I’m sure you get the point. There are ton of niches you can go with and you need to pick what you’re deeply passionate about.
Here are some more guidelines.
#1- You niche must not be too narrow. If it is, you will struggle to get traffic, even if you rank for everything.
#2- Your niche must not be too broad. Yes, even a subset of a large niche can be too broad. and ranking in that space will be a protracted battle with constant uncertainty whether you’ll find success following you every step of the way.
#3- You must be an expert on the topic. Your niche must be something you really know a lot about, or are ready to learn about.
But I’m sure you knew this last point. Besides, how would you teach something you’re not intimately familiar with?
#2- Pick Your Blogging Platform
Now that you have your niche in mind, it’s time to pick a blogging platform that’ll host your future teacher website.
If you don’t have any experience with internet publishing, you probably think that creating a website is an involved process with a myriad of steps, and one that requires deep knowledge and technical know how?
You couldn’t be more wrong.
Starting a blog today is a 15m process, and if you follow my patented process right below you’ll be able to do it in ~10m on your first try.
Before we get into creating a blog, first let’s see what are your options.
You can create a blog for free on blogging platforms like Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress.com Wix, Weebly, SquareSpace or Strikingly.
Or you can pay a small fee and get yourself a self hosted blog with WordPress.org.
I recommend the latter and here’s why.
The 6 Main drawbacks of Free Blogging Platforms
There are more than 6, but these will be enough to show you why you should not start a teacher blog with a free website.
#1- Unprofessional look– having your blog on a subdomain, and your domain name looking like this www.myteacherblog.mystrikingly.com is an epitome of online newbieness and amateurism.
You could have the best content in the world on your topic of choice, and you’d still not get any visitors from Google, and those that find your blog by mistake would very quickly leave.
No one wants to waste time on some amateur blog and it’s your job to not appear as one.
#2- Severely Limited Capabilities– Self-hosted WordPress is famous for being extremely customizable. With the help of plugins and themes you can transform your blog any way you like.
Free blogging platforms are the total opposite. They’re highly rigid in functionalities and what you can do with them in an aesthetic department.
In other words, you see one Tumblr blog, you’ve seen all of them. And that goes for all other free blogging platforms as well.
#3- Lack of Control- when you host your content with a free blogging platform, you write the content, but they own it and your blog.
It’s very easy to run afoul of some rule of theirs you didn’t even know about, and have your content erased from the face of the internet.
#4- Low Monetization Potential- Free blogs almost never rank for anything, and you need traffic to make sales and monetize your blog. Simple as that.
#5- Switching is a Hassle– if you disregard my honest advice and proceed to make a mistake of starting a teacher blog on Blogger (as an example), pretty soon you’ll realize you should’ve listened and you’d want to switch to self hosted WordPress.
Except that you won’t be able to.
Actually, you would, buy you’d need to hire external help and it’s a whole process that’s best avoided. You’ll lose your nerves, and more importantly, your time.
Bottom line- don’t waste time and energy blogging on free platforms. It’s not worth the hassle, especially when hosting on WordPress.org is so super affordable
#3- Step #3- Getting a Domain Name and Hosting
Before I show you how to buy domain name and hosting, here’s why WordPress.org is the best platform to host your content.
WordPress.org is a one-click installation;
It’s super easy to use, and very beginner-friendly;
Fully customizable and no coding experience required;
Countless plugins and themes to extent its functionality;
You’re free to monetize your site any way you’d like;
There’s a huge and helpful community of developers and users;
WordPress is a secure platform.
Over 64.7% of all websites are powered by WordPress, and that percentage is still rising;
WordPress consists of over 60% of CMS-built websites;
Over 700 WordPress websites are created daily;
2 billion+ web users visit WordPress websites every month;
WordPress isn’t just for blogging; 28% of e-commerce sites are using WooCommerce plugin for WordPress.
Since one-month hosting is useless for growing a blog, the only really viable options are 12, 24 and 36 months.
I recommend that, if you can, you go for 36 months.
Because it’s the most affordable like that. Picking a 36-month hosting term lowers monthly costs to just $2.75/mo which is 60.5% discount.
Fifth, create your HostGator account.
This is what you’ll use to access your hosting and cPanel (control panel).
Sixth, add your payment details. This is self-explanatory.
You can pay for HostGator hosting with credit card and PayPal.
Seventh, add additional services to your hosting.
Out of everything that’s on offer, I’d avoid most and only go for SiteBackup (this gives you automatic, daily backups of your site) and SiteLock Essential (this addon protects you from hackers and malware).
Eighth, this is the final step. You just need to review your order and buy by clicking the “Checkout Now!” button at the bottom of the page.
Congrats on getting your new hosting set up!
Your teacher blog is almost ready!
Note: if you’re reading this close to Black Friday, check out my HostGator Black Friday deal page here! Alternatively, you can check out this Hostinger Black Friday page by my friend Ayush Mishra. Hostinger are a great, newbie-friendly host too.
Contact Me. Here you give your visitors way(s) to contact you, the more the better. I suggest you give them your site’s contact email, then you need to have a contact form, and cap it off with links to your Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter profiles.
Your articles must be SEO-ed. To SEO an article means to do basic on-page SEO to it. This is crucial because on-page SEO help the web user quickly see they’re on the right page, and aids Google in understanding your page’s relevance for topics X,Y and Z.
#7- Start Promoting Your Teacher Blog
Before starting to promote your teacher blog it is important to publish a dozen articles on your site + have all the necessary obligatory pages.
This will make your blog feel alive and variety of content across different categories will keep that early audience engaged.
So, how do you promote a teacher blog?
