how to start a profitable blog for free

How To Start A Profitable Blog For Free

How To Start A Profitable Blog For Free

Do you have a passion you’re just bursting at the seams to share with the world? Discover how to start a profitable blog for free.

You’re probably aware that a lot of people earn money from blogging. You’re probably equally aware that most people who get into blogging flop. I’m here to help you not flop and create a successful blogging career. There are many successful strategies I’ll be sharing with you. You’d be surprised how many different ways you can earn money from your blog vs solely relying on ad revenue.

how to start a profitable blog for free

Picking A Niche

First, you need to pick a niche. I find people usually overthink this part far too much. So, I’m going to help you out a bit.

Take some time to list out your top 10 interests. Then, try and write 10 different blog article topics for each of those 10 interests. You’ll notice that some topics which you may love you struggle to come up with ideas for. Keep this in the back of your mind. 

If an interest stands out above the rest with dedication you will find a way to come up with blog post topics. I completely believe that with consistency and determination you can earn $100k per year on any topic of your interest.

Yes, that even means writing about socks for example. The weirder the niche often the stronger the following. This helps bring in traffic with something that may not have as many searches per month.

With something totally sub-sub-sub-niche you’ll have no or very little competition. 

It’s those who hold their breath the longest that win the game. What I mean by this is you need to keep posting to your blog no matter how little traffic you get. The people who do this always end up succeeding in the end.

Each blog article takes about 8 months to get fully indexed by Google.

Blog Structure

Start out by writing a meta description for the first section. This should be around 155 characters.

Next, you’ll want to write a small paragraph that serves as an intro to your blog post.

Follow this up by laying out your topics you want to cover. For a 1500 word article try and come up with 5 sub-topics. This will split to around 250 words each then you add your intro and outro on top of that to get 1500 words.

For bigger articles, you may want to dedicate more words to 1 specific sub-topic.

Lastly, wrap it up by writing a short paragraph to conclude your blog article followed by a thank you. You should also prompt the user to share your article. This little reminder can go a long way and word of mouth is still the best form of advertising. 

Posting Schedule

There are many different posting strategies you can use. Most of them are very good however I find the one I’m about to share with you works best.

In your first month, you want to aim to have 10 posts made. These 10 posts should all be around 1500 words. Posting smaller articles at first helps build trust with Google’s algorithm to then allow you to rank larger articles.

In your second month, you’ll want to make another 10 posts. These posts should be around 2500 words though.

Lastly, on month 3 you’ll want to make yet again another 10 posts. But, with these 10 posts, you’ll need to write around 3500 words per post.

After your initial 30 posts, the work gets easier thankfully. You can now continue to post 1200-1500 word articles for all of your future posts. 

If you prefer only writing 500-word blog articles after this then that is fine too. Just no you may need to write 2 500 word blog posts to get the same amount of traffic as 1 1500 word blog post will give you.

This may seem intimidating and I’ll admit it can be overwhelming at first. A good strategy is to come up with a list of blog topics. This way you can start writing right away without relying on researching a topic every time you want to write.

Spend 1 day per week coming up with topics, 4 days writing, and 2 days off. This will help you not burn out but still be productive. 

Website Hosting

You’ll obviously need some sort of hosting for your blog too. You’re welcome to use Blogger for a completely free solution. However, the options are very limited and your blog will look quite dull. 

You’ll also find difficulty in ranking your articles with the limited SEO optimization options.

However, you can get hosting for as cheap as $12.00 per year! This includes a free .com domain, free SSL & free DDoS protection among other things.

Get started with Ionos web hosting.

Setting Up Your Website

In the future, I will be posting a more in-depth guide for setting up a simple WordPress blog. For now, I’d recommend searching for Ionos WordPress Setup on YouTube to get started.

For clarification, 1&1 is just an extension company name of Ionos.

Getting Traffic

The best long-term solution to traffic is from organic Google search traffic. This comes slowly but it hits hard once each blog article fully indexes. 

SEO is an important factor too, just don’t drive yourself crazy. Focus your time on publishing and just a little time on SEO. The best-ranking strategy is simply time. 

I’d recommend installing Yoast SEO for your SEO needs.

You can also post to social media. This can be a great way to see a massive boost in your traffic. The best site I’d recommend for this is Twitter and Pinterest. In the future, I will have a more in-depth guide on how to properly promote your blog on these platforms.

In short, you’ll want to make niche graphic posts using something like Canva. Include 2-3 hashtags on Twitter and 5 hashtags on Pinterest along with a short description. Make a tweet and pin for every new article you post and you’re off to the races.

GOLD NUGGET!

I thought I’d mention a very unknown and underrated free product to promote your blog.

Viral Content Bee is a site where you can post your blog posts for others to share with their following. All you need to do is pay it forward first by sharing others’ posts on your feeds. You’ll earn points doing this which you can then spend on your own campaigns. 

Getting Paid

Well, you’ve made it this far so now it’s time to get into the juicy stuff. Here are some ways you can monetize your website.

  1. Google Adsense/Another Ad Network (You can upgrade to higher-paying ad networks as your traffic grows)
  2. Affiliate marketing – This can be done through referral links within your blog posts or even from an affiliate shop tab on your site. You can have different affiliate banners on your site as well.
  3. Creating your own digital product – After your first 30 posts, I’d recommend creating your own digital product to sell. You have a nice amount of experience under your belt and have a better idea of what it takes to write good content.
  4. Product Reviews – This can tie in with affiliate marketing but it has more depth to it. After you’re receiving over 10k page views per month you can reach out to sponsors who you admire. Ask if you could write a paid product review on your website.
  5. Get creative! – There are endless ways you can monetize your blog. Just be mindful of all aspects of your blog and think if there’s a way to earn money off of each part of it.

Ranking Your Blog Articles

Keywords are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Google’s advanced AI algorithm is learning to place articles in the correct spot on search rankings. Things are leaning more towards topics now. So, there’s not as much need to go hard on researching long-tail keywords.

What you’ll want to do instead is just focus on using industry lingo. What also helps is using similar keywords worded differently throughout the article. This is opposed to just pasting your specific keyword throughout the entire article.

Keywords are still important at least for now. There are plenty of free keyword research tools on the web. The best one I know of is Answer The Public. This gives you nice long-tail keywords that are aimed at giving you topics/titles for your blog posts.

If you can recognize a keyword before others then you will be able to rank higher in the early stages. It also brings relevance to your blog posts in the eyes of search engines which helps in ranking higher the next time.

Summary

Today you learned that picking a niche doesn’t have to be as difficult as most make it out to be. Your blog structure can really create a smooth writing experience for you. Your posting schedule is the most important point of this article. Make sure to crank out those first 30 posts within the first 3 months of your blog. This is crucial to ranking well.

Ionos is your best friend when it comes to hosting. You can’t go wrong with $12 hosting for an entire year.

There are countless ways your blog can generate income for you. All you need to do is be creative. Look at every aspect of your blog and think of how you can monetize it. 

In time your articles will rank. Patience is key because time alone is the best-ranking factor for your blog articles.

That’s It!

I hope you enjoyed this post about how to start a profitable blog for free. If you did please share it with your friends, family, and colleagues. I’m sure they’ll find as much value out of it as you did.

Best!

Zach S.

Don’t forget to check out my other posts about free online business ideas.