Become a blogger by starting a blog on WordPress is easy! Also, it’s easier to become a successful blogger in 2019 when you build a discipline and follow these 9 easy steps discussed in the query “how to become a successful blogger?“.
Every blogger wants to become successful in the field of blogging and wish to make money blogging easily, but it’s proved that 93% are failed to become successful due to following some unrealistic point of view about blogging.
1. Pick A Niche & Find Affiliate Programs For It
I’m going to give you some highly specialized blogging advice that is a bit different than the advice I normally give. In case you didn’t know, I normally just advise people to pick a niche that they are passionate about. However, with the kind of blog that we’re going to be building, my advice is that you pick a niche that you are passionate about that also has a large amount of new products coming out regularly.Examples of niches with lots of products coming out regularly include: digital cameras, notebook computers, golf clubs, video games for a particular platform, music composition software, etc.
Make sure you’re passionate about the niche you choose though, as being passionate about your niche is a key component of this method. It’s really hard to blog about anything you are not passionate about.So if you’re into vacuum cleaners, and quite passionate about them.
Well, then I’d say you have a fabulous niche there!Yes, in case you haven’t figured it out by now, we’re going to be starting a review blog, which means that we’re going to be reviewing the products in the niche we choose. In fact, every blog post you write will be a product review, which is exactly why you’ll need to choose a niche with lots of products coming out for it regularly.
Now, before you start building anything, there is one more component, being that you want to start a review blog with products that have affiliate programs. What’s an affiliate program you say? Well, it’s basically a program designed by a company that gives you a link or banner to a product’s sales page, and if someone clicks on that link or banner and buys the product, you get paid a percentage of the sale.
The mechanics of how it all works isn’t important for the purpose of this blog post, but just know that there are affiliate programs out there for nearly every kind of product that you can imagine.Amazon for example, has an affiliate program that covers nearly any product you can imagine. To check it out, search in Google for the keywords “Amazon Affiliates” and it should be the first link that pops up. Though Amazon is just one example. You want to do a bit of research and find the affiliate program that pays the most, and by a company that focuses on products in your niche.
Thus, you want to search Google for your product’s name or some niche specific keywords followed by the words “affiliate program.” If no affiliate programs can be found for the product or niche specific keywords you’re searching for, and if not even Amazon carries your products, then it’s time to find a different niche. Note: The niche you choose doesn’t have to have physical products, downloadable info products and downloadable software products are also fine, as long as your niche has plenty of them coming out regularly, and as long as affiliate programs for those niches exist.
I should also mention that one great place to turn for lots of niche specific affiliate programs are sites called affiliate networks.There are tons more affiliate networks out there. Whichever affiliate network you might choose to go with largely depends on your niche. I personally really like JVzoo and Clickbank for the stuff I’m into, but don’t let my preferences limit you, as you want to do your own research to find one that fits best with whatever niche you’ve decided to go with. If you’ve got a niche and you’re passionate about it, and it has affiliate programs, then we’re good! If not, then keep thinking about it until you have one!Do you have a good niche now? Well, great then!
2. Choose Perfect Domain Name, Hosting, and WordPress
As mentioned in the Introduction of this blog post, if you’re no newbie to blogging, which means you have your own domain name, hosting, WordPress installed, and you can already write blog posts, then feel free to skip this section. If you’re still here, then I’m assuming that you are truly at the beginner level, so we’re going to fix you by the time you’ve finished reading this chapter.To start your blog you basically need 3 things, a domain name, hosting, and WordPress. Since the market for hosting is always changing, it’s hard to recommend you the best registrar or hosting provider (in regards to features, pricing, etc.), since what I recommend to you this week might not be the best deal next week.
