OK, Your Mission Is Simple (If You Choose To Accept It)...
Most bloggers don't make any money even though they try.
Now, it's probably weird to start this whole thing off with such a downer, but it's important that you know the reality of things here.
The question is... why?
Is it because they're not creating enough content? Hehe... no.
Is it because they're not posting enough banner ads? No. Is it because Google is being a pain in the butt? Well, no.
No, the reason is much more fundamental than any of that.
Most bloggers don't build a real business behind their blog. They haven't connected the dots between the blog and a business. They have no system - no model to follow. So, instead, they fly by the seat of their pants and make no money doing it.
Here at the Blog Marketing Academy, we do things differently. So, the question for you is...
Contrary to what most would say, I do not recommend you start this journey by setting up your blog. Not if you have business intentions.
Sequence of actions matters. Most people will fly right into Wordpress installation without any earthly idea if the blog idea they have has an legs or not. We'll do things differently. VERY differently.
We need to nail down your niche, first. But, instead of looking at it as a "topic to blog about", we're going to look at it as product/market fit. In other words, will the things we offer match the market and does it prove itself out by them actually doing what we ask?
We're going to evaluate the niche first and, if it passes certain tests, we're going to proceed into flushing it out into an actual business concept.
From there, we're going to PROVE it. And only once we have something which has shown to work by way of actual sales, do we start the blog.
By the time you move strongly into your blogging, you'll do it based on full confidence that it'll be worth your while.
So, first step.... download my Niche Profits Finder.
I'll send it to your email inbox right away. I want you to download it and print it out. Then, of course, do it. :-)
I'll then be in touch with you about the next steps.
Now, I'm going to be in touch with you about our next steps together, but there are certain tools you're going to need just to get off the ground here.
First and foremost... don't go collecting a ton of tools right now! There are lots of shiny objects and we can explore that stuff later. But, right now, you only need 3 things:
After years of doing this, here's what I personally recommend to you as the essentials to get started...
Lots of "gurus" out there recommend Bluehost. And they're OK. But trust me when I say Siteground is better. I personally had a site hacked on Bluehost and their support was lackluster. Siteground is a better run operation, their support is stellar, and it is a higher value for your dollar.
Thrive Themes is the best game in town now for marketing-focused themes. Their Content Builder provides infinite flexibility to create any kind of page you want. Their landing pages are conversion-focused. I now recommend Thrive Themes as the "best bang for your buck" in terms of both themes and landing pages.
I have been using Aweber for over a decade. They are tried and true, integrate with pretty much everything, and they are a great home for your valuable email list. While I no longer use Aweber for the Blog Marketing Academy, I still use Aweber for another project and continue to recommend them to people first starting out.
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