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 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 the cheapest online business you can start today).
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.
Pros and Cons of Starting a Blog
- 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
- 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.
There are different types of blogging platform, some are free while others are paid, some are easy to setup whereas the other seems too complicated to setup (in other words, it will require you to have a programming (coding) skill).
Types of Blogging Platform
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 Bluehost 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, but don’t expect you can make money right of bat 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
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 Bluehost.
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
- Login 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 describe what you want to blog about.
Get a Domain name and web hosting
- Head over to Bluehost.com, 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 login.
- 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 can happy 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.
How I make money from my blog
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 network (though I still use some).
My main aim of creating mitrobe.com is to lecture people on various digital skills and how to use them to achieve a desired result.
I am a Digital Entrepreneur, with the following additional digital skills.
- Running an effective Facebook Ads campaign
- Running an effective Instagram Ads campaign
- Creating and customizing of blog, e-commerce shop
- Freelance writing service
- Copywriting service
- Digital consultancy
- Graphics designing service
- Onpage SEO optimization
- Social media influential
- Mini – Importation
- Affiliate marketing
- Content marketing
- Email marketing
- Direct ad sales
- Selling courses online
- Information marketing
- 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’s more customer, 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.
And also, I make money from my blog through affiliate marketing and displaying of ads.
6 Ways to make money from blogging
- Affiliate product sales
- CPC/PPC Ads
- CPM Ads
- Direct ad sales
- Offer Freelance Services
- 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 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 master.
There are a handy of affiliate marketing program to sign up, I will list a few that are best for beginners.
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
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 a 1,000 impressions. I love this CPM based ad and that what am using here on mitrobe.com
Here are dropdown 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 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 a space on your site for them to place their ad. In 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.
Offer Freelance Services
Do you have any skills? You can use your blogging influence to promote and market your skills to get prospective client. Have you heard of NeilPatel. He is one of the world greatest successful marketer.
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 client to hire him by blogging about is expertise and showing 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?
- 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 (scamner) and if you don’t exercise intergrity you won’t make it, because the sales of your bad products will tarnish your brands 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 of 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
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. So if you are you are interested to access to this report. JUST USE THE FORM BELOW.
I am sure with this simplified guide you have now known how to start a blog and make money. Meanwhile if there is any question you can ask using the comment box, I will ensure I answer every single comment.