How to Start a Blog (and Make Money) on the Side in 2019
Hi welcome back to gkpedia again if you want to start a blog and get earning from your blogging then your know right place . in this post I am explain you all aspects of creating blog and how to earn money through your blog in details .Hold on for next 15 to 20 minuts I will explain all tricks and tips also.
There are some questions to be hanging you into your mind :
- Where should you start a blog? (Platform for blogging)
- What niche you should pick? (Blog topic)
- What should be your domain name?
- How to buy the domain name?
- Where should you host your blog?
- How to buy hosting for your domain name?
- How to install your blog on the domain name?
- Design of your blog
- Essential elements to make your blog shine
- How to write the first blog post
These all question are covered in current post as well as subsequent post .
Where should you start a blog
You may already have a general idea of what to blog about, but let’s look at a few blogging tips for beginners just in case you are not quite there yet. While developing blog you can select blog platform to write your content over internet with help of wordpress,joomla druuple ,wix and so many platform are available to create blog but most popular platform for creating blog is wordpress. Most of the Bloggers start blogging on the WordPress platform.
I sugest you to use wordpress to develope your blog.because WordPress is popular because it’s easy to use. Here is an interesting fact: 30%to 35% of the websites in the world is powered by WordPress.. To install wordprss on your blog. A self-hosted WordPress blog (WordPress.org) is what you need. It means you will be installing WordPress on your own hosting and getting a domain. This process is easy & in the further post, you will also learn how to do that.
What is your blog about ?
The very first task you need to do is to find topic of your blog , depending on topic you will going to elaborate your blog .Do not consider whatever you are writing in post that you will be get money, this mentality is not help full to become famous blogger .
You need to write unique content of regarding your niche and your niche become single topic only. If you want to make blog on multiple topic then it will not be helpful for you .Better to go for limited topic and cover all aspect of topic in details so user may appreciate your blog. and google search prefer to search content topic wise, it will help your blog improve rank in google search.
how to find the topic of your blog?
Here are a few tips that will help you to get started:
It seems, your primary motive for starting a blog is “Money”
Change that Attitude first. You should write something which you know, which you love and which excites you enough to put an extra hour to make every piece of your blog into a masterpiece. As long as you don’t love your creation, your content can’t resonate your intended audience. As long as your content is unique and novel, everyone would love it.
Enough with the lecture. Now coming to the approach..
List down all the topics you know about. Introspect yourself. What have you learned since your birth, till today.
They can be languages you learnt, places you traveled, academic courses you’ve completed, sports and games you played, tips and tricks you learnt at work, life advises if you learnt enough about people and society, if it’s interesting enough – you can even start a blog on your life story. Seriously, sky is the limit if you ask me.
Second step would be to test yourself. You’ve shortlisted the topics you want to write about, Fine. Now you should check what you write will be loved by people or not.
Apart from novelty, the Quality of answer (Grammar) and Writing Style (Your Attitude) also matters. And content worth a share will be viral within limited time.
How to choose a best domain name?
The best domain is the right one that bring effectiveness to your business. So you should research very carefully and deeply about the market, the business in order to choose the best one for you. Normally, people are tending to remember domains that are short, memorable and easy to spell.
If your website is in specific markets, you should also choose the domain related to your brand or products. You can choose the name base on the keyword people tend to search or products that people are usually easy to remember and pronounce. In the future, the domain keyword also helps you to improve quickly in SEO strategies.
You can use Bluehost domain suggestion feature to check if your domain name is available or not. Simply enter any word that you have picked for your blog and it will also show you available domain name suggestions.
My suggestion is to be creative and follow the three rules I shared above. Here are a few things you should not do when selecting the domain name for your new blog:
- Don’t use a too long domain name. Try to keep it lower than 10 characters. Ex: gkpedia
- Don’t use domain extension like .info, .net and so on, because they tend to rank bad in Search engines. I always prefer and suggest to use a domain name extension like .com or .org.in
Web hosting domain for staring a blog:
Blogging platform? Ready!
Blog niche(topic)? Ready!
Domain name? Ready!
Now, let us build our blog on a hosting.
