You must have heard about the Huffington Post! If you have been living under a rock, let me tell you that it’s the highest-earning blog in the world with a monthly income of $41 million.
Yes, I agree! Making money online is an exciting thought; you can earn millions of dollars without even stepping outside your house. You will not require a supercomputer for this purpose; a basic laptop or a PC with just an internet connection will be enough.
If earning money online is that easy, why everyone is not already doing it? Well, it’s easy for those who are willing to invest time and money in it!
What is Blogging?
Initially, people used blogs to maintain a personal diary, but as online marketing and advertising took over the internet, some clever individuals found a way to make money out of it.
Blogging is about self-publishing any type of content: writing, videos, photography, etc. If you wish to start a blog, select a niche which is the closest to your passion and interest. Wait a minute! Make sure that your blogging niche appeals to your audience; food, fashion, and technology attract most of the internet users, so choose one of these and be on the safe side.
How to Create a Blog on WordPress?
WordPress is a CMS that powers over 60 million blogs and 35% of the total websites on the internet. Yes, there is a high probability that your favorite online shopping and movie review sites are made using WordPress.
Creating a blog on WordPress is a 3-step process that only takes 15 minutes to complete!
1. Find a Hosting Provider
Every website needs web hosting to go live on the internet. A domain name is the web address that your audience will use to access your blog. You need to find a hosting provider that best suits your requirements and budget. Bluehost, HostGator, and SiteGround are some of the popular hosting companies. The hosting prices start at $3/month, which is very reasonable.
Make sure that your domain name gives a clear idea about your blogging niche. If your blog is about rugs and carpet cleaning techniques, a domain name like “carpