When you’ve been blogging for as long as I have you’ll start to see a few common trends, questions and concerns that continually pop up.
And one of the most common questions of all is how to find the most profitable niche to blog about.
People rack their brains trying to find the hallowed niche that is untapped, flowing with traffic and, of course, oozing with money.
They use amazing tools like Market Samurai (aff) to research their competitors backlinks (yes, you can do that!) and see if there is any way that they can do it better or mimic their success.
And while these methods do have merit there is something missing. Something not quite right about it all.
So, in this post I want to talk about the most profitable niche in blogging.
I really hope everyone reads this because it might save you a lot of time, money and heartache over the years.
I love blogging.
This post is designed to do one thing and one thing only – inspire you to start your own blog today.
You see, blogging has done a lot for me. It’s helped me to work from home and it’s helped me reach out to other people when I needed a friend. It’s helped me travel the world and make a modest living from something that I actually enjoy doing.
So, here are a bunch of reasons why blogging might be just the thing that you are after.
At the end I’ll even show you a few awesome success stories to fire you up!
As a blogger it is tempting to aim your articles at people who are at the same experience level as you. It’s natural – you want to share what you are learning as you yourself grow and mature.
But it can be a big, big mistake.
In fact, I’d go so far as to say that if you aim your articles at readers who are at your level you will slowly, article by article, begin to kill your blog.
What we need to do is start pitching in a different direction. And that is where evergreen content comes in.
Let’s take a look at what evergreen content is and why it is so important to master it.
What is evergreen content?
The usual definition of evergreen content goes something like this:
So you want to learn how to start a WordPress blog in around 10 minutes? Easy.
As I mentioned in my latest blog hosting review, starting a WordPress blog is super simple with BlueHost. In fact, it only takes a few clicks.
One of my goals here at Blog Tyrant is to make things simple for new and old bloggers alike.
And as I am constantly asked about how to start a blog I decided to do a step by step tutorial on how to install WordPress on your own host so I can refer readers to it when needed.
Let’s get it right the first time around!
Note: I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you if you buy a hosting package from one of my links. Thanks for your support! Please make sure Blue Host is right for your needs before choosing them.
Click here to open BlueHost in a new window (and get a free domain name when you buy a hosting package) and then follow the tutorial below. It will take you through the setup process – step by step. It should take around 10 minutes.
Step 1: Get your free domain name and hosting from BlueHost
BlueHost is where I first got started and they currently they have an incredible low rate of $3.95 per month (billed annually) for Blog Tyrant readers and they throw in a free domain name for a year. If you want to learn more about why I recommend BlueHost for new bloggers you can read this post.
Click the green Get Started Now button at Blue Host to get started.
Then you will be taken to a page where you have to enter in the domain name that you’d like to use. Remember, you can add unlimited websites and blogs to your Blue Host account so don’t worry too much if your not totally sold on your current domain name idea.
The next step is easy – just fill out all your contact details and payment information (billed annually). Make sure you use your real details because if you ever lose access to your account you might need to prove that you are the owner in order to get back in.
As you can see below, that same screen has some optional extras. It is up to you whether or not you purchase these but I would generally recommend you buy the Whois privacy. This keeps your details private.
Step 2: Install WordPress from your cPanel inside Blue Host
Now that you have purchased your domain name and hosting package you will get given access to something called a cPanel. This is the “engine” of your hosting and has dozens of different icons that link to all the different services and features that are available inside your hosting account. At first it will seem a little overwhelming but don’t worry, you can ignore 95% of them.
IMPORTANT: I’m going to show you how to do a WordPress install by yourself but you can always ask BlueHost to do it for you. This is a message you’ll see when you first get cPanel access.
We’re going to click “I can do it!” because we’re awesome!
Scroll down until you find the icon called Install WordPress. This is the amazing new software that lets you install WordPress on your host in just a few clicks.
Now, the next scree has a few options but is actually really simple.
First, give your site a name but don’t worry as you can change it later.
Second, choose a complicated username and write it down on paper.
Third, choose a complicated password that you don’t use anywhere else.
Fourth, add your email address incase you need to reset your password.
Fifth, select the box to create a new database.
Lastly, accept the terms and then hit the Complete button.
And you’re done!