Therefore, I would like to direct you to a link where I’ll be providing the most up to date information on what the best deal on the market is. Also, you’ll find a link to a WordPress tutorial there, which will have you up and running as quickly as possible, to the point where you’ll be able to write blog posts. Just go to: How to write a blog post effectively.It may seem a little bit cold to just refer you to a website to learn to put up your blog and then wash my hands of you, but getting a domain name and hosting is something best done online, as is learning WordPress, thus it is in reality the quickest route to getting you up to speed! As most of what this blog post covers is getting your blog to a point where it is profitable and generating an income for you, which largely stems from a point after having achieved basic competency with WordPress.
Everyone had to learn WordPress at some point to be able to write blog posts, and so you have to do that too. It’s not hard though, you should have it down in less than a day, or if you’re really quick in less than 15 minutes is entirely possible.I should also say that when choosing a domain name, pick anything that most closely represents the niche you chose and is memorable (meaning that if you told me the name over the phone, I’d be able to remember it).Your domain name actually doesn’t matter for ranking in search engines, so don’t worry about that part of things at all.Before moving on to the next chapter, you should have accomplished:-Getting hosting and a domain name (possibly both from the same company). -Installing WordPress and figuring out how to write your first blog post.If you’ve done that, then congratulations! You’re no longer a beginner, and thus we’re ready to move on to the next chapter. See you there!
3. Choosing Appropriate Affiliate Programs
As mentioned in Chapter 1, you should have picked a niche with products that have an affiliate program.What you want to do now is conduct further research in order to find the best affiliate programs that will pay you the highest percentage on the products that you will be reviewing. Make sure to read the terms of every affiliate program that you find, and make a list of affiliate programs and how much they each pay out. Next, what you need to do is register for all relevant high paying affiliate programs.
Registering for an affiliate program involves providing your contact information, mailing address, and most importantly your banking details so that you can be paid. While some companies have their own affiliate program on their website, affiliate networks are an entirely different beast with numerous affiliate programs all in one place. The great thing about affiliate networks is that you only need to register once, which will then give you access to all of the affiliate programs that they manage, though you’ll have to learn how to use their platform (all good affiliate networks will have tutorials and support for you on how to use their platform properly). And since money is on the line, you want to make sure you completely understand how to use their platform before you get ahead of yourself, so be sure to go through all of their tutorials and contact their support if you have any questions.
The main point here is that you’re going to have to do a lot of research and you’re going to want to compare percentages paid. This might mean that you’ll have to find multiple affiliate programs, as well as find and join multiple affiliate networks to be able to do thorough research on the matter. In the end you want to choose only the affiliate programs with the best looking terms that will pay you the highest percentage. Hence, be sure to make a list of what you find and compare. While it’s difficult to give advice on what percentage would be considered a good one, as a rule of thumb I generally don’t deal with anything that pays less than 30% for digital products, and less than 5% for physical products, and while it’s not a finite rule (as things largely depend on your niche and the price-point of the products in that niche), I highly recommend you keep it in mind. One more thing you should know is that affiliate networks usually rank affiliate programs in their database by either something called a conversion rate (how well the sales page converts into sales) or something called EPC (earnings per click – which is almost the same thing as the conversion rate). Affiliate programs that rank high for either of these ranking systems are generally more likely to bring you sales. Also, you want to be aware of the refund rate, if an affiliate program has a 100% conversion rate, but has a 100% refund rate, then I wouldn’t go with that. Logically, the ideal would be a 100% conversion rate and a 0% refund rate. Aside from all of that, what should decide whether or not you you go with an affiliate program (whether you find it in an affiliate network or directly from the company that sells the product) should be how good you think the sales page is.
If you find it so convincing that you yourself would buy the product, then you’ve got a winner! However, if the sales page looks like some horrid thing that would cause you to never in your right mind purchase the product, then you probably wouldn’t want to touch it.Cloak Your Links: One last point, unless it is specified by the affiliate program you choose that you shouldn’t cloak your links (Amazon Affiliates is known for this), you want to cloak your affiliate links. Cloaking your affiliate links means using a WordPress plugin like Pretty Link, you can find Pretty Link and many similar link cloaking plugins in the Plugins area of your WordPress dashboard.
