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How to Start a Blog and Make Money in 2020

How to start a blog and make money right of the bat?

This question keeps coming in my inbox every single day, and I began to ponder because it’s simple.

If you want to learn how to start a blog and make money with the speed of light then you should consider starting your blog on a professional blogging platform.

Let me give you an analogy.

If you want to open a successful restaurant, would you use ingredients you could find for free? Of course not because who knows what kind of ingredients you would be getting at no cost. You would start with the best ingredients you could afford.

Lucky for you – it doesn’t cost much to start a money-making blog (in other words, it’s ‘among the cheapest online business you can start today and make a serious profit).

So before I drive you into how to start a blog and make money, let take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of blogging, so you don’t get caught up in your blogging business.

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Pros and Cons of Starting a Blog

Pros

  • Blogging is fun and rewarding, you get to write about things you enjoy and you still earn doing so.
  • You will learn new things and uncover new knowledge as you continue researching and writing articles
  • Blogging is a way to break through the limiting beliefs that are holding you back from experiencing your best life
  • Blogging can at last turn out to be your lifetime income source.
  • You can touch a live through your blog

Cons

  • You may not see results in your first few months of blogging
  • Caring out some blogging tasks are quite tiring
  • To need to be a fast learner to meetup the blogging task.

Blogging Platforms

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There are different types of blogging platforms, some are free while others are paid, some are easy to setup whereas the other seems too complicated to set up (in other words, it will require you to have a programming (coding) skill).

Types of Blogging Platform

  • Wordpress.org
  • Blogger
  • Wordpress.com
  • Wix
  • Stumbleupon
  • Squarespace

There are so many blogging platforms to choose from but the professional, and most widely used one is WordPress.org It is the #1 blogging software in the world.

If you want to start a WordPress blog for cheap, going with Domainking to run your blog is the answer.

You can start your blog with Domainking.ng for as low as N375 ($1.5) a month (a discounted rate I personally negotiated and that is available only through my link on > Domainking Discount).

The best investment you can make is signing up for the 12-month hosting plan through Domainking. You save money by signing up for at least 12 months.

If you change your mind later, you can get a refund at any time. In six months if you decide to get a refund (you won’t because you’ll enjoy blogging so much), you can get a partial refund for your unused time.

Why are you paying for Hosting and Domain?

Remember I listed the types of blogging platforms (both free and paid). You can decide not to pay for hosting and domain by starting your blog on a blogging platform like Blogger.com, but don’t expect you can make money so quickly with a free blog.

I already mentioned how it would be like using free ingredients to cook when opening a restaurant business.

So that, why you are paying for hosting and domain, here, is why you should ever want to start your money-making blog with wordpress.org

  • Make money off your blog through adsense
  • Make money off your blog through freelancing
  • Build a successful and customizable blog
  • Have a professional looking website that attracts visitors and customer
  • Easy to create paid online course
  • Have full ownership of your blog
  • Easy to create a paid membership
  • Easy to tweak and setup
  • Easy to create a online shop
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The reason is simple – customization and flexibility.

Free blogging services like Blogger don’t allow you to add all of the features available with paid hosting and that alone will hinder you from making money blogging quick.

I have been building online businesses and e-commerce websites since 2016. I would never in my life start a new website with a “free” blogging or “free” website platform.

If you do, within months your website is going to start growing, and you’re going to have to switch to a paid platform anyway.

You will have thrown away all that time (and lost money in the process).

Let me give you another analogy.

With free blogging platform/hosting, it’s like renting an apartment that has steel walls. You can’t use a hammer and nails to hang pictures, install shelves, put up wallpaper, or hang a TV mount.

With paid hosting, your apartment is like a modular office space you can customize however you want.

You can move the walls around, put nails in to hang pictures everywhere you want, install shelves, mount five TVs around the place, etc.

Heck, you can even cut a hole in the wall and stick in a new window if you want.

You need to be able to customize your site to your desired taste if you want to make money.

For example, if you want to make money from advertising, advertisers prefer professional looking websites.

A professional looking website is much harder to get with the free blogging services, which is just one more reason to go with a hosting platform like Domainking.

How to Start a Blog and Make Money in 4 Steps

Focusing on the topic of today which is How to start a blog and make money, I have simplified the whole process in just 4 steps.

