How to Start a TV Show Blog
1) Finding your Niche
TV shows have been more popular than ever. We aren’t just referring to stuff just exclusive to traditional TV, but also Netflix series, streaming services, and much more. Starting a blog dedicated to the world of shows isn’t a bad idea, but many are doing it. How do you set yourself apart from the competition?
The first thing you can do is find your niche. A niche is a specific topic that you can focus on that has a smaller audience, but less competition so you have a better chance of getting an audience. For example, focusing on TV shows as a whole is too broad, but dedicating a blog to a particular channel or TV show may be a good idea.
Go on Google Trends and see what’s trending. If your niche has a consist search result, or it may be about to rise, it’s a good time to strike. However, writing about an old, forgotten TV show may not be the best idea.
2) Think of a unique blog name and create your website
Now comes the fun part, creating your blog name. We suggest a name that’s short, sweet and is relevant to your audience. Some names for a TV show blog could be: TV ASAP, Bingers’ Blog, or if you’re still stuck try using our blog name generator for some inspiration.
Once you have a blog name in mind, it’s time to get your website set up. Don’t worry, this is much easier than it sounds and can be easily done in less than an hour! Checkout our full guide on the best and easiest way to setup a WordPress blog here.
3) Get the essentials
If you’re going to write about TV shows, you need access to a channel provider or a streaming service. You probably have Netflix or satellite TV already, but in case you don’t, it may be a good investment.
Many bloggers also vlog or have podcasts. Getting yourself a good camera and mic may be in your best interest. It doesn’t have to be something super expensive, but it can be something a little better than your phone.
Starting social media accounts for your blog is a good idea as well. Facebook, Instagram, and so on. This can help you promote your blog even more.
What content do TV show bloggers create?
TV show bloggers have quite a lot of content to create. There is a lot on TV, and a lot of it is trash. An influential TV blogger can help their audience figure out the best shows to check out, and which ones to avoid. They can review each individual episode and get their thoughts. Some TV bloggers will write about news concerning TV shows or speculation.
Other TV bloggers have videos and podcasts. The bigger names may interview the cast of the show, or they may collaborate with other bloggers.
TV show bloggers may focus on the channel itself, talking about what their future plans are or their history.
There are retro TV bloggers as well, discussing shows from the 20th century. This is good for a nostalgic audience or people who enjoy old shows.
Create engaging and relevant content
You want to create content that is engaging. Finding your own voice is a good idea. Do you want to be dry and provide the facts, or be inspired by that wacky TV show host you love? You can read other TV blogs to help inspire your voice. Find what makes them great and do it in your own words. If a blog could have improvements, improve upon them in your blog.
Also, your content should be relevant as well. Reviewing the first season of a show when it’s on its fifth season may not be relevant unless it’s popular to check out the older episode. With a news and review blog, you want to review everything in a timely manner.
How to grow your traffic
Even if your content is engaging and relevant (try a test audience to help you out with improving it,) you still need people to come look for it. We mentioned finding your niche, but that’s not enough. Here are some ways you can bring in viewers.
- Collaborate with other TV bloggers of a similar size. Think of your competition not as your enemy, but your friend. You can guest post on their blogs, be able to have them guest star in your videos or podcasts, and this should help both of your audiences grow.
- Engage with your audience to keep them invested. Someone doesn’t agree with your review of the season finale and make a comment explaining why? Address their comment. Not every comment needs to be addressed, but try to address as many as possible.
- Pay for some targeted ads on Facebook, Google, or other providers and target a potential audience.
- Post relevant content on your social media. You could post screenshots of TV shows on your Instagram, or put polls on your Facebook page about what people thought about the latest episode of the series you’re covering.
- Optimize your website for SEO. A professional may be able to help you do this.
- Get the word out any way you can. Don’t shamelessly promote too much, but mention it in passing or ask people if they’re interested in checking your blog out.
How to make money with your TV Show Blog
You can make some money as a blogger, and here are a few ways how.
- Ads. Using AdSense can help you put ads on your website and make you some money.
- Guest posting. You shouldn’t guest post just for exposure. A blogger should pay you for your work. Don’t guest post unless you have a guaranteed profit from it.
- Patreon. Patrons can pay every month for exclusive content from you, or just because they support your work and want you to succeed.
- Sponsorships. When you grow, you may be paid to advertise a show or review a TV-related product. Just be transparent that this is a sponsored ad.
- When you grow, you may be asked to attend events, and your travel will be paid for. You can make a profit at the event as well.
- Selling your logo on cups, T-shirts, and other merch is a cool idea to make money as well. Setting up shirt stores is easier than ever!
Top #3 TV Show Bloggers
#1 Spoiler TV
Started in 2007 by Andy Page, Spoilers are something we try to avoid until we see the episode, but also love to discuss. Spoiler TV posts news about the latest TV episode spoilers, and previews of what is to come for the next episode or season of a show. In addition, the site has other features as well, such as whether or not a show is cancelled, or TV ratings. If you can’t wait to get the latest news on your favorite shows, you can’t go wrong with Spoiler TV.
We all know about the classic TV shows, but what about TV shows that have been lost to time? Since 2003, Television Obscurities has been a blog that has been dedicating to finding obscure TV shows, advertisements, and other lost relics from TV’s past. It’s always interesting hearing about shows that fell into obscurity, be it because they were terrible, or because they were gems that didn’t get the appreciation. We definitely recommend giving this blog a read.
Since 2013, What’s on Netflix has been dedicated to the latest news concerning streaming service Netflix, and reviewing their shows. Netflix is ripe with exclusive content. Gone is the days where it only hosted other movies and TV shows. If you want to stay up to date on Netflix, chill on this blog for a bit.