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How to create a blog and make money

Before we start, no, it is not too late to start a blog. Many people have dreams of becoming bloggers and sharing their views with the world, but because they feel like it’s too late, they give up on that goal.

I’m here to tell you that it is indeed possible to set up your blog in a couple of minutes even as a beginner. In this article, I’m not just going to show you how to set up your blog quickly, I’m going to show you how to make money from it! Let’s start with how to get that blog of yours running first of all.

Part one: how to create a blog

1. Decide what kind of blog you want

Linda Ikeji may have made blogging popular in Nigeria, but gossip blogs are not where it ends when it comes to types of blogs in Nigeria. There are so many types of blogs from more popular ones like politics blogs to less known ones like surfing blogs. In case you are still confused about what type of blog you desire, here is a list of options to get your creative juices flowing.

Types of blogs

Finance blogs
Parenting blogs
Beauty and skincare blogs
Education blogs
Fashion blogs
News blogs
Gardening blogs
Food blogs
Lifestyle blogs
2. Choose a niche

A niche is a smaller section of a particular blog type that you want to focus on. Even after deciding the kind of blog you want, you still need to be laser-focused on what your blog topic is. The list above is a broad overview of the generic types of blogs. You need to go a step further to determine your niche.

Cutting down to a niche is very important because it increases your chances of having a higher number of readers. A niche is very different from a blog type. A beauty blog is a type of blog, but makeup tips for women in their 50s is a niche. An education blog is a type of blog, but getting scholarships abroad is a niche! When you get really specific on what you want your blog to be about, it is likely to do much better.

 

3. Pick a name for your blog

Your blog needs a name, obviously. The blog name is more than just a name though. It is a significant aspect of your blog that tells prospective readers what it is going to be about. You should keep the name of your blog short and simple. Choosing a blog name might seem like it is the most inconsequential thing to do, but a bad name can change the whole ball game, negatively!

For example, I have a blog that is about food recipes and I named the blog the professor’s path. How do you think that blog would fare? Badly, of course. That is because the name of the blog does not even remotely relate to what the blog is about and that is a red flag.

Tips for picking a good blog name

Make sure it reflects and describes what your blog is about
Keep it relatively short
Do something different from other blog names, especiallythose in the same niche as you.

 

4. Set up your blog online

So you’ve decided what your blog name and topic should be, the next step gets more exciting: setting it up online. To accomplish this, you need a blog host and blog software.

A blog host is a platform that provides you with web server space so that your blog can exist online. Bluehost is one of the best blog hosts you can find. It makes it easy for beginners to set up their blog in a few minutes.  

For the blog software, I recommend you use WordPress as it is easy for beginners to use. WordPress is one of the best tools for blogging. This is because it helps you to create your blog without having any advanced programming skills.

To set up your blog with Bluehost, follow these steps:

Visit Bluehost
Set up your domain

Your domain name is your blog identity. It is what your readers will search for when they need to find you. You have two options: to create a new domain or to use an existing domain

As a beginner with no prior domain name, select the option to create a new domain, but if you already have an existing domain name, select the existing domain option.

With Bluehost, you can purchase your domain name and still get your hosting service at the same time. To create a new domain name, type in your blog name and click next. The website will then display whether or not it is available.

Choose a plan. Choose between basic, plus, or business pro plan

As a beginner, the best option to start with is the basic plan. You can always upgrade later.

Enter your information into the required fields
Enter your billing information
Click confirm
Create your password
Customize your blog
5. Customize your blog

Now that you have a blog, it is time to get all creative with its outlook. WordPress can help you to customize your new blog. If you use Bluehost as a hosting service, it means that WordPress has already been automatically installed.

Click” log in” and then select a theme of your choice. Feel free to explore the options. If you do not like the basic themes, you can go ahead to upgrade to premium where you’ll have an even broader range of options.

The features you might want to customize are:

Colour
Font size and style
Social media buttons
Headers
Photos
Contact information
Google analytics

Google Analytics is a tool that allows you to get data about the people that visit your page. This is important because it helps you to know how to develop your blog better.

6. Write your first blog post.

By this time, your blog is already fully set up. Congratulations! To get it up and running, the final thing you have to do is write and publish your first blog post. Your first post can be anything really, but most bloggers choose to start with an introduction about who they are and what the blog is about.

