Start a blog that changes your life

Start a Blog That Changes Your Life

With Thirteen.space, and depending on the month and Googles ever-changing mood, this site racks up roughly 10,000 to 20,000 people each day. And with the various products associated with the site, help me to earn over £5,000 a month, almost entirely passively. My first blog got me started in marketing, motivating me to start this blog, helping me launch my first side hustle, landing me my first marketing job. And now I want to show you how to start a blog that changes your life.

Writing and maintaining a blog lets me meet tons of interesting people, and has aided me into building a steady growing audience who are for some reason or another, interested in what I have to say. But before I started to see results, things seemed a little daunting. When I started my first blog, around the time I was at university studying performing arts, my future was a little uncertain. The idea of creating my first blog came to me in the first year of university when I would have people come up to me with computer questions and problems. As you can imagine I was getting frustrated with the bombardment of all these problems, and so my goal was to create a place to deliver the knowledge that I knew and to help others solve IT problems with guided tutorials, and a way to practice on creating a successful blog, through decent content, and online marketing. Hopefully with the intention that I would have learned so much from actually doing this goal myself.

I found that other than the university students I had told, and some word of mouth connections. I realised that no one read my site who were outside of my university bubble, or viewed the links I had shared on social media. Looking back it took me around 10+ months to gain over 100+ visitors daily. The practice has paid off since then.

Start A Blog – The Structure of This Post

As you probably have seen, there are plenty of posts on how to start a blog. Most focus on what hosting company to use and how to find an SEO friendly theme. But straight out of the box, these are the easiest parts of starting a blog. The hardest part is to create an idea that other people care about as much which helps to elevate your career and life. “Starting a Blog” is easy, but “Starting a Blog that Changes Your Life” is hard.

I truly believe that starting a blog is something that everyone can do, should do, or even give it a try as a hobby. It doesn’t matter what field your in, whether or not you want to become an entrepreneur or your intentions are to make money or not from it. A well structured, and professional site is your CV (Curriculum Vitae), your business, your online presence, your real estate, your time machine, and most importantly, your second brain. In a way, it helps someone to learn more about you, how you think, and why they should care. The benefits for you is it’s like keeping a journal, it helps you clarify your thoughts, share what knowledge you have, and builds your reputation.

Just to get something straight, this is not about how to start a marketing blog that changes your life. Or how to start a blog for a business (You can find that here). I strongly believe that writing a blog for the first time, it’s a good place to start one for yourself and about yourself or something that you have a real desire for, this will help you stay committed on achieving your goals and keep you writing and improving, but also it will be something you can use to leverage for anything you do in your life.

With this post being slightly longer than usual, I’d recommened you should hit the bookmark icon at the top of your browser, so you can save, revisit and digest the information when you need to.

Here’s a list of what Im about to go over:

  1. Setting Up The Blog
  2. Publishing Frequency & Building The Writing Habit
  3. What To Write About
  4. Promotion: How To Get Readers
  5. Monetization & Spotting Opportunities

Setting Up The Blog

Depending what your future plans are, for instance, your only aiming to create one blog, I would suggest signing up to a managed WordPress hosting account, but if your planning on having multiple sites, I would suggest to go down the route of having a Linux web hosting account which enables you to have up to 100+ websites running on one hosting server. I have always used GoDaddy for my hosting platform, and they have never let me down. The ultimate Linux hosting account has just recently been updated to SSD hard drives, and I can’t really notice any difference between WordPress managed hosting and Linux web hosting servers in terms of site speed. Check them out here.

I would strongly recommend not to fall for cheap hosting accounts from other companies, as I have known other bloggers, who have done the same and have regretted it once there site had been hacked and nearly destroyed.

For a theme, straight away two jump out at me to recommend, one is Astra theme, which is SEO friendly, responsive, fast and absolutely FREE. It can also work with elementor theme builder, which is a free plugin that allows you to customize the layout of your blog free and easy. The next theme is Divi created by ElegantThemes, which also comes with a theme builder, but costs £55. It really doesn’t matter what you choose, as they both work extremely well with WordPress, and are superb starter themes for a personal blog. I suggest using WordPress as a platform as it makes blogging a whole lot easier.

