- Why Blogging?
- Bloggers Who Made It:
- Benefits of Being a Blogger:
- Choosing a Blogging Platform
- Top Tip:
- Blog Hosting
- Top Tip:
- Choosing Your Niche to Make $4000 a Month
- Choosing Your Blog Name
- Choosing a Blog Name:
- Monetizing Your Blog to Make $4000 a Month
- How Blogs Make Money:
- Some Affiliate Networks:
- Writing Blog Posts
- Topic Tools:
- Top Tip:
- Top Tips For Pinterst:
- Final Thoughts
If you’re seriously thinking about starting a profitable blog to make $4000 a month, then I am glad you’ve found this post. I want this post to become your new blogging bible!
I will assume that you want to start a blog to make money? If I am right, then this guide is for you. If you want to blog just for yourself and/or your friends/family, then you probably don’t need this guide!
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First of all, let’s dispel a myth about blogging. Let’s be realistic. Let’s be honest with ourselves.
Blogging is not easy. Not really! Especially if you’re holding down a full-time job as most people are when they start!
You’re going to need to adjust your schedule to fit in time to write, to understand how to set up and maintain a blog, to learn how to market your blog, and even to learn some basic web and graphic design.
As someone who has been in the trenches when it comes to blogging, I can reliably warn you that it isn’t a get-rich scheme and you need to commit some serious time and effort to make it work.
You’ll find yourself glued to your computer, watching endless YouTube videos, listening to podcasts and browsing a million other blogs for inspiration!
You’re going to need understanding friends and family to see you through!
Most people don’t make any money from blogging for many months. That’s a fact you need to become accustomed to when you’re on this journey and not be disheartened when results don’t occur overnight!
You’ll read how some bloggers have made a few $1000 in their first month. They may well have, but don’t be shocked or demoralized if that doesn’t happen to you!
Blogging is competitive and you need to work hard to carve out your own little space.
Ultimately, your success will also be determined by how much time you can commit both to writing and also to learning the trade.
To be successful at this you need to be consistent and have that burning desire to continue when the chips are down.
If you’re still reading – great! Let’s cover the positives.
First of all – let’s look at the possibilities. Let’s whet your palate!
Some inspiration for you…
Bloggers Who Made It:
– Ryan Robinson at RyRob.com – $50k+ a month
– John Morrow at SmartBlogger – $100k+ a month
– Michelle at Making Sense of Cents – $100k+ a month
– Alex and Lauren at Create and Go/Avocadu – $100k+ a month
– Tim Sykes at TimothySykes.com – $1m+ a month
Ok – they’re probably the exception to the rule and you may not get anywhere near their level. You probably won’t.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t make a great income from blogging and one that’s well above the US median salary level.
Just type into Pinterest or Google “income reports” and it will bring up a whole host of blog posts showing you that there are literally thousands of bloggers making a full-time income from blogging.
Even if they aren’t making $50k a month, there are plenty who are earning $3000 to $10,000 a month and $4000 a month from a blog is easily doable.
That’s amazing when you think of all the other benefits of blogging such as:-
Benefits of Being a Blogger:
– You are your own boss and can commit as much time as you like;
– A lot of the money you’ll earn is often passive once you’ve done the initial hard work;
– Blogging gives you the flexibility to do other things in your life and effectively enables you to choose your hours of works;
– Overheads are generally fairly low compared to other businesses;
– Blogging is good fun and you’ll meet awesome people!
Hopefully, that has your attention and you can see what this gig is capable of doing for your life with some hard work.
Choosing a Blogging Platform
WordPress vs Wix
I learned the hard way when it came to choosing the correct platform to blog on!
I chose unwisely and wasted probably a month of hard work on a website now confined to the internet boneyard!
I didn’t actually intend to start a blog when I first started writing. I knew nothing about blogging and just wanted a website to write about money and finance on and to share affiliate links hoping my website would eventually gain some traction!
I had never set up a blog before or even a website. I knew nothing about the various web hosting services or content management systems (CMS).
