Last Update 8th December, 2016 — So you want to sell a blog? While still at University I was fortunate enough to sell one of mine for 5-figures.
It was then that I realized that making money online was something I really wanted to give a try because I thought it might help me avoid a real office job and try to perhaps build a business that could help those around me.
I don’t share the sale figures in this post because I want to make myself seem big – I still have so much to learn – but rather to give you some inspiration that shows how possible it is to make a living from the Internet.
I am going to divide this post into three sections:
- The pre-blogging stage
How to get set up for success on the right platforms and with solid ideas.
- Building a blog worth some money
How to write content, headlines, and build a valuable blog.
- Selling your blog
How to sell that blog that you’ve built up to the right buyer.
Nothing in this post is particularly insightful or new, if you know where to look. What I wanted to do though was write a post that lays out the whole process so that everything is in one place and you can continue to come back and reference it as you move forward.
photo credit: Mr. T in DC
Working from home has always been a dream of mine. As soon as I had a taste of office life I wanted out – the gossip, competitiveness, back stabbing and showing off was really not my scene. On the other hand, growing my own business, spending time with my family, working my own hours and playing video games at lunch time – that is something I have always wanted. And something I’ve got.
In this post I am going to talk you through a few strategies that will one day allow you to work from home and play video games at lunch time. Why is there a picture of a pie above? You’ll find out later.
Setting a good motivation
The first thing you need to do is set a good motivation for doing it. Why is this important? Because working for yourself is hard work. It takes time, patience and a lot of discipline. If you don’t have a good motivation for working for yourself then it will be extremely hard to stay focused. Here are some reasons that I wanted to work for myself:
- Avoiding bad company
When you work in an office you can’t choose who you are around. I found myself becoming a bitter and angry person and as such decided that I needed to get out before my character became too corrupted. Working for yourself is really the only way to do this.
- Growing my own assets
When you work at a company you grow some other guy’s business. When you work for yourself you are putting time and effort into your own asset. Every drop of sweat that you put in belongs to you and your company. It is very rewarding.
- Helping people
My main goal in life is to spend as much time helping people as possible. Whatever money I make I want to use it in a way that benefits others, not myself. I’m not interested in big houses or vacations or fancy cars (although I do like the Audi R8!). I am interested in doing something that makes a difference. Owning my own business lets me do this.
Sit down and figure out why you want to work for yourself. What is going to get you through those weeks where no money comes in? What is going to get you through those late nights working on a deadline? What is going to stop you slacking off when no one is watching you? Without a good motivation you are sunk.
A short term, two medium term and one long term project
photo credit: loop_oh
Okay so here it is. This is the strategy that allows me to work from home and play video games at lunch time. It is also what allowed me to weather the financial crisis without any real problems. You must always have one short term, two medium term and one long term project.
When your mom was pregnant with you I bet she spent a lot of time looking through baby name books. She wanted something that represented her new child perfectly. Maybe something powerful or dignified or something that had a deeper meaning. A domain name is no different. Thousands and thousands of people are going to encounter your website and the very first thing they notice is the name. It can be the difference between making money and losing money.
In this post I am going to show you some super important things to consider when choosing a domain name for your blog or website. This post might be the beginning of your successful legacy in the online world.
Why your domain name matters, big time
First of all I want to take a look at why your domain name matters. I want to convince you to sit down and actually think about your domain name instead of just plucking one out of thin air. Sure, some of the best domain names on the web have been invented out of nothing. But for the most part you need to spend some time thinking about exactly what you need to get across.
So why does your domain name matter? Well this question actually forms the structure of the entire article. When we know the answer to this question we will (hopefully) be pretty well versed on how to choose a not crap domain name. The three areas I am going to cover are:
- Branding: separating the cows
- Creating a first impression that dominates
- Choosing keywords that matter
- Learning from the best (looking at some examples)
Hopefully at the end of this post you will have a little bit more direction about what is good and what is not. Feel free to drop any questions, criticisms or helpful hints of your own in comments section. They always get noticed.
1. Branding: separating the cows
The very first thing you need to consider when choosing a domain name for your blog is your branding. This is something that 90% of blog and website owners fail to consider and, eventually, pay the price for ignoring. It is vital for your long term success.