Blog is only a platform through which a blogger can share his/her knowledge with the world. Nowadays everyone wants to start a blog and earn money from it. And most of them succeed in starting a blog but fails miserably in making money. Few years back no one can think to make money with internet sitting at home in front of a computer. But nowadays you can find number of examples of people making six digits income per month just from a blog. In this article you will find a complete guide about creating a blog, how to get audience and how to make money from it.
Making money from a blog is not a difficult task, all you need is a strategy, knowledge, dedication and this article. hahaha :p
So lets start with the article.
Steps to Create a Blog:
1. Decide a Topic on which you want to blog
The initial and the most important step is to decide a topic for your blog about which you can write and have enough knowledge to share with the world. If you want to run a successful blog, choose a trending topics or a topic about which you have passion and have enough knowledge that you can talk for hours about that topic.
2. Decide a Domain Name for your Site
If you are done with above step of choosing a topic, now its time decide a domain name for your site. A good domain name is very important for a blog/website. Choose a domain name which suites niche of your blog. There are many places on web from where you can buy domain names like Godaddy, Bigrock, etc.
There are two options for you when you are going to start your. First is to host your blog and the second one is to choose free blogging service. Firstly I will tell you about Free Blog Services
Choose Free Blogging Service:
A free blogging platform allows you to sign up for an account for free, get a domain (such as www.example.com), and set up your site. You can start your blog for free by using services like Blogger.com and WordPress.com.
A free blog can be completely free if you are willing to choose domain name like www.xyz.blogspot.com (Just an example) or www.xyz..com (Just an example) but in this case if you ever do decides to move to your blog from free blogging platform to self hosted, you have no way to take your readers with you, because you do not have complete control over the site.
The thing about a free account is that your website’s files are stored on your blogging platform’s servers. While there can be costs involved after the initial set up.
The good thing about free blog is that their is no initial investment. A free blog is absolutely perfect for one who is new to blogging and want to explore it more or one who do blogging just for fun.
Some disadvantages of a free blog is that looks little less professional than a self hosted blog and you con’t have complete control over your site.
If you want to choose free blogging service you can go with WordPress.com , Blogger, Tumblr, etc.
Get a Self-Hosted Blog
I recommend this because this makes you able to get full control over your site. With a self-hosted blog you can expand your blog according to your wish, you can make changes without any restrictions. It provides more flexibility and freedom to do what ever you want to do with your blog. But for this you have to spend little money. Their are many companies such as Bluehost, Hostgator, etc who provides world class hosting services.
So I hope you are clear with difference between free blog and a self-hosted blog. So, If you are going with a self-hosted blog make your decision wisely. According me Bluehost is best. But you should consider your requirements.
Things to do with your Blog before starting making Money:
We will do nothing in Hurry. Just be patient, follow these instructions also and enjoy the results.
Firstly get design for your blog. With design a mean to say a theme. A theme which suits your blogs niche. Choose a theme which can help you to present your blog perfectly. A good theme matters a lot for your blog.
“First Impression is the Last Impression”
Yes, the above quote perfectly describes my point. Your visitors will receive your blog’s first impression from your design. If your theme looks more attractive and professional, readers will get a good impression and will believe that your blog is going to provide them something good only. If your theme is unprofessional and too complex to understand you can loose your readers.
Now start making content. Give your visitors a reason to visit again. Write 15- 20 beautiful, unique and informative articles on you site. Make your the articles your are writing contains 1000-2000 or more words because competition is too high and and to rank high on Google more then 1000 words article is must.
Write something which is going trendy and your visitors wants to read.
Never write things which doesn’t relates your niche because your readers visits your blog because they are interested in your blog’s niche and by writing something off topics you are wasting their time and this can bring trouble to you.
Once you are successfully done with above steps, you will automatically start getting more and more visitors which is great for your blog.
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How to Make Money with your Blog:
If you are done with above steps. Now its time to make some $$$.
It is the most common way with which most of the bloggers earn money. In this you place ads on your site and get paid. It is of two types:
CPC (Cost Per Click)– These ads mostly appears on your sidebars. Whenever your visitors will click on the add you will get paid for that click.
CPM (Cost Per Million)– These are the type of ads usually pays you according to how many people saw your ad.
Google AdSense is the most popular platform to monetize your blog. With Google AdSense you don’t need to contact advertisers individually. You just need an approval from Google AdSense, choose ads relevant to your content and place banner to your blog. If you are finding difficulty in getting Google AdSense approval there are many other option aslo like Media.net, Chitika, Infolinks, etc.
Working with advertising networks isn’t your only option when it comes to selling ads. If you getting enough traffic, advertisers may come directly to you for publishing their ads on your blog. You can also contact advertisers yourself. The biggest difference from the above mentioned option is that there is no middle man, which means you can set your own ad prices.
2. Affiliates Links:
It is an another method with which bloggers earn huge amount of money. It is a different method to monetize your site. This works something like this:
- If an advertiser has a product to sell. He/She will offer you a commission each time any customer buys that product from your site or link.
- To make this possible he/she will provide a unique link that will track your affiliate code. With which they will know that customer who made a purchase came from your site.
- You need to add your affiliate link on your site. It depends upon you either you want to add link in your content or want to show banner ads.
Your blog is a platform through which you can interact with thousands of people. If you are good at something you can make money with that. Once you start getting decent traffic on your site you can start providing online services to your visitors for example if you know logo designing, you can create a page about it and can set prices for each logo you create or Once you become an expert, you can help your visitors in setting up a blog and can charge an amount for that. If you know SEO provide SEO services to your visitors to improve their site. So, just be good at something and start making money!
4. Digital Products:
If you are getting enough traffic you can also create and sell your digital products. You can sell products like
Images, Videos and music for people to use
- Online Courses, etc
Always keep your visitors needs and requirements while creating these products because they are the one who are going to purchase. To do this always try to interact with your audience personally, take their opinions and work according to them. Moreover set affordable prices because you are not alone in the market.
Creating a blog isn’t a big deal but making money from it takes your test. I will not say making money from a blog is hard or easy but it simply needs some tactics, patience and dedication. If you really love blogging and want it as your profession simply follow above steps and see the results.