I set up a website using Wix! I feel slightly embarrassed telling you now but that was the first big mistake I made when setting up my blog!
Now, don’t get me wrong, Wix is fine if you just want a simple website. The problem is that it’s slow, not very customizable, and looks like crap (at least my website did)!
I learned quite quickly after watching various YouTube videos and reading posts similar to this, that WordPress was the CMS everyone was using for blogging!
Something like 60% of the world’s blogs are done on WordPress – say no more!
I switched to WordPress after some deliberation and I haven’t looked back!
I was quite apprehensive about changing as some people had said it was hard to get to grips with without any web development knowledge! I do agree it’s harder to learn than Wix but it’s really not that difficult and there are tons of tutorials out there if you need your hand-holding through the process!
I have no web development experience whatsoever. I went to law school, so as far removed from web design as you can imagine.
WordPress.org vs WordPress.com
If you look into WordPress, you’ll notice that there are two websites – WordPress.org and WordPress.com.
Confusing I know!
You want to go with WordPress.org and NOT! WordPress.com.
WordPress.com is basically an all-in-one solution for website/blog creation. With the free option, you cannot choose the name of your website, what plugins to install and you’re very limited with design options. And perhaps most importantly – you do not own your blog, which means they can delete your blog at any time should you violate their service terms!
WordPress.org is the platform you want to use. It is an open-source program for you to download from their website. It is fully customizable with various plugins and themes for you to use!
Most importantly – you will own whatever content you create!
I can’t actually stress this enough – don’t even think about using another platform! You will regret it if you do.
If you are serious about making money by creating a blog then you need to use WordPress.org!
Wix, SquareSpace, Weebly? – Forgot about it!
If you choose WordPress, and I strongly recommend you do, you will then need to choose a theme to run!
WordPress themes are basically template website designs that define the way your blog will look and operate. WordPress has literally thousands of themes to choose from.
You will come across free and paid themes.
Free themes are OK for when you are getting started but the downside is that they are often less professional looking than paid themes. They also aren’t as regularly updated and come with fewer features compared to paid themes.
If you’re going for a free theme, I recommend having a look at the free themes on the WordPress.org website to see what you like.
However, if you are serious about committing to blogging, I would strongly recommend you look at paid themes too. Paid themes are faster, come with more features, and are more future-proof than their free counterparts.
Paid themes will give you a more professional look which is important when trying to present as an authoritative writer!
Making money from blogging is essentially done well by being a proficient digital marketer. To make money, you’ll be selling someone’s products (affiliates) and possibly your own products later down the line. First impressions count when selling anything so you need to bear this in mind when choosing whether to go for a less attractive and slower free theme, over a paid one!
If you do choose a paid theme, I would recommend one of the following (which also have free versions too):-
✔ Optimized for speed and page load times
✔ Extremely flexible
✔Amazing online support
✔Cheap at only $59.99 per year
✔ Industry leading speed and optimization
✔ Extremely customizable
✔Hundreds of templates
✔Cheap at only $59.99 per year
✔ One of the fastest themes available
✔ Modern and great looking
✔Hundreds of templates and very customizable
✔Great free option
✔Cheap at only $69.99
Personally, I use Generate Press and that’s what this site is built with.
I love Generate Press because it’s not only blisteringly fast but the online community is also amazingly accessible.
Any issue that I have, I can raise on their Facebook group and my problem is normally resolved within minutes.
Generate Press also has a great forum on their website where the lead developer offers assistance.
There’s never been an issue I haven’t been able to solve. This has paid dividends given I am not a technically minded person when it comes to web design.
If I was going to choose another theme, then Kadence would be my second pick. I am actually using their free version on a site I am building now and it is incredible!
Blog hosting is basically where the files for your blog are held. Where your blog lives.
If you choose WordPress.org as your platform, you’ll need somewhere to host your site.
The WordPress.org CMS does not come with integrated web hosting like Wix and WordPress.com, so you will need to use a web hosting company to host your blog.
It isn’t. It’s very easy!
