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How To Become A Sports Blogger And Make Money

I will teach you how to start a sports blog and make it successful. I love the idea of a sports website because we all grew up playing sports, both girls and boys. As a kid me and my friends would play everything in the neighborhood. Street football, basketball, bike racing, baseball, cricket, dodgeball, etc.

How To Become A Sports Blogger And Make Money

I remember the first time I put on my football jersey. I’m sorry I was just reminiscing that is what this topic does to you.  Do you have a passion and desire to write about sports?

Maybe the sports world is missing out on your perspective of things. With blogging there is no way you can lose if you remain consistent. I will show you what you need to do to start.

 

Popular sports blogs that you might be reading.

Slam Online SB Nation Larry Brown Sports The Big Lead Walk Soccer Lead

 

Do you know about sports?

It’s painfully awkward to watch someone who doesn’t know anything about sports attempt to engage in a sports conversation. We all have friends like that. I know when someone is faking sports knowledge. Many people want to jump head first into a sports blog, but know nothing about sports. Just because you watch ESPN First Take doesn’t mean you know things about sports. The reason I say make sure that you know about what you are writing about is because if you don’t and this topic doesn’t interest you then you will not last too long is this category. It’s going to make you tired. Write what you know or what you are interested in.

 

What type of sports blog do you want?

There are sports websites that talk about everything in sports such as Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report. These sites talk about everything. Hockey, football, basketball, baseball, tennis, NASCAR, UFC, and more. Remember it all starts with an idea. Sites like this are possible, but you are going to need help because there are so many categories. Would you want a blog that talks about everything or would you want a blog that only talks about one sport such as Tennis This? Maybe you are only interested in one sport. For example, if you’re only interested in Football. You can write about the NFL, College Football, Fantasy Football, you can have mock drafts, etc.

The great thing about this type of sports blog is that it will be easier for you. It will be easier to become a top blogger in your specific category and you will make money faster. Would you instead like to write about one team or one state? There are many sports sites out there that write only about their hometown team and they have become a success. An example of this would be JetNation.com. If you want to know anything about the New York Jets then this site is a must for you. They have a forum in their blog. They give you updates on Geno Smith, Todd Bowles, Darrelle Revis, and more. They even sell Jets clothing. You must find out what type of blog is right for you.

 

Picking a name for your blog.

I’m pretty sure that you have an idea about what type of sports site that you want. What name are you going to choose for it? Make sure that your name matches what your blog is all about and make sure that it is brandable. For SEO purposes it’s good to have a sports keyword in your domain name. For example, if you are writing around the baseball niche, then a domain name could be baseballfan.com. I recommend getting your domain name at SiteGround, which is the best WordPress hosting provider in 2018

 

Trademark Warning

Be very careful when choosing a domain. I personally have never heard of it happening, but you could possibly be sued for having a professional sports team in your domain name. I know that you might see some awesome domains available, but they could be a risk.

A domain like Miamiheatbasketball.com is a domain that I would stay away from. It would cause confusion to visitors. They wouldn’t know if this is the official Miami Heat website or not. You might get away with it for a little while, but it could comeback to bite you in the rear end. If you were to face these guys in court it would be like fighting a giant. They will chew you up and spit you out. This doesn’t just go for domain names. This also goes for your site logo. Don’t mess with big companies.

 

How can you make money with a sports blog?

First I would like to start off by how not to make money. Never sell fake stuff. No one likes fake goods. I have seen many times on the news where the NFL has shut down sites selling knockoff jerseys. You could have messed with a big company on the wrong day which can lead them to pursue you and make an example out of you. You will lose all of your products, profit, personal property, and more. If you don’t want anyone messing with your company, then do yourself a favor and don’t mess with theirs. Penalty for selling counterfeit goods – if an individual, shall be fined not more than $2,000,000 or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both, and, if a person other than an individual, shall be fined not more than $5,000,000.

 

Now let’s start making money with your sports blog.

Making money with a website is very easy, but it takes time. For some it will be faster than others. This can become a full-time job for you, but you have to be patient. Never worry about paying $4 dollars a month for hosting because in a short amount of time your site will pay for it and more.

 

Selling sports stuff

A sports blog really has the potential to make a lot of income if it becomes a hit. If you write an article targeting buyer keywords you can sell sports products. You might already have some sports products to sell or you can buy products wholesale and sell on your site. There are places like Alibaba that will help you out with this. Just think about all the products and services that you can sell with your site.