  • Find a domain name
  • Get a domain and web hosting
  • Install WordPress
  • Log in and start blogging

Find a domain name

  • Go to domize.com and search until you find a domain name that’s available or you brainstorm a name for your new blog.
  • If possible choose a domain name that fully describes what you want to blog about.

Get a Domain name and web hosting

  • Head over to Bluehost.com if you are a non-Nigerian if you are Nigerian head over to Domainking.ng and purchase your desired domain name and hosting plan.
  • Now follow the remaining steps to complete your purchase

Install Wordpress (with a little help)

  • If you don’t know how to install WordPress, use the chatbox in Bluehost or Domainking
  • When you get their support team online, just say you want to install WordPress on your blog.
  • Whoever you’re talking to will hold your hand and walk you through the process (if not, please contact me to assist you). When complete ask for login details or check your mail

Login to Wordpress

  • Once you have gotten your login information, you can go to http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin and log in.
  • Now that you’re logged in to WordPress, you can begin making changes on your site and/or publish your first post.

This four simplified step should get you up and running.

Meanwhile, if you need more detailed instructions I am happy to offer you assistance. Just use the contact form below and shoot me a message.

Making Money From a Blog

Now, this is the aspect of blogging most people don’t understand.

You can start making money off your blog from day 1 of creating it.

How?

There are hundreds to thousands of ways to make money through blogging.

I will walk you through the most effective ways you can use today to start making up to hundreds to thousands of dollars from your newly created blog.

But first, I will leak my little secret on how I make money with my blog.

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How Do I make money from my Blog

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Permit me to use this section to lay it all out, the mind-blowing ways I use to make a recurring income from my blog.

I start blogging with a different perspective of blogging.

I didn’t start mitrobe.com just because I want to make money through the display of Google Adsense, or other ads networks (though I still use some).

My main aim in creating mitrobe.com is to lecture people on various digital skills, business strategies, and how to use them to achieve the desired result.

I am a Digital Serial Entrepreneur, with the following additional digital skills.

  • Running an effective Facebook Ads campaign
  • Running an effective Instagram Ads campaign
  • Creating and customizing of a blog, e-commerce shop
  • Freelance writing service
  • Copywriting service
  • Digital consultancy
  • Graphics designing service
  • Onpage SEO optimization
  • Social media influential
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Mini – Importation
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Content marketing
  • Email marketing
  • Direct ad sales
  • Selling courses online
  • Cryptocurrency Trader
  • Reviewing/sponsored post

There are so lot more to mention and many more as I keep learning and practicing to increase my portfolio.

Anyways if you need any of my services above, you can contact me using my blog contact page.

So, I created this blog to get more customers, and through the use of content marketing and other digital skills, I have been able to achieve my goals in getting online jobs and projects.

Recently, I have shared how I raked in more than N100k in 2weeks from promoting a networking business online via my blog.

There are a lot more case studies I have shared over time, so if you do follow me on socials you will be aware.

6 Ways to make money from Blogging

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  1. Affiliate product sales
  2. CPC/PPC Ads
  3. CPM Ads
  4. Direct ad sales
  5. Offer Freelance Services
  6. Sell Digital Products

Affiliate product sales

I am certain you have heard of the word “Affiliate Marketing”. Let me simplify everything about affiliate marketing for you in just a few lines.

Let assume you sell Sofa, and I refer someone to your store who’s interested to buy Sofa. If the customer then purchases the Sofa, you send me a pay (a percent of the sales price).

Hope it clearer now!

I won’t emphasize more on affiliate marketing because I have discussed that earlier, of which I titled Can I make money through affiliate marketing. So go check it out.

There is a handy of the affiliate marketing program to sign up check out the best affiliate program alternative to Clickbank for Nigerians. , I will list a few that are best for beginners.

  • Warriorplus
  • CJ.com
  • Shareasale.com
  • Linkshare.com
  • E-junkie.com
  • Flexoffers.com
  • Jvzoo.com

CPC/PPC AD

CPC (cost per click) and PPC (pay per click) ads are usually an easy but yet effective way to monetize your blog. There are usually in the form of banners that you place in your content or sidebar. Each time a reader clicks on the ad, you are paid for that click.

