How to Start Blogging and Make Money Online?
I am still quite surprised that a lot of people think that starting their own blog and making money online are two hard things to do. While the latter is a bit challenging, both of them are actually quite doable.
So, if you are contemplating building your own blog and start blogging to earn money, then read further to find out how it is done, the right way.
Come Up with a Good Domain Name
Famous brands like Adidas and Burger King are household names and whenever someone speaks of either of them, then the person they’re talking to will know what they are referring to. That is why it is important that you come up with a good domain name because that will essentially act as your brand.
A domain name is basically what will become your URL. And, as you know, the URL is needed to access a specific website. There are a few things to keep in mind here.
First, your domain name should be somewhat catchy. Second, it should be something that is easy to remember. Third, it shouldn’t be more than 3 words; the shorter the domain name, the better.
Once you’ve come up with a suitable name, register it in a domain registrar so that no other person can take that name away from your blog.
Find a Reliable Web Host
A web hosting provider is one that is able to make your blog be available for online viewing. Whenever you build your website, it will contain files that, without a host, would only be seen locally or on your own computer/laptop.
A web host, then, is a company that owns the servers that you need to ‘host’ your website’s files; allowing it to be visible online.
Finding a reliable web host is a must so that you can rest assured that your blog is up and running almost all of the time.
Once you’ve found your web host, link your domain to the said service and that should create the foundation where you can build your blog on.
Build Your Blog
Now is the time to create your blog and there are many ways you can do that. The most obvious choice is to go for WordPress. It is very easy to use and it allows you to create a beautiful blog with extended functionality by way of using plugins.
Another great alternative would be to use website builders. You will be presented with a cloud interface where you can just drag-and-drop certain elements to help build your blog.
Or, you can go the old-fashioned way of hiring a web designer or web developer to build your website for you.
Drive Traffic to Your Blog
After you’re done with the previous step, you’ve essentially managed to build your blog. Make sure to link it to your web hosting account to make it visible online.
At this point, you want to drive traffic to your blog and to do this, you will have to start creating blog posts. Always remember to create high-quality content by writing about something that is valuable to your target audience. In addition, you also want to implement different SEO practices as well such as link building, using internal links, guest posting to generate more traffic, and so much more.
To start earning money online through your blog, I suggest that you research more about affiliate marketing.
The idea is to create your blog posts as usual but with the addition of affiliate links that are going to be provided to you by your partner merchants