Are you passionate towards sports related activities? Are you interested in starting a sports blog and make good money? If yes, you have come to the right place.
Here in this post, I will guide you step by step on how to start a sports blog and make money easily.
What type of Sports Blog would you like to Start?
This is the first question which needs to be answered. If you are starting the blog of your own, you need to decide to create a niche. I understand a lot of people might get excited with blogs of TENSPORTS, ESPN, etc. But these type of websites caters to a lot many sports verticals which for an individual is extremely difficult to maintain. These sites cover football, cricket, basketball, hockey, and much more.
I personally won’t recommend this type of blogs if you are planning to create a blog of your own. I recommend in starting a sports blog keeping in mind of one sport only or for a club you support. You can create a blog say related to football. You can find inspiration from blogs like just-football.com, thefootballneutral.com, etc.
Finding the Right Domain Name for your Sports Blog
Never create a domain name which is difficult to remember. Try to make it as catchy and simple as possible. The domain name must relate to the content of the blog. I recommend you to take a .com domain unless your blog is region specific.
Now, you must be thinking about the cost of the domain name. If am right, do not worry I will cover it here. Normally a domain name cost is around $ 70 a year. I offer you a very simple solution to make it entirely free!!
If you host your blog with SiteGround you will get a free domain name for life.
How to Make Money with Sports Blog
If you have a product of your own like t-shirts, mugs, etc you can promote it through your blog. Loyal readers of your blog normally won’t mind in buying those items from you. If you don’t have, not to worry. Explore the below-mentioned ways to make money from your sports blog.
Here you will sell products of other people. There are a lot of companies who will happily allow in selling their products. You can tie up with health and fitness affiliate programs which are available in plenty available on the internet. You can sell products available on Amazon. You can also tie up with ticket services online and refer your readers to book tickets for games. There is no dearth of affiliate products on the internet. You just need to research and find the proper products which fit with the content of your sports blog.
After writing some posts, you can apply for Google Adsense. If approved, Google Adsense will start putting advertisements on your blog. A lot of bloggers make 5 figure money with Google Adsense only.
Sell Ad Space
You can try websites like BuySellAds. They will get a cut of every ad space that you sell through them. You can contact ad space selling companies directly.
There are plenty more ways to make money through sports blogging like writing an ebook, creating a membership option, etc. As your traffic grows a lot of companies will offer you deals which will grow your income.
Where to get Traffic for your Sports Blog
Content is the king. I recommend you to write at least 50 posts without thinking too much. Let at least traffic comes organically from search engines. Concentrate on writing good quality posts. If your posts get attention from search engines, traffic will automatically start visiting your sports blog.
I also strongly recommend in creating a page on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. Promote your blog from there.
Don’t forget to create an Email subscriber list. If you can create 1000 subscribers, it is observed 5-10% become your buyers. To start a mailing list make sure that use Aweber or MailChimp.
Another way of bringing traffic to your blog is by commenting on other sports blogs. People say, Pete Cashmore, founder of Mashable blog made his blog popular by commenting on various other websites.
The Right Platform to host your Sports Blog
I recommend you to choose WordPress.org. My site is hosted here only. It is free and self-hosted.
All you need is hosting. I recommend a fast hosting company that offers best customer service for your new sports blog.
I strongly recommend that you choose SiteGround. They give you a page load response time of around 300ms. It is only going to cost you $3.95 a month. This is cheaper than most other companies with similar performance credibility which charge around $20 a month.
It will take just a few minutes to host your blog with Siteground.
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1. Click see plans(choose the startup plan)
2. Make A domain
3. If the domain is available it will say congratulations!
4. Now add your account info, billing info, etc.
5. Don’t worry about the extras. You are not required to add any if you don’t want them.
6. Continue and now you officially have a hosting provider.
7. Click the get WordPress preinstall option and proceed and they will do the hard work.
8. Create your login info and choose any template for now.
You’re finished and your website is up.
Like I said it only takes four minutes.
Now it is time host some plugins. This is one of the mean reason I recommend WordPress to my readers. WordPress has over 35,000 plugins that you can install in just one click.
Explore plugins which you think your sports blog require. You will find a lot of sports plugins that will let you add sports highlights, news, clips, and more onto your site. One plugin I must recommend is Yoast SEO. It is free and it is a must for ranking your site higher. If you are hosting your site Siteground, you don’t need to install a cache plugin. they have their own cache plugin called Sg Cachepress. Otherwise, install W3Total Cache Plugin.
If you are selling products, install Woocommerce. The basic version is free.
Choosing Themes for your Sports Blog
There are plenty of free themes available in WordPress. You can easily start with those. However, if you are serious with your sports blog. I will always recommend in buying a theme which fits with your content. My personal favorite is Mythemeshop.
WordPress is extremely easy to use. The other reason for me to recommend Siteground hosting for s beginner is their excellent support. Whenever any problem you face, take help from their live chat support or call them. If you want to you can even contact me and I will help you with any question that you might have.
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” Michael Jordan
Hope this post will inspire you in starting a money making sports blog. One day, I am sure you will be requested to write guest blogs for other blog owners or may be invited to be a speaker on your subject. Explore and see the endless possibilities ahead.