Have you ever considered a career in blogging? If you genuinely love dogs and cats and have high writing skills, you can become a successful pet blogger really quickly.
Here are four tips that will help you to start a pet blog and uncover the creative genius inside of you. Check out these tips and immerse yourself in writing!
Find your niche
First of all, you should find a profitable blogging niche. What kind of topics do you want to cover in your blog?
All pet blogs are different. Some bloggers share tips on how to care for cats with special needs. Others write inspiring stories of devoted dogs or create entertaining content on behalf of their four-legged friends.
If you want to monetize your blog, you should choose a topic that resonates with you and has a long-term appeal (will be relevant in six months and in five years from now). Also, you should analyze the competition in the chosen niche. If there are too many blogs related to your niche, it will be difficult for you to get your website noticed, which may require you to write a post with an alternative or opposing viewpoint.
Define your target audience
Who will read your blog posts? New dog parents, pet breeding experts, or maybe kids and teenagers?
Describe your ideal reader as precisely as possible. Define demographics (age, gender, education level, etc.) and psychographics (attitudes, beliefs, lifestyle, etc.). It will help you to understand what type of content you should create and what writing style you should use. Did you know, for example, that people that have dogs and cats, identify strongly as pet parents (as opposed to pet owners) so addressing them how they see and identify with in this role will help you connect better with your target readership.
Learn the basics of search engine optimization (SEO)
Do you want to rank #1 on Google with a new pet blog? If so, you should optimize your blog posts for SEO.
Firstly, you should research keywords using tools like Google Keyword Planner and Ubersuggest. Your task here is to find the phrases your readers are keying into Google when searching for relevant content.
Let’s say you want to write a blog post about a dog in heat. What search queries will be the most relevant to your topic? If you check it out using Ubersuggest, you will see that the most frequently searched keyword is “dog in heat how long.” If you use this keyword in the title and the main body of your article, you will drive more traffic to your website.
To engage a wider audience, you should write your blog posts in simple language. You should avoid using the passive voice as well as wordy sophisticated phrases. Getting tips for writing will certainly help improve your blogging skills as well as capitalize from best practices!
Besides, you should follow these simple rules:
- Keep your sentences short (under 20 words)
- Break the text into paragraphs (each paragraph should include just two or three sentences)
- Use headings and subheadings
- Add bullet lists, where possible
- Proofread every sentence to make the text error-free
- Avoid jargon, slang, and internet acronyms
For starters, you may turn to a specialized service like GetGoodGrade to get your texts proofread and edited relevantly to your purpose.
Don’t be afraid to start!
Pet blogging can become your favorite hobby or even your future career. So don’t hesitate to try it! Write on the topics that are interesting to you, and you will find your readers. More and more when you write from your personal or professional experience, people connect with your unique (or not so unique perspective) which increases your credibility and also can help add value to your readers! Quality is king, and your personal spin on things when you write from your heart and your experience works!
Use quality images!
Content with pictures work. People respond to visual and with many sites like unsplash.com or canva that allow one to purchase high quality photos to enhance your content visually- blogging is easier and more affordable than it’s ever been.
Love our content? Share it with a friend or link it to social media. Like short clips of cute household pets? Training tips? Follow us on instagram @nydognanny or on YouTube at nydognanny. Have some news you needs to get to dog and cat parents stat? Email email@example.com with your article pitch.