Hate your job?
Boss is a slave driver?
Someone keeps stealing your lunch?
Perhaps you love your job but want some extra cash to get a pure performance Garrett turbo?
Well, writing about your car hobby can earn you a pretty penny.
Here’s how to start a car blog and get some $$$ for your next car project.
How to start a car blog the right way
The following is what you must know and need to start a car blog the proper way:
- Don’t go too broad or too niche
- Pick a good car domain name
Not too broad
Do you want to compete with car media publishers? Don’t even try, or you’ll get crushed.
Car publishers have a battalion of writers pushing out dozens of articles a week.
Don’t try to compete with these guys:
Do you think you can write more than ten quality, long, detailed articles a day?
Forget ten, how about five?
Look, you can try to compete with the giants, but you have to do it the right way. And even then, it will still be hard.
So, when picking a topic to blog about, don’t get too ambitious.
You shouldn’t go too narrow either when you are only blogging about a specific car model. What happens when that model gets discontinued?
Car blog name ideas
Pick a good car name if you can. A name that will resonate with your readers and emphasizes what your car blog is about.
Also, keep your car blog name as short as possible. Finding a 4-letter .com domain these days is impossible. Perhaps you can do it with a 5-letter domain name. Whatever the case, try to keep the blog name short.
In saying that, this is not essential. There are blogs with a long domain name that ranks on the first page of Google search.
For a more in-depth guide in naming the perfect blog, check out how to name a blog article.
Get a free domain with a Bluehost’s plan
Did you know you can get a domain for free by joining Bluehost’s basic plan? Yup, once you make Bluehost your host, they will get you a free domain.
Bluehost has one of the best and simple domain manager I’ve used. And I’ve used many.
You can get your free omain here with pure detailed instruction into scoring yourself one. Also, installing and starting your WordPress blog.
WordPress for your car blog
I think WordPress is the most SEO friendly content management system on the planet. But, of course, you are welcome to choose whichever you want.
There are many things you can do with WordPress. Perfect for someone who wants all the bells and whistles.
Even if you just want a simple site, WordPress makes it easy for you to build one. I’m not a coder. I know nothing about scripts or web development.
WordPress made it possible for ordinary people like me to do a whole lot of customization to my website without a single knowledge of programming or whatever it is they use to build websites.
Once you get your free domain from Bluehost, head over here for a quick and easy WordPress tutorial.
How to make money blogging about cars
Now that you have your domain, you got hosted and blogging your life away. It’s time to make money with your car blog.
There are many ways you can make money with car blogs. The popular one and most common is by plastering ads all over your website.
One of the best advertising networks is Mediavine. Joining this ad network can be challenging. Ad networks usually use page views as part of their eligibility criteria. However, Mediavine uses session instead of pageviews.
A pageview is how many times a user view pages in your website. A pageview also counts how many times a user reloads a page.
A session is harder to come by because for a new session to register, the user has to be inactive for more than 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, a new session will start.
A new session will also register after midnight. There are more to learn about sessions, and you can find out more about them at Google Analytics Support.
And with Mediavine raising its requirement from 25,000 sessions to 50,000 sessions, your blog has to be really good to be accepted.
Mediavine is a great network because you can earn more dollars compared to Google’s Adsense.
If advertising is your revenue model, I suggest waiting until your blog can join the premium ad networks. The two I know are Mediavine, as mentioned, and Adthrive.
How about hitting up companies to wrap your car with their logo? You can make a good side income with this gig.
Affiliate marketing is referring people to products, and when those people buy, you get some commission.
Amazon is popular with bloggers. So, join Amazon’s affiliate program. Bear in mind. You have to make a sale within six months to stay as an associate. Make sure you are getting good traffic to your blog before you apply to become an Amazon Associate.
Other car companies cater to affiliates. To find where they are, go to Google and type the auto shop’s name that you love + the word “affiliate.”
Sell your own product
Selling your own product is the best way to monetize your car blog. But with it, you need another set of skills and experience to make it work.
Let’s say you are a Honda specialist. And your content is all about Hondas. You can sell Honda parts and accessories to people that visit your site.
You can also sell eBooks. What sort of eBooks?
How about teaching people how to service Hondas? Or, how to add an extra 600 HP to a Honda?
How to start a car blog? Crank the engine over and go full throttle.
It seriously is that easy to start a blog these days.
With Bluehost as your domain and hosting platform, you are on a better footing than most.
You don’t want to be distracted by technical problems when starting your blog. It’s hard enough making content.
Bluehost is great at handling customer problems and queries.
Many people fail when starting their blogs. I failed too—many times.
Save yourself from the headaches, frustrations, and the hassle of starting your car blog by reading this simple how to start a blog guide.
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