 

Selling tickets

This is a great monetizing strategy for sports blogs. You can promote tickets for ticket websites like SeatGeek and get paid for every buyer that comes from your site. Considering the fact that most tickets are very high priced and most ticket referral programs are giving people 9 to 50 percent you can make good money this way.

 

Slapping Amazon links on your website.

Let’s face it sports fans like to buy gear and memorabilia. If you don’t have your own then you can refer people to Amazon. A good way you can do this is by doing sports product reviews or you can set an Amazon widget in your sidebar or under your post. People usually buy multiple things when shopping at Amazon so that is a huge plus for you. The good thing about Amazon is that if you link directly to the shopping cart, then you can still get paid 4 to 8 percent of each sale within 90 days. With Amazon try different techniques and see what works best for you. Always make sure that when you use affiliate links nofollow them. An easy way to do this is by adding the Title and Nofollow For Links plugin.

 

Sell ad space on your site

There are many companies like BuySellAds where you can set your price and sell space to sports companies or people in your niche. People don’t have to click on their products or services. All you have to do is place a 300×250 sidebar image in your sidebar, footer, etc. and you’re good to go. Sports sites that you might know that are using BuySellAds are Rant Sports, Gator County, Team Names, and more. If you don’t like waiting for people to come to you then you can contact different companies to see if they would like to advertise on your site.

 

Google Adsense

We all know about Google Adsense. Even the top sites like NFL.com are using it. I’ve received over a dollar per click for some of my sites. The great thing about Adsense is that you can start making money immediately. You can place Adsense anywhere. You can place them in the beginning of your post, in the middle of your post, at the bottom, etc. Whatever works best for you. Be careful with Adsense because sports sites are known to over-abuse it. You want to make your website load faster, not slower and too many ads will obliterate your site speed. There are numerous ways that you can make money with a sports blog. Brainstorm and then test out what works best for you.

 

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How to get traffic to your sports blog?

First I would like to say never spam popular sports sites seeking to get traffic. I know you’ve seen those annoying website spammers in the comment section of NFL.com. No one likes spammers and it is very dangerous. It’s going to take a few months before you are getting any real search engine traffic so you must find a suitable community where you can share your content.

Join some communities on Google Plus. Not only are there sports blogger communities, but there are individual sports communities as well such as the NFL football community with over 240,000 members. That means when you post an image, video or write something in that community a huge number of people will see it. A great thing about Google communities are that there are a lot of them. You won’t have time to post on all of them. If you want you can also create your own.

Join Pinterest group boards. Go to pingroupie.com and in the title section put sports and see the many different groups about sports and go to it on Pinterest and contact the board leader to invite you into that board. Pinterest is going to be one of your best friends. It will help you greatly. For some sites Pinterest is their main source of traffic.

Start a Youtube channel and give your thoughts on what is happening in sports. This is a great way to get your blog out there and go viral. As your channel grows your blog is sure to grow with it. It’s all about consistency.

The last community I want to talk about is a Facebook community. Join 5 of them a day and promote your work. Ask people to read and comment on your blog. Add people and build a friendship on Facebook which leads to blogging success.

 

What theme should you use?

Check out the Metro Pro Theme Check out the News Pro Theme I recommend that you choose one of these two themes by Genesis. I recommend you choose one of these two because Genesis is beginner and SEO friendly. You don’t have to be technical to use Genesis. Most of the top blogger today are using this bad boy. I highly recommend you don’t buy those complicated themes that slow down your site. I guarantee you for a new blogger who wants an SEO optimized theme, then Genesis is the way to go.

 

Check out MaxCDN

You are going to be using a lot of images and videos because it is a sports website. This will indeed slow your site down. Make sure that you are optimizing your images. I highly recommend that you install MaxCDN, which is what I use. MaxCDN is a content delivery network and it makes your site blazing fast.

 

Things you should never do.
  • Never start a site from a free platform, which kills your site and kills your chances of doing anything.
  • If you can’t draw or use Photoshop, then never make your logo. Just buy a logo from Fiverr for 5 dollars.
  • Never leave your permalinks the same. Switch it in settings to post name.
  • Never copy and paste other sports articles because Google will find you out and they will take action. Be creative.

 

In conclusion

Check out the free sports plugins in the plugins section and see if you can use anyone on your site. I encourage you to make sure that you bookmark this page just in case you need to come back to find information. Think about what you can do to stand out and make your site different. The only one that is stopping you from writing today is you. Don’t be afraid to start blogging. It’s a very quick and easy process. Click here to start now with SiteGround.

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