Once you’re in the Plugins area, just click on “Add Plugin” there, and then search for the keywords “cloak links.” What cloaking a link means is changing the URL of the link from something that looks like a complex jumble of letters to something that looks like a link to a page on your blog. It just looks nicer (especially if you also put the affiliate link on your YouTube channel), though it doesn’t really matter on your blog itself if you use words like “Click Here” instead of an actual link. However, the real reason to cloak your links is to organize them more than anything else, and if you ever wanted to post your links on some other website in the future, the cloaked link is generally easier and cleaner to work with than the raw link.
An example of this would be if you needed to update where your link takes someone, you could just update the URL that your cloaked link goes to in one place, and all of your cloaked links wherever they may be would then take those who click on them to the new URL. This is especially awesome if an affiliate program or sales page of a product ever goes down or is updated to some other URL, because rather than having a bunch of broken links that you have to update everywhere, you can easily direct people to some other sales page that might interest them or to wherever the updated sales page is by simply updating your cloaked link one time in one place.
Anyway, for this method the only affiliate links we will put anywhere will be on our blog and on our YouTube channel, and so cloaking them is just for organizational purposes. After you post 90+ affiliate links or so, you’ll start to realize why organizing them is so important. If this all makes sense, then we’re ready to move on. If not, then reread this chapter and try to internalize and apply everything stated here.
4. Writing Quality & Helpful Blog Posts
You want to write one blog post a day, and every blog post that you write should be a review of a different product in your niche.In each blog post you should put your affiliate link 3 times throughout your post. Once at the top of the article (below your headline), once in the middle of the article (product name underlined with blue font once, so it looks like a link, and actually is a link), and once at the bottom of the article.Your link at the top and bottom of the article should say something to the effect of: CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT BLAH BLAH, where BLAH BLAH should be replaced with the name of the product.
The bottom most link could also be a banner link, if the the affiliate program for the product offers a banner (many of them do).I should also say that you don’t need to actually have tried the product to write a review about it. Some of you might be thinking that it might be a bit unethical to write a review about a product you’ve never tried, and it’s true that it is definitely better to write a review about a product you have actually tried. However, a lot can be determined about a product based on the sales page of the product, and if it’s lacking in some aspect that is apparent without purchasing the product or has some benefit over other similar products, you should mention this. Also, if you actually haven’t tried the product, you should mention in your review that you haven’t actually tried the product (this makes it ethical).
Believe it or not, the big money bloggers regularly write reviews on products that they’ve never even tried, and the vast majority of reviews that many of the big money bloggers write are actually about products that they have never actually tried and probably never will try (not because they can’t afford them or get a free review copy, but mostly because they don’t have time to try them all). As long as you mention you’ve never tried the product, but you understand the niche and do your proper research on the product (enough to understand the ins and outs), it’s acceptable.
All of this said, you should definitely try emailing each company you plan to review a product on asking for a free sample of the product for the purpose of writing a review. They’ll want to know your blog domain name, but if you’re just starting your review blog you probably won’t get it, but after 50 reviews or so (before the end of our 90 days), some companies should start giving you free review samples of their products (depending on your niche). The bigger your blog gets and the more reviews you write, the more companies will be willing to give you free samples of their products to review. Just make sure you actually email the company for each review you plan to write, as there is nothing that speaks authenticity more than being able to say that you’ve actually tried a product that you’re reviewing.
Secret Advanced Strategy A secret advanced strategy that you want to implement is to include a bonus if someone clicks on your affiliate link and buys your product. The reason why you want to include a bonus is because after reading your review some people might not click on any of your affiliate links (terrible, I know), and might instead just open up a new tab and search for the product on Google and then buy it somewhere else.Adding a bonus to your affiliate link can be tricky, but can be done through most affiliate networks. The process of adding a bonus to an affiliate link is different depending on the affiliate network.
