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How to turn a hobby into a profitable online business



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How to turn a hobby into a profitable online business

Many people have hobbies and not many of them will set up and website around that hobby in order to make some money from it. For this reason, a lot of hobby related niches are fairly easy to rank in. It doesn't matter if you like to crochet, build model cars and planes, widdle wood, or try different types of beer. If you have a hobby, you can likely make some money from it even if you're not selling anything.
There are thousands of hobbies out there, and more being discovered every day because it's really up to you to figure out what you like to do in your free time for fun. Some people like video games while others like to collect carpet samples, what you do in your own time is up to you lol. Turning these hobbies into a profitable business isn't the most difficult thing to do, but it is intimidating if you don't know what you're doing. Setting up a website is intimidating because people think they need to pay thousands of dollars for a custom design. Doing research on your niche to figure out specific keywords to target might not be something hobbyists think of because they aren't like us Digitial Marketers. Another thing that stops people from getting online to make money is because they always think they need to sell something in order to make a profit. This is false because there are plenty of big bloggers making millions a year by just posting quality content. Sure, it took a lot of time for them to get there, but they started in the same position you are in and dominated How to turn a hobby into a profitable online business In this discussion I'll talk about what steps you can take in order to dominate with your hobby

Work with what you know
You need to focus on your main hobby or interest without straying too far from it. I say this because you will usually know more about what you're interested in and it will be easier to churn out a lot more content, reviews, posts, etc. If you start up a hobby website and you're not invested in it, you won't be able to post with the same amount of dedication as if you were actually doing the hobby for fun. There are plenty of people to start up a blog for their hobby and quickly become the authority because they are posting frequently and you can tell they love what they are doing.Set up a website
This is kind of an obvious thing, even though it isn't always necessary. It's not always necessary because if your hobby falls into crochet, knitting, creating anything really, you can make accounts on many different platforms such as listingdock.com and Etsy then sell your own products to people who are interested. What you'll need to do, if you're just starting off, is set up a WordPress blog on a simple shared hosting account with NameCheap or your desired hosting company (avoid GoDaddy please lol). It's not that expensive, you can get them for around $5 a month and they will have WordPress with a simple click to install button. If you don't know how to do this, just set up your hosting account and give a freelancer here at SEOclerks your login info and they can set everything up for you for a few bucks How to turn a hobby into a profitable online businessIf you want to be seen as a bigger authority right away, you will want to purchase a premium theme from ThemeForest. You can upload this in your "Appearance" tab and it will go live pretty quick. Again, if you don't know what you're doing, a freelancer can upload and configure all of this for you.After you're all set up, all you have to do is post your content and add some nice images to each post. Eventually, you will start to rank higher than your competition and get a decent amount of traffic How to turn a hobby into a profitable online businessFigure out your main and long-tailed keywords
When you're writing up your content, you're going to be posting about something specific usually, and that means you're targeting a keyword. Keywords can be short or long and the longer ones are usually what you should target, but with smaller niches, you can target your main ones and see a decent amount of rank increase in a short amount of time.

  1. Short Tailed Keywords: These are search terms with one or two words in it and typically have more searches per month and are more difficult to rank for usually.
  2. Long Tailed Keywords: These are search terms with 3 or more words within them and are usually easier to rank for because there is less competition. The downside to these is that there's typically less traffic coming to your website when you eventually do rank #1.
Churn out quality products, services, reviews, and/or content
No matter what you're doing, selling, or saying... you need to keep it high quality. If you're making scarves for babies, you need to use soft materials and make sure it's made with love. If you cut corners and slack off when making these, the reviews will show it and any negative comments about your products or services are hard to jump back from. Keep everything professional, and that means you need to be top notch when you're talking to people even if they are pissed off about your products, reviews, or services. If you lose your cool when talking to them, you will see a sales drop because everyone will see your posts. It doesn't matter if it's in an open forum or in a private message, you need to stay professional. People can easily screenshot a private message and upload it wherever they want, ruining your credibility How to turn a hobby into a profitable online businessIn Conclusion
Hobbyists don't usually make a ton of money from their products or content because they never really get online. Sure, they might get on marketplaces like ListingDock, but that's just one source of income and you have a good amount of competition. You will need to set up your own website and do proper market research so you know what to write and post about. There are the few hobbyists that have done everything I've mentioned above and made a killing in their Industry. If you have a hobby, maybe you should start researching the competition and see if you can take your piece of the pie How to turn a hobby into a profitable online businessRemember to follow me!https://www.seoclerks.com/user/RazzyThanks!Razzy

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peachpurple

My passion is drawing and cooking at home. So, should I create 2 different blogs at blogger dot com ?How do I churn out quality content? What does this churn means?




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TommyCarey

My passion is drawing and cooking at home. So, should I create 2 different blogs at blogger dot com ?
I would recommend two different blogs since drawing and cooking are vastly different. If you were into drawing and painting, those two could likely work on the same blog, but cooking and drawing will target different types of people so you should set up two different websites for them.

