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How To Choose A Blog Niche In 7 Steps That Will Make You Rich

In this post, I’m going to show you how to find a profitable niche for your blog.

(Step-by-step)

In fact, this process has helped 51,518 students start blogs they love and get on the path to profitability.

You’re about to learn how to…

  1. Avoid burnout by brainstorming niches you love.
  2. Clarify your strongest, most reliable skills.
  3. Niche down by merging your passion and abilities.
  4. Discover niche topics.
  5. See if your niche is future proof
  6. Find lucrative merchandise to help monetize your blog.
  7. Launch a profitable blog in a niche that you love.

Plus: a bonus niche video course that’s now 100% free.

Let’s dive in.

How to Choose a Blog Niche

blog niche

This first step is where most people throw their hands up and fold.

But it’s actually much easier than you realize to choose a foolproof blog niche that makes money.

Most people vet hobbies and interests and create looonnnggg lists in their mind when starting a blog topic search. But, instead of a fierce fire lighting them up, this quickly feels overwhelming.

Does this sound familiar?

Let me just call you out right here and now: Fear is what’s driving you. Instead, you need to look at choosing a blog niche as an opportunity.

The sooner you get out of your own way and use advice that works, the faster you’ll start seeing results — monetary results.

What Do Successful Blogs Do?

Look, there’s no rule that says you can’t add topics as you grow. But, first, you need to start your new blog.

News flash: It’s what most smart bloggers do!

Allow me to explain.

Your perfect new blog niche sits at the intersection of three key ideas — passion, knowledge, and profitability.

As long as you’re passionate about the topic, have a considerable level of knowledge, and you’ve researched that many people are demanding this type of expertise, any of your blogging ideas have the potential to net you profits.

Look, you need to know:

Success is not a secret, it’s a system.

And you’re going to use this simple system to finally start the profitable blog you’ve been dreaming about.

Ready? Let’s begin with storming that ol’ brain of yours.

Step #1: Brainstorm Niches You Love

brainstorm niches you love

As you start thinking about potential niches, make two lists:

  • Things you’re interested in, and
  • Things you’re knowledgeable about.

Aim for about 10-20 topics in each list.

Why?

Quite simply, the best blogging niche is one that you’re naturally passionate about or interested in.

Writing about a topic you have no affinity for is a fast recipe for burnout.

(P.S., If you’re new to blogging, people can feel your lack of passion in your writing. So even if a blog topic is “profitable,” your personal interest and passion always come first.)

However, if you feel like you haven’t found your “passion” yet, don’t worry! Blogging ideas you’re passionate about aren’t always super obvious.

To help you get exhaustive with this first step, uncovering your interests and passions, here are a few ways to spur your soul-searching:

  • Think about things you regularly talk about with friends or co-workers. You could even ask your friends and workers to point out what you’re passionate about.
  • What do you feel comes up in your conversations most naturally?
  • Browse through your most recent purchases and take note of the items that come up more than once.
    • If you’re a game-geek, that might be a table-top version of Game of Thrones.
    • If you love journaling, it may be calligraphy pens and a BuJo.
    • Yogis will grab everything from mats, to apparel, to nootropic supplements.
    • Your passions are hidden in everyday places, so scour your Amazon purchase history and other online merchant receipts, and you might end up revealing a deep passion.

Passions, hobbies, and interests are developed over time, as you explore and try new things.

Many bloggers end up writing about blog post ideas that, at some point in their lives, didn’t sound even remotely interesting.

And if your initial list of blog topic ideas is large, good job! You just 10x’d your chances for success!

The main key here is: A blog is like a marriage. It takes consistent work over long periods of time to make it blossom.

Honeymoons are fun, but they don’t last. You have to associate yourself with a niche you will remain interested in.

You want to continually learn more to stay a few steps ahead of your readers.

Here’s a question to start thinking about Step Two:

What do people come to you for advice on?

Step #2: Clarify Your Strongest, Most Reliable Skills

clarify your skills

What comes easily to you? How do you help others?

Now, think about topics that you could write about based on your experience at a job or with volunteer work.

At this point, don’t bother editing or censoring yourself. Just get those creative and associative juices flowing. Pre-judging whether they’re “possible” or not is a waste of time at this stage.

Also, you don’t want to start discounting ideas just because you’re still learning. Many bloggers write about things as they’re learning. (And let’s be honest, we’re always learning.)

What long journey are you in the middle of accomplishing?

Raising children, learning how to brew beer, roast coffee, lose weight, or becoming a rock star?

These can be your strongest skills, even if you’re still learning.

Vet Yourself

This may be the hardest to do, and it may provide the fuzziest of data. What seems so obvious to us now wasn’t always so. Do you remember what you were searching for five years ago?

Neither do I.

Which is why I turned to the Bookmarks section.

As a beginner, I had all sorts of questions and I relied on — big surprise — the Internet and social media to give me the answer. Even a curious infographic got tucked away if I found it thought-provoking.

Do the same due diligence for your resources.

Survey your bookmarks and take note of the content that comes up. This will give you a clear direction about what you found valuable as a beginner.

Actually, some of the most awesome ideas for bloggers bloom from bookmarks, personal and career experience, rather than just one-off “passion” or interest.

Follow these intuitive hits because they could quickly develop into something that checks off two parts of the three-part success cocktail when you want to start a blog:

Knowledge and demand.

Step #3: Narrow Down and Niche Down

Narrow down niche

This is the part where you’ll narrow your ideas on blogging and hone in on a few niches to research.

We’re getting closer and closer to nailing your profitable blog niche.

By now, you should have topics listed in two categories —

  • Niches you love, and
  • Niches in which you have experience.

Your ideal blogging topic should intersect both categories.

It’s now time to start a third list.

Mark down at least 10 topics that appear in both lists. You’ll focus your research on these to make test profitability.

A word of caution: If you start a blog in broad topics like “health,” “food,” or, “making money online,” you’ll want to come up with more specific niche ideas.

Let’s dig a little deeper.

