How to Start & Monetize a Blog
The best way to start a blog in 2023 is to follow this step-by-step process.
We’ll walk you through the entire process of starting a blog in a series of steps.
Before you can get started on your blog, it’s important to understand what a blog is and how it works. Blogs are websites that allow people to express their opinions on different topics in the form of articles, posts or videos. The main purpose of blogging is to build an audience so that you can make money off of your content by getting paid for ads, affiliate marketing and sponsorships.
Choose your blog niche.
Choosing the right blog niche is essential to achieving success in this field. You must choose a niche that you’re passionate about, but also one that will attract readers and make you some money. This can be tricky since there are so many options out there, but it’s important to find something that you love and feel comfortable writing about.
- Choose a topic/niche that interests you and write about it often.
- Make sure your blog has a decent size audience or else no one will read it!
- Don’t choose too large of an audience because then there is no way anyone could ever reach them all unless they wrote multiple new articles every day which isn’t very practical nor realistic for most people (unless they’re already established writers with huge audiences). Pick something medium sized such as 60k-300k+ monthly visitors per month so there are still lots of people checking out what’s new on their favorite site every month while not being overwhelmed by information overload either… This way everyone gets excited when they see new content coming out now 🙂
Find a great blog name.
Finding a great blog name can be the most challenging part of starting your blog. It’s important that your chosen name is memorable and easy to spell, so you don’t confuse people or leave them guessing. You also want to make sure that your blog name isn’t taken by anyone else before you choose it, because if someone else has already registered that domain and starts using it, then yours will lose its effectiveness.
Having said all this, there are some other rules when it comes to picking out a good title for your website:
- Keep it short — no longer than five words
- Make sure there aren’t any typos (e.g., “Blogger Guide To Blogging For Beginners”)—you don’t want anything offensive or controversial
Pick a blogging platform.
The first step to starting your own blog is picking a platform. There are many blogging platforms, but the most popular and easiest to use is WordPress. The two main versions of WordPress are:
- WordPress.com – This is a free version, which means you don’t have to pay anything for the hosting or domain name, but you won’t have any control over the design or coding of your website. It will look exactly like all other blogs using this platform.
- WordPress.org – This is also free, but you do get more control over how everything looks on your site since it’s coded by hand rather than using templates like on Worpdress’ other version above does (which also makes it harder for beginners). You’ll be able to use themes from other people too though so don’t worry too much about having less control!
Get your own domain name.
Get your own domain name. You’re going to need a domain name for your blog, so you might as well get one now instead of waiting until you’ve already built up some traffic and are ready to launch your site.
Domain names are cheap, but the ones that are available aren’t always memorable or easy to spell, so it’s worth spending a little more money on one that fits into these categories.
You’ll also want to make sure that the domain is available if you decide to register it later on—if someone else has already taken ownership of it, then there’s no point in buying the same one again!
Get hosting for your website.
Hosting is the space on the web where your website files are stored. It’s like a place to live for your blog, so you will need it to set up your website. Your hosting company will provide you with domain name options, which are the names visitors see when they access your blog (e.g., “myblogname.com”).
Hosting companies also offer different types of plans for pricing. You can choose between shared hosting and VPS hosting plans or go all-out with dedicated servers if you want to future proof yourself against unexpected traffic spikes and high demands on resources that might result in slower load times or downtime if not planned properly from the start (this may be particularly useful if you plan on having frequent posts). If this sounds confusing don’t worry—it’s not rocket science!
Set up your blog.
The first step to starting a blog is to create an account. If you have a WordPress.com account, then you can use that one; otherwise, head over to WordPress.org and create a new account with them (the process is the same).
Once that’s done, install their software onto your computer and get started! Once installed (it’ll be very straightforward), open up the dashboard for creating posts in WordPress. Once there, click “New Post” at the top left corner of your screen; this will open up a box asking what type of post you want:
Write content and publish your first blog post.