Web-hosting is where WordPress will be installed. This is a server which stays online 24*7 and all your future blog images, your blog design and everything will be stored on this server (hosting).
That is how your website will be up and running 24*7.
The good thing is, hostings are cheap.
There are plenty of hosting service providers but for your blog:
Bluehost is the idlest choice as it offers everything you need to create a blog. Features like:
- Free SSL
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Unlimited storage
- Free domain name (Saving of $12/year)
- Easy to use cPanel.
And the best part, it only cost $2.95/month
Here is how to buy it:
- Head over to Bluehost.com
- Click on Get started now
Select Basic plan if you want to start one blog or Plus plan if you want to start more than one blog.
On the next page, you can claim your free domain name. If you are ready with your domain name, you can enter your domain name and click next.
On the next page, fill up your contact information. Pay special attention to package extras as you can skip a few things to save some money.
Apart from Domain Privacy Protection, uncheck everything.
Under payment information, you can pay via credit/debit card or if you want to pay via PayPal, you can click on More payment options.
Once you have made the payment, Bluehost will also create your blog in next 10 minutes. This will be done automatically and saves a lot of hassles for beginners who just want a ready-made blog.
Choose a content management system (CMS)
As per my view WordPress is best CMS for bloggers.
Nowadays WordPress is most popular CMS in the market. it has almost million users in the world. WordPress is a simple and free Content Management System with numerous features and ample customization possibilities. It can be used to develop any kind of website, be it for a small business or for a large enterprise.
WordPress I would pick any day and any time over Blogger. It is much more easier to use than Blogger, as blogger can get a bit technical sometimes. I would always recommend WordPress to any beginner, that wants to start a blog. There are also a ton of resources and guides online to help in starting a WordPress blog and understanding everything that has to do with blogging with a WordPress Website.
Let’s take a look at some of its impressive benefits: WordPress Is A Universal Platform Easy To Use Easy To Manage WordPress Is Reliable Cost Effective and Flexible Better Time Management .
Design your blog with a great theme?
First of all, the WordPress theme should be responsive and be able to display properly on all kinds of devices such as smartphone, tablet, laptop and computer. Many people use portable devices to surf the web nowadays. It is estimated that over 50% of the online traffic comes from mobile surfers. Google did state that sites with templates that are not mobile friendly will rank lower in the search engine so it is important that the WordPress theme that you choose not just display properly on a laptop but also on a mobile device.
You should choose a WordPress theme that integrates social media profiles so that it is easy for your users to ping the post and share it with their friends. Social media can help to bring in additional traffic to your blog. Besides, it should put a share with link under each post.
Install essential WordPress plugins
As mentioned above point seo friendlly theme you should use different seo plugins of wordpress to improve search ranking into the google search.you can use one of the following pulgins to improve seo ranking your website.
- WordPress SEO by Yoast
- Google Keyword Planner
- Open Site Explorer
Tips for content creation:
1. Know Your Audience – Knowing the needs, interests, preferences and problems of the target audience and building buyer persona.
2. Content Audit– Auditing the previous content gives us the clear understanding of elements we need to work on.
3. Map the Content– Mapping the content helps in getting more opportunities to reach the target audience by targeting different problem stages.
4. Follow the Industry – A continuous observation of other blogs and checking the RSS feeds will generate many content ideas.
5. Surprise Element – A surprise element drags most viewer’s attention. It will provoke them to read more.
6. Compelling Title – The title must be relevant to the content and must be as perfect as a subject line for an Email.
7. Looking Beyond– Adding relevant things to the content creates more value for it. It also helps in gaining new readers.
8. Re-purpose the Content– Content which we write can be reused, modified or can be republished.
9. Images Matters– Instead of telling, showing does the work better.
10. Spellings and Grammar in Content – Effective information needs to be delivered effectively.
Along with the creation of content, it also needs to be optimized.
Tips for optimization of the content.
1. Focus on Keywords.
2. Readability of the content.
3. Internal Links.
4. SEO Factors.
5. Visual Content Optimization.
6. Mobile Optimization.
7. Depth is Better.
8. Page Speed.
9. Site Navigation.