Once it has finished crunching the installation it will give you a confirmation screening showing you your unique WordPress login URL that will look like this:
Copy this and bookmark it and make sure you write down your username and password on a piece of paper. Never write this information down on your computer.
This URL is where you go when you want to write posts, change WordPress themes, etc. You can virtually forget about the Blue Host area for most blogging tasks these days.
Step 3: Change your theme and start blogging!
The final (and most rewarding) step in the process is where you install a beautiful new theme design and start writing your first posts!
To change your theme simply find APPEARANCES in the left sidebar and then then click THEMES. Up the top will be a tab called INSTALL THEMES – click that one.
Once you are here, use the search function to find a theme that suits your needs. There are literally tens of thousands to choose from.
Once you have found a theme that you like you can preview it or just install it. Click the link and all the work is done for you!
Now you are ready to start blogging on your new WordPress blog! That whole process from sign up to installing a theme can literally only take five minutes to do. Just follow this guide and if you run in to any problems you can ask one of BlueHost’s amazing live support crew for help. They are there 24 hours a day.
Why would you want to start a WordPress blog?
If you’re still not convinced about starting a blog on WordPress I have done a quick video on why I think it is the best option for new bloggers.
Any other tips on how to start a WordPress blog?
Do any of the more experienced crowd have any tips for new bloggers who are installing WordPress for the first time? Please leave a comment.
Yep, you heard me.
It’s not a typo.
You’re not hallucinating.
You shouldn’t read blogs.
I know this is going to be a highly controversial post, especially because you are reading it on a blog. You might even be a loyal follower of this blog and be totally confused by me telling you not to read it anymore (I’m not saying that by the way).
I guess I should explain.
Oh, and at the end I’ll pose a really tricky question to you. I wonder if you’ll have an answer?
Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
- Malcolm Forbes
Education is power.
It allows us to reach new heights and achieve near-impossible things as individuals and collectively as a society.
But sometimes we bloggers forget to educate our readers at extremely critical moments.
I’m not talking (necessarily) about our content – we usually do a pretty good job at educating our readers there.
I’m talking about introductions, calls to action and the other places where we expect our readers to know what to do.
Most of the time, however, they don’t have a clue.
In this post I’m going to introduce the SPELL IT OUT technique for educating your readers.
Hopefully by following these tips you’ll increase conversions, subscribers and your loyal following.
Why are these ‘education moments’ so important?
In terms of blogging, this stuff is so important because of one word.
Something a lot of bloggers don’t realize is that how your posts are presented is often just as important as what they say.
It sounds crazy but it is true.
Humans are very visual creatures. And we are also very judgemental and impatient.
Imagine rocking up to a job interview in flip flops and shorts. They wouldn’t even listen to your credentials.
Imagine going speed dating and having a big booger hanging out your nose. It wouldn’t matter how funny and charming you were.
Finally, imagine trying to give speeches with a stutter like this one.
Blogging is a lot like all of these examples: you have to make good first impressions and then you have to keep people interested and engaged with the way you deliver the content.
Let’s jump in.
So how often should you post new articles to your blog?
Some people say you should do it everyday. After all, Google’s Panda loves fresh content.
Other people say you should post multiple times each day. That gives people lots of material to share and talk about.
What about once a week? Is it perhaps best to keep it nice and regular and post on the same day each week?
Well, I disagree with all of those things.
This post actually has two angles to it.
Ever wondered whether your WordPress theme was doing more harm than good?
I don’t really like writing overly negative posts but I decided that some of my readers needed to have a think about the news-style (also called portal) themes that they are using.
Don’t get me wrong, some of these themes are amazing and work extremely well for a lot of sites.
But for some bloggers they really aren’t doing you any favors.
Let me explain why. This is going to be controversial.
Your theme is a huge part of your brand
If you are new to marketing principles I’d recommend spending some time reading about what a brand is. To help you out I found a quote by the legendary ad agency founder, David Ogilvy. He defined a brand as:
Read the rest of this amazing literary work…
In case you missed it I “came out” on ViperChill yesterday – the first person ever to get a guest spot on that awesome site.
It was a nerve racking but extremely rewarding experience.
Now that you all know my name and have seen my face I feel like we can move on to a lot of really cool new things – webinars, videos and hopefully a more open friendship.
And that is really the key thing for me – friendship. So many of my readers have become close friends and it just felt wrong to hide behind the scepter for much longer.