One tip which I didn’t use til further on in life, is don’t try to make the site perfect on the first try. If you spent more than a full weekend on designing and getting it up and running, I reckon you spent way too long. Honestly, not to get you down, but hardly anyone is going to come across your site for a good couple of months. So it’s okay if your site has some problems like a navigational bar that isn’t functioning 100% right. Just keep adding little improvements to it each weekend, and over time it will blossom into something your proud of.

Even though I use GoDaddy as my hosting provider, I have heard good things from WPEngine and Flywheel. Try not to use Bluehost, HostGator or any other cheap hosting company, it will come back to bite you in the future. If other bloggers are only recommending them, it’s probably they get paid £60+ per signup. And usually, these bloggers care more about making affiliate commission than about giving you good solid advice.

If for some reason you’re on WiX, Squarespace, Medium or something else, then switch immediately if you can. Their SEO is diabolical, and you will run into complications and limitations on the platform. I’ll discuss the importance of SEO later on.

Heads Up: there is a reason why this section is short, it’s because it really doesn’t matter. If you’ve spent more than 5 hours setting up version one of your website than I can expect you’ve overthought about it. Just come up with something quick to get started on, and if you stick to a regular publishing timeframe, you can then invest some time in making it professional.

Too many people that I have seen have obsessed about launching with a perfect site and take weeks to go live. If that’s you, it’s not because you want perfection, it’s usually because you’re afraid. Afraid to put yourself out there, afraid to publish your own writing, afraid of what your friends might think when they come across it, but think positive, forget about all those losers and overcome your fear and start putting yourself out there, you only live once, and the only way to self improve is to challenge ourselves and do things outside of our comfort zones.

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Building A Writing Habit and Publishing Frequently

Ask any blogger, the most vital requirement for creating a successful blog that changes your life is continuously publish on it.

Some individuals get lucky and change their life with only one post, but that’s rare. A life-changing blog is a long term project that requires you to keep working on it. Over the last 5 years on this site and others, I’ve worked out that I have published 624 posts, that’s 624 pieces of content, over 1,800 days or something like that, I’m kind of working it out as I speak. I tend to write one or two posts each week, and publish them for the Friday. Thinking about that, it’s pretty insane, I didn’t even think I had that much to write about. Not only that, this month I’ve decided to write my very first sci-fi fiction book. Something I’ve always wanted to try, so why not. Fingers crossed, it doesn’t bomb.

When it comes to how frequently you publish, you don’t have to follow my timeline. Usually, the publishing frequency you should aim for is determined by which of two buckets you fall into:

Bucket One: The Writing Itch

The writing itch is writing something you already feel self-motivated to write about, and have the itch to do so. Ask yourself this, would you feel off if you haven’t published something in a while? Is your first instinct when you get interested in something to write about it? If so, then you have the writing itch, and ignore any force that wants you to stick to a schedule. If you’re writing a blog like this one, you’ll be fine whether you publish once a day or once every two weeks.

That isn’t to say that you shouldn’t publish often, it only implies that you shouldn’t publish only to publish something. Especially if you have a well-defined niche, you’re going to run out of topics or repeat yourself, overcomplicating it eventually.

Though having some requirements, even with the writing itch, can sometimes help you. I don’t always force myself to write a post and publish it every week. Instead, I force myself to write at least two drafts a week, and that gives me motivation on what draft I’d like to focus on for that week/month, and I’d have the next week/month to publish the other post. This has enabled me to accumulate pre-drafted posts, that need a read through but are more or less ready to publish if needed.