There are hundreds of web hosting companies out there to choose from. The key things you are looking for in a web hosting provider are a) speed, b) reliability and c) security. Cost will be another factor as web hosting comes with a wide range of payment options.
Web hosting is one of the few expenses you will have as a beginner blogger. The good news is that it’s fairly cheap and you can pay yearly to make it even cheaper.
I have three hosts that I like to recommend:
BlueHost – For Beginner Bloggers
✔ Ridiculously cheap at only $3.95 per month with my link
✔ Good customer service
✔Easy WordPress set up
✔Fast enough for beginners
NameHero – For Intermediate Bloggers
✔ Cheap at around $6 – $10 per month for their starter packages
✔ Fast with lightspeed servers
✔Good uptime and reliability
BigScoots – For Professional Bloggers
✔ Ultra fast and secure
✔ Fully managed environment with great support
✔$35pm for up to around 300,000 visitors
Which Host To Choose For New Bloogers
There is not much point in spending a lot of money on hosting when you first start blogging.
The truth is it will take some time to get traffic so it’s perfectly fine to use a beginner-type host like BlueHost, which can comfortably handle traffic up to 50,000 visitors a month on their basic package.
When you start to gain traffic then switch to NameHero or BigScoots. Using them before you have traffic is a waste of money in my view.
I used BlueHost when I first started blogging and they were more than adequate with no downtime to speak of and, of course, they are super cheap which helps when your blog isn’t making any money.
BlueHost is built for hosting WordPress sites and you can have a site launched with them in a matter of minutes. They are:
Choosing Your Niche to Make $4000 a Month
If you want to make money from your blog, you need to forget about blogging about your passion or your favorite hobby unless those passions or hobbies convert into visitors to your site!
Let’s be clear, a “money-making” blog is different from a personal blog as it is not about you. It’s about your reader!
There have to be enough readers out there for you to build an audience around. It’s utterly pointless blogging about your collection of bespoke 1940’s furniture or the interesting insects that happen to live at the bottom of your garden or why you split up with your last partner!
a) there simply aren’t enough readers out there who care and b) what exactly are you supposed to market and sell to the people who do care about these topics?
Basic Rules of Choosing a Blogging Niche
You need to choose a niche that ticks these boxes:
- A wide enough audience to target – you won’t get to $4000 a month if you topics are too narrow
- Not too competitive
- Doesn’t require expert qualifications or a high degree of expertise
- Is capable of being monetized
Choosing a niche is one of the most important and crucial steps in starting your blog. It can make or break your success so you should carry out a high level of research before you commit to a niche.
Niches to Avoid
Here are some niches I would avoid:
- Health niches (e.g. advice on mental health, physical health, pregnancy and medicine). You will want to target Google search for your traffic and Google ranks (i.e. places in the top 10 results) only health websites that can display high levels of expertise, authoritativeness and trust (E-A-T). Unless you have qualifications in a health related field and you can demonstrate this, then Google is unlikely to rank your website. Even if you do have such qualifications, you will be going up against huge authority websites who employ hundreds of experts to write for them. This means health is an ultra competitive niche. Avoid it like the plague.
- Some finance niches. Tax planning, investments, mortgages, credit repair, banking are all super competitive niches which, again, require high levels of expertise to do well in. These fit under the categoy of what Google calls Your Money or Your Life (YMYL), similar to health related niches. This means they require a high level of E-A-T. I would even avoid money making, budgeting and work from home niches. These require less authority but are still ultra competitive.
- Exercise and dieting. Like the health niche; exercise and dieting are super competitive niches and require a lot of authoritativeness to succeed in
- Legal or government. Again, these require high levels of expertise and should be avoided.
- Illegal or regulated. Anything that is illegal or regulated like gambling, porn or adult material should be avoided. These niches are hard to monetize and difficult to succeed in.
Essentially, avoid anything where you are likely to need a college degree or higher level qualifications to accurately write about it.
If you do choose a more specialist niche then my advice would be to outsource some of your writing to experts in the field if you do not have the expertise yourself.
Wide or Narrow Niche?
