How to make money with your blog.
It will be one of the best decision of your life that you want to start a blog. I can tell you a number of benefits of starting a blog.
Why you should start with a Free Blog?
If you are in confusion or heard from somewhere that starting a blog is free, then I will take just a few minutes of yours to explain to you it’s really not.
There are sites like Blogger, Wix, WordPress.com, and others that give you a free blog but a free blog has many limitations.
+ Your blog will be hosted on a subdomain like yourname.blogspot.com or yourname.wix.com which become lengthy and difficult to read but not short and easy like yourblog.com.
+ Your clients, your advertisers and most importantly your readers don’t take you seriously.
+ There are many limitations to design & monetize your free blog.
+ All your content are ultimately controlled by the free blogging platform. You can’t do anything if they delete your content or even free blog.
These are the problems with a free blogging platform like Blogger, Wix and even WordPress.com, etc.
Also, I know hundreds of bloggers who started from the free platform, when they wanted to shift from free to the paid platform (after they got some response), and how cumbersome it was to shift.
And not only the shifting problem, but they also lost the audience, traffic and revenue in transferring from Free to their self-hosted Blog.
So, I recommend you a paid blog with WordPress.org with a very reliable web host.
Also, it does not cost more than $75 for a year.
How to Start a Blog?
Here are the 6 simple steps that will help you in starting your blog.
Step 1: Choose a niche site ideas (sell product online, life, ways make money..)
Step 2: Choose a Blogging Platform, select a Domain Name + Host for Your Blog
Step 3: Setup Your Blog – Design Your Blog
Start Making Money with Your Blog
Choose a niche site ideas
E.g: Blog about sell products online, life, ways make money..
Choosing a Blogging Platform
There are a number of blogging platforms like WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Wix, Joomla, Drupal etc. But WordPress.org is the most important blogging platform from the last few years because of many good reasons.
Let’s check more reasons why:
- It’s Free
- Creating a blog using WordPress is very easy.
- You can design almost any type of website with the help of 5000 free and paid WordPress themes.
- It offers 50,000 free plugins that make your blog very fast & efficient.
- You can find help on almost any topic on WordPress Forum or other blogs.
- Here I am talking about WordPress.org and not free blogging platform WordPress.com.
WordPress.org is a software and its free. You need to buy a domain and hosting for using this WordPress.org platform.
How to Select a Domain Name
Choose your domain name wisely. Important things about these domains is that they are easy to pronounce and remember.
So you choose a domain name in such a way that people can understand the topic of your blog from the name itself.
If you want to start a cooking blog, then the name must be related to cooking, if a sports blog then something related to sport, if its related to technology then some tech-related name.
Like email address, it’s challenging to get a domain name of your choice, so you need to prepare a list and then check the availability.
From the available domains, you can finalize the best.
You can find many domain extensions other than ‘.com’. Most of the other common domain extensions are .org, .net, .co.uk, .co.in, .info etc. You can check all at the time of domain booking.
Select Host for Your Blog
As I told you, WordPress.org is nothing but a software. You can’t create your blog using just software. You need a web hosting space where you can install WordPress software.
Just like you need space in your mobile and PC to store and see your files, images, and videos, you need web hosting to store the content of your blog, images and videos.
You need to buy a web hosting in order to use your own domain name and to make it accessible to the world.
Design Your Blog
You need to do some of the most important things immediately after creating your blog.
Log in to WordPress account by clicking on “Log in to WordPress”
WordPress Login URL: https://YourDomain.com/wp-admin (replace YourDomain with your domain name)
After login you will find WordPress dashboard like this. It ask you Business or Personal site. Just click on ‘I don’t help link’ as shown in the image.
Refer this image to do other things related to your blog setup.
INSTALL A THEME AFTER STARTING YOUR BLOG
You need to install or change your theme when you start a blog. There are thousands of free & paid themes provided by thousands of developers. A theme will change the overall design, style, and layout of your blog.
You can click on ‘Appearance –> Themes –> WordPress.org Themes’ to find free themes provided by WordPress.
Do some experiments with the free themes and check which one you like the most. Chose a responsive theme so that it will be compatible with the smartphone.
There are hundreds of premium themes outside WordPress provided by different companies. My favorite theme is Genesis provided by StudioPress. Premium themes have more features and easy to customize.
INSTALL IMPORTANT PLUGINS
WordPress plugins are like apps that allow you to add new features and functionality to your WordPress blog. You must install some essential plugins for creating your blog.
Click on ‘’Plugins –> Add New’ and search for these plugins to install and activate.
1. Yoast SEO: One of the best plugin for on-page SEO and other things like creating a sitemap.
2. JetPack Plugin: Already installed by Bluehost. You click on JetPack plugin and then click on Setup button to setup this plugin. It’s is a multipurpose plugin where you can add things like contact form, share buttons, site stats and many other things.
3. Akismet Anti-Spam: This plugin will protect you from comment spammers. This plugin is already installed by Bluehost. You need to activate the plugin and go to the settings and then click “Get Your API Key” to get your free API Key for free to use this plugin.
4. WP Smush: Images are the great way to enhance the quality of your posts, but images take lots of storage space and at the same time slow down your blog. This plugin optimizes and compresses your image without reducing the quality of your images. It results in less storage and faster speed.
There are other plugins that you can add like ‘Contact Form 7’, Google Analytics, Add to Any Share Button, WordFrence Security etc.
CHANGE THE PERMALINK
Permalink is a great way to create a clean & SEO friendly URL. Just click on Settings -> Permalink to change your settings. Just select the ‘Custom Structure’ and enter /%postname%/ in the text box and click the “Save Changes”.
ADD YOUR FIRST POST
It’s time to add your first blog post. You must write at least 1000 word blog post on your favorite topic based on your blog. Images make your content more attractive so add quality images in your post.
You can find the images on sites like Pixabay, Canva to use on your blog.
Click on ‘Posts –> Add New’ to add your first post.
Add your title and content with images and click on “Publish” button to publish the post.
Congratulation! You have published your first post after starting your blog.
WRITE ON REGULAR BASIS
You must write on a regular basis after starting your blog. Your posts should have excellent research and original ideas where people can get something new. People like and share such content.
More quality content you like, more the traffic you can get.
PROMOTE YOUR BLOG
This is the most important step to get the traffic on your blog. Making money without traffic is difficult. It takes time to get traffic on your blog.
There are many things you can do to get traffic on your blog.
Learn SEO and implement on-page & off-page SEO techniques on your blog. This way you can get good traffic from Google.
Share your content on social sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest etc.
Write comments and guest posts on other blogs.
Create videos and upload on YouTube and other video sharing sites
MONETIZE YOUR BLOG
This is the ultimate aim of every blogger after starting a blog. There are number of ways to make money from a blog but I won’t recommend many.
You can make money with Google AdSense and Amazon.
Sign up with AdSense here (try only after you receive some traffic on your blog). Google displays ads on your blog similar to you see on this blog. When a visitor clicks on any ads, Google pays you.
Another excellent way is making money as Amazon associate.
Just signup with Amazon Associate USA or your country (available in all major countries). Login to your associate account and get an affiliate link for any product you want to promote through your blog.
Whenever someone goes to Amazon by clicking on the affiliate link on your blog and buy something, you get 4% to 12% of the ordered amount from Amazon.