Here are some companies that offers this program

  • Google Adsense
  • Sulvo.com
  • Outbrain.com
  • Taboola.com
  • Mgid.com

CPM Ads

CPM (cost per impression) is ads used to monetize a blog. It slightly differs from CPC/PPC and the difference is in CPM you don’t need anyone to click on the ad before you earn your profit. Your profit is calculated based on 1,000 impressions. I love this CPM based ad and that what am using here on mitrobe.com

Here are drop down list of some companies that offers CPM ad

  • Media.net (the one am using currently)
  •  Epom Ad Server

Direct ad sales

Well, you may choose not to work with any ad network, or still, you may also decide to work with an ad network. Whichever way you want it you can still sell spaces on your site and make income.

If you end up with enough traffic, advertisers may come directly to you and ask you to sell space on your site for them to place their ads. On the other way, you can also shoot a pitch to companies, advertisers yourself.

The difference from the direct ad sales and the one above is that there is no middle man, which means you can set your own ad rates.

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A sample of direct ads is the one I did recently for one of my advertisers, check it here Rapido Sponsored Ad

Offer Freelance Services

Do you have any skills? You can use your blogging influence to promote and market your skills to get prospective clients.

Have you heard of Neil Patel? He is one of the world’s greatest successful marketers.

This is what he does (the one secret I learnt from him that double x my blogging income)

He uses blogging and content marketing to get prospective clients to hire him by blogging about is expertise and showing a case study.

So, what are you good at, start blogging about it because someone out there, somewhere is in need of your services!

Sell Digital Products

This is a blog monetization strategy you should not toy with, it has the power to make and break your blogging business.  

I will explain better.

Don’t just go out there and start selling digital products (like e-books) to people, just because you want to make quick money from blogging without answering these 2 questions

  • Will it solve their problem?
  • Will it add value to their life?

Warning

  • Don’t sell a product for someone when you know they won’t find value in it.
  • Don’t sell a product that doesn’t offer value
  • Don’t sell a product on topics you are not knowledgeable about
  • Don’t sell a product that is fake

Why am I warning you?

It is because blog readers are quick to fish out someone who is not Trustworthy (scammer) and if you don’t exercise integrity you won’t make it, because the sales of your bad products will tarnish your brand’s image and bring nothing but bad reviews for you.

Frequently ask questions

What should I blog about?

Blog about what you are knowledgeable about, a topic you are passionate to discuss non-stop. Because if you blog about a topic you’re mildly interested in, you won’t stick with it, it will become a waste of time and you won’t be successful.

Why should I blog?

There are many reasons why anyone would want to blog. And it’s still a great time to get started. It is not just rewarding, but a way to express what you are made off to the world to see.

How much can I make Blogging?

The one fact about blogging is that your income is flexible. i.e. you can make a non-limited amount of money from your blog. It all depends on your strategic input.

The Blogging Book

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Don’t ponder! The Blogging Book is a simplified step-by-step guide, that will guide you on how to start a blog and make money right away.

I took my time to write this guide that vividly touchés every aspect of blogging & blogging promotion strategies such as:

  • SEO
  • Content Marketing
  • Vlogging (YouTube Blogging)
  • Blogging Essentials
  • My Best Blogging Strategy
  • Blogging resources I use and lots more.

The guide is so simplified that you won’t even need my assistance to setup some technical kinds of stuff, check some pages on the Blogging Book below, and see what to expect.

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So if you are you are interested to access A FREE COPY OF THE BLOGGING BOOK. JUST USE THE FORM BELOW.

In conclusion

I am sure with this simplified guide you have now known how to start a blog and make money.

But then, this is just a blog post and I don’t want to make it any longer. There are other aspects of blogging like SEO (Search engine optimization) and others I didn’t mention.

Moreover, this other blogging aspect I skipped is vital in your blogging success, so I urge you to request a copy of my Blogging Book where I have explained from A-Z about blogging & Extras.

I have kept that part aside for serious and dedicated individuals, so I don’t motivate the wrong set of people to start a blog.

Meanwhile, if there is any question you can ask using the comment box, I will ensure I answer every single comment.

Thanks Once again for visiting Mitrobe Network.

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Johnmiracle Ejikeme

I am Johnmiracle Ejikeme, from Nigeria. A passionate blogger and a young digital marketing nerd. Welcome to my space in the Internet were I walk you through Digital Marketing, and the Fun aspect about blogging as a career. Just keep checking on me, sure you gonna learn some working digital skills.

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