When you come to pick your niche, there are two schools of thought about how wide a niche topic should be.
Some bloggers prefer to create ultra-focused blogs that laser target a very narrow topic. Two examples might be writing a blog on snakes or writing a blog about roof boxes.
These are very narrow sub-topics in the pet/animal and outdoor niches.
There are some advantages and disadvantages to choosing narrow, laser-focused niches such as:
- You can become an expert in your niche and Google will see your blog as an authority on that topic and may send you more traffic for that reason
- On the flip side, you may eventually run out of ideas and topics to write about which can stunt your growth which will ultimately affect your traffic
The other option is to choose a wider niche. For example, this could be the home living niche or sports niche.
The advantages and disadvantages of choosing a wider niche are:
- You’ll have a lot more topics to write about, meaning you can deep dive into much less competitive topics and keywords which can make building traffic easier
- You can monetize much easier with a wider niche as there are a lot more products to sell in a wider niche
- On the flip side, Google can see you as more of a “jack of all trades” and less of an expert, which can make it more difficult to be seen as an expert or enthusiast in Google’s eyes
My current train of thought on this issue is to choose a wider niche where there are a lot more topics to write about. I say this because I prefer building blogs using a low competition keyword model, rather than a back-link building approach (see below where I discuss these two models).
If you’d prefer to target a more narrow niche then a good tip is to make sure there is still room for expansion and widening your net in the future otherwise getting to $4000 a month is going to be tough.
I have seen many bloggers do well but only get to, say, $2000 a month because they are unable to scale due to the way they’ve set up their blogs.
If you call your blog “Thebestheadphones.com” then you will be clearly a lot more restricted than if you’d called it “Cuttingedgetech.com”.
Choosing Your Blog Name
So you’ve chosen WordPress as your platform, BlueHost as your host and you’ve picked your preferred niche. You’ll now want to choose a suitable name for your blog!
Your blog name is less important than you might think though. The key to a profitable blog is to be a reliable and informative source of information for your reader.
The vast majority of your readers will usually come from either Google or social media platforms like Pinterest. These are both search engines. Until you’re established, your prospective reader usually won’t be looking for your name, but instead the information you provide.
If the information you provide assists your reader then that person probably isn’t going to care that much if your blog name is below par. They will be more impressed by the fact their queries have been answered!
When you Google something, how often do you look at the name of the website over and above finding the answer to your query? Hardly ever!
It’s more important that your name is memorable, rather than witty or well thought out.
It should also roughly relate to the niche you’re in unless you’re using your own name. I went for Green in Black and White for this blog as green is a slang term for money and black and white pertains to the idea of providing straightforward tips and advice. Most importantly, those words are simple, easy to remember and they relate to my niche!
So go for something that is:-
Choosing a Blog Name:
– Easy to remember
– Roughly in keeping and identifiable as being a website about your chosen niche
– Not too long
– Not too narrow (i.e. avoid product type names like “bestsoccerboots.com” or restrictive names like”strictlymicrowaves.com”)
You also want to check that your name isn’t already used by someone else. The last thing you want is some trademark or intellectual property lawyer on your case.
In that regard, I would strongly advise you to check the availability of your proposed name before getting attached to it. If you’re signing up with BlueHost they provide a free domain (this is the web address and web name of your blog). You can check the availability of your proposed domain name here:-
Monetizing Your Blog to Make $4000 a Month
Monetizing is unlikely to be your number one priority after you’ve got your blog up and running. Surely you’ll want to get some content out there first?
Yes – probably.
But I think it’s important that you first consider the various methods of monetizing your blog as these will ultimately have a bearing on the posts you write!
These are the main ways to monetize your blog:-
How Blogs Make Money:
– Paid adverts;
– Advertising affiliate products or services;
– Selling courses you have made;
– Selling e-books;
– Sponsored posts where someone pays you to post about their product or services.
The first method of monetization I recommend to begin with is affiliate marketing.
This is where you promote another person’s or company’s product for a commission. When a visitor to your website clicks on your affiliate link and buys the product associated with that link, you earn money.
