If you are into sports and have been looking for a way to make money then you may have considered blogging and perhaps that is the reason why you are here.
Well you have come to the right place as I will be showing you step by step guide on how to start a sports blog in 2022 as a beginner and no experience.
Hi, my name is Thabo and I went from earning $0 to a full time income within 6 months which allowed me to quit my job as a civil engineer.
This is the reason I have become a full time blogger and help people live a laptop lifestyle just like me and this is what I will be helping you with here.
Without further ado, let’s get started with this guide.
Definition of a sports blog
A sports blog is simply a blog where you write content that is related to sports and this could literally be anything from news to expertise that you have.
The main idea is that you are giving people information that they are looking for or likely to be looking for when it comes to sports.
You could choose to write about sports in a broad sense or you could choose a specific sport to write about although the latter is more advised (more about this later, bare with me).
The one thing to keep in mind is that you do not need to be perfect you just need to be a good report who is updated about sports or your specific sport.
This is the reason I say that any person can do this as long as they have the drive and willingness.
So now that you know that you can start it or rather anyone can start it let us now take a look at how to construct it step by step.
You can also check out my guide of how to start a blog step by step which will show you how to get this all set up.
Step 1: Choose a niche
The first step would be choose what you will focus on and this is where it gets interesting and important because it can make or break your success…Remember when I talked about choosing a specific sport before?
The reason that you need to choose a specific sport is because you are narrowing down and focusing on a more targeted audience.
By doing this you will also be cutting your competition by a huge margin which will increase your chances of success.
So this means that beyond just choosing a specific sport you also have to narrow down withing your chosen sport so you will be more targeted.
Here is an example:
Suppose I want to do a sports blog related to Golf. This means you can narrow down and focus on talking about Golf balls and have a blog called Golfballcrazies.com.
Ofcosure this is not a real blog and you are more creative then me but you get the point right?
So with this example above you can focus on many topics that focus on balls and when you have grown your blog you can start adding more golf related things and make your blog broader to not only focus on golf balls but more.
Here are just a few examples:
- Golf balls
- Golf swing tips
- Golf clothing
- Ballroom dancing shoes
- Swimming strokes
Just find something that you are knowledgeable about or that you like researching and that will be something good that you can put in your blog.
Decide on your blog name
Once you have decided on your niche or what you want to focus on the next step is to choose a blog name that is related to that.
Just know that sometimes the name that you are looking for may not be available as someone has already used it in the internet.
The blog name needs to be in lane with what niche you chose to give you consistency in the long run.
You could also use your personal name but I would not recommend it if you are trying to focus on a niche and be targeted.
The name does need to be catchy too so that it will be able to help you advance quicker in terms of Google ranks(that is just a bonus for y’all, thank me later).
Buy a domain
The next step is to get yourself a domain that will be registered under the name that you choose and of course this will be according to what is available.
This will generally be not more than $10 per for getting your domain and it will come with all the protection especially if you get it using a trusted website or platform.
You can also will need to get a web hosting platform where you be putting your domain on.
So a web hosting platform is like land and domain is basically a real estate (house) and the domain name is basically the address.
When it comes to a hosting platform my #1 recommendation platform is bluehost which also gives you a free domain included.
This is the most convenient service that is used by most people and thus is the most trusted one.
Installing wordpress is what will be done after purchasing your domain and hosting. The good thing with this is that most platforms help you do this easily.
Others also come with most things done for you so you do not have any issues.
This will simply be a process that will not take you more than a few steps in the process and you will have a fully-fledged website.
Choose a theme
The next step will be making your website start looking beautiful or have the theme that will have your website be relatable when it comes to your niche.
The good thing is that if you have chosen worpress for building your website then you will have more than enough options to choose from.
This means that you will be able to get the theme of almost any niche that you want to focus on.
Ofcousre there are paid theme options and you are more than welcome to get them if you feel that they will be enough for you.
Since you will be doing a sports blog you will really need to look for a theme that will help people stay for longer otherwise they will just leave.
This is the reason why you may even end up need a paid theme in many cases.
Create essential pages
The next step is to make your pages that will make your website look presentable and all which will ensure that you will be able to help people navigate for you.
The good thing is that there are many tutorials on YouTube that you can use to make the pages work.
Some of the most essential pages that you will need will be the following:
- About me page
- Home page
- Contact page
This means that you will have a website already and you can start showing people.
The most exciting part is when you start creating content for your page that will be able to help you have visitors.
The good thing is that you do not have to know how to write essays (in fact I hated doing essays in school).
This means that if you have the passion for your topic and have something to share you can just write about it and make it relatable and the right people will gravitate towards it.
You will also have to know how to rank your posts of Google so that you will be able to have people who you can see it via Google ranking your pages on the first page.
This is called SEO (Search Engine Optimization) process.
This means that you will really need to know how this works and getting training that can help you can be helpful and it can help increase your chances of success.
The program that I used is called wealthy affiliate and I highly recommend it because it was able to help me go from earning $0 to a four figure income online.
The good thing is that they also help you get started with a free account and later you can upgrade to premium if you want to take your business to the next level.
Promote your blog
This is perhaps the most important part of your business as it will be able to help you get your message out there and that is so you can start making money monthly.
This will generally involve using social media networks to promote your business with things like Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
Again you can do it on your own or you can follow training like wealthy affiliate which has all of these aspects covered to help you start making money.
When it comes to making a sports blog the most important thing is to ensure that you create something that is popular so that you will have a good audience to focus on.
This also means that you will need to find the best hosting platforms for starting your blog so that you can have a legit website.
As far as making your website make money there are many aspects you will need to focus on and these will include things like doing the right SEO and also promoting your website well.
This will also mean that you will be needing to know how to promote your website content once you have created content on your website.
The main thing is that your blog needs to have a targeted audience that will be able to come to you and be able to read your cont and potentially be your customers.
This is all possible if you follow all the steps for blogging and you stay super consistent.
I hope you this article was helpful and I hope it gave you the value that you were looking for. If you have any questions or comments you can leave them below and I will be more than happy to engage with you as normal.