Few months ago I have written an article about How to Start an Online Business in Pakistan and I discussed about freelancing in Pakistan and how to start business as a freelancer. Now I discuss how to start online business through blogging in Pakistan or other part of the world and few steps will guide you in earning money online through blog. In 2015 many things have changed e.g Google search engine policies and advertisers terms and conditions, so it is essential to be up to date with those and start blogging accordingly.
Make Money through Blogging
Now a days blogging is a famous way to earn online. Starting from writing articles/posts and publishing them with images and graphs to present in a beautiful readable manner so subscribers/target audience should read and participate in discussion is essential task. Focus should be on how to match content to search queries. Keyword is most important part. Find and choose a niche and review which search queries in this niche are on top. Blogging needs quality content that reader want to read and then target those reader. Earning part is next after getting/receiving sufficient visitors on website then add advertisements on site and earn from sponsored ads as well. Even more earning is possible with affiliate links, info-products, membership sites, and guest blogging etc.
Steps to start blogging
- Choose a niche (specific area in which we are participating)
- Make/develop a website that looks attractive and appealing to readers.
- Create quality and original content that can target to readers search queries.
- Monetize your blog/website.
- Get paid ( Huraah )
Choose a Niche
Here I will quote one of the best article about choosing a niche. If you’re committed to building a popular and profitable site, you’ll have to write, read, and talk about your topic almost every day for the next several years. You’ll invest thousands of hours, quite literally gambling with your time.
The question is, how will you approach it? Will you start writing and hope someone notices you? Or will you carefully research your niche, looking for the precise angle that will make your content irresistible?
It’s never possible to know for sure whether people will like your content before you create it, but keyword research sure helps. You can see how many people are searching for your topic in the search engines, and you can use it to compare different topics to each other and gauge their popularity.
I recommend to read article How to Choose a Profitable Niche
When I was younger… I [didn’t] want to be pigeonholed… Basically, now you want to be pigeonholed. Its your niche.
Basic formula to choose a niche is always do what you love and what you know. Choose something you want to know more about. This will help you to go in right direction and path. Now most important question is “can your niche make money?”
Can your niche make money?
Here we can anaylse keyword popularity and number of search engine queries. There are many tools like adword keyword tool and woorank that you can use to create the matrix and see which keyword and niche is best in term of making money. create money word matrix.
Keywords go fast!
Keywords are equally important as the content. If we choose wrong keyword/niche and write quality articles then it will target less readers. We have to choose keywords that readers are searching most because keywords go fast!
Make a website/Blog
Next part is creating a website/blog so we can publish our content for our readers. Website layout also make difference and should be appealing and attractive to our readers. First we need the domain name that is relevant to our keyword/niche and hosting to upload our website to online server. Some services are:
Choosing a CMS (Content management system) is also important . There are many online service providers for this purpose but I recommend to install WordPress for this purpose as it is most famous and easy to use CMS for anyone. WordPress have thousands of free and premium themes and plugin that you can choose for your website. For themes you can visit WordPress.org themes directory and also choose any one from 100 top themes Smashing Mag. Adding wordpress plugin is very easy and you can choose plugins from WordPress.org plug-ins directory. Costing for this step varies due to different service providers but you can easily get your site running in $100 for the first year easily.
There are many articles on internet about creating a quality content but I recommend to read How to Write Great Blog Content. Herr is a question that most people ask that is “Which is more important: Content or Design ?” and my answer to this question is in one word that is “balance”. Meaning you should balance both design as well content. both should be according to target readers preference.
Monetize your blog
This is the stage that we are waiting for as our main purpose is to earn from blogging. There are many ways to monetize your blog but don’t go for all. Choose the best suite to you and that work in your condition. Some of the ways are:
- Sponsored Posts
- Product reviews
- Buy Sell Ads
- Google AdSense
- Paid reviews
- Sponsored Ads
I recommend to read one of the best article to monetize your blog How To Monetize Your Blog.
Last but least. This is the stage your are waiting for. I know how excited you will be when you are getting first earning from blog as I was excited too. When you receive email for first payment from any service provider, you have usually options for getting paid few of them are:
- Wire transfer
- Check (local)
- Western Union
Blogger in Action
Here are few bloggers who are in action. You can visit their blogs and contact them for guidance and don’t forget to read their success stories.
I appreciate any feedback from you and addition from bloggers always welcome. I will post third part of this article soon so visit this page to get updates.