Your first blog post is meant to be a sneak peek into what kind of content you plan to put out, so make sure you do it right. After you’ve written your first blog post, the next step is to figure out how to make money from it.

Part two: How to make money from your blog

Now that your blog is all set up, it’s time to make the money! But wait, creating a blog is not an automatic ticket to millionaire land. That means it doesn’t guarantee that you will make six figures in the very first week, but with consistent effort, your blog could become a steady source of income for you. These tips outlined below will help you cash out as soon as possible from your blog.

1. Affiliate marketing

“We earn a small commission when you buy any of the products listed in this article” does that sentence sound familiar to you? If it does, it’s because it’s a popular way for bloggers to make money. When you earn a commission from the sales of someone else’s product, it’s called affiliate marketing. It’s simple.

All you have to do is post the link to the product and that will be the link that your readers click to purchase the product. This is a good way to make passive income from your blog. Most bloggers incorporate these links into product reviews more than any other type of article.

Typically, as a blogger, you are going to be apportioning a good part of your blog to recommend goods and services to your readers. So why shouldn’t you earn money from it?

2. Host ads

Every brand wants to get its message out to the world. When you get your blog up and running, you will find that several businesses will want you to host ads for them. This is your sure opportunity to monetize your blog.

Try sponsored ads. A sponsored ad is a post that showcases or advertises a particular product or service. Blogs are prime sites for adverts so you will get a lot of requests from businesses for you to create sponsored ads on your blog. Sometimes these ads come with a code that enables the company to know how many clients are being generated for their company by your blog.

3. Sell digital products

Digital products are those products you can’t touch with your physical hands, yet they add value to you in some way. E-books, courses, software programs, tutorials, music, and others are examples of digital products. You can create these digital products and set them up on your blog for your readers to buy.

If you want to know how to make money as a food blogger, for example, you can consider creating a digital compilation of all your food recipes and selling it to your readers. If you have an education blog targeted toward students writing their O’level examinations, you might want to create an e-book that holds tips and tricks that could help the students ace their examinations.

They would be delighted to make purchases especially when you have a track record of being great at what you do. Whatever you do, just make sure that your digital products are of high quality, so that you can get positive reviews that will encourage even more readers to buy.

Here’s a tip from me: when you do put your digital product out there, you could publicize it on your social media pages. This will help spread the word to more people. Another thing is to make sure you establish yourself as an authority in that field so that more people will be inclined to buy from you.

4. Guest blogging

You shouldn’t stay limited to your blog. I like the idea of guest blogging because it gives you visibility with a promise of an increased number of readers and it also serves as an extra source of income when you do it right. Some blogs will want you to write for them when they notice what you do and they like it.

5. Start consultation services

People need professional advice on a wide range of issues. You could start up consultation services to help your readers in matters relating to your niche. If you have a photography blog, photographers might want to consult your knowledge and get one-on-one mentoring from you on how to take better pictures.

If you blog about the struggles of being a 21st-century entrepreneur, many business owners will want to consult you on how they can take their business to the next level. You can use video platforms like Zoom or Skype to communicate with your clients or even other platforms like email and social media. Whichever platform you choose, ensure that you deliver value to get those reviews and increased patronage.

6. Sell physical products

Physical products are the exact opposite of digital products. You can customize merchandise like t-shirts and caps. You can also sell items like books and handmade items. If you blog about study and organization tips, planners and cute stationery would be fantastic ideas for physical products.

Sure you have to straighten out the logistics of how to deliver these products, but it’s worth it. If you think about it, it’s a great way to make quick, steady cash from your blog.

7. Host exclusive classes

People just seem to love limited things. It’s obvious in the way they rush limited editions of products and limited seats to events. So why not set up an exclusive group of readers to mentor them on something that they need help with? This point is similar to consulting, but in this case, you are attending to a group of people at the same time as opposed to one-on-one services. This helps you save time, make money, and reach out to more people at the same time.

Conclusion

Creating a blog is one of the most fulfilling ventures ever. When you think about how you get the opportunity to express your views and make money, you’ll see how much of an advantage it is to create your blog. This step-by-step guide on how to create a blog has been made especially with you in mind. What are you waiting for? Just start.

 

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