7 Steps To Follow If You Want To Start A Blog And Earn Money Online In Nepal
(This article first appeared on NepBloggers.com. NepBloggers is a website where we share inspirational and educational content for bloggers of Nepal.)
So you are a blogger or you want to start a blog and earn money online in Nepal. How do you do it?
This article is a guide for bloggers of Nepal who want to earn money blogging.
Is it possible to earn money as a blogger in Nepal? How much can you earn from a blog? Many aspiring bloggers ask these questions.
The answer is: It depends.
How good are your blogging skills? Can you write good articles? Do you know how to set up a website for your blog? Do you have the skills required to become a successful blogger?
Your skills have a direct impact on your potential to earn money from a blog.
An Introduction For Beginners
As a beginner, it can be difficult to set up a blog and start earning money. If you do not have any technical skills, it can be more difficult. But that does not mean you must have technical skills.
The first thing you need, to start a blog, is a website. How to build a website for your blog?
Don't worry. You do not need any programming skills. You do not need to spend a lot of money to hire a web developer.
Building a website for your blog is very easy. It can be done in less than 10 minutes. All you need are three things:
- A domain name
- A web hosting
- WordPress installation
We have discussed each of these steps in our previous article here:
How to Start A Blog And Earn Money Online In Nepal?
It is clear that to start a blog you need two things:
- A website
- Skills with WordPress, content writing, research, and digital marketing
Once you start creating content on your website, you will have your blog. The next big question is, "What content should I create on my blog?"
Well, only you can give the answer to this question.
What are you interested in? What are your skills? Start a blog on the topic that you are interested in.
Do not create content just because the topic is popular.
A lot of beginner bloggers are confused regarding what topic to choose. So they go for whatever topic is popular. In blogging, you cannot succeed by doing what others are doing (in terms of content).
If the topic does not interest you, you will not be able to create good content on your blog. And, if the content is not good, your blog cannot be successful.
Here's something you need to remember if you want to achieve success as a blogger:
Good content equals more traffic.
More traffic equals more earning.
This is the formula for blogging success.
Now let us discuss the seven steps you need to follow to start a blog and earn money in Nepal.
1. Pick A Niche
The first step to starting a blog is to pick a niche. A blog niche is a topic on which you will be creating content. Pick a topic you are interested in.
There are a lot of topics you can choose from—photography, cooking, technology, books, personal development, finance, health & fitness, travel, programming, product reviews, etc.
Try to narrow down your topic as much as possible.
Again, the niche you choose should be something that you are interested in. You can also choose a topic that you are skillful at.
If you are thinking that you do not have any skill, learn something. For example, you can learn photography and then start a blog about it. You can also teach other aspiring photographers the things you have learned.
2. Build A Website
We have already provided the link to our previous article where we have discussed how you can build a website.
As we have mentioned previously, you will need a professional domain name (.com, .com.np, .org, .net, etc.), web hosting, and WordPress installation.
If you are new to this, take a few days to learn and set up your website. Make sure you learn about themes, pages/posts, plugins, and other basic settings for your website. Select a good design (theme), create pages/posts, and add plugins.
You have to be comfortable with using WordPress and making changes to your website.
3. Publish Great Content
Now that you have your website, you need to create content. Your content has to be good in terms of quality and quantity.
It is time to do the real work. Great content is the main part of a successful blog. If your content is not good, there will be no traffic. Nobody is going to visit your blog.
So make sure you create good content related to your niche.
A few tips:
- Publish great content consistently. Remember, consistency is key.
- Publish more content because quantity matters. If you are publishing articles, publish at least 20-30 well-written articles in the first few months.
What is Great Content?
Great content does not mean more text, images, videos, audios, or whatever. These are important too. But just having them on your blog will not bring more traffic.
Here are the things necessary to create great content:
The main thing to know while creating great content is SEO (Search Engine Optimization). You must create SEO-driven content. This helps your articles/blog rank on search engines like Google.
If you want your blog to rank on the first page of Google, you must know SEO. Before writing articles, research keywords to know what people are searching for and then create content in context to those keywords.
# Provide Value
Your content should provide value to the readers. If the readers do not find value in your content, your blog cannot be successful.
Do not create content just for the sake of creating content. Quality and quantity, they both matter. Learn to create a balance between the two.
# Create Content You Enjoy
As we said previously, your blog topics should be something that you are interested in. Otherwise, you will not be able to create great content.
If you want to earn money from your blog, you need to have a lot of content ideas consistently. If your blog topic interests you, it will be easier for you to come up with such ideas.