You can break “making money online” down into specific niches. People need guidance in freelance writing, running a VA business, or making money on social media.

Like a matryoshka doll, you can then crack each of these into more specific ideas for a whole new level of sub-topics, content ideas, and expert direction.

However, if you’re adamant about sticking with a general niche topic, fear not.

Just make sure to go narrow on your target audience instead!

This will give you clear direction and focus for a blog post. For example, if you choose “health” as your blog niche, maybe you want to focus on postpartum moms because you have personal knowledge or experience in this area.

Postpartum moms will have different health or fitness concerns and questions than moms-to-be.

So let this guide your blogging niche ideas.

To help spark some ideas with inspiration, make sure to browse the profitable blog niche examples I’ve compiled for you at the end of this post.

You’ll see that many successful bloggers go broad on topics of blogs, but they still have a good niche. Instead, they “niche down” on their target audience, and so they still remain profitable.

However, to reach that goal, you want to start as they did: choose a profitable niche topic, one that is ripe and ready for you to make your mark.

We’ll look at search results, trends over time, content ideas, and online products to make sure that the blog niche you choose is the blog niche that brings in the big bucks.

So let’s get down to the business of starting a blog in a proven niche topic.

Discover High-Profit Niche Potential

high-profit niche

You’re going to take all those juicy, third-list ideas and test them for profitability. Your focus in this step-by-step blogging niche finder is to answer a simple question:

Can I make money from blog posts in this niche?

The answer to that weirdly existential question will require you to look for these overarching indicators of success:

  • How can you find a neverending list of topics in your niche fast so you can stay consistent with blogging?
  • Is your niche trending steady or is it on a downturn?
  • How competitive is the niche you’re contemplating? (P.S., Competition is a good thing when it comes to blogs, and I’ll show you why later on)
  • Are there products and services you can monetize on in your articles?

Here’s the thing:

There’s more than one angle from which to approach a blog niche topic’s profitability and viability.

It’s all about researching multiple factors, including current competition, search intent, historical trends, and profitable products. These are your “angles,” so don’t skip a single one.

Let’s begin with the most important:

Are there topics in your niche you can find fast to start blogging?

See, you want to blog in a profitable niche where many people have a lot of questions they need to be answered, or which include blog posts with the information they’re clearly seeking out.

Your goal is to discover what these questions are, what your readers are searching for, and what they’re having trouble with. And then present your blog as the solution.

Ta-da!

Here’s how to find out.

Step #4: Harness the Google Gods

Since Google is the first place you turn to when you’re trying to figure out if your headache is a sign of cancer, why wouldn’t it also be the first place you rely on for a blog topic?

Google can be a true data-miner’s dream for creative direction, clear next steps, and content ideas.

Let’s start with a quick search for blogging niche-related content and questions.

Take one of your topic ideas from the third list and get cracking. To get started, you want to pop in this topic idea in a Google search and see what comes up.

For instance, if you want to blog about dieting, you’ll start by putting yourself in a dieter’s shoes — what questions would they be looking for or thinking about?

One thing you should know: Google searches reveal a lot more than page results when you know what you’re going to look for.

There are three preliminary spots you’re going to focus on to zero in on what your target audience is hungry to learn more about.

Here’s the first place to mine this gold from Google for free!

Google Autocomplete

Let’s start with Google autocomplete. You already use this feature regularly when you do a personal search.

But when you start to look at Google autocomplete through the eyes of a blogger, you’re suddenly hit with an insane collection of potential blog topics you’ll want to write about.

Let’s say I start with a search for “diet.” I enter this one thing in Google’s search field.

search diet

Right away, as I type, Google offers me up a list of search terms related to the keyword, “diet.” I can see that “diet plan” and “diet to lose weight” are popular terms people search for. The search volume is high so

That’s great news because, as I start writing, these are the words and blog topics on which I’ll focus.

Google’s recommendations give you the power to get even narrower with your search.

search diet for

“Diet for” turns up some even more specific ideas that I can address on my blog or actually niche down and make my blog entirely revolve around “diet for diabetics.”

These are your target audience’s searches and you can use them to guide your blog content. Let’s say that I don’t want to narrow my focus by topic but by demographic. So, instead of diets for diabetics, I want to include all kinds of diets for women.

In this case, your audience is searching for “diet for women.”

search diet for women

Google auto-fills the search field so you can then get more specific and valuable results.

Let’s focus on “diet for women with PCOS.” Reviewing this search term gives us some ideas on related topics and keywords.

Now it’s on to snippets, and related questions and search next.

Find Niche Questions and Blog Topics Fast

The next level of Google power lies in tracking the questions your audience might have. Clicking on the dropdown for some of these fields will cause more questions to appear.

Now, these aren’t just suggested terms. These are actual questions that your target audience searches for, and you can use these questions as actual post ideas.

find niche questions

For example, the related question and search term, “What is the Best Diet for PCOS?” can be your first, real blog post published on your blog.

These related questions are essentially your content calendar, all nicely queued up. And the moment you set up your blog, you can attract your ideal audience with these exact posts.

The third place to mine gold from Google is the “searches related to” section.

Scroll down to the bottom of your Google Search results.

In this “PCOS diet for women” example, the bottom of the Google page features additional, related topics. Not only are these clear topics that people really want to learn more about, but they also fall right within your niche so you can cover these in your blog.

search PCOS diet for women

In minutes, you’ve literally cut down on the time and effort it takes to do relevant research for your blog niche. No more spending months wondering what to write about — you should have at least 5 to 6 niche blog ideas (and more) ready to go.

Next, let’s check to see if your niche is going to be around for a while.

How do you do that?

With Google Trends.

Step #5: Google Trends

In the early stages of your blog niche ideas research, you’ll want to make sure your niche isn’t hitting a downtrend. Of course, all niches, at some point, can hit a lull, so you can also look for data that suggests it will rise again.

Google Trends is the tool to use to gain insight into the performance of certain topics over the years.

Remember, a profitable blog niche is also an evergreen one.

Here’s how to do it.

