Blogging for dollars can be a very lucrative career.
Make sure you achieve maximum successby fully understandin the proper “business blogging process”.
The last thing you want to do is build a blog that is considered a spam website by Google.
Nor do you want to spend time blogging content that will never see the light of day in search engines.
Your time, money, and personal passion towards blogging is precious.
So make the most of your time when creating your blog.
Consider taking a proven path that will educate you as you are building your blog/online business.
Learn how to make money blogging for beginners using the following steps.
How to Make Money Blogging For Beginners – 10 Easy Steps
Drum Roll Please!
Step 1: Find Your Passion
You need to really focus on what you’re passionate about. Your passion will ultimately define the theme to your website.
In the online world, we also call this theme or passion a niche.
What do you want to blog about? A hobby, your profession, your interests, you?
Make sure you really take some time to think about it. You will be writing plenty of content in your blog related to your niche, so it helps if you are passionate about that niche.
Tips for Choosing Your Passion/Niche:
- Don’t choose a niche based on the profitability of a niche, but on a need of a specific (niche) audience
- Make sure your niche audience has at least 100,000 people online
- Choose a niche that you love or at lease enjoy, that’s specific, and that has products or services that are associated with that particular niche
- Products can be digital, educational, or commercial by nature
You can read more about how to choose a niche reading this post: How to Find Your Niche
Once you’ve got your niche figured out, take the next step.
Step 2: Find An Affiliate Program
Start searching for affiliate programs or products that you can associate with your niche. There are literally thousands of affiliate products, programs, and networks that you can work with.
Some products have their own affiliate program, but most are set up through affiliate networks.
Affiliate networks manage the tracking of sales and payouts for you as the blogger. Some examples of affiliate networks are…
- Amazon Associates
- eBay Partners
- Rakuten LinkShare
In order to find affiliates for your niche, just take out a piece of paper and write down a few products that you can associate with your blog niche.
Then, put the name of the product into a Google search, add a + sign, and then add the words: Affiliate Programs.
It will look like this.
Immediately, you’ll be able to find affiliate partners to work with. Below are the results of my search for affiliate programs for Bluetooth speakers.
To understand more about affiliate marketing, feel free to check out this post, Internet Marketing Online Affiliate Program.
Step 3: Find A Keyword For Your Website Name
Now that you’ve got your niche nailed down and potential affiliates for your blog, you need to come up with a website name that will help search engines index your site. Something that is related to the keywords of your niche.
For example, if your niche is selling professional baseball cards online, you would want to find a website name to be something like ProBaseballCards.com.
You want to use a name that is short, easy to remember, and brand-able… What was I thinking… Shaymurat.com 🙂
You ideally want to buy a domain name that ends in .com. But .org or .net are fine as well. Also, try to avoid hyphenating the website name if you can.
Step 4: Buy Your Domain Name for Your Blog
To buy your domain name, you can use companies like GoDaddy.com, but many bloggers and website owners feel that GoDaddy tries to up-sell them on too many other products.
I use Wealthy Affiliate Domain Name Service because they don’t have all of the upsells, they have a very good domain search as well (right on their homepage), and they tend to be very quick when updating your DNS settings (Domain Name System) with your hosting.
Domain names should run you about $15 dollars per year.
I will discuss Steps 5 through 10 in further detail below.
At this point, I highly recommend you use an educational program to assist you through Steps 5 – 10.
This will make it so much easier for you to get your site set up correctly, understand how to manage WordPress, and get your blog started on the right path.
I recommend Wealthy Affiliate because they offer an all inclusive training program that will launch your blogging business off to a good start.
Their services include..
- Free State of the Art Cloud Hosting for your Blog site
- 2 Free Websites sponsored through Siterubix.com (for those that just want to blog for the fun, this is perfect)
- 10 Free classes to teach you how to set up and manage your blog through WordPress (That’s an Awesome service that you don’t see being offered by too many other website builders)
- You’ll learn how to write quality content, rank your content/SEO (search engine optimization)
- Webinars on Social Marketing, Ranking YouTube Video’s, Growing Traffic, etc
Feel free to read my full review of the Wealthy Affiliate (WA) program right here.
Like I said, highly recommended for anyone, newbies to advanced.
Step 5: Set Up Hosting
Website or Blog Hosting is where your website lives, it’s like the physical address of a home.
You can get hosting from a number of services. Bluehost.com and GoDaddy.com are two hosting services where you can pay around 5 dollars per month.
You can always buy a yearly membership and pay around $35 – $40 dollars per year.
These services will work fine for your first blog.
I have a couple different websites, so for me it’s much more economical to take advantage of the free hosting through Wealthy Affiliate (they allow hosting for up to 25 sites – like who needs 25 sites) 🙂
Step 6: Installing WordPress
WordPress is the most popular blog and website building content management system to date. It’s easy to use and offers great functionality. This is like the back end of a website, from where you control everything.
The process to install WordPress to your computer is..