Bucket Two: You’re a Rookie When It Comes To Publishing Your THoughts Online

So, is writing a habit you’re not used to? Does it feel like a chore? Do you get uncomfortable, knowing that you’re going to publish your thoughts online? That’s normal, everyone starts here, even me. But I assure you, that feeling will quickly fade away. You can even quit having a schedule eventually, but you first need to make yourself someone who feels compelled to write. Until your in the frame of mind, you’re going to need a schedule to stick to. It takes 30 days to form a habit, so just keep at it.

It really doesn’t matter if its 1, 2, or 4 posts a week. Start a schedule you think you can maintain and stick to it. Since writing isn’t your full-time job, why not start low, so you set yourself up for success rather than failure. I usually tell people to start with 1 at first, so you don’t get overwhelmed. Like I mentioned, this schedule is just temporary, to get you in the right frame of mind for the first 30 days. Its also to get you to publish your work out there on a regular basis and to develop that writing itch. As soon as you feel you have writing as a habit, ditch the schedule and focus on quality.

Start publishing often and you’ll soon accumulate more post ideas. Keeping you motivated and driving your writing itch more, encouraging you to write without a fixed schedule.

Try and find a routine that works with you and stick with it, helping you produce work that you’re proud of.

What To Write About

From my experience, the post you spend the longest thinking about will more likely land you the biggest splash. Not necessarily the ones you spend the longest writing about, but instead the longest thinking about and preparing for.

The longer you’ve spent thinking about a topic, or have done research over a certain amount of days, will give you more to say, which is why most of your posts should aim to be longer (also good for SEO, but I will come back to this). If you’re not used to writing long posts, just try to keep finding information that you can add to it. If the post only has around 500-800 words, it’s probably not a great post. Most successful posts usually end up having around 1000+ words. Another tip why focusing on writing fewer, longer posts is that it condenses your knowledge into a more helpful manner for anyone looking to learn from you.

People don’t want to read 10 posts or 20 guides, they want one great piece of resource. And as a writer or blogger, your job is to create great resources for readers landing on your posts.

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Should You Pick A Niche?

Back in the day I would have said, yes you should pick a niche, but from experience with multiple sites, and trial and errors. I would suggest not picking a niche for a personal website. This site I’ve created started out about a random assortment of topics, that I was reading about, and learning, which made me want to share my experiences and findings. At the minute there are posts on business and lifestyle, which will eventually be including writing, reading, psychology, finance, marketing, and who knows, many more.

The one common theme that all the topics have, is that I’m interested in all of them, and love to write about them. The biggest challenge isn’t writing consistently, its finding topics so interesting that you’ll write something great about them.

Similar to me, every successful blogger I know of who started out focused on one niche, eventually broadened away from it and ended up branding under their own name. A narrow niche might help you get started, but I guarantee you’ll eventually overgrow it, and want to build authority under your own name, so why not let me give you 2 years of knowledge, and tell you to start there.

Finding Topics To Write About

To have an interesting blog and a successful one, you need to be interested in what your writing about.

It’s pretty hard to answer someone personally when they ask the question “What do I write about?”. Everyone writes about different things, so what I might like to write about, the other person might not have any interest whatsoever. But I will try to look at some of the most popular pieces to try and get some ideas.

Things You Know

For example, writing this post was inspired by the work, effort and trial and error methods I have experienced throughout my online blogging life. It motivated me to share what knowledge I have gained so that others can hopefully learn. To get started writing a “things you know” post, take any topic that interests you and share your knowledge on it. You don’t need to be the top expert in the world, you can even do a little more research online, to add extra content to your post. But you need to have something useful to bring to the conversation. Or another way is to show that you know enough about an area to be taken seriously on it.

Always remember that even if you don’t know more than other people writing about a topic, you know more than everyone NOT writing about it. Have a little thought, how many people are writing about what your publishing with their own knowledge online? 2%? So even if you’re not at their level, you might still be in the top 90%, so don’t sweat about it.

As another example, I wrote a post about “Finding Your Life Purpose” based on my experiences and what I had picked up from reading over the years. Are there better experts out there? Of course, but my experiences were personal to me and useful for other people trying to figure out how to find their life purpose and passion, and now it has been read over 50,000 times:

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A good way to brainstorm topics in any category is to think about what questions you get asked regularly. Also, check out the topic generator, it might give you some ideas. Link here.