Start by going to the free Google Trends tool.

Next, plug in a question or phrase you gathered from your research, and change the “timeframe” to the past 5 years, like so:

timeframe

Fact: Even no data is data. It’s telling us that this exact phrase does not get a high amount of searches.

So even though your Search Recommendations netted a slew of search terms, does this lack of data over the years spell failure of a niche?

Not at all! You just need to get a bit creative.

Simply shorten your question until data begins to appear. All you need to do is wrangle the question and change some of the words around until you see some evidence of data.

Note: Think of how people would put this “question” into google to search for an answer like this,

data

You can see clearly now that this “niche topic” is neither increasing in popularity nor decreasing in demand.

Conclusion: You’ve hit a stable niche, which will remain nice and steady for years to come.

Boom!

Plugging in a combination of phrases related to PCOS diets makes it even more apparent that this is a niche with longevity.

Interestingly, the term “PCOS symptoms” is increasing in trends. That’s even better news for you.

What it tells us is that there’s a possibility that many potential readers are still unaware of PCOS as a reason for their weight loss or pain struggles.

And guess what?

This translates to a high number of visitors and consistent traffic when you choose a niche that’s steady.

Your blog gets to be the transformation point between your readers being unaware and becoming totally educated. It’s an even better sign of an upward trend that will rise in the future.

Now that you’ve secured your future profitability, let’s shift to making a start right now.

It’s time to hit another powerful source for blog niche content ideas. This freemium tool connects powerfully to monetization opportunities.

I’ll show you how.

Step #6: Answer the Public

Before you use this tool, you should know:

You only get 2-3 free searches per day as a guest, so you don’t really want to waste your search time.

Pay attention:

Choose a “short phrase” in your potential blog niche. Double-check the popularity of this phrase on Google trends. It must be the “most popular.”

Let’s say we focus on one niche, “tabletop games.”

The results you’ll receive with this tool are likely going to be more “broad” than what you want. But that is not the focus of this tool. Instead, it’s all about helping you to refine topic ideas.

Go to Answer the Public, enter your short phrase, and then hit Search.

answer the public

What’s great about Answer the Public searches is their option to view data either visually or as a table. Visual is nifty, but I recommend you use the chart view so you can get an idea of the sheer volume of options.

tabletop games

Click the “Download CSV” button at the very top and open the file. Every cell is a juicy blog idea — combine them all and you’ve got more content than you can publish in one year!

Quickly scroll down this list, marking an X or highlighting the cell to signal the ideas of focus. You can return to this list and quickly write blogs about these ideas with the least amount of research.

download csv

Why is this action step so important?

Once you complete it, you get the full picture.

For the first time, it dawns on you —

You can start a blog with clear direction, within a niche you actually love.

But how do you make money from a blog niche you love? Read on, soon-to-be-blogger.

I’ve saved the best for last.

Step #7: Profit through Products and Posts

Hear me out —

Browsing the list of Amazon “Best Sellers” may not be what first pops in your mind. But don’t throw it out.

The best-sellers collection gives you a general list of related items in your niche.

For example, the brand name Nintendo is a top seller in the “Electronics” section for its console, the Switch. If your blog falls within this niche, you also can go beyond just the consoles to games, accessories, and many more items.

products and posts

To make the most of this, you want to do two things:

First, take a look at the reviews for some of the more popular products. You can use these for future product review posts for your blog niche.

(In a minute, I’ll show you how to use these to generate income through your blog’s recommendations.)

Secondly, scour the reviews for valuable direction in your blog content.

Reviews reveal what problems people face, what pains they’re trying to solve, and which products are actually working.

Not only does this give you ideas for blog topics, but it also gives you the actual words you can use in your content to make it valuable!

(22 people found the Amazon review below helpful!)

customer review

As if that weren’t enough, the power of Amazon does not stop there.

I’ll show you how to make the e-commerce behemoth a solid income source and a reliable partner in your blog niche monetization goals.

Let me explain:

I want you to think about any time you’ve ever purchased anything online.

Now think about reading a blog like any of your favorites. If you clicked through on something they recommended you’ve contributed to their blog earnings. The fact is, Amazon will reward you with a commission for leading potential buyers to their site.

If your readers purchase your recommended products using your special affiliate tracking link, you make money on the sale.

Even better, if they continue to hop to other products, beyond your recommended products, you’ll earn commissions on each of these items added to cart.

Let’s look at an example of how you can make this work to make money through your blog niche.

Remember my tips for using the Answer the Public tool?

Well, you can use the “vs” topic suggestions to create a blog post around two related but “competing” topics. A good example is squaring off tabletop games “vs” video games.

comparisons

As your post walks the reader through the differences, benefits, and “cons” of each, you have the opportunity to incorporate links to Amazon products you mention.

“Versus” blog content is highly valuable to readers if it gives a clear and definitive conclusion on the best way forward.

87% of shoppers now begin a product search online to sort through the overwhelm and confusion of making a decision. Your content could be part of that clarity and decision-making process.

Of course, it’s highly valuable to you because it gives you the chance to make money from Amazon links.

Not only will your audience be inspired to take action and follow through on your recommendations, but your blog will also become their go-to resource for any future guidance they need.

You’ve just secured your opportunity to create future income through product links.

Amazon is only the tip of the iceberg, however.

There are other options like Shareasale, Rakuten, ClickBank, and FlexOffers that operate similarly to Amazon. These online retailers give you the ability to monetize your blog across a variety of niches.

As you progress, you can do some more research into factors like conversion rate, commission payouts, and the health of the companies that run these retail websites.

Right now, though, all you need to get started with is Amazon. As you expand, you can return to these other options to diversify and multiply your blog income.

Can You Test Your Niche?

Your brainstorming, researching, and narrowing-down efforts hereby complete the trifecta of passion, knowledge, and demand.

At this point, many would-be bloggers just like you want to know one important thing:

Can I test my niche, risk-free?

In other words, before you bounce to hosting, setting up your blog, and pushing your “Hello World!” post out there, how can you eliminate the feeling of just jumping into the deep end?