For an example of how to do this on JVzoo, just type the keywords “JVzoo add a bonus to your affiliate link” into Google and you’ll be hit with a bunch of tutorials on how to do this. If your affiliate network doesn’t have anyway of adding a bonus to your affiliate link or if you’re dealing with an affiliate program run by the company that makes the product, then there is another way to implement this strategy, which is to ask the buyer to email you their order number or even send you a screenshot of the order confirmation page and the email they used to purchase the product.
You can then check with your affiliate program (usually somewhere after you login into your affiliate account) to then match the order number or email used to verify that the buyer did indeed purchase the product through your affiliate link, and then manually email them a link to your bonus. The WordPress plugin that comes with this blog post is good for putting a time-limit on that bonus which you add, in essence creating a scarcity effect, which should help your conversion rate.
5. Becoming Successful Through YouTube Channel
A blog that is truly optimized for SEO should be linked to a YouTube channel and vice versa.What I suggest you do is that every time you write a review on your blog you link it to your YouTube review of the same product, which shows a hands-on demonstration of using the product, or at the very least a hands-on look at the product’s sales page.
Also, you want to put a link in your description below each YouTube video linking back to your review page on your blog and vice versa. Thus, every time you write a blog post you need to make a corresponding YouTube video and have the two linked to each other. You don’t need to put your face on your YouTube videos, just point your camera at the product, or if the product you’re reviewing happens to be software, then use a good screencasting software to record your computer screen while you use the software and talk about it.
It’s also completely fine to just use screencasting software to record you scrolling around the product’s sales page while you talk about it. Search in Google for the keywords “screencasting software” and you should be able to find one that will work for you. While you don’t actually need it, screencasting software will make it a heck of alot easier to record reviews. It’s entirely your call on this one. One last thing, make sure each Youtube video you make is approximately 10 minutes long, as this is the sweet spot for ranking Youtube videos well.
Don’t worry if you make a bunch of YouTube videos and have no subscribers at all, they will come eventually. One last critical point, when you title your YouTube videos, put the name of the product followed by the word “Review” or you could also put the name of the product followed by the word “Review” and then the current year. So for example if I was reviewing Widget 55, then my YouTube video title would be either “Widget 55 Review” or “Widget 55 Review 2017.” As for your YouTube tags, just put keywords you think are relevant to your video, but don’t worry about the tags too much, as they’re not as important as the title or video length. Lastly, if you’ve never heard of YouTube, just search on Google for the keywords “YouTube” and you’ll find it.
I’m not going to teach you how to make a YouTube channel as Google (Google owns YouTube) has plenty of information on that for free online. Though you could type into Google “How do I make a YouTube Channel?” and you’re sure to find a ton of tutorials on that. In addition to a link in your description leading to your review on your blog, should you put your affiliate link for the product you review below your YouTube video? Yes, you should! And not only that, you should also mention the bonus (we talked about in the previous chapter) that they can receive if they buy through your affiliate link! Furthermore, in addition to a link to your blog and your affiliate link in your description, you want a second affiliate link to the same product on your YouTube video, which stays in one of the corners of the video for the entire length of the video, because not everyone will scroll down to your description.
Don’t make it a huge box, just a little thing, so that it doesn’t get in the way of your actual video. The link should say something to the effect of “Click Here To Check Out Blah Blah” where Blah Blah is the name of the product. To put a link on your YouTube video, you’re going to have to learn how to use a feature of Youtube called “annotations.” Again, Google has plenty of tutorials about it, but if in doubt, search in Google for the keywords “how do I put annotations in my YouTube videos?” and you’ll find a bunch of tutorials that explain the process. You might be thinking that blogging has nothing to do with YouTube, and that isn’t making a YouTube channel in essence becoming a YouTuber ?
Well, your blog should be your focus, no need to take your YouTube channel too seriously (unless you really want to), what we’re doing here is creating a secondary force of affiliate and subscriber traffic, as well as improving your SEO through interconnecting your blog with your YouTube channel, which will help your blog to shine! Make the YouTube channel!