The good thing about affiliate marketing as a newbie blogger is you can get accepted to many affiliate programs or networks when your blog is in its infancy and without much of a following.
This means you can, subject to appropriate levels of traffic, start earning money immediately!
The other ways to monetize will usually come a bit later in your blogging journey when you have a more substantial audience. When you’ve cut your teeth! (For that reason, I am not going to cover those methods in this post).
I prepared a blog post about some good affiliate programs you can use as a blogger and I suggest reading that if you’re interested in this method of monetization. However, my post is more geared to those in my niche. If you’re in a different niche, you might want to look at the following networks which provide thousands of affiliate products to promote, at least some of which will be a fit for your niche:-
Some Affiliate Networks:
Flex Offers – This has over 12,000 products to promote and is dead easy to join;
ShareASale – Again has thousands of products but can be a bit more difficult to join;
CJ Affiliate network – Has over 4000 brands’ products to promote;
Amazon Associates – Earn money by referring people to buys products on Amazon
I have put this section before the bit about writing blog posts for good reason!
If you want to make money through your blog from affiliate marketing, you’ll want to think about what products you can incorporate into your posts before you actually write them.
Now, I am not saying you need to incorporate affiliate products into every post, but you will notice from those making a reasonable income from their blogs, they strategically position either a direct link to a product in the post you’re reading or they direct you to another post on their blog where an affiliate product is being promoted!
Affiliate marketing is a numbers game. The more people who see your affiliate links, the more sales you will generate.
There is little point in writing 10 blogs post with only one that contains affiliate links as you won’t be exposing your reader to enough affiliate links to boost your chance of securing that precious sale!
You really need to think about how you can make the best of your affiliate links, whilst not being spammy and still providing relevant and useful content.
My top tip is to spy on what products successful people in your niche are promoting and how they do it.
You’ll notice that most of the products they mention in their posts are affiliate-based!
💡 You will soon see that blogging for money is just digital marketing with bells on, especially for those who are leveraging affiliate marketing, online course and e-books as methods of monetization.
The second most popular method of monetization is to put display ads on your site.
Unless you’re using an ad-blocker, then you will likely be seeing ads as you read this article.
I am with the premium ad company, Mediavine. They pay me around $35 per 1000 visitors I have to my website.
Display ads are a completely passive way of making money and don’t usually require someone to click on the ads to generate income.
The biggest advantage of display ads is they target both people with buyer intentions (i.e. who are looking to buy products) as well as people just looking for information.
This means, unlike affiliate marketing, you can write articles that aren’t targeted at people looking to buy things, and still get paid. You earn through display ads whether someone is looking to buy something or not.
However, the best way to approach a blog, in my view, is to have multiple revenue streams. This is the easiest and safest way to get a blog making $4000 a month.
I say “safest” because blogging income can change rapidly.
All it takes is your top affiliate to change their commission structure or for ad revenue to decrease and you can lose thousands overnight.
The key is to not put all your eggs in one basket.
You need to diversify – that’s one of the crucial steps to surviving in business.
Writing Blog Posts
I would recommend writing at least 5 articles before you launch your blog. If you don’t your blog is going to look like a barren desert to any visitor!
Getting ideas about what to post about can take time and thought. You’ll want to plan out what you’re going to write about before you put pen to paper!
To get ideas for content you could use:-
BuzzSumo – This is an awesome tool for finding popular content. Just type in a few words related to your blog topic ideas and it will tell you what posts/articles are popular and generating traffic;
Google KeyWord Planner – Simply type in a topic you have thought of and keyword planner will provide a list of words related to that topic so you can niche down and generate more ideas;
Other bloggers – Take inspiration from other bloggers in your niche. There’s very little entirely original content on the internet – especially original content that will make you money. It’s matter of a) putting your own slant on things b) making your content better.
However, the key to creating a successful blog is to write about keyword topics people are searching for.
As I said above, unless you’re helping someone with their own problems, no one cares about your disastrous relationship with your ex or your trip to the Maldives last summer.
