So you’ve decided on your niche, but what are you going to call your blog? Really, the question should be what domain name will you choose, because the blog and domain should be the same.
Glen Allsopp (my blogging guide) says: “I always try and pick something ‘brandable’. If it’s relevant to the niche that’s great, but it doesn’t have to be. Ideally, the fewer the words the better. It helps people remember the site.”
A popular keyword phrase in your industry or niche might work perfectly as your blog name, and you may strike lucky and find the related domain hasn’t been purchased. The domain name I have chosen is not immediately obvious to the niche I’ve decided on, but it is a single word that has been manipulated and is very memorable. At least, I’m hoping so.
To research your possibilities, Glen recommends using the Google keyword Tool and the free Wordtracker keyword tool,
Blogs – it seems like just about everyone has one.
If you don’t know what a blog is, it comes from the phrase “web log”, which is an online diary or journal of sorts. People have all kinds of reasons for starting a blog. They may do it for fun, because they love writing or just to have an outlet to express their thoughts, vent frustrations and more.
But you can make a blog into a money-making business, even if you have no blogging or business experience.
How to Get Started
You can actually start your blog completely for free. There are services like Blogger.com and WordPress.com that make it super easy. But note, John Yeo, profitable blog and creator of the Blogger’s Paycheck recommends that those seeking profit should WordPress, but in a different way than is explained at WordPress.com and he goes through it in detail in the course.
Many people dream of blogging for profit, and this goal is not far beyond the reach of someone with average intelligence, a willingness to work hard, and a basic grasp of blogging technology. However, very few people manage to reap the profits they want from their blog.
Most people who attempt to make money with their blogs do not succeed for two reasons. Often, bloggers have unrealistic expectations of how fast their readership will grow and how much money they will make, and when these expectations are not met the disappointment can crush the desire to continue blogging.
The other trap that many bloggers fall into has to do with lack of planning. There are many things you need if you plan on turning a profit as a blogger. For example, do you have any accounting programs or personal tax prep software to record the extra income?