Where are all the betting blogs? How to start your own.

Starting this blog 6 years ago was one of the best decisions of my life. Without this blog it is highly unlikely I would have made the profits I have. The return on investment has been crazy. It has been fundamental to my success as a sports bettor.

That’s why I am surprised there are not many others out there. Hopefully this article changes that.

Let’s look at the positives and negatives of starting a betting blog. I’ll then show you how to start one in under 10 minutes.

Positives of blogging

  1. Learn as you progress (critical thought down on paper)
    • It seems that after our schooling finishes we stop learning. But if you want to get good at something you need to be an eternal student. The best way to learn is via a feedback loop. You do something and then you write down what you learnt and how you could have done it better. Rinse and repeat. That is what I did at the start. By having a weekly update of my results and what I was thinking it allowed me to experiment and crystallise thoughts. This helped me shape my betting philosophy.
    • It also allowed me to come up with insights I would never have had if I wasn’t writing down my thoughts. These insights lead to more profits and cool new hacks to use. For people thinking about trading sports for a living, this is very important.
    • The blog also allowed me to vent my frustrations when things were not going well. Gambling can be a lonely hobby, and keeping our anger in is not doing anyone any good.
    • The blog forced me to keep a schedule and to measure my results. We all know the old saying. “what gets measured gets improved”.
    • Blogging has also taught me to be a better writer, social media marketer, seo expert and other skills that can be easily translated into other areas
  2. Grow your network (talk to others, learn new skills, tips and tricks)
    • When I started I had no contacts in the gambling space. Now I have hundreds. I talk to other successful bettors, workers at bookies, and am sort out for my opinion from government & media agencies.
    • These people have given me so many tips and tricks that would have either taken years to grasp or I would have never learned at all. People say I give away too much on the blog at times, but the return I get is far more than I give.
    • This site is like a living resume and I’ve been offered jobs from most of the big corporate bookmakers (the UK owners) and other businesses in the industry. By becoming “a thought leader” and “expert” (not my words) in the field, I now receive offers for work all the time.
  3. Create side income (business, partnerships, courses, affiliates)
    • This was an unexpected one, but for me now the biggest driver. As the site has grown over the years, I now have an audience of people who are very valuable to marketers. You guys who like to bet are worth a fortune to bookies and other businesses. If I choose to use sportsbook affiliates on this site, I would be making 6 figures from it in under a year. There are some affiliates in Australia making high 7 figures per year (yes, that means millions per year). Sportsbook affiliates pay a heap, and if you start your own blog there is nothing wrong with chucking these up on your site. You will get a percentage of the losses your affiliated players make.
    • This post is an affiliate post. I will make money if people create a blog. I know from past posts and sign up figures that at least 20-50 people will be smart enough to follow my lead and start a blog. This post will bring in at least $1,500 and more likely well over $5,000.
    • I started Dailyprofit (my own tipster site) in 2014 and just from people reading this blog, the business made over 6 figures in it’s first year alone. It continues to grow each year.
    • I can use old content from this site to create products such as books and video courses. This is a very lucrative area.
    • I receive a few emails a week from other people who have gambling related businesses asking to partner up.
    • I can create something in the gambling space and know that I already have 1000’s of people willing to test it out. People pay millions to get those sort of numbers to their startups.
  4. Positive impact on the industry
    • We need more people talking about how punters are treated. Right now, it feels like me against the bookies. A war one person can’t win. But if more of you start letting your voices be heard (and no, twitter does not count), we will have a chance to get minimum bet laws in and stop account restrictions. All it will take are more voices.
  5. Look back over your journey
    • This site is a journal of my betting life as it happened. Not me looking back on it years later. In 50 years I will be able to look back on it and see what I was thinking all those years ago. I’m sure I will laugh at how little I knew. When retelling a story of success we usually skip over the painful parts and make it look like we knew what we were doing all along. But a blog makes sure that does not happen.
  6. Look more professional than everyone else
    • I see thousands of tipsters and ranters on twitter, but none with websites. Why? because people are lazy and cheap. It takes 1 minute to create a twitter account (and it’s free). It actually takes about an hour to get a website up and running (and $50) and moves you from looking like every other twitter tipster/ranter to something more serious. No one takes people on twitter seriously, it’s about as useful as yelling into a void. It is so easy to do just a little bit more and rise above all the rest.
    • You also own your website and email list. When you only use social media platforms you are at risk of losing your account at anytime or being forced to pay for your content to be seen. Why take that risk.

Negatives of blogging

  1. Hard work
    • Blogging isn’t easy and takes time and effort. This post has taken me a few hours to write.
    • When you start out and only have a few people coming to your site, you will think it’s not worth the effort. It takes effort (and good content) to get people coming to read what you have to say.
    • It’s really hard to write when you are losing. But by far these are the most important times to share your experiences and for me have always produced the most feedback.
    • I see blogs start with the best of intentions and within 6 months they are gone, you need to see blogging as a long term commitment.
  2. Trolls
    • Welcome to the Internet (well, more so just Twitter). When you start doing well a small percentage of people will hate you. As they can hide behind their username, they will say things they would never say normally. If you don’t deal well with hate being directed your way than don’t be a blogger.
    • It’s not difficult to block trolls or just not use twitter, but twitter and these trolls are a great driver of traffic to your site.

As you can see, the positives outweigh the negatives massively. If you can get through your first 6 months of blogging you will start to see real results. I’m not special in any way, I just stuck around longer then all the rest and tried to share as much as possible. You can to.

