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How to Start a Blog and Make Money

As the world wide web completes 30 years of existence, we perceive ourselves living in a world that is entirely enveloped by the internet and the services it stems from it. Along with ease and convenience it has also provided us with the opportunities of self-employment that were not even dreamt of before its advent. One such avenue to make a living is starting a blog and to make money from it as well.

 

How to Start a Blog

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There used to be a time when blogs were paid services and you had to shell out quite a few bucks to write about what you wanted to. Thankfully, those days are behind us due to the rise of online advertisements. Now you can start a blog for free with any of the blogging service providers such as “Blogger” by Google or WordPress.com or Self WordPress hosted blog. All you need to do is create an account with these providers (did we mention that its FREE?) and choose a template for your blog. After that, you’re free to write on!

 

How to Start with self hosted WordPress

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For self hosted WordPress its a paid project, you need to first get a new domain name and web hosting. Most professional bloggers prefer WordPress. WordPress also release latest updates frequently with lots of blog customization. You have full control over your blog contents, files and server. You can customized anything on your blog or create custom themes and plugins.

 

How to Get a New Domain Name

First of all you need to think a unique domain name for your blog and now go to any popular domain registrar such as InterServer, GoDaddy, Name.com, Namecheap, etc  and search your domain name there if the domain name is available then you can get it only for $10/year.

 

How to Get a Web Hosting only for $.01

For web hosting its hard to find which web hosting company and what to choose. I recommend you to go with the shared hosting plan from InterServer which I am using since 2012 and its still best web hosting provider so far for me. You can use our InterServer coupon code [OSH] and get your web hosting at $.01 for first month. InterServer offers 30 day MONEY BACK guarantee on shared hosting

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How to Install WordPress

Installing WordPress is very easy. Simply login to your cPanel hosting account and find “Softaculous Apps Installer” >> WordPress >> Click on Install. Now Choose Protocol whether your site should be http:// or https://

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Now Choose Domain >> In Directory type / >>

Scroll down to Site Settings Type Site Name >> Site Description

Admin Account >> Type Admin Username >> Admin Password it should be very strong >> Admin Email finally click on install button and wait for the installation. Now simply login to your website by typing your blog domain name.

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WordPress also offer free themes and plugin which is very easy for you to setup a new website or a blog.

 

What Plugins Should I use in WordPress?

You can install the below plugins for your WordPress.

  • Akismet: Prevent spammers from commenting on your blog, contact form spam and WordPress forum.
  • All In One SEO Pack: The best SEO plugin so far in WordPress, it will give you an option to add Post SEO Title, Post meta description and post SEO keywords. However SEO meta keywords are dead now and no longer followed by Google search engines. Meta titles and meta description will increase search engine ranking of your website or blog.
  • Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps: It will add XML sitemap for pages, posts, taxonomy tags and categories in your blog. This plugin also split sitemap into several parts if your blog posts are longer than 50k or above.
  • Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin: Stop comment spammers, it adds the simple confirm tick box before placing the comment on your blog.
  • PubSubHubbub: Ping your blog to Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engine networks which tells SE your blog is regularly updated with fresh and unique content.
  • Related Posts Thumbnails: Adding related posts will engage users to read related blog ports.
  • WP-Optimize: It helps optimize your PHPMYADMIN database.
  • ShareThis: This add the social media share buttons on your blog posts in below or top after the title.
  • WP Fastest Cache or W3 Total Cache for caching your WordPress site which helps to speed up your site loading time.
  • WP-PageNavi: It simply adds the fancy pagination links to your blog which replace ← Older posts | Newer posts → to numbers.

 

Start Writing and Be Patient

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Now that you know how to start a blog (frankly, that was the easy part), you now need to know how to make money from it. First thing you should know about making money from blogs is that it isn’t a quick overnight mint, but it’s the way to go for someone who is looking for solid long-term earnings. The key to making money from blogging is to keep on writing and writing and writing more. You’d say that’s kind of obvious, but make no mistake- if you know what you’re talking about, your site will slowly gain credibility and search engines such as Google and Bing will cache more of your posts as web traffic to your blog increases. If you can keep this up, your blog would soon be popular and the go to place for the thing or things you write about. This can’t happen overnight.

 

Monetize your blog with Google AdSense

We recommend Google AdSense because its free and it’s great for passive income. Just set it up and forget that its running. To start with Google AdSense, go the official website and register your blog with the service. Once your blog is accepted by them, it’s time to start placing ads on your blog.

 

Become an Affiliate Marketer

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Affiliate marketing means signing up in the affiliate program of a company and referring its products and services to your readers in your blog via an advertisement, text link or a blog post. This is easy money as you receive commission when your readers buy the products referred by you. However, I would be wise to sign up only with trusted companies as otherwise your blog might lose credibility.

 

Offer Premium Content

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Not everything in your blog has to be for everyone’s eyes. Keep some content as premium which can only be accesses in exchange for a fee. You can even make subscription plans if you have a good following. In the event that your blog is about giving lessons in some language or particular discipline, and if you have a dedicated user base, this is a very lucrative and easy way of having a recurring income.

 

Get Started Already!

What are you waiting for? Procrastination is the devil of success. Go and get started on that blog. Start today, this very moment and don’t put it off till tomorrow. If you put it off once, chances are you will never start because you won’t be convinced about this as long as you don’t try this. So start right now and march on the road to success.  Bon Voyage!

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