Hello and welcome to FC Inter Blog! The blogging website all about HOW to start a blog in the niche area of football.
More than likely you’ve found this site because you love football, and you have strong opinions on the subject, you may be an Inter fan, or you may support a team in a different league, country or even continent.
One thing we almost certainly gaurantee is that your opinion is a good one! Why do we say that? Simple, because you are the type of person who broadens your footbal knoweldge by surfing the internet and gathering good content and information to balance your views to be more valuable.
That is the very reason this site exists… to give you everything you need to know to launch a blogging platform of your own, generate interest in your topics, and who knows? maybe even start making some money out of your knowledge and blogging efforts.
Let’s quickly walk down the basics of what you’ll need to get started…
How to start a blog about football and make some money…
First of all you need to find a “micro-niche”. A micro-niche is a specific subject in a specific area, for example, “Football” is a niche. not everyone likes football, some people like rugby, cycling or even basket weaving. These are all types of niches. A micro-niche is a nothing more than a niche within a niche, so in our example of football, you may choose a micro-nice around another specific club, maybe the one you support, or you may even go a step further and pick “Football referees”, “Football Stadiums”, “Football Trivia” or anything else related to the niche “Football”. The thinkg you really need, is to be confident about your knowledge within that specific area.
Next thing you need to do, once you have identifed that micro-niche, is to find a good domain name (web address) that has those “keywords” in the title, ideally all of them in the correct order with a “.com” extension on the end. For example, if you were going to blog about infamous referees in the English Premiership, you may want to hunt down a domain name called www.infamousrefereesintheenglishpremiership.com. This is because when people who are looking for that type of information type those exact words into Google, Google will (amongst other things) look for ‘keyword-rich’ domain names i.e. domain names that contain all of the keywords, and preferable in the right order.
So do go to a website like GoDaddy or 123 Reg or UK2 and search for that domain name. If they don’t have that specific one, try a different domain name extension, such as .net or .org, or change the words round slightly.
How to start a football blog
Next you need to go and get some hosting sorted out. Hosting is basically the computer (server) that your website will run on. And you can get this dirt cheap these days (less than a packet of cigarettes per month!) There’s loads of providers out there, but we recommend you find one that offers 24/7 support in your native language, for obvious reasons! you will want any problems to be fixed at any time of the day – the internet does not sleep!
Once you have you domain and hosting accounts are in place, you then need to repoint your domain at your new hosting account with a simple process called “changing your name servers”. This is literally just a copy and paste exercise from the details in your Welcome Email from your hosting company, across to the name server details in your domain name account.
Next is the installation of your WordPress Content Management System. Sounds complicated. It’s done in 5 clicks!
We’ve found a great website which will help you get all of this done by watching their “step by step video tutorials”. The website is called Blog in a box, and they’ve helped thousands of people get their blog site set up, just click here How to start a blog to learn more.
How to start a blog the right way
So now all the technical bits are out the way, you can actually start blogging about your chosen micro niche. One last word on micro-niches though before we get going; The reason you choose a micro niche rather than the niche “Football” is all to do with the strength of your competition. For example, if you type “Football” into Google, you will get, roughly, one and a half BILLION results. So that means inorder to occupy one of the top 10 spots on Google and drive internet traffic to your blog, you need to out compete one and a half billion web pages, of which the vast majority will come from ‘high authroity’ websites such as the BBC, Sky Sports and the Fantasy Football Leagues. In other words, it will take you YEARS of effort in order to achieve this. In contrast, if i do an exact search in Google for FC Inter Blog (by including my search word in quotation marks e.g. “FC Inter Blog”) then there are only 63,000 competing webpages. Still a fair old amount, but if you know what you’re doing, it will only be a matter of weeks before you get a top 10 place on Google with amount of competition…
So to re-cap, specialism is a good thing! You will actually generate far more traffic to your website by cutting down the amoutn of people you target to the exact micro niche of your subject. It sounds counter intuitive to say “to get more people, target less” but in the world of online marketing this is absolutely true.
Then to your blogs themselves – the golden rule of blogging is very simple – add as much value to the reader as you possibly can! Don’t be spammy, don’t try and sell them stuff (no one likes to be ‘sold’ to), just try to educate them and make their lives better in some way e.g. give them what they a re looking for!
Be unique! Don’t try and fit in with another style of writing, what makes you stand out from the crowd is YOU – rememeber that and you can’t go wrong!
Watch out for more posts on how to start a blog in the football niche. It’s 2013 and we’re just getting started ;o) To your online blogging vicotries!