Starting a blog is exciting but what about starting a profitable blog? Where do you even begin? What steps do you need to take to make money?

Don’t panic I’ve been there!  When I started my first blog it was purely a hobby. But I started this blog in a way that I could make money off it from day one. I did loads of research before I began and there’s just so much information out there that I was completely overwhelmed by it all. I ended up switching my laptop off for a while and putting off the launch of my blog because I didn’t know where to start. But I eventually got round to taking some email courses and reading lots of really helpful articles and here I am now!

Here are some of my blogging tips for beginners.

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1. Choose Your Niche

Okay, I’ll start off with something that every single blogging advice post will tell you – you need to choose a niche for your blog. Whilst this isn’t essential if you’re just blogging as a hobby, you’ll need a niche if you want to make money. You will need to narrow down your niche in order to build a solid, loyal following.

If you’re planning to make money through selling products, whether online or physical, your potential customers will need to trust in your expertise. Think of it this way. Would you buy a blogging course off someone who can’t run a blog? No. Choose your niche based on your knowledge and experiences that you can turn into great blog posts.

2. Create Great Content

Seems like an obvious one but in order to make money off your blog you need to have something that someone will pay for. Draw from your experience and knowledge to write informative posts about your chosen niche. To be able to make money, you need to have visitors to your site so people need to have a reason to visit your blog – make that reason great content.

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3. Build Relationships and Engage with Your Audience

Whether you plan to make money through affiliate links, ads or selling products your readers will need to trust you as an expert in your niche. The best way to establish this, other than by creating great content, is to build relationships with your readers. In order to build those relationships, you should be engaging with your audience outside of your actual blog posts. What do I mean by this? I mean connecting with people on Twitter, in Facebook Groups, replying to comments on your blog and commenting on other blogs.

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4. Think of Your Blog as Business, not a Hobby

If you want to make money off your blog, you need to start thinking of it as a business and lose the hobby blogger mindset. As with any business, you’ll need to set yourself specific goals, targets and deadlines. If you want to build a profitable blog then you need to have a business blogger mindset.

One of my top tips for treating your blog like a business is to plan and schedule to ensure that you stay on target. You can read about how to stay on track and to motivate yourself when you’re your own boss here.

5. Income Strategy

There’s very little point in saying “I want to make money from my blog” and then just hoping for the best. Most people don’t make money from blogging directly. Your blog is just a platform and you’ll probably use a combination of income streams. The biggest and most popular streams of blogging income are advertising, affiliate marketing, digital products, physical products and services.

In order to have a successful, profitable blog, you will need to plan out which income streams you want to use and create a strategy on how to implement those streams.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing posts on different income methods so keep your eyes peeled for those.

Making money from your blog is hard work and it’s best left to happen organically. But, if you follow the above 5 tips from the start, you’ll be well on your way.

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