How to Build A Profitable Blog Or Business In 2018

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Every year, there are millions of blogs being created. Most of them are getting abandoned in their first 6 months of creation. If you want to succeed in blogging, you have to create content that educates your readers.

You can’t make passive income from online without having a blog, can you? 

Blogging can not only give you online reputation it also helps you build long lasting relationships with like-minded bloggers to help you spread your online businesses. Most people don’t succeed online because of one reason, they are not passionate about solving others problems.

If you want to make your blog success, follow these strategies and you will see drastic changes in no time. Always remember, blogging is always about branding. If you focus on building a brand for yourself, you can build a thriving online business sooner or later.

That being said, here are few tips to build a profitable blog in 2018.

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Create content that spreads naturally

This is a no brainer. Content is always king. You can’t build a successful blog or business without posting great content. Your content should solve your target audience problems and your content has to be unique.

If you deliver problem solving content on a regular basis, by the end of 2018 you can build a thriving audience around your online business.

Here are few tips to create great stuff.

  • Understand your market (know who you are writing to)
  • Find out the problems in your niche
  • Come up with unique set of solutions (and post them on your blog regularly)
  • Promote it to get wider reach (ask others to share your stuff)
  • Always write great headlines that persuade people to click on your posts.

Promotion is the key

Without promotion, writing articles day in and day out is a waste of time. Why create more stuff when no one reads or promotes you?

Most bloggers underestimate the power of promoting their blog posts, videos and slides. If you want to get more views on your stuff, you should promote like no one else. Promotion is the success key to make your blog posts go viral.

One of the best ways to begin your promotion strategy is to use social media wisely. Social media sites like Facebook, twitter, Google+ can give your posts wide reach quickly. The key to make your blog posts go viral on social media sites is to have irresistible headlines.

Nichify your niche to build targeted audience

Most bloggers cover almost every topic under the sun. It worked before. It won’t work now, not anymore. You have to create authority in a specific niche and you have to deliver stuff that no one else is offering. That’s the success mantra for your online business in 2018.

Don’t cover too many topics, narrow down your choice of publishing posts.

For example, if you want to create a blog on Internet marketing (IM) which is widely known and ever green, don’t cover all the topics from affiliate marketing to list building. Instead, focus on 2 to 3 topics and conquer them first. Then you can add up more topics as your blog grows. This way you will be able to find the market for your niche and you can also create authenticity in specific topics by frequently covering them.

Money isn’t it in the list, it’s in YOU!

The problem while building an email list is most people think building an email list is enough, it makes itself money. No it isn’t. You can make money from the list only if you are following right strategies. Without having a monetization strategy, you can’t make a penny from your email lists no matter how big they are.

Most bloggers build their email lists blindly. They use freebies like eBooks to collect emails and they never spend time on building a rapport with their blog followers.

If you only care about building a massive email list, it can never give you money in the long run. You must focus on creating relationships with your email list subscribers. And once you build a great rapport with them, you can then make them purchase your stuff by making them aware of your products.

First impression is the LAST impression

Design is the king. If you want to build a profitable blog or business in 2018, make sure to give top priority for your website design.

Website design is the first thing most people see. If someone lands on your blog or website for the first time, they don’t read your posts, they don’t buy your stuff, they look at your design. If it’s good, they will proceed to read or buy your stuff. Having a great design is that important, it can make or break your blog success.

Either hire a professional designer to design your site or buy search engine friendly themes like Thesis, Genesis etc. Never use free themes, they give mediocre appearance most of the time.

Here are few tips to create an appealing design for you blog(s).

  • Avoid the clutter (white space is always good)
  • Don’t use too many plugins (as it can slow down your website speed)
  • Use a readable font size (14 to 16 px is good)
  • Use a good font (Georgia, Verdana are the best)
  • Avoid using mediocre logo designs (Either hire someone on Fiverr or simply use fonts if you want to go cheap)

Profitable blogs are created over time, not instantly

Consistency is the key to online success. There’s no overnight success in blogging or any other business. You have to develop your network, increase your readership and sell more stuff to survive in the blogosphere. It definitely takes time, so use this year to build a great platform for your business.

Analyze any successful blogger’s journey, you will notice one thing – they all continued doing their work even when the things went wrong. They never gave up on their dreams, they always focused on building loyal fans around their blogs. Remember that, every professional was once an amateur.

In a nutshell: Creating a profitable business online is not a rocket science. It takes persistence, consistency and hard work to take your blog from zero to hero. If you focus on building a brand through your blogs, you will notice the results in the long run.

Do you have any more strategies or tips to build a profitable blog and business in 2018? What are your blogging goals in 2018? Share them below.

14 Comments

  1. Pramod says:

    Awesome post Anil, one thing I’d like that most of blogger just hit publish button and after that they cry that they are not having any traffic without promoting their posts. But I think it is hardest part of bogging, the promotion and building followers. Social media sites are first priority and should be considered seriously and secret to rapidly grow social followes is to run contest and giveaways.

  2. vikas yadav says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing this article with us @Anil. A very knowledgeable article for all those people who have just started blogging or think to make a career in the blogging in 2014. But, I have a questions that different established blogger have their different optinion, to achieve success in blogging. Some of them say that 6 six month is enough to make money from blogging other say it takes 1 years to make money from blogging. According to you how after how much time(Months or Year), that a blogger who is writing good article and promote his blog through social media etc. can expect to make money from his/her blog:- @Anil

    • Pramod says:

      Good question, really want to heard it from Anil only, but in my opinion 6 month is surely not if we talk about newbie blogger but for established or problogger it may be even less than 6 months. As Google and competition is really growing fast, the times it takes to earn is also getting hard.

    • Anil Agarwal says:

      According to me, for most of bloggers who are working hard on their blogs will at least take a year to get decent level of success with their blogs. Its also true if you keep on working hard and producing quality contents on your blog on regular intervals, you will start getting small small successes with your blog as it reaches to 6 months.

      Again for ProBloggers and Celebrities, they can get success from their blogs in few months time even.

      • vikas yadav says:

        Yes, your opinion is right and i am also agree with you. A celebrity or pro blogger can get success from his blog with in 1 month or less.
        Even if a blogger who belongs from U.S.A., U.K. can easily get success from their immediately but indian blogger has to wait atleats 6 -12 month achieve desired result.

  3. Pramod says:

    I agree with you Anil, content matter a lot. If content is of such a high quality that it abide readers to come back again and again, then you are surely going to be successful. More you spend more you gets…

    • vikas yadav says:

      Hello@Pramod:- It does not matter that if you spend more time on prepare your article’s and producing good quality content, then you got success immediately.
      In my opinion, if along with the high quality article, you have the right marketing strategy and know how to take the maximum advantage from the different social networking +bookmarking websites, then you surely got success immediately with in 6 months.

  4. Muhammad Hussain says:

    Article was awesome, I loved it. and I want to tell one thing to Vikas Yadav that you recognized any blogger when he get success but people never recognized him before that,,, so you can’t see any hard work of them

    • Pramod says:

      I totally agree with you Muhammad. No one is born problogger from first day. It takes patience, consistency and hard work to be successful in any field.

  5. Naveen says:

    Quality content and promoting it actively is the key to success that most of the newbies fail when it comes to marketing.

    You’ve wee explained this on this article. Thanks.

  6. Gistzone says:

    I really appriciate this post and i think is gonna help we bloggers
    both Novince and Those that have abandon their blog due to not making money from it

  7. frank joseph says:

    I love this statement: “Nichify your niche to build targeted audience”.
    Thank you for taking the time to write this guide Anil Agarwal, i have been concentrating on building successful niche blogs in 2014.
    And my goal is to make more than $3000 monthly.

  8. Pramod says:

    I totally agree with you Muhammad. No one is born problogger from first day. It takes patience, consistency and hard work to be successful in any field.

  9. Uday Ghulaxe says:

    You have write this article in a really great way. Yes as you say promotion is the key for bussiness in 2014. And accordin to google social media is going to play important role in the ranking factor.
    And I like the last point that design is the king . If our design is eye caching then readers will come again n again as I do.

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