The bad news is, you can’t.

The only thing that gets rid of that feeling is if you take action.

The good news is that if you follow this formula, you can be strategic with your testing and minimize risk.

As this free Choose Your Niche course explains, the truth is you don’t need the “perfect” topic when you’re first starting. So if you know you have a great topic, but you’re missing a piece to the puzzle, don’t get discouraged.

As long as your topic fits at least two things — interest or knowledge, plus profitability — you have what you need to start a successful blog.

Profitable Blog Niche Examples

Having tons of resources for blogging out there is a double-edged sword. There’s a point at which resources can tip from helpful into overwhelming.

So, here are a few sites that have taken a broad niche and have appealed to a specific audience or found a more specific topic within that niche.

Nerd Fitness is a great site that takes a broad topic (fitness) and just puts it in front of a more specific audience (nerds!). It’s great to have multiple interests in common with your audience and drive engagement in this way.

Tarryn, from PCOS Diet Support, focuses on diet resources and meal plans for people with PCOS. She’s found a specific problem and developed a mixture of free content and paid products to help solve her audience’s problem.

Turntable Kitchen combines a love of food and music and delivers both in the form of music features, recipes, and vinyl subscriptions that come with recipes (or coffee).

Sheep & Stitch is a craft blog that focuses on knitting and has mostly beginner-friendly resources. There are lots of knitting sites out there, but not many of them focus so heavily on beginner resources.

Fall for DIY aims to provide resources for easy, affordable DIY projects that tie in home décor and fashion.

Note: To take a page out of these profitable blog niches, notice how quite a few of them intersect a section of interests. Turntable Kitchen, for example, combines food and music. It’s this cross-pollination results in a truly unique combination, which is perfect for a niche.

Is it Time to Pick a Blog Niche For You?

time to pick a blog

Eventually, it will be time for you to make your own decision. The aim of my proven process for picking a blog niche is to bring clarity and research to back up your “gut” instincts.

It all comes down to this.

If you want to build a successful and profitable blog, you need to enjoy writing about it, and your audience needs to gain value from it.

From here, it’s a matter of sticking to this 7-step system to:

  • Discover your blog niche — Writers get told, “Kill your darlings!” all the time. What does that mean? Don’t get too attached to one idea. Stay open and let the creative juices flow. Be ruthless and cut out anything that doesn’t serve your goals of profitability.
  • Validate the best one — The 7-step system is all about gaining validation for your idea to make money. Don’t be afraid to spend time running each of your seven to 10 ideas through this system.
  • Launch your blogUse the “Test Your Niche” section to get gritty and granular with learning more about how you can bring value to others, how you can improve existing content, and what types of blog content work well.

It’s really is that simple. Don’t overcomplicate it. Time is on your side — and, now, you have the proof to back it up.

The fact is, blogging continues to be a rewarding, profitable experience that changes people’s lives.

So get out there and just get it done!

Frequently asked blog niche questions:

What is a blog niche?

A blog niche is a specific topic that your blog content will focus on. The topics that you brainstorm in your niche research become your coordinates on the map of blog profitability.

How do you find your blog niche?

Finding a blog niche involves brainstorming your passions, hobbies, mission, and strengths to discover the intersection of those ideas that scratch an ongoing itch of a defined audience of people, a niche market.

How does a blog niche help you make money?

Defining a blog niche can take you from no tangible ROI for all your hard work to establishing an ever-flowing stream of blogging income.

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How to Create a Transparent Header with Elementor Fast

If you are looking to create a transparent header in Elementor, you might be disappointed to know that Elementor doesn’t support creating a transparent header out of the box.

But, no worries. With just a few tweaks, you can take any header in Elementor and transform it into a transparent header. Let me show you how.

Before I start, I must clarify that this can only be achieved with Elementor Pro right now, and not the free version. Click here to get the Pro version, it is worth every penny.

How do you create a transparent header in Elementor?

  1. Create a header with Elementor Theme Builder
  2. Design the header and give it a transparent background color
  3. Set the header to have a fixed height
  4. Set the bottom margin of the header to the negative equivalent of the exact header height
  5. You’re done

Let us look at the process, step by step.

Note:

I’ve selected a basic theme for this demonstration, but the process will work with any other theme as well. Here is how my current theme looks like.

beginning page

Install Elementor and Elementor Pro

Installing plugins inside WordPress is pretty easy. Make sure to install and activate both Elementor and Elementor Pro plugins.

Recreate Your Existing Header in Elementor

As I said, we need to recreate our existing header in Elementor first. Here are the steps to follow.

Head Over to Elementor Theme Builder

Navigate to the Elementor Theme Builder from Templates > Theme Builder.

theme builder template

Head Over To the Header Section

From the Theme Builder, head over to the Header Tab.

header tab

Click the “Add New Header” button.

add new header

On the popup that appears, name your header with an appropriate name, then click the Create Template button. For this demonstration, I will use the name “Transparent”.

create template

Elementor will load on the page, and you will be presented with the Blocks Library with a variety of headers. Click the “X” button on the top right to close the library, as we’re recreating the current one from scratch.

x button

Click the “+” icon to create a new section.

create a new section

You can choose any one of the pre-made section divisions. For this demo, I’ll choose the 2 column layout.

two column layout

Now comes the designing part. Since your website will likely look different from this demo site, ignore the cosmetic elements, and focus on the key aspects. I usually divide the header in a 70/30 ratio.

70 30 ratio header

Next, I’ll drag my site logo to the left section and my Nav Menu to the right section to create a basic header layout.

basic header layout

Once that’s done, this is how my header looked like. Yours will look different, obviously.

completed basic header

After a couple of simple styling changes, I changed my header to this. I also set a high z-index number so it always stays on top.

completed basic header with changes

Until this step, all we’ve done is recreate the site’s existing menu with Elementor. Here is a quick look at the other existing one and the one we created.

header comparisons

Adding Transparency To The Header With Elementor Pro

Obviously, the new header is not transparent yet. The next few steps will help achieve that.

