A few years ago back in 2006, I started my first website online. At the time, I didn’t know that you could make a lot of money. I started this site because I wanted to keep myself occupied in my free time, as well reach out to an audience with my thoughts and more. Throughout that time, I studied SEO, web design tactics and more. Since then, I have learned so much and I wanted to share with you what I know, so that you can create a blog/website that is not only successful, but profitable at the same time.
#1 You need a topic that reaches to the masses – The first thing that you’re going to want to do is make sure that you’re writing for those that want to read it. For example, you could create a blog on cat litter boxes but who’s really going to read that? You’re going to reach to a limited audience. Instead, create a site on “cats” in general. This is going to allow you to write on many various topics, as well not get writer’s block.
#2 Keyword research the topic – Once you have a topic in mind, you’re going to want to use the Google Keyword Tool. Using this tool, you’re going to want to put in the topic that you want to write about. For example, let’s use the word “cat” for our own specific study. Using the “phrase” match type, the keyword “cat” shows up 30 million times a month in a search!
#3 Write your layout on paper – Using that same tool, you’re going to want to see the main topics that people search for. If I was going to make this cat site, I’m going to want to know how to categorize my site. It’s always best to have all your categories set at the beginning so that it’s easier to run down the road. Looking at the list, I would have categories such as, “Cat Food”, “Cat Names”, “Cat Picture”, “Cat Breeds”, etc.
#4 How are you going to make money? If your goal is to make money, you’re going to want to look into various affiliate programs, adsense and more. Many people opt to wait a few months before they start to make money. One of the main reasons is because more people are willing to link to you when your site is plastered with ads. When you’re ready to monetize, be sure to limit your ads and think of the users first. My rule of thumb is for every 300 words, have an adsense ad, or some sort of affiliate link.
#5 Write a piece a day – Growing a website is just like a little tree/sapling. You’re not going to wake up one morning and find that your little sapling is now 10 feet tall. You’re going to want to have the same mindset with a website. Most people tend to fail at this point because they simply don’t want to write. Try your best to write at least 1 good piece a day. Keep it up and at the end of the year, you’ll have over 300 articles. If you have a friend help, you can easily reach 600 articles!
#6 Market it the right way – There are so many ways to market your site online, but I would wait to market it until you have a few hundred pieces of content up. Once you feel satisfied with your site, reach out to other sites, email webmasters, market via Facebook and more. No, you don’t need money but you’re going to need a lot of time. Trust me, if you invest your time into this, it can pay off huge dividends.
The more links you have, the better your search engine positions are going to look. What many people fail to realize is that a website is just like a business. You’re going to have to work on it each and every day. If you treat it like a business and you have the motivation to succeed, it really can happen. Just think of this for a second that billions of searches, as well as people come to the net every day. Where there are people, there is going to be money! What is stopping you today?