How do I churn out quality content?
You just need to start writing How to turn a hobby into a profitable online business You'll need to write up quality content on a regular basis in order to feed your visitors. They want to read what you're writing, so give them enough content to keep them satisfied How to turn a hobby into a profitable online business

What does this churn mean?
Churn is just another word for creating or developing. You'll be churning out/creating/developing/writing new content on a consistent basis for your visitors to read How to turn a hobby into a profitable online business




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peachpurple

Thanks very much for your help. Can I read from other recipe blogs, copy their format , style of writing but use my own words ?




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Tronia

Why would you copy their style of writing? I get that you look for ideas but you should always turn it your own... we all have different styles of writing. Some prefer more strict, some straightforward, some add stories, others humor - copying somebodies style seems silly. Just do your own style and the way you always write. Use other blogs as inspiration only.




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DarthHazard

They are quite different niches so I would definitely create two different blogs. If you have some money then I would recommend going with the self-hosting option and go with Wordpress. It is a great software for blogging and it allows you to create content exactly the way you want. It will take some time but after a while, you should be able to "churn out quality content" without even trying that hard.




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JoeMilford

I agree with both of you here about different blogs for different niche subjects and different niche markets. I have been lucky, however, to have some bleed-over and similarity in content and traffic at two blogs who are about writing but about different genres of writing. I have seen this happen with the blogs of others--for example, sometimes you will see a blogger talking about a certain video game, like Minecraft or something, and then you might see another blog by him or her about General Gaming or different genres of gaming, etc. I think is it profitable when things like this overlap for us because of the possible inicreased traffic and return traffic.




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Everett

I was researching earlier today the best methods to use the Amazon affiliate program. A lot of people suggest to create wordpress review blogs and add a link into the blog post. However, creating articles constantly is not something I would be interested in doing for an affiliate program because the work that goes into article writing is so time consuming.

Plus, you do not know whether or not it will become a success. So you are basically making a decision on the hopes that your idea will pan out well. If you are like me, you have bad luck and nothing goes your way most of the time. So if I do decide to try it, i am hoping i can have some bleed-over success like you mentioned.




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JoeMilford

Everett--
It's tough because what I think we are really looking for here is consistency. if the articles were constantly paying off, and we could develop a system of production to facilitate that, then I think it would be more appealing and profitable. I too am prone to what I would call "bad luck", but in this freelance thing, I think most of us are in the same boat--creating lots of content for little or no pay. Good articles do take time, and we are in competition with people who are willing to do those for very little pay; however, I would say that everyone who was ever a success at anything made a decision to jump into the unknown a bit--that might be exactly how our luck could change, right?




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DarthHazard

It's a risk you have to take, to be honest. Unfortunately, with affiliate programs, unless you have an extremely large following on social media, your best bet to make some money would be to write articles about those products. There's not much else you can do to take advantage of affiliate programs.




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Corzhens

What if you have 2 different niches and you create 2 blogs for each one. But the domain is only 1 and you can use a sub domain for the second blog. That is one way of economizing the overhead since you will be paying only for 1 domain and the hosting will also just be 1 service since you practically have only 1 website. I don’t know if it will be good for a blog to be in a sub domain but I am thinking of it for my own blog.




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kgord

Good ideas for the beggining blogger. I think that using various keywords is a great way to get started. Also, somewhere you should mention perhaps setting up a Facebook page for the blog. It always helps to create buzz.




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Barida

Facebook page can work really fine for a blog that is being started newly. It's not always easy to begin a blog about what you're passionate about, but the drive behind it can be rewarding at the end of it.




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kgord

Yes, it always helps to be passionate about what we are blogging about. Writing about something that we are not crazy about is not going to last very long, and people are going to sense our lack of interest.




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Barida

I'm quite happy to learn more about using blogs to market what we really have passion to do. The good side is that we can feel at home and comfortable doing that irrespective of the monetary gains at the beginning of it.




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augusta

Nothing beats working with ones passion there's always 100% assurance that it will work out because one isn't doing it as work.but what one enjoy doing.

I love to write and I have turn it into money making venture. making




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vhinz

I just created my website in namecheap and designed it by myself in wordpress. It's not actually about my hobby but rather it is about my journey in blogging and becoming an entrepreneur. Getting started is really hard because I'm still learning how to create a good content and still figuring out the sequence of content that I should publish. But what is great is, I'm done with the first step which is creating my website. Hopefully I could also help to those beginners that don't have a website yet to create theirs too.




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JoeMilford

I really appreciate your advice about key words here, and your post, overall, was excellent. I realize that it is pretty difficult for hobbyists to make a significant profit with their talents and wares, but I have seen a few friends really make a killing using Patreon and Etsy. At Patreon, you get "sponsors" who support you with monthly financial contributions in exchange for your goods or services. I started up one myself for a tee shirt company about monsters, and I was surprised at how many folks were willing to invest in the idea and support me and my funny drawings.




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Everett

I am assuming you can say that programming for me is a hobby. Programming and selling PHP scripts is a very profitable hobby of mine. However, it is not something I would probably use to make a full-time living. It can't be something that I can fall back on in case anything were to happen. The reason for this is because not a lot of people are interested running their own website. I am in the market of helping others earn an online income by using my PHP scripts. Granted it has given me over $2k in profit over the past year or so, it can't be something I must rely on because there isn't that many buyers or interest. Initially when I first started I thought I would make at least $1k a month but that is not what ended up happening. Instead it's more like 2-5 sales a month which no one can survive off of that income, not even me.




