So, the first thing you learned is how to identify a viable niche for your blog, plan your blog, and how to blog your plan. Then you learned exactly how to write on your blog as an expert, even if you’re not confident that you are one. You also learned how to find gobs of great topics to write on.
Now, Build an Audience
If you build it, they won’t come. Not unless you tell them where it’s at, of course. You’re already participating in plenty of online communities that focus on your niche, so why not let them know what you’re working on?
This shouldn’t be the primary reason for your participation, though. That’s going to result in alienation from the rest of the community. No one likes someone who’s only in it for the money. If your peers get this sense from you, they’ll ignore you, and you’ll never attract them as readers to your blog.
Focus your participation in the community on asking good questions and providing helpful answers to the questions of others. Put your blog together as a sort of FAQ on the topic, but make it more of an EAQ – and “Every Asked Question.”
Maintain a page or post on your blog that indexes every topic you’ve written on. This is super easy thanks to tags and categories – standard features on just about every blogging platform you could possibly be considering.
Share this resource, or any other valuable resource you can create, with your community. Commission a freelancer (from sites like elance.com, or freelancer.com) to create an infographic, or video based on statistics relevant to your niche.
Do anything that you can think of that’s interesting and valuable to the people who care about your niche, and share it freely. You’ll end up with more adoring fans than you could have hoped for.
Just don’t be a pest, and things will go very well.
The Whole is Greater than the Sum of Its Parts
You can’t just do one of these things. You have to do all of them. And they have to be done with the intention of helping others interested in your chosen niche. If you do this, then you can only find success.
That isn’t to say that it will come over night. It might not even come in a few months. But if you keep at it, and stay focused on doing the right thing, you’re going to eventually find the success you’re looking for.
And if you stick at it for one year, you’ll definitely find success. You’ll have hundreds, if not thousands of dedicated readers. Once you get to that level, it’s relatively simple to monetize your blog and turn your hobby into your career.
Just imagine that your life consists of nothing more than focusing on the thing that you’re most interested in. Imagine that you earn $50,000 or more just for doing it, too.
If that sounds interesting, then put everything together in this series, paying particular attention to planning your blog and blogging your plan, and you won’t have any alternative but success.