6. Build Good SEO Strategy To Get The Success
To get your SEO straight, you want to register your domain name with Google Webmasters, and fill in as much information as possible with them.Google Webmasters is a platform designed by Google, and its purpose is to make sure your blog is being properly indexed by Google’s crawlers so that it can be properly found.
Just search Google for the keywords “Google Webmasters” and the first link that pops up should take you there. One more thing that will give your SEO an edge is that you should also make a Google Plus account and link it to your blog and YouTube channel as well.
Just search Google for the keywords “Google Plus” and the first link that pops up should take you there. Other than that, if you’re posting one review a day (unique content written by yourself) as this method suggests, your SEO should be spot on!
7. Choose Appropriate Affiliate Banners
Even though you will make plenty of money off of the affiliate links in your reviews, you should put up some affiliate banners that show up regularly in your sidebar or footer, or both.While these banners can be for anything you want, I recommend that they be for longstanding, high quality items in your niche that won’t easily become outdated that you regard as being the best of the best. You should be replacing these banners as they become outdated.
Though the less you have to replace them the better, which is why affiliate banners for longstanding, high quality products work best. Most affiliate programs should have affiliate banners for you, but if not, feel free to shoot them an email to ask for some!
However, it may be true that some affiliate products don’t have affiliate banners of any kind, in which case just placing the link is fine, though there’s nothing that attracts clicks more than banners, so aim for banners!
8. Email List Building & Monetizing
If you’ve heard this all before, just feel free to skip this chapter, but if not, then listen up! When I say list, I’m referring to an email list of your followers. One of the most important steps in this process is a step called list building. While you can make a decent sum of money without even building a list. A list will take your blog a lot further, because it gives you another channel where you can hit all of your dedicated followers all in one place. So how exactly does one build a list?
Well, unfortunately it’s not as simple as just putting a form on your blog asking for emails and saying “join my list!” Trust me, I’ve tried that strategy and most won’t join if that’s all you have going (maybe if you were famous it would work).
To get people to join your list, you have to offer up an ethical bribe in exchange for their email. What you give your follows should be something incredible that possesses a high degree of value to them.. In the old days way back when, I used to just give a PDF report containing highly valuable information, however these days I give WordPress plugins, because I believe they have a high degree of value. However, a PDF containing a high degree of value works just fine, and a video containing a high degree of value also works.
It really all depends on what your target audience wants and what you’re able to give them. After all, it should be something valuable enough that they’re going to be thinking that it’s a no-brainer to give you their email for it. So you really have to put yourself in their shoes and decide if you would give your email for that, if not then you need something with a higher value. If my niche was vacuum cleaners, I might put together a report showing a comparison of the top 5 vacuum cleaners which also reveals my top 10 vacuuming secrets. Only you can decide what kind of ethical bribe you want to give (think of it as being a second bonus that you offer), but it’s best to give something that over-delivers what your audience wants, as it’s all in the name of giving our audience what they want, because without them you wouldn’t really have much or a list now would you?
Anyway, in order to set up this feat you first of all need to think hard and put together something of value for your followers. Put your heart and soul into it! Then the next step is to get yourself an autoresponder! There are hundreds of autoresponders out there and they each have their positives and negatives, and if you want to know what I recommend. I recommend though that you once again search Google and type in the keywords “autoresponder” and see what’s around. A good autoresponder should also be able to produce a form that you can put on your blog, either in your sidebar or as a pop-up.
I recommend putting this form in your sidebar at the top, so it can easily be seen, and since many have pop-up blockers these days a pop-up isn’t really the best strategy anymore. You want your form to clearly state what your offering. Or a more advanced technique would be to just put your own custom banner in your sidebar offering some free guide or report of great value, and when people click on the banner it takes them to a form, which is basically like a sales page, but with the main point being your form. You want to set things up with your autoresponder so that when they input their email they are automatically sent an email with a welcome message welcoming them to your list (or it might sound nicer if you called it a newsletter), and a link to the download page of your free ultra-high value report. Or it could just be a link to directly download the report from a free cloud storage service such as Google Drive or Dropbox.