First, the important step.

Set a specific height for the header, precise to the pixel.

To do that, select the section, and change the minimum height setting. You can measure the height of your existing header and set that as well, or you can choose any number that looks good on your website.

As you can see from the image, I set mine to 80 pixels. Whatever height you choose, remember it, as it will be useful later.

header height

Next, the most important step. Now, we’re going to set the bottom margin of the section to the negative value of the header height. By default, the margins are linked to each other, so you will have to disable it before setting it up. Check the image below to see how to do it.

Since I set the height to 80 pixels, I will set its bottom margin to -80 pixels. Obviously, you will set it up based on the height that you set. Once you do it, publish the page by clicking the Publish button on the bottom left.

bottom margin

Once you hit publish, Elementor will ask you where you want to display your new header. Click the Add Condition button on the popup that appears.

add condition button

Here you will be able to set specific conditions for when this header should appear. For this example, I’m going to leave it at the default value of “Entire Site” and hit Save & Close.

save and close

Once you get a confirmation message, head back to your website and check your new, transparent header. Here is how mine turned up.

transparent header example

Here is another quick before and after for comparison.

before and after

And we’re done!

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3-Best Ways Create a Page Jump (Anchor Link) in WordPress

It seems like no one has time to read now, and with people skimming your content page instead of reading everything, using anchor links in WordPress can help you keep people on your blog instead of leaving when they see a block of text on-page.

Anchor links are one of those things that you probably have seen bloggers use in WordPress million times, but never knew what they were called.

People don’t often discuss them when it comes to talking about blogging, but they’re an essential part of every WordPress website.

Today you will learn what anchor links are, how to create them, and the pros and cons of Page Jumps and anchor links on your WordPress website.

What is an anchor link?

Anchor links (also known as jump links) are the type of web links that bring users to a specific place on the page. These links allow users to jump to a place in the text that interests them the most without scrolling through the whole page.

They’re usually found at the top of the post or page, or right after the introduction to the post. You can find them in most authority websites, as a table of contents with blue links that get you to a specific part of the post or page when you click on them:

anchor link example

3 easy ways to create anchor links in WordPress

There are three fast ways to create anchor links in WordPress:

Manually adding anchor links to your posts or pages.
Using an anchor link plugin.
Adding anchor links with a Chrome browser extension.

How to manually create anchor links in WordPress

To create a manual anchor link in WordPress, you will simply load the post or page you would like to add the anchor, select the text for the anchor, and create an ID for your page jump.

Step 1: Choose the text and create an anchor link.

create an anchor

To get started, you need to select the text that you want to link on the page. Then click insert the link button as you would do with any other link URL.

Instead of a regular URL, you’ll type in # and ‘anchor name’ you choose for your anchor link. It can be anything you want, but it’s best to keep it short and related to the thing you’re linking to.

After you type in # and your anchor name, click enter and create a link. Now you can see that the link is created, but it doesn’t link anywhere on the page yet.

That’s because the browser can’t find the anchor link as an ID attribute, which you need to set up next.

Step 2: Add an ID to the linked section on the page.

add an id

In your editor page, scroll down and find a section you want to link to with your anchor link. It’s best if it’s a heading for a new section or the start of the paragraph on the page.

If the text you want to link is a heading, the easiest way is to click ‘Advanced‘ under the heading section on the right. When you extend this section, you’ll see a field named ‘HTML Anchor.’ In the ‘HTML Anchor‘ field type in the same text as you did for your anchor link. Make sure you don’t add # this time.

You can now save and see your post or page published with an anchor link in place.

If your anchor links to a paragraph and not the heading on your page, you’ll need to do a little bit more work. There is no ‘HTML Anchor‘ field in the Advanced section, and you need to add the HTML code on the page manually.

First, access the HTML editor page by selecting More Options > Edit as HTML. This will allow you to edit the HTML code for the selected block.

access the html

Now, you need to add your anchor link as an ID attribute, just like the following:

<p id="what-is-influencer">

 

When you add the HTML code, you’ll get the message saying, ‘this block contains unexpected or invalid content.’ You need to click on ‘Convert to HTML,’ and now your anchor link is ready to use.

How to create anchor links in WordPress with a plugin

If you don’t want to mess with HTML code every time you want to add the anchor link, there is an easier way by using free WordPress plugins.

There are plenty of great free plugins that help you set up anchor links on your page easy and fast, but today we’ll be taking a look at Easy Table of Contents plugin.

This plugin is by far the most versatile, and it’s perfect for long-form posts that have 4,000+ words. Easy Table of Contents plugin automatically generates a table of contents with anchor links for you.

You can either fully customize it to suit your needs or allow the plugin to guess where anchor links should be itself.

Once you download the plugin and activate it, go to Settings >Table of Contents to configure the plugin.

set table of contents

There you can enable what type of posts you want to add the table of contents.

enable post types

Also, choose where you want your table of contents to be in the post, and when you want it to be triggered.

table of contents

Always click ‘Save Changes‘ before you leave the page so that your configurations don’t disappear.

This plugin will automatically generate a table of contents for all posts you choose. However, if you want to do it yourself manually, you’ll need to do it for specific posts. You can do it by scrolling down in your post editor.

post editor

Here you can choose whether to show a table of contents or not and which headings you want to have anchor links. Save your post, and it will have a table of contents ready.

How to create anchor links in WordPress with a Chrome extension

If you don’t feel like using HTML code and the plugin, there is a third option for you. Adding anchor this way it’s by far the easiest and least time-consuming way.

You can create anchor links to your blog post with the help of Anchor Links Chrome Extension which is totally free. It works with self-hosted WordPress, wordpress.com, and medium.com, so you have a lot of flexibility.

Step 1: Install the extension and create your link.

install extension

After installation of the extension is done, highlight the header where you want to add your anchor link. After, click the extension icon in your browser.

Step 2: Create a hyperlink.

create hyperlink

Then, scroll and find a place where you want your anchor link to link to. Highlight the text, add the hyperlink as you usually do, and click ‘Paste.’

