog for a hobby you can start with a free hosted platform.
The free hosted platform looks like this:
bloggingshala.blogspot.com or bloggingshala.wordpress.com
The self-hosted platform looks like this:
Tell me which looks more professional? self-hosted…right?
Have you ever seen a free hosted blog/website ranking on Google? No should be your answer.
Google takes self-hosted blogs as more authoritative and pushes them up on SERP compared to the free-hosted blog.
A self-hosted platform has your full ability to customize every bit of thing. The thing went opposite on the free-hosted platform, you only have limited options.
See this way…
A free hosted platform is like you’re renting the space for free. The landlord has the ability to fire you anytime whether you’re sleeping in the middle of the night or you’re in the middle of bathing.
On the other hand, a self-hosted platform is like, you own the space. You can do whatever you want to do without any boundaries.
So, where do you want to build your business? At your own place(self-hosted platform) or someone else place(free hosted platform)?
I will always consider the self-hosted platform. I had tried the free hosted platform and WASTED 13 months.
I want you to avoid these same blogging mistakes if you don’t want to waste your time and efforts.
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Your website should be up in a minute and you’re all set to show it to your friend. Show them and make them jealous 😉
Keyword research is the secret key ingredients
How will people find you online?
Most of the time through Google. Right?
Now it’s your task to reach your target audience who eventually helps you generate money.
How could I reach my target audience? You must be wondering.
Simple. By doing keyword research.
Keyword research helps you understand what content people are searching for on the search engine.
Keyword research leads you to find content ideas.
If you’re into blogging you might know about Google keyword planner(GKP). GKP is a life savoiur for amatuer bloggers.
You can easily find a couple of content ideas just by entering your main keyword into GKP.
If you are just starting out…your goal should be to find out the LOW competition keywords.
The new website can easily rank for the low competition keyword if you put in the content that fulfills the reader’s requirements.
I believe…if you’re able to find at least 30-50 low competition keywords in the beginning, you’d win half of the battle.
Because keyword research is the foundation of SEO. If you do this step right your further step should be more likely to move in the right direction.
Like every other free thing GKP also has limitations. GKP is specially made for the advertiser.
So the data it’s shown as the keyword difficulty also reflects in terms for the advertiser.
You can’t trust GKP’s keyword difficulty index every time.
“Keyword research” terms have medium competition in GKP but if you manually search on Google for this keyword…
…you’ll find BIG website ranking for given keyword terms. It’s close to impossible for a new website to rank for the given keyword.
Plus you won’t be able to find the exact number of volumes for your given keyword. Another headache.
To tackle this solution…Semrush has launched a keyword magic tool. Where you can grab all the details you want for the keyword research.
Volume, Keyword difficulty, and competition. These three matrix are important for bloggers like us.
Although Semrush is a premium tool, you can grab a 7-days free trial from this exclusive link.
Once, I’ve found 231+ keywords without a headache in 27 seconds with the help of Semrush.
And the fun thing…all the keywords have low competition. Lucky me 😉.
So I just need to pump out blog posts related to those keywords.
That said, finding a low competition yet profitable keyword is easy if you have a Semrush account.
Head over to the keyword magic tool in Semrush.
I don’t want to throw any random words on the keyword research tool and identify what keywords will be profitable.
What I do is…I just enter any of my competitor’s blog URLs and Semrush does all the hard work for me to find the keyword that blog has been ranking on Google.
Isn’t it amazing?
I get a ready-made keyword list without doing any active effort. How smart am I 😉
Let me show you how it works practically…
Head over to the Semrush organic research tab. Enter the URL you want to find the keywords for.
Here I get every useful stat I want from keywords to traffic volume. Ugh! 6,000+ keyword entries.
It’s hard to go through all the entries and check whether it is profitable or not for the normal person.
But these filters will make your life EASY.
I would select KD “very easy” and volume between 101-1000.
And here you go….
The list has been sorted out in a much better way. Now you can observe everything.
You can even export the keyword list to your computer as well.
If you are into niche blogging you need a single or few keyword rankings on google’s first page.
All the traffic should move from one to another page through your internal linking.
If you are able to rank for any single keyword…your payment for the Semrush account should get in action.
And Semrush offers tons of other features which are pure gold at this price range.
Like, Link auditing, keyword research, rank tracking, technical SEO, content marketing, competitor analysis, social media management are just a few of them.
Check out Semrush’s website for more details.
Write a blog post like a pro blogger
When your website is new Google won’t consider putting your article in front of millions of people.
After a certain period of time when Google believes you’re legit and won’t make spam they first test your content putting on a small audience.
How that audience reacts to your content Google secretly keeps eye on.
Do they close your blog post in a fraction of seconds or do they stay for a long time?
If the users stay longer on your web page, Google understands your blog post is worth reading and readers are getting value from it.
Then Google should move you up in the search results.
If you provide value to your readers, Google will love you and move you up. And ultimately you’ll end up getting loads of traffic every day.
How could you provide value to your reader? You must be wondering.
Simple by providing what they are looking for.
Ok, this is important… open your eyes. Yes, I’m talking to you.
You’ve done the keyword research. You’ve also found the keywords you want to target. Now you need to write content that completes the intent of the keyword.
Let me break it down.
If your target keyword is: best bicycle for mountain
Then you have to provide a list of the best bicycles that are easy to ride on the mountain.
