How to Start a Blog And Make Money
Blogging is growing rapidly every day. It has become more popular nowadays.
Earlier people used to blog as their passion and nowadays it has become a source of income. There are around thousands of bloggers who are blogging on different niche. People blog to share their knowledge, as a hobby or to make money.
If you’re also thinking to start a blog, here are 7 ways how to start a blog and make money.
First, watch the Step by Step Tutorial below:
Blogging Tools Mentioned from the Video
WordPress - Free Software Available for a 1 Click Install Inside Your Hosting Account
Bluehost - Recommended Hosting Provider (It's super cheap and is reliable)
Thrive Themes- The Recommended WordPress Theme (It's what we run on here a ThinkTankLab)
Starting a Blog Step # 1: Choose your niche
The first and foremost thing you need to do is decide the niche for your blog. In other words, what your blog will be about, what do you want to write about?
You might be a jack of all trade but you need to be master of one. You must focus on a particular niche and identify who your target audience is. If you have an interest in writing on a particular niche, it will keep you motivated.
Do a brainstorm what your interest is, your hobbies, your passion, your knowledge. Well, you don’t have to an expert in your field but you should have a good knowledge so that you can convey your topic to your audience.
Furthermore, the best way to choose the topic for your blog is to figure out what you mostly read about. The topic which you read every time will help you in creating good content for your blog as it will be your area of interest. For the one who is completely new to this, you can find out the niche by writing down the topic such as Technology, Travel, Fashion, Parenting, Cooking, etc and try to write few topics related to that. It will help you in finding the niche for your blog.
Setting up Your Blog Step # 2 : Purchase a domain name
Once you have decided your niche, it’s time to choose the domain name for your blog. Your domain name should be short, catchy, easy to remember, easy to type, and easy to pronounce. Domain name is extremely important and it will be the URL of your blog.
If you choose WordPress.com or BlogSpot platform for blogging, you get a domain address like youblogname.blogspot.com and yourblogname.WordPress.com.
However, when it comes to earning from these blog, these websites have some restriction. Nevertheless, you can also opt for a custom domain name like www.yourblogname.com for which you need to pay some money every month or every year. Always prefer using .com and make sure your domain name do not confuse your readers.
Once you have selected the domain name, go to any of domain registrars and type in a search option to see if it’s available or not. They will also give you suggestions on different names. You need to come up with brilliant ideas in selecting the domain name. Lastly, when you find the domain name, register it by visiting domain registrar's website such as Hostgator, Bluehost, Godaddy, Domain.com, etc.
Step # 3: Purchase a hosting account
After doing a lot of brainstorm on finding the niche and domain name for your blog, now it’s time to purchase a web-hosting. Web-hosting is a server where you can install your WordPress website.
This server will store all your images, blog posts, and everything else. Without web hosting, your blog will not be alive online. It’s the web hosting through which your blog runs 24*7. There are a large number of companies in the market where you can choose a web hosting from depending upon your price range. If you are a newbie, choose the one who offers at a cheap price and upgrades it later.
Some of the web hosting service providers are HostGator, Hostinger, Bluehost, GoDaddy, Amazon AWS and so on.
We recommend Bluehost and it's what we use today.
Step # 4: Install WordPress Blogging software
You can run your blog without any blogging software through WordPress. WordPress is free and user-friendly. The best thing about the WordPress is you don’t need a technical background to run a blog on WordPress.
Moreover, WordPress has make many blogger’s life much easier. If you get your web hosting through BlueHost, they will send you an email with your control panel login credential. Once you log in, you can install WordPress easily.
Step # 5. Design your Blog
When you are done with all the technical work, it’s time to be creative in designing your blog. A well-designed blog will attract your visitors. In WordPress, you will find WordPress theme. In addition to that, these themes are already designed themes which is available in all types of blog. You may find some themes free and some premium. Choose the best quality designed theme for your blog.
Step # 6. Write content
After building your blog, it’s time to create your first high-quality content. Before writing content, plant your content calendar. A blog is nothing without content. Furthermore, make sure your posts are well crafted with relevant images, write in-depth content, conversational tone, use headings, check for any grammatical mistakes, etc.
Step # 7 to Setting Up Your Blog: Install WordPress Plugin
You can run your blog without any blogging software through WordPress. WordPress is free and user-friendly. The best thing about the WordPress is you don’t need a technical background to run a blog on WordPress. WordPress has made many blogger’s life much easier. If you get your web hosting through BlueHost, they will send you an email with your control panel login credential.
Once you log in, you can install WordPress easily.
How to Make Money From Your Blog
Until now you have learned how to start a blog, the next thing is how to make money from Blog. Nowadays, Blogging has become the most popular ways to earn money. Here are some ways through which you can make money from Blogging
You can monetize your blog through Google Adsense. There are a variety of ad options available to choose from where you can customize the look of your ad on the blog. However, the choice of the ad will be placed by Adsense only according to the context of your article and user interest.
2. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to earn money from blogging. In affiliate marketing, you promote someone else’s product where you add an affiliate link to your content. When someone clicks on that link or make a purchase you get a commission. You can find a lot of Affiliate programs.
3. Sell ebooks or course
Choose a topic, create an ebook and sell it to your blog or Amazon. You will earn a decent amount of money by selling ebooks. You can also offer online training services or can create a course to earn passive income.
4. Sponsored Reviews
Sponsored reviews are a great way to earn more income from your blogging. In sponsored reviews, bloggers are paid to do the product review. The best way to get sponsored reviews to get connected with the networks who connects advertisers and publishers. However, you can also reach out directly to the owner of the products.
5. Offer services
Finally, based on your skills and expertise, you can offer various services such as content writing services, SEO, virtual assistant, organizing & decorating homes, social media marketing, video creation, logo creation, email marketing services, and so on depending upon your area of interest and what you are good at.