Yeah, it’s not easy, but you only have to set this up once and never worry about it again while it does its thing on autopilot. Also, your autoresponder service’s support should be able to help you with a great deal of your set-up on this. The autoresponder is a necessity, because not only will it help you get your form up, but it will also help you message your list. As your list grows you’ll need to be able to shoot one email and have it reach thousands of people, and a good auto-responder service makes that possible. And a really good one will allow you to send pretty newsletter-like looking emails.
Once you’ve got this going though, it’s then time to start emailing your list, and I’d recommend emailing them 2 to 3 times a week, so you’re not spamming them. Be warned, if you spam them they’ll unsubscribe. In your emails to them, tell them about some new product you reviewed and include a link to your blog post. That’s pretty much all there is to it! Yes, you’re going to write one blog post a day and record one YouTube video a day, and email your list less than your posting, so only email your list on the better reviews that you do. If you were able to set all that up, then we’re golden, and you’ll be seeing a cash flow coming in mighty soon!
9. Guest Posting - The Great Way To Be a Successful & Popular Blogger
After you have written 50 blog posts (after 50 days), from the 51st blog post you want to start a new habit that you implement at the end of every blog post you write. And that habit should be sending one email to some blog in or related to your niche asking if you can write a guest post for them. Do this for the next 40 days, thus you’ll be writing one email a day to other blogs for the next 40 days, assuming you can find 40 other blogs in your niche, but if not then choose blogs that are as close as possible to your niche.
Most of the answers you will receive to your request should be a “yes.” Though you might get some rejections (which is good, because you don’t want to be writing guest posts every day). Writing a guest post on someone else’s blog one day instead of writing a post on your blog will make a world of difference for your traffic and for your profits. The benefit of writing a guest post is that the post will still have your affiliate links (just write a normal review, similar to the last 50 you wrote), and it will give you exposure to a wider audience who are likely to discover your blog.
Yes, you need to put a link to your blog in your guest post, usually at the end, and state that for more information of this kind they can click here to check out your blog. What this accomplishes is stealing some traffic from the blog you post on and sending those readers to your blog. Why would a competitor approve you to write a guest post if it would steal their traffic? Well, because writing blog posts is hard, and every article posted on their blog would give their blog more overall traffic, so most in their right mind would welcome the opportunity. However, some bigger blogs might want you to write your guest post and submit it to them, and then might reject your post after you’ve submitted it.
Though this is not a waste, because if that happens, just post the article on your own blog as normal (and remove the link to your blog from the article). One well placed guest post can send a stream of traffic to your blog that will explode your followers ten thousand fold, and by the end of 90 days you should have sent out 40 emails requesting guest posts which should result in about 10 or more guest posts for you.
Once again, we should only send one email a day, each to a different blog in a similar niche as your own asking for an opportunity to write a guest post, and this process should be done after the 50 day mark. Yes, you’re going to have to start finding other blogs in your niche and listing them out. One thing though, don’t waste your time guest posting on blogs that seem smaller than your own.Ideally you want to write guest posts for blogs that are much larger than your own. The bigger the better! One last benefit of guest posting is that it will work wonders for your SEO.
If you implement all 9 strategies to become a successful blogger discussed on this blog post, then after 90 days you should have: 90 blog posts with affiliate links, 90 YouTube videos with affiliate links and links to your corresponding blog pages, one or more bonuses for those who buy through your affiliate links, one really good ethical bribe to give to people who join your list, 40 sent emails requesting guest posts, have registered your blog with Google Webmasters and Google Plus, and have set up an automated list building system on your blog’s main page. If you did all of that, way to go, as you should already be earning commissions around or upwards of $2,000 a month. That’s most of the battle that most people can’t figure out how to do. All you need to do now is continue what you’ve started, keep posting, keep making YouTube videos, and quit your job.
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