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Why Everyone Should Start a Hobby Blog
Hobby Blogging Can Be Profitable
Just Start Blogging!
Blogging has to be one of the easiest things you can do to make an income online from your writing.
The advantage of starting a hobby blog over any other type of blog is that you won't find it a chore writing about something that interests you....in fact it could be FUN.
Most people start blogging - whether on a free platform or on a self-hosted domain - full of enthusiasm, but constantly coming up with ideas for new posts can be difficult, time-consuming and demoralizing. It is not easy, particularly if the topic you have chosen to blog about has been chosen with a view to profitability rather than because it is something you know about.
The Secret of Hobby Blogging
It is often said that hobby blogging is not profitable, but as long as your passion can involve some sort of investment in equipment, clothing or supplies, the opposite can be true. Plenty of hobby blogs are extremely profitable because people looking to start the sport/pass-time or hobby involved are searching for product reviews from others with the same passion.
Some hobbies can be expensive!
If your interest is fishing, golf, sailing, gardening or even cooking, it is possible to buy a whole range of products and equipment for your hobby. People worldwide spend vast amounts of cash on their hobbies every day and there is no reason why you cannot cash in on a small part of this spending.
The secret is to offer your target audience products they want and are actively searching for.
Making Your Blog Stand Out
How to Start a Blog that People Will Read
Content Really is King
At the heart of your blog is the content you create for your readers. The better, and more relevant your content, the more your readers will keep coming back for more and the more likely they are to purchase products on your recommendation. Good content is of paramount importance.
You may want to invest in some keyword research tools or outsource keyword finding tasks so that you get a good idea of exactly what your readers are looking to buy. Of course, if you know your subject very well you will already know what the most desirable products are in your niche. This is the great part of a hobby blog, creating regular blog posts should be relatively easy as you will know what are the hot talking points in your niche.
Struggling for Content Ideas?
Any time you are struggling with a topic to blog about try looking at some of the best selling magazines for your hobby or sport.
This will give you plenty of ideas to choose from. Try just copying one of the front page headlines - magazines pay copywriters well to come up with these titles as they are what sell the magazines - and then writing a post about the subject in your own words.
Go to any forums that you normally visit concerned with your niche and look at some of the questions being asked - then write your answer as a blog post.
Content does not have to be just the posts that you write. Photographs that you have personally taken add great interest to your blog. There is also software available (free or paid) to turn your photos into videos which you can post on your blog and also on YouTube with a link back to your site.
Blog Monetization - How to Make Money Blogging
If you are going to make any money from your hobby blog you will need to think about monetization methods.
You can get a great deal of enjoyment from writing a blog but getting paid to do what you enjoy is even better!
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to make an income for your blogging efforts. Here are just two.
This is a simple way to put relevant ads on your blog posts. You just need to sign up, put the code that you are given into your blog and Google will display ads to suit your audience.
When anyone clicks on one of the adverts shown you will earn a small amount. The ads shown may be simple text, images, banners or even video - you have a choice of the type of advertisements that will be shown.
The first step is to be approved by Google. If you are a Hubpages author then this should not be a problem. Most hobby blogs should qualify for Adsense, but Google can be fickle and picky. There are types of content that they will not accept so be sure to read the terms and conditions before submitting your site to them.
Amazon will pay you a percentage of the purchase price of any sales you make via affiliate links you place on your blog. The great thing about Amazon is that once someone is on their site they often make several purchases which can be totally unrelated to your niche but you will still get paid.
If you are blogging on a self-hosted Wordpress blog you can add plugins to automatically display Amazon products or you can add one of their widgets to showcase a range of related products.
Review Products and Build a List
Reviewing Amazon products for your readers can be a good source of income for your blog.
You don't need to be overly positive in your review as negatives will not put people off buying and they will appreciate your honesty. If you are reviewing a product of which you have no personal experience you could write about why you would like to buy the product or what attracts you to it and why you think it would be useful.
There is no guarantee that your hobby blog will be profitable and you will certainly have to put the work in to stand a chance of making a good income.
Regularly giving your readers good content that feeds their interest is the best way to keep them coming back for more.
Build a List
Once your blog is established you may want to build a list of subscribers that you can regularly email updates and offers to.
As a long-term strategy, building a list of people with a common interest is by far the best method of making a substantial income from your blog.