And that’s it. Your anchor link is in place and ready to be used.

Things to keep in mind when creating your anchor text in WordPress

There are a few things to know when it comes to choosing your anchor text. It’s important to remember these guidelines for better SEO.

First, anchor text is the visible and clickable text in a hyperlink. In most websites, it’s usually blue and underlined, but can be other colors as well.

Should you use anchor links?

When someone lands on your post or page, you only have a few seconds to make a good impression and give them a reason to stay. Our attention span is lowest it’s ever been (thanks to technology!), only 8 seconds.

People don’t always have the patience to read through long blog posts. Actually, when someone visits your website, you only have 15 seconds to make a good impression so they stay for more.
So if you want to keep them interested for longer and make your content marketing efforts pay off, you need to get creative. Anchor links can help you do that.

Anchor links | Pros and Cons

When it comes to using anchor links, the pros far outweigh the cons because the most important thing is to give the user the best possible experience.

Pros

+ The Biggest advantage of using anchor links in WordPress is creating a better user experience for people. Anchor links allow users to find what they’re looking for fast and efficiently, without scrolling for days.

+ Using anchor link in your post or page can be useful for SEO, as Google sometimes displays anchor links in search as ‘jump to link.’ Also, Google can show several links as ‘jump to links,’ and it can improve your click-through rate in search results and get you more traffic.

Cons

+ Using anchor links can decrease the average time on site per visitor on your WordPress page. It happens because users don’t have to scroll and can jump straight to the content they need. Yes, it can negatively affect your time on page stats, but they’re more engaged because they get value from your post quickly, and that’s a good thing.

+ Another thing is that it messes with your search console analytic tracking. Each ‘jump link’ is displayed as a separate URL, so it can get messy. But as mentioned before, user experience is the most important factor.

So, an SEO-friendly anchor text is:

+ Relevant to the linked page

Search engines pay attention to link relevancy or how related A and B links are if one is linking to the other.

It’s very important that you focus on using text that’s relevant to what you’re linking as it will help the search engine rank you higher.

+ Short and precise

There is no length limit to your hyperlink text, but it’s always best to keep it as short as possible while being as clear as possible.

When creating hyperlink text, always think about what would make people click and what is the most precise and accurate way to describe the thing that you’re linking to.

+ Not overly keyword-heavy

Try to avoid using the same keywords in your hyperlink text often as the search engine algorithm can flag it as suspicious. Keyword stuffing is very bad for SEO, and it doesn’t look natural.

It’s OK to use keywords in your hyperlink text, but it’s best if you use a variety of different keywords.

Conclusion

As you can see, using anchor links in your posts can be a great way to make your blog posts easier to digest. It also gives your readers value they’re looking for fast and efficiently.

And it’s very easy to add jump links to any page. You don’t need expertise in coding or a professional web developer to help you.

There are a few different ways you can add anchor links in your WordPress website, depending on what feels more comfortable to you. Even if you don’t have a lot of time, you can find a solution.

Have you tried using jump links in your blog post or page already? If so, we would love to hear about your experience and opinions.

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Tips & Tricks

How to Create Sidebars in WordPress (Without Going Crazy)

How to create Sidebars in WordPress Fast

You’ve heard it many times.

“A sidebar plays an important role in designing the layout of your WordPress website“.

But how exactly can a sidebar help you with that?

A sidebar can help you establish authority fast and earn more leads and sales when correctly pulled off.

A sidebar can also distract your customers and add frustration.

Which is why today you will learn not only how to create sidebars in WordPress but, which types of sidebars you should use to maximize your website real estate.

Let’s dig in.

What are WordPress Sidebars?

Sidebars are widget-ready areas on WordPress which help you to engage with your website visitors and earn more leads and sales.

Sidebars have always been a successful approach for increasing the product sales because most people focus on the right sidebar while they go through the main content.

There are different uses of sidebars in marketing, as well as many different places you can put these bars of information around your website.

9-Ways A WordPress sidebar Can Grow Your Business

There are many ways a sidebar can improve your website, here are some of the most valuable.

  • Improve the layout of your website
  • Display income-generating advertisements
  • Showcase your products or other information related to the main article
  • Search Box for Your Website
  • Increase Social Proof
  • Provide Author Descriptions
  • Display Banners of Your Products
  • Feature Your Most Popular Posts
  • Showcase Your Recent posts
  • Generate Leads

What is the Best Type of Sidebar?

There are two types of sidebars that you can utilize to make more money and earn more trust for your business, dynamic and sticky.

Here are the differences to determine which type of sidebar you should build.

Dynamic Sidebars

Dynamic sidebars display according to the main article. As an example, Let’s say you have main contents showing the electronics products, then, you must want sidebars to display similar products as of main contents.

If you surf the clothing categories, then again the same sidebar should display the clothing products rather than electronics products. In this way, if the sidebar changes according to keywords, categories, tags, etc. of main content, it’s Dynamic Sidebars.

Dynamic Sidebars help to reduce the bounce rate. Similarly, it increases the product sales.

relevant to content sidebars

Sticky Sidebars are fixed sidebars and appears on top, when the scroll bar is scrolled down the content. The Sticky sidebars aid for significant attraction on the website.

The Sticky Sidebars are mostly used when the main content focuses only on one product, and the visitor is provided with the fixed sidebar so that they can visit the product. It increases the conversion rate on the website.

always on top sidebar

How to Create Sidebars in WordPress

There are different ways to create sidebars on the WordPress website. It’s not rocket science. You just need to understand the procedure, and it’s quite simple.

How to Create a WordPress Sidebar

Method 1: Appearance >> customize

On the WordPress dashboard, you will notice a various menu on the left side. Hover over to Appearance and click on customize.

wordpress customize

After that, you will notice the live customization window. The menus that appear depend upon the theme you are using. However, you will notice the widget menu on most of the themes.

wordpress widgets

Depending upon the template, you will notice the number of widgets. You can add widgets by clicking on Add a widget and select the widget from the list.