People care about having their queries answered, their problems solved and their lives improved.
Keyword research is probably the number one most important factor in whether a blog succeeds or not.
If you choose the wrong keywords then you probably won’t get traffic.
No traffic = no money!
You need to target keywords that:
- You can rank for. There’s no point targeting keywords that you will never get onto the page one of Google for. For example, I would never in a million years be able to rank number one for “how to make money”. It’s simply too competitive;
- Aren’t too low volume. If I write an article titled “top tips for helping your pet hamster wrap christmas presents” then it’s unlikely to generate traffic. Hamsters can’t wrap Christmas presents and, therefore, no one is looking for tips to help their pet hamster to do so. If you write about topics that are too niche or have too low search volume, you will get either no traffic or only crumbs of traffic;
- Are within your niche. There’s little point me targeting a keyword such as “the best walking boots for summer”. This is not within my niche and Google is unlikely to rank me for it. Moreover, it just wouldn’t make sense to my readers or to my website overall.
If you’re wondering how to do keyword research as a beginner then watch the Passive Income Geek’s guide. This is a great place to start.
Writing Great Posts
When you’ve found your topic(s), you’ll want to think about your actual content!
The key to writing a good blog post is to put yourself in the shoes of your reader. What are they looking to achieve by reading your post? What do they want to come away with having read your material?
This is particularly pertinent when it comes to using your blog to make money – especially with affiliate products, courses, and e-books!
People spend money to help them achieve their goals. You need to ensure your material tells your reader why they need your product to do that.
Tell a story
When writing, you want to tell a story. People love stories! They find them engaging and take inspiration from them.
Your reader will be much more engaged if you tell a story and relay your experiences of how you’ve achieved or learned something.
You can even use other people’s experiences and stories. You will see above I have included the earnings information of top bloggers. This is not by accident. I have included these to inspire you and to show you what is achievable from blogging.
Try and keep your content conversational and paragraphs short. I try to aim for no more than four lines per paragraph in my main body of text!
Breaking up your paragraphs like this will make it easier for your reader to digest.
You see, people browsing the internet have a short attention span! If they see huge blocks of text, they are much more likely to bounce from your site, never to be seen again.
So keep things short and sweet. Short punchy sentences will be digested by your reader much easier than waves of black text!
Try to keep your writing conversational. Blogging is about having a dialogue with your reader. This is achieved much easier if you write as if you’re having a discussion rather than giving a lecture!
Use images in your posts
Our brains love visual stimuli. We learn quicker and can assimilate information easier when our brains are stimulated by imaging rather than just text.
So use photographs, illustrations, infographics, and colors to break up your text!
Videos are also worth making if your niche lends well to video content. Google loves videos.
You could have the best content in the world. You could be the George Orwell or Shakespeare of the blogging fraternity…
The problem is, without traffic and an audience reading your material, you are wasting your time and will never get to $1 a month, never mind $4000.
One of the most frustrating parts of starting a blog is attracting readership!
This is particularly so if you’re looking to make money from your blog. Without traffic, you’ll have no one to sell to. Your display ads will remain unseen. Your products will sit there gathering internet dust!
So how can you get eyes on your content? Let’s take a look…
Google Search for Traffic
To generate Google traffic you need to create great content, learn about search engine optimization (SEO) and be patient. Generating Google traffic takes time, effort, and persistence but it’s definitely where you should focus your attention.
This is because the traffic generated from Google search is the best traffic available. It’s the most reliable, profitable, and sought-after traffic there is.
Here are two approaches to generating Google traffic.
Low Competition Keyword Model
This model is based on researching low competition keywords within your niche that are easy to rank for.
The problem is that most new websites lack authority. Google isn’t simply going to put you on page one of the results page as a brand new website unless there are no other websites that answer the query being searched.
Therefore, if you research topics that no one else is writing about, you can get around this issue and still get traffic. Essentially, if there are no other websites answering the query, or if they answer it poorly, then you have a chance of ranking.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of content on the web, and finding low competition keywords does take time and this is another reason why it’s so important to choose a niche that isn’t over-saturated.
