95Power – Decawave

Founded in 2017, 95Power is a wholly owned subsidiary of SKYLAB, which has 20 years of experience in RF product design and testing. 95Power specializes in the development and research of software and hardware technologies related to space digitization, and provides high accuracy positioning to Industrial IoT.

95Power focuses on BLE triangular indoor positioning, Angle of Arrival (AOA); UWB Two-Way Ranging (TWR), Time Difference of Arrival (TDoA); software development and related hardware product development and production.

95Power products have been widely used in the following applications: intelligent medical, smart senior care housing, smart factories, asset management, mining, chemical industries, prisons, power supply companies, bridge and tunnel construction, and other industries. They offer indoor positioning accuracy products (0.1m~3m), and cooperate with different management system suppliers, application software suppliers and other various partners, to provide complete industry solutions.


LEAPS – Decawave

LEAPS focuses on building and marketing Real-Time Location and Real-Time Telemetry systems based on Ultra-wideband. Founded in 2016, the company is known for designing and developing of Decawave’s DWM1001 modules and PANS.

LEAPS has one of the most innovative teams in converting the Ultra-wideband chip into a useful solution. Decawave has chosen LEAPS as system provider among their 3,000+ clients and partners.

Locate new values for your business

MODULAR – LEAPS is an advanced modular system that is versatile to meet your needs; it comprises of one module with one firmware, configurable in different modes and profiles.

VERSATILE – LEAPS’s versatility allows the functionality of a wide range of applications. From navigation and tracking in building with many rooms, open-space area, fast movement, to long battery lifetime tracking applications.

UNIQUE – LEAPS is a unique Swiss Army knife for accurate positioning and data telemetry in real-time. A small versatile module provides you flexibility and great return on investment.

SECURE – LEAPS was designed from scratch with strong focus on security and privacy. Trust chain is protected using hardware secure element.

SIMPLE – LEAPS is easy to set up and it has a wide range of API options that allows easy integration to your products and services. Growing PANS and LEAPS community provides a valuable resource of information and help.

PROVEN – LEAPS was built by creators of Decawave’s DWM1001 and PANS. This was achieved through a team of reliable and experienced experts trusted by Decawave.


Noccela – Decawave

Our retail line includes three products:

  1. The Noccela Smart Tag
  2. The Noccela Call Button
  3. The Noccela Badge

The Noccela Smart Tag is the only locatable product protection available in the market. It recognizes 5 different methods of theft, and alerts the sales personnel via the Noccela Application in case of suspicious events. The tag can also be used to gather valuable data about customer behavior and as a tool to boost sales. The tag recognizes when it is taken for example to a fitting room and it can alert the staff of a potential customer.

The Noccela Call Button can be placed anywhere so that customers can get service simply by pushing a button. The service requests also go to the same application.

The Noccela Badge is a locatable personnel card with a button. The staff can call for help by pushing a button when they need assistance from their colleagues or a guard. The badge also collects data all the time. Basically, the badge works as an efficient tool and protection for the staff at the same time.


Decawave to Be Acquired by Qorvo

Combination of Decawave unique technology and Qorvo’s expertise in high-volume radio frequency (RF) products to drive growth of UWB across markets

DUBLIN, IRL – January 30, 2020 – Decawave, an Irish fabless semi-conductor company specializing in precise location and connectivity applications, has announced today that it will be acquired by Qorvo (Nasdaq: QRVO), a leading provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world. The acquisition will advance market penetration of IR-UWB and enable broad global adoption of this transformational technology.

Decawave was founded in Dublin in 2007 by current CEO Ciaran Connell and CTO Michael McLaughlin. The co-founders had a vision that the new IR-UWB technology, based on a nascent IEEE standard, could deliver ultra-accurate location in a way that would revolutionize people’s lives like GPS did in the 1990s.

Twelve years later, IR-UWB is on the verge of becoming the next essential component technology, like GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth before it. Already shipping in millions of smartphones and cars, and across more than 40 other verticals, IR-UWB is enabling accurate indoor location services, secure communications, context aware user interfaces and advanced analytics.

“We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Decawave by Qorvo,” said co-founder and CEO Ciaran Connell. “We have created an incredibly unique technology, but we understand that to embrace the opportunity in front of us, we will need greater resources to execute at scale, accelerate our innovation and product launches and to continue to support our growing customer base with the same level of service.

“Joining forces with Qorvo’s leading expertise in RF technology, their experience in serving very high-volume markets like Mobile but also the thousands of customers in Industrial and Enterprise, is, for Decawave, a perfect combination to scale and further accelerate the adoption of IR-UWB.”

Eric Creviston, President of Qorvo Mobile Products, said, “We’re very pleased to welcome the Decawave team, which we believe will enhance Qorvo’s product and technology leadership while expanding new opportunities in mobile, automotive and IoT. We look forward to building on the groundbreaking work that Decawave has done and helping to drive new applications and businesses using their unique UWB capability.”

Decawave co-founder Michael McLaughlin added, “From proving a new technology, to building new markets and to today joining a Tier 1 semiconductor company, the past 12 years have been a challenging and fantastic journey.

“None of this would have been possible without the dedication and passion of Decawave employees as well as the constant support from our lead investor Atlantic Bridge, Act Venture Capital, Summit Bridge, Enterprise Ireland and our business angels. To all others who accompanied us on this journey we also say a sincere and profound thank you and we look forward to the next chapter for IR-UWB.”

In the coming months and years Decawave and Qorvo will:

  • Continue to contribute to the IEEE, Car Connectivity Consortium, FiRa and UWB alliance to define next generation PHYs and protocols, ensuring interoperability across applications and fueling IR-UWB adoption,
  • Accelerate the roadmap of ICs and modules, leveraging their respective R&D strengths and product portfolio to bring even more IR-UWB solutions to the market,
  • Pursue existing partnerships and investments in enablement to offer flexible and easy to integrate IR-UWB solutions to our customers.

Decawave would like to also acknowledge Jefferies LLC who served as exclusive financial advisor, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Crowley Millar who served as legal advisors to Decawave.

About Decawave
Decawave develops semiconductor solutions, software, modules and reference designs that enable real-time, ultra-accurate, ultra-reliable local area micro-location services. Decawave is headquartered in Ireland, with regional headquarters in California and China and a presence in South Korea, France and Japan. For more information, visit

About Qorvo
Qorvo (Nasdaq: QRVO) makes a better world possible by providing innovative Radio Frequency (RF) solutions at the center of connectivity. We combine product and technology leadership, systems-level expertise and global manufacturing scale to quickly solve our customers’ most complex technical challenges. Qorvo serves diverse high-growth segments of large global markets, including advanced wireless devices, wired and wireless networks and defense radar and communications. We also leverage unique competitive strengths to advance 5G networks, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and other emerging applications that expand the global framework interconnecting people, places and things. Visit to learn how Qorvo connects the world.

Qorvo is a registered trademark of Qorvo, Inc. in the U.S. and in other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


Allegion and Decawave Commit to Expanding the UWB Ecosystem as New Sponsor Members of the FiRa Consortium Technology

Decawave notes that they, too, are delighted to join the FiRa Consortium as a Sponsor member. “We at Decawave, as the pioneer in UWB location technology and IC, have gathered a broad and deep expertise in many end-products and equipment across the 40+ vertical markets we have been serving for about 8 years now, and so fully comprehend the need for interoperability and standardization”, said Luc Darmon, GM of Secure Transactions at Decawave. “We are happy to bring this expertise and know- how to help FiRa build a strong and broad standard that will ease the adoption, the use and the large deployment of UWB-based solutions across markets, regions and industries.”

In forming the FiRa Consortium, one of the initial use cases identified for UWB was location-based services. The vision of using UWB for this use case is coming to life with the addition of two members focused on this use case.

TSINGOAL, a leading UWB ranging/locating solution provider in China, has over 1200 installations in factories, warehouses, power plants and nursing homes. In joining the FiRa Consortium as a Contributor member, Rayson, CEO of TSINGOAL, says that “TSINGOAL identifies strongly with FiRa’s vision and wants to participate in activities to make the vision real”.

New Associate member, Humatics, is also uniquely positioned to bring expertise to the use of UWB for this application. “Humatics is thrilled to join the FiRa Consortium,” said David Mindell, CEO and Founder of Humatics. “FiRa shares our vision and commitment to driving closer collaboration between people and machines through the use of ultra-wideband (UWB) technology. We look forward to working closely together to develop UWB use cases around navigation and industrial IoT and co-create interoperability standards to drive the adoption of this incredibly powerful technology worldwide.”

Supporting Decawave’s point regarding interoperability and standardization, the FiRa Consortium is developing a comprehensive certification program to ensure seamless interoperability and compatibility among chipsets, devices and solutions. New Test Lab members, CAICT, and SGS, along with current Test Lab members NPP Itelma and TTA, will collaborate on the important task of preparing the certification program to ensure that UWB-enabled products and solutions meet the standards set by the FiRa Consortium. When these standards are met, other member classes will have the opportunity to use the FiRa Consortium “certified” logo.


Qorvo Completes Acquisition of Decawave

GREENSBORO, NC – February 24, 2020 – Qorvo® (Nasdaq:QRVO), a leading provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Decawave, a pioneer in ultra-wideband (UWB) technology and provider of UWB solutions for mobile, automotive and IoT applications. The Decawave team has become the Ultra-Wideband Business Unit (UWBU) within Qorvo Mobile Products.

Eric Creviston, president of Qorvo Mobile Products said, “We are excited about the growth potential offered by UWB and the opportunity to build upon the pioneering work of the Decawave team. We see tremendous opportunities for Decawave’s technology as UWB expands into new markets in mobile, automotive and industrial and consumer IoT. We look forward to collaborating with customers to develop UWB solutions that greatly increase the accuracy and security of a host of new location and communication services.”

Dublin, Ireland-based-Decawave was founded in 2007 and has deployed more than 8 million chipsets in more than 40 different market verticals – from smartphones to drones. Decawave’s Impulse Radio UWB technology allows for position accuracy of a few centimeters, and with extremely low latency. Decawave CEO Ciaran Connell will lead Qorvo’s UWBU team as its general manager.

About Qorvo
Qorvo (Nasdaq: QRVO) makes a better world possible by providing innovative Radio Frequency (RF) solutions at the center of connectivity. We combine product and technology leadership, systems-level expertise and global manufacturing scale to quickly solve our customers’ most complex technical challenges. Qorvo serves diverse high-growth segments of large global markets, including advanced wireless devices, wired and wireless networks and defense radar and communications. We also leverage unique competitive strengths to advance 5G networks, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and other emerging applications that expand the global framework interconnecting people, places and things. Visit to learn how Qorvo connects the world.

Qorvo is a registered trademark of Qorvo, Inc. in the U.S. and in other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog in 2020 (32 Ways to Get Blog Traffic)

So you’ve launched a blog. Now it’s time to learn how to drive traffic to your blog.

It’s easy to hit publish on your website (or first blog post), kick back and wonder… where is everyone?

If you want proven strategies for how to drive traffic to your blog—or company website—then you’ve come to the right place.

How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog (32 Best Ways to Increase Blog Traffic) in 2020

  1. Go Deep and Create Share-Worthy Content
  2. Nail Your On-Page SEO
  3. Optimize for Long-Tail Keywords
  4. Start Building an Email List (Now)
  5. Guest Posting (the Right Way)
  6. Publishing Quote Roundups
  7. Strategic Pre-Linking in Your Content
  8. Natural Link Building
  9. Interview Thought Leaders
  10. Content Partnerships with Bloggers and Brands
  11. Land a Publication Column
  12. Regularly Sharing Images on Pinterest
  13. Creatively Writing on LinkedIn
  14. Being Proactive on Facebook
  15. Standing Out on Instagram
  16. Using Twitter to Create a Loyal Community
  17. Answering Questions on Quora
  18. (Carefully) Engaging on Reddit
  19. Sharing in Facebook Groups
  20. Being Active in Niche-Focused Online Communities
  21. Get Interviewed on Podcasts
  22. Launch a YouTube Channel
  23. Host Webinars
  24. eBooks, Books and Audiobooks
  25. Offer Free Downloadable Templates
  26. Host a Virtual Summit
  27. Teach Online Courses
  28. Launch a Creative Side Project
  29. Google Discover
  30. Speak at a Conference
  31. Get on Local Television
  32. Utilize Paid Search and Social Advertising

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I’ll earn a commission. When you purchase a product or service using my affiliate link, I’m compensated, which helps make content like this free of charge to you. Know that I only recommend products and services I’ve personally used and stand behind.

Over the past four years, I’ve gone from fumbling around with learning how to start a blog to now bringing in over 4.4 Million readers to this blog in the last year alone.

Google Analytics Traffic Screenshot (of How I Drive Traffic to My Blog) Example

I say this not to brag, but to show you I actually know what I’m talking about here. And to prove that I’ve been putting my traffic driving and blog promotion strategies to use right here—with overwhelming success.

Because when it comes to learning how to drive traffic to your website, there are literally millions of articles out there stating they’re the best—many of them written by people who claim to be expert marketers with a secret formula (that always seems to cost just $99.99 for some reason).

Well, I’ve done the actual work. I’ve experimented. I’ve tested. I’ve failed. I’ve learned. I’ve succeeded when it comes to learning how to drive traffic to your blog.

The purpose of this guide isn’t to be a clear step-by-step instruction manual for driving traffic to your blog—rather, it’s a list of all the different (real) types of strategies that could work well in driving traffic to your website. Think of this as a menu of options, from which you should choose 2 or 3 strategies to experiment with at a time.

This isn’t a guaranteed roadmap to success, because it’ll take a lot of experimentation and creativity to learn, adapt and apply to your unique situation.

On top of that, you should NOT be using all of these methods to drive traffic to your blog at the same time. You literally don’t have enough hours in the day. This should be a list you can draw inspiration from, and the tactics that stick out are the ones you should start implementing.

The ultimate goal should be to build a cohesive strategy for your website of tactics to drive traffic that are working when you put time and effort into them.

Aim for depth on a few traffic driving strategies, not breadth of a million of them.

Jumping haphazardly from blogging advice to more advice without giving things time to grow and develop is never going to work. When a strategy is starting to show positive signs, dig deep and prioritize executing that strategy really well so that it can live up to its full potential. That’s how to grow your blog in the long run.

In fact, you should be spending a lot of time figuring out what the best way is to promote your content—I try to live by the 80/20 rule. I spend 80% of my time distributing my content, or figuring out the best way to promote it, and only 20% on the actual writing. Obviously, the quality of the writing is important, but it doesn’t matter how good it is if you aren’t spending the time to get it out there.

Now, I don’t want to lose you just yet, but you might not even be deserving of traffic in the first place. Ouch! I know.

But you have to make sure you’re ready to drive traffic to your website before you actually start testing strategies to increase your blog traffic.

How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog (Before You Actually Get Started)

If you’re looking at your website right now and all you have is a simple landing page, some contact information, and a few products up for sale… sorry, but you’re probably not quite ready to start devoting time to driving traffic to your blog.

In the beginning, it’s nice to think that a committed and engaged audience will just fall into your lap if you reach out to the right people and follow the right steps, but it’s just not that easy. You need to make sure your website is set up the right way and is designed to resonate well with your target market. More on that in my guide to starting a blog.

Before you start figuring out how to drive traffic to your website (or make money blogging for that matter), you have to determine whether you’re ready for that traffic in the first place. Then you’ll need to strategize on coming up with the right blog post ideas that’ll capture your reader’s attention when they come across your content.

So, what does it take to get ready to drive traffic to your blog?

My first four strategies to drive traffic to your website are very foundational. Implementing these best practices are what will position you to actually experience a stronger return from the rest of these ways to drive traffic to your website that we’re covering today. If you’ve already graduated from the basics of figuring out what a blog is… to choosing the right website builder and making your website, then let’s move forward.

How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog (32 Best Ways to Increase Blog Traffic) in 2020

These are the steps you need to take, in order to make sure you’re prepared (and deserving of) all the traffic you want to drive to your blog.

Implementing Foundational Content Best-Practices to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

Now, let’s get into it!

1. Go Deep and Create Share-Worthy Content.

Creating Deep and Share-Worthy Content is the Best Way to Drive Traffic to Your Blog (Screenshot of Process)

Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s easier sell gold than it is to sell shit”? Well, have I got some news for you. No website starts out as minted gold right off the bat, so make sure you’re not trying to peddle, well… you know. In the beginning, a lot of websites try to create useful content on their blog for their audience, but end up churning out all the same 500-1,000-word articles offering the 10 quick steps to achieving this or that. Not only is there no shortage of that content on the Internet already, but recent blogging statistics show its the last thing that’ll make you stand out from the crowd and forge a lasting impression on your readers.

If you go for depth in your content, instead of breadth, promotion will become so much easier. Look at what everyone in your arena is providing and if you can show up to the 500-word advice post party with a 5,000-word step-by-step guide that actually helps people… then your readers will notice that. You’ll not only have a much greater chance of selling people on the quality of your content, it’ll be more likely to go viral, Google will rank it higher in the organic search because it’ll be longer and more in-depth.

This is by far the single best piece of advice I can give you when it comes to learning how to drive traffic to your blog: Create standout content that helps your readers in a more meaningful way than others currently do. If you can successfully do that, you’ll be rewarded for it.

2. Nail Your On-Page SEO.

Nailing Your On-Page SEO is Essential to Driving Traffic to Your Blog (Screenshot)

Learning the right blog SEO strategies and best practices of using target keyword phrases should be your top priority. You should learn how to do keyword research—and use those core target keywords in the headline, throughout the article, and in your image file names, there are a lot of other best practices to get familiar with, like making your URL SEO-friendly and using keyword synonyms. There’s a lot to learn.

If you want some help – because wow that can seem overwhelming at first – consider installing a plugin like Yoast SEO if you’re using WordPress. Yoast is a blogging tool that guides you through the steps of optimizing your page with a wizard that tests your page and asks you questions about your keyword.

3. Optimize Your Content for Long-Tail Keywords.

Target Long-Tail Keywords to Find Competition-Free Content for Your Blog (Example)

If your site already has a high domain authority (DA), you don’t have to worry about this step. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, domain authority is a search engine ranking score that ranges from 1 to 100, and it predicts how well the site will rank in result pages—it’s based on age, popularity, and size. Your brand-new blog will have a ranking around 1 (sorry), while Facebook has a ranking of 99. As you get bigger and better, your DA score will get higher.

Because your site likely has a really low score, you’ll want to do your keyword research to start targeting the most relevant terms and phrases—but don’t go for the big ones like “business ideas” because you’ll have an incredibly hard time ranking for those top-level keyword phrases early on. Instead, aim for long-tail keyword phrases, like “monthly web hosting plans” and you’ll have a better chance at ranking—fun fact: that’s a real example of a long-tail keyword I use for my blog.

4. Start Building an Email List. Like, Yesterday.

Start Building Your Email List to Attract Regular Blog Readers and Get More Traffic

You aren’t going to get very far if you don’t know who your readers are and you’re not making an effort to communicate with them on a more personal level.

The first step of nailing your blog email marketing is creating a sign-up widget in your posts and on your site for a newsletter—which is one of the most powerful ways to keep your readers excited about the work you’re doing. Consider using a tool to manage your lists by evaluating ConvertKit vs AWeber vs Mailchimp to see which fits your needs best.

Still reading along with my guide about how to drive traffic to your blog? Great!

Now that you’ve gotten yourself ready, it’s time to progress beyond just the foundational must-do’s and dive in to more of my top strategies for driving traffic to your website. I’m going to cover things like content outreach methods, social media strategies, partnerships and other creative ways to drive traffic to your blog.

However, like we talked about at the beginning, this is not a comprehensive list of everything you should be doing to drive traffic to your blog today. You should be testing out the strategies that you think could work well in your blog niche—and if one does work, put a lot of energy into getting as much traffic from the channel as possible (until it doesn’t work anymore).

Now, let’s keep moving on my list of creative ways to drive traffic to your blog.

Using Content Outreach to Drive Traffic to Your Website

Get ready to put the pen to paper with effective blogger outreach—metaphorically speaking, that is.

5. Guest Posting (the Right Way).

Best Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website (Increase Blog Traffic) guest posting

There are a lot of different avenues you can go about guest blogging, and I’ve tried quite a few different methods. The first is finding related bloggers in your field and reaching out to see if they’ll accept a guest post from you–you’ll have to do a lot of trial and error with this, because you’ll get a lot of rejections, but reaching that new audience can really pay off.

Another tack you can try is to post on a site with a different sort of established audience, like Medium or Quora. I’ve used Quora quite a bit to look for someone asking a question that’s really in my blog niche, and a providing long, detailed, super helpful answer. Final quick suggestion: if you’re in a more business-y niche, try LinkedIn!

6. Publishing Quote Roundups.

Best Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website (Increase Blog Traffic) quote roundups

When I’m doing research for a piece I’m going to write, I’ll send emails out to influencers who are authorities in the area I’m writing about. I’ll ask them for a quote to include in the blog post, and ask them a single question—this is how I do it, if you’re interested. I don’t worry too much about non-responses or rejections, because as long as a few of them write back, I’ve got a solid contribution for my post (like in this roundup of useful blogging tips from the pros). Because they’re authority figures, it not only lends the article credibility, but if they happen to share the post, I’ll get exposure to their audience as well.

7. Strategic Pre-Linking in Your Content.

Best Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website (Increase Blog Traffic) pre-linking

Mentioning brands, articles, and related influencers within a piece is always a great opportunity to promote your content. When I publish a post, I aim to have between 10 and 20 outbound links in the piece, from pull quotes to mentions. When I post the article, boom, I have 10 to 20 people to email to let them know I featured them. I’ll ask them to share the piece with their followers on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

Bonus: These content promotion relationship doesn’t have to end there. I’ll often go back and ask if they want to collaborate with me further, through partnerships like taking a guest blog post or finding other win-win ways to surface our content to each other’s audiences on a regular basic to help us both drive traffic to our blogs.

8. Natural Link Building.

Best Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website (Increase Blog Traffic) link building

Natural link building, put simply, is getting high quality links from other sites to point toward your own blog. This will increase your DA (domain authority), as we talked about before, and you’ll drive traffic to your blog as a natural side effect of an increasing domain authority. To be clear though, there are only a few ways to do this safely, naturally and following blog SEO best practices:

  • Guest post swaps. This is a win-win content partnership, in which you write a guest post for their blog with a link or two back to yours, and they do the same. You’ll also usually agree to promote the guest post (they’ll do the same), to help drive traffic to your blog and get more readers from a targeted source back to your website.
  • Dead links. There are many blogging tools that can help you find articles with dead links in them—if the link was supposed to go to an article in the same field as yours, why not contact the editor of that website and ask them to update the page and link to your more relevant (live) article instead?
  • Creating a standout resource. If you’ve invested heavily into creating a truly unique, standout piece of content that’s worthy of reputable websites linking to as a great resource—like my exhaustive roundup of the best web hosting plans for bloggers or my industry-leading blogging statistics—then it’s worthwhile to spend some time reaching out to publications and other bloggers that cover these subjects to see if they’d be interested in writing about your resource. If it’s something that’ll genuinely benefit their readers, then you can make a very compelling pitch about why they should cover your content. Now that’s how to drive traffic to your blog and attract high quality backlinks the right way.
  • Comparisons and reviews. If you find yourself regularly talking about (or recommending) a product or service to your audience, then it can pay dividends to publish in-depth reviews and comparison articles that’ll have a strong chance of ranking high in organic search results, due to lower competition on these types of keyword phrases. Take for example my comparisons of the top cheap hosting plans on the market today, my tutorial about shared hosting, or the most reliable free hosting plans—each of these content pieces seeks to educate readers about how to best make an often difficult decision between somewhat comparable services. These kinds of articles are also designed to attract natural links from other authoritative websites when they’re looking for reputable reviews to use as a source they can cite.

When link building, just be careful not to engage in behavior that search engines frown upon, such as link exchanges or paying to acquire backlinks—those are both traffic driving strategies to avoid as they’ll do more damage in the long-term.

9. Interview Thought Leaders.

Best Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website (Increase Blog Traffic) interview leaders

This is one of my favorite ways to connect with other entrepreneurs like myself, chat with them, and usually learn quite a bit – I feature them on my podcast, The Side Hustle Project. I started the podcast as a way to feature thought leaders in my industry and learn about what it took for them to succeed in their side hustle – and it’s the perfect opportunity for content outreach too. When the podcast airs, most of them will share it with their audience, which is why this earns its spot as a top way I’ve learned how to drive traffic to your blog.

10. Content Partnerships with Other Bloggers and Brands.

Best Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website (Increase Blog Traffic) partnerships

This one is more difficult to pull off if you’re still brand new to blogging—you’ll need to have a meaningful amount of traffic first, if you want to get sizable brands or bloggers in your space to promote your content to their audience (and thus drive traffic to your website). That being said, you should always be on the lookout for other bloggers or brands who are just a slight bit ahead of you—that you want to collaborate with, and brainstorm on how you can add value to their business first.

Here’s a hint: During the process of writing a blog post outline for your upcoming article, take a moment to spot any opportunities for bigger bloggers or brands in your space that you can mention and start building a relationship with. By taking this approach of providing value to others in your space first, you can start building a community of influential people that grows in value over time—and will soon help drive traffic to your blog.

11. Land a Publication Column.

Best Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website (Increase Blog Traffic) publication column

For this strategy of how to drive traffic to your website, the most important thing is finding a publication with an established base of readers. It doesn’t have to be a big name like Forbes or Entrepreneur–which will be impossible to land in the very beginning anyway. What you should focus on, is finding something that fits with your style and niche, but is still somewhat approachable in size. This’ll help you build your brand, get more recognition for the name of your blog, connect with interested readers and look great for networking possibilities. And if you play your cards right, you’ll unlock a new channel for driving traffic to your blog in the process.

Leveraging Social Media to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

There’s a reason social media has been the name of the game when it comes to learning how to drive traffic to your blog for the better part of the last decade—it’s one of the best ways to truly connect with your future audience and engage with them on a platform they already love.

Now, let’s dig into a few social media-centric ways to drive traffic to your blog.

12. Regularly Sharing Images on Pinterest.

Best Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website (Increase Blog Traffic) pinterest share

I know many bloggers that have had great success using Pinterest to drive traffic to their blogs. I’ve had a good measure of success on my Pinterest too. You’ll want to make sure you have good visuals to go with each blog post–infographics like I have here and here are great for this–and the most successful Pinterest bloggers recommend that you post at least 10 unique pins (images) for every new blog post you publish on your site if you hope to drive traffic to your website in a meaningful way.

Most importantly though, remember that Pinterest is a community just like any other social media, so make sure you’re active, connecting with others in your niche and re-pinning others’ content too. If you’re just shouting into the void by only sharing your own images, you’re going to have a hard time gaining traction and figuring out how to drive traffic to your blog from the platform.

13. Creatively Writing on LinkedIn.

Best Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website (Increase Blog Traffic) linkedin share

If you’ve been on LinkedIn recently, you’ll know that native video is killing it. However, long-form text posts with a clever hook do really well too. LinkedIn can be a great place to connect with others and engage on content that interests you, while posting about interesting a creative blog post ideas that you think your network will be interested in. In my experience though, if you want to drive traffic to your blog from LinkedIn—you need to make sure your posts are link-free (in order to hit their algorithm just right), but you can leave a link to your blog content in the first comment as a reply to your posting.

14. Being Proactive on Facebook.

Best Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website (Increase Blog Traffic) facebook share

Again, native video is killing it these days, but Facebook still rewards link-free long-form posts too. If you’re going to tackle the social media giant that is Facebook as a way to drive traffic to your website, you’ll want to focus on building and leveraging groups that are jam-packed with your ideal readers (I’ll dive deeper into that method of how to drive traffic to your blog later).

15. Standing Out on Instagram.

Best Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website (Increase Blog Traffic) instagram

Home of the millennials—but growing quickly in all segments as a way to drive traffic to your blog. Obviously, high-quality images are key on this platform, and not every type of business will do well on this platform (food blogging is great for Instagram). Building relationships with other influencers in your space will be one of the keys to success. If you want the inside scoop on how to do Instagram the right way, read my guide about how to start a travel blog and listen to this podcast episode where I sat down with a couple of travel bloggers who’ve cracked the code and learned how to drive traffic to a blog very consistently from their travel Instagram account.

16. Using Twitter to Create a Loyal Community.

Best Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website (Increase Blog Traffic) twitter

Twitter is a great platform for having genuine conversations with people in your space, but not a perfect fit for all types of bloggers to learn how to drive traffic to their websites. It’s best-suited if your blog covers somewhat technology-related topics. Regardless, Twitter shouldn’t be ignored though, as it’s a great way to start building up an audience that’ll participate in conversations—though it’s more community-building and a little less traffic-driving for most bloggers.

If you want to get more bang for your buck out of Twitter, check out a tool like Quuu Promote, which has an existing base of followers that’ve signed up to receive suggestions for what to share that’s in their interests. You can choose how many posts to promote through their network of user every month, and an unlimited amount of people can click and share—thus helping to drive traffic to your blog from their existing base of users.

Using Forums, Groups and Online Communities to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

There’s no big secret to learning this method of how to drive traffic to your blog. It’s as simple as finding where your community spends time online and bringing back them to your blog!

17. Answering Questions on Quora.

Best Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website (Increase Blog Traffic) quora

Quora is like Yahoo Answer’s older, much better-looking sibling. People ask questions like, “I’ve started a blog. How can I increase blog traffic?” and people who provide in-depth, clever, and witty answers—like I gave here—are heavily rewarded. The response to my answer there, is what inspired me to update and expand on my advice in that answer by publishing this massive guide about how to drive traffic to your website.

Oh, and by the way, as of writing this post, my answer there has received almost 29,000 views and gotten 341+ upvotes from other readers on Quora. Not too shabby for a little experiment, and I’ve continued to use Quora as a platform to engage my readers, provide answers related to what I write about on my blog—and use those teaser answers as a way to drive traffic to my blog (where I then cover the topics in more depth).

18. (Carefully) Engaging on Reddit.

Best Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website (Increase Blog Traffic) reddit

Reddit is a little tricky, because if you’re overtly self-promotional, the readers will pick up on it immediately and “downvote you to oblivion,” as they say. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have success in learning how to drive traffic to your blog from the platform if you’re careful and tasteful. Put connecting with the community and building a rapport with dedicated commenters first though—otherwise you’ll get knocked down a peg or two. After solidifying your reputation, you can start to make posts that ask for feedback on your content once you feel comfortable.

19. Sharing in Facebook Groups.

Best Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website (Increase Blog Traffic) facebook groups

Try to find groups on Facebook that are super topically relevant to your niche—and join the ones that have a lot of engaged members who appear to be within your target audience. Like on Reddit though, you’ll want to focus on engaging with the community by liking and commenting on others’ posts and building up a rapport for weeks (or months) before ever promoting your own content and trying to use the group to drive traffic to your blog. Group moderators are well-versed in spotting members who are there to shamelessly self-promote.

The good news though, is that the people are already there for consuming content related to their niche (and learning more), so if your blog can genuinely help them, you’re bound to find a receptive audience—and once you’ve learned how to drive traffic to your website from groups, it’s a perfect opportunity to get targeted subscribers to take the next step and join your email list. Offer a free piece of content in return for their email address, ask them to sign up for your newsletter, or leverage live chat software to engage with them directly on the page.

20. Being Active in Niche-Focused Online Communities.

Best Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website (Increase Blog Traffic) niche communities

Using niche communities to drive traffic to your blog, follows the same general principles as using a platform like Facebook groups or Reddit, but with a slight twist. Self-promotion in online niche communities is usually a little more commonplace (and acceptable), because these communities naturally attract an audience of people who are there to build their own businesses alongside their genuine discussions with others in their niche. Your ability to successfully drive traffic to your website from this channel though, will depend a bit upon on the niche you blog about, but I’ve got a couple suggestions:

  • Hacker News. If your blog covers topics related to technology, computer science, entrepreneurship or marketing, check this community out as a way to drive traffic to your website. If you wrote your article, think it’s in-depth and intellectually interesting—submit it here and you may be rewarded with thousands of new readers (it’s happened to me).
  • GrowthHackers. Just to get a little meta here, this community is focused around growth marketing. This community gives you a great destination to provide in-depth comments and advice to others in the marketing world, and you can submit your own content about growth or marketing to help drive traffic to your blog as well.
  • Business 2 Community. This is a great place to network with other business professionals, engage with their articles, contribute guest posts and submit your own content to be shared in the forums if you get accepted. They openly encourage readers to use the platform to establish themselves and increase their exposure, which makes it a perfect fit for learning how to drive traffic to your blog from the community.

More Creative Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

The sky is truly the limit when it comes to learning how to drive traffic to your blog, but here are a list of even more promising ways I’ve experimenting with driving traffic to my website over the years.

21. Get Interviewed on Podcasts.

Best Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website (Increase Blog Traffic) get interviewed

Having my own podcast for the past few years, I know first-hand that podcast hosts are always looking for people with great stories in their niche to interview and highlight for their listeners. Using that knowledge, it’s not hard to deduce that other podcast hosts would be receptive to having me on as a guest that can share from my deep well of blogging tips and advice (from growing a six-figure blog business). Being a guest on several podcasts like Tropical MBA recently, I’ve mastered this channel for how to drive traffic to your blog.

Here’s how to do it within your own niche: Do a quick Google search for a keyword phrase you’ve written about + the word “podcast” and see which shows turn up in the results. Consider reaching out to the hosts of those shows if you think they’d be interested in featuring you on their podcast—and you can certainly expect to drive traffic to your blog as a nice side effect of being featured.

22. Launch a YouTube Channel (and Publish Regular Videos).

Using YouTube as a Way to Get More Blog Readers (Screenshot of Computer and Video)

People look up instructional videos online for everything these days—from how to replace a screen on their laptop to how to make a website and seriously so much more. Even with just a small number of tutorial videos on my own YouTube channel so far, I’ve been able to drive traffic to my blog in a very meaningful way from the platform (especially for the relatively small time investment to create a video compared to writing a 10,000 word article).

If you can provide high quality, well thought out, educational videos in a specific niche, then this is a no-brainer tactic for learning how to drive traffic to your website. Just be sure to focus on video topics where there’s already proven demand in terms of people searching for answers on YouTube. Not sure? Do a little keyword research to confirm. After that, it’s just a matter of tweaking your video marketing SEO to rise up the rankings and capture more viewers & subscribers.

23. Host Webinars.

Webinars as a Vehicle to Promote Your Content and Get More Readers (Screenshot of Webinar)

This is a really creative way to connect with other related brands and influencers, and all get together for a live conversation that can educate your combined audience, generate new leads and drive traffic to your blog all at the same time.

To organize a webinar, find a handful of partner bloggers or brands that have a high concentration of readers in your own target market—then choose a topic that you’re all interested in and knowledgeable about. You don’t even need to make it fancy from a technology or presentation standpoint either, just sign up for the most basic Zoom account that allows for hosting webinars and you’re set. The best part about webinars too, is that everyone involved will bring some of their own audience, resulting in a great lead generation opportunity for all of you—and you’ve got a captive audience of people interested in your field from which you can drive traffic to your website after the live event wraps up.

24. eBooks, Books and Audiobooks.

Leverage eBooks and Downloadables to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

This strategy for how to drive traffic to your blog is a win-win-win. First, putting together enough information to make an in-depth, valuable and interesting book (or eBook) like I’ve done with several of my blogging books, will mean that you’re already creating and streamlining a LOT of useful information for your readers. There’s an immense amount of value in just doing that already.

Next, you can start driving traffic to your website by promoting your eBook to your followers on social media, tapping into existing partners you’ve connected with, writing about it in a guest post—and giving your eBook away as an incentive to people who sign up on your email list. The right eBook on a killer topic within your niche can become a massive tool to drive traffic to your blog by word-of-mouth from readers that get a lot of value from your free book. While promoting a free eBook is a proven way to drive traffic, if you choose to employ one of the best CRMs for small business and get serious about selling additional books (or courses), then you even start monetizing your blog if your free readers are ready to upgrade to paid products.

25. Offer Free Downloadable Templates.

Offer Free Downloadable Templates to Readers (and Get More Traffic) Screenshot of Computer

If there’s something everyone loves, it’s free stuff. And contrary to popular belief amongst new entrepreneurs, giving away your ideas for free is not the worst thing you can do for your business–oftentimes, it can be the best thing. The right (free) template can drive traffic to your blog from organic search, word-of-mouth, social networks and even big publications. The trick, is to offer something your audience can truly benefit from. Take these examples into mind:

What’s so great about offering free templates like this, is that these are the types of things people specifically search for on Google, which is almost guaranteed to drive traffic to your blog if you back them up with some long-form content and promote it well. Plus, if your audience is discovering you from these kinds of free resources—then they know you’re providing major value within your niche, so they’re so much more likely to stick around for more.

Here’s my thinking on why I give away templates like this that other people charge for. I’m in this for the long haul, and I’m willing to forego some small revenue today, in order for me to build stronger relationships (and provide more value) to new bloggers—and be the first person they think of when they’re ready to take their blogs to the next level and join a blogging course of mine like Built to Blog. So, there’s no need for me to charge for simple template, because I know that giving them away for free is a great way to drive traffic to your blog—and building a community of people excited about what I have expertise in, I’m positioned to win in the long-term.

26. Host a Virtual Summit.

Hosting a Virtual Summit Can Create Buzz About Your Blog Online (Collaboration Image)

Hosting a virtual summit is a lot to take on (I would know), but they have the potential to pay off in a huge way when talking about how to drive traffic to your blog, if you really commit to it.

To summarize the process for putting together a summit, you need to first figure out why a virtual summit is the right venue for connecting with your audience and if it’s the right medium to deliver your content. Next, determine what your topic will be and who you’re going to include, to make your event a success. You’ll need thought leaders, influencers, teams, businesses, bloggers, anyone who already has a committed audience and a distinct POV that can add value to an event like this. You’ll all be working together to drive traffic to your website for the summit, and you’ll want to consider some sort of list share or revenue share after the event wraps up.

27. Teach Online Courses.

How to Use Online Courses as a Traffic Driving Strategy (Example)

It may seem a bit overwhelming to think about teaching an online course if you’ve never done it before, but you can boil this down to one simple question: what does your audience already want to know? Tackle it from the same angle as any of your articles, comments, or blog content by providing useful and in-depth content that your audience wants in the form of videos, written lectures and interviews with thought leaders in the space.

What problems do your readers have? Teach them how to solve them, and as a result of launching an online course, you’ll likely drive traffic to your blog and you could even begin to field offers for other types of work from home jobs like coaching, consulting and advising as your audience as your authority grows. Plus, this can evolve into a phenomenal way to make money blogging in a much more passive capacity as your traffic grows.

28. Launch a Creative Side Project.

Using a Creative Side Project to Generate Press for Your Blog (Screenshot)

Now, as much as I’d like to, I can’t exactly come up with a creative side project idea for you. You still have to do the work on that one. But a witty, funny, weird, or out-there idea can generate some great buzz and drive traffic to your blog (yes, actual new engaged readers for your regularly scheduled programming).

Back in 2016, I posted a public challenge for my readers to choose ANY random business idea for me, and I had to validate it live in front of them. In 30 days. For less than $500. Out there? Yes. Effective, relevant and creative for the audience I had? Yes, yes, yes.

I already knew that a lot of my readers came to my blog because they were seeking advice on starting a business. I also know what a scary process that can be.

The whole challenge was an exercise in connecting with my community and showing that it can be simple to build the foundation of a business, no matter what that business is (they chose a hiking guide for California, by the way), but it also served to generate interest and drive traffic to my blog, to see how the heck I was going to pull that off. Plus as an added bonus, I began fielding offers for both freelance and remote jobs as a result.

29. Google Discover.

Google Discover as Tool to Drive Traffic to Your Blog (Screenshot of App)

Just a few short years ago, Google began rolling out their new Discover feature that surfaces relevant, typically news-worthy content (that tends to have very healthy on-page SEO) to users of Google’s Chrome browser application on both mobile and desktop. The best (scary) part? They use your search data—the things you’re typing into Google on a regular basis—to try and highlight new content they think you’ll want to read about. As a blogger and content publisher, this is a major opportunity to drive traffic to your blog from an extremely targeted source.

Offline Strategies to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

I know the Internet is kind of a big deal when it comes to learning how to drive traffic to your blog, but don’t discount these creative ways to bring people to your blog from offline sources.

30. Speak at a Conference.

Speaking at Conferences to Build Your Blog Audience (Example)

Shit, not public speaking! Seriously though, landing a speaking gig at the right conference can drive traffic to your blog in a massive way (especially if you offer a freebie on the last slide of your presentation). If there’s a conference going on that’s closely related to your niche, do everything you can to get there and be a speaker.

I’ll never knock networking online, but there’s something about reaching a targeted, focused, engaged group of people sitting face-to-face listening to your words. That’s a whole new level of promotion and networking. As a bonus, you’re sure to run into tons of other people doing the same thing, which means a million opportunities for collaborations and future win-win ways to drive traffic to your blog even long after the conference is over.

31. Get on Local Television.

Using Local Television to Generate More Blog Readers (TV News Screenshot)

Sorry to crush your Oprah dreams, but it’s not likely you’ll get a spot on a major television talk show (yet). But, you don’t need to! You can pay to get on TV as a guest, but you can also create a reputation for yourself as someone who is an authority on a very specific topic, and you’ll find it’s a lot easier to get that interview. This is one of the most unique ways to learn how to drive traffic to your blog, and can lead to many more press & media opportunities after you land your first tv spot.

You’ll need to heavily focus on those relationships though–networking with media people, starting lower (like podcasts and radio), connect with journalists, etc. Most importantly, you’ll need to actually do something that could be featured on the news if you hope to use this tactic to drive traffic to your blog. Not an easy feat, but you can get creative!

32. Utilize Paid Search and Social Advertising.

Using Paid Advertisements to Grow Blog Readership (Computer Screenshot)

While not the most ideal way to drive traffic to your website in the early days (since it requires a blog budget to spend in order to get that traffic), if you’re directing readers to the right page that converts well—whether that’s to an email sign up or purchase—then it can be a very lucrative investment scaling up your paid advertising spend when there’s a clear immediate financial return. Plus, the positive social signals you’ll be sending by having a lot of active visitors on your site, should help with getting more referrals and social shares—thus giving you more opportunity to drive traffic to your blog from other sources as well.

Final Thoughts: How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog in 2020

We covered a lot here, so kudos to you for making it all the way through this massive guide of the best ways how to drive traffic to your website.

With millions of new bloggers jumping into the content creation game each year (and at an increasing pace), it’s becoming more difficult to stand out from the sea of competitors. The good news for readers though, is that there’s now a race to the top in terms of delivering the most value to people in the form of free content.

What that means for you as a blogger… is that in order to win your share of readers (and drive traffic to your blog), you’ll need to figure out smart ways that you can use your own personal strengths, experience and relationships to capitalize on a source of sustainable traffic—and avoid the blogging mistakes that can tank your own success.

Even still, your industry will change… new social networks will emerge as major traffic sources… search engines will continue delivering less traffic to websites and treat your content more like a data source to answer search queries directly on search engine property…

We’re living in a time with an unprecedented pace of change.

It’s up to you whether or not you’ll adapt, grow and seize the new opportunities that come your way.

And for the years to come, I’ll be here testing new traffic strategies, updating and expanding this guide to share what’s working best today.

I hope you got a lot out of this guide on how to drive traffic to your blog. 🙏

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21 Blogging Mistakes to Avoid in 2020 (and How to Fix Them)

Every successful blogger will tell you about the blogging mistakes they’ve made in the early days of launching a blog.

Beyond just those early days though, there are still things most successful bloggers (myself included) would change if we could go back in time and reverse the blogging mistakes we’ve made throughout the process of growing a blog—from writing bad content to failing at driving traffic, not monetizing our blogs and more.

There are always things you wish you’d known at the beginning… or decisions you’d make differently, now that you know better.

Starting a blog on the right foot will save you a lot of time, money, hassle and even help you avoid missed opportunities. That said, there are plenty of blogging mistakes that both new and seasoned bloggers still make, and I’ve made some of them myself as I’ve grown this blog to over 500,000 monthly readers.

I want to help you to avoid making these blogging mistakes whether you’re just getting started or you’re trying to grow your blog—so I created this guide.

In this breakdown of the most common blogging mistakes (and how to fix them if you’ve already made them), I’ve included some of the most common mistakes bloggers tend to make along the entire path to building a profitable blog—from starting out, to getting the right traffic, monetizing your site and beyond.

My hope is that you’ll avoid making these blogging mistakes as you progress through your own journey, too.

21 Blogging Mistakes to Avoid in 2020 (and How to Fix Them)

  1. Using Wix, Squarespace or Weebly Instead of WordPress
  2. Choosing the Wrong WordPress Theme
  3. Selecting a Bad Hosting Company
  4. Picking a Difficult to Read (or Understand) Domain Name
  5. Using the Wrong Name for Your Blog
  6. Picking the Wrong Niche to Blog About
  7. Choosing Topics That Readers Aren’t Interested In
  8. Writing Without an Outline
  9. Writing and Publishing Inconsistently (Create Smart Habits)
  10. Forgetting to Research Topics
  11. Missing Best SEO Practices
  12. Forgetting About Social Media Promotion
  13. Neglecting to Network Early
  14. Forgetting to Track Your Progress
  15. Taking Too Long to Start List Building
  16. Not Taking the Time to Respond to Your Readers
  17. Not Thinking About How to Monetize Your Blog Early
  18. Creating Content That Doesn’t Convert
  19. Not Learning the More Technical Aspects of Blogging
  20. Not Establishing Your Priorities
  21. Getting Discouraged Easily (and Giving Up Early)

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I’ll earn a commission. Know that I only recommend products and services I’ve personally used and stand behind. When you use one of my affiliate links, the company compensates me, which helps me run this blog and keep all of my in-depth content free of charge for readers (like you).

Now, let’s dive into my guide of the biggest blogging mistakes you need to avoid this year.

Launch Phase: Blogging Mistakes to Avoid When Setting Up Your Blog

Before you start your blog, there are a few key blogging mistakes to be hyper-aware of as you begin making big decisions that come with potentially long-lasting consequences.

I’ll go through each of these early blogging mistakes, show you how to avoid them up front and what to do in order to fix them if you’ve already made one of these mistakes.

Real quick though, if you haven’t yet gotten your blog started—then follow along with my step-by-step guide to launching the right way today.

Want to Start Your Blog (the Right Way)?

Check out my ultimate guide How to Start a Blog (on the Side).

1. Using Wix, Squarespace or Weebly Instead of WordPress

Mistakes New Bloggers Make Not Choosing WordPress as a CMS

I get it, starting with a blogging platform like Wix, Squarespace or Weebly might sound easy (and you’ve probably heard of them before). These blogging sites have strong marketing campaigns and there’s a good chance that you’ve seen their ads on YouTube, through fellow bloggers or on your favorite podcasts.

And to be fair, sites like Wix and Weebly do offer free plans that make them enticing to new bloggers. On the flip side though, how much it costs to blog these days is getting more and more affordable—about $65/year for your basic costs.

While these kinds of platforms do have their perks—namely that they’re free and easy to use—they also have a lot of limitations and drawbacks. If you’re using the free hosting plans from sites like Wix and Weebly, you’re also dealing with their ads and branding on your site. It doesn’t create a very professional feel, and the free plans don’t give you much room to grow your blog.

As you grow your blog, you will undoubtedly outgrow Wix’s capabilities (even with a paid plan). Squarespace and Weebly share the same issues. These platforms are fun to play with and even develop your writing style, but they’re not a good long-term choice. To complicate matters, it’s not easy to migrate your blog from one of these platforms over to WordPress if you want to get serious about turning your blog into a business the future.

Instead of using these website builders, I always advise new bloggers to start their sites using self-hosted WordPress.

Self-hosted WordPress is completely free-to-use content management system (CMS) that more than 34% of websites in the world run on. Your only costs for maintaining a WordPress blog are the purchase of a domain name and web hosting plan. Even if you’re on a tight budget that requires going with cheap hosting plans or low cost shared hosting plans—you’ll still own your own blog. You can also buy great plugins and themes to extend the functionality and features of your WordPress-powered blog, but your upfront starting cost is extremely low with this route.

Most importantly, choosing WordPress will give you so much freedom with controlling the future of your blog—hence why not using WordPress is the #1 blogging mistake here on this list.

When using WordPress, you can monetize your blog with no restrictions, customize it endlessly, promote your blog content and do anything else you want with it. It includes HTML coding capabilities for even more customization, and you can bulk up your site with plugins that keep it running smoothly and looking sharp. I’ve used WordPress to manage my blog since I got started.

Start Your WordPress Blog Out Right

Check out my ultimate guide How to Start a Blog (on the Side).

2. Choosing the Wrong WordPress Theme

Let’s say you do choose WordPress to start your blog. I’m 100% for it! But there are still some blogging mistakes that many new bloggers fall into at this stage when launching their WordPress blogs.

The first one is choosing the wrong theme. There are a lot of free and paid themes available, but they’re not all equal.

Some WordPress themes are very limited and make it difficult to customize your blog—and others will make your new site load incredibly slow with unnecessary features and code snippets. While you can always change your theme when using WordPress, it does take some planning and work on your part.

And while it’s technically easy to change your theme by pressing a few buttons, you’ll have to go back through your site and make sure everything is looking the way you want it. Settings that are theme-specific will have to be manually dealt with when you switch to a new theme. It may take some time and energy to make your site look the way you want it again.

That’s why it pays dividends to avoid this blogging mistake entirely—and start with a great WordPress theme right off the bat.

Blogging Mistake Choosing the Wrong WordPress Theme Fix it Here

The combination I recommend to all new bloggers is Elementor’s Page Builder paired with their Hello Theme. Both start completely free, are highly customizable and will give you a really fast blog. New bloggers who don’t know anything about coding can also work with this theme because Elementor allows you to use an easy drag-and-drop feature to create the pages of your blog.

If you want more options, check out my other recommendations here: 26 best WordPress themes for bloggers.

3. Selecting a Bad Hosting Company

Another mistake that new bloggers often make is choosing a bad hosting company. Hosting companies allow you to get your blog live, on the Internet and typically start their pricing at anywhere from $3.00/mo to $15.00/mo for entry level plans. Without a hosting company, your blog won’t be public and your content won’t be readable to the world.

There are quite a few hosting great companies on the market today—the best of which are Bluehost and Dreamhost—but be careful in who you choose, because not all hosting companies offer the same features, reliability or affordable hosting plans.

Bluehost Hosting is a Good Choice For New Bloggers (Screenshot)

When searching for the right hosting company to power your blog, here are the factors you should consider:

  • Speed
  • Features
  • Security
  • Support
  • Track record

As I mentioned, my top choices for hosting companies have long been Dreamhost and Bluehost.

I use both of them with my own blogs, and I’ve been more than happy with them when it comes to extremely affordable hosting that gives me all the features you need when getting your blog off the ground. These two companies check all the boxes and they’re also both recommended by the makers of WordPress themselves.

For a full review of these hosting companies (as well as a few more), check out my guide of the best web hosting plans for bloggers this year. And here’s a list of hosting plans that come with month-to-month payment options.

4. Picking a Difficult to Read (or Understand) Domain Name

Choosing a domain name for your blog is one of the many early decisions you’ll have to make.

It’s not the biggest decision, but it is an important one. Domain names can be changed in the future, but it’s a bit of an arduous process that can easily be avoided by choosing a good domain at the beginning. Here are some things to keep in mind as you’re choosing your domain name:

  • Make sure it’s available. You can do this with a domain registration service like Namecheap or by using a tool like SmartWP’s Name Generator to see if your name is available today. I’d also recommend checking to see if your name is available on social media channels like Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
  • Make it easy to remember. Your domain name should be easy to remember. The biggest reason is that you want people to be able to remember your URL when they go to their navigation bar. Even if they can’t remember your exact address, you want something they can search for on a search engine.
  • Use a Domain Name that’s easy to write. Really simple domain names that are easy to pronounce, easy to spell, and easy to write are better than long complicated ones. And while a fun spelling of a word can be unique, this blogging mistake may also mean that people have trouble finding your site in the future.
  • Avoid using domain names that are similar to other brands. This is a major blogging mistake to avoid for a few reasons. One, you could be liable for lawsuits if you use a domain name that’s similar to another company’s. Amazon, for example, takes that very seriously. The other reason is you want your blog to stand out as separate than another. If your domain is too similar people may not remember who you are.
  • Use a name generator. If you’re having trouble thinking of a domain name for your blog, head over to my breakdown of the best domain name generators to leverage this year.

Just as important as getting your domain name right—is being sure you avoid the blogging mistake of choosing the wrong name for your blog.

5. Using the Wrong Name for Your Blog

Your domain name and your blog’s name share similar qualities.

Your blog’s name should also be interesting, easy to remember and relatable to your audience and your niche. It should stand out against the competition, offer something unique to your industry and forge a lasting memory with your readers.

Your blog name doesn’t have to be the same as your domain name, but many people do use the same for both in order to create a cohesive brand experience.

For my complete guide on picking a name for your blog (and to avoid the blogging mistake of using the wrong name), check it out here: how to name a blog.

How to Name Your Blog and 25 Genius Blog Names

I’ve even included 25 examples of popular blogs that all have creative names to help guide you to the right name for your blog too.

6. Picking the Wrong Niche to Blog About

Choosing a niche for your blog is extremely important today. And starting with the wrong niche can make things very complicated for you in the future.

Since this is one of the most impactful blogging mistakes I see still being made every day—I’ve broken down some of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to choosing the wrong niche to blog about.

Niche-Related Blogging Mistake #1: Blogging About Something You’re Not Passionate About

You may already be aware of some blog niches that are known to be more lucrative than others. While it’s certainly important to consider how your blog will make money, I don’t recommend arbitrarily choosing your niche based only on how much revenue potential it has. For example, you shouldn’t start a travel blog or jump head first into food blogging just because it sounds cool and you see people clearly earning a living from it. That’s a major blogging mistake that’ll send you down the path to burning out in short order.

If you don’t have a personal interest in your topic, it’ll be extremely difficult to consistently write about the subject matter in the future.

Your brain won’t creatively think of new blog post ideas for your site if the niche is boring to you.

The best solution to avoid this blogging mistake is to pick a topic area you’re passionate about.

That drive will help you produce the kind of content that people actually want to read in your space—and you’ll be engaged enough to push through any difficult times ahead.

Niche-Related Blogging Mistake #2: Blogging About Something You Don’t Have Experience With

Being passionate is extremely important, but it’s not the only factor to consider when launching a blog.

You may feel passionate about many things, but if you’re not also informed and experienced with the subject matter you’re writing about, your readers will soon find other resources.

Your authority on a subject is one of the main reasons that people will visit your blog again and again. They want to know they can trust the information that you’re sharing, and without that trust, they won’t be very incentivized to come back.

That’s not to say that you have to be an absolute expert in your field in order to blog about it, but if your knowledge is very limited, be prepared to spend a lot of time researching and talking to other experts in your niche if you’re going down this path.

Remember that if you’re not careful here, this can be one of the most damaging blogging mistakes, as it can affect your personal reputation.

Niche-Related Blogging Mistake #3: Choosing a Niche Too Few People Are Interested In

This blogging mistake can be a bit more controversial. You want to pick a niche that you’re passionate about and where you have some experience, but not if there are only a handful of other people who share your interest in the subject matter at hand.

If you’re not going through the activity of creating a blog business plan that eventually ladders up to making money with your blog, then there’s no problem in choosing a niche without a large audience.

Write about whatever you love—and connect with the small community of other people who share your interests.

If you do want to make money blogging, however—you do have to consider the market value of your blog.

It’s good to have a narrow niche, but you don’t want to pick something so obscure that people simply don’t ever search for it.

If you want to know the search volume of your particular niche idea, check out Google Trends as a starting point.

Mistakes to Avoid When Blogging Be Sure to Use Google Trends

Google Trends is an easy way to discover what’s trending over a long period of time.

And beyond just that quick check, I also recommend doing some more in-depth keyword research to validate whether or not there’s a large enough audience for your proposed niche.

If your niche has had a moderate to high level of search volume at a steady rate for a long period of time, then it’s definitely a good option to blog about.

Niche-Related Blogging Mistake #4: Not Choosing a Clear Niche

Another major blogging mistake people often make when creating a blog, is not clearly defining a niche at all.

It’s tempted if you’re interested in a myriad of topics to simply mash them all together into one blog.

It makes sense to not want to limit yourself to a single topic, I get it. You may have a lot of interests and you don’t want to be restricted to only writing about one of them.

The problem is that without a focus, people won’t know what to expect from your blog—and that’s why it’s one of my top blogging mistakes here on this list. Because if you’re writing about photography this week and kittens the following week, your audience is going to be extremely confused.

People who want to learn about caring for kittens may have no interest at all in the aperture settings on your Nikon DSLR.

Mistakes When Choosing the Right Niche to Blog About

Aside from attracting a mismatched audience, you also run the risk of dropping in Google search rankings if you make this blogging mistake.

Why? Google won’t know how to categorize your blog and that has the potential to really hurt your rankings.

An undefined niche also negatively impacts your ability to monetize your blog. You’re unlikely to find sponsors when your content is always changing. They won’t see the benefit of marketing with you, and you won’t be able to promise the type of audience they’re seeking.

The solution to this blogging mistake though—is picking a clear niche that’s both (1) broad enough that you can create a wide range of content and (2) narrow enough that you can attract the right kind of audience that’ll crave more of your content.

I’ve had to course correct from initially making this blogging mistake here on my own blog.

While my blog originally started off with several areas of focus including side hustles, freelance writing, productivity, working from home, business and blogging—I saw negative SEO impacts of having too broad a content roadmap on my site, so I’ve decided to concentrate my efforts primarily on the blogging niche.

I’m still passionate about the other topics, but it has benefited my blog greatly to narrow my focus onto just my #1 greatest area of interest where I can excel and stand out from the competition.

Niche-Related Blogging Mistake #5: Creating a Blog That’s a Copy of Someone Else’s (or in an Overly Saturated Niche)

You can create a blog in a highly popular niche with a large volume of competing bloggers—but your blog must stand out in some way, lest you make this blogging mistake and fall into the trap of creating copycat content.

If you want to build a profitable blog, you have to provide something different, yet still relevant to your readers.

Otherwise, your blog will be swallowed up by the existing popularity of other blogs.

Let’s use the personal finance blogging industry as an example. There are thousands of finance blogs on the Internet.

That doesn’t mean that you can’t write about personal finance, it just means that you have to find a unique angle. It means you have to share advice, wisdom or methods that aren’t written like everyone else’s (like I strive to do in my roundup of blogging tips).

Personal finance is a high competition niche to get into, but you can still do it successfully if you have something fresh to add.

Blogger Bobby Hoyt created a personal finance blog when he wasn’t making the kind of income he wanted from his teaching job. He had a lot of debt to pay off from college and started blogging about his financial learnings in order to bring in some extra cash.

Mistakes to Avoid When Blogging (Millennial Money Man Example) Screenshot

He created his blog, Millennial Money Man, primarily to connect with other millennials on a topic he cared about.

Many millennials have heavy college debt as they leave college. Many of us also struggle to find jobs after graduating (that can handle debt and paying new bills). Finding someone else experiencing the same difficulties and blogging about it in public has been refreshing for a growing audience of Bobby’s readers.

The takeaway here is that you can write in a popular blog niche, but you have to find a new way to approach it.

Copying someone else’s blog is one of the worst blogging mistakes you can make—it won’t give you personal satisfaction and it won’t lead to personal success either.

Take the time to dive deep into a niche you’re considering. Do your research and sharpen your own angle until it feels compelling enough to hit the ground running.

Writing-Related Blogging Mistakes to Avoid (When Creating Content) for Your Blog

Once you’ve established your blog, it’s time to get to most fun part—writing blog posts that’ll bring you readers (and keep them engaged).

Writing Related Mistakes You Can Make When Blogging

There’s no single right way to write for your blog, but there are certainly some wrong ways to do it. Many bloggers don’t know what they’re doing wrong or how to fix it. There are a few common mistakes people make when writing, but don’t worry — they’re also easy to avoid.

7. Choosing Topics That Readers Aren’t Interested In

Learning who your audience is won’t be a tremendously easy process.

It takes time and experimentation to learn what they want—though it does help to start with some inspiration for blog post ideas and content formats that tend to work well in your niche already.

My best advice when coming up with topics is to imagine what would be useful to your target audience.

What problem is your blog solving for them? What information are you giving them that will be useful?

If your primary reason for creating a blog is to entertain people—then what kind of stories and anecdotes will your people want to read?

155 Best Blog Post Ideas That'll Drive Traffic

Creating content is a delicate process of matching what you want to write about with the needs of your readers—hence why choosing the wrong topics is one of the more common blogging mistakes you can make.

A blog is simultaneously a place for you to express yourself and a place to connect with other people. That’s why it’s vital to understand how your blog is contributing to the lives of other people when you set about the content creation process.

8. Writing Without an Outline

Writing an outline may make you feel like you’re back in high school again, but I promise that it’s an important step in the writing process.

Creating an outline keeps your writing on track.

It gives you a clear direction, and it allows you to eliminate ideas that pull away from your main takeaway.

If you want to know how I outline content that cuts to the core of my reader’s needs, check out my guide to writing a blog post outline.

I’ve also included a free template there so you can create killer content for your blog too.

9. Writing and Publishing Inconsistently (Create Smart Habits)

How often you write is often a matter of how much time you can carve out of your schedule.

Some people write as little as once a month for their blog, and others write several times a week (some even daily).

If you’re the sole contributor to your blog, you’re probably not going to be posting multiple times a day like the professional blogs and publications that have many writers. You may be able to commit to one blog a week or once every few weeks.

Whether you write frequently or infrequently though, you still have to make consistent time to create new content. Blogging can be a form of passive income, but that doesn’t mean that you can expect to write a few blog posts a year and magically reach a large audience.

Here are a few important reasons you should avoid this blogging mistake and make regular time for creating content:

  • You hone your craft: If you’re only writing a few times a year, you’re not giving yourself the ability to grow as a blogger. What you’re capable of now will only grow as you practice your art.
  • You learn from your audience: Creating ongoing content gives you a chance to learn what your audience is really into. Without it, your writing will remain stagnant and not really touching your readers—which can send you toward another blogging mistake of writing for the wrong readers.
  • It helps with your Google rankings: Almost every successful blogger will tell you that high-quality content is the best way to rank on Google. Another way to rank well, is to have a high volume of shorter-form content posted on a consistent basis, which can position your blog more as a news source.

The thing I want you to take away from this blogging mistake, is that you need to create smart habits.

Above all else, this is the blogging advice that most top bloggers have to share. You don’t have to post to your blog every day, but you do have to set aside time to consistently work on it.

One way to do this is to create regular recurring blocks of time in your day for working on your blog.

This could be before your regular job in the morning or after you put the kids to bed at night.

No matter what time works best for you, establishing this habit will help you become more successful with your blog.

10. Forgetting to Research Topics

Blogging Mistakes to Avoid When Launching a Blog

You may know a LOT about your niche, but you can never underestimate how helpful it is to research your blog posts further (before and during writing).

Deep research is something that will set your writing apart from competing blogs, and neglecting to take this seriously can be a blogging mistake that negatively impacts your trust with readers.

For example, in the blogging niche, it’s essential that I keep up to date with new information at all times.

The state of SEO and which strategies are working never stay the same for years. Google frequently changes its algorithm methods, and what works one year may not work as well the next. By doing a ton of research and experimenting on my blog here, I stay relevant to my readers.

People will lose faith in your information if you’re sharing content that’s outdated or incorrect.

Before you post, avoid this blogging mistake and be sure you’re sharing accurate information.

Marketing-Related Blogging Mistakes to Avoid (as You Drive Traffic to Your Blog)

You’ve set up your blog, you have a solid name and your content is on fire. Now you need to get the word out about your blog.

This can be one of the most frustrating stages of the blogging journey, because you can feel like you’re putting in a lot of effort with very little return.

The reality is that if you’re not successful in driving traffic to your blog, it may be because you’re making one of these key blogging mistakes when it comes to your marketing strategy.

11. Missing Best SEO Practices

Avoid These Blogging Mistakes When Starting a Blog for the First Time

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a core way to generate traffic to your blog. Not using SEO best practices is a massive blogging mistake, because every second there are 67 thousand searches performed on Google and 93% of all online experiences begin with a search engine.

Without using SEO best practices and structuring your content to be easily digestible by search engines, you risk missing out on a huge opportunity for traffic.

Some of the most important SEO best practices include:

  • Conducting smart keyword research before writing
  • Understanding user-intent behind a search query
  • Creating SEO-friendly headlines that draw in readers
  • Using internal and external links throughout your content
  • Writing a compelling meta description
  • Optimizing your page URL

For more detailed information about how to manage the SEO for your blog, check out my top 10 blog SEO strategies, so you can learn how to drive organic traffic to your blog.

12. Forgetting About Social Media Promotion

I’ve often written about how social media can be a hit-or-miss traffic source because their algorithms also change at the drop of a hat.

What used to be free traffic on the way to growing your blog, is now much harder to achieve through social media networks like Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Even though that is true, you can still use social media to generate interest in your blog—especially if you’re still in the early stages and looking to acquire your first readers.

If you’re able to establish an interesting social media presence (on a network your target readers spend time on), you can up your chances of receiving organic traffic to your blog. People spend a lot of time on social media and it’s a way to increase interest for your content.

Social media also gives people an easy way to reach out to you, comment on your content and send you messages.

It’s free, so you don’t have to pay for this opportunity to connect with your readers—and taking a proactive approach can generate some good conversations.

13. Neglecting to Network Early

Avoid These Mistakes When Starting Your Blog

Networking has been one of the best decisions I’ve made for the long-term success of my blog.

Not only have I been able to learn from other successful bloggers, but it’s also given me an opportunity to connect with similar audiences.

Through my blog and podcast, I’ve been able to work with some of the most interesting and influential people in the blogging and side hustle worlds. It has enriched my content, grown my audience and given me the chance to connect with people who are interested in what I’m doing. Not starting this process right away is a blogging mistake you can’t afford to make.

If you’re wondering how to network to grow your blog, here are a few places you can find people:

  • Speak at conferences or events in your niche. There are plenty of ways to connect with people digitally but don’t forget about the opportunity to meet people in person. Speaking at a conference is a smart way to meet up with people who are interested in your niche. Even if you aren’t a guest speaker at an event or conference, take the time to go meet like-minded people.
  • Meet people in your community. Again, bloggers are often naturally inclined to reach out to people online. That’s very important, but you shouldn’t dismiss face-to-face interactions either. If there’s something you’re interested in, try to find people in your town or city who are also into the same things. There may already be a fairly large group of people who love what you love and this is a cool way to forge new connections.
  • Social media connections. Depending on your niche, you can connect with people who are interested in what you are through social media. Try Facebook groups, search hashtags on Instagram, and start conversations with likeminded people on Twitter. Also, give LinkedIn a try if your niche matches this platform.
  • Niche-focused online communities. These communities are often more accepting of self-promotion than social media groups. A few examples of online communities are GrowthHackers and Business 2 Community. These communities give you an opportunity to network with other people interested in growth marketing and business. If you want to find something in your niche, try searching for your niche + social network.
  • Try out guest posting. Another way to network is through guest blogging. You can create content for other people’s blogs and it naturally creates backlinks to your own blog in the process. This is an awesome strategy to reach similar audiences who are into the same types of things.

I can’t tell you enough, how important it is to start networking with others in your niche very early on. If you don’t, you’ll be making a blogging mistake that’ll leave you struggling to gain traction for your site in other ways.

14. Forgetting to Track Your Progress

Blogging Mistakes to Avoid When Launching Your Blog

New bloggers may not realize the necessity of tracking their progress from the beginning.

It may not seem all that important when you only have 12 visitors (including your mom) coming to your blog, but collecting these stats will be crucial down the road.

For one thing, you won’t know what is and isn’t working about your blog if you’re not keeping track of all the data today. You may have a single post that gets a ton of traffic, but you won’t know it without using tracking tools—which is why neglecting to use the right tracking tools is a big blogging mistake there’s no excuse to make.

There are a lot of tools I recommend to bloggers, but for tracking purposes, here are a few of my favorites:

  • Google Analytics: This analytic service is free and ready for anyone to use. It keeps track of loads of information about your blog including web traffic, where the traffic comes from, what pages they visited, how long they stayed, and more.
  • MonsterInsights: MonsterInsights is a plugin for WordPress that works with Google Analytics. It’s a nice plugin to use because you can track your information all from your WordPress platform. There is a free and premium version available for this.
  • SERP Robot: This is a really neat tool that tracks the Google ranking of your blog posts by keyword. In other words, you can input your blog’s URL and then put in a keyword you want to rank for. SERP Robot will let you know how well your blog posts rank for that keyword.

For even more tools to employ on your blog, check out my full list of the best blogging tools this year.

Blogging Mistakes to Avoid When Communicating With Your Readers

Communicating with your readers is one of the more rewarding parts of blogging.

Blogging Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Your Blog and Getting Traffic

It’s a way of opening up your blog, so that it’s not just a one-way conversation with your audience. It also gives your audience a way to provide feedback. Here are a few blogging mistakes that bloggers tend to make with communication.

15. Taking Too Long to Start List Building

When it comes to building your email list of blog subscribers, you can never start too soon. Email marketing is an incredible tool for bloggers and underestimating its power (even early on) ranks high on our list of blogging mistakes here.

If you aren’t familiar with list building, you may be wondering what I’m talking about.

List building simply means collecting a list of email subscribers for your blog.

The emails you send out to your subscribers may include additional content, free giveaway resources, or just updates about new content on your blog.

Even a page as simple as an email newsletter sign up like this can be a compelling offer to readers who want more of what you have to say.

Email Newsletter Sign Up Page Mistakes You Can Make Example

No matter what you send to your subscribers, the point is you have a group of people who are interested in your content. They’re exactly the audience that you want, because they’re following you by choice. Without an email list, you miss out on a huge opportunity to not only grow your audience, but increase your impact on them.

Still not convinced? Think email is dead? Here are some illuminating statistics about email marketing that’ll help you realize that ignoring it is a dangerous blogging mistake.

If you’re just starting your email list and keeping your blog on a tight budget, I suggest using a free plan on MailChimp. It’s free up to 2,000 subscribers and there is a plugin you can use for WordPress to easily pass new subscriber info from your blog to your email list.

If you already have a healthy email list—or if you expect to blow past 2,000 subscribers quickly, my number one recommendation for an email list building (and much more) tool is ConvertKit.

While ConvertKit isn’t free, I’ve been able to get far more out of it than what I’ve paid over the years.

For a more detailed explanation of my email marketing strategies (and tool decisions), see here: ConvertKit vs AWeber vs Mailchimp: Which is the Best Email Marketing Tool for Bloggers?

16. Not Taking the Time to Respond to Your Readers

Some bloggers will say they don’t have the time or energy to respond to their readers.

But here’s the thing… I get that as a blogger, you can’t do everything and you have to make hard choices about how to spend your precious time. However, taking the time to respond to emails, messages and tweets from my readers has been one of the best investments I’ve ever made. In fact, not making the time for this is a blogging mistake you make at your own peril.

Why is replying to readers so important? Here are a few reasons why responding to comments and emails helps your blog:

  • It builds relationships. When you take the time to respond to people, it makes them feel valued. Aside from thoughtful blogger outreach, this is one of the best ways to build up a relationship between you and your audience. They’re giving up their valuable time to visit your blog and it’s a good way to let them know that you appreciate it.
  • It encourages people to comment more often. If people know they can ask you questions and they’ll actually be answered, they’re far more likely to take the time to comment, engage with your material and share it with others they know.
  • It gives you time to think about what people want (and need) from your blog. Going through the comments individually helps you learn a lot about your audience. From their comments and the conversations they lead to, you’ll start sorting out the most pressing issues your readers face.

What are the kinds of things people ask about over and over again? Answer those queries with a comprehensive blog post.

If you don’t already have content to help their needs, then you know what you need to add to your content schedule.

Blogging Mistakes to Avoid When Monetizing Your Blog

Learning how to make money blogging is one of the most crucial steps in your blogging journey—and is the most frequent topic area I field reader questions in today.

Common Mistakes When Monetizing a Blog

Many bloggers want to make money from their content, but aren’t quite sure how to do it. Here are a few blogging mistakes I see people making when attempting to monetize a blog.

17. Not Thinking About How to Monetize Your Blog Early

Many bloggers think they have to wait until they have a ton of traffic to start monetizing a blog.

I get it. On the surface, it sounds kind of seem silly to try to and turn a profit when you only have a few people visiting your blog each day… but not taking that early revenue potential seriously is a blogging mistake that can lead you down the path of never actually figuring out the best ways to generate income from your content.

Here’s why it’s important to start experimenting with monetizing as soon as you have traffic on your blog:

If you start testing your way into making money from your blog in the beginning, it’ll feel the same as anything else that you learn how to do.

For more, check out my in-depth guide about how to make money blogging this year.

You don’t have to select the absolute perfect method from day one, just as you won’t know everything about WordPress from the first day you start blogging either. It’s all part of the learning process and you’re not going to ruin your blog by trying several different ways.

As your blog grows, you’ll learn what works best for your content and readers alike.

18. Creating Content That Doesn’t Convert

Another blogging mistake I see with those trying to make money from their blogs, is that the content often isn’t very convincing (or helpful to readers).

Even if some readers make it to an article on your blog… it’s possible they won’t feel compelled enough to finish the content or take any action after they do.

First and foremost, I suggest ONLY promoting products and services that you believe in. Your writing will be more genuine and you won’t feel like you’re trying to sell your readers on something that you don’t truly think is great. Instead, it’ll feel like you’re telling a friend about something you think will better their life (when you don’t have any personal experience with it).

This may mean that you have to turn down a few opportunities, but in the long run your audience will trust you and respect your opinion more.

Foregoing the opportunity to build trust with readers, in the name of making a quick buck, is one of the worst blogging mistakes you can make for the future viability of your blog.

The next step in creating high-converting content is to think about what action you want your reader to take.

Do you want them to sign up for your email list, make a purchase, share a blog post, or click through to your affiliate offer? Whatever it is, tailor your writing to this goal.

General Blogging Mistakes to Avoid (Creating Content That Doesn't Convert) and How to Fix It copy

After you’ve picked your goal, you’ll want to use something called a funnel method.

A marketing funnel is a number of steps your reader will go through before they reach the final conversion point. Here’s a basic rundown of the funnel method:

  1. Address your reader’s pain points. What problem do they have that your product will help solve?
  2. Establish why you can help them. What makes you an authority on the subject? What experience do you have?
  3. Show them how your product or service can help. Give a comprehensive breakdown of why your solution will work.
  4. Call to action. Include your call-to-action so your reader knows exactly how to obtain the product or service you’re promoting.

There are a lot of different ways to use the funnel method to monetize your content—and it’s not a strict formula you have to follow. The main point here, is that your writing should give your readers a compelling reason to buy something or take a specific action… and a good reason to trust your guidance on that move.

General Blogging Mistakes to Avoid When Running Your Blog

To wrap up this list of blogging mistakes, I’ve got a few more general missteps that new bloggers tend to make, as they start and grow their blogs.

19. Not Learning the More Technical Aspects of Blogging

Not everyone is a tech whiz and you definitely don’t have to be in order to start a successful blog on WordPress.

That being said, it’s incredibly beneficial to learn some of the more technical aspects of blogging—if for no other reason, so that you can troubleshoot issues and fix problems that come up on your blog from time to time.

Example of Mistakes Not Learning Technical Skills

The more you’re willing to invest in learning the mechanics of blogging, the more you’ll be able to customize your blog and problem-solve any unexpected issues that arise.

You don’t have to know everything from day one (or even learn everything), but as time progresses you’ll be glad you took the time to learn how to make simple changes to your blog.

Thankfully, that are tons of helpful resources to guide you both here on my blog and elsewhere online.

20. Not Establishing Your Priorities

Now that I’ve given you a long list of blogging mistakes to avoid… I’d understand if you might feel a little overwhelmed.

There are a lot of moving parts involved in running a profitable blog, and looking at them altogether can feel like you’re climbing a mountain.

That’s why I want to assure you that as a blogger, you can’t manage everything all the time.

Realistically, even if you worked full-time on your blog, you simple couldn’t keep up with everything on this list 100% of the time.

You have a personal life that matters, a family to spend time with and you may have a full-time job in addition to your blog. You can’t expect to dedicate all your time to blogging.

Therefore, you need to choose what’s most important to you.

  • Maybe responding to your readers isn’t in the cards for you quite yet. Or maybe you can choose a specific day and time that you dedicate to responding to questions, as opposed to trying to write back to everything immediately as it comes in.
  • Perhaps you only have time to send out an email to your subscribers once a month or once every few months.
  • You may choose to check your analytics every few weeks for a report instead of monitoring it daily.
  • In order to create truly standout content that has a chance of ranking well in Google searches, you may need more time.

As long as you’re sticking to a schedule and clear list of priorities that connect to your most important goals—give yourself the time you need.

You’re the one most familiar with your blog and your personal needs, so don’t make the blogging mistake of trying to do everything.

Establish your priorities and don’t worry about fulfilling every potential need of your blog right here, today.

Remember, blogging is a long-game. Create a priority list and work through it over the weeks and months to come.

21. Getting Discouraged Easily (and Giving Up Early)

Blogging can fill your heart with the feeling of achievement… and at other times, it can leave you feeling very low.

If you’ve been comparing your blog to other blogs in your niche, you may find yourself wondering if your site will ever be as successful as others.

These feelings of doubt and discouragement derail many bloggers from continuing to pour hard and dedicated work into their blogs—landing is squarely here at the end of my list of blogging mistakes you can’t afford to let yourself fall into.

Here’s the truth: not everyone is going to be an overnight success with blogging.

In reality, most new bloggers will take 3 to 6 months of consistent effort before starting to get a meaningful amount of readers and trickle of revenue coming in.

When I first started my blog, I had no idea how to make money from it. After putting in a year of time, energy and intentional work on the side of my day job, I finally started generating an small amount of income from my site. The level of success I’ve been able to achieve has taken over 6 years to develop and compound upon itself.

If something isn’t working with your blog, get ready to be flexible. Prepare to learn. To experiment. To fail and try again.

What you start out doing today doesn’t have to be the way you do things forever.

Do your research, listen to the advice of other successful bloggers, and take time to try new strategies.

Use the other people’s triumphs to inspire you to work harder and learn more… but don’t let it crush your enthusiasm or cause you to quit.

You can make your blog a success, but it’ll be challenging and I can guarantee it’ll take consistent effort for the weeks, months and years to come.

Final Thoughts on the Biggest Blogging Mistakes to Avoid

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Everyone makes some blogging mistakes when they’re just getting started—and even if you follow my guide carefully, you’re probably going to make a decision or two that you’ll later wish you’d done differently.

But that’s ok.

We all make blogging mistakes, even those of us who’ve been doing this for years (myself included) 👋

However, with this guide to help point you in the right direction towards avoiding some of the most costly blogging mistakes, my goal is to speed up your progress and stork your enthusiasm.

Use my 6+ years of blogging experience to help you craft a blog that’s better prepared to hit the ground running and start attracting more readers—faster.

For a more comprehensive guide on starting a blog (the right way), read my ultimate guide about how to start a blog this year.

It’s an actionable step-by-step tutorial packed with information that’s easy to understand, even for brand new bloggers.

Ready to get started and avoid making these kinds of blogging mistakes in your business?

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Which Blogging Mistakes Did I Miss?

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201 Blog Post Ideas That’ll (Actually) Get You More Traffic in 2020

Coming up with the best blog post ideas that’ll bring the right kind of readers to your blog is a challenge many bloggers, marketers and website owners face. But landing on the right blog post ideas doesn’t need to be so difficult.

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to come up with your best blog post ideas that’ll actually bring in more of your target readers (and customers), then you’re in the right place.

Blogging remains one of the most powerful ways to connect with your audience and drive them to action today—making the blog post ideas you choose to pursue (and spend your limited time & financial resources on), extremely important.

201 Best Blog Post Ideas That’ll (Actually) Drive Traffic in 2020

  1. Blog Post Ideas That Inspire Your Readers to Take Action
  2. Blog Post Ideas That’ll Entertain Your Readers
  3. Blog Post Ideas That (Tastefully) Promote Your Business
  4. Blog Post Ideas That’ll Teach and Instruct Your Audience
  5. Blog Post Ideas That Update, Notify and Inform Readers
  6. Blog Post Ideas That Are Controversial & Shake Things Up
  7. Bonus: 7 Proven Ways to Amplify Your Blog Post Ideas and Drive Traffic

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I’ll earn a commission. When you purchase a product or service using my affiliate link, I’m compensated, which helps make content like this free of charge to you. Know that I only recommend products and services I’ve personally used and stand behind.

Research shows that companies who choose to learn how to start a blog and actively produce quality content get 67% more leads than those that don’t publish content & act on their team’s blog post ideas.

On top of that, inbound marketing close rates are 8 to 10 times higher on average compared to outbound selling efforts—making the right blog post ideas an investment that pays off big time.

But it’s getting harder and harder to stand out from the crowd. There are an estimated 500 million blogs out on the web today. At last count, 17 new blog posts are published every second.

With that much competition for eyeballs, how do you stand out and drive traffic to your blog?

The answer is—pursuing unique and interesting topics that deliver real value to your readers. Consistently churning out great content is no easy feat, even for the most seasoned bloggers that already have an editorial calendar packed with the topics you’ve done your keyword research on.

So to help you find the best blog post ideas for your audience, I’ve put together this collection of tried-and-true blog ideas that’ll help you drive meaningful traffic to your site.

But first… who am I to say which blog post ideas will be the “best” or worst for your blog?

Well, I’ve been blogging here for nearly 6 years learning how to grow a blog, and I’ve learned a thing or two about how to come up with content ideas that already have proven demand online. And last year alone, I drove well over 4.4 Million readers to my blog with the blog post ideas I’ve written about.

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I’m also hired as a consultant to generate high-converting blog post ideas and write content for Fortune 500 companies like LinkedIn, Google and Zendesk, as well as some of the world’s top startups like Fundera, Gusto, Close and dozens more. So when it comes to blogging, it’s safe to say I know what I’m doing 😊

Now first, if you’re totally new to blogging today, I’ve put together the ultimate guide to getting started with creating your blog. Actually getting your blog online and well-optimized is the first step to learning how write compelling content, and my 25,000 word guide to starting a blog will position you best for going on to bring thousands of readers to your blog in the near future.

If you haven’t yet gotten your blog off the ground yet, then head over to my ultimate guide to starting a blog.

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Now, let’s dive into our first section—blog post ideas that are designed to get your readers taking action ⚡️

Blog Post Ideas That Inspire Your Readers to Take Action

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The real hallmark of successful content isn’t just ranking well in organic search results, or getting thousands of readers. It’s whether or not your readers actually take action and create measurable change after consuming your content. Here are some blog post ideas that’ll help them do exactly that.

1. What’s your schedule? Give people a peek into your average day

Blog Post Ideas Share Your Schedule

Your daily routine may not seem interesting to you, but try pulling back the curtain and share how you spend an average day. Exposing a little bit of your personal life is an authentic blog post idea that’ll make your readers feel closer to you, gather helpful insights about how they could improve their own routines, and will also make them more invested in your mission as a whole.

2. How did you get started in your career? How did you start and grow your business?

Blog Post Ideas Career Advice

Humans have been telling stories for thousands of years. Scientists have only recently discovered why storytelling is so powerful. It turns out that well-crafted stories cause our brains to release oxytocin, a powerful neurochemical that helps us feel more connected to others. Take this blog post idea and tell the story of how you got started, the journey to growing your blog traffic, what it took to get your business off the ground, and the difficult journey to raising money for your company. You’ll forge a powerful connection with your audience that can pay off for years to come.

3. Explain the meaning of your personal or company values

Blog Post Ideas Personal Values

Every great brand is built upon strong values that guide everything the company does. Share the values that form the bedrock of your brand and you can create loyal fans for life. Even if you’re a solopreneur, knowing what guides your actions and decision-making will inspire your readers to get behind you no matter what you pursue—plus it’ll likely fuel many more new blog post ideas that spring out of further conversation with your readers.

4. What is your mission statement?

Blog Post Ideas Mission Statement

In simplest terms, a mission statement defines the goals and purpose of a company, organization, or individual. If you haven’t come up with a mission statement around why  you’ve chosen certain ways to make money blogging and serve your readers, a blog post is the perfect way to get started. This makes my list of the best blog post ideas because unveiling your mission to the world and explaining what the future holds for you or your brand, can be the perfect way to forge more meaningful connections with your readers.

5. Share your goals for the year and lay out your plans for achieving them

Blog Post Ideas Share Goals

Most people understand how important it is to set goals, but only a small percentage of us lay the proper foundation for achieving them. Make your goals known to your readers by leveraging this blog post idea format and share how you plan on tackling them this year. One example of this here in practice, is my in-depth guide about how to create a blog business plan, which includes a free planning template that helps new bloggers work through the process of planning their approach to building a profitable site. You’ll benefit both your audience and yourself. Your readers will get inspiration and a blueprint for success, while you’ll benefit from the feedback and accountability they can provide. Plus, this’ll likely lead to many more new blog post ideas after fielding their feedback.

6. Review the goals you set last year and report on your progress

Blog Post Ideas Review Goals

Productivity experts like Tim Ferriss and James Clear advise that conducting yearly reviews are just as important, if not more so, than coming up with New Year’s resolutions. A yearly personal audit can ensure you continue to make progress towards your goals and demonstrate that you hold yourself accountable for your own success. Review last year’s goals, then highlight which ones you’ve achieved and which ones are still in progress. This is one of my top blog post ideas because your audience may even be able to help you with some of your more ambitious endeavors after learning about them.

7. Describe where you see yourself or your business in 25 years

Blog Post Ideas Share Your Vision

Nobody really knows what the future holds and that’s what make predictions so interesting to read. Star with writing a blog post outline to sketch out your plans and share your vision of where you see yourself or your business heading over the next few decades with this blog post idea. Revisit it every few years to see how you’re measuring up.

8. What was the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? How did it help you?

Blog Post Ideas Best Advice

Everyone wants to get their hands on their industry’s version of the best blogging advice (for bloggers) or the best business advice (for aspiring entrepreneurs) and learn the keys to success within their fields. If you’ve been given some life-changing advice, why not pay it forward and dispense some wisdom to your readers? Blog post ideas like this help you break down a few pieces of advice that have impacted your career over the years and explain how they helped you think and act differently.

9. What were the most beneficial things you learned last year?

Blog Post Ideas Things Learned Last Year

Did you have any breakthroughs last year that you can share with your audience? What about failures? With a growth mindset, anything and everything can be a learning opportunity. Good or bad, you and your readers will be able to benefit from your experience through mutually beneficial blog post ideas like this one.

10. Make a list of the best and most insightful quotes about your niche

Blog Post Ideas Best Quotes

Scroll through just about any social media feed and you’ll see that people are obsessed with quotes. A cleverly worded piece of wisdom from a well known figure can inspire and motivate us at the deepest levels. This is one of my most successful blog post ideas I’ve executed on in multiple formats by compiling a list of the best quotes around my niche for an evergreen piece of inspirational content. Pick a niche to blog about and you can do the same in your space too.

11. Sit down with an industry influencer

Blog Post Ideas Industry Influencer

A well-written interview can have the power to make the reader feel like they’re having an intimate conversation with the subject. Reach out to influencers in your niche and invite them to share their thoughts and experiences with your audience either in the format of one of these blog post ideas or as a podcast interview. Not only will you have a great piece of content on your hands, you’ll have a new addition to your professional network.

12. Give people the roadmap to success in your industry

Blog Post Ideas Roadmap

One of the hardest parts about succeeding in any career is knowing just where and how to get started. If you have some experience under your belt, you can translate your lessons into one of these kinds of blog post ideas that give much needed guidance to people looking to break into your niche. Take for example my foundational step-by-step guides on topics like how to start freelancing, how to start a business and how to start a blog that’ve been read (and acted upon) by millions of people. This is hands down one of my favorite blog post ideas, because of how transformational your impact can be on the lives of readers.

13. Share some tips for bonding with your team

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I’ll be honest with you, most team building activities I see out there are pretty cheesy—but they don’t have to be. Coming up with a list of fun activities for adults to do in a professional setting is a lot harder than it sounds. Put your thinking cap on and create a list of activities you can share as one of your blog post ideas, that come from outside the box and your readers will thank you for it.

14. What are the similarities and differences between your industry and another?

Blog Post Ideas Different Industries

Steve Jobs once said that “Creativity is just connecting things.” It can be extremely fascinating to compare two completely different industries as one of your blog post ideas. While the differences are usually pretty obvious, you can really show off your creative side by drawing connections between them.

15. Which technological developments will shape your industry over the next decade?

Blog Post Ideas Technological Developments

Technology moves incredibly fast and it’s often difficult to understand exactly how it will impact the way we work. So think about what trends are shaping your industry. Which technological advancements are revolutionizing your niche? Blockchain? AR experiences? VR content? Assemble your thoughts as one of your upcoming blog post ideas and make a few predictions.

16. Share the causes you support and explain why they mean so much to you

Blog Post Ideas Causes you Support

Millennials put their dollars behind the brands that support the causes they care about. With no shortage of options before them, consumers are increasingly seeking out brands that align with their personal values. By sharing which causes you support and explaining the meaning they have to you personally as one of your upcoming blog post ideas, you’ll attract people of a similar mindset and expand your tribe.

17. Assemble a list of time-tested wisdom about your niche

Blog Post Ideas Wisdom

Some of the best insights about your industry may not have come from this year, this decade or even this century. In fact, some of the today’s cutting-edge thinkers find their best inspiration in old proverbs and sayings. If you can find new ways to apply ancient wisdom through your blog post ideas, you’ll be able to craft a winning piece of content.

18. Reveal surprising and inspiring backstories from influencers in your space

Blog Post Ideas Backstory

It makes for a good story, but tales of overnight success are largely myth. Some of the most influential figures of our time have surprising backstories littered with failure, disappointment, and depression. Choosing a few unique examples from your industry and highlighting their journey  can help motivate your readers to keep going when times get tough, not to mention become one of your strongest blog post ideas to lean back on time and time again.

Blog Post Ideas That’ll Entertain Your Readers

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Alright, now let’s dig into a different category of blog post ideas—those that are primarily designed to entertain your readers.

19. Compare a famous character or movie with your brand

Blog Post Ideas Movie Character

If there’s anything that brings people of all walks of life together, it’s movies and television. Comparing yourself to famous silver screen characters gives you a chance to flex your creativity muscles, show a little humor, and connect with people on a more intimate level through blog post ideas like this.

20. Create an office playlist and explain why you chose each song

Blog Post Ideas Office Playlist

According to the latest research, music at work can be a serious productivity booster. For example, proofreaders complete their tasks 20% faster when they listen to dance music. Why not put together a list of your favorite tunes to work to and share them with your readers as one of your blog post ideas? Flesh out the post by giving a little backstory about each track, how they were recorded and what their lyrics mean. You could even create multiple playlists for different moods or activities!

21. History buff? Pick some people from the past you’d like to work with

Blog Post Ideas People from the Past

Remember Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure? In the movie, two high school buddies go back in time and bring back celebrated men and women from history to help them ace their final high school report. Which figures from history would you like to work with and why? Pen your own excellent adventure and don’t be a afraid to let your imagination run wild with this blog post idea.

22. Which fictional character would be perfect at your job?

Blog Post Ideas Fictional Character

Along the same lines, you could pick a fictional character from TV or film and explain why you think they’re perfectly suited for your role. Would Monica from ‘Friends’ make the perfect project manager? Is Iron Man the ideal software engineer? These types of blog post ideas are fun to read and even more fun to write!

23. Give people a glimpse into your office or workspace

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People love seeing the workspaces of inspirational people—here’s a snapshot of my workspace too. There’s a reason why Edison’s lab and Shakespeare’s home are major tourist attractions. While you (like me) may not be at that level just yet, your readers will no doubt appreciate blog post ideas like this that give them a sneak peek into where the magic happens, no matter how modest it may be. Who knows, maybe you’ll be able to charge admission in the near future.

24. What’s in your bag? Show people which items you depend on each day

Blog Post Ideas Inside your Bag

EDC, or everyday carry, has blown up in the last few years. People love seeing which items and tools their heroes can’t live without, making this one of the easiest blog post ideas to quickly execute on. Simply lay out all the things you bring with you everywhere you go and explain why each is important to you.

25. Which hobbies or sports could help someone in your niche be more successful?

Blog Post Ideas Hobbies or Sports

Certain hobbies and sports show up again and again when we examine the leaders in different fields because they help build essential skills. For example, long distance running is a favorite pastime of successful entrepreneurs. Many of the world’s top sales leaders have backgrounds in theater. Which hobbies or sports help build skills in your niche? Make a list as one of your upcoming blog post ideas and explain how they make you better at your job.

26. Make a list of movies everyone in your industry should see and why

Blog Post Ideas Movies Everyone Should See

More than 15 years after its theatrical release, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Minority Report’ continues to exert influence on the world of product and UI design. Are there any movies that have had a similar impact on your industry? Compile a list of the most influential movies in your niche as one of your blog post ideas and explain why each one is a must-see.

27. Share your favorite emojis and explain how you like to use them

Blog Post Ideas Favorite Emojis

Love’em or hate’em, emojis are finding their way into more and more business jargon. They can help give much needed emotional context to digital messaging where body language cannot be conveyed. But they can also cause more confusion than clarity if you’re not careful. These cutesy images can mean drastically different things across cultures. As an experiment, share a few of your favorite emojis as one of your blog post ideas and then poll your audience to see if they interpret them the same way you do. The results may surprise you.

28. Create a new superhero for your niche and explain what their superpowers would be

Blog Post Ideas Niche Superhero

What superpowers are necessary to succeed in your role? Who are the villains of your industry? Answer these questions (and more) through multiple fun blog post ideas by designing your own industry superhero. Give them a catchy name, reveal their strengths and weaknesses, and take them on extraordinary adventures that push them to the limits.

29. Draw your own comic strip and poke fun at industry clichés.

Blog Post Ideas Comic Strip

There’s a reason ‘Dilbert’ remains one of the world’s most popular comics thirty years since it first debuted. It’s the perfect satire of the white-collar office world that millions find themselves trapped in. The situations that the title character finds himself in, though comically exaggerated, feel incredibly authentic. Create a similar parody of your industry or cartoon like Every Vowel to share through an ongoing series of blog post ideas that break down her or his life, and you’ll have your readers begging for more.

30. Write a personality quiz for your readers and highlight how different traits can be useful in your niche

Blog Post Ideas Personality Quiz

Spend 30 seconds scrolling through Facebook and you’ll notice just how popular personality quizzes are. People love learning something interesting about themselves in a fun and interactive way—which is why they’ve become such foundational blog post ideas in use by thousands of publications. Develop a personality quiz that applies to your industry and help people discover how they can play to their strengths.

31. Have you heard the one about the marketing blogger? Put together a list of jokes about your industry

Blog Post Ideas Jokes

Not every post has to be a serious read. In fact, some of your most popular blogs may be the ones that are the most lighthearted and fun. Spend a day or two looking up some of the best jokes and one liners about your niche and compile them into a list as one of your upcoming blog post ideas. A few laughs can help your readers make it through even their toughest weeks.

32. Compile a list of the top tweets from last year by industry experts

Blog Post Ideas Top Tweets

Every day, people share nuggets of wisdom on Twitter in 280 characters or less. But with an active feed, it can be easy to miss some of these gems. Bookmark your favorite tweets over the course of a year, put them all into one big list when the year is over as one of your blog post ideas, and drop a uniquely shareable knowledge bomb on your audience.

33. Assemble a top ten list of the most influential people in your space

Blog Post Ideas Influential People

Everyone is putting out a ton of content these days which makes it hard to know who the best people to follow for expert tips and insights are. Help your readers out by putting together a top ten list of the most influential people in your space as a series of blog post ideas that they should be paying attention to.

34. Share your insights about the cultural, geographic, or language trends shaping your industry

Blog Post Ideas Industry Trends

Keen observation is a huge competitive advantage. Have you caught on to any new trends that are shaping your industry that others have missed? If so, sharing your insights with your readers through a series of clever blog post ideas can help establish you as a thought leader and pioneer in your field.

35. Trick or treat! Identify some funny or creative Halloween costumes related to your niche

Blog Post Ideas Halloween Costumes

You may be too old for trick-or-treating, but you’re never too old to show a little Halloween spirit. Can you think of a funny or unique costume related to your industry that might help someone win some kudos around the office? Put your suggestions into these kinds of seasonal blog post ideas and don’t forget to add pictures.

36. Help your readers come up with the best presents for the office gift exchange

Blog Post Ideas Gift Ideas

White Elephant is a popular gift exchange at most offices across the country. In the game, coworkers ‘steal’ mystery gifts from each other. A clever or unique present can earn some serious praise around the office. Give your readers a list of creative gift ideas that will ensure some serious high-fives. Bonus points if your ideas don’t break the bank!

37. Share suggestions on how to express mindfulness and gratitude at work

Blog Post Ideas Mindfulness and Gratitude

Practicing mindfulness has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, increase creativity and improve productivity in the workplace. Give your readers some tried-and-true suggestions through a series of blog post ideas focusing on tactics like breathing exercises, stretches, and even meditation techniques so they can ground themselves in gratitude and positivity.

38. Highlight ways people can improve their health at the office

Blog Post Ideas Improve Health

The average person spends ⅓ of their day at work. And for those of us with office jobs, this means staring at screens and being hunched over a keyboard for most of the day. The modern workplace is so detrimental to our health that the Mayo Clinic even compares the adverse health effects of sitting for long periods to smoking! From suggesting healthier choices during lunch hour to suggesting stretches that can be done at their desks, giving your audience helpful tips through your unique blog post ideas can improve their health while at the office is a surefire way to win some new fans.

39. Put together a list of the the best internet holidays that are relevant to your niche

Blog Post Ideas Internet Holidays

From Talk Like a Pirate Day to World Beard Day (Yes, they both exist), there’s a social media holiday out there that can be applied to your industry. Make a list of holidays divided by industry and expand upon these blog post ideas to help give your readers something fun to celebrate at work this year.

40. Compile a roundup of the funniest memes about your industry

Blog Post Ideas Memes

Nothing helps break up a long day at work better than a few good memes. Scour Reddit, Buzzfeed and Ebaumsworld for a few SFW memes about your niche and spread a little joy to offices everywhere. If these blog post ideas begin to get traction, you could turn them into a regular series and even produce your own memes that go viral.

41. Collect the most interesting and insightful infographics about your niche

Blog Post Ideas Infographics

They may not be as hot as they were a few years back, but infographics still have the potential to drive traffic to your blog. Great infographics are able to cram a ton of relevant data into a single eye-catching image, and you don’t even need to produce your own graphics. Search the internet for the best infographics related to your industry and summarize their biggest takeaways through a series of blog post ideas that expand on the concepts those graphics cover. For more guidance on this idea, check out Visme’s guide about how to make an infographic yourself, in order to create more effective visuals for your blog (without having to hire a design team for help).

42. Explain what your industry can learn from hip hop or country music lyrics

Blog Post Ideas Hiphop or Country Music

Hip hop and country music have a lot more in common than you might think. They’re both genres whose lyrics are chock full of life lessons and real-world experiences. Can your industry learn something from the top rap or country hits? If so, break down the lyrics and apply them to your niche. If these blog post ideas strike gold with your audience, they could easily turn into a regular series. And if you’re looking for an extra challenge, write your own song and include it in the piece.

43. What are the ten commandments of your industry?

Blog Post Ideas Commandments

Every industry has a set of unbreakable rules that may or may not be explicitly stated anywhere. These mostly unspoken rules are usually learned the hard way through years of embarrassing trial and error. Help your readers save face when launching into a new business idea and give them a leg up on their competition by writing the rules down in metaphorical stone on your blog. Over time, these cornerstone kinds of blog post ideas can attract some serious attention (and links) from others writing about similar topics.

44. What are the seven deadly sins of your industry?

Blog Post Ideas Seven Deadly Sins

After you’ve written down the ten commandments of your industry, follow up this series of blog post ideas with the seven deadly sins. Are there definite no-no’s everyone in your niche has to learn to avoid at all costs? How about blowing your entire blog budget on unnecessary costs? Set your readers up for success by warning them of the seven habits they should be steering clear of.

Blog Post Ideas That (Tastefully) Promote Your Business

Blog Post Ideas to Promote Your Business on ryrob

It can be difficult straddling the line between pursuing blog post ideas that educate vs those that also (tastefully) promote your blog, products or services to your readers. Here are some creative blog post ideas that’ll accomplish this without leaving a bad taste.

45. Shine the spotlight on your best customers

Blog Post Ideas Best Customers

Everybody wants their moment in the sun. If you’re lucky enough to have some loyal customers or passionate fans, why not highlight them in and capitalize on customer profile kinds of blog post ideas? Shining the spotlight on your best clients promotes their work, strengthens your connection with them and inspires others to engage with you too. It’s a win-win for everybody, plus this blog post idea could actually turn the heat up on your word-of-mouth marketing.

46. Attend any outstanding industry events recently? Give your readers the highlights

Blog Post Ideas Industry Events

There are ton of great industry events happening every month. It’s impossible for any one person to attend all of them. If you’ve been to some great events or meetups around your niche, share the highlights with your readers. These blog post ideas can be executed as simply as sharing a short summary with a few actionable takeaways—that’s about all you need to help your audience get value from your experience at the event.

47. Releasing new products or services this year? Give your audience the 411

Blog Post Ideas New Products or Services

If you consistently provide value on your blog, you’ll build up enough goodwill that you can get away with being a little self-centered once in a while—talk about your products and services. Be balanced with how often you keep your audience informed of all of the awesome stuff you’re doing with these kinds of blog post ideas, do it thoughtfully & cleverly and they’ll reward you with their attention and dollars. Just be sure you’re in a good position to capture sales through a WordPress eCommerce website that’s closely connected to your blog (or otherwise) once you’re ready to ask for them.

48. Share your company style guide or brand guidelines

Blog Post Ideas Style Guide

Over the last 10 years or so, more consumers have grown obsessed with great design. Brand refreshes and logo reveals are now as big of an event as a new product launch in some industries—leading to an entirely new category of blog post ideas you can capitalize on. Do you have a style guide or set of brand guidelines? If so, release them as a piece of content on your blog. Dive into what things shaped your thinking and aesthetic. It may seem trivial to some, but creatives will eat it up.

49. Explain the origin behind your company name or your logo

Blog Post Ideas Company Name or Logo Origin

Did you know that there’s an arrow hiding in plain sight in the FedEx logo? Or that Lego is comes from a Danish word that means to “play well?” More than likely, there’s an interesting story behind the name of your blog or the meaning behind your logo too. Share it with your readers and explore any other blog post ideas that can shed more light on insightful stories from within your company.

50. Profile members of your team or partners that have helped you

Blog Post Ideas Team Member Profiles

People connect with people. Capitalize on this with a series of blog post ideas showcasing a profile of each member of your team. This’ll help your audience get to know the people behind your brand. No team? No problem! Even if you’re a solopreneur, there are no doubt a few key people and partners that have helped you along your journey. Interviewing them for your blog is a great way to say thanks and give them the praise that they deserve.

51. Compare your product or service against your competition

Blog Post Ideas Competition Comparison

If you believe in your product or service, you’re going to have to grab people’s attention and let them know why they should spend their money on you. Put your offering to the test against the competition and share the results with your readers with these kinds of blog post ideas. Done well, you can remain fair and honest while at the same time highlighting the superiority of your solution compared to others on the market. Check out my roundup of the 35 Best CRMs for Small Business to get an idea of how a comparison roundup like this can be done well, and see my comparison between Convertkit vs AWeber vs Mailchimp for an even more in-depth breakdown.

52. Educate your customers through a well written buyer’s guide

Blog Post Ideas Buyers Guide

Educating your potential customers with relevant and insightful information is one of the best blog post ideas that can also help you gain new business. Create a well thought-out buyer’s guide that arms them with everything they need to know about the products and services in your niche. It may seem counterintuitive to talk about your competitors, but by being helpful and providing value, you’re building trust and familiarity. People buy from the brands they know and trust.

53. Compile a list of events you and your company are participating in this year and tell people what they can expect

Blog Post Ideas List of Events

Are you participating in any events, conferences or workshops? If so, share your calendar with your audience through these types of blog post ideas, so people can connect with you face-to-face. Building a reputation for having a massive built-in audience that follows you wherever you go pays off. Event hosts will take note and offer all kinds of unique opportunities they wouldn’t extend otherwise.

54. Assemble the top customer testimonials about your product or service

Blog Post Ideas Top Customer Testimonials

No matter what good things you say about your own product or service, nothing will be as powerful as the expressions of actual customers. Positive reviews and word-of-mouth praise are worth their weight in gold, making these kinds of blog post ideas some of the most effective semi-promotional material you can create. If you’re fortunate enough to have earned some testimonials, highlight them on your blog (or on a landing page like I’ve done for my content marketing consultant page). Video works wonders in this regard. Seeing real people express their genuine feelings about your product or service will drive sales and build a positive reputation for your brand.

Blog Post Ideas That’ll Teach and Instruct Your Audience

Best Blog Post Ideas to Teach Readers on ryrob

Beyond just the more top of the funnel educational content you’re publishing, take some time to generate specific blog post ideas that take a more granular, step-by-step instructional take to solving your readers biggest challenges. These kinds of in-depth, highly tactical blog post ideas will help build much more meaningful relationships with your readers in the long run.

55. Admit your biggest failures and share what you feel you could have done better

Blog Post Ideas Biggest Failures

Anyone can broadcast their victories to the world. Few have the strength to reveal their biggest failures through these less glamorous blog post ideas. Candidly admitting your past mistakes (like I’ve done in my roundup of the top blogging mistakes to avoid) can help others avoid making the same ones and demonstrates humility which will be endearing to your audience.

56. Invite your readers to participate in an “Ask me anything” interview post

Blog Post Ideas Ask Me Anything

Popularized by Reddit, AMAs are now a ubiquitous part of the web, making them one of the more established blog post ideas to actively engage your audience. The format is a unique product of the internet era and has created some truly compelling content. Invite your readers to submit their questions and post your raw, unfiltered answers. In AMAs, anything goes, so let your guard down and answer whatever comes at you as honestly as possible.

57. What do you look for in an employee or partner?

Blog Post Ideas What Do you Look For

As an expert in your niche, your insights and advice can be hugely beneficial to someone looking to get started or level up. Highlight a few of the key skills and qualities you look for in an employee or partner. What’s great about these types of blog post ideas, is that what may seem obvious to you could cause light bulbs to go off for your readers.

58. Have you picked up some tricks over the years? Create a list of ultimate hacks

Blog Post Ideas List of Hacks

It can take years or even decades to learn the tricks and techniques of the pros. While you may be tempted to keep that knowledge to yourself, sharing it freely will help establish you as an expert in your field and make your readers feel indebted to you for your generosity. Building a list of ultimate hacks and publishing it is one of the most helpful kinds of blog post ideas you can take on. You may be surprised at how much new business can come from this content too.

59. Identify the top 10 books anyone getting started in your industry should read and why

Blog Post Ideas Top 10 Books

Hundreds of books are published every day. It can be hard to know which are worth the time and money and which aren’t. Give your readers a helping hand by compiling a list of the most insightful books about your niche. Take for example, my roundups of the best blogging books or the best business books, which has proven to be one of my most successful blog post ideas of the last few years.

60. What tools, software, and equipment do you use on-the-go?

Blog Post Ideas Tools, Software, and Equipment

Today’s workforce is on the move, but staying productive while traveling can be challenge. How do you get work done on-the-go? Do you have a list of your favorite mobile apps? Have you used any cloud-based blogging tools or other online business tools that could be highlighted through these roundup style blog post ideas? What kind of laptop do you prefer? Share your experiences and ask your readers for their recommendations to spark some engagement.

61. Get candid and share the ups and downs of running your business

Blog Post Ideas Ups and Downs

Entrepreneurship is glamorized in media these days. Most people think of young techies managing their internet businesses from laptops while on tropical beaches, Mai Tais in hand. While a few do enjoy that kind of success and freedom, the harsh reality is that entrepreneurs as a whole suffer from a disproportionate amount of emotional and mental health issues. Reveal the highs and lows you’ve experienced building your business. Your candor with these kinds of blog post ideas will be refreshing.

62. Make a list of your favorite tools, apps, blogs, and websites

Blog Post Ideas Favorite Apps, Blogs, and Websites

Most professionals are looking for ways to level up and gain an edge over the competition, making these some of the best blog post ideas with guaranteed demand. What are your secret weapons? Do you have any aces up your sleeve? If you’re willing to share some of your tips and tricks, your blog readers will eat them up.

63. Create a checklist related to your industry

Blog Post Ideas Checklist

More than simple to-do lists, checklists are powerful tools used by professionals in the most demanding industries to make sure they perform at the highest level possible. Checklists help us ensure critical tasks are accomplished, improve communication, save us time, and allow us to focus on the more difficult parts of a problem. Tap into these blog post ideas by coming up with the most critical tasks in your role and create a checklist to help people accomplish those tasks successfully.

64. Break down each part of your process/workflow

Blog Post Ideas Break Down Process

People love learning how the professionals they respect and follow, get things done. If you’ve developed your own approach or techniques, why not share them with your readers with these kinds of blog post ideas? Contrary to what you might think, freely sharing knowledge can help you advance your career and increase your worth in the eyes of organizations.

65. Give advice on how to network with people in your niche

Blog Post Ideas How to Network

The advent of the internet has made it easier to connect with people than ever before. But it’s also wreaking havoc on our ability to develop social skills and healthy interpersonal relationships. As a result, many are finding it increasingly difficult to grow their networks and make new professional connections. Have you discovered ways to effectively connect with others in your nice? Act on these helpful blog post ideas by passing on what you’ve discovered to your audience.

66. Compile a list of useful templates and teach people how to use them

Blog Post Ideas List of Templates

Any blog post ideas that can save your readers time, money, or energy is going to be popular with your readers. Templates are valuable tools that can help people magnify their efforts. Search the web for the best templates that can be used in your niche and teach your readers how to use them. Can’t find any templates? Create your own.

67. Make a case study out of your last marketing campaign and share what you learned

Blog Post Ideas Case Study

Marketing advice is always a hot topic for blog post ideas today. Dissect your last marketing campaign and analyze what went well and what didn’t. If the campaign was a hit, your readers will be eager to read your case study and replicate your success. If the campaign was a disaster, even better. In the words of the great master Yoda: “The greatest teacher, failure is.” Sharing your failures could help others avoid a similar fate.

68. Create a do’s and don’ts list for people looking to build a career in your industry

Blog Post Ideas Dos and Dontsjpeg

Every industry is littered with hidden obstacles and traps that only a few are able to decipher and navigate through to success. Give your readers a head start in their careers through these kinds of blog post ideas with a simple do’s and don’ts article. Highlight the risks, identify the opportunities, shine a light on the best affiliate programs they should join if they’re a blogger—and alert them to any potential missteps that could sabotage their career prospects.

69. Identify ways people can make their resume stand out in your space

Blog Post Ideas Make Resume Stand Out

Our resumes can either open doors for us or slam them shut. As competition across all industries increases, it’s critical that our resume represents us in the best way possible. Use your experience in your space to coach people on the key ways to make their resume stand out from the pack and you’ll be capitalizing on one of the most helpful blog post ideas out there.

70. Highlight the top skills that will be in demand in your industry during the next 10 years

Blog Post Ideas Top Skills

Do you have any insights into how someone could “future-proof” their careers over the next decade? If you know which marketing skills will be in demand, share them with your readers and give them a leg up on the competition with these insightful blog post ideas geared toward career advancement.

71. Share a list of interview questions people should ask when hiring in your niche

Blog Post Ideas Interview Questions

Hiring new people is one of the hardest and riskiest parts of building a business. Job candidates can interview marvelously and then fail on the job without warning. Use your experience to prepare these kinds of  blog post ideas that break down a collection of questions people should ask when interviewing job applicants to identify the best hires.

72. Write some helpful emails that can be used in your industry

Blog Post Ideas Helpful Emails

Email is one of the primary means of communication professionals use today, but they can still be extremely difficult to get just right—especially when sending cold emails or sales emails. Make a list of the most common emails you find yourself sending, draft up some templates (like I’ve done with my guide to doing effective blogger outreach) and share them to utilize these blog post ideas for your readers. Trust me, they’ll love you for it!

Blog Post Ideas That Update, Notify and Inform Readers

Blog Post Ideas to Write About and Update Readers

There’s something to be said for building a brand as an industry authority that publishes trend reports, offers hot takes on recent developments and breaks important new stories that apply to others in your space. These blog post ideas will give you inspiration on how to achieve that.

73. Where is your industry thriving? Make a list of the top 10 hot spots

Blog Post Ideas Top 10 Hotspots

Have certain cities become hotbeds of innovation for your industry? Leverage these kinds of blog post ideas and share ten places where you see opportunity growing for ambitious professionals.

74. Write a review of a product or service related to your industry

Blog Post Ideas Write Review

In an era of fake reviews and sponsored content, your authentic take on the latest products and services could be a breath of fresh air to your readers. Be careful though, these kinds of blog post ideas must always strive to be honest and unbiased if you hope to build trust and influence.

75. Share real-time updates directly from a conference

Blog Post Ideas Share Real-time Updates

Conferences are some of the best opportunities to learn best practices, meet influencers, and catch up with the latest developments in your field. But they can also be pretty expensive. Passes alone can be upwards of $1,000 or more, making a virtual update experience one of the easiest blog post ideas to execute on while at an event. Add in the cost of travel and accommodations and you could be looking at spending a pretty big chunk of change. If you get the opportunity to attend an industry event, try live blogging to make your readers feel like they’re right there with you.

76. What college majors are best suited for your industry?

Blog Post Ideas College Majors

Planning your college career is a daunting task for any young person. Tuition isn’t cheap these days and many go into serious debt to pay for their education. Today’s students want to ensure they’ll get a return on their investment. Give them a little direction by highlighting the top courses, schools and degree programs you think will help them build the best foundation for their careers with these kinds of blog post ideas like: 27 Best Blogging Courses and 101 Best Online Business Courses.

77. Which events should people in your industry attend and why?

Blog Post Ideas Events People Should Attend

There are dozens of conferences, conventions, meetups up and workshops happening every day in cities across the country. Which ones are the most beneficial for people in your niche to attend? Why do you feel that way? Share your thoughts with these kinds of blog post ideas for your audience and invite them to share their own recommendations.

78. Create a list of the keyboard shortcuts that can help people save time

Blog Post Ideas Keyboard Shortcuts

Memorizing the keyboard shortcuts for your favorite apps are one of those small investments that can pay off big in the long run. Knock it out of the park with these types of helpful blog post ideas by spending some time collecting the most useful shortcuts and key commands to put them together in an ultimate list.

79. Pull together the ultimate list of resources for your niche

Blog Post Ideas Ultimate List of Resources

The web is a big place. Even with Google, it can be difficult to track down the best resources in your niche. Bookmark the best resources you can find, group them by type and you’ve got a series of killer blog post ideas to give your readers a one stop shop for useful tools.

80. Recount the history of your industry and how it has developed over time

Blog Post Ideas History of your Industry

Having an understanding of where an industry has been and where its going can make it easier to figure out your place in it. Give your readers some history and context along with a few of your own personal stories and experiences with these blog post ideas that share much-needed perspectives.

81. Define the top terms and acronyms used in your industry

Blog Post Ideas Top Terms

Keeping up with the latest terms and acronyms used in your profession can be hard, even for industry veterans. Plus, they often change over time, making these blog post ideas useful to be updated for years to come. A well researched and up-to-date glossary can be hugely valuable and score you some evergreen traffic.

82. Has SEO changed for your niche in 2020? Where are the opportunities now?

Blog Post Ideas SEO

Optimizing your website for blog SEO strategies that’ll win you the top spot in search rankings can mean different things for different industries. Choosing the best website builders and learning how to make a website aren’t enough these days. If you’ve learned any techniques that are proving more effective than others, then teaching them could be very lucrative. What are some tactics that are driving results for other people in your industry? Put the strategies and tactics you discover into one handy guide or break them into a series of related blog post ideas for readers to consume based on industry.

83. Embed the best YouTube videos about your industry into a post

Blog Post Ideas Embed Best Youtube Videos

Video continues to explode in popularity online. More than 500 million hours of video is streamed on YouTube every day. Find the best videos related to your niche and embed them as clever blog post ideas on your website. It’s an easy way to deliver great content while keeping people on your page longer.

84. Launch a survey and highlight the key findings

Blog Post Ideas Launch a Survey

Conducting your own research results in unique data that your readers won’t be able to get anywhere else, making these blog post ideas some of the most stand-out pieces of content online today. Come up with a poll that’s focused on your niche and share the results with your readers for a truly unique take.

85. Compile a list of the top podcasts about your industry

Blog Post Ideas Top Podcasts

Podcasts have exploded in popularity over the last few years. It’s the perfect medium for busy professionals looking to learn new things. You can listen to them on your way to work, while you take your afternoon jog, or put one on while you’re making dinner. Pick a few shows related to your niche and share the links in a series of blog post ideas, or all at once in one epic guide.

86. Build a bullet list of the top facts and statistics about your nicheBlog Post Ideas List of Facts

One of the easiest and most evergreen blog post ideas you can write is a list of facts. Spend a few nights researching the most interesting or shocking facts and statistics about your industry and lay them out in a bullet list divided by topic.

87. Review the top online courses related to your niche

Blog Post Ideas Review Top Online Courses

Our time is finite and most of us try to make the best use of it as possible. For people trying to change careers or learn something new while working a full time job, it can be incredibly frustrating to realize you’ve wasted time and money on a low quality online course that didn’t teach you anything. Take advantage of these blog post ideas by sharing a list of the best courses in your niche and help steer busy people in the right direction.

88. Make a timeline of the biggest events that have changed your industry

Blog Post Ideas Timeline of the Biggest Industry Events

Sharing the history of your industry can provide some valuable context to newbies in your space, and a timeline is one of best methods to do this. They’re visually appealing, easy to scan, and make it easy to organize key events and data with these blog post ideas.

Blog Post Ideas That Are Controversial & Shake Things Up

Blog Post Ideas to Be Controversial and Shake Things Up

Sometimes, the best way to make a big splash in your niche is to take a controversial stand. These blog post ideas will help you shake things up and generate attention for your blog.

89. Is something bothering you? Vent your frustration in a blog post

Blog Post Ideas Vent your Frustration

When it comes to putting thoughts and opinions out on the internet, staying positive is generally the safest bet. But making a case for something you’re passionate about or writing a critique about something you think needs to change can spark a healthy debate that draws people into the conversation—making it amongst the blog post ideas that can make a big splash. Don’t be afraid to get a little provocative. Some of the world’s biggest brands have been built on controversy.

90. Pick a controversial tweet about your industry and write a response

Blog Post Ideas Respond to a Controversial Tweet

Taking your stand on a polarizing issue is a risky move, but that also makes it one of the most interesting blog post ideas out there. Calling someone out could have some nasty consequences and turn some people away from your brand. But it also has the potential to propel you into the spotlight. Try this one out at your own risk.

91. Put your thoughts down in an open letter to reach a wider audience

Blog Post Ideas Open Letter

Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and Bill Gates are just a few people that have used open letters to draw attention to serious issues affecting our society. Writing an open letter is a bold move, made even bolder depending on who the letter is addressed to and what it contains. If you have something truly powerful to say and know exactly who needs to hear it, pen your thoughts into a blog post idea like this and unleash it to the world. Who knows, maybe it will be among other open letters that have left their mark on history.

92. Are there some popular misconceptions about your industry? Set the record straight.

Blog Post Ideas Set the Record Straight

For whatever reason, some industries seem to be plagued by scandals, misconceptions, or controversy. If you find this to be true of your niche, why not set the record straight through a myth vs. fact series of blog post ideas. Who knows, you may be able to shift perceptions and change the way people think.

93.Is there an issue that’s tearing your industry apart? Chime in with your take

Blog Post Ideas Chime in About an Issue

When you bring together talented professionals that are passionate about their craft, there is bound to be some conflict. Divisive issues spring up in every industry, forcing people to pick sides and defend their stance. If there’s a polarizing debate raging in your space, don’t shy away from it; leaders don’t stand on the sidelines. Throw in your two cents, publish a series of blog post ideas expanding on your beliefs and make yourself part of the conversation.

94. Revisit well-known predictions about your niche and highlight which ones came true and which didn’t

Blog Post Ideas Revisit Well-known Predictions

Early on in this list, we had you making your own predictions about your industry. While looking forward is a fun exercise, revisiting past predictions can be equally fascinating blog post ideas. Whether they were way off base or right on the money, your readers will appreciate looking back along with you.

95. Have major brands or influencers in your space had any epic fails?

Blog Post Ideas Epic Fail of Major Influencers

Even the most successful people and brands take a misstep or two. After all, nobody’s perfect. When failures happen, the best thing we can do is try to learn from them. Point out a few of your industry’s biggest blunders through blog post ideas that also provide a few takeaways we can learn from them.

96. Write about some of the biggest controversies in your industry

Blog Post Ideas Biggest Controversy

Controversies and scandals rock every industry from time to time and occasionally leave lasting scars. What has rocked your niche? Giving insight into the events that have shaped the cultural landscape of your space makes for rich blog post ideas.

97. Share some comments from trolls and come up with clever responses 

Blog Post Ideas Clever Responses to Trolls

Online bullies love lobbing hurtful comments at people and then hiding behind the anonymity of the internet. Why not turn the tables on the trolls and call them out directly? Even if you only know their screen name, use these kinds of blog post ideas to clap back with a witty response will catch them off guard and make other would-be bullies think twice.

98. Highlight 5 things you’d like to change about your industry

Blog Post Ideas 5 Things to Change in the Industry

Even if you’re passionately committed to your profession, there are no doubt a few things that you wish were different. Write those opinions down in a series of blog post ideas expanding upon those improvements and see if you can build consensus with others in your space.

99. Identify crucial skills in your niche that don’t require a college degree

Blog Post Ideas Identify Crucial Skills

With skyrocketing tuition fees and the crushing burden of student debt hanging over their heads, many young people are taking a good hard look at whether college is the right choice for them or not. Is a degree truly necessary in order to succeed in your niche? Are there certifications or online courses that could prove just as valuable? Make a list of the most in-demand skills in your industry that can be developed outside of the classroom in a series of compelling blog post ideas.

100. Explain how professionals in your space can recession-proof their business

Blog Post Ideas How to Be Recession Proof

At the time of writing, we’re currently in the longest bull run in the history of the US economy (knock on wood). The Great Recession of 2008 is a faint memory in many people’s minds and some of the same reckless financial decisions that caused it are being repeated over and over again. What goes up must come down. Now’s the time to recession-proof your business before it’s too late. Put together some actionable insights into a series of blog post ideas that’ll help business owners to prepare themselves for the next economic downturn.

101. Have you seen people make the same mistakes over and over as they try to break into your field? Give them some good advice.

Blog Post Ideas Advice about Common Mistakes

No successful person got to where they are without some help along the way. We’ve all had mentors and advocates share some advice, give us a few breaks and show us the ropes. Earn some good karma and pay those good deeds forward with a series of your own blog post ideas that share your best advice. Shine the light on the most common mistakes newbies make in your niche and explain how to avoid them.

Woo! I’ve extended this list and made it even more epic! 👋

As time goes by, I keep getting more blog post ideas and continue to come across the awesome work of other bloggers out there publishing creative content… so I add to this list of the best blog post ideas quite often.

Here are some more content ideas to keep your editorial calendars fully stocked this year.

102. List the best motivational speeches in movies related to your niche

Are there any seminal movies that somehow pertain to the niche you blog about? Seize upon this blog post idea and list out the best motivational speeches in movies that are related to the topics you cover about. For example, the greed is good speech from the finance-related movie, Wall Street. About hope from Andy Dufresne’s letter in the Shawshank Redemption, or on unity from Denzel Washington’s speech in Remember the Titans. Believe it or not, with the sheer amount of movies today, this blog post idea is applicable to practically every industry.

103. Highlight the most recent changes in your industry this year

One example of this blog post idea in action here on my blog, is that I often share new breakdowns about the changes in the blogging industry on topics like the best web hosting plans or which free blogging sites are emerging, and how these changes will affect my audience (bloggers). No matter the industry you’re in, there will be regular changes that shape the nature of how the top-performers must change their practices in order to retain their competitive edge.

104. Write about your morning routine and what makes it possible

Talk about a few healthy habits that help you start the day and prime your morning for maximum productivity with this blog post idea format. These articles could even have direct affiliate revenue connections by being about which apps you use to wake yourself up and organize your calendar, which products you use for meditation or which exercise equipment you use to warm up in the morning—and you could link to products through Amazon’s affiliate program.

105. Highlight why skills (not degrees) will dominate resumes in your industry

Consider blogging about about the failure of the standard education system around the world and the devaluation of degrees across the board. Within this blog post idea, you can even contrast that with the high valuation of emerging jobs (that don’t require degrees) and offer up relevant resources for readers to learn those skills.

106. Share resume writing tips for the modern professional

Like it or not, if you apply for a job online today, your resume goes through electronic filters that look for specific keywords. This is done in the name of efficiency. You could use this blog post idea to talk about how using certain keywords in your resume (for the niche you write about on your blog) can help readers get past the first screening step. Refer to how you can make your resume lean for every job opening by cutting out useless skills like Microsoft Office. Talk about organizing your resume by relevance and listing achievements or experiences instead of responsibilities.

107. Choose a popular article on your blog and add to it

Look at the analytics on your blog and make a creative decision about how to add more value to the same article. If a certain blog post idea has already worked really well for you, then take a look at what made it successful and why your audience comes to it—then add on to that article by making it more in-depth, unique and useful to your audience. For example, I’m regularly adding to my articles that highlight the best cheap hosting plans, breakdowns of the top shared hosting providers and my picks for free hosting plans as the industry changes and new great companies emerge—all with the goal of continuing to be the most relevant, useful resource on the subject over time.

108. List of the most valuable degrees offered by universities today

Make a list of the 10 most valuable degrees being offered by colleges within your industry and tie them to specific job titles & average salaries throughout a career’s lifetime. It’s better to focus on Bachelor’s degrees here rather than Master’s degrees, as there will be many more readers seeking value from this kind of blog post idea who’ve yet to complete their first degrees. Rank the degrees by order of the highest paying jobs students can expect after graduating.

109. Write about the benefits and drawbacks of crypto currency

Talk about crypto-currency’s biggest benefits and caveats. Write about the tax savings and efficiency that they entail, as well as their use in the black market. Talk about the security and transparency Blockchain offers along with the numerous pump-and-dump schemes like BitConnect.

110. The benefits of Blockchain for your industry

Blockchain technology is very likely to grow and become more widespread in the industries that it touches (beyond just crypto currencies), because of the security benefits Blockchain offers compared to other data transfer systems. This is one of my favorite recent blog post ideas, because you can apply it to your own niche—and for example talk about how companies and governments are utilizing the technology in different ways.

111. The importance of humility and patience in any profession

Another one of my favorite blog post ideas because of how much you can connect with your audience, use this to talk about the temptation our generation has to achieve instant gratification. Speak about how patience the willingness to try hard, make mistakes and learn can pay off in both your career and personal life.

112. Relaxation tips for the overworked professional

If you’ve ever started a business on the side of your day job, then you know just how little free time you have in your week as a busy entrepreneur. Sharing relaxation techniques that people can use in order to take a load off is another one of my favorite blog post ideas. These can be as simple as self-massage techniques, grooming products, recipes, or even music playlists people can listen to so they can relax.

113. How to optimize your smartphone for productivity

List out the steps people can take to make their smartphone more productive. An example of tips you could include when employing blog post ideas like this include turning off your notifications, uninstalling social media applications during the week and using specific colors for notification lights.

114. The benefits of smart wearables for the business professional

With this blog post idea, you can cover the various benefits that wearables have for business professionals. These can include increased efficiency, tracking vitals, taking calls via Bluetooth headphones and the like.

115. Talk about little-known facts you’ve learned from your work experience

Another of my favorite formats when it come to blog post ideas, is shedding light on industry secrets that people don’t know about in your space. Talk about what no one teaches rookies, that they can benefit from learning now. You can even write a blog post series about general professional habits that novices can cultivate to help them succeed in their career.

116. The importance of design and presentation when pitching ideas

Use notable examples from within your industry (or personal experience) to make your point about how to pitch an idea. You can even recommend products and tools that readers can use for designing effective presentations, and the response could lead to an entire series of blog post ideas expanding into different areas of teaching your audience presentation skills.

117. Lessons learned from your customers over the years

Write about the most valuable advice you’ve received from customers with this blog post idea. You could talk about what they’ve been most surprised by (like how difficult it can be to choose a domain name that closely related to your niche—and provide real solutions in your article), what they’ve appreciated most and the factors that made first-time users become repeat customers.

118. What do people in your industry worry about that they shouldn’t?

In this series of blog post ideas, you could dive into the things that get a lot of attention in your industry, that shouldn’t at all. Make a case for arguing against the importance of dressing professionally instead of acting professionally, only meeting deadlines instead of actually learning emailing on weekends.

119. The importance of breaking large tasks down into simple steps

Talk about how breaking down tasks in to basic steps can help improve productivity as it relates to your industry with this blog post idea. Speak about how those basic steps can make bigger tasks seem more attainable and you might even start your way down a series of blog post ideas.

120. The usefulness of templates for repetitive projects in your niche

These blog post ideas have become a very successful staple on my blog—because they breakdown how using specific templates can help make quick work of repetitive projects and tasks on my blog. Take the overarching principles for which templates could be used well within your niche and use that to educate readers in your field.

121. Important tools and extensions for readers in your industry

You can talk about the various software tools or hardware aids that you find useful within your industry. These can be productivity programs, apps, gadgets or physical you talk about and highlight for readers using this blog post idea.

122. Embracing minimalism to de-clutter your busy life

Talk to your audience about the importance of decluttering. Use this blog post idea to tell them about how getting rid of useless things can vastly improve their lives.

123. How to trim down your personal hygiene routine for maximum efficiency

Talk about how grooming can be made personal in this blog post idea. You can even dive deeper to tell readers how they can design their own routines and get rid of products, habits and influencers that are holding them back.

124. A list of actually useful websites for professional in your field

Scouting Reddit to come up with some novel sites you’re not even aware of yourself yet would be useful in executing on this blog post idea. You can get a lot of attention in your community for publishing a list of websites that can actually help your readers overcome challenges they’re facing today—and if particular problems become clear to you based on the feedback from that article, it could lead to a new series exploring other blog post ideas that answer those questions in more detail.

125. Comment on outdated practices in your industry

With this blog post idea, you can give your opinion on practices that you’ve found to no longer be worth the effort in your industry. This will help a lot of rookies avoid classic traps that many fall into.

126. Why brand loyalty is bad for the consumer

Talk about the walled garden that certain brands and ecosystems build around their customers. This blog post idea should reach into the importance of experimentation and how brands make people feel negative emotions when leaving them for another.

127. Talk about the fading importance of life deadlines as you grow older

This has become one of my favorite blog post ideas lately, because it’s settling to others to read that they’re not alone in feeling the race to get married by 30 or have kids by 35 isn’t for them. You can talk about how not everything in life needs to be centered around deadlines and the importance of enjoying life as things are—taking it one step at a time.

128. The best (and worst) practices you find with new people in your industry

Use this blog post idea to talk about the young professionals you’ve met and the best and worst practices common among them. These can be work related or personal.

129. The importance of unplugging from social media

Talk about how social media addiction is real and how it can cause severe depression and anxiety. Using this format to explore a series of blog post ideas, you can talk about how humans aren’t built to digest and process so much information in a single day.

130. Share great stories about business owners that gave back to your community

Share stories about your own (smaller) local version of Bill Gates, The Rockefeller and The Mellons that’ve given back to your local community and this could even turn into a series of blog post ideas that shine a light on influential local people.

131. The most important lessons you learned from a movie

Use this blog post idea format to talk about some of your favorite movies and what you’ve learned from them. This is entirely subjective, so let your creativity guide this in any direction that feels natural.

132. Valuable questions to ask yourself when switching jobs

Share a checklist of what people in your industry should ask themselves when switching jobs in your field. An example of a core tenant you could explore in this blog post idea would be staying objective in judging the value of the new job vs. the old one (monetarily and philosophically).

133. Essential tips to plan your vacation

This is particularly relevant if you’ve started a travel blog. Share a basic template of what to do when planning a vacation in a popular location that your readers may want to visit one day. You’re already doing the work for your upcoming trip, so use this blog post idea to share that information publicly. This could include planning your visits every day, what gear you can buy, searching for esoterica, looking for accommodations, installing specific apps and such.

134. Ask top figures in your industry to share the biggest mistake they’ve made

This is another one of those very subjective blog post ideas that can be shaped by any personal flavor you’d like to put on it, but it can cover anything from personal advice to professional mistakes new business owners in your field should avoid, or otherwise.

135. Interview someone who’s recently made it big in your industry

You don’t need a podcast in order to conduct a good interview. A great blog post format for anyone looking to build relationships with more influential people in their industry, is to interview those entrepreneurs—people that’ve established a successful company, introduced a new product or otherwise achieved a meaningful milestone, so they can share their advice with you (and your audience).

136. List out your favorite ad campaigns from within your industry

Talk about the most memorable ads marketing campaigns that are coming out of companies in your space with this blog post idea.

137. Share the importance of letting go of toxic relationships

Whether personally or professionally, these blog post ideas that draw on difficult experiences to teach your readers an important lesson can build very close relationships with readers. You can talk about how toxic relationships weigh on you and keep you from being the best version of yourself—both in and out of a business.

138. Make a giant list of some of your favorite products

Like I’ve done with my list of the best blogging tools, you could use this blog post idea to talk about which products and services you’ve been using and why you’ve grown so loyal to them over the years.

139. The importance of investing a chunk of your income every month

In this blog post idea, you can talk about how investing can grow your money and how it’s a great tool to learn to improve your financial life.

140. Share great life lessons you’ve learned from experience

Talk about the most profound experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them in this blog post idea. Stick to personal experiences, not advice that you’ve received from others.

141. Break down the most life-changing apps you use

Talk about the smartphone and computer apps that make you most productive in this blog post idea. These could be reminder apps, exercise apps, hotel booking apps, a voice assistant app or otherwise.

142. List technical skills that are currently underserved

In this blog post idea, you could talk about the industries that are facing a shortfall of talent (and thus pay very well moving forward) like software development or cyber security. If your audience latches onto this topic, you could even expand into a series of blog post ideas that expands upon specific technical skills (and you could recommend learning resources or teach them yourself as a way to make money blogging).

143. The best apps you need to catch up on daily news

Talk about the best apps that condense the most important news in to palatable bits like the New York Times morning briefing, Economist Espresso or LinkedIn Daily Briefing. If it does well, you could launch a series of blog post ideas that expand into different industry-specific newsletters—or even host your own that readers can subscribe to.

144. How blogging can create an intimate connection

Talk about how blogging can help create intimacy between you and your audience in this blog post idea—and how regardless of the kind of business you own, sharing stories from your journey can forge a meaningful connection with your customers.

145. The importance of curating your wardrobe

Write about why having a simple, uncluttered and minimalistic wardrobe can save time, remove uncertainty and ensure that you always look good with this blog post idea format. You can even share photos from your own closet to drive home your message.

146. How Marie Kondo’s method can help you de-clutter your life

Marie Kondo is exploding in popularity, and her methods of de-cluttering your rooms (and your life) can also be broadly applied to a wide range of other areas of your reader’s lives if you get creative with this blog post idea.

147. Highlight top bloggers and vloggers in your field

Talk about some of your favorite bloggers and vloggers in a series of blog post ideas that can range from a simple interview, to a more in-depth analysis of what’s made a particular blogger successful in a more in-depth format.

148. Talk about insights from recent data about industry

Use this blog post idea to talk about how data warehousing and processing huge volumes of data have given your industry great new insights. An example of one of these blog post ideas in practice, is my recent highlight (and analysis) of the top blogging statistics shaping the blogging industry this year.

149. list the benefits of therapy and why more people should try it

Talk about why therapy is good for us all—regardless of whether or not we’re going through issues in our personal or professional lives, and the positive benefits that can be had. You could even pair this approach with one of our other blog post ideas, an interview, to share captivating stories from others in your niche too.

150. List 5 people that you respect in your field and why

List 5 people in your industry whom you find worthy of praise, whether they’re leaders or just starting out or seasoned veterans. This blog post idea can not only help share important industry advice, but can also lead to great new connections.

151. Share what you consider most valuable in a leader

Use this blog post idea to talk about the qualities in a leader that you consider essential for success in your industry, like confidence, focus, fairness, objectivity and otherwise.

151. Talk about the hobbies you indulge in during free time

Talk about the hobbies you have and their importance in keeping you balanced with this blog post idea.

152. Publish an article for the smallest demographic of your readers

Serve a hyper-specific demographic of your audience with this blog post idea that reaches an under-served community in need of your help. For example, after seeing a few comments on my blog where readers were asking for my advice on how to find a web hosting provider that didn’t charge for a full year’s worth of hosting all at once… I wrote up a list of the best monthly hosting plans for bloggers that are on a budget and want to truly pay month-to-month for their hosting services. While that blog only serves a small audience, it’s very useful to those people.

153. Talk about unique personal qualities that have served you well in interviews

Talk about the qualities that your employers have always found impressive in you, and why they’ve helped you during job interviews within your industry. This can lead to a series of blog post ideas expanding on interview advice for your field.

154. Industry practices that favor the less talented and more charismatic

Try this blog post idea to explore practices in your industry that favors more charismatic people that aren’t necessarily more talented than others. Talk about how adopting these qualities can help the more talented (but shy) people ascend the ranks faster too.

155. Write an in-depth review of a recent podcast episode

If you’re an avid podcast listener, then consider this blog post idea where you can write an in-depth review, analysis or even an expansion upon a recent podcast episode from a show you admire. Bonus points if the podcast is run by an influencer in your industry that you can then reach out to and connect with (after publishing your review of their recent episode). I’ve found using this format of blog post idea to be extremely helpful in building mutually beneficial relationships with other bloggers in my niche.

156. Best Encryption Tools for Cloud Storage

Privacy concerns are on the rise all over the world, which makes this topic area ripe for the right blog post ideas that can provide valuable insight & recommendations. It’s not enough that you backup your data to a cloud, since cloud storage has been shown to be penetrable. Hence, a blog post about the best encryption tools available for cloud storage seems important for that discussion.

157. Best VPNs for Online Privacy

This is another of our blog post ideas concerning privacy. VPNs allow you to hide your online activity by rerouting the traffic through one of thousands of available servers. Due to privacy concerns worldwide, numerous VPNs are available now that offer fast speeds and encryption.

158. These are the Best Messaging Apps for Online Privacy

With governments clamping down on individual privacy, it’s natural to write about some encrypted messaging apps—as the demand for those kinds of tools and services are on the rise. While some like WhatsApp, use end-to-end encryption, there are others that are deemed to be safer, like Signal.

159. This Is Edward Snowden’s Preferred Laptop for Privacy

Edward Snowden is the whistleblower who exposed the NSA’s privacy violations to the world. He recently came on the Joe Rogan podcast and talked about his favorite laptop—Purism. Discussing its merits in an in-depth guide would be a good content idea to explore if you want to attract an audience of readers who care deeply about security online.

160. Best Photo Editing Apps for Your Smartphone

Photo editing is now a natural part of the average smartphone user’s day, as snapping a selfie is easier than ever before. There are thousands of photo editing apps and millions of filters available on apps like Snapchat and Instagram alone. However, not all apps are created equal. With this blog post idea, you could explore some of your favorites and offer up helpful reviews.

161. Talk About Your Favorite Podcasts

Podcasts are a natural evolution from radio. You can find shows ranging from the verbose to the extremely short-form. Talk about some of your favorite podcasts and why you love them. Bonus points if you talk about your favorite app to listen to them on.

162. Compare the Best Value Smartphones Out There Under 500 Dollars

The mid-range smartphone market has really grown in the past 5 years due to the introduction of $1000 flagships like the iPhone. Writing some articles about alternative offerings from Xiaomi, OnePlus, Realme, Samsung and Huawei that cost under $500 could definitely get you some readers that want a good phone—but don’t want to break the bank.

163. List Out the Essential Items of Clothing Every Man Should Have in Their Wardrobe

It seems like sartorial fashion has really gone downhill in recent years. Advising the younger generation on classic items of clothing they should have in their wardrobe, could lead to a refreshing series of blog post ideas that can solidify your reputation in the lifestyle or fashion blogging space. Be sure to go beyond the normal suit and tie that’s often recommended.

164. List the Essential Items of Clothing Every Woman Should Have in Their Wardrobe

As with the previous topic idea, you can also write about wardrobe recommendations for women. Suggest which items are most comfortable as well as the most stylish during each major season. This could significantly widen your blog’s appeal and help you tap into a growing audience of women searching for fashion-related content online.

165. How to Assemble a Great Shaving Kit

Trust me, it’d be easy to write a book about this one. You could talk about everything from shaving soaps to creams, foams and gels. From there, you can expand into different combinations of shaving razors, trimmers, aftershave and highlight your own shaving routine. Bonus points if you release a series of YouTube videos to help better illustrate what you’re writing about on your blog as well.

166. How to Assemble a Great Make Up Kit

Remember to do your research on this one—and not just repeat conventional wisdom. You could also interview women who’ve worked in the makeup industry so that this blog post idea tackles the topic with a diverse sampling of styles, approaches and levels of expertise.

167. List the Best Travel Apps to Help Plan Your Next Trip

Statistics show that young people are traveling more than ever today. This has given way to some awesome travel planning apps and websites. Try some out and talk about your favorite ones. Also, share some tips from your own travel experience, if you’ve got some personal advice to share here.

168. List the Importance of Some Mundane Fashion Accessories

Some fashion accessories do serve a practical purpose in addition to making you look good. For example, sunglasses that are fashionable, yet also protect your eyes. Talk about a few of these accessories everyone should own, and it could lead to an entire series of blog post ideas that expand upon the subject of sunglasses in greater depth. This is a particularly appealing topic, because it can lead to better monetizing your blog through affiliate links (or selling your own sunglasses).

169. Compare the 3 Big Voice Assistants (Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa)

You can approach this blog post idea in one of two ways. You can demonstrate their responses to a series of questions or just demonstrate the advantages of one over the two others. Make sure to be objective in your analysis, and if you can pair this content with a video demonstrating their responses to your comedic queries, it’ll have a lot more viral potential.

170. Compare the Pros and Cons of Old and New Smartphone Design

You can talk about the advantage of removable batteries, how making thin phones has affected durability and so on. You should also list the improvements new phones have over their predecessors to make this content balanced. This could be an interesting look at how smartphones have gotten both better AND worse over the past decade.

171. List the 5 Best Laptops for Battery Life

The title’s self-explanatory for this blog post idea. Remember to classify how you’re testing battery life (which activities you’re performing, what programs you’re using and such). If you’re quoting other sources who’ve done their own testing, make sure to talk about the tests they used and cite your sources.

172. List the 5 Best Smartphones for Battery Life

This can be very similar to the blog post topic above, except focused on the top smartphones on the market today. Remember to elaborate on the type of battery tests conducted, and the sources you’ve consulted.

173. Talk About Reddit as a Useful (Sometimes Polarizing) Forum

Reddit is one of the most visited sites in the world. It’s a forum that’s usually the worst place to have meaningful discussions, though—as conversations often devolve into criticisms. However, it does have threads on how to improve your life, as well as actual discussions on existentialism and the meaning of life. Plus, the worst answers get down-voted and the best are voted up. Talk about how you’ve explored some corners of reddit and how they’ve helped you out.

174. Blog About Essential First Aid Knowledge Everyone Should Have

Everyone gets hurt, and it never happens at a time of our choosing. You could use this blog post idea to share some essential first-aid tips relating to everyday injuries—especially if this subject matter is relevant to your blog niche.

175. Best Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is the best office application, but it costs a ton. Talk about some of the best alternatives available that can do almost everything the Office Suite can. This will be a boon for those short on cash.

176. Essential Home Repair Skills Everyone Should Have

We’ve become accustomed to calling the handyman for every little problem at home (I should know). Talk about some home repair skills that everyone should have in this content idea. This’ll benefit not only a lot of bachelors and students that are short on cash, but it’ll serve as a forcing function for you to learn some handy skills yourself.

177. 5 Apps That Can Help You Get Better with Money

Financial responsibility isn’t something you just pick up one day—you need to learn to be frugal and make sound investments. It takes education and experience. Talk about some wallet or savings apps that can help students and young adults get better with managing their spending habits, and you’ll start to attract an audience willing to learn more about personal finance.

178. 10 YouTube Channels to Follow If You’re a Tech Nerd

This idea is pretty self-explanatory. Today, almost everyone searches for reviews before buying big electronics. Recommend your favorite tech reviewers for unbiased coverage. Some channels to check out might include MKBHD, Linus Tech Tips, UrAvgConsumer, Mrwhosetheboss, TechnicalGuru and others.

179. 5 Websites You Can Follow to Get Definitive Recommendations on Tech

For those that aren’t interested in video and want comprehensive (written) reviews for their electronics, you can recommend websites. Talk about dependable reviewers like Tom’s Guide, Head-Fi, WireCutter and others that share regular content on top tech. You can even recommend a reliable subreddit here, if you dare.

180. 5 Most Productive Email Clients for Professionals

The average Joe may not care about this topic, but professionals who spend hours in their inbox each day certainly will. They need all their emails managed and de-cluttered. Suggest email clients that get the job done without much need for customization—or those that feature extension support for high customizability.

181. Talk About The Best Gmail Extensions

Gmail is the most popular email service in the world. This is why it’s so feature-rich when it comes to extension support. Talk about the most popular Gmail extensions like Boomerang, Checker Plus, ActiveInbox and how to best use those tools to become a more productive emailer.

182. Write a Post on Your Favorite Television Shows from Childhood

This is another self-explanatory blog post idea that expands on your tv-watching experiences. Don’t forget to elaborate on why you loved these awesome shows—and why they would appeal to others.

183. Write a Post on Old Television Shows Everyone Should Watch

This could be a list of your favorite shows or classics that have stood the test of time. This could be really fun, because you could explore shows from the 1940s, or even ones as recent as the 90s.

184. Write a Post on Classic Films That Changed Cinema Forever

This is another self-explanatory idea. You can consult critics’ lists like Roger Ebert’s or Gene Siskel’s if you want to choose the most relevant titles. You can also consult Sight and Sound, the British film magazine, for a more international perspective on this series of blog post ideas.

185. Write a Post on 5 Best Picture Winners Nobody Remembers

This content topic can be entirely subjective. Go through the Best Picture winners from the past few decades and talk about ones that you no longer see discussed anymore.

186. Write About 10 Things People Can Do on Their Own To Reduce Pollution

These tips are extremely relevant if your blog covers environmental concerns at all—and can be as small as buying reusable bottles or as big as volunteering for local clean up drives. Be sure to emphasize that every little bit counts, and if your audience wants more, it could easily lead to a series of blog post ideas on the broader subject.

187. Write About What You’ve Learned to Value Most in Friendships

This one is clearly a personal post, but could go great lengths in building stronger connections with your readers. Talk about your experiences with friends and what you’ve learned to be the most endearing qualities in friendships.

188. Talk About the Best Internet Service Providers and Why You Settled on One

If you haven’t faced any Internet problems in your life (you lucky son of a gun), do some research and put yourselves in the shoes of others who have bad Internet. However, do talk about your Internet service provider and its pros and cons for some authenticity—plus many of those companies will have affiliate programs you can join to earn some income from your recommendations.

189. List 5 Great Tools for Graphic Designers (Photoshop, Illustrator, Pixlr and More)

You can go through several existing lists by reviewers and even subreddits to gather research for this blog post idea. Don’t just regurgitate the same posts though, download these tools for yourself and give honest recommendations.

190. Tips Which Will Improve People’s Health Over Time

This article can be sourced from your own life, as well as from other fitness experts who’ve got experience. You can even consult medical journals and research papers if you’d like to create a truly in-depth, transformative research that has a strong chance at attracting readers. Just boil the advantages of these tips down into simple language for the average Joe, and you’ll already be doing a great service to this niche.

191. List 5 Things People Can Do in Their Lives to Help Their Community

With this blog post idea, you should be sincere above all else. Talk about which acts of kindness and charity can help the community, how to make a positive impact on the lives of your fellow residents and why people should invest their time into these activities.

192. List 10 Great Media Player Apps for Windows and Mac

This is another self-explanatory topic idea. Visit trusted reviewer sites like PC Magazine, CNET and Tom’s Guide. Don’t just talk about functionality though, strive to explore speed and ease of use here too.

193. List 5 Great Perfume Brands that Everyone Should Try

This is a straightforward blog post idea, built around product recommendations that can also be monetized. List perfumes which last, which are fairly priced and which give off the best fragrance. This’ll appeal to all kinds of audiences.

194. Write About the Importance of Penmanship and Working on Your Signature

True penmanship is becoming less critical for business today, but it’s still a great way to impress someone in a work setting. Plus, there’s just something awesome about pulling out a pen and leaving a well-crafted signature—not to mention the potential to create a career out of the skill as a hand lettering artist.

195. List the 4-5 Best Wristwatches You’ve Tried Wearing

Talk about your personal experiences with watches for this series of blog post ideas geared toward both men or women. Talk about their durability, their accuracy, comfort. If you’re not a wristwatch person, you can talk about some of the best-selling watches of all time and why they’ve been so successful.

196. Point Out 5 Rookie Mistakes You Made as a New Employee

This one is for the novices reading your blog, but would be extremely relevant if your topics cover career-related subjects. Make this blog post as actionable as possible, so it provides real value to the beginners in your industry.

197. List 5 Things You Can Do To Make a Good First Impression in Your Office

This blog post idea is somewhat similar to the previous title, but can include tips from dressing well to being comfortable in your own skin, displaying quiet confidence and volunteering to be a leader whenever opportunities present themselves.

198. Talk About the Objective and Subjective Advantages of Having a Pet

With this idea, you can talk about the proven mental and physical health benefits of owning a pet—as well as the resulting happiness you stand to gain from having a pet in your life.

199. Write About 5 Great Backpacks that You’ve Tried and Why You’ve Settled on One

This will appeal particularly well to travelers, as well as those that take backpacks to work—leading to the opportunity to break this down into a series of blog post ideas targeted toward specific audiences. If you’re not a backpack person yourself, you can always refer to reviews on Wire Cutter or a subreddit for the best suggestions.

200. List Out 5 Great Wireless Earbuds for Professionals to Try

Wireless earbuds are now a staple of the average consumer—from Bose products over the Apple’s AirPods. Headphone jacks are quickly vanishing and wireless buds are getting much better. Recommend a few budget buys along with the favorites that everyone feels comfortable buying. This should be a pretty popular blog post for young professionals, and could lead to a series of blog post ideas for specific audiences or use-cases like earbuds for working out, running and travel.

201. Research Hiring Trends in Your Industry

Use this blog post idea to explore the trajectory of job growth (and how many new companies are started in the sector) over the past few years, to give an analysis of where the job market might be heading for professionals in your space. From here, you can provide actionable recommendations on everything from how to apply to new jobs, to sprucing up a resume, what it takes to get a promotion and more.

Bonus: 7 Proven Ways to Amplify Your Blog Post Ideas and Drive Traffic

Blog Post Ideas How to Get Readers to Come

Now that you’ve started translating your blog post ideas into real, published work—it’s time to get to work learning how to promote your blog posts to reach as many people as possible. Here are a few effective ways to expose your blog to new readers, build your audience and drive more traffic today.

1. Answer Questions on Quora and link back to your blog

More than 300 million people visit Quora, the popular question-and-answer site, each month. With over 400,000 topics and thousands more added every week, there are likely hundreds of questions around your niche that you can answer with links back to your blog.

2. Become a Redditor and share your content

Reddit bills itself as ‘the front page of the internet’ and it’s easy to see why. The latest and most interesting stories from across the internet seem to break on Reddit first. With an audience as big as Twitter’s but with more than double the engagement rate, Reddit has the potential to drive massive traffic to your site.

3. Reach out to influencers and ask them to share your content

It’s a long and arduous road to build your audience to 1 million followers. It’s a lot faster and easier to convince someone who already has 1 million followers to share your content. Build relationships with influencers and ask them to share your best blog post ideas once they’re published as well-refined content. If they agree, you’ll dramatically expand your reach, plus you’ll create the opportunity for future collaborations like guest blogging.

4. Ask your network to help amplify your content

Just a few shares, likes and retweets can be enough to get the social media network algorithms to exponentially increase the amount of people your content gets exposed to. Ask your own personal network of colleagues, friends, family and supporters to help share your pieces. They want you to succeed and will undoubtedly be excited to help.

5. Make a video based on your blog post

Video has exploded in popularity over the last few years. YouTube is the second biggest search engine after Google, and a few YouTube videos show up on the first page of Google search results. These two opportunities may just make video the best way to drive eyeballs to your website. Convert your blog post ideas into a snappy video, upload your video to YouTube, optimize it for search and be sure to link back to your original article.

6. Share your article with online communities

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are the largest and most obvious places to share your content. But there are thousands of other online communities built around various niches that often have higher engagement. Have you written about design? Try submitting your article to Web development? Send your piece to No matter what you’ve written about, there’s a passionate community out there that is hungry for new content.

7. Include your blog post in your email newsletter

If you have an internet presence and aren’t building an email list, you’re missing out on one of the most powerful tools for driving traffic to your blog. A healthy list to do email marketing to, is comprised of people that love your content and want to be contacted when you have more. Shoot out an email to your list whenever you have new articles, just be careful not to do overdo it. A monthly or weekly newsletter is typical, but be sure to experiment to find the right cadence for your audience.

Did I Miss Any Creative Blog Post Ideas?

What’d I miss?

Are there any blog post ideas or general content structures you’ve had success with (that we didn’t cover here)?

Share your best blog post ideas with us in the comments below!

And remember, consistently turning blog post ideas into high quality content is tough, but the juice is worth the squeeze. Investing in creative, entertaining, and high value blog post ideas can have exponential returns. The key is building a diverse array of blog ideas and sticking to a regular publishing schedule.

Pair these ideas with a robust content amplification strategy and you’ll be set to capture massive traffic this year.

Oh and if you haven’t yet gotten your blog off the ground yet, then head over to my ultimate guide to starting a blog.


How to Make Money Blogging in 2020 (How I Make $451,238 Blogging)

If you’re here to learn how to make money blogging, then you’re in the right place.

Back in 2014 when I first started my blog, I didn’t have a clue about how to make money blogging, let alone how much money was even possible to make from a blog. Flash forward to today, it’s even more shocking (still) that I’ve gone from learning how to make money blogging to now earning in excess of $50,000/mo from my blog.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, then you’ve watched my journey going from earning just a couple thousand dollars in monthly side income supported largely by freelance clients, all the way up to now making more each month from my blog than I made per year in my first few jobs.

In 2019, my blog made $451,238—with some months topping more than $58,000—all while I still held a full-time job for the first half of the year. During 2018, my blog generated $127,418 and the year before that, I broke the $100,000 mark for the first time.

So when my readers ask if it’s really possible to learn how to make money blogging in a relatively short period of time, my answer is a resounding yes.

How to Make Money Blogging in 2020: 12 Proven Ways (How I Make $451,238+)

  1. Sponsored Blog Content
  2. Affiliate Programs
  3. Blog Advertisements
  4. Sell Online Courses
  5. Physical Products
  6. Release a Software Tool
  7. Selling Your Own Services
  8. Writing (and Selling) eBooks
  9. Launch a Virtual Summit
  10. Business Partnerships
  11. Podcast Sponsorships
  12. Freelancing

Now first, if you’re totally new to blogging today, I’ve put together the ultimate guide to getting started with creating your blog. Actually getting your blog online and well-optimized is the first step to learning how to make money blogging, and my 25,000 word guide to starting a blog will position you best for going on to make money blogging in the near future.

While it’s great to start considering ways to monetize your blog now, this guide is speaking more to those of you who’ve already built a blog and are looking to take it to the next level. If you haven’t yet gotten your blog off the ground, then head over to my ultimate guide to starting a blog.

Still Need to Start Your Blog First?

Check out my ultimate guide How to Start a Blog (on the Side) Today.

Last year alone, my blog reached over 4.4 million readers (like you) who’ve come to learn about blogging, marketing and business. It’s having highly engaged readers and an email list of 130,000+ active subscribers to my blog—that creates great opportunities to really make money blogging.

How to Make Money Blogging in 2020 (Ryan Robinson Google Analytics Screenshot of Full Year) Traffic Proof

The more readers you have, the more options that’ll eventually be at your disposal to positively monetize your blog.

Alright, now let’s get into my ultimate guide about how to make money blogging in 2020.

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission. Know that I only recommend products, tools, services and resources I’ve personally used and believe are genuinely helpful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to purchase them. Most of all, I would never advocate for buying something that you can’t afford or that you’re not yet ready to implement.

Laying a Foundation for How to Make Money Blogging in 2020

Before we dive straight into the ways of how to make money blogging, let’s do a quick overview of what’s required to run a successful blog in the first place—because everything from picking a smart niche, to writing great content and successfully driving traffic all come before you’ll learn how to make money blogging.

Want to skip the introduction and jump straight down to my 12 proven ways to make money blogging? Click right here.

It’s important that you have the key basics already taken care of first, so that you can be confident in getting a return on all the work you’ll be putting in to soon make money blogging.

Having each of these components in place will ensure that you remain successful, and continue to grow your traffic as you start monetizing your content.

Find a Clear Niche to Blog About

Have you figured out the niche topic area you’re going to blog about yet? Recent blogging statistics show that needs to come first (and is a necessary step before you actually make money blogging).

Ultimately, your blog niche isn’t only the topic or grouping of related themes that you’ll be creating blog content around, it runs so much deeper than that—and having that cohesive theme is essential to eventually make money blogging—because it gives your readers a reason to regularly return for more.

Here on my blog, every piece of content I publish somehow comes back to the overarching niche of building a blogging business (and ultimately teaching readers how to make money blogging).

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This niche still gives me room to travel in a lot of different directions, while still staying on message with my 100+ podcast episodes and long-form articles I’ve written over the years.

Moreover, your niche explains the type of person that your content speaks most clearly to. It’s a zoomed-in view of your expertise and experience. Ultimately, your niche is what will help you discover and grow your audience, market your content the right way, and monetize your blog successfully.

When you fully understand your niche and positioning within that niche, you’ll begin to develop a very specific (and engaged) audience, which makes it wildly easier to get sponsorships, partners, advertisers and deploy all of the other major ways to make money blogging.

A Simple Example of How to Make Money Blogging

If you run a DIY baking blog (your niche), companies that sell cookware are likely going to be one of your top supporters when it comes to making money blogging.

Make Money Blogging Example How to Monetize Your Blog of DIY Cooking

You’ll have a solid idea of who your audience is (at-home bakers) and exactly what they’re hoping to accomplish (looking to improve their skills, get easy baking recipes, learn more about cooking in general). On the flip side, this also means that you can confidently communicate with sponsors about who’s consuming your blog content—and more importantly—why they’re likely to buy the advertiser’s product.

Listen to my interview with famous food blogger, Gaby Dalkin of What’s Gaby Cooking, to hear more about how she went from writing on the side, and learned how to make money blogging on a massive scale with advertisers, book deals, her own line of salsa products at Williams Sonoma and more. See my guide on starting a food blog for more if that’s the niche you’ll be blogging about.

After hearing this example, now imagine what it’d be like if you didn’t have a niche to blog about. Maybe you write about caring for plants, but you also like to write about psychology, with a bit of hiking sprinkled in. Not only is your audience all over the place, but they’re probably a little confused too. And that in turn will confuse your advertisers.

Gardening companies probably won’t want to advertise where someone is reading instead about psychology-backed parenting techniques.

I know this might sound like an over-simplified example, but finding and sticking to a niche will help you stand out amongst the crowd of unfocused content, and will lay a solid foundation for learning how to make money blogging.

If You Want to Make Money Blogging… You Need to Write (Consistently)

So you’ve got a little bit of traffic coming in to a few blog posts that are beginning to rank well in the search engines. That’s a great start on your journey of learning how to make money blogging.

Need some more inspiration on what to write about? 👉 Check out my epic guide to the best blog post ideas you should cover today.

But once you’re here, it’s easy to think, “Well now that I rank #1 for this topic, I’ll just settle in there and reap the rewards.”

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Trust me, I’ve been there. But as we’ve covered already, if it were that easy to make money blogging, then just about everyone would be a rich blogger by now.

Once you’re starting to get a little content success and begin ranking, you’ll slowly get more and more traffic every week, it can be easy to think it’s alright to sit back and relax. And while blogs can sometimes be argued as solely passive income, ultimately if you want to make money blogging in a scalable long-term fashion, you have to be very proactive.

Being a proactive blogger looks like writing. A lot.

For me personally, I dedicate an average of 10 to 15 hours of time to writing for my blog each week—and that’s on the side of my day job still. If I could write more, I would. It takes a bit of sacrifice, and because I’ve learned over the years that my best thinking comes during the morning, I often get up at 5 AM to put in a few hours of writing before switching over to the tasks of my remote job.

I go into the nitty gritty details of all my blogging habits in my latest book, The Habits of Highly Successful Bloggers if you want more.

Now, you don’t have to follow my stringent personal writing habits in order to make money blogging, but you do have to write very regularly. The most successful, highest trafficked blogs post multiple articles each week—if not many every day.

My success at blogging is due largely to consistently publishing highly tactical, long-form content for my readers. That’s how I’ve grown my email list to more than 120,000+ subscribers tuning in to my weekly new articles. Having an email list of this size has afforded me a lot of opportunities to make money blogging.

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And while you may not be striving to be the next Buzzfeed, if you want to make money blogging, you should aim for ramping up to a point where you’re posting at least two to three high quality, sizable word count articles (in excess of 1,500 words) each month. That leaves time to spend promoting your content too.

Not only does publishing regular blog content generate more traffic, it brings returning readers. And those are the people that’ll help you make money blogging over the long-term.

Moreover, it also shows your advertisers that you’re active and involved with your readers.

Nailing Your Blog SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

It’s really, really easy to write about subjects you care deeply about.

And it’s important that your blog becomes a place to share about things that are powerful to you, of course. But even more important (when it comes to learning how to make money blogging) is nailing your blog SEO.

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Search Engine Optimization can send even the most experienced professional marketers into a tailspin, but SEO is paramount to making money blogging.

Why? Because major search engines like Google can send you a practically unlimited amount of free, organic traffic—if you create content that’s worthy of ranking high in search results.

Now, we’re not going to do a deep dive into SEO in today’s guide about how to make money blogging (SEO is a major component of my paid course, Built to Blog), but I will tell you this—it’s crucial to always have a specific keyword phrase in mind for each blog post, and to always do your homework up front in order to make sure that keyword phrase is something people are actually searching for online.

Ensuring that you’re following smart blog SEO best practices will not only help grow your blog, it will make you stand out as a leading industry professional if you can rank high in search results for competitive terms.

Plus, your audience will place more trust in you, as will your advertisers.

Find (and Build) Your Engaged Community of Readers

I’ll always be an advocate of finding and building an engaged online community. The most important thing, especially when you’re just getting started with learning how to make money blogging, is to focus your efforts on not just bringing in new readers, but on establishing real, tangible relationships with as many of them as possible.

How to Make Money Blogging Find Your Community

Having an online community—whether it’s a forum on your blog, a Facebook group, email list, Twitter community or otherwise—can do absolute wonders for your blog. And ultimately, they’re going to be the ones that help you learn how to make money blogging in a way that’s a mutual win-win for both them and you.

Develop real relationships with your readers. Learn about their likes and dislikes, why they read your first article, how they discovered you, and why they keep coming back for more. Connect with them as humans, not anonymous readers on a screen. The investment will be worth taking a few minutes out to chat over email or on the phone every now and then.

When you have a community, you not only have a deep rooted support system, you also have some very important relationships.

It may turn out that one of your readers is an advertiser that wants to promote their products on your blog. It may be a podcaster who wants to feature you on their next episode with 2,000 listeners with a spot for your blog pitch.

When you get a feel for your audience, and get to know them intimately, you can start asking them for support. You’d be surprised what you can get from a strong community of like-minded readers.

For all of my best tactics on bringing in new readers & creating community, check out my guide to driving traffic to your blog.

How to Make Money Blogging From Your Readers: How the Numbers Scale

How many readers do you actually need in order to make money blogging?

Well, the answer to that question depends on how you’re making money from your blog and what your conversion rate is for each channel.

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Of course, you’re not going to know your conversion rates right now, but once you start selling a product, pitching your freelance services, launching an online course, or reaching out to advertisers for blog sponsorships, you can calculate your conversion rates pretty quickly.

Here’s a quick example expanding on what your conversion rate could be when selling your own product—an online course—from your blog.

Let’s say you have 1,000 monthly readers. If 2% of those readers turn into paying customers for your online course, that’s 20 buyers. If your product is $10, that’s only $200. However, if your course runs $100, then you’ve just made your first $2,000.

Now, you can also look at this in a much more simple way.

  • Fewer readers = less sales
  • More readers = more sales

At the same time though, you can work on tweaks to get your conversion rate higher over time, and you can play with your pricing to increase average customer value as well. Sometimes math can actually be fun 😊

Of course, you need two key pieces of data in order to make these estimates:

  • Unique Pageviews
  • Conversions

To view the number of Unique Pageviews on your blog, dive into your Google Analytics Dashboard, go to Behavior > Site Content > All Pages.

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If you’re strictly using your website as a blog, then you should see your top blog posts listed clearly with their corresponding number of pageviews.

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You can set a date range (like the past day, week or month) and see your pageview count update. That’s how many people are reading your blog 👏

To get your conversion rate when talking about a direct product sale to a reader of your blog, simply take the number of product sales and divide that by the number of pageviews you’re seeing on your blog for a given date range—that’ll give you the percentage of readers that became customers.

Alternatively to get a sense of how well your site is doing in the pursuit to make money blogging, you can take your total blog income for a given date range, and divide that by the amount of income you generated in that same period—that’ll give you the average value (in your currency) for each individual reader of your blog.

Now that you have a basic understanding of what a blog is, how to start building community, picking a niche to blog about, nailing your blog SEO and tracking conversion rates, let’s get down to business on how to really make money blogging.

How to Make Money Blogging in 2020: 12 Proven Ways (How I Make $58,234/mo)

Now we’re getting to the fun part… how to make money blogging (the exact ways I make money from my blog).

Thanks for hanging with me as we covered the foundational steps that’ll help you get ready to profit from your efforts toward learning to make money blogging. It takes a lot of time and work, but trust me—the investment is well worth it in the long run.

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In all honesty, there are dozens—if not hundreds of different ways to make money blogging.

I’d like to tell you that I’ve tested all of them, but I haven’t. And after years of experimentation, there are about a dozen that’ve proven to stand the test of time and generate life-changing revenue for not only my own blog, but that of hundreds of others I know. For that reason, we’re focusing only on the most reputable, proven, broadly applicable monetization channels in this guide.

And what I can tell you is these top twelve ways to make money blogging (that I’ve both personally done and have been successful with) helped me turn this blog into a source of $50,000+ in monthly income.

These are tried and true techniques used by the most successful, most popular blogs you’ve heard of.

Make money blogging by getting paid for the content you create.

The first overarching theme we’re going to cover in this guide to make money blogging is getting paid for your content. This is the easiest and quickest way to start monetizing your blog. Of course, that’s also why you see so many bloggers pursuing this monetization channel.

The important thing here is to stay true to your blog, your expertise and to keep your audience at the forefront of everything you create.

Let’s dive in!

1. Sponsored Blog Content

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Sponsored content is a tried and true investment for brands of all kinds, and it works wonders in the right scenarios. This makes it a clear win-win of the many ways to make money blogging.

Over and over again, this method is not only proven to work for advertisers, it’s proven to help you make money blogging at the same time.

What is sponsored content? It’s when company pays you a fee in return for you writing an article that’s either about them—or on a topic related to them, where their product, service or brand is prominently featured as the go-to resource for those of your readers that want to learn more.

It’s one of those sweet deals between a blogger and an advertiser where you’re both truly benefiting from the relationship.

Here are a few examples of sponsored content here on my blog:

When sponsored content is done well (and not just a plain & simple advertisement), it comes across as genuine, unique, and free of a high-pressure sales pitch. In my opinion, if your sponsored post doesn’t lead with providing real value to your readers, then you’ve already gotten off track.

You’ve already built trust with your audience, so they trust you to recommend products that you know and believe in. That’s why I always recommend staying true to your audience when making sponsored content.

So how do you get sponsored? If you run a popular, heavily trafficked blog, you may already be getting sponsorship opportunities flooding your inbox. If that doesn’t sound like where you’re at today, then let’s talk about what it takes to get sponsored content offers.

For starters, identify a handful of products and their companies that fit perfectly into your niche.

Often, you’ll find that it’s products or services you’re already using yourself. Make a list of at least 10 products you’d be eager to advertise and could passionately support.

Next is the hardest part, and it’s not that difficult (I promise).

Go to the websites of your top 10 products and find someone who works in either marketing or PR at the company, and track down their email address using simple blogging tools like Hunter or Voila Norbert. Keep in mind that many companies who are open to sponsorships actively advertise a sponsorship email address somewhere on their contact pages.

Finally, it’s time to send them a cold email with your offer to partner up on sponsored content for your readers—with a heavy emphasis on why they should pony up the sponsorship dollars. Here’s a sample sponsor pitch email you can use in your blogger outreach (or brand sponsor solicitation):

“Hi Mary,

My name is Ryan and I love [your product]! I’m actively running a blog over at, and I’d love to see if we can partner up for a sponsored post on my blog.

I reach about [number] monthly readers right now and would also promote the post to my email list of [number] subscribers. Everything I write about is related to [your niche], and [your product] fits right into what my readers are looking for.

Do you have a few minutes to chat this week about if this would be a good fit?


This is just a rough example of what you can say when reaching out—and keep the focus on why the sponsor should be jumping at the opportunity to reach your audience.

Remember to always keep it personal too, you’re emailing a real person, not a robot.

Ultimately, if you’re planning on going the sponsored content route, you’ll need a media kit to highlight your sponsorship opportunities.

Having a media package is incredible important to not only attract the right business, but to set your prices up front. In this next section, I’m going to walk you through the right way to make a media package that will attract and sell the right companies.

Bonus: How to Create a High-Converting Media Kit (to Make Money Blogging)

If you’re taking the advertising and sponsorship route to make money blogging, you’ll need a media kit that provides advertisers with key metrics and insights about your audience—to help them decide whether or not their sponsorship is worth the investment (like my deck here).

How to Make Money Blogging Advertising Media Kit Pitch Deck

Don’t worry, a media kit is pretty simple to create using Microsoft Powerpoint or Keynote and you’ll immediately reap the benefits of having a concise single document to share with potential advertisers.

Having a media kit listed clearly on your blog (I recommend highlighting it on your contact and work with me pages) will let companies know that you’re open to sponsorships. Another benefit is that a media kit also shows clear fixed pricing, which helps you avoid low-balling, bad fit advertisers.

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Here are the essential elements you need to include in your own media kit in order to really make money blogging and land quality sponsors:

  1. A quick blurb about yourself. After all, you and your blog are the product. Why should sponsors invest in you?
  2. A breakdown of your readership. Who’s your audience? What are their demographics? What are their interests? What do they buy?
  3. Your traffic report. This is where Google Analytics comes in. You’ll need to show page view figures so advertisers will see how many people they’re going to reach.
  4. Advertising opportunities. What are you selling? Ad spaces? Sponsored blog posts? Podcast ads? Affiliate partnerships? Email marketing to your list? All of the above?
  5. Pricing. This can be the scary one at first, but if you make sure you’re pricing to fit your audience size (and engagement level), then you’re on the right track. Check out other media kits from bloggers in your specific industry to see how they are pricing their opportunities and how you compare.

As far as pricing goes, I now charge $2,500 for a sponsored post to reach my audience—but when you’re just starting out, it’s more common to command anywhere from $100 to $500 if you’ve got an engaged, growing base of readers that’ll move the needle for your sponsor.

Make sure your media kit is clear, concise, and visually appealing. Advertisers will want to download it and keep it while they’re making the decision to spend money on you.

You’ll also want to have an easy way for sponsors to get in touch with you, so that they can reach out and get the ball rolling with a quick email or contact form submission.

2. Affiliate Programs

Let’s talk about affiliate programs. Joining (and promoting) most affiliate programs is arguably easier than pursuing blog sponsorships, if you ask me.

Companies that have affiliate programs already built in, are ready and willing to pay you money in exchange for directing them your blog readers—which means you don’t need to pitch sponsors or invest time into creating your own product before starting to make money blogging.

But, in order to generate a meaningful income from affiliate marketing, it usually takes a good amount of traffic to your blog first.

For example, here’s a snapshot of my Bluehost affiliate revenue for the month of February 2019 where I generated $43,510.00 in referral fees from them…

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What I like most about affiliate programs, are that they skip the cold reach out phase that other channels like sponsorships and freelancing require. Plus, a lot of affiliate programs like the best web hosting plans (even ones with monthly payment web hosting plans) are well-automated to get you onboard and promoting quickly. Here are a few of my most effective posts at driving affiliate revenue:

Much like sponsorships, you’re getting paid to recommend a product to your readers. The best part about affiliate programs is that many companies offer them. From the Amazon Affiliate Program to Target to eBay, all the way down to your little budding eCommerce companies with high-converting landing pages looking to jump on the affiliate train, there are tons of options for joining profitable affiliate programs.

For more on how to get started with generating affiliate income, check out this epic post about affiliate marketing here on my blog.

What Are the Best Affiliate Programs for Bloggers?

The best way to make money blogging with affiliates certainly depends largely upon the niche you’re writing in. Here are a few of my picks for the best blogging affiliate programs:

There are a lot of affiliate program options out there to make money blogging from, I know.

To avoid getting overwhelmed with this channel as you’re just starting to learn how to make money blogging, my advice is to focus on just a few (proven) affiliate programs that have close topic tie-ins to the content you’ve been creating (like I’m doing on my new blogging side project SmartWP)—and know your audience is craving more of.

3. Blog Advertisements

Displaying advertisement space is arguably the easiest, most basic (and quickest) form of starting to make money blogging.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying basic in a bad way. I mean that simple advertising space is the core component when you’re first just figuring out how to make money blogging—and it’s the first channel I personally pursued. But because it’s so comparatively easy to do, it also tends to pay the least amount in financial return.

For context, this simple blog advertisement (pictured below) on my blog here generates anywhere from $800 to $1,200 per month in blog income based on around 300,000 monthly readers.

Make Money Blogging Advertisements

Of all the different ways to make money blogging that I’m engaged in, this is one of the lowest returns in terms of total dollars earned (especially for my amount of traffic).

The trade off however, is that it takes me zero effort on a daily basis to make money blogging with this channel since I’m an approved publisher with the ad platform Carbon Ads, that goes out and brokers deals with advertisers like Atlassian, Adobe, Slack, and hundreds of other tech-related tool companies that want to reach my audience.

Are blog advertisements still a legitimate way to make money blogging?

In short, yes. Advertising space is still an active component in many digital marketing campaigns, and for a good reason. First and foremost, it’s mimicking ads before the digital age—billboards, magazine placements, newspaper ads, and such. On the right blogs (especially if you’ve followed my guide about how to name a blog creatively), advertisements can be an incredibly easy way to get a brand’s name out and in front of the public eye.

And now that we’re spending countless hours on the Internet (with the average person spending 24 hours a week online), it’s easy to get ads in front of readers.

You can advertise on your blog and begin to make money blogging with this channel in a variety of ways.

The most popular, of course, is by starting with Google Adsense. You simply sign up, place a piece of code provided by Google on your site where the ad will go, and advertisers will bid on reaching your audience with relevant terms.

Keep in mind that when using Google Adsense, you don’t have a ton of control about what is being advertised on your blog. If you want to stay very true to your brand and keep your audience engaged, try another more industry-specific and tightly controlled ad platform like what I use (Carbon Ads) or look into other options that cater more closely to the audience you have—or want to drive in.

The 7 Best Display Ad Networks for Bloggers

If you want to make money blogging by leveraging display ad networks, here are my picks for the best ones to evaluate for your blog:

If you want to maintain a deeper control of the ads on your blog, then I recommend choosing to make money blogging with a channel like Sponsored Content (above) where you’re working individually with a sponsor who wants to reach your audience.

Sure, you have to find companies in your niche that want to advertise on your site, but you’ll almost always be able to broker higher-paying deals with this approach.

Plus, over time as your audience grows, companies will begin reaching out to you for sponsorship opportunities.

Selling Your Own Products and Services

Asking other companies to pay you in exchange for sharing their products with your audience isn’t the only way to make money blogging.

When you’re still figuring how to monetize your blog, it’s important to consider what you’re really excited about (probably not advertising other companies products right?), as well as what you’re personally skilled at to find opportunities where you can sell your own products and services to readers.

Here’s a real life example of one way I make money blogging—by selling my own eBook, The Habits of Highly Successful Bloggers.

Habits of Successful Bloggers eBook (Hardbound) How to Make Money Blogging

For example, if you’re a parent that loves to share parenting tips on your blog, but you have no intention of ever selling your own products to readers one day… then going the sponsored content and advertising route may actually be your best move.

On the flip side though, if you’re a chef who’s sharing awesome new recipes and you want to build a personal brand for yourself, then ultimately it may be a better goal to start the process of learning how to make money blogging by selling an eBook that’s a simple compilation of all your best recipes with beautiful images & step-by-step tutorials.

Testing out learning how to make money blogging with an easy-to-create digital product can also pave the way for many exciting new opportunities to come.

  • Maybe your eBook catches the eye of your favorite publisher and it leads to a print book deal?
  • Perhaps a television network sees your growing following on YouTube and Instagram & wants to bring you onto a popular show in your niche?
  • The possibilities that can come from first taking the initiative to create your own products and services are endless.

These top blogging books, blogging tips and blogging courses will all expand upon ways you can more effectively monetize your audience by partnering with them to offer win-win digital products.

Hopefully by now, you have an idea of what you like to do and what you’re skilled at, because from here on out we’re going to talk about how to make money blogging without needing to rely on outside advertisers.

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Before we run through the many ways you can make money blogging with your own content, I’d like to caveat this with a quick pricing discussion…

We’ve talked about how to price your sponsored content and blog advertising, but this next section is a little different.

When you’re pricing out anything you’re personally selling, make sure you’re considering your overhead blogging costs, rather than just choosing an arbitrary number that sounds good.

If you’re pricing a digital product like an eBook or online course, you may not think there’s any overhead at all, but it’s important to understand the skill you’re contributing (how long did it take to master?), the time it takes you to create, and what it’s worth to someone who’s going to consume and take action based on your content.

You may need to try a few different prices before you hit the sweet spot.

Definitely look at what your peers are doing to gather inspiration. Diehard followers of yours may buy regardless of the price, but others will certainly price-check before hitting the buy button on your blog.

4. Sell Online Courses

How to Make Money Blogging on the Side and Monetize Your Blog Courses

Do you have a skill you can teach others? Do your readers look to you for your expertise in a particular area?

Monetize that skill by creating an online course and you’ll be on the fast track to learning how to make money blogging.

The best part? Creating an online course can be as easy as filming a series of a few short instructional videos that teach your blog readers how to do something meaningful based on your own skills, experiences and successes. If you’ve excelled at something, there are people out there who would gladly pay to benefit from your expertise and accelerate their learning curves.

Major online course platforms like Udemy, Skillshare and CreativeLive all feature a wide variety of courses that range in length from 30 minutes up to 30 hours or more—with the longer courses naturally commanding higher prices because they’re often significantly more in-depth.

On the other end of the spectrum, an online course can be as time-consuming as you’ll allow it to be.

Here’s a shot of me filming a course several years ago that turned out to be a very in-depth, 30-day step-by-step process for students to follow along with. Needless to say, it took a while to create all the content, but it was also one of the most impactful courses I’ve ever launched for my students.

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My advice as you’re still learning how to make money blogging with online courses, is to start with creating a short-form course (less than 60 minutes of video content) on a very specific niche topic that can be taught without too much hand holding along the way.

Take it from me… I’ve created 4 online courses over the past 5 years—all of which have been different in size, scope and topics—you’ll want to start with creating a simple course your first time around the block.

How Do You Create Your First Online Course?

First, you’ll have to determine which skill or process you want to teach (and how long it will take someone to learn it).

Then you’ll need to validate that course idea with your readers, or otherwise go out and start conversations with your target customers, to ensure there’s actually a paying audience for the course you want to create.

The social media marketing niche is a great example for how you can make money blogging with an online course…

Let’s say you’re killing it on Instagram, and your readers want to know how you do it. You can put together a course that teaches them step-by-step how to be an Instagram pro. Different modules of your course could focus on distinct topics like:

  • The basics of shooting engaging photos
  • How to find your ideal posting schedule for your audience
  • Writing enticing captions and leveraging hashtags
  • Going from 0 to 1,000 followers in 90 days

An online course like this would be a great example of an evergreen how-to guide that students can run through and implement on their own time—meaning it can be a relatively hands off “set it and forget it” style asset, rather than something where students need to tune in for weekly live sessions.

That makes this style of course a very attractive way to make money blogging.

Health and wellness plans are another great example of how you can make money blogging in another niche with an online course.

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If you’re a fitness blogger, bodybuilder, nutritionist, or anything of the sort, consider selling something like a 30-day plan for your specific practice. This could include:

  • Video tutorials of how to do specific workouts
  • Meal prep schedules and nutrition guidelines
  • Shopping pointers and cooking recipes
  • Weekly workout plans
  • Online community support

All of these different components would be designed to work together and get students to a common end goal or transformation.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to selling online courses as a way to make money blogging.

As always thought, make sure the course is actually relevant to your audience before investing tons of time into creating it.

Validating your course concept can be as simple as tweeting about your idea, talking about it on your Instagram story or sharing a short blog post that asks your readers & followers if this course is something they’d be interested in.

Feel out their feedback, ask the most engaged readers to put their money where their mouth is by pre-ordering the course at a steep discount (the only true validation is whether or not people are willing to pay for your course) and then you can confidently create your course based on the feedback you receive.

I’ll soon be compiling my own guide to creating (and selling) online courses as a way to make money blogging. For now though, here are a few more of the best resources I’ve found when it comes to learning how to create your first online course:

Again, focus on keeping it simple for your first online course.

As you get more courses out to your audience, you’ll fine tune your process and learn how to perfect this way to make money blogging over time.

5. Physical Products

Make Money Blogging and Monetize Your Blog with Physical Products

Right, right… I know you probably started a blog because you’re thinking, “I don’t want to be in the physical product space, Ryan. I just want to write and make money blogging without building products and shipping packages all day every day.”

And I get that. I personally don’t sell physical on my website (anymore), but hear me out on this one because a lot has changed over the past few years.

You no longer need to stock your own inventory—you can dropship your products without ever having to print a shipping label or stock up on cardboard boxes yourself. This relatively hands-off approach makes selling products a pretty attractive way to make money blogging today.

What is Dropshipping? 

Dropshipping is a business model you can use to run an online store without ever holding any inventory yourself.

Once you’ve made a sale from your blog, your supplier (a warehouse that packs and ships orders for sellers) will ship your products straight to your customer’s doorstep—for a fee of course. But, you’ll never have to worry about storing, packaging, or shipping your products.

If you want to make money blogging by selling physical products, let’s take this a step further… you don’t even need to actually create your own products anymore.

You can find an existing product category on the market today (with proven demand and paying customers), then find a supplier on a site like Alibaba that’ll create a private-label a version of that product, so you can start selling it yourself.

Examples of just a few private-label products you could sell include things like:

  • Vitamins, protein powder and nutrition supplements
  • Yoga pants and women’s activewear
  • Backpacks, speakers, chargers and other travel accessories (if you’re a travel blogger)
  • Makeup and cosmetic products
  • Check out even more ideas right here

And remember that you’ll also need to quick set up an online store that’s closely connected to your blog in order to collect orders, gather customer information, collect payments and update your orders along the way.

Oh! Now let’s take this real-life example from my own former business into account.

Today, my friend Matt still runs the private-label phone case business we launched together after college.

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After finding a few online suppliers that could make us high-quality phone cases with the kinds of designs we saw trending on sites like Etsy and Amazon, we launched the business and grew it to a $160,000 side project within our first year by being good at marketing through Facebook and other online channels.

Plus, I’d started a company blog that was teaching other people behind-the-scenes of how they too could build a phone case business.

And for those that were serious about getting started, we sold them equipment and training on how to launch their own version of the business we’d perfected—creating a new revenue stream and leading to one of the first ways I learned how to make money blogging.

Choosing to sell physical products as a way to make money blogging is a personal choice that you need to decide for yourself based on the niche you’re in and the kind of business you want to start.

Physical products are great when you’ve got a diehard group of readers—or the product aligns very naturally with your niche and there’s proven demand for it.

If you’ve got followers that’d be excited to wear your brand, then you can even go the swag route. I’m talking t-shirts, mugs, prints and other branded gear you can host online & have dropshipped by a printer.

If the product fits your audience naturally, then start testing out this way to make money blogging.

6. Release a Software Tool

Make Money Blogging Software Tool to Monetize a Blog

Are you a software developer by trade? If not, maybe you’ve got a good friend or former co-worker who is.

In its most simple form, a software tool is something that people (your blog readers or even freelance clients) can use to automate a process—or series of processes—and avoid doing the task in more manual ways.

To give you a rather meta example of this in action right here, my blog runs on a theme called OptimizePress (for my CMS, WordPress). That WordPress theme is a software product I purchased, and because they release regular updates, they charge an annual subscription in order to receive updates & premium support.

It’s possible to run a blog without using WordPress or a theme like OptimizePress, but the very visual nature of how this theme works, means I never have to touch a line of code or learn any coding languages in order to operate my blog on a daily basis.

When OptimizePress first launched, they created a software product that dramatically simplified the process of running a visually appealing WordPress blog. That’s worth paying for, and I’ve been a customer for going on six years now.

Software and other digital products in this vein aren’t confined solely to things like WordPress themes. Other examples of software that can help you make money blogging include things like:

  • Mobile applications
  • Productivity tools
  • Email marketing service providers
  • Customer relationship management tools (CRMs)
  • Even video games

If there’s a process or series of tasks people do on a regular basis, software can be built to help automate or streamline those activities—and if you have an audience of readers that share in this same challenge, you can quite easily make money blogging by solving their needs through software.

The fun part will be working hands on with a handful of readers to create and perfect your software before releasing it out into the world.

7. Selling Your Own Services

How to Make Money Blogging and Monetize Your Blog Selling Services

Selling your time, skills and expertise as a service aligns pretty closely with selling online courses (and freelancing, which we’ll expand upon later).

However when it comes to selling your services, there’s one major difference from selling courses—you’re working either one-on-one or in a small group with a client to give individualized help or deliverables.

The common theme though, is that you’re once again finding a clear skill you already have, and using it to make money blogging.

Services you can sell (amongst many, many other ways to make money online) include things like:

  • Consulting with companies on an hourly basis
  • Designing logos on sites like 99 Designs or Dribbble
  • Coaching individuals on a monthly retainer
  • Writing copy or blog content for brands
  • Editing podcasts and using your audio engineering skills
  • Doing search engine optimization projects for online brands
  • Making websites or software tools for established companies
  • If you’ve got a skill, it can be offered as a service…

As services are often performed on a more one-on-one basis, and include working closely with one client at a time, that means choosing this way to make money blogging won’t scale in the same way that affiliate income or course sales will.

However, it can still be very lucrative if you’re charging premium rates to established clients—making it well worth your time.

For example, let’s say you’re a business coach…

You can sell a course on how to market your business that’s priced at $150. If you’ve got a large audience, this could be a phenomenal way to make money blogging.

If your audience isn’t huge yet though, you can take the approach of instead offering a smaller group of people a one-on-one coaching package for $500, or even a done-for-you service where you charge a monthly fee of $3,000 to manage all of their social media channels and grow their following.

It’s a number’s game, and it’s up to your to determine your worth and your time. That being said, here’s my guide to pricing your freelance services in a way that allows you to actually make money blogging & still put away some savings at the end of the year.

Where to Find Clients That Need Your Services (and Expertise)

Later on in this guide about how to make money blogging, we dive much deeper into freelancing (working with companies) as a specific way to monetize your blog. But for now, here are my picks for the best places to find ready and able customers for your service offerings.

While selling your services won’t scale as beautifully as many of our other ways to make money blogging here, it’s a very easy place to start.

8. Writing (and Selling) eBooks

How to Make Money Blogging with eBook to Monetize Your Blog

We already touched briefly on why writing and selling eBooks (your own digital product) is another great way to make money blogging—largely because of how scaleable your income can be without the need to put in any additional expenses after the book is written.

With each new sale you generate, the vast majority (if not all) of the profit comes straight to you, when selling an eBook from directly on your blog and collecting payments via Stripe or PayPal.

No middlemen. No publishers. No distributors. No retail stores.

That means you’ll keep the absolute maximum possible profit margin on your eBook sales.

eBooks have been one of my dependable sources of passive income over the past few years, and they’ve been crucial to my own personal journey in learning how to make money blogging—in a way that benefits my readers as much (or more) than myself.

Here’s a snapshot of a sales report showing how much I’ve made from just one of my eBooks (The Habits of Highly Successful Bloggers) so far this year.

Make Money Blogging with eBooks Sales Report to Monetize Your Blog

That’s $2,422.00 in eBook sales that took next to zero effort from me.

This eBook is an asset I created almost a year ago. Aside from updating it a few times a year, it’s a pretty autopilot way of monetizing my blog just from the readers that discover it after reading one of my blogging-related articles.

Not a bad way to make money blogging, right?

I’ve got one major disclaimer for you though… it’s because I’ve invested a lot of time and effort into creating high quality, long-form articles (like this one you’re reading right now) that drive traffic to my blog from search engines, notable publications and social channels that I have an engaged audience regularly buying my eBooks.

Lastly, it’s important to clarify that when I’m talking about eBooks, I mean digital books in the form of downloadable PDFs. This eBook format is so simple to make and sell these days.

That being said, you can go the extra mile and take the Amazon eBook route which also allows you to sell Kindle formatted eBooks and audiobooks both on your own blog and to the hundreds of millions of Amazon customers out there.

Cookbooks, fiction, self-help, weight-loss, non-fiction: you name it, there’s a market for an eBook on it.

If you’re confident that you have the knowledge to share, and can write well, then an eBook could be one of your best ways to make money blogging given your skills and experience. Just be sure to begin with writing an outline.

The fact that you already have a blog with existing readers should give you the confidence that you have something worth reading—maybe it’s time to put that content into the form of an eBook to make money blogging.

If you haven’t yet gotten your blog off the ground, then head over to my ultimate guide to starting a blog.

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9. Launch a Virtual Summit

Make Money Blogging with Virtual Summits to Monetize Your Blog

Yep, you saw that right. Little old me in the corner of each of these video interviews 👆

In 2017, I was hired by Close to single-handedly plan, produce, launch and orchestrate a virtual summit—their Inside Sales Summit. Over the course of three months, I recorded 55 video interviews with some of the world’s most recognizable entrepreneurs and salespeople.

I built a complete website using one of the best website builders around (WordPress), to host the virtual summit, created every page, edited the videos, designed the graphics, established our promotional partnerships and wrote the launch email sequences both Close and all of the partners used to promote the event.

It was a lot of work. But, this side project netted me $30,000.

And it’s only because of my blog that Steli and the Close team originally decided to work with me.

Getting paid to interview 55 of my business heroes?

Now THAT is a pretty amazing way to make money blogging.

But just getting paid to produce a virtual summit for another company isn’t the only way to make money blogging with this monetization channel. You can host your own virtual summit.

Like I said, virtual summits are a lot of work, but with that work can come wild profitability.

A virtual summit is a live (or pre-recorded) event covering a specific subject with multiple guest speakers in tow. This is why I’m consistently harping on the importance of finding your tribe.

If you have a group of like-minded readers on your email list, each with their own communities that align with your messaging, then you’ve got the audience a virtual summit just waiting to be invited.

How to Make Money Blogging Virtual Summits to Monetize Blog

A virtual summit is the culmination of all the above ways to make money blogging.

You’re teaching, you’re coaching, you’re selling. Think about your audience and what drives them.

  • What do they want to learn?
  • How can you help them?
  • Do you have enough content to create a summit?

When you’re feeling confident in how you answered these questions, then start planning the event.

  • How many speakers do you want?
  • Is this going to be a live webinar-based summit or in-person?
  • Who would attend and when should it be?

Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to put your summit together.

Then promote, promote, promote.

How Do You Make Money Blogging with a Virtual Summit?

Well, there are a few different ways to monetize a summit.

The most straightforward way (and easiest to execute your first go-round) is selling tickets for admission. Anywhere from $20 to $200 is common depending upon your industry.

You can discount pricing for early birds. Ask all of your speakers to promote the event to their audiences as well.

Another way to monetize your summit, is by making admission to watch “live” free and then selling an all-access pass to anyone who wants the ability to watch the speakers they missed (or watch again).

With both approaches, you can further make money blogging with your summit audience by selling them another product after the event wraps up—maybe an online course, eBook or coaching package that expands upon the concepts covered during the live summit.

At any rate, creating a virtual summit will probably be your main focus for the quarter.

If you’re going the summit route, you’ll also want to make sure you have other monetization in place while your attention is focused solely on this project.

Use Your Own Talent to Make Money Blogging

You’re skilled. You’re experienced. Your audience believes in you.

If you’ve made it this far learning how to make money blogging—and you have a blog with real readership, you’re golden, my friend. You’ve got talent and now you’re just learning how to monetize your blog.

Maybe the monetization channels we’ve discussed so far weren’t the best fit… or maybe you’re already using them and want some more ideas on how to make money blogging.

Well, in this next section, we’re going to talk all about selling yourself (in a good way that monetizes your blog).

10. Business Partnerships

Make Money Blog with Partnerships Monetize a Blog

When you have a growing blog, you have an audience.

And when you have an audience that’s regularly coming back for more of what you’re giving them—you’ll create opportunities for unique business partnerships as a way to make money blogging and further monetize your audience.

Business partnerships can shake out in a lot of different ways, so it’s difficult to explain just one.

A business partnership can be as easy as an affiliate relationship like we’ve already covered above.

However, it could also mean…

The point is, I keep talking about the importance of building your audience (long before you focus on learning how to make money blogging).

This applies just as much to establishing win-win business partnerships.

Find other companies or individuals that align with your audience, your goals, and most importantly—your plans for how you want to make money blogging.

From there, all that’s left is finding a way to work together so that all parties benefit.

11. Podcast Sponsorships

If you’ve been telling yourself just how much you need to start a podcast…

Well, now is your chance. It’ll be a lot of fun, plus it can significantly help you make money blogging.

My podcast is typically an annual source of anywhere from four to five-figures in sponsorship revenue, with sponsorships from brands like Freshbooks, and Skillshare coming in at around $500/episode to get in front of my 30,000 monthly listeners.

Sure, when you’re just getting started you probably won’t be able to command similar sponsorship rates because your show likely won’t immediately have thousands of listeners tuning in to hear what the show’s all about.

It’ll take time to build up your listenership. However, if you’ve already done a good job of creating content and attracting regular readers to your blog—you can launch your podcast with a bang by promoting it heavily to your existing readers.

How to Make Money Blogging and Monetize Your Blog Podcast Sponsorships

The best part about choosing to start a podcast as way to make money blogging, is that it can be relatively low effort once you’ve got the tools and process down (compared to writing massively epic blog posts all day every day).

Start Small with Podcast Sponsorships and Set Yourself Up for Success.

If you’re short on time, you can start by taking your existing blog posts, turning them into spoken word and starting to regularly post them as podcast episodes that talk through all of the most popular content from your blog (and share previews of what you’re working on right now).

Over the course of your first few months podcasting, you’ll likely attract more listeners very steadily if your show is entertaining and you discuss interesting topics or bring on exciting guests. Promote your blog and podcast by doing thoughtful blogger outreach to pitch yourself as a guest on other podcasts, offer up guest blogging and building a social community to regularly share new content with.

Once you’ve got a podcast with some regular listenership—then you can add podcasting to your media kit and start charging sponsors for podcast ad placements like 30-second pre-rolls, mid-rolls and post-rolls that plug your sponsored products and services.

12. Freelancing

Make Money Blogging How to Monetize a Blog Freelancing

Freelancing isn’t for everyone, but it’s certainly a good option when you’re still in the process of deciding how to make money blogging.

In fact, up until just two years ago, freelancing made up nearly 90% of my blog income. And moreover, the relationships I built with freelance clients during my first few years of blogging, are what positioned me to make money blogging from other (more passive) sources today.

As we’ve already touched upon, if you’re a skilled writer (or at least enjoy it enough to improve over time), then perhaps you could start freelancing on the side to share your expertise with clients who are willing to pay.

👋 Want to learn how to start a freelance business on the side of your day job? Read my ultimate guide on how to start freelancing.

Especially if you’ve already grown your own blog to a respectable level and can demonstrate to clients that your content attracts & engages readers.

Now, becoming a freelance writer could be your shot at helping other brands, startups and bloggers to do the same thing. That’s exactly where freelancing comes in to play. It doesn’t need to just be writing though.

You can sell your services by:

  • Consulting with marketing teams at established companies and teaching them how to create content
  • Becoming a hired gun that re-writes website copy and suggests improvements to better attract customers
  • Coaching other writers and bloggers who want to achieve the same results you have

Never forget that you have skill that can be used to make money blogging—even if that’s simply from trading your time for a little extra side income today.

If you’re not ready to dive into some of the more time-intensive ways to make money blogging, or if just want to make some extra revenue while you chip away at those larger projects, then freelancing may be your best call.

How Will You Make Money Blogging This Year? Action Items

How are you feeling about your blog? Are you ready to take action and monetize your blog?

Your speed to action will be the largest determining factor in just how successful you become with learning to make money blogging. All the perfect blog business planning in the world won’t make things happen.

So my call-to-actions for you today are this…

  1. If you haven’t already, launch your blog right now (follow my step-by-step guide to starting a blog)
  2. Decide whether or not you’ll pursue a longer-term route to make money blogging (with a higher return)
  3. Begin taking small steps toward creating that asset, pitching yourself or otherwise bringing it to life today

Still Need to Start Your Blog First?

Check out my ultimate guide How to Start a Blog (on the Side) Today.

I highly recommend making a list of your personal picks for the best ways you can make money blogging, based on time and effort, as well as viewing these through the lens of activating your own skills & interests.

It’ll take time (months) to go from launching a brand new blog—to learning how to make money blogging, but the effort is well worth the payoff.

Once you have an idea of the time it’ll take to bring your preferred route of making money blogging to fruition—and an estimate of just how much money you could potentially make from that channel—then it’s pretty easy to decide what you should focus on.

For many new bloggers, as you just get started—it’s common to focus on low-effort, mid-profit ways to make money blogging in the early days. It’s a good way to dip your toes into monetizing your blog, just don’t make the common blogging mistake of trying to monetize your content too early at the expense of not building strong connections with your readers.

Then once the first dollar (or $100, $1,000 and even $10,000+) hits your account, you’ll have a better understanding of the work it takes to make money blogging in your niche—and what it’ll take to accelerate to the next level.