Content is King! Every SEO guru out there says. Write good content and they will come. But how do you know this is good content? How do you decide what you should write about? In this article, we talk about our writing process, how we find stuff to write about, you know all that stuff that your teacher taught you. We are learning more about writing for different niches, different affiliate markets as we continue to write and hopefully the lessons we learn along the way, will also be helpful to you. Like all the articles on this website, this article will be rewritten often as we stumble onto new ideas. Please bookmark it and share it for other would-be millionaires to read it.
When to publish your first post
Should I publish my first blog post now or edit it till it’s perfect for my online affiliate website? Ranking in organic search takes time, so don’t be scared to hit the publish button and come back to edit your post later.
Having no Audience Sucks!
How do you keep going on writing your affiliate online blog with no audience and no feedback? These days we all seek for instantaneous feedback. One of the joys of writing for many of us is when people read something you wrote and then remark… “Hey that was a great article and it really helped me or it made my day…” Let’s be honest here. Any feedback is great. It keeps us going. Keeps us slaving away and motivated, if you will.. This is where Facebook wins over blogs.. Instant praise or condemnation and a lot of angry people who will bite off your head for sharing your thoughts which are not in line with theirs…
I digress… I got carried away for a minute… Let me gather my thoughts… We were discussing writing for the ghosts on your blog… And we refer to them as ghosts in the kindest way because you don’t know that they are reading… Well eventually you will figure it out and perhaps invest in some analytics tools which will tell you precisely how many people are reading and where in the world they came from…
Speaking for myself my greatest joy was the day I discovered the word count plugin. WordPress has many plugins many of them free which help your experience much better. You will discover the best ones as you explore. And the best thing is you can install, use it and uninstall any plugin if you don’t like it.
To summarize this article and end the suspense, my favorite motivational tool is the word count plugin which is free from WordPress. When I get up I say to myself, today I am going to write 300 words… If I meet the target, I am psyched to continue to write for my affiliate online money making blog. Because I set low targets I am able to meet them. Tell me what is your target number of daily words or articles?
Take Part in Writing Challenges
How to write 9,999 words a day for your affiliate marketing blog! Oh yeah, the ultimate challenge. One hears of writers who do 5 long articles on a daily basis. How do they do this and how can you copy them? We think you should take up writing challenges. Too many people have taken the 10,000 words a day challenge so we thought we would lower our expectations. I believe it was Sam Walton who came up with the concept of 99 cents being a better deal psychologically than having to pay a whole dollar for something. This is why the 99 cents stores are way more popular than the $1 dollar stores. Even though, the 99 cents stores are more expensive because of the tax… so we were saying that you need to trick yourself by setting lower expectations for yourself.
Or, you could try the NaNOWriMo Challenge. NaNoWriMo advertise themselves thus:
“Every story matters. Let’s start writing yours. Writing a novel alone can be difficult, even for seasoned writers. NaNoWriMo helps you track your progress, set milestones, connect with other writers in a vast community, and participate in events that are designed to make sure you finish your novel. Oh, and best of all, it’s free!”
Signing up is free! Now instead of writing a novel, you can sign up and write daily for the wordcount. The challenge takes place in November every year. Sign up now at NaNoWriMo if you don’t write a novel, you will end up writing many great articles daily. We are down for it.
Write Listicles instead of longer articles
What are listicles and why you should write more of them for your affiliate website blog? This is solid advice for the time you are stuck and can’t think of anything to write. Or you have stuff to write about but just don’t know how to format it. Consider this as a shortcut for when you need to get stuff out there.
Yes, listicles is actually a word. You may be wondering why we set out to explore listicles. As we were reading stuff online, something that we do daily to get a feel of where the world is heading, we stumbled onto this…
Listicles are the most popular blog post format among business blogs. (Source: Responsive Inbound Marketing)
Now why in the world are listicles suddenly so in? Apparently most people have a short attention span and aren’t into reading fluff. Remember when we used to pad articles with words, to get to that magic 4000 word article? Well, nowadays people are short on time. They are yelling, hit me with the facts… And make it short. And simple.
So what are listicles? According to good old Wikipedia, we quote them a lot because they hardly sue anyone for copyright infringement, wouldn’t want to get into a tussle with anyone barking at us… hey a Bflik, those are my 20 words… Anyway, listicles according to Wikipedia
In journalism and blogging, a listicle is a short-form of writing that uses a list as its thematic structure, but is fleshed out with sufficient copy to be published as an article. A typical listicle will prominently feature a cardinal number in its title, with subsequent subheadings within the text itself reflecting this schema. The word is a portmanteau derived from list and article. It has also been suggested that the word evokes “popsicle“, emphasising the fun but “not too nutritious” nature of the listicle.
Okay, let’s deconstruct that a little more. A listicle has a number in its title, it is fun and not too deep. Are we together? Here’s an example of a listicle title “10 weird shocking facts you didn’t know about Kim Kardashian”. So, the title in itself draws you in. Not only are the facts shocking and weird, but you will be among the first people to know them, because not many people are privy to these facts. I certainly can’t say I would not read this article. It may sound sketchy since Miss Kardashian has lived her life out there in the eye of the public, but hey these are ten new shocking facts. Now, often, upon reading the listicles, you discover to your dismay that nothing new ways offered by the writer. But he has given you 10 facts quite rapidly. He kept his promise and it isn’t his fault that you already knew these facts.
What can we say? Listicles are popular. They draw in more readers. The readers may not stay, they may not bookmark your site, but they have served their purpose. The website had one more reader and became more popular in Google algorithms, so it will be shown to another reader. And, the website owners made some money from the traffic.
It has also been said that listicles are not overwhelming and dreary. Further, the lists are more likely to be shared across social media thus pulling in more people. And in the end, you might acknowledge that life itself is dreary and a list like 10 things you can do today to make more money 💰 is definitely easier to read than a hard economics econometrics piece. There! We said it. We are simple people. Most of us anyway. Serve us that fluff.
Are you blogging for money or to show people out there that you are a great writer? Great writers starve in their attics and die poor. A few are recognized posthumously. Examples of bloggers who thrive on listicles, so you can see for yourself that the money is in listicles…
How to write a listicle and the important things to note
Make sure your content makes sense in list-format
Include valuable takeaways — no fluff
Explain list items using relatable examples
Number your items
Include an appropriate number of list items
Use category buckets for longer lists
Ensure each step is ordered logically
Make sure your listicle is consistent.