The other issue is that low competition keywords are often low volume (i.e. not a lot of people are searching for that query). This means that you often have to write a lot of articles to get good levels of traffic. Depending on your niche, you may need to write a thousand articles before you get to $4000 a month in income. In some niches, you might only need 50 articles.
However, this model definitely works and is the model I prefer.
This is also the reason why I prefer wider niches when choosing a niche to blog about. If your niche is too focused then finding low competition keywords gets harder as there isn’t the breadth of topics to choose from.
Backlink Authority Model
The other model that you might want to consider is one where you build backlinks to your website.
Backlinks are links coming from other websites to your own website. If you have a backlink leading to your website from a trusted website within your niche, to Google this is like a tick of approval. It shows Google that your website is probably high quality, otherwise, why would another website link to it.
If you can acquire backlinks from other websites in your niche, this will give your site a boost and it makes more competitive keywords easier to rank for.
The problem with this approach is that building backlinks can take time and can take a lot of effort, especially when you are a new blogger.
However, the benefit of this approach over the low competition keyword approach is that, theoretically, you can build traffic quicker as you’ll be able to rank for more high volume keywords. This in turn means you need fewer articles to generate the same level of traffic to reach that $4000pm target.
The great thing about Google traffic is that it works in all niches. If someone wants information about something, 9 times out of 10, they will Google it, which means it’s an amazing resource for traffic and is another reason why I recommend you focus on generating Google traffic above all else.
Social Media Traffic
Social media is also a good place to start when it comes to generating traffic.
Whilst most of the main players like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have made it more difficult to get traffic in recent years, Pinterest can still work fairly well for some but not all niches.
Niches that work well on Pinterest include:
- Home life
Still – Pinterest’s algorithm is no slouch and it is harder to get traffic from there than it used to be but it still works to some extent. It’s still worth setting up a Pinterest account for your blog, especially if you fit into one of the above niches.
However, traffic from Pinterest will not just fall into your lap without employing a strategy. So do these things:-
Top Tips For Pinterst:
Set up numerous boards that are keyword focused and pin only relevant pins into those boards. Pin the pins of other bloggers in your niche but make sure those pins are of high quality, relevant and popular;
Enable rich pins – These allow you to give your pins a proper description into which you can place keywords so Pinterest’s algorithm can see what your pin is about with more accuracy;
Ensure you board names, pins descriptions, pin headlines and user profile include keywords about your blog posts. Leverage Google’s Keyword Planner and Pinterest’s search engine and keyword finder in its ads utility to assist you;
Make niche boards that are heavily keyword focused for niche topics;
Make at least 3 pins for each blog post. Pinterest loves new content, especially new pins;
Join small and keyword focused group boards to give your pins more coverage. Avoid big group boards that are filled with pins covering all and sundry;
Make attractive pins with large colourful backgrounds and text;
Make sure your pins have catchy headlines and calls to action where possible. Pins that tell people how you’ve achieved something do well on Pinterest as do pins listing the “top 10 ways to do xxx”;
Make sure your pins are vertical with a 2:3 dimension ratio. You want them to be of a good length and easily noticeable;
Pin manually when you can. Pinterest loves user engagement and you’ll be rewarded with more traffic if you pin consistently and regularly.
There’s no doubt – blogging is tough and it takes time.
Getting to $4000 a month in income will probably take years, not necessarily months.
How quick you’ll get to $4000 a month in blogging revenue depends on a million different factors including:
- The amount of content you can put out
- Your skills in SEO
- Your skills in business
But what I hope will give you the drive to pursue it, is the knowledge that it gets a lot easier once you’re up and running and have created a good amount of content.
Yes, the initial hard work will be tedious, tiring, and I’ll be honest, quite difficult. But nothing worth having came without that initial hard slog, frustration, and occasional mental breakdown!
Even if you start but then decide blogging is not for you, there are still many other ways to make $4000 a month.
So let’s close with an inspirational quote to put those doubts to bed:-