How to Start a Blog and Make Money

There are a never-ending series of excuses that come out when people put off trying to make money with a blog. Two of the most common excuses people have are that they don’t know how to start a blog and make money and that there is too much technical knowledge needed to be able to build a website. To combat these excuses, here we’re going to give a series of steps that anyone with an Internet connection can use to make money blogging without needing any special technical know-how.

Starting Checklist

Before you get started, there is a small list of things that you’re going to need. First, you’re going to want to purchase some basic, inexpensive Internet web hosting that has PHP enabled. You don’t even need to know what PHP is to do this step, and if you aren’t sure, then you can just ask a customer service representative from the web hosting company. Second, you’re going to need to decide on a niche or industry that your blog will center around. Successful blogs don’t jump around to a lot of different topics. Instead, your blog’s content will focus on a single industry or niche. Third, you’ll need to purchase a domain name with a .com, .net or .org extension. This domain name should be something simple and short that identifies the subject matter that will be on your blog. Finally, you’ll want to sign up for a contextual advertising service like Google AdSense or Clicksor.

Making the Website

One of the top complaints people have when they say they want to know how to start a blog and make money is that they don’t know how to build a website and they cannot afford to have someone build it for them. Here’s how to get around that. Go into the control panel area for your web hosting and find the Fantastico scripts. Choose a blogging platform like WordPress, and click the install button. A few moments later, you will have a blog installed on your web hosting. If you choose the WordPress platform for your blog, you’ll only have to deal with a very intuitive content management system that requires little to no technical knowledge.

From here, go into your blog’s options and choose a new theme or layout for your blog and change the title of your blog to match whatever you want your blog to be called. Make sure that in your options you have the option checked that allows search engines to see and index your blog. This is absolutely critical since the search engines are going to be your main source of traffic, and you need that traffic to make money. Finally, make sure to activate the anti-spam features in the options for the plug-ins. This will help to clear out most of the comment spam your blog will get. You need the comments sections of your blog to stay clean since it will eventually be an important place for meeting people and discussing ideas.

Adding Content and Choosing Keywords

To add a post, you’ll simply choose the option from the menu that says something like “Add a Post” or “New Post.” However, you aren’t going to just jump right in and start writing about whatever topics in your industry that you feel like. Instead, you’re going to have a set strategy that will help you to pull in users from search engines. Find a free keyword research tool like the Google Adwords Keyword Tool, type in something general about your industry and hit search. A large list of relevant keywords will come up, and you’ll want to sift through these keyword phrases to find the ones with low competition that you’ll be able to write about. If you have trouble with keyword research, then just choose all of the ones that have 1000 to 5000 searches per month and save the list to your computer. You’ll want to focus on a single keyword in each individual post, and you’ll also want to make each post last for at least 400 to 500 words.

Monetizing Your Blog

Now that you have inspiration for your content, the final step to setting your blog up is to add a contextual advertising block to your posts. If you decided on WordPress or Drupal as your blogging platform, then there are plug-ins available that will do all of this for you. For other content management systems, you’ll need to refer to the help files that came with them since different platforms work in different ways. The reason beginners should choose contextual advertising is that the ad units automatically choose relevant advertisements to display. When you’re first starting your blog, this is better than having to find your own advertisers since you don’t have much to offer and you’ll want to focus on building content. With this final step out of the way, you’ll have your blog up and running and ready to make some money.