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How To Start A Blog And Make Money
Blogging has opened up a whole new world to online marketing, if you want to know how to start a blog and make money online then follow this step by step guide.
Starting a blog has never been easier. I have created and managed dozens of blogs over the past few years and I have gathered quite a lot of experience in that time. There are lots of ways to make money blogging but I ll cover what I have found to be the best ones right here, but first I am going to run through how to set up your own blog today. You can actually follow along and do it right now!
If you want your own online business you are going to need a blog or site! Creating a blog is really easy and there is no need for any complicated coding, HTML. CSS skills or anything technical.
Step 1 Decide on a blogging platform
There are lots of different platforms which you can build your blog on. But the most popular by far is WordPress. I have used WordPress for years and it does everything you could possibly want. Some of the leading websites in the world are built on WordPress including this blog!
The last I heard, WordPress has been downloaded over 72 Million times, so that in itself should be enough to tell you that it is the best platform to use.
The advantages of WordPress are:
- There are thousands of free themes and layouts to choose from
- WordPress uses plugins, there is a plugin for almost everything, so no need for coding
- Easily add images and multimedia
- Simple to install (takes 2 minutes)
With WordPress you can create what is called a self hosted blog , and this is what we are going to be doing. This means that we can use our own hosting and most importantly, our own domain name. If you use the free blogging platform on blogger.com or Tumbler.com you will be given a subdomain, which will look something like this (startablog.tumblr.com). This also restricts you to many of the features of hosting your own blog.
It also gives your blog more credit if it is self hosted on your own domain, and you have full ownership of it. For this reason I ALWAYS self host my blogs.
Step 2 Choosing A Domain Name And Host
You want to put a bit of thought into selecting your domain name. You can choose to use your business name, your own name or a domain that contains keywords related to the type of site you are building. My advice is to choose something that is brand-able and easy to remember, keep it short if possible.
There are lots of Domain registrar s where you can check and register a domain, here are a few that I have used:
Where To Host My Blog
There are hundreds of hosting companies out there, I ve tried many of them and encountered bad experiences with almost all of them at some point. I then came across BlueHost. Since I started using their hosting I have never had any problems. Their support is fantastic, their servers are fast and reliable and best of all, they are cheap.
I think it s around $4.95 per month. which is great value. Having a reliable host is the foundation for your whole online business, so don t get it wrong.
You can register a BlueHost account right now. and continue following my step by step guide.
Almost forgot; you can host as many sites as you want on just 1 BlueHost account.
Step 3 How To Install WordPress In Less Than 2 Minutes
This is the part where a lot of people are afraid of. It can seem daunting, the thought of installing WP and setting everything up correctly! Luckily BlueHost have a quick 1 click installation.
Simply login to your BlueHost account:
You should have set up a domain when you opened the account
Scroll to the wordPress Installation Tab
Now Click The install Button
Now simply select your domain where you want to install WordPress and fill in the remaining
The application will install WordPress and all of the files and database in just a few seconds.
Here is a video to show you the process:
Step 4 My Installation Is Complete. Now What?
Congratulations, you now have your very own blog hosted on your own domain. Now if you have never used WordPress before you are going to have to learn how it all works.
There is far too much to explain in this post, so I have found a few links which will take you through the process of setting up your new blog:
Step 5 How to make money from your blog
Making money from your blog can be a difficult task. It took me a long time before I started making any money from blogs, mainly because I was inexperienced and didn t really know what I was doing at the time. Luckily I gained a lot of experience from my failures and now I can pass that experience on to you.
There are tons of ways to monetize your blog to make money, some of them include things like,
- Adsense Get paid when people click on ads
- selling a product
- Selling other peoples products as affiliates
- selling a service
- blog advertising,
- Drop Shipping Selling physical products that you don t actually own
These are the main areas to focus on and I have used all of these myself to make money on my blogs.
The first thing you need to determine is what your blog is all about . If for example you are writing a blog that provides a lot of information, similar to this blog, then you may want to think about using Google Adsense or selling advertising space on your blog.
Drop Shipping For Success
If you are thinking of basing your blog around certain products (something like a blog about PC s and Tablets) then you would benefit from selling products. For this you would need to use Drop Shipping.
Here is the best Drop Shipping Wholesale directory that I have used – SaleHoo
Ever wondered how people make a fortune on Ebay? Here is the answer They use Drop shipping. I have done it myself with Ebay and Amazon .
The great thing about Drop shipping is I DONT HAVE TO BUY THE ITEMS until the customer buys them!!
So you can open an online store with absolutely no stock, and then when a customer purchases an Item, you simply order it from the drop shipper and have it delivered straight to the customer!
I hope this guide has provided you with some good information to get you started. You should now have your WordPress blog set up and you now have the knowledge to know how to start a blog and make money anytime you like. So the next step in the process is to take action. Taking action is the best piece of advise I was given. It s no good reading posts like this if you don t take action. If you haven t already done so, get your Bluehost account and start building your blog!
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