Passionate about blogging? Do you want to turn this passion into a money-making machine? This article is all about how to start a blog and make money online.
The foremost thing that you are required to learn about is how to create a professional blog of your own. Blogging is, of course, an awesome platform that will help you to make money online from a blog and other ways. All you need to know is how to play with words. Even if you don’t know how to play with words then don’t worry this platform is only for you to understand how to create and write a blog. You just need to be calm and focus on your goal. There are only things that you need to be a blogger; they are patience and hard work.
Blogging is not something for which you need a degree and diplomas or you need to be perfect in English. When I heard about blogging and making money from blogging a year back, I thought its nonsense. I was not even good at English nor I knew how to write a single sentence without a mistake. It felt useless but then one day I don’t know from where a thought came in my mind that I should at least give it a try because I will never learn something new until and unless I will make efforts to learn. So, I finally decided to start a blog of my own.
But how will you gain experience unless you start a blog of your own? So here are some simple guidelines for you to know how to create a blog.
There are just 7 simple steps that will let you know how to start a blog:
- Blogging Platform
- Domain Name
- Choose Web Hosting
- Install WordPress
- Setup a Blog
- Design a Blog
- Make Money from Blog
1. Choosing a Blogging Platform:
Once you step into the world of blogging you are going to come across hundreds of blogging platforms. Some of them are Blogger, WordPress, Wix, Joomla, Drupal, Weebly, TypePad, and many others. And being a beginner, you might get confused about which platform to choose.
For the last few years, the best platform for blogging is WordPress because it offers you site-building as well as a content management system that no other platform offers. Almost 9 out of 10 blogs in the world use WordPress because it is considered as the only trustworthy software that offers you a DIY tool and various other advantages.
Friends don’t get confused with WordPress.org and WordPress.com. They are both different in a number of ways. WordPress.com is a free blogging platform. On the other hand, WordPress.org is not free. You need to buy a domain and hosting for using WordPress.org. You might want more reasons to trust WordPress. Don’t you?
Here is why you should choose WordPress:
- WordPress is free.
- WordPress is easy to use and the best part is you don’t even need to have technical knowledge for creating a website and blog.
- You can choose approximately 8000 free and paid themes provided by WordPress.
- You can make your blog fast and efficient using thousands of plugins. Yoast is one of the most popular plugins offered by WordPress.
- If you face difficulty in any topic you can take help from the WordPress forum.
2. Select a Domain Name:
After selecting the blogging platform, the next challenge that comes in your way is a selection of domain names. Select your domain name wisely. It should be easy enough for the reader to remember. Don’t select a complex name that becomes difficult for the reader to remember. Choose the domain name in such a way that it gives a quick idea to the reader about the topic or about what it deals with.
Suppose your blog is about traveling then you should give it a name related to tour and travel such as TheLastHolidays and if it is about cooking or food then keep a name related to this only like EasyJunky. Don’t go for innovative names that will take you out of the topic. For example, my blog is all about earning by doing nothing and its name is LazyEarning. Its name itself gives an idea to the user that it is all about earning or making money. Keep the name short and simple.
While purchasing a domain, keep in mind that finding a domain name of your choice might be a difficult task because maybe some other person has also thought of the same name just like you did and it might have been sold. Make a list of a couple of names while looking for domain names. And the domain extensions can be of your choice like .com, .org, .co.in, .info etc. Look for extensions at the time of domain booking.
3. Choose a Web Hosting for Your Blog:
Just like there are a number of blogging platforms the same way there are a number of hosting sites too. Some are Bluehost, Namecheap, iPage, GoDaddy, Hostgator, Bigrock, etc. Without a hosting site, you might create a blog but it will not be yours to be called. You might create a blog but where will you keep its content. Hosting is done for the storage of your content.
You need a web hosting for storing the contents of your blog. If you don’t buy a web hosting, Google will have the right to delete the contents of your blog or your blog itself. To have a domain name of your choice and have complete control over it you need to have web hosting.