Don’t start your blog post with “what is a bicycle”
Because the people searching for this keyword already know about bicycles and they want a list of cycles that can help them ride on a mountain.
So instead of starting your blog with “what is bicycle” you should move to the “best bicycle for mountain” list after a small introduction.
Your introduction plays an important role if you have to pull in your reader reading your whole content.
One study found that those who read an intro carefully are more prone to read the whole blog post.
Make a short and on-to-point intro… One formula I follow in most of my blog post’s introduction…
…I start with the pain point the reader is facing and then I transit it with a glimpse of a solution. It is simple and works wonders for me.
You could add a small emotional story as well. Everyone likes stories. And if the story has emotional touch people will easily connect with it.
I’ve started this blog post with a short emotional story. See…
And you’re hooked in reading till here. So build emotion and provide a solution/information.
Here are some other points that will help you write better content:
Avoid extra words. No one likes to read the extra words unless and until it was written by your favorite person😉.
Here is a screenshot of extra words.
Now I’ve removed the extra words and it looks like:
Which one looks neater? The second one… right?
Write short paragraphs. 2-3 sentences in a paragraph work wonders.
You don’t have to impress your English teacher through your blog so don’t use extraordinary words. Otherwise, people have to read your blog by carrying a dictionary.
Make your content scannable. People are skimmer, they skim your content and if they like anything they will read.
So, add a heading, subheadings, bullet points, tables, charts, infographics, screenshots, graphs whenever possible.
Add humor if your content is too boring to read.
Who doesn’t like fun? Everyone does. So, why so serious! Add fun/humor whenever possible.
Proofread your content before publishing.
Read a lot. Read blogs in your industry. It will help you to identify the writing tone of your industry.
Every niche industry has a different voice. If you read the industry leader blog you will get an idea regarding content writing tone.
If your blog is related to the business industry the topic should be intensive with research and data.
While on the other hand…the fashion industry’s writing tone should be more on a relaxing and chill level.
Are you getting my point? Research your niche and make content related to your audience.
People are not your fans if you are just starting out. They are reading your blog because they want something in return.
A piece of information or solution.
If you can’t provide the information, why should anyone read your blog?
You want to make money from your blog, that’s why you’re reading this post. Right?
You’re not my fan! Or maybe! Let me know in the comment if you like my content.
I’m providing you information you’re looking for which will help you increase your revenue.
So, I’m providing value here. Your content should always provide value to your reader.
Google will take at least a 6-9 months period to rank any new website. It all depends on your niche though.
So if you don’t see any results in 4 months don’t quite yet.
Let’s move to the last and most important step…
Practice SEO (super-easy task)
Traffic is the heart of any online business. Search engine optimization (SEO) can help you drive unlimited traffic to your blog.
SEO stands for search engine optimization. When you optimize your website for the search engine it is known as SEO.
You’ll always find too much noise on this topic. Because SEO is continuously changing.
And you must be like…
But the basics are always the same. If you focus on basics you don’t have to worry about continuous changes in SEO.
If you are able to find low competition keywords you can easily rank on Google’s first page if you do the on-page SEO right with quality content.
Now…many pro bloggers won’t be happy with this statement. But I’m telling you what I’ve experienced.
If you’re not in the crowded niche you won’t need millions of backlinks to rank well.
Although backlinks are the most important thing to consider if you want to rank well on Google. But it is not the thing you have to chase for from day 1.
First, start your blog. Write at least 10 high-quality blog posts targeting low competition keywords. Do proper on-page SEO…
And then start building backlinks.
Let me reveal…what you have to do to tell Google that your blog post is worth reading for the given keyword.
If you have done your keyword research you might know what your target keyword is.
You just have to add it throughout your content naturally so google can understand your content and recommend it to others.
Add the target keyword into…
- the first 100 words of the content naturally and then throughout the content a few times,
- headings and subheadings,
- the URL, meta description, and title naturally
- Use LSI keyword throughout the content
- Add internal and external links to your content
- Do Image SEO
If you practice all these things, you send a signal to Google that your article is ready to show to the audience for the targeted keyword.
If you are able to find low competition keywords and you’ve produced a great piece of content with SEO in mind you’ll rank higher on Google.
Have you noticed the pattern?
Everything is interconnected: keyword research, quality content, and SEO.
Keyword research will help you to know your audience and what are topics they’re looking for online.
So if you are unable to find the right keyword it’s getting hard for you to reach the desired audience.
Your content quality matters a lot. You have done keyword research and you have also done SEO…
…but when people visit your blog post and they don’t find what they are looking for, they will bounce back from your website and Google will punish you for sure.
And to send signals to Google about your targeting keywords about your article’s existence you need to practice SEO.
So that’s why I’d said everything is interconnected. If you miss any ONE you’ll mess up your organic traffic.
That’s all it is. That’s how I made my first 100 dollars from blogging after 2 blog failures.
The best part is…you can get the same results by following this step-by-step process.
The first step is always harder. Take the first step. Break your comfort zone and move forward.
If I hadn’t taken the first step of starting my blog back then…I would be humping into a 9-5 routine with the guilt of not starting my own blog.
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Hello Blogger, I am Hardik Sonawala from India. On this blog, I will help you to learn Blogging, SEO, and Affiliate marketing from Basic to Advance level