Did you know that only a few percentages of bloggers actually manage to make a living from blogging? A very large percentage actually quits after a lot of time wasted and money invested in courses and tools. Why? Because their blog is meant for failure from the beginning. Want a successful blog from day one? First, create a blog business plan for your blog then start your blog.
Why is it so important to have a business blog plan?
Because if you do not, you will end up doing a lot and nothing. And a blog needs consistent work to grow, if you stop, it’s as you’re starting from the beginning again. So all the hard work you made previous will not count.
And here is where a lot of bloggers quit. They think they will never be able to handle all the tasks and since the money doesn’t come it’s not worth the effort.
You do not have to do all the tasks, you do not have to know all things, you do not have to be professional from the beginning.
BLOG BUSINESS PLAN CHECKLIST
- DECIDE WHAT TO BLOG ABOUT
- POTENTIAL CONTENT
- GOOD AFFILIATE PROGRAM
- DOMAIN NAME
- WEB HOSTING
- CHOOSE A THEME
- ADD YOUR CONTENT
- GO LIVE
- PLAN YOUR CONTENT
How to get started with your business blog plan
I know everybody says: “blog about what you like” don’t get me wrong you have to be passionate about the topic of your blog. But, If you want to make big bucks with your blog you have to treat your blog like a business, not a hobby. So your daily tasks with a bunch of affiliate links won’t stand.
You have to blog on purpose about what you like.
DECIDE WHAT TO BLOG ABOUT
How to decide what to blog about? It’s pretty simple actually.
your skill + your passion + money opportunities
It’s not enough to blog about what you like, it has to be a skill, something will help others. It doesn’t matter you are really good at talking, drawing, cooking, parting, dressing or making an atmosphere. Just find that skill.
Remember: People only seek you when they need something from you.
Then search for money opportunities. This means you have to be able to have your own product to sell from your skill and good affiliate programs.
If you can’t make a product from your skill, search for another skill. It’s impossible to not have something you can sell.
When I say product, I refer to, digital product, tutorials, courses, ebooks, services, virtual assistance, physical product and so on.
MAKE A LIST WITH POTENTIAL CONTENT
It is very important to plan your content, to blog on purpose. This way you will have valuable content. It is not enough to mention only your products and the affiliated products in your articles. You have to write detailed articles, more than one article, articles that connect with each other, as a “to be continued…”.
Look at these exemples :
Example 1: You like to cook and want to sell a robot, write some good articles with recipes made with that robot. Also, make an ebook to sell, with vegan menus for one week, or baby food, or a diet. You don’t have to give all away for free. You will be surprised by what people actually buy.
Example 2: You like fashion and want to sell clothes, of course. It’s more likely people will buy clothes that make them look good. So instead of just posting articles with your outfit, it is much better to write about what would highlight a person and hide defects. Also, you can sell style advice and assistance.
This means to plan your content. First, think about what you want to accomplish, then write around the subject, advantages, disadvantages, different scenarios.
SEARCH FOR GOOD AFFILIATE PROGRAMS FOR YOUR CONTENT
Affiliate programs are an easy way to make money, but if you choose the wrong programs, it can become a total waste of time. And instead of developing your business, you will be stuck and frustrated.
It is very important not to start with a lot of programs and especially with those who pay almost nothing. When you have only a few views, you will work to promote them and not even feel the money.
Treat your business with respect. It doesn’t matter you just started, always keep in mind that it will be really valuable. Put your business first, ALWAYS. Do not waste the time and energy that should be allocated to your business to promote others for nothing.
So, my advice, you only choose 4-5 affiliate programs that are paid well, they connect with each other and your content and create a web around them. As you get more views, you can add more affiliate programs, but still, don’t sell yourself too easily.
PREPARE YOUR IMAGES
I do not know if people usually think about the photos they will use. When I started my first blog I wasted big time with images. I was searching all day long for a photo on a lot of sites.
The truth is, images are very important. People first see an image then click if they like the image. And the images you use will determine your brand.
If you are one of those who wants to use personal pictures, you have to be careful always to be in the same theme. Just as if they were made on the same day at the same event only different imposts.
If you don’t have personal photos, create a folder on your computer with photos you will use. Add there photos related to your content and in perfect harmony with each other.
Don’t use photos just because they are beautiful, use photos that match with each other(on the whole website, not only on a single post). If you don’t want to look like a lady with white pearls and red sneakers.