As I mentioned with my first blog, where I was getting asked computer-related questions, I used this to my advantage and answered them on my blog, and these are great ways to start writing about a topic. It will force you to write your knowledge into something easily digestible by someone else. It might even be useful to loads more readers who you haven’t even thought of asking you a question.

Things You’re Excited About

Just like Covid-19, Hype is contagious, so if you’re enthusiastic about something, share it on your site. My life purpose and passion, is a good example, I started researching and reading about how to find a life purpose and I was so excited on what I was reading, that I decided to share it, so I did, and shared it on my site, and the feedback I received was great.

I did the same with another post I did when I was becoming healthier and decided to go on a protein/water fast. I went 5 days on a protein/water fast and then wrote about my experiences doing it.

So what are you excited about? Anything your casual reading and learning about can be good material for a post.

Thing’s You Believe

Another category that seems to do well, is when people write about “things they believe”.

I can see why this type of post would become popular and do well for readers. Not only do people want to know about other people and what they believe in, but it also starts off interesting and sometimes flamboyant conversations that can really get heated. But creating that sort of content in a post can really help to drive traffic if seen by the right people.

It can also be intimidating as it requires taking a stance that will annoy at least a few people. Thinking about it, if you write an “I believe post”, and you didn’t get under someone’s skin, you’re not doing it right. But don’t be put off, as soon as the comments come up with “Your wrong, Idiot!”, you will soon see comments from supporting people saying “I’m glad someone finally had the guts to say it”.

Even my post on why we should delete Facebook, “No Brainer, Delete Facebook“, was similarly well received, with people jumping on the bandwagon and criticizing Facebook’s horrible privacy standards.

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A good method to follow when writing this kind of post is, if your thinking “hmm, maybe I shouldn’t write about that”, then you should really consider writing about it. Most people play it safe, and by all means, this is fine, but to get seen, you need to be out of the box, and create your own opinion and write something more interesting to stand out.

Above All Else, Be Interesting

One Rule – Don’t be boring, if you’re repeating what other people have said, and not generating any new ideas, or insights in your reader’s minds, your posts are unlikely to do well. You can make any topic interesting, if your actually interested in it, and show that within your writing. And by doing so, you will attract more of an audience.

Promoting: How To Get Readers

When I first started out trying to make my way on the internet with my first blog, I was also focusing all my efforts on marketing and SEO, or “what my readers wanted to read”. Again, this was at the time when I knew nothing and was absolutely new to the whole idea of writing a blog. So I went with all the information I had read prior from other bloggers. But as time passed, I realised writing something for clicks rather than writing about something I was interested, it rarely turned into a piece of good content.

While I was writing and thinking about marketing and SEO, I noticed that it affected the way I was writing, my own voice, and my style to try and attract potential readers. Take it from me, your goal is to be who you are to match who you are in real life. People are interested in real people and their views, opinions and problems, rather than someone pretending to be someone else. Just be the interesting person you are.

Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean to do zero marketing. I just mean doing marketing for a personal website can come after you have decided on what to write. Don’t get in the habit of researching a bunch of SEO keywords and then use that to decide on your posts. That will limit you to what content you write about, and usually will lean towards topics that are uncompelling to you.

Try and leave the marketing, promotion and SEO for after, firstly focus on finding interesting topics to write about.

And once you have a great post written, what’s next? How do you maximize its chances of spreading to your audience?

Within my research, I have come across three different kinds of promoting for a personal website:

  1. Surge Traffic
  2. Evergreen Traffic
  3. Audience Traffic

I’ll explain them each, and show you how and when to use them.

Surge Traffic

When this first happened to me, I found it exciting. Surge traffic is the spikes in traffic from many people discovering your site all at once. It’s kind of the holy grail when it comes to promoting a post, because those massive spikes get your confidence up, and gives you a sense of validation on your post, making you feel good about yourself.