# Well-Structured and Easy to Understand
Learn how to write good articles for your blog. Your articles should be easy-to-understand for your audience. If you are writing complex articles, it can be difficult for people to read them.
Use simple English. If your blog is in another language, use it in the simplest form.
4. Drive Traffic
Remember the formula we discussed earlier? Traffic is the main aspect of earning money from a blog.
If your content is good in terms of quality and quantity, you will not have a problem getting traffic to your blog.
And, if you have good traffic to your blog, you can easily earn money from your blog.
Traffic = Money
Keep this in mind.
How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog?
The best way to drive organic traffic to your blog is SEO. Your primary focus should be on creating SEO-optimized content.
Here are 8 different ways you can drive traffic to your blog:
- Use proper (catchy) titles and descriptions for your blog posts
- Do keyword research
- Write long articles (at least 2000 words)
- Share your blog posts on social media and other platforms like Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Quora, Medium, etc. But do not overdo it.
- Building an email list (This is very important!)
- Using internal links on your blog posts
- Using strategic plugins (if you are using WordPress)
Read our full article on driving traffic to your blog using these 8 strategies:
5. Use Ads To Earn Money
Make sure that you have completed all the previous steps involved in starting a blog.
You have built a website, you have made great content, and you have driven consistent traffic to your website.
This is the part where you can start earning money from your blog. The best way to earn money as a beginner blogger is through ads.
There are different ad programs you can choose from. The best (for beginners) and the most common is the Google Adsense Program.
We recommend you wait at least 1-2 months after starting a blog to apply for the Google Adsense Program.
Once you have been approved by Google, your job is to create great content consistently and drive traffic. Remember, traffic equals money.
Read the following article if you want your blog to get approved for Google Adsense.
If your blog has around 10,000 views a month on average, you can go for other ad programs like Ezoic. It is better than Google Adsense in terms of payment.
6. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is the process of promoting other people's products/services through your blog. If a particular product gets sold through your referral, you will receive a commission off of it.
In Nepal, there are very few affiliate programs in comparison to the international markets.
Amazon's affiliate program is one of the most common in the international market. But it is difficult to become an Amazon affiliate from Nepal.
Daraz, which is a leading e-commerce company in Nepal and other Asian countries, has an affiliate program. You can become a Daraz affiliate and promote products from your blog.
But remember this, you must only promote products that are relevant to your niche and that are valuable to your readers.
A few affiliate programs available in Nepal are:
7. Paid Reviews, Promotions, & Others
Some other ways to earn money blogging in Nepal are:
# Paid Reviews
You can write paid reviews of products/services on your blog. If your blog has good traffic, business and companies will pay you to write reviews of their products and services.
The companies could also ask you to promote their products/services through your blogs. You will get paid based on impressions and clicks, depending on the company policies.
# Selling Ad Spaces
Selling ad spaces is another way to make money from a blog. You can sign up on different websites like buysellads.com. They pay you to insert advertisements in different areas of your website.
But you need to fulfill some criteria to include ads from these programs. For example, your blog has to have 10,000 views per month. Only then, you can insert ads from buysellads.com.
# Selling Digital Products
Digital products are very popular these days. People consume a lot of content digitally from their phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops.
You can sell digital products to your audience from your blog. Digital products include:
- document templates,
- designs, etc.
To sell such products, you will have to first create them. Use your skills to create any of these digital products. You will have to work hard and give some time to create it.
Once you have finished it, you can sell it through your blog and other online websites. After that, you just have to sit back and enjoy the passive income that you will be earning from your digital products.
Earning money from a blog is easier said than done. You see bloggers making thousands of dollars every month just from blogging and you want to do it too.
It takes time to grow to make a good earning from blogging. Do not expect to earn money right away. You will have to wait at least a year to start earning good money from a blog.
Your job as a beginner is to focus on making high-quality content. Publish high-quality content consistently.
Work hard and be consistent even if you are earning $0. If you continue doing so, soon you will be earning a lot of money from your blog.
Remember the points we have discussed in this article. Follow all of them. Learn as much as you can. Blogging is a constant learning process.
It is a lot more difficult to earn money from a blog in Nepal. There are limited revenue sources for bloggers to make money from.
The best way to earn money blogging in Nepal is to focus on creating high-quality content that gives value to other people. Again, it is not easy. But once it happens, it can change your life.
We hope this article was helpful to the bloggers and the aspiring bloggers of Nepal.