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overcast

I used to code and also do the drawing. But those hobbies didn't paid me much. So I had to rely on multiple other types of the online business. So one thing learned at a time. And this type of stuff helped me a lot overall. I guess for each one of us things can be lot different. And you can see that being profitable requires a lot of approach changes. You can not expect to get found on your own. You have to reach out to the people. That's how the business are formed.




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vinaya

I started writing as a hobby when I was still in college. When I completed my education, I decided to choose writing as a career because I was already earning by writing on print publication. Since I wanted to build better income, I began supplementing my income by writing online. After writing online and offline for a long time, I finally decided to write ebooks and launch my websites and blogs. The writing was a hobby and now it has become my profession. I write for clients as well for myself. Writing is my primary source of income. Since some time, I am trying to build an online business that focuses on affiliate marketing.




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Baburra

For me, one of the most important things to remember when doing this is to realize that you are now doing business and it's not just a hobby anymore, which means you must now start treating your activities like a job. It's something that I have done wrong in the past and I also see a lot of people making this mistake where they don't take things too seriously, but customers will only see it as a business and will treat it as such. They will not care if you are passionate about it or if you are having fun and all they will care about is if they are getting their money's worth in a timely manner.




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Tronia

This is actually how many people began doing online business. Simply by using their hobby or something that they're very passionate about and turning it into profit. I think that this is one of the best ways to start because if you don't like what you're doing then you will have smaller chances of success.

You can literally use almost any hobby you can imagine, even collecting things, drawing, cooking, DIY and more - everything can lead you to a profitable online business.




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Baburra

Very true. What's good about using your hobby is that most likely you would have already spent a lot of time on it so you already know all the inner workings and probably have done a lot of research on it already prior to deciding to make it a business. Because of that once you do try to cross over into business with it you already know everything about it already and just have to worry about the selling part.




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vinaya

I am trying to launch an ecommerce business and this is also out of hobby. When my wife was pregnant, I search for products that would make my wife easier (support belt or plus size clothes for example), however, these were not available in my town. Therefore, I decided to launch a store to sell maternity products. I am working on it.




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Krisleen

Monetizing your hobbies can be an enjoyable source of income. In my case, one of my hobbies is shopping. I am a very passionate shopper that I even do mall hopping. I shop in 5-6 malls in a day when I have enough budget. I really love fashion. My passion for shopping turned into a profit when I started to shop online. I turned into a reseller of clothes. So I shop for my personal use while I sell at the same time. I get the convenience of earning at home since the items are just being shipped and the payments are deposited to my bank account. Nothing can be more enjoyable than to turn a hobby into a profitable online business. You enjoy what you are doing and in effect, your performance is of great quality since you love what you are doing. You serve customers with passion. This can be very profitable later on.




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Pixie06

My friend was always interested in arts and crafts. She started an offline business and was selling all kinds of handmade products. She then decided to market her products to neighboring countries. Initially, it was difficult for her to get customers from other countries. She then started advertising massively on several social networks and after some months she was able to increase her sales. Nowadays she is quite successful and I look up to her.




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Corzhens

One blogger I know has the hobby of writing articles about animals. He is an animal welfare advocate with focus on stray animals in the urban areas. He had been writing articles and submitting it to the newspapers. When the blog became popular, he created a blog for his hobby. And little did he know that later on, that blog would earn money for him. That is one example of turning a hobby into a profitable online business.




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mildredtabitha

Thanks for sharing this tips. My hobby is making cards from old magazines, other writing materials and some extra stickers for decorations. Although I have not taken this hobby seriously, I have been making cards for 3 years when I was in high school and I really enjoyed it.




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Dog1240

This is actually how many people began doing online business. Simply by using their hobby or something that they're very passionate about and
turning it into profit. I think that this is one of the best ways to
start because if you don't like what you're doing then you will have
smaller chances of success.

You can literally use almost any hobby you can imagine, even collecting
things, drawing, cooking, DIY and more - everything can lead you to a
profitable online business.




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potentialwriter

If you have a hobby, you can possibly turn this into a profitable online business in no time. What you simply blog about should be your hobby, nothing else. You can earn unlimited traffic with your hobby. Your hobby is what converts to your blog niche. It's something you know very much about. It's simply an idea within your knowledge or reach. It doesn't have to be something you must search about over and over again.

You can turn your hobby to a profitable online business with a website. You must own a website which will serve as your own virtual real estate. Once you set up your brandable website, the next step should be on building it by providing quality contents.




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jaymish2

I agree with this. I think this is a brilliant online business idea. Most people when starting an online business, especially a career in writing, struggle trying to decide what niche to focus on. This is a brilliant strategy for finding your niche. When successful people are interviewed about the secrets to their success, the number one piece of advise they have on success is that you should love and enjoy what you do. This helps especially when you're building your business and you have to work 60-80 hour weeks. If you're successful in turning your hobby into a business, you've won!




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