Widget on Twenty twenty
Widget on Twenty Twenty
Widget on other themes
Widget on other themes

Method 2: Appearance >> Widgets

In a similar manner, you can add widgets without live customization.

method two

Hover over to Appearance and then, click on Widgets. You will have options to fill up the widgets on the available sidebars.

Drag and drop the available widgets on the sidebar, edit it if necessary and click on save.

Method 3: Selecting the theme template

The WordPress themes provide a theme option where you can select the layout of your website.

On the live customization, click on the theme option. (Note: this option is available depending upon the theme you are using.

theme settings

After clicking on the theme settings, again, you will notice a different menu. Click on the Site layout.

site layout

The site layout will provide you the choice to select the default layout of your website.

site layout

Now select the desired layout of your website that you want. After selecting the site layout, you need to follow the Method 1 or Method 2 for adding the widgets on the sidebar.

Method 4: Selecting Template directly on Post Editor

If you are using the default layout of the website which doesn’t have a sidebar, you can manually show the sidebar on the desired pages.

While Editing the posts, You will see the Post attributes option on the left side where you can select the template for that specific page.

post editor

However, you won’t notice Post Attributes on every theme. On some, you will notice the layout option.

layout

But remember that you need to add a widgets on the sidebar. Follow the instruction on Method 1 or Method 2 in order to add the widgets to the sidebar.

How to Create Dynamic Sidebars

Do you want to show a different sidebar depending on the content of the article? It’s possible with WordPress plugin called Custom Sidebars – Dynamic Widget Area Manager.

This plugin will help you to add the customize sidebar depending upon page categories, tag, archive, etc.

To install this plugin. Hover over to Plugins >> Add new >> search for “custom sidebars” >> Custom Sidebars – Dynamic Widget Area Manager >> Install Now >> Activate

After activating the plugin, hover over to Appearance >> click on “Widget” >> click on “create a new Sidebar”

create new sidebar

Note: Make sure you have ticked the checkbox “Allow this sidebar to be replaced“.

After clicking on “Create New Sidebar“, a pop up will appear.

name your sidebar

Enter the name and click on “Create Sidebar“.

Congrats, Sidebar is ready. You need to place the widgets on that sidebar. Drag and drop the widgets on the newly created sidebar.

sidebar location

To display or replace the default sidebar on the desired pages, click on “Sidebar location“. After clicking the sidebar location, choose the condition on the popup where you want to display this sidebar.

You can select categories, archive pages, blog posts based on tags and categories, according to screen size, etc. After defining the condition, click on save changes.

Most of the WordPress themes generally feature these built-in sidebars, which already contain widgets like the search bar and list of your recent posts.

But these sidebars may not be an ideal fit for your website.

The usage of sidebars varies and depends on the WordPress theme that you have chosen.

Many WordPress themes support many sidebars, which are also known as widget-ready areas. You can reach out to the customer support team of the theme that you are using.

Here’s how to build a high converting sidebar on thrive, which is one of my favorites.

How to create Sidebars on Thrive Theme?

Adding a sidebar on a thrive theme has a different procedure. To show the sidebar on the website, you need to design the template with a thrive architect feature.

It provides a default template. You need to enable the sidebar to take effect on the website.

You must log in to the WordPress dashboard. After successful login, visit your website on the same browser and click on the “Edit Theme template” on the Admin bar at the top of your browser.

edit theme template

It will allow you to edit the theme or change the look of the whole website.

After clicking on the “Edit theme template”, you will notice a various menu on the left side, which will help you to customize the website design. The following menu will appear:

customize site

On Settings, Click on the Main options.

After clicking on Main Options, you will notice the following box below the Main options setting.

enable sidebar

If you have Sidebar disabled, then click on the eye icon to enable it. The eye will turn green when you have the sidebar enabled.

Congrats, you have enabled the Sidebar.

The layout shown above is different for different thrive themes. But the procedure is similar in all the themes. Just you need to enable the sidebar wherever you want it.

After enabling the sidebar, you can add the widgets on it by following the method 2.

How to Build Sidebars on Pages with Architect

You can edit the layout of every page with Thrive architect.

edit with thrive architect

Click on “Edit with Thrive Architect“. The new tab will open where you can configure the page layout. Either configure the single page layout or configure it for future page as well.

Click on “Post” which appears on the top left side on the header bar.

visibility settings

On the option available, click on visibility settings >> sidebar Section >> show.

It will enable a template with sidebar enabled for all posts.

Sidebars FAQ’s:

Does my theme have built-in sidebars?

Most of the modern themes are equipped with built-in sidebars. The good news is, these themes have customization options.

Furthermore, You can decide whether you want to display the sidebar or not. Actually, the layout is determined by the page template which is a file that consist of PHP code. It means that you can show the sidebar on pages wherever you like.

You have options to select, where you want to show them. Either two sidebars on the right side, or both sides or bottom and right side, and many more choices.

Is WordPress Sidebar available on the default theme?

After installing WordPress on your server, you are provided with the default theme, Twenty-twenty. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a prebuilt option to show the sidebars. It has the only option to show widgets on the footer. You can’t show them on the left or right side of the content.

You have to manually code the page layout and CSS to show the sidebar on the left or right side of the content. Also, you can use different page builders in designing the page layout directly on the page while editing them.

Conclusion

Sidebar are important for providing you space or area to add functions to the website. The advantages of the sidebar are, it’s completely customizable, dynamic, and grab the visitors’ attention. The major flexibility of sidebar is, it can be displayed according to the page contents.

However, sidebar functionality must be predefined on the theme to enable or disable it. If it doesn’t provide sidebar, then, you have to manually code the page template and write CSS design code.

So, Before choosing the WordPress theme for your website, make sure it consists of different layout. Check its documentation whether it provides sidebar areas or not.

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Tips & Tricks

How To Blog 4X Faster From Start To Finish

Going above and beyond the ‘practice makes you faster’ approach, there are a few specific things you can do IMMEDIATELY to blog up to 4x faster.