The first step to starting a blog is writing about a topic that you are passionate about.
I know this sounds obvious, but it’s important. It doesn’t matter how many people read your blog if you don’t enjoy writing it. I’ve seen so many people try and write blogs that they thought they should be writing because they think other bloggers would find them interesting and/or profitable. Do yourself a favor and don’t do that! You need to start with the topic(s) that interest you most because then the rest will come naturally once you get started posting content on your site.
Don’t worry if what comes out isn’t perfect—just get it out there! I used to spend hours editing my first posts before publishing them on my site, but now I just publish whatever comes out first draft style because I know there’s always time later for editing (and also sometimes it’s better not to edit).
The next thing is not worrying too much about copying other blogger styles or formats; just write whatever comes naturally for YOU! If someone else does something differently than what works best for YOU then go ahead and try theirs instead of feeling obligated to choose theirs over yours based solely off of popularity alone (especially since there are so many successful bloggers doing things completely differently from each other).
Customise your blog design, branding & logo.
Once you’ve chosen a blog post template and created your first post, it’s time to personalise the design to suit your brand. This can take quite some time if you want to do it well, but it will be worth it in the end. Here are some tips on how to customise your blog:
- Choose a logo that is unique and recognisable. If someone were looking at a bunch of posts from different blogs, they should instantly be able to tell which one yours is because of its distinctive look and feel. Use an image or symbol that represents what you are trying to achieve with your blog (i.e., if money was no object then perhaps use an image of dollar bills). Remember that this will be used as an icon on social media platforms as well as being featured in advertising space so make sure that whatever you choose looks good at all sizes!
- Get a custom domain name rather than using Blogspot or WordPress subdomains such as www
Monetise your blog with ads like AdSense
AdSense is a popular way to monetise your blog. It’s owned by Google, so it’s easy for them to give you an account and set up your ads quickly.
You can place ads on your homepage, sidebar and footer. You can show text ads, image/video ads or interactive ones (like Facebook’s Canvas). They’re also targeted to specific audiences depending on what type of content they’re viewing at the time.
Monetise your blog with affiliate links like Amazon
Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways to monetize your blog. You earn money by promoting products and services from other companies. So, when you recommend a product or service on your blog, you get paid for it. If you want to start making money with affiliate marketing, here are some steps to take:
- Find a product that you would love talking about on your blog and recommend it to your readers. Read the reviews online before deciding on a product/service that is best suited for your audience.
- Look for an affiliate program (an online store where they provide sellers with access so they can sell their products) where you can start promoting the products/services listed in their catalogs or websites through links provided by them directly into their shopping carts once clicked! This way when someone buys something after clicking through one of these links then they get credited as sales made through them even though technically this isn’t true but just means there was enough traffic generated from those clicks which added up together over time eventually amounted into enough revenue to cover expenses needed for running website operations plus profit margin left over after taxes are paid out too!
Post sponsored articles for brands
This is a type of post that you create and publish on your blog, but brands pay for their inclusion.
A sponsored post isn’t an advertisement in the traditional sense. It’s not something that a brand has created for their own purposes and then handed over to you so that you can write about it (like in an advertorial). Instead, it’s content that is written by *you* but *for* the brand. A sponsored post can come in many different forms:
- a review of one of the brand’s products or services
- an overview/summary of an experience related to that product or service (e.g., visiting their store)
- tips or recommendations on how to use their product/service best
We hope that this guide has helped you understand how to start a blog and make money from it. It’s important to remember that even if your blog isn’t getting the traffic you wanted, or isn’t generating revenue yet, not all is lost. As long as you keep working hard on it and pushing yourself towards your goals, eventually things will turn around for good!
Sarah Johnson is an expert in the finance and business sectors with over twelve years of experience in the industries. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Harvard University and a Master’s degree in Business Studies and has worked for several varying financial institutions throughout her career. Sarah is also an official financial planner and has helped countless individuals and firms with their financial needs.
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