Blogging can be a lucrative source of profit and they are not hard to set up and maintain. Imagine a life where you are paid to write on stuff that interests you, whenever you want, wherever you are. The mere flexibility of blogging makes it easy for you to just kick back, relax and go on a vacation whenever you feel like it.
I would caveat this with the fact that it still requires work on your side. There is research to find relevant content, looking for keywords that you can compete with other bloggers for, and then figuring out how you are going to monetize that blog to be able to live the good life.
In this short post, we will look a little deeper into the potential profitability of a blog and discuss how we can set up a blog of our own very little to no cost!
Interested? Read on!
STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL BLOG
First, we need to obtain a way to create our blog. There are several options you have – you can host a blog on your own domain or get a free blog. There are advantages and disadvantages for each option. For starters, let’s talk about the free blogs. You can obtain a free blog at
You can obtain a free blog at www.blogger.com or the newer (and better!) www.wordpress.com. Although it is easy to set these up, neither work if you are a serious entrepreneur and really want to make a go of online marketing using blogging. You may be asking why am I mentioning these…
Here is why…
Blogger.com is owned by Google, and that means it will be detected on Google’s radar faster and you will be indexed faster. This is a good thing, but on the other hand, most bloggers today that are able to monetize and live the lifestyle they dream of are not using such a free hosted site.
WordPress.com is another option you could use, and there are millions of people that use the framework, even when they have their own domains and use hosted service outside of WordPress. I advocate using the framework and a theme set up to take advantage of the versatility it offers, but NOT using the WordPress service itself.
My recommendation is that you find a way to get started free using a platform such as Wealthy Affiliate. There you can build a website in less than 5 minutes after you have registered, get free training for a week, and then upgrade to premium level service once you are satisfied that this program will work for you…
Paid services are aplenty as well. If you do a simple Google search for ‘Best Blogging Platforms’ you will find a plethora of options. I recommend looking at what each offers and make a decision based on your situation. If you know what you need this is easy.
What if you are brand new to this world? Then I recommend going with a program that will get you started on the right foot. Look for one that will teach you how to determine what niche to pursue, how to go about getting the website up, what kind of content to write, and finally how to monetize the website.
In any case, no matter which way you decide to go, free or paid, Here are a few common “blog-related” words to help you out:
- Permalink – Permalink stands for permanent link, which is an URL (uniform resource locator) that leads to an individual post that you will make on your blog.
- Trackback – When you post about someone else’s blog post elsewhere, your post will show up in their “trackback” section. This feature, however, is not available with a Blogger.com account. Again, this is a term and item of great interest years ago, but these days…Not so much.
- Pinging – Blogging used to be paired with ‘pinging’ almost every time either one is mentioned, but these days this is not as important. This is actually the action where a certain aggregator is notified whenever your blog is updated, so that the aggregator may show the newest post on your blog on their website. This is a useful way to gaining traffic, which we shall discuss later.
- Keywords – These are words or short phrases that people doing searches on the internet using Google, Bing, Amazon, etc, use when they are looking for information on the subject. This is key, no pun intended, to you having success with your blog. You need to write content that people are looking for.
- SEO – This is an abbreviation for the term Search Engine Optimization. These days the way to get traffic is to make sure that you use all the tools available to you so the search engines can understand what kind of content you have. This way when people search for the terms, they will get presented your blog in the search results.
- Monetizing Your Blog – This is how you make money, and it can entail a number of strategies that include affiliate marketing, Google AdSense, Amazon, etc. Essentially part of the research you do when considering which niche to pursue is finding out whether you can make money with it. If not, you are wasting your time.
There are a thousand more terms you will learn about over the course of setting up your first blog, but for now, these few are enough. From this short introduction to the blogging world, take away the following:
(1) For now, I recommend looking at the options both free and paid that you have when it comes to where you should host your blog. Paid hosting is better because you will come across as a professional and normally you will have more flexibility.
(2) Consider the Wealthy Affiliate program for all it offers starting out. You get free hosting, free training, free website setup, excellent support, and can be started in 5 minutes or less…
Here is a chart of what all you get:
(see chart below)
If you would like to see a video on set up of the membership at Wealthy Affiliate, please see the following posts:
These posts introduce you to some considerations when starting your blog and provide also some good videos to show you what this blogging thing really entails…
I am feeding you small chunks of this business at a time so you will not get overwhelmed. This post today is the tip of the iceberg, but I will say that what you are considering investing your time and money into can lead into a full blown business.
As with any business, it will take work on a consistent basis to have success. The key is you. What do you want to do?
Thanks for stopping by and please drop me a comment and let me know what you think or ask any questions you may have. I am here to help, that is exactly what this website is all about!
Lots more information here for you, please have a look at the other pages and training I have!
Dave : )