Monday, April 11, 2011

Topic Matter A Lot

Your blogging journey begins with topic
selection, which happens to be one of
the hardest parts of building a successful

Don't make the mistake of choosing the
wrong topic...


Hello Everyone,

By far the most common question asked from
someone new to blogging is - 

"What topic should I write about?"

This is the first big decision and the first point
where everything can go wrong.

If you choose the wrong topic then you begin
walking down the wrong path and it might be months
before you even realize it and change direction. 

Here's some common mistakes people make when
choosing a topic to write a blog about:

- Don't pick a subject just because you see
others make money writing about it

- Avoid writing about something you are passionate
about, but very few other people are

- Don't base a blog on a topic you know little
about or have minimal practical experience in

- Be careful not to write about too diverse a
range of subjects, your blog must have a focus


For people who have no idea what to blog about all you have to do is write down a list of your hobbies,
passions, experiences, education and skills in all
areas of life and then take that list and derive
blog topics.

In almost all cases it's easier to start a blog
from something you have an interest in, so try
and go towards that direction rather than get
too caught up in the potential to make money.

The general believe is that if you have traffic you
can make money, and it's traffic that is hard to
generate. The money comes easily enough once the
traffic is in place, so it's better to seek
topics you have the most potential to build an
audience from.

For people who struggle to choose between a range
of ideas it is better picking one and devoting a
serious amount of time to it. You have to really
"throw it against the wall and see if it sticks"
before you really know whether a blog topic will

Sometimes no amount of research, self reflection,
internal or external analysis will give you an
answer. Only the MARKET can give you a definite
result. You have to set a blog up and just start
writing and see what happens. You can always make
adjustments as you go along.

It's crucial to pick just ONE idea and not
attempt to start a blog about every topic you have
an interest in. If you spend your energy and time
across three blogs you will end up with three
average blogs. If you pour 100% of your effort
into just one blog, you give it the best chance of

At the end of a three month trial period of
focusing on just one blog you at least have a
conclusive outcome, whether successful or not.
There is no ambiguity about whether you worked
hard enough and you can honestly say you gave it
your best shot. You can continue with the blog if
it appears to be gaining traction or move on to a
different topic if it didn't.

At the end of three months of consistent blogging
you also have an ASSET. Even if your blog doesn't
have much traffic, it does have three months of
content in it, so worse comes to worst, you can
sell your blog and recoup a few hundred dollars
and then take your experience with you into your
next blog project.

There is no such thing as failure if you actually
put something out there and learn from the
experience and sometimes the only way to really
know whether a topic has potential is to test it
on a real live blog.


Sometimes ago, a new blogger began blogging by creating three blogs on subjects he enjoyed and believed had
potential to become successful. He chose -

1. Cars
2. Going out in his hometown of Venice
3. Mozilla (when it was in prelaunch)

He ended up writing one post a month to the Mozilla
blog, one post a week to the Venice blog and one
post a day to the car blog.

You won't have any problems guessing which blog
took off.

Yep,the car blog.

He eventually dropped the other two blogs and
focused his energy on his one main blog, which
became a massive success, he ended up making over
$40,000 a month from it. 

All of the topics he chose had potential and he
had interest in, but only one came out on top
because of two reasons -

1. He found he was most passionate about cars,
so much so that he enjoyed writing one or more
articles per day to his blog

2. The car blog received the best response from
the market - he built an audience

Sometimes you can't make concrete decisions until
you actually test your topic ideas. 

So narrow down your topic list and then
start writing. If you have no trouble producing
one new post a day, then do it for three months
and see whether people like your work. 

No one can tell you what to blog about, it's up
to you to decide. Just don't stay suspended in
limbo due to decision-paralysis. Nothing will
feel 100% right until you actually start doing

If you follow strictly these important rules, before you know it you will be “blogging your way out of penury”

Yours anti-penury,
The Blog Sage

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Making money online used to pretty much require you to have your own Web site, products to sell and some marketing savvy. But a new generation of dot-coms have arisen that will pay you for what you know and who you know without you having to be a web designer or a marketing genius.

There are numerous ways out there through which people have claimed to be making money online such as affiliate marketing, survey, writing, referrals, writing, blogging and so on, but the one this blog is created for and is blogging. On this blog we will be featuring articles about making money online with blogging.

You don't have to have your own Web site, or install blogging software, or even figure out how to set up the advertising. At Blogger (owned by Google) you can set up a blog for free in less than five minutes without knowing a thing about web design, and Blogger even automates setting up Google AdSense so you can make money off your blog by displaying ads and getting paid when people click on the ads. To make even more money from it you can set up an affiliate program for any product or service and insert your affiliate links whenever you refer to those items. You'll have to get a lot of traffic to become a six-figure blogger, but the secret there is “Niche Blogging” which means writing (blogging) on a particular topic.

This blog promise to give you all the information you need to become great at blogging and be smiling your way to the bank in a very not too long period of time. So, make this blog your new “must visit” anytime you are on the virtual space because we promise to be your new best friend.

We will try our best to post new articles every other day, but for now articles will be weekly.

Take care and Goodluck.

The Blog Sage