Top 9 ways to start a blog and make money within 6 months. Here we will look into all aspects of blogging and monetization.
Over the years there was little competition in blogging because so many people didn’t see it as a potential source of income but these days there are millions of blogs out there and people make a living from them.
This post will lead you step by step till you create your desired blog, show you how to keep your blog up and running and how to get enough traffic.
How to discover your passion
This is the first step and people tend to find this step difficult, but don’t worry I got you covered.
Now discovering your passion is important because this is what you will write about.
In discovering your passion, you need to write about something you love and can’t do without if you haven’t discussed it.
If you pick a topic which you don’t have much interest in, certainly you will run out of ideas and you might get stuck on the long run. So I advice that you ask your friends and family what they think you like talking about and then you’re good to go.
Secondly you have to also talk about what people loves searching for on Google.
If you really want a large audience and you want to monetize your blog, you need to choose a good topic which people love.
I will show you how to know popular topics and searches. Open your browser, search on Google e.g. Animals, you will see the search results for animals within some seconds.
If the search is high then you’re good to go. If it’s low, that’s not a good topic.
How to select a perfect domain name
In the world of blogging, it’s all about competition.
Out there, most of the good domain names have been taken because people create blogging sites every day. But don’t be afraid because you will still find a perfect domain name.
Choose a .com: I advice you select a .com because it is prevalent and people tend to remember it easily.
Let your domain name be short: Avoid using more than three words for a domain name so that people can be able to remember it. Use your name if you find it difficult to get a good domain name and if it’s a personal blog.
Avoid numbers and hyphens: Numbers and hyphens are difficult to remember, make sure your domain name is plain and straight.
Let it be easy to spell and pronounce: Do not choose a name for your domain because you like that name, choose names that can be easily spelt and pronounced.
Take a good look at that one more time and now know the best domain name to choose.
Firstly, if you have gotten a domain name, head to Bluehost, Namecheap or Godaddy to purchase that domain name.
If your domain name is not available, all you have to do is to use their tool to check for related available domain names. Prices of domain names will also be listed out so that you can choose.
How to select the best web host
So far, Bluehost has been the best web host and it is recommended by WordPress for bloggers both old and new, Bluehost is also SEO friendly.
Bluehost has cheap plans that you can choose then as time goes on, you can upgrade to a higher plan for it to suite your blog.
You can check out Bluehost for their services. Bluehost also gives 30 days money back guarantee.
Another good web host is Namecheap. This is the cheapest host so far, you can start your blog on Namecheap with as low as one dollar but you can still upgrade to higher plans as your blog grow.
One good thing about Namecheap is that they sell and host domains so you don’t have to go through the stress of buying a domain elsewhere and host that domain elsewhere.
There are also other good hosts like Hostinger, Hostgator and Contabo, smartweb etc.
Before selecting a host, check out their services e.g. ssl, cdn, site security and site uptime guarantee.
This is how to know a good host.
How to create quality contents
Creating quality contents is not difficult at all, all you have to do is to make serious researches, stay focused on that topic and ask questions when necessary.
For example if you want to write a topic on marketing, just look for sites that discusses marketing such as marketing institute and Neilpatel so that you can get quality contents and from those contents, you can create yours.
Also you should learn to use sub-headings so that your reader will know when he/she has started reading a new sub-topic.
Creating quality contents will make Google love and rank your site high.
For a beginner, you can start with 2,000 words. Neilpatel’s how to write a 2,000 word article in 2 hours will help you a lot.
The more words your article contains, the more easier it will be for Google to rank your page.
This doesn’t mean you should go off the main point.
Your work status determines your posting frequency.
For full-time and part-time bloggers, posting frequency matters a lot because a standard blog that can drive up to 50,000 page views a day needs a lot of articles.
Let me advice you, if you’re a student and you wish to use blogging as a part-time work, I will advice you to post at least once every week.
I also started blogging as a student so I know how stressful it is to write a standard article with pictures and all school stress.
If you start posting once every week, try as much as possible not to miss a week and don’t be in a hurry. Take your time to create quality contents.
This same advice is also applicable to workers. If you want to be a full time blogger, then you have to publish at least three posts in a week.
Do you know why news sites rank well on Google search engines?
News sites rank well because they post news updates everyday and in a bid to keep to date, they go as far as employing people to work for them.
Think of Lindaikejisblog, that’s a typical example of an updated news site.
These news sites employ people and give them different areas of concentration.
On news sites, some people discuss sports, some discuss politics, some discuss fashion and some discuss celebrity lifestyles and so on.
As a student or a part-time blogger you don’t need such stressful activity
Join social media platforms and share your contents there
This is a very nice way to improve your traffic.
Social media platforms have been over the years highly recommendable for increase in traffic.
Like I stated in my previous post.
Social media can also help you reach your target audience and people who are interested in your services.
Social media platforms that are recommended are
So also see my previous post on best times to post on social media.
Avoid copyright infringement
If you copy and paste peoples content without permission, definitely you will receive a takedown notice from DMCA. DMCA means Digital Millennium Copyright Act and it is a United States law.
My post on All about DMCA and copyright infringement will explain better. DMCA is very strict with their policies and any page with a copyrighted material won’t appear much on search engines and it will in fact be demoted.
A copyrighted page may lead to the demotion of the entire website because Google works with DMCA and is also against copyright infringement.
DMCA has the power to locate any website with a copyrighted material anywhere in the world and send them a takedown notice.
Place ads to earn
This is the last stage if you want to monetize your blog. Place ads on your blog and get paid as a publisher.
What are ads? Ads are paid contents that advertisers use to get their business and services across their audience over the internet.
There are advertisers and publishers. Someone who own and create contents or write ups is known as a publisher while someone who pays ad networks such as Google Adsense or Media.net to display his or her products and services on blogs is known as an advertiser.
There are so many ad networks out there but Google Adsense is the best.
Google Adsense is the best because it pays high on cpm (cost per mille) and impressions. Google Adsense is quite difficult to get on your blog because Google is strict on its verification policies.
The second as I stated earlier is Media.net. Media.net is the best alternative to Adsense because it is owned by Divyank Turakhia. If you don’t get approved by Adsense, you can try Media.net.
Other ad networks are Propeller ads, Adsterra, Infolinks.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Yes, beginner bloggers make enough money depending on how much time they spend on their blog and how active they are. Some bloggers make 5 figures in a year while some make 6 figures within 6 months.
Money making on your blog is not a get rich fast scheme, it’s a slow and steady process. Beginner bloggers make money mostly through ad networks, cost per click (CPC) and cost per mille (CPM)
Yes, you can make money blogging in 2021. All you have to do is to be focused and know your target audience. Making money as a blogger in 2021 will be much easier if you spend some time to read my article on Top 9 ways to start a blog and make money within six months.
If you want to start a blog, all you have to do is to purchase a domain name from Namecheap, Godaddy or Bluehost. After purchasing your domain name, just look for a good web host and host your site. After that, install the required plugins and publish your posts. These are what you should know first.
1. Weebly: Free for website building with their free drag and drop tool.
2. WordPress: This is the most popular and used blogging platform and it is the best.
3. Blogger: This platform has been there for years and it is free.
4. Tumblr: This platform is meant mostly for micrblogging.
5. Wix: Good platform with their drag and drop website builder.