Surge traffic is amazing for getting new people to discover your content, but beware, it only lasts temporarily. This traffic only lasts for a few days, then the virality ends and your back to where you started, with only the bonus of a few more people following you.

Thinking in long terms, surge traffic is really reliable as a repeated source of traffic and probably the bottom form of promotion to focus on. But don’t underestimate it, before you have a few thousand people on your email list, it’s the best tool you have to quickly grow your ideal audience.

Surge traffic usually comes from multilpe places:

Influencers: Someone who has a massive following has found your content and shares it.

Social Virality: One of the posts that you wrote, got picked up by social media and is shared like crazy.

Communities: A post performed well in an online community with an active member base, and they all checked it out.

Nothing comes easy in this world, and these methods are all hard to engineer. Most social virality comes from writing a great post at the right time. Again, most influencer traffic comes from writing a great post at the right time and the right person finds it. But community surge traffic is slightly different. This one you can manifest to an extent.

In the past, I was known for using Reddit continuously to try and get potential readers to my site and posts. The reason I chose Reddit was its mass of readers on it, which also has communities for everything. Whenever I finished a post and published it, I would check our Reddit, find a community, and share it, then wait to see what happens.

Guess what? Most of the time it didn’t work at all. It barely caught on and I think a rarely hit over 10+ visitors to my site. But the posts that did work, worked in a big way. In the image below, you can see that after every spike I got from Reddit, the daily visitors, most from organic traffic, slowly increased after each spike.

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So, you’re probably asking, what’s the secret to getting a huge spike of traffic from Reddit? It’s simple… write an interesting post, search for a good community to share it in, post it, and cross your fingers. You could even get your friends and family to upvote the post or maybe depending on how much your willing to go, create a few extra Reddit accounts and upvote it yourself. It doesn’t work all the time unless you’ve got a gift, but when it does, it will hopefully be a game-changer for you.

Don’t just stick to Reddit, any other active online community can be a great starting point to find your readers.

Evergreen Traffic

Every post should have some evergreen value if you want to maximize the effectiveness of your time spent writing. You can have posts from 3-4 years ago, which could still drive valuable traffic to your site. Imagine comparing it to a news article where it becomes dead in the space of 2-3 days, you’ll need a constant stream of new content.

So, now you’re asking me, how do you get evergreen traffic? Well, the answer is SEO. If you can come up with a written post that has the specific keywords in Google that people are searching for, and are able to get into the top few spots for that search result, you’re going to keep getting organic traffic for a very long time.

I won’t go into SEO here, but as I mentioned earlier in this post. You shouldn’t start out by doing a bunch of keyword research, to decide on what you want to write about. It’s your personal website, that represents you online, and you should write what you’re interested in, then and only then can try and add in some SEO to get evergreen traffic.

For instance, the protein/water fasting post is based on my 5-day experience, but I looked up keywords so I knew what I could add to the content to make it more competitive for the protein and water fasting search terms. Same idea I did with my passive income post.

These days you need to be able to balance the SEO value and the post value. If I wanted this post to rank first in Google for “start a blog”, it wouldn’t be this in-depth or useful. So I decided to give up on some of the SEO value to make this post more useful. You’ll need to decide on a balance for yourself.

Audience Traffic

Audience traffic, the most valuable traffic you’re able to get. It’s actual people reading your content because it was written by you. Not because it was recommended, or they stumbled on it through Google, but in fact, they know who you are and are curious to read what you think.

THIS IS THE ULTIMATE GOAL FOR ANY BLOG. The main goal for a blog is to build up a following of people who love what you write, and who will consider reading anything new you put out. This is where the real true value of the blog comes in, it means that your on people’s minds for certain opportunities or questions they might encounter.

It’s also another vital part of how you monetize your site. More audience traffic you have, the more money you can make from your site. Seriously, from a monetization point of view, audience traffic is the most valuable, then its followed by evergreen traffic and last, surge traffic. The main goal for surge traffic can be defined as helping you get people to become initial members of your audience.

