If you’ve been wondering how to start a blog for free, I am here to help you. But here’s another question, do you also want to make money? If yes, then you have absolutely come to the right place. I have only been blogging for a few months and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have taken this step. As I prepare for a transition to retirement, I have been thinking of ways that I can continue to help people and supplement by retirement income…not by finding another 8 – 5 job but by working online and from anywhere in the world!
Okay, my wife will go crazy if I’m just hanging around the house all the time so I have started to blog and I keep reminding her that blogging will ensure that I have something to do…so that I won’t drive her crazy. And guess what…I love blogging as I see it as a way to help others by sharing some of my life experiences. If you’re like me, the only reason we seem to have some wisdom is from making tons of mistake and learning from each one of them!
In this blog, I would like to share my journey as I started my blog. I was amazed at how popular blogging has become to share information, communicate and express opinions. It became very obvious through my research that bloggers are making money…there are multiple ways to make money with a blog when you have quality content and attract traffic. The very first thing I found is that developing my blog and being successful takes a lot of work! If I haven’t scared you off with that statement, let’s get started.
What is your Niche?
Okay, what are you going to blog about? Who would you like to help and what kind of information are people looking for? Only your own imagination is the limit! A niche is simply another word for an “audience” or a distinct segment of a market who share your passion for a particular topic. Click here and I will help you choose a niche all with the intent of helping your audience.
Choose Your Blogging Platform
My research through several options for a blogging platform has brought me to WordPress…and the best news is that WordPress is free to use. The very best blogs are rich in content and WordPress provides a platform that can easily manage content in all forms including text, photos, clip art, video and audio files.
What do you get from WordPress?
- You can readily customize the look and feel of your blog by selecting from more than 1,500 free WordPress themes.
- It is also possible to purchase a theme if you feel you need more bells and whistles.
- You can also add additional features and capabilities by installing free WordPress plugins…hundreds of plugins you can choose from.
Choose Your Very Own Domain Name
What is a Domain Name? It establishes your address and unique identity on the internet.
How do you choose a Domain Name? Choose a name that is easy to remember, descriptive of your content and conveys trust.
So far so good…but if you are like me when I was getting started you have already researched a number of blogging platforms and read reviews, both positive and negative. I was incredibly fortunate to come across an online community with countless outstanding reviews and, incredibly, I was able to try it for free!
Seriously, Wealthy Affiliate offers a free Starter Membership (no credit card required) with everything you need to get started the right way.
Your Starter Membership allows you to create 2 free websites with hosting on the SiteRubix platform and WordPress. The Starter Membership includes access to an online course called “Online Entrepreneur Certification – Getting Started (Level 1)” with 10 free lessons…yes, I thought it was too good to be true!
It is everything and more. The Starter Membership is not a trial offer. You can continue on as a Starter Member indefinitely. Of course, if you like what you have in the Starter Membership, you can choose to gain access to many more services and more detailed training by becoming a Premium member…by the way, it took me about two weeks to realize I wanted to become a Premium member.
Please note you are not required to ever upgrade your membership. Like many WA members, you can choose to remain at the starter level for long periods of time. Read my Getting Started Online page and I will help you learn to create your very own blog.
Awesome Content Will Bring Traffic
It’s all about awesome content that is focused on helping your target audience…your niche! One of the first things you will want to do is create an About Me . This will provide an opportunity for your audience to learn more about you and build an online relationship. Many studies indicate that About Me pages are the most frequently visited pages on blogs.
Adding new content to your website through posts that focus on answering questions and providing information that your readers are looking for will increase traffic when visitors return to your website on a regular basis.
Your posts will target keyword phrases that searchers are typing into the Google and other search engines and will attract new readers. Posting blogs on a regular basis and delivering quality content will result in higher page rankings.
Watch the short video below to get Google’s perspective on creating content for your blog.
Earn Income From Your Blog
Traffic to your website will provide countless opportunities to earn income from your blog. Affiliate Marketing . Affiliate marketing is the simplest and most straightforward approach to making money with a blog by earning commissions in return for promoting goods and services that I have used and continue to use.
There are countless affiliate programs out there…they are free and so easy to sign up for. The best news is that because I am not selling a product, I don’t have the hassle of inventory, shipping or collecting payments from customers…the organizations I represent as an affiliate look after all of these details. Can it get any easier…especially, if you are like me and want to retire early while working from my home or the beach!
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I hope that I have helped you in your decision on whether to blog or not blog. I would love to hear from you…please let me know what you decide and if I can answer any questions you might have…I want to help you make a decision that works for you!
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My Personal Commitment
If there is anything about this process that you have questions about, please know that I want to help. Please post your questions here and I will get right back to you…we are in this together! Here is a link to my profile.
All the best!