Here are some idea for FAST traffic generation.
Tell your friend and family about it. Now that your blog is live and you’re looking to get traffic, you can tell friends and family and give them direct links to your site.
This will generate anywhere between a few dozen and few hundred visits to your site.
My advice is to use that and ask your friends what they think of your site. a foreign, neutral eye might be able to spot flaws you as a creator can’t.
Use social media- it’s great if you’re already on social media and have a decent following.
It’ll help you get the ball rolling faster. But don’t fret if you don’t have a presence.
Open up branded accounts today and start posting, engaging and promoting others.
Pro tip: it’s very important to promote other bloggers in your niche. It’s because then they’ll feel the irresistible urge to promote you back.
That way you’ll get to tap into their large audiences for free.
Join teacher Facebook groups- Facebook has over 2 billion users and most of them are not teachers 🙂 but many of them are and they’re organized in many Facebook groups.
Find those groups and join them.
As a new member you’ll want to hold off with promotion.
Instead, engage with other teachers there, spend some time contributing, and then you can gently plug your links.
Note: Facebook ads are pretty cheap, and they convert handsomely. You could try creating Facebook video ads and blasting a campaign into the ether.
Success is not guaranteed, but you might be pleasantly surprised at extra exposure your new teacher blog gets.
Do SEO- SEO is always going to be the best way for you to get traffic to your blog. SEO is roughly divided into on-page SEO and off-page SEO.
On page SEO is all about exact keyword placement in a few key places across your post.
It’s very easy and here’s my on-page SEO SOP.
Keyword in SEO Title;
2. Keyword in URL;
3. Keyword in meta description;
4. Keyword in H1 title;
5. Keyword in first paragraph;
6. Keyword in subheadline;
7. Keyword in image file name, alt attribute and caption;
8. Keyword somewhere in the middle of the post;
9. Keyword at the end of blog post.
Off page SEO is all about building external signals that help validate your blog in Google’s eyes.
External signal like backlinks help you rank 20x than you normally would with just on-page SEO.
There are a myriad of link building tactics you can employ to get backlinks to your site, but the easiest one to get started with is guest posting.
Guest posting is when you write for other teachers and their blogs, and your content goes on their blogs and you get a few backlinks in return.
#8- Start Making Money With Your Teacher Blog
Ok, you published a few dozens high quality posts.
You’ve a few dozen guest post links.
You’ve build a up a bit of a reputation in your niche. Other teacher bloggers know you and your brand, and are happy to spread the word about it.
But now what?
Now’s the time for you to start making money with your teacher blog. I suggest affiliate marketing as the best way for newbies to make money.
Because of several reasons.
First, You can make money even with a low trafficked blog.
Second, it’s almost totally passive income.
Third, it’s highly scalable.
The more traffic you get, the higher earnings you have.
To start with affiliate marketing, you need to join a bunch of affiliate programs and networks.
(See example above? I”m an affiliate too:))
Some of the better ones that cater to the teacher niche are:
The Scholastic Store Online
Amazon Associate Program
The Microsoft Education Affiliate Program
Other ways to make money with a teacher blog
Offer services. This is a great way to start making money very quickly. As a teacher you can easily offer freelance writing and editing services.
You can also offer web design, photography services, digital marketing, social media management…
The sky is the limit when selling online.
Google Adsense- displaying banner ads used to be a great way to make income online.
It’s because in the early days of the internet there was no real competition, and most blogs had some traffic, and web users had no clue there were ads on the page.
So they were clicking left and right.
Nowadays, it’s different. Web users are doing their best not to click on any ads.
Bottom line- Google Adsense as a standalone monetization tactic is not worth it. But it’s worth it if you combine it with affiliate marketing.
Starting a Teacher Blog FAQ- All Your Questions Answered
I went to Quora and lots of teachers there are asking questions like:
I’m a teacher, how can I start a teacher blog;
How to start an educational blog as a teacher;
What are some good examples of successful teacher blogs;
The answer they got were pretty awful, which is characteristic of most Quora threads.
However, those questions inspire me to write the FAQ section you’ll see below!
#1- How To Start an Education Blog?
Starting an education blog is the same process as starting a teacher blog.
There are many ways you can make money with a teacher blog:
Some options are:
#4- How to Teach Students How to Blog?
Teach them by example. More is caught than is taught.
Show them how it’s done and then point them to this guide so they too can profit from it 🙂
#5- How Can a Teacher Create and Use His Blog for Teaching?
It’s easy for teacher to start a blog. Just follow the step-by-step instruction you found here and you can’t help but make a decent self-hosted blog.
As for how to use it, you can use it anyway you want.
For example, you can use it to expand on the lessons taught in the classroom and for which you had no room for.
Or you can use it to post feedback for students and teachers. Or you can share teaching material in easily downloadable format.
Or you can create a forum for other teachers and students.
#6- Can a Teacher Start a Blog on a Free Platform?
Yes, they can. Yes, you can.
But you shouldn’t.
Because starting a blog on a free platform is like stamping yourself a permanent seal of a hobby blogger.
And that’s fine if you want to blog out of passion and have zero interest in making money with your blog.
But if you intend to make any money online, then going with self-hosted WordPress is key for growth.
Nothing and no other CMS can compete with WordPress and starting your teacher blog on a self-hosted WordPress platform is the first step towards successful monetization.
How to Start a Teacher Blog (Conclusion)
the internet is the best place for individuals to start their blogs and make money writing about what they love.
As an educator and a teacher, you can use your blog to share valuable information and insights not available inside your classroom (either because of time constraints; or because of the pre-determined, tight, strict teaching schedule;
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