Have you ever consider cycling blog creation before?
Cycling blog creation is an excellent way to make money through your knowledge and experience with cycling. I can tell you this for a fact since cycling blog creation is something I am obviously experience with as I own Foldthebike which is the blog you are reading right now. Cycling blog creation will not just provide you a method of earning profit online but it will help you develop authority in the cycling niche and meet a lot of cool people online who are as into cycling as much as you are into it. So if you haven’t got into cycling blog creation yet, think about it and continue reading this article to get a better idea on how to start…
#1: Creating Your Blog
The first step of cycling blog creation is actually creating your cycling blog. First you need to decide what to name it and see if the domain name for your blog’s chosen name is available. Make sure that your domain name matches the name you have chosen for your cycling blog. You can use your own name as the domain name if you want to, though that is to say that you want to build an online cycling brand around your actual name. When choosing a domain name, a good dot-com top level domain name with no numbers and hyphens is going to be your best bet because it will be easier for your readers to remember and spread via-word of mouth which will help you make more money through your cycling blog creation activities.
After you get a good domain name, you need to find good web hosting – I suggest DreamHost, they have an excellent shared and virtual private server plans made just for you, the starting blogger. I’ve used DreamHost for over a decade and I would never use anyone else based on the wonderful hosting experience I have had using them for all these years. A shared hosting package is all you really need at the start of your blog – as it gets more popular in time, you might need to upgrade to a bigger hosting solutions which DreamHost provides as well. Hosting on a shared server shouldn’t ever cost you a little bit more than $100 a year.
Now that you have your domain name and web hosting, its times to download and install WordPress blogging software! Now make sure that you don’t decide to use the free WordPress.com hosting services instead of using their free blogging software. The hosting service may be completely free for you to use but their policies and terms restrict you from running ads and other types of strategies used to earn revenue with your blog. If you want to make money through cycling blog creation, you are going to have to spend a little bit of money first. Once you install the WordPress software, go to Appearance and then Click Add New in the control panel of the WordPress software and then find you a good theme for your blog – this is what it will look like to your readers.
#2: Content Creation
Now that you have done the first part of cycling blog creation, it is time to focus on content creation for your new cycling blog. What are you going to write about? Experiences – I honestly suggest you start writing articles about your experiences with your bike. Maybe when you first started cycling, you had troubles climbing hills and then you used some tactics to be able to climb better. Blogging about those tactics that were successful to you will help other cyclists who are seeking that sort of answer. Your experience in cycling, the successes and the failures will make for wonderful content that can be used to help other riders. Most of my tactics and cycling methods told on this blog are based on experiences I have earned through riding and a lot of people read my blog posts on a daily basis, too.
Reviews also make for great blog posts. Review each and every bike you have owned especially newer bikes that people can still buy. You should also review any gear, books, video workouts and apparel that you have collected over the years. I have made it a habit to commonly bike different bike shorts, bibs, tights, socks, jerseys and other apparel to try out and add to my cycling apparel collection. These apparel products are still being sold on the market so they make for wonderful items to review and turn into blog posts for this blog. You could even review other things as well such as bike trails, cycling friendliness of your city and other communities you visit and reviews of professional cyclists that you follow as well.
Speaking of professional cyclist, they make for great topics on a blog. After you have finished your cycling blog creation, you might want to focus content building efforts on professional cycling blog posts, news articles and press releases. This is especially handy if you are able to go to bike races and events personally as you can report on the scene; take your own photos and so on. When tapping into the pro cycling news blog niche, make sure that your articles are your own work, exclusive to your blog and quicker than the competition because it is a big niche and a very competitive market to enter.
#3: Marketing Your Blog
Now that you have setup your blog and you are creating some content for it, then next phase of cycling blog creation is marketing your blog so others can start to find you and your content. Social media is going to be your best friend when it comes to marketing your blog. After your initial cycling blog creation, create a page for your blog on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, YouTube and Pinterest as well. Facebook and Twitter should be about posting updates on your blog posts and other cycling news you want to share – Google Plus is pretty much the same though you might focus more efforts on it to get good with Google who is what you will optimize for the most in your cycling blog creation efforts. Pinterest is more about photos so make sure you are focusing on unique and eye catching photos. YouTube is where you will post your video blogs, video reviews and so on. Make a combination of video and written blogs to help mix things up and get different types of audiences checking out your blog – be sure to post a link to your blog on your social pages.
Online message forums and other blogs also make wonderful outlets of promoting after your cycling blog creation is done. Join cycling forums, slap your blog link in your forum signature and then become an active member of the forum contributing quality content on a regular basis. If you contribute content and topics that people actually enjoy, they will notice you more and therefore look at your signature links and check out your blog. If you are inactive, your content will just get buried with everyone else’s content and no one will ever be able to find your blog. The same goes with others blog – create comments to blog posts and even consider guest blogging tactics to help share your blog links around the internet and the cycling community.
Offline marketing will also help bring local folks to your blog. Check with local businesses and your local bike shops about being able to hang a flier up inviting people to read your cycling news blog. Go to Vista Print and get 250 business cards printed off with your blog’s web address on them – start handing them out to other cyclists that you meet and give them a few to hand out to their friends. Commonly ride and hang around areas where other cyclists are likely going to be, connect with them, become friends and then invite them to check out your blog. Word of mouth advertising is one of the most successful forms of marketing when it comes to cycling blog creation activities.
#4: Make Money
I’ve saved the best step of cycling blog creation for the last of this blog post – making money with your cycling blog creation. The first tactic I will suggest is Google Adsense. You display relevant advertisements on your blog and get paid when readers click on those ads. Now before you apply for Google Adsense, you need to establish some good content and active readers on your blog. The more readers and web traffic that your blog has, the better chance you will get accepted to start showing Google Adsense ads. You also need to make sure you follow their ad network rules so be sure to read all the fine print. And one more note on web traffic, you make the most money when you get the most real human traffic so keep working at getting more people finding your blog.
Affiliate marketing is another great way to make money with your cycling blog creation. The idea here is that you post affiliate links to various products and when readers buy the product through your links, you earn a commission for them doing so. For example, you might be writing a review about a bike you have purchased online and you provide an affiliate link given to you after you signed up through their affiliate program. If someone reading your blog clicks on that affiliate link and then buys the bike, you get paid for it. Now how much you get paid really varies so be sure that you read all the fine print that comes with the affiliate marketing service you have joined. Just be careful about what all affiliates you go with – if you lie or mislead your readers and get caught, it can ruin your reputation and your blog for good. Never mislead, never lie, and always be honest!
Sell your brand to make money with your cycling blog creation! Go over to the blog Fat Cyclist and check out the brand that they have created for themselves. If you are a true cyclist and you are online, then you’ve heard of Fat Cyclist – they are a recommended blog by just about any blogger out there. I’ve mentioned them numerous times on this blog and even spotlighted them on my blog about blogging tips. Fat Cyclist has created a brand around their name and their content and thus they can sell their brand through selling merchandise with their brand all over it. Imagine if I started selling a Foldthebike kit – jersey and bike shorts with foldthebike.com printed all over it – you’d buy it to support my blog and because you think the brand is cool and then I would not only make money but you’d be marketing my blog each and every time you wore the kit outside around other cyclists. Selling your brand is tough but there are so many benefits if you can successfully make it happen.
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