How to start your own betting blog

You can get up and running in 10 minutes and it takes no technical skills at all.

  1. Head to Bluehost.
  2. Signup for $3.45 USD per month
  3. Choose a domain name (daily25.com is already taken)
  4. Use the 1 click wordpress install and get a free theme.
  5. Start writing
  6. Share what you wrote

Those are the steps I took to get started 6 years ago. I use a free theme and my site looks pretty decent. The ~$50 you spend to get started will be paid back in no time in lessons learnt and new contacts and skills. I really can’t wait to read your thoughts on betting and follow your journey.

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  • Hi mate,
    Yeah, a lot of people treat it as a zero sum game, to their own detriment. Congrats on getting started and best of luck with the blog.

    You’ve already learnt that commenting and linking in comments will get you visits 🙂 No worries at all about not using my affiliate link, just happy there are people starting blogs.

  • Erik – SoccerBetBlog

    Hi Steve. You were one of the reasons, I started my own blog http://Soccerbetblog.com .

    I have grown a lot since then. As I wanted to be super honest also with my results, then it got me more serious and now my profits are through the roof on some months. Including August. 🙂

    Thanks Steve for the inspiration.

  • Hey Erik,

    Really nice looking site and your results are kicking arse. Really glad I was an inspiration for that. Keep up the great work.

    Thanks
    Steve

  • Hey Steve.

    Just recently found your blog and it is a fantastic read. Really encouraging. I liked your back and forth with Skeeve (3.3.2014) and his tipping service that you felt he was a being little unconfident with, which in turn made you feel less confident with the service being provided. I thought it was a very valid point you made and one that I hadn’t even considered when posting my own info/tips. I sometimes vent my frustrations online to let my followers know why I haven’t posted a tip; because of odds movement or it is no longer a worthwhile bet, for whatever reason. But I now realise that it can have a negative effect on your following, though it does also give an authenticity to your service. It’s a balancing act I guess. All about the equilibrium.

    I guess the main issue I have with this game is the time it consumes. It also has an effect on your tips if you spend to much time on your content and effects your content if you spend too much time on your tips. (Equilibrium) This is the main thing I struggle with but I just need to cut back more. I Vlog my betting adventures but it is time consuming how I do it and the content I feel suffers a lot so I’m cutting back on the vlogging from now on and this should improve results.

    I think people are just be too scared to post their losing tips on a blog as I don’t believe that many have the right mentality to make profits in this game let alone post embarrassingly genuine results. In my opinion you are correct that writing your thoughts down helps immensely in this game and blogging is a fantastic way to force yourself into the reality of gambling.

    Wow that was a long post, sorry 🙂

    I have a vlog post about you this week if you’re interested: http://www.gambler-anonymous.com/23-tip-iceberg/

    I didn’t realise that you tipped as well though until after I posted the video so in it I state that I’m not sure if you tip.

    Fantastic Blog.
    Keep it up Steve!

    Here’s a few really good YouTube links for help making your own blog.
    They’re quite long and in-depth but really help in understanding and creating a website/blog. Plus you don’t have to implement all of the stuff on your site. Just give it a go.

    Tyler Moore – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd0grLQ4voU
    Tyler Moore – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oiov0L4blIw
    James Stafford – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfnFXA_w_T0
    NYC TECH CLUB – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nmZNfHZIEI

    Hope all that wasn’t too spamy.

  • Nice site, i like the anonymous angle.

    I run a tipping service now but do not tip myself. I am like 99.9% of other people and would be terrible at betting without the help of Jonno from Sportpunter.

    I had to delete the links to youtube as they were having an impact on the site, but did leave your link. It wasn’t “too” spammy at all.. haha

    All the best with the site.
    Steve

  • Punters Post

    Finally got around to it Steve, thanks to a little inspiration from yourself. Just posted a review of my first season following the SP models. http://www.punterspost.com/2016/09/07/2016-afl-nrl-regular-season-punting-review/

  • Great first post, a shame the AFL season was poor, but that NRL season was amazing. Will be interesting to follow your journey.

  • Richard

    Hi Steve,
    Given the bookies look for any excuse to limit or at the very least promo ban punters, wouldn’t running a blog put flashing lights on any of the accounts that you have?

    What has been your experience since you openly publish your profits? Are you banned from Aussie books and simply use sites like Pinnacle?
    Cheers,
    Richard

  • My own personal accounts were bonus banned a long time ago. But if you are silly enough to use your real name (like me) than it could result in accounts being closed quicker.. Most people are a lot brighter than me and make up a pseudonym

    I haven’t been able to use Aussie corporate books (for more than a few hundred) pretty much from a year or two after I started.

  • Joe

    Hey Steve, just wondering when you started your blog did you do the cheapest option? I think it’s like 3.50$ a month or did you do one that was a little more expensive? Just starting mine out and would like it get it up and running before march madness. I follow college basketball religiously and would like to start a blog where I can put my picks out there and see if anyone has a comment on them. Also would like to make a little money doing it, so if there’s any more advise other than the great stuff you have up above it would be much appreciated.
    Thank you
    Joe

  • Hey Joe,
    I just choose whatever was cheap and once the site became popular, I moved it to a little more expensive host.

    The only advise I can give is to keep at it and be consistent. For the first few years you will think the only people reading your blog is your mum and your cat. But as long as the content is good, people will start coming and sharing it and the site will grow.

    I also wouldn’t think about making any money from it for at least 2 years. Even the new startup I am launching soon, I don’t expect to turn a profit for over 2 years.

    All the best with the site.