A blog, one the world’s weirdest and most profitable creations. That’s right, writing a blog for money actually became a thing. A blog opens many possibilities. Fame, fortune, misery or death. We can’t all be positive. With these many possibilities, starting a blog can be hard. (V) That makes no sense. (S) You make no pie, go. Starting isn’t the only hard part. You’ll have to post regularly, maintain your blog, eat cheese, etc. However, once your blog attracts a large amount of audience, you’ll be able to make heaps of money. Let’s cut to the chase, chase. Do you get, of course you don’t. Here my guide on how to start a blog and make money from it.
How to Start a Blog and Make Money
1. Know Your Responsibilities
Before you start on starting your blog (Irony), you’ll have to know your responsibilities. Remember, with great power comes great responsibilities. Wait, am I going to get sued? Maintaining a website is a lot of hard work. Depending on which path you take (Hope not Cheesy), you might waste a lot of money. Even I, the great Saldini slacked off for a period. In the end, I paid the price, domain renewal that is. So, what are your responsibilities? Well, the first responsibility is that you should post great content regularly. I’d generally recommend a 1000 words post. Next, you’ll have to spend money on improving your website. If you take the free route like me, you’ll pay dearly. I’m not kidding. I used free hosting and it corrupted my website. Finally, you’re responsible for your website (Heh?). What I’m trying to tell is that you’ll be responsible for any legal matters of your website. So, don’t use copyrighted materials.
2. Choosing a Platform
The first step on how to build a blog is choosing a platform. All websites need to be hosted on a great platform. There are many great platforms. However, for me, WordPress is the greatest of them all. Unlike its rivals, WordPress supports many great plugins. It also has many great themes. You’ll be able to customize WordPress to your liking. Most importantly, it has many SEO plugins. We will talk about SEO in detail later. Other platforms include Blogger and Drupal. Other than these three, I wouldn’t recommend selecting other platforms. If you did, it will be hard to find plugins and themes for it. Once you decided on a platform, you should choose whether you want a hosted or self-hosted platform. Here’s a summary of the differences.
- X Sub-domain (Eg. example.wordpress.com, example.blogspot.com)
- X No authority
- √ Free and unlimited hosting
- √ No technical difficulties
- X Must pay for domain and hosting
- X Responsible for technical difficulties
- √ Complete authority
- √ Wider monetization
As you see, hosted platform might be free to use but it has many drawbacks. You’ll be restricted to a sub-domain and most monetization features will be locked. As you see, websites on hosted platforms aren’t even yours to begin with. They are the property of the owner of top-domain (Eg. WordPress, Blogger). On the other hand, self-hosted platforms give you complete authority. You can sell it or kill because you’re the boss of it. Sure, there are yearly domain fees and monthly hosting fees. However, once you reach that certain level, you can even quit your day job. Here, go to this Retailmenot link. There’s a coupon there for $1 hosting on GoDaddy. You’ll have to buy as 12 months package, but it will only be $12 and you’ll also get a free .com domain.
3. Picking a Domain Name and Hosting Provider
Picking the correct domain name is vital to a successful website. Don’t make the same mistake that I did. I’m only going with malayteenager.com because it receives traffic. Pick a trendy or catchy site name. I mean malayteenager would have sounded nice as themalaysianteen. Now is the time to research. Go to Google Trends and search for a couple of names. Pick one that you like and has a high popularity rate. After picking a domain name. You’ll have to pick a hosting provider. I’m currently using GoDaddy. However, GoDaddy isn’t speedy at all times. You might want to upgrade the resources to level 3. There are also other great hosting providers such as 1and1 hosting and HostGator. I haven’t tried HostGator yet, but 1and1 hosting is a bit complex for the average person. If you pick them, you’ll spend a lot of time on their support guides. If you pick GoDaddy installing WordPress/other scripts is very easy. Just click install on the CPanel.