Related Reading: OPTIMIZING IMAGES FOR WEB
The big elephant in the room. How to brand yourself?
Branding is actually about the target audience. Many people think their favorite color will be the primary color on their color theme.
Not so fast, not everything’s about you :))
Meaning, if your blog is about men fashion and all your images are with neutral colors, it doesn’t matter your favorite color is pink. You have to stay with neutral colors. Anyway, this is an obvious example but you know what I mean now with the targeted audience.
Before choosing the images, think about your readers, What range age and gender they will be? What will be appropriate? Then choose a primary color that will go in harmony with your photos, and add a plus and accentuate important parts from your website.
This is how you will brand yourself. Also, you can choose a signature font, will add a personal touch and some specific graphics.
And no matter you are on the homepage, single post, shop page, Pinterest, Instagram or Etsy shop the colors and photos must be like a single photoshoot.
ESTABLISH A BUDGET
If you decide from the beginning how much money you can spend you can set priorities and cover everything just fine. If you have a small budget you can choose a cheap hosting + a beautiful theme.
Because you don’t have a lot of views, so a cheap hosting will do just fine. But you need a good-looking website in order to be accepted in good affiliate programs.
DECIDE ON A DOMAIN NAME
Now that you have clarified everything, I think it will be much easier to choose a domain name for your website. Anyway, in my opinion, It will be more professional to use your name + a nickname or something personal instead of keywords for your business.
Inspire confidence that your blog will be unforgettable anyway.
FIND A WEB HOSTING PACKAGE ON BUDGET
You have to be aware from the beginning that a bad hosting provider can affect negatively your website.
Slow down your website, be unavailable to visitors, be vulnerable and exposed to attacks and finally put you down in front of Google and search engine.
If you decide to go with a cheap web hosting at first, be careful to invest in something more professional later. Again, it does not have to cost you a fortune to be good, $ 15 extra can make a big difference.
CHOOSE THE PERFECT THEME
Now, the perfect theme for your website it will not be the one you like the most. Surprising, right?
But I’m a web designer, believe me, I know what I’m talking about.
It’s like going through a store and buying a really fancy dress just because you like it. Regardless of the fact that the color, measure, and style don’t suit you.
When you go to the theme hunt, you have to keep in mind :
- what you want to highlight on your website
- the size of your images
ADD YOUR CONTENT
It’s time to put all the plans into action. Take your time to create some consistent-really-good looking pages, then add some articles. Make your website as good as possible but don’t lose to much time through. In time you will make a lot of changes. Your website must have potential if you want to be accepted in good affiliate programs.
Related Reading: WHAT KIND OF CONTENT GOOGLE LIKE
Now you are ready to go live. Your website is live from the moment you paid for your hosting package but it has a coming soon activated page so you can work on your website until you are ready to share it to the world.
Personally, I don’t use paid ads and I’m not really good at social media. I know it’s important to be anywhere but I prefer to keep me sane and enjoy my life so I use only Pinterest. And I’m doing just fine with only Pinterest.
PLAN YOUR CONTENT EVERY MONTH
Like I said, if you want to make big money, you have to make a blog business plan not just posts articles as they come.
Establish every month from where you want your money to come. And all month work only on that, write articles, pin on Pinterest like crazy, advertise, share on social media.
But don’t say, I want to make money with my blog. This is too vague. Choose a product. And rotate them every month.
- PREPARE YOUR IMAGES FOR WEB
- BRAND YOUR IMAGES
- BRAND YOURSELF
- HOW TO LAUNCH A BLOG / WEBSITE
- HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO START A BLOG
- BEFORE CHOOSING A WEB HOSTING FOR YOUR BLOG
- START A BLOG
- CHOOSE THE PERFECT THEME
- INCREASE YOUR TRAFFIC
- make a blog business plan and stick to it
- don’t sell yourself too easily
- put boundaries
- take your time to grow
- be proud of yourself
- celebrate every small success
- don’t forget to enjoy your life and freedom
- be confident
- don’t give up, no matter what, a blog takes time
- invest in yourself
- don’t spend your money on a lot of courses, gaining traffic or cheap designs
This is my experience so far, but I’m sure there are other bloggers who have encountered different scenarios. So, If you have other secrets that will help others, please leave a comment.