Did you know that over 409 million people viewed more than 22.2 billion blog pages last February in WordPress.com alone?
With an audience this huge, it’s not surprising that many people want to know how to start a blog and make money from it.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering how to start a blog. And you’re in luck.
Here’s a quick guide to blogging for money.
Decide on a Blog Name
You need a good name to start a blog. Some things to consider when choosing a blog name are your:
- Purpose/ goal
- Target readers
- Blog category
If you’d like to make blogging your business, then a good name can help you build your brand.
I came up with Aiquiza because my goal was to create an online portfolio that also serves as my blogging platform. I put together the first syllable of my first name and the last two syllables of my last name. Voila! Aiquiza.
There is no set rule to choosing your blog name. The important thing is, when you’ve decided on one, you have to stick to it.
I’ve had several blog names in the past. There’s only one reason for each time that I’ve changed my blog name: I felt like I’ve outgrown it.
The lesson? Give your name a lot of thought.
10 years from now, will you still be as proud with your chosen blog name as the first day you decided on it?
Be creative! Have fun coming up with a name. But take this step seriously. You know what they say about first impressions. Make sure your name will give you a good one.
Choose Between a Free and Self-Hosted Blog
You can choose from many blogging platforms. Some of the most popular ones are WordPress, Blogger, Ghost, and Typepad.
You can sign up to these blogging platforms at no cost to you but a free account often comes with limitations. For instance, if you foresee yourself using a lot of high-resolution images, it might be best to go with a self-hosted blog.
You can get a hosting plan for as low as $2.95.
Pick A Niche
The next step to learning how to start a blog is to pick your niche or category. Having one makes it easier to plan topics to blog about.
When choosing a niche, go for one that you’re comfortable with. This way, you won’t have a hard time looking for topics and writing about them.
Choose Your Money-Making Options
There are many ways to blog for money. One of the most common is have Adsense in your blog. Other options to make money online through blogging is by writing sponsored posts, offering ad spaces, and joining an affiliate marketing group.
You can have one or multiple income streams. A word of caution when putting ads on your blogs: Don’t over do it. Look for the most effective ad positions in a page and learn about ad/banner blindness.
Create Informative Posts
Online, content is king. Stand out from the rest by publishing high-quality posts.
Make sure you’re providing up-to-date information. Check your facts to avoid misinforming your readers. Proofread or edit your articles before hitting the Publish button.
The secret to having a loyal group of readers (and brand ambassadors) is to connect with them and make them feel you care about them. Reply to their messages and comments. Encourage them to follow you on your social channels and provide content that they actually need.
Once you’ve developed a great following, you won’t have to worry too much about getting traffic to your blog.
Blogging for money is possible – if you dedicate time and effort to understand how to start a blog and make money from it properly. You should also know that it might take time. Don’t start a blog and expect to earn millions from it overnight.
So, are you ready?