Without spending any money on fancy tools…

To make money blogging, better content has to be published consistently and you don’t have a lot of time to devote to this blogging side hustle.

Using this simple how-to blog faster system:

Blogposts that used to take over four hours to write are only taking one hour instead.

And they rank on Google faster too, here’s how.

Trick Number 1: Create a Google Optimized Outline

The first hack is to create a Google optimized outline based on what Google finds relevant to your main keyword.

After you have determined a perfect keyword, begin with a Google incognito search of your keyword.

Next, look at the most asked questions on Google that are relevant to your keyword.

people also ask

Now, look at the suggested searches at the bottom of page 1 results.

suggested searches

You’ll find plenty of great topic ideas over there. Use the most relevant questions and related searches to generate headings for your blog post.

Now use these headings to create an outline.

Basically, what you end up with is a series of main points and sub-points that just need a little extra content to flesh it all out…

By far, this is one of the most potent content creation hacks I’ve ever tried and recommended to other people.

And those who follow this process and publish valuable content like crazy are driving TONS of traffic (direct as well as via social media).

Trick Number 2: The “Talk to Text” Feature in Google Docs

Wouldn’t it be easier if you could ‘speak’ the content instead of writing blog posts that eat up your entire day?

Now it’s possible…with the “Talk to Text” Feature in Google Docs.

When you have your outline from the first step above in your Google Doc, you can add all the rest of your content via voice.

And you can talk a LOT faster than you can type…

Here’s how you can write faster via voice to text feature.

First, you need to be in the Chrome browser with a Google Doc loaded…

Then click “Tools” and click the “Voice Typing” option.

voice typing google docs

A little microphone pops up on your screen. Click that and you are on your way.

Now do the ‘talking’ instead of ‘writing’ and once you’re done, you’ll find your entire content written.

Just a few tweaks here and there, throw in some interesting images, and your blog post is ready to go live.

Bonus Tips To Start Writing Better Content, Faster

Apart from these two blogging and writing hacks, I’ve got a couple more bonus writing tricks up my sleeve.

Ready to explore? Get set, go!

Go With Your Instincts To Answer The Biggest Problem First

A lot of bloggers don’t trust themselves to answer the question or solve the problem… and this can lead to hours of research as they try to validate what they believe to be true.

Don’t fall into this trap!

Research is awesome but let’s be honest…. it takes time. Sometimes, it takes more time than the actual writing part.

You read tons of topnotch blog posts, browse all over the internet, and jump from one page to another. The whole day goes by and you end up writing nothing.

But if you have an idea of what you’re talking about, you already have an answer.

So put it down, answer the question, solve the problem as you would solve it… and move on.

Stop doubting yourself!

Stop Nitpicking Your Posts To Make Them Perfect

Strive for quality, not for perfection. In fact, your imperfections are what make you and your blog unique.

Now that doesn’t mean you can overlook tons of typos, poor grammar, and spelling mistakes in your content.

Rather, acknowledge that you can’t solve everyones problems, but you can help more than enough in plenty of steps. Dig out your yearning for perfectionism and pluck it from the roots. This will give your content the much-needed space to evolve.

Here’s what you must remember….

Just like life, writing great-quality content and blogging have many bends, ups and downs, but that’s its beauty. As long as you’re providing real value via written word, just keep going.

After years of experience in content creation and blogging, I can assure you that there is no such thing as perfection. People waste hours of time trying to make their posts perfect. Don’t fall into this trap.

Jot down your blog post ideas, use them to create an awesome piece, do your best, give it one proofread/edit, then publish it.

This is especially true if you haven’t yet published 100 blog posts on your blog.

Remember, time is money. Use it wisely!

Focus On The Ultimate Result

blogging results

Imagine yourself lying on the beach, cocktail in hand, free from responsibilities, and enjoying your vacation after a hectic work spell.

Isn’t it motivating to pack your stuff and get out of the door RIGHT NOW?

That’s what anticipation does.

And it works like magic for getting your posts written too.

Coming up with amazing content ideas and writing them down might feel challenging and overwhelming. But you shouldn’t be focusing on that part.

Instead, focus on the ultimate result. Your reward.

Think of your beach and cocktail dream as an approach goal. It’ll compel you to keep moving forward.

Don’t stress on the struggle. Focus on the good things that come once you are done writing.

For me, that’s clicking on the ‘publish now’ button after hours of writing heartfelt posts for my audience. Even better is positive feedback from my readers.

So, determine where your motivation lies. What’s the reward you get from blogging? Where does the excitement lie? Concentrate on that to get it done ASAP.

Write Your Intro Last

Faster blogs more traffic

This is one tip I want you to write down somewhere and look at it every time you sit down to write your content.

I’ve seen many blogging gurus focusing so much on their introductory lines. They say, ‘Your first line matters. It’s what persuades the reader to continue reading the entire post’.

Sure it does but this isn’t of much use if you’ve got just 2 hours to come up with a compelling post. Spending 2 hours on just the first line will not leave you much energy to write the remaining content.

This is why I recommend writing the intro after you’re done with outlining, researching, writing, and editing your content.

This way, you’ll know exactly what your blog post is about and what you should write in the first few sentences.

Write Your Conclusion ASAP

The conclusion of your blog post is where all your thoughts are gathered in several short but to-the-point sentences.

When you write your conclusion sooner, it’ll help you concentrate on the narrative of your content.

To write an effective conclusion, write down the key points of your content. Elucidate exactly what you said and why it holds value.

Don’t worry if you have not quite validated your point yet. It’s a trivial thing that you can amend after you’ve written the entire conclusion.

Wrap Up

These are little ideas I started implementing in my content creation process a long time ago and my personal blog has just crossed the 75,000 visits/mo mark!

Since I’ve been teaching this process, my students are creating more high-quality content, faster than ever before…

And their traffic is growing month over month too…

Now, it’s your turn…

Put these speedster blogging tricks into action today and stick with it through the next 12-months…

You’ll be amazed at what you create and the level of momentum you have, this time next year.