4. Picking a Blog Type
In today’s era, there are two popular types of blogs. The first is a personal blog, the second is a niche blog. As the name states, personal blogs are about your personal life. Don’t be fooled by its nature (Like me, Hehe), these blogs also get a decent amount of traffic. I received 100 views for three personal posts on my blog on Blogger. Just imagine if post daily. It’s not that hard. Just write posts about your daily life in detail. I will warn that if you don’t have an active lifestyle, then this blog isn’t suitable for you. Next we have is niche blogs. Niche blogs are basically blogs that are related to a specific topic. For an example, health blogs, beauty blogs, blogs about blogging, photography blogs, cheese blogs, blogs about murdering, and more. If you check out my blog, it’s neither of what I mentioned above. It’s a blog about things I like to write about. (V) In the end, you will fail. (S) Yes, I did flail you.
5. Writing Awesome and Delicious Content
Now that we finished the header portion of our guide on how to start a blog and make money (SEO Purposes, hope no mind), we’ll be diving into the body part of this guide. A wise man once said that great content leads to great fame. (V) Didn’t you say that? (S) Yes. (V) But, you’re dumb (S) So. (V) Nevermind. Seriously, at one time, I didn’t write about anything good, my blog didn’t go anywhere. The posts were too small, it didn’t have any value. It wasn’t fun to read especially. However, ever since I’ve started writing longer posts with value, I’ve been getting great traffic.
Enough with boring mumbo-jumbo, here’s some tips on writing content. First, you’ll need to brainstorm a good idea. Just thinking of an idea isn’t important, you’ll need an idea that has a good amount of traffic. The first tool I would recommend that you use is Google Trends. It’s free and you can check the popularity of your topic. Be sure to search your topic as a search term. Next, we have is WordSteam. WordSteam has many tools. Use the keyword suggestion tool to check the frequency of your topic. Finally, use a keyword (topic) that has the highest frequency/popularity. After that. you’ll need to write a quality post for that keyword. Article writing is another way to make money by writing.
SEO is very important in this guide on how to start a blog and make money. Writing good content alone won’t get you to stardom. You’ll need to have an SEOptimized website. For that, you’ll need a good SEO tool. I’m currently using SEO for WordPress by Yoast. However, I recommend that you use SEOPressor, I would have used SEOpressor if not for religious reasons. SEOPressor is a paid tool. It’s only $9 per month and you can use it on unlimited websites. SEOPressor has the following tools that I would use, LSI keyword suggestion tool and over-optimization detector. It gives you many suggestions on how to optimize your posts for SEO. Another reason on why I’ve stopped using SEOPressor is because it makes me focus too much on SEO. When I look back on post, it seems very robotic. However, SEOPressor does work. Most of my posts did increase its ranking by 30% to 50%. By the way, if you would like to purchase SEOPressor. Please use the link below. It will help fee me. (V) As if you’re not fat enough. (S) Can it V, don’t make me squash you. (S) Make me squash Z. Do you get? Of course you get it. It’s too simple.
Before you start on monetizing your website, you’ll need some resources. As I mentioned earlier, using copyrighted items might get you sued. This also includes images. Don’t simply steal images from Google Images. If you do, you might get sued like V. Luckily, there’s a place were you can find royalty-free images. It’s called PixaBay. PixaBay has a huge inventory of images. There’s always an 80% chance that you’ll find the image you want. Secondly, you’ll need optimization plugins. The plugins you’ll need are Autoptimize, WP Smush, and SEO Friendly Images. Then, you’ll need an analytics plugin. This is completely optional. With an analytics plugin, you’ll be able to track traffic. I recommend Analytics by MonsterInsights. Finally, you’ll need a spam filter. I’d recommend Akismet. If you want, you can also use a caching plugin. I would recommend WP Super Cache. Remember, this part is optional in my guide on how to start a blog and make money.
7. Making Money
The footer part on my guide on how to start a blog and make money. Before you start monetization, build up your traffic. Placing ads during the growth of a website may interfere its growth. There are many ways to making money from a blog. The most popularly used method is placing ads on your website. Some of the advertisers that I use are PopAds, PropellerAds, Chitika, and RevenueAds. Google Adsense is also okay. However, unlike my recommendations, Adsense doesn’t accept low-quality blogs. I recommend using Chitika since it won’t hurt your site’s ranking. Next, I would recommend that you use referral programs. They can generate serious income if you know how to market them well. Here my post on blogging online for money.
Conclusion On My Guide On How to Start a Blog and Make Money.
That’s my whole guide on how to start a blog and make money. If you also know on how to start a blog and make money, leave a comment below. Thank for reading and I hope that you’ll have a nice day. Byeeeee!