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How To Start A Blog That Makes Money

How to start a blog

When people think of making money online, one of the first options that come to mind is starting a blog. Yeah, blogs are a viable idea; they can get you noticed online and help you have a tribe of your own. It is easy to start a blog. I mean, it could be done in 15 minutes. Making money from it, though, is an entirely different subject matter.
This article will show you how to start a blog that will make you money. If you can master these skills, you are on your way to making some good money from your blog.

In a nutshell, here’s how to start a blog you can make money from.

  1. Choose a blog niche
  2. Pick a domain name and blog name too
  3. Decide On Your Blogging Platform (CMS)
  4. Find a Good Webhost
  5. Write Useful content
  6. Promote Your Content
  7. Monetize Your Blog

Here’s an overview. Well, let’s take a deep dive into how to start a blog that makes money.

  1. Choose a Blog Niche

What topic would you like to blog about in what niche? Not all blog niches are created equal; some are more financially viable than others. Some blog niches are saturated (such as entertainment), and it would be complicated to make headway there.
Your knowledge and passion also is another way for you to decide what you’d like to write. If you’re passionate about a specific topic and knowledgeable, not only will you be willing to put in the work, but you’d have something to say. This combination alone can earn you return visitors.

  1. Pick a Domain Name and Blog Name Too

Your blog has to have a name, right? So pick one that’s easy to remember and would stand you out from your competitors. Please make a list of characters you might want and try pronouncing them out loud to hear how they sound. The name could be something that ties you to a particular niche or a random name entirely. Just make sure that it is easy to remember, resonates with why you, your readers, and why you’re starting a blog.

  1. Decide On Your Blogging Platform (CMS)

The blogging platform is where you are going to put up your content. This platform gives you the space to write on your blog and design what you want it to emulate. There are many blogging platforms out there. Some are paid, and some are free. However, if you ever intend to make money from blogging, you should use a paid platform.
Paid platforms give you freedom and flexibility to do whatever you want with your site. From design to database management, plug-ins, and all paid CMS is the way to go.
CMS means (Content Management System), that another name for blogging platforms. For example, WordPress is a paid CMS, and it also has a free forum. Other free CMS include Blogger, Medium, Tumblr, and Quora, to mention a few.

  1. Find a Good Webhost

A web host gives you an online space so that when people enter your domain name, they can find you online. It is that place where you host your content. There are many useful web hosting companies available. Your website needs, budget, speed of the hosting company, and of course, their reputation are some of the factors you’ll consider when choosing a hosting company.

  1. Write Useful Content

Are you trying to make people read your blog right? Then you have to be able to put out content that’s important to them; Content that they find valuable, content that answers their questions and solves their problems. It is the way to get repeat readers.
How do you get to know what resonates with your readers? Here are a few things to do
It would be best if you created a profile of who your ideal reader is.
Their challenges are regarding your blog topics, where they hang out online, that is, other blogs, forums, and social media platforms. This intent will give you an idea of how to tailor your content to suit them.
As you write your articles, remember to put SEO into consideration. SEO is essential if you want your blog to turn up on search engine result pages.

  1. Promote Your Content

Now, here’s the part of blogging that people fail to talk about today. After you’ve created that well thought out and well-designed post that will solve peoples problems, they have to see it. If they don’t see it, there’s no engagement for you, and if no arrangement for you, no readers, if no readers, it would be difficult to make money from your blog.

Places to Promote Your Content
Social Media:
It is a way to get your work out in the open. Of course, there are many social media platforms. The kind of content you produce and your niche will also determine what media you should use. Instagram is great for photos, and Twitter works for blog content, news, Facebook is excellent for curated content. Youtube works well for videos. So know your niche and what works well for them.
Message Boards and Forums:
Sometimes being an authority on certain subjects can make people seek you to hear your thoughts on related matters.

  1. Monetize Your Blog. To effectively monetize your blog, the steps I mentioned above must have been followed to the latter.
    There are various ways to monetize your blog. They include
    Affiliate programs
    Digital products/online courses
    Adverts and sponsored contents
    To create a blog that can earn you money, you need to have followed the steps listed above. If you do, then making money from your blog naturally follows.

Written by Chinedu Oparah