How to start a blog and make money in simple terms

So you decided to become a pro blogger, but you don’t know how to start a blog and make money. Don’t worry; we’ve got your back. In this easy-to-read guide, you will learn the basics of starting a blog and many pro-tips only we can provide.

How to start a blog

First, you need to ask yourself two critical questions about your blogging journey. Those questions are:

  • What do you want to get out of your blog
  • What type of users will your blog cater to

After you answer those questions, you need to find yourself a hosting provider and pick the main topic for your blog. There are many different hosting providers available, but we recommend starting small. Some good hosting providers that have served us well are:

  • Hostinger
  • Siteground

You’ve probably heard the old saying, “The best way to start a blog is to quit your job.” And while it might be true for some people, there are plenty of other ways you can get started blogging without quitting your day job.

You may have noticed that there are tens of thousands of blogs out there. If you want yours to stand out from the crowd and attract readers, you need original content that is interesting and relevant to your target audience. You also need an attractive design that will keep them coming back for more. But even with all these things in place, if no one knows about it or visits often enough, then everything else is wasted time and effort.

How to write a blog post

Being a good writer helps, but you should write about the things you are passionate about. Write clearly and be engaging to your readers. Look at this post and how we use headers and bullet points; that is how your blog posts should be. Most blog posts look this way for several reasons.

  • It’s easier to read headings and bullet points
  • Most users skim through articles or look for specific information
  • People are used to the way popular blog posts look

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Blog posts are a great way to share your knowledge with the world

  • They can be used for personal or business purposes
  • You want to make sure that you have an interesting topic and are creative, engaging, and entertaining in your post
  • When writing blog posts it is important to follow these things so that you get more traffic on your blog
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There are many different types of blog posts, such as list articles, how-to articles, opinion pieces, etc., but they all need to be engaging and creative

A good rule of thumb when writing a blog post is “less text equals more engagement” because people don’t like reading long paragraphs on their phone or computer screen

  • Make sure to utilize images, videos, and links within your blog posts
  • Try to make sure that you have a call to action at the end of every blog post so that they know what or where to go next
  • Have a good amount of keywords throughout the article but also keep it readable and engaging for people

You don’t want to over-optimize your blog posts by repeating the exact words/phrases too often, as it can hurt your ranking on Google and other search engines and make it seem like spam.

How to make money with your blog

You can use your blog to make money in several ways. You can create a business by marketing products or services on your blog. You can also sell company stock with your blog, write a book and a course together, and most importantly, you can use your blog to sell advertising space!

There are a couple of ways most bloggers make money. Both methods involve advertisements. Google Adsense and Amazon affiliate networks are the most popular. The problem there is that these advertisement networks don’t pay out as much as they used to. That means for your blog to make decent money, you need a ton of traffic.

Advertising is a great way to makes money from your blog if done correctly. The key to selling advertising successfully on a blog is not a secret: you must make the advertiser’s ad stand out and get noticed by website visitors! Advertising can be expensive for businesses since there are so many blogs out there.

How to Promote your Blog

You can promote your blog easily through social media. There are tons of new social networks popping up every day. It takes time to build a following, though. So your strategy for promotion should also include researching what people are searching for in the search engines. On that note, Google Adwords is the best tool to use for research. Some simple tips for promoting your blog are:

  • Be consistent and on brand with all your social media posts
  • Post often, but make sure you don’t burn yourself out.
  • Any link you create on the internet is better than having no links
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How to blog for profit without selling your soul

This isn’t an easy one to answer. How about being honest with your users and yourself. You have to manage your expectations and take them one day at a time. You have probably seen a million blogs out there completely loaded with advertisements. Those sites didn’t sell their souls; they needed the money. Those sites likely have a lot of overhead, so their costs are extraordinarily high. Here are some tips to keep your costs low:

  • Find the fastest and cheapest host, or use a free host like wordpress or blogger
  • Don’t invest what you don’t have
  • Write content yourself, or use an A.I writing assistant

How to Increase Blog Traffic

We briefly mentioned social media promotion before. Along with creating links, these are good ways to increase blog traffic. The main takeaway here is that you need to make good content that resonates with your users. Good content = more blog traffic. And it is that simple. Here are a few more ideas to increase the traffic of your blog:

  • Create links through social bookmarks and web 2.0 sites
  • Don’t overthink content creation.
  • Answer your users questions, and call it a day

How to create a blog for free and make money

We mentioned some free hosting sites like WordPress and Blogger before. However, there are many other high-quality sites. Medium.com comes to mind; there is also Scoopit and Quora. Some of the places we listed have avenues for you to make money too. It should be noted; we often get back what we put into things. So you should expect to put some investment into your blog. Here is our list of free sites you can explore:

  • Medium
  • Quora
  • Scoopit
  • WordPress
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How to create a successful blog

A successful blog provides relevant, valuable content to its audience. So, define your target market and start focusing on content that will appeal to them. Remember that not everyone who visits your blog is interested in or looking for the same thing, so focus on different posts to appeal to all kinds of readers.

Time and perseverance are the keys to creating a successful blog. Many people are used to thinking they can make a quick buck. Plus, a lot of blogging advice makes blogging sound way easier than it is. So please make no mistake about it; being a successful blogger is difficult. If it were as easy as people say it was, a billion bloggers would all live with the top 1%. The following are our tried and true methods to being successful.

  • Be patient and think in terms of years, not months
  • Always keep your users at the front of your mind
  • Have a content strategy that can cross-target different topics
  • Don’t pin yourself into a niche that you can’t handle long-term
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How to learn blogging

This is a question that I get a lot, and it’s hard to answer. There are tons of different blogging courses out there, all for different levels and types of bloggers. Some bloggers want to know how much money they can make, whereas others want to learn the technical aspects of how to go about blogging. It also depends on if you’re going to make a living from online blogging or if you want to use it as a hobby.

The first thing I would do is decide if blogging is worth your time and energy. If it’s just something you’re doing for fun, then a course might not be necessary because all you need is inspiration, a blog host, and some creativity. If it interests you, I would recommend doing some research to determine what type of blog you want to start.

Besides what you have already learned from this article you can study your competition. Do a few Google searches about topics you want to write about, and see what others are doing. This will always be a suitable method because everything you want to talk about has already been talked about. There’s rarely an emerging topic for you to dominate. Your goal should be to do what your competition is doing; only you do it better.

Conclusion

If you want to start a blog, the main thing you need is a domain name. A great way to find one for free is through Google’s Keyword Tool. Simply type in what topic your blog will be about and click “Get Ideas” on the right-hand side of the screen. From there, scroll down until you see “Domain Availability Checker.” Type in your desired domain extension (i.e., .com) and then hit enter! You can also sign up with WordPress and install it onto any web hosting service provider if that suits your needs better than free blogging platforms like Blogger or Tumblr.

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