That’s great! It’s a fantastic hobby to have and many people make money from it through monetising blogs.
So you want to explore starting a blog, lets get started with the basics and start you off right.
There are a number of ways that people can make money through blogging which you may want to read first. If it’s still for you then come on back over.
The blogosphere is full to the brim of people talking about ‘how to start a blog’, running through how to get yourself started but do you know what blogging before you leap into it and start listening to people or buying courses as that’s what they want you to do.
Mommy bloggers, lifestyle, food and fashion bloggers are all promoting either Blue Host or Siteground as the preferred hosting service best placed as home to your blog.
If you’re just creating a personal blog do it on Blogger, you’re doing it for passion and not just for money. You can add advertising to it to earn a bit extra if you want to and you can promote products of other social media platforms . through affiliate marketing but you’re a way from that yet.
Get the basics bossed first and they you can work on that.
What you need.
Your own space on the net – via hosted or self hosted.
A domain name
A SSL certificate (when you visit a website it doesn’t flag that it’s potentially dangerous if you have this). No one wants to visit a site that has a warning that they may steal your identity etc.
I would massively recommend that you either look at Blue Host or Siteground as a place to host your blog, this is going to be the biggest expense in starting you off but if you choose the basic option for now, it’s the cost of a night out essentially.
I use Siteground for everything and I would highly recommend them, the support they offer is essential if you make an error in starting out.
You will need WordPress, WordPress is a foundation of so many blogs and websites it’s insane.
Mainly due to flexibility and ease of use, you can have many different plugins with WordPress not that you need to worry about those just yet.
Choosing A Domain Name
Time for a brainstorm here!
What are you going to write about?
Are there any words that people will automatically search for to currently find the information you are wanting to put out there?
What about your name – if you are going to pitch yourself as an authority figure then this can really work for you.
- Go along to Namecheckr and see if the names that you want are available.
- Always aim for a .com extension as these are ones people trust.
- Do not use brand names in your domain as they will shut you down
- Keep it simple, no hard to spell words
- Keep it short and to the point
One thing I would suggest you do but you may not have the chance at this if you have already taken the leap before reading this is do some research. This is essential on a blog that you hoping to make money from.
- Look at who is out there at the moment in your niche
- Where do they rank on Google, Bing and even DuckDuckGo
- What type of posts do they write
- How detailed are their posts and can you do better
- Can you write 30 + posts of at least 3000 words on subjects in the niche?
If you head over to the Facebook group I will soon be giving the best hints and tips for finding out all the best ways to do your research and making sure that you are setting off in the right direction. Read more about the Facebook group by hopping on over here.