So again, the question, how do you build audience traffic? You need to find a way for people to be able to receive updates on whatever it is your working on. The easiest and simple way to do this is by using at least one social media channel that your currently active on, and an email newsletter. You can also use an RSS feed, which people still use today.

Social media does start off a little slow, so don’t be disheartened at first. and I also don’t recommend applying some sort of hacking strategy to your accounts, as this can actually be damaging to your persona, and can result in your accounts being blocked. Try and start tweeting about what you are doing, reading, and thinking about. Then interact with other similar minded people. Over time you’ll start to find your following growing (that’s if your still interesting). When it comes to social media, I say stick to a maximum of 4 different platforms, as it can take over your writing time and become a little confusing.

Patience, A Skill I Had To Learn

We all have patience but do we all have patience when it comes to starting a blog. The most daunting part when promoting your work through any method is that it requires patience. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your websites following. It takes a long time to build up any kind of meaningful audience, and you’ll find it unrewarding when you start. But don’t give up.

Once you start to find your style and certain areas of topics you want to write about, the traction will pick up. But I can’t give you an estimate on how long that will take. Just continue to be interesting and people shall follow.

Others explode right out of the gate, and some might not get any traffic for years. With starting a new blog, there aren’t any shortcuts, as I keep saying, the only way to keep an audience, is to keep being interesting.

Monetization and Spotting Opportunities

Honestly, my first blog never made more than £100 in a single month for over 2 and a half years. Then again monetization wasn’t really my goal, it was to help others and answer peoples questions. But I can say that if you work hard enough for long enough, and build the right audience, opportunities to monetize will unfold naturally for you.

One major thing I’ve noticed when bloggers create a blog for monetization is that they try to do it the easy way with advertising and affiliate revenue. Don’t get me wrong these ways work but are they the most lucrative ways to monetize?

You can focus on these avenues of monetization, but don’t add too much attention to them. Focus more on building an audience and sustainable traffic before you focus on monetization. For example, if no one is coming to your site, what’s the point in tweaking it to add ads and affiliate links to your layout? Get the audience, and the revenue will come.

Monetizing a site like this, the way I have monetized it can be a hassle. I’d suggest having this form of an income as a BONUS, and don’t rely on it as a stable income and use it for financial decisions, the only reason is that you never know when it might drastically decrease. We all think about a massive increase that lasts forever, but the real fact is that it doesn’t. So make sure to have the right mindset. For me, I still love writing and find it interesting, and I don’t even think about the income of the site. I tend to use what it generates to fund other projects rather than putting my own hard-earned cash into them.

How do you monetize, once you have the right audience?

  1. Affiliate Sales
  2. Advertising
  3. Products

Affiliate Sales

Exactly what it says on the tin, affiliate sales are simply getting paid to recommend a product. There are massive amounts of sites that are built to take full advantage of affiliate programs, and some of them end up making a lot of money. For example, reviewing camera equipment, if you’re making 5-10% on each £2,500 camera you could encourage people to buy. Add to that, how many few hundred visitors you’re getting a month, you can make some serious cash. That’s exactly how Wirecutter was able to sell to NYT for £30 million.

When it comes down to a personal website, its best to stick with affiliate programs that apply to products that your writing about. I’ve never promoted a product I don’t like or use, or even try to cram in as many affiliate links as possible. When an opportunity comes to add a relevant recommendation, like GoDaddy earlier in the post, I’ll use an affiliate link and that’s it.

As you write on your website, you should gradually sign up to affiliate programs for any products that you know and recommend. Amazon is by far the largest affiliate, and they give you a percentage of any items that people buy on Amazon in the 24 hours after clicking your link, but also remember that most products will have their own programs too. It’s ideal to keep a list of all the recommended and mentioned products you’ve done over time, so when the time comes to use the link you already have it ready.

There are better affiliate programs than others you will come across, for example, Airtables is really generous but they only give you Airtable credit instead of real money. A great affiliate program will pay you cash for getting people to sign up. A few lucrative ones for this site have been Amazon and ClickBank.

