If you want to make money blogging, your subject matter is all-important. Most blogs are doomed on creation; no one cares about the blog’s topic. And if people do care, they don’t spend money on the topic.
I’ve been blogging for 15 years. My initial attempts at blogging failed. The blogs failed because the blogging scripts of the day were crap; this made blogging an adventurous experience. By “adventurous” I mean that entire blogs got mangled, posts vanished etc. Technology aside, there’s another reason my early blogs failed: I chose topics which interested me, rather than lots of people.
Tip: if you want to make money blogging, blog about things people care about, and spend money on.
Sex, Diets, and Money: Everyone Cares, So You’ll Get Traffic.
Many years ago, a magazine editor gave me this advice: “Write about sex, diets, and money, and you’ll make money.” She was 100 per cent right.
Here’s why you’ll make money if you blog about those three things: they’re primal. Check out the pyramid on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Sex, diets, and money are basic human physiological needs; they’re on the bottom two tiers of the pyramid.
Where does your blog’s topic fit? Are others blogging about your topic? Don’t be fazed if lots of other people are blogging about your topic – that’s a good sign. They’re making money, and so will you.
So, sex, diets, and money – in both broad and direct interpretation – work for you if your aim is to make money from your blog.
We’ll talk about diet blogs (I include food blogs in “diets”) and money blogs later. Let’s look at sex blogs today.
Sex Sells: You Can’t Go Wrong With a Sex Blog.
Sex sells everything, everywhere. Think you can’t write about sex? Think broadly. Then narrowly. How broadly can you think about sex? Consider: dating, romance, relationships, marriage, etc – and of course, the topic of sex itself.
Then choose one of the broad areas and narrow it down. Ubersuggest is perfect for this.
In the image to the left, I searched Ubersuggest for “dating”.
Lots of ideas for blogs there. And lots of blogs already exist on some of those topics. Explore the topics. Make a list of ideas.
Of course, you can choose to blog directly about sex too, if you decide to create an adult content blog. Check out Kinkly’s Our Top 100 Sex Blogging Superheroes of 2013.
Tip: if you choose to create a money-making blog in the adult content area, read your hosting company’s terms of service to make sure that they support adult content on blogs. If you’re not sure, ask them. You can also do a Google search for “hosting for adult blogs”.
Google’s free Blogger service will host adult content blogs, with some provisos:
Adult Content: We do allow adult content on Blogger, including images or videos that contain nudity or sexual activity. But, please mark your blog as ‘adult’ in your Blogger settings. Otherwise, we may put it behind a ‘mature content’ interstitial.
Read the entire Blogger Help page section, “Content Boundaries”, using the above link, if you choose to create your adult content blog on Blogger. You don’t want Google to nuke your new sex blog. :-)
Making Money From a Sex Blog: Find a Topic by Thinking Broadly.
What interest you? I write romance fiction. However, creating a romance blog doesn’t interest me. When you’re searching for a blog topic, look for something which interests you so much that you won’t get bored. Blogging is a marathon, but you can create a blog and then sell it later.
Finding topics is easy. “Sex” is a very board topic. Ubersuggest can help. Enter terms, and see what you discover. I like the VisuWords Online Dictionary tool (image above) too.
So there we have it. You can make money blogging, as long as you choose a topic which not only fascinates you, but fascinates many other people too.
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