1). Download the latest version of WordPress to your computer
2). Unzip the downloaded WordPress file to a folder on your hard drive
3). Create a database for WP on your web server
4). Upload the WordPress files to your web server
5). Run the WordPress installation script
For more details or questions on installing WordPress, you can get more information here.
Sound’s like a bunch of boring steps? It is, there’s a much easier way to get your site up and running.
With the WA program, they have a built in WordPress website creator so it actually takes about 30 seconds to install your WordPress website, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Since Wealthy Affiliate also hosts your blog, you can conveniently access your website directly from the Wealthy Affiliate homepage.
You can also check out your blog’s health, get feedback on your blog and/or blog posts – which is pretty helpful when starting out. Here’s how my access page looks below.
Step 7: Setting Up Your Site
This is also very easy to do with a little help. Before you start blogging, you will need to get familiar with using WordPress as well as install just a few plugins.
Plugins provide functionality to a website. For example, social share buttons on blogs allow you to share content through your social networks – this is completed using a specific plugin. Or say you have products that you sell on your blog, you would use an eCommerce plugin to accept credit card payments.
There are 1,000’s of plugins and you don’t need most of them to get started creating your blog.
The plugins you will first need for your blog are to protect you from spam and maximize your search engine optimization.
You want to keep the number of plugins between 5 – 10 so that you keep the speed of your blog at a maximal level.
This will give your blog audience a better user experience – which is what it’s all about. No one likes a slow blog, right!
The plugins that you will first need to activate will be…
- WP-SpamShield – to protect from spam comments
- All in One SEO or Yoast – get your site indexed right away
- Exclude Pages from Navigation – used in Pay Per Click campaigns
- SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam – to regulate comments
These will be sufficient to start your blogging career off on a safe and productive note.
Below I’ve placed a video to the Wealthy Affiliate classroom on setting up your blog/website. Click below to check it out.
You can see step by step instructions on how to manage and understand WordPress as well as install your initial plugins needed to manage your blog.
Step 8: Finally – Content For Your Blog
Now that you’ve got your blog set up, you will need to understand the importance of content. Content will make or break your ability to make money as a blogger.
Remember, QUALITY CONTENT IS KING in the blogging business.
Don’t want to write content. I didn’t either.
I now outsource most of my content these days. One excellent source for finding original content as well as help boost the process of starting your website is an excellent service called Human Proof Designs (click the link to read our review of these guys).
— Todd Maltzahn (@ToddMaltzahn) August 3, 2017
Content is mostly thought of as written content, but videos and info-graphics are other forms of content that can play a massive rolls in getting traffic to your blog as well as influence your website rankings.
If you want to truly understand how to make money blogging for beginners, the first thing you will need to understand is..
- How to write content based on keyword research that is related to your blog’s niche.
Keywords, and really keyword phrases, are the basis of what your blog audience is searching for online and what you ideally want to provide them.
You want to use low competition keyword phrases so that you will be able to rank faster and easier. If you pick keywords/keyword phrases that are highly competitive, you’ll most likely never get your content in front of your blogging audience.
There are a number of techniques that are utilized to find keywords as well as content ideas for your blog.
- Google Instant in conjunction with the alphabet soup technique
- Low Hanging Fruit/Keywords Technique
- Utilizing Jaaxy Keyword Tool
Each one of these techniques can be discussed in separate blog posts in great detail. So to simplify the process, let’s use another training video provided by Wealthy Affiliate so that you can see how keywords work.
Step 9: Monetizing Your Blog
When people start searching how to make money blogging for beginners, the keyword here is money.
I want you to really take off the emphasis on the money part as you begin creating your blog.
Think more about writing for and helping your blog audience.
Focus on building traffic to your site and growing your blog on a daily basis.
Then as your site gains some clout with Google, Yahoo, and Bing, then you’ll focus on the money.
This can be done by several methods including:
- Private Advertising
- Advertising other company’s products or affiliate banners on the side bars of your blog
- Add Google AdSense to your top ranking blog posts or side bar
- Writing product reviews on Affiliate Products that you support and that are related to your niche
- Advertise and review Amazon products through the Amazon Associates Program
The key to making money from your blog is going to be creating traffic, which is accomplished through content that gets ranked.
Step 10: Share Your Content
Part of getting traffic and ranking your content, is to start to develop your social network and/or become involved in chat forums that are based on your blog niche.
For every blog you write, you want to be sharing it socially on all your social profiles, networks, and groups.
You want to pick social networks that are relevant to your blog niche. Sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Linkedin, Triberr, etc.
This is a big part of getting traffic to your blog and as more visitors engage in your content through social media, you will see better rankings for your blog which will lead to even more traffic.
More Traffic = More Money 🙂
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The key to successful blogging is going into it with the intention of helping people based on something that you are passionate about. If you can help people that share a common niche with you, the money will come.
I hope this has been a helpful guide for you to learn how to make money blogging for beginners, if you have any questions, please leave me a comment below, and I’ll get right back to you.
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