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Blog Business Plan

Behind every successful business, there is a plan. Behind every successful blog/blogger, there is also a plan. The plan contains what a blog business look like; who works there; how does it operate etc While every business is unique in its operation, it’s possible to draw out a plan to get a picture of what a blog business might look like, what staff will be needed, how workflow might be organized, and how a blog business might actually function on a day-to-day level.

 

Blog Business Roles

There are some roles that must be filled in any functioning blog. They are:

 
1. Writing

The most basic function of a blog is to generate content, so someone is going to have to write that content day in and day out.

 
2. Editing

For a professional blog, some sort of editing will be essential to create a consistent standard of quality.

 
3. Managing Writers and Contributors (Guest or Paid)

Writers and contributors will need management to ensure their work is in on time, their questions are answered, and they get paid.

 
4. Marketing

Until a site is a well-known destination, there is always work to bring readers, to generate buzz, and to build the blog’s brand.

 
5. Monetization

Generating revenue requires planning and work, whether it’s chasing up ad payments, comparing affiliate programs, developing products, or implementing some other monetization plan.

 
6. Accounts

Like any business, your blog will need good accounting and tax records. The bigger the business gets, the more important these will become.

 
7. Web Development and Server Admin

Thanks to blogging packages like WordPress, you can often get by with very little web development. Nonetheless, even the most basic blog requires someone to set up the server, configure the software, and make sure the site doesn’t fall over if your traffic should spike.

 
8. Web Design and Branding

A serious blog business requires some web design. Although themes can be pretty impressive, your site will need its own brand to stand out.

 
9. Management and Direction

Coordinating the business is the job of the business manager. From early questions about a topic and editorial calendar to hiring and managing staff to strategic direction and competitive analysis, this is in many respects the make-or-break role in the business.

 

A Simple Arrangement

The functions described above need to be accomplished somehow in order for a blog to succeed. How those roles are apportioned between staff is, of course, flexible. Hobby bloggers, for example, will often fill all roles by themselves. However, if you’re creating a blog as a business it’s not a good idea to tie up too many duties in a single person. Having only one person in all capacities means you are heavily reliant on that one person not getting ill, leaving, or otherwise putting you in a tight spot. Here’s a simple staff structure that could work:

 
Editor

• Manages writers and contributors
• Edits articles
• Occasionally writes

 
Writers

• Write content
• Add content to the blog

 
Web Designer and/or Web Developer

• Set up hosting and blog installation
• Branding and design work
• Customize blog installation
• Make adjustments
• Server admin

 
Yourself (with the help of specialists!)
• Marketing
• Accounting
• Legal
• Business Registration
• Monetization
• Management and direction

 
This arrangement would require two main staff members in the persons of the editor and yourself, one or two semi-permanent freelancers for the design and development, and then a variable arrangement of freelance writers depending on how much content the blog puts out each day. Generally speaking, it is best to start with a simple structure and then expand as the blog expands. Not only is hiring much staff expensive but in the early days of a blog, there is generally less work to do. Over time you can specialize out tasks such as marketing or copy-editing to have a larger, more capable organization, but early on, simply is best.

 

Comments

  1. Adesoji Adegbulu Avatar
    Adesoji Adegbulu

    Yes…

  2. Imran Soudagar Avatar
    Imran Soudagar

    Thanks for the awesome article. I think using these tips any one can start their blogging business. 

    1. Adesoji Adegbulu Avatar
      Adesoji Adegbulu

      Glad you like it. True. It’s the necessary plan

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