How to start a blog to make money
There are 2 main ways to make money when you start a blog.
- Affiliate Marketing
- Paid Ads (Ad Placement): To clarify I am talking about placing ads on your blog by companies like google and their program AdSense and they pay you to have advertisements on your site.
There are other companies out there that offer the same type of paid ad program (and I will discuss that topic in another post), but Google AdSense is one of the most well-known.
Depending on your niche, you can choose one method or both to monetize your site.
This brings me back to starting a blog.
To start a blog you will need to first decide on your niche (topic of your website), make a website, buy a domain, and get a hosting company.
How To Start A Blog With WordPress: Free Start
WordPress is a free site builder and if you are just starting, I would recommend starting one through WordPress.com (WordPress.org is different). You can start for free.
WordPress.com has a free plan and they will host your very basic site for free. As you can see, they have many different types of paid plans available.
I should state now that I am not affiliated with WordPress other than the fact that I use the product. I do not however make any money off this recommendation. I do happen to love WordPress in all its forms and I use it for all my sites. I started off with a free plan and eventually moved to hosting with my favorite training platform and community Wealthy Affiliate.
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I only recommend WordPress.com for starting to blog for FREE. Keep in mind that you don’t get training or support on how to affiliate market. There is a lot of free information on the web and here on this blog but it requires a TON of research and you will need to know what to research as well.
Eventually you will need to either upgrade or move to a regular WordPress site and get your own hosting, but for just starting out for free, it has everything you need.
You will automatically get a __Your Site Name Here____.wordpress.com subdomain but you can choose to buy a real domain name from the start. That is entirely up you.
Domain Vs Subdomain
A “real” domain is one ending in dot com, .net, .us, .org, .uk, etc. You can keep the subdomain for as long as you want but there are advantages to having a regular domain.
For one, a domain has higher authority than a subdomain.
Two, there are sites like Pinterest and programs like AdSense that will not let you use a subdomain. In these cases, you would not be able to create pins or earn any ad revenue.
Note: You can start a blog for free, but eventually you will want to have certain options for your site that only come with either upgrading your plan or moving to your own hosting which costs money. Starting a blog is starting a business and as the old saying goes, to make money you have to spend money. The good news is that the overhead for an online business is thousands and thousands of dollars less than starting an offline business.
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Now that you know how to actually start a blog, you need to pick a niche.
Quick Niche Overview
Once you have figured out your website, hosting, and domain situation. It is time to start your blog! You will need to start writing blogs (AKA: Posts/Articles) 2-3 times a week on a topic of your choosing.
It is better to pick something you love or are passionate about as you will be writing on the topic for the foreseeable future.
As I mentioned earlier, you are basically starting a business, and a business takes time to get up and running. This is also true for an online business. If you expect to make a site that eventually makes money know that this is not a quick process. You cannot go through the steps above and assume that is all it takes.
It takes training and education, posting 2-6 times a week, and at least 6 months to start gaining traction. It takes time, patience, and hard work.
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