The most popular and recommended web hosting site is Bluehost. It is considered as the best site for hosting because it offers:
- Money-back guarantee
- 24×7 support
- Free SSL certificate
- Auto Updates
You can even get discounts while purchasing the hosting. But this golden opportunity comes once in a year that is only on black Friday. You can get a discount of approx 40% to 60% on Black Friday. The price for purchasing a Bluehost is near about $7.99 per month but during Black Friday you can get if for $2.65 per month.
4. How to Install WordPress:
Do it yourself.
5. Setup Your Blog:
Do it yourself.
6. Design Your Blog:
Do it yourself.
7. Starting to Make Money from Your Blog:
Not everyone starts a blog to earn money. Some start it for their passion also. But it’s not bad if you earn handsome money from blogging. You can even become a professional blogger.
Here are some tips for you to earn money through blogging:
I. Write on a daily basis: In the beginning be regular with your blog, rite on a daily basis because everyone is interested in daily stuff. No one would like to read from a blog that posts once in a couple of days. To increase traffic, your content should be innovative as well as true it should not contain any myths or fake ideas neither it should be copied from other sources. Maintain the uniqueness of your blog.
II. Keep promoting your blog: Traffic is what you want to earn money. To grab the audience attention your content should be useful for them and they should find it appealing. Promote your blog on various social networking sites that are widely worldwide used like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, and YouTube. Pin it on Pinterest as well. Visit other blogs too, comment on their contents, and invite them to your blog. Keep promoting those contents that are appreciated the most. Use hashtags and above all learn SEO to get traffic from Google.
III. Monetize your blog: If you have created a blog for earning purpose then let me tell you that there are a number of ways for earning money online through blogging. You can only start earning money through your blog only after you gain some traffic.
IV. Through AdSense: Once you sign up with AdSense, Google will keep sending advertisements on your blog and if any visitor clicks on the ads present on your blog, Google pays you for this.
V. Affiliate Marketing: Sign up with Amazon associate, Flipkart, eBay or Bluehost. After you log in to your associate account, you will get a link for promoting the products on your blog and if any visitor visits that affiliate link and goes to the site like Amazon and buys something from that site you will be paid approximately 4% to 12% of that amount. This is called affiliate marketing.
Why should we not start with a free blog?
You might have heard it somewhere that starting a blog is free but keep in mind that everything that is free comes with some limitations. There are going to be a number of problems once you start with a free blog. You will not have full control over it. It won’t be a blog of your own with full authority. It will not even have a name of your choice.
For example, if you go for free blogging platforms like Blogger or WordPress, then you might get a domain that will have your name and then the name of the site with the extension like yourname.blogspot.com. Which will not at all look attractive nor it will give the idea to the user about its content.
- Your content will be controlled by the free blogging platform and you will not be able to do anything if they delete your content, webpage or whole website.
- Your domain name which will not suggest anything to the reader will make your blog non-serious for him/her.
- Even you can’t do SEO (Search Engine Optimization) in a better way and couldn’t get huge traffic.
- After you start getting traffic and you want to shift on a paid blog of your own it becomes difficult in shifting.
My Personal Experience:
The first few months or you can say the first year really forced me to quit blogging because I was neither getting any traffic nor any appreciation. I started losing my temper but as I said don’t ever lose your temper, be patient. One day your hard work will fetch you results that you have never imagined. The last article which I wrote before losing my temper was liked by lots of people and they even started commenting on it. I think that was the turning point of my career as a blogger.
From zero to some and from some to a lot. I started making money. People started asking for more articles. My friends, if I can do it why can’t you? Slowly and steadily you will learn your mistakes and you can improvise them side by side. With experience, your writing skills will enhance.
I hope the above article on how to start a blog will help the newbies and you will find it appealing. Do give the feedback readers.
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