A lot of people are wondering like how to start a blog and make money but have really no idea as to where they can start. In this post, we will try to address some of the most basic questions related to blogging. In addition to that, I will share some valuable tips on how to start a blog accurately. Once you understand all the aspects of blogging, it will take you about 30 minutes to set up your own blog.
Let us think about a few basic questions first…
- What is your perception of blogging so far?
- How did you come to know about blogging?
- What made you think that you can start your own blog?
- What is your purpose of wanting to start a blog?
Most people take blogging as only a way to share their knowledge pertaining to anything with the rest of the world which is, of course, true. As a matter of fact, a lot of people do it out of their flair for writing. I had the same feeling too until I came across a few bloggers who claimed to have already made huge money out of blogging. I was simply awestruck and could not quite believe it back then.
However, it may be hard to believe but it is 100% true that you can make money from blogging. Also, if your blogging is really helping a lot of people, you deserve to be rewarded, right? We will cover more on this later but now let us first get the basics right…
What is Blogging?
Blogging is sharing your knowledge with the rest of the world by writing and publishing useful contents on the web. Also, it is important to maintain a very friendly tone and keep the sentences really short and simple in your posts.
As a matter of fact, a lot matters on how you present it. However, if you want to make money from blogging, you need to be aware of a few things from the very beginning onward.
Choose your niche carefully and find a suitable name for your blog
You need to first do research about the number of people looking for what you are planning to offer and if it is too less, you could choose some other niche. Niche stands for a particular category such as technology, sports, health, and more. A category can be further subdivided to get a niche out of a niche. Check out the various niches and sub-niches on the website called, NINEHACKS.
If you are wondering as to why someone would even need to do that, it is to beat the competition. In the case of micro-niche, competition is usually low and that way, chances for your blog to rank higher will be more. As far as the name of the blog is concerned, try to find something that is pretty close to the niche and somewhat defines your niche. Also, you can use the tool called NAMEMESH to find a perfect domain name for your blog.
Find blog topics that make money
Apart from this, it is wise to have your blog niche similar in nature to that of the products that you have in your mind to promote as in Affiliate Marketing. In case, you don’t have any ‘product to promote’ in your mind, you can think about it later and try to find products that really get along with your niche. The next best thing to do would be to find out various blog topics that make money.
latforms to start a blog: Free and Paid
I am pretty much aware that most of the newbies are like how to start a blog for free? As a matter of fact, as long as your blogging is powerful, you can squeeze money out of any platform; be it free or paid. However, when I say this, I do not mean simply writing a meaningful post but what I actually mean is in addition to writing really meaningful posts, you must take well care of all the aspects of your blogging; from developing the most relevant contents, SEO, to Affiliate Marketing and more.
To make things a little easier to understand, let me illustrate this point with an example. Let’s say you are in need to find a pair of headphones within a certain price range and then, how is it like visiting a blog with a lot of ads everywhere? Why do you think the blogger has even put so many ads? The answer is affiliate marketing but how many of such ads would you actually click on?
On the contrary, how is it like visiting a blog with no ad at all and with a very simple yet informative content with an excellent flow on the topic that you are looking for? Would you not rely largely on this post more than the former one? For contents that are highly informative, one would certainly not even need to put extra effort into putting affiliate ads and all of that. One can simply mention the product name and may add one’s affiliate link to it to help the reader find the product for purchase.
Things to keep in mind while choosing a Blogging platform to start a blog
As long as a blogging platform allows you add your affiliate link in the post, you can start using that platform but wait for a second…check first if that platform is SEO friendly and what it means is if the platform has SEO settings that allow you to increase the visibility of your blog on the Search Engines. We will cover more on this later.
Apart from that, check if the FREE Blogging Platform is reliable in terms of uptime and speed. One thing you can do to find out how well blogs on a particular platform is doing is trying to read a lot of reviews pertaining to that.
Why is choosing WordPress to start a blog a better idea?
If you do not have enough time for going through the various reviews to find out which FREE Blogging Platform is the most reliable one, and besides, if you are not much of a tech-savvy person, you can simply buy a domain and hosting to start a WordPress blog.
As a matter of fact, there are a lot of advantages to using a WordPress blog. It is pretty much a very SEO friendly CMS. Most importantly, there are a lot of WordPress tutorials available on the web.