For this site, the affiliate programs I use have been a nice little, not massive, income but it’s not something I intend to optimize around. Again, I treat affiliate income for a personal website as a bonus income. You don’t want to focus on it when it comes to a personal site as it will damage the genuineness of your content. But if an opportunity arises to include it, why not?

Advertisement

Advertisement is the go-to default impulse for any blogger to use to try and monetize their site, but when it comes to a personal site, it’s not as effective as you might think.

Google’s display advertisements pay a lousy amount per thousand views, and the premium advertising networks arent much better. I’ve honestly gone back and forth with the thought of adding ads to this site, but ultimately I have currently decided the small amount of income wasn’t worth the damage to the reader’s experience.

I’ve heard about another advertising platform called Medium. I’ve always debated whether to go ahead and try it as I’ve had people recommend it to me and say it’s very decent if you have a viral hit. But I can’t really go into much detail, as I haven’t used it personally as of yet. Maybe in the future when I get around to it, I’ll write another post to let you guys no more. or check it out for yourself.

In a nutshell that’s the extent of advertising, I’ve done through this website and others. Again, my goal wasn’t to monetize the website to make as much money as possible, rather it was just an outlet I could share my content on findings etc to other interested readers. That’s not to say you can’t make a lot of money, to do that its best to do it with products.

Products

If you feel that advertisements and affiliate links might provide a potential risk in devaluing your site and the experience to your readers, nothing will enhance it like a good old product. It’s a beautiful thought to think that slaving away on your site and giving everything for free is worth it, but eventually, it will burn you out. Your site needs to support you financially in some sort of way, and the best way is through helping you create products for your audience you’ve developed.

Since the days when I started my first blog and making products for it, it has brought me the majority and most consistent revenue. The best part is that it doesn’t require almost any ongoing work, making it fairly passive income for the site. The product I developed was a simple app for android and apple devices. I had the audience already, I just got an app developed, linked it to the related posts from my website, and sold the app for £2.50. After 3 years, it’s still going strong now, with me only updating it twice.

What’s the lesson here? Well, if you see a piece of content grabbing attention and an audience, and you cant see if there is any product out there that offers what you offer, take a stab at it and create a product. because when you do make something that does well, in my case an app, try and double down on it, and go for it.

My first intention, if I find that this post does well, is to assume I can create a product out of it. Who knows, after your reading this, you might find I already created it. Publishing a post is a really cheap way to test business and product ideas since you’re making sure you have an interest and an audience to market before you build anything, instead of spending months building something and then hoping people will be interested in buying it.

Getting Started

I reckon while you have been reading this post that a little tiny thought in the back of your head is saying “doing all this work seems totally impossible”. I Kind of see your point, 624 posts seem like a lot of work, for 5 years, and on top of that who is to say that you’ll get the same results?

But don’t feel frightened, I haven’t come across a single person with a personal website that has had any regrets investing in it. I also have a number of friends who had a personal website and now recently have started to ask me on how to get started monetizing. Probably another reason why I started this “write a blog that changes your life” post to answer my friend’s questions.

If you have the same mentality as me and want to get going out of the blocks with as much momentum as possible, I recommend to first get your site built, but don’t overthink it! Then try to get around 10-15 posts written within the first month. Don’t worry about promoting them or showing them to anyone, just start getting into a habit, and I swear after your first month, it will get easier over time, and on the plus, you’ll have developed a new writing habit within 30 days. (remember when I said it takes 30 days to create a habit?)

One major thing not to do, like anything in life, is to compare your progress with mine or anyone else’s. Everyone in the universe has a different path to play out in life, and when it comes to “changing your life”, it can mean and come in various ways to different people.

I honestly can’t guarantee that following the methods that worked for me, will also work for you in the same manner. But hopefully, my methods will guide you to figure out your own success at writing a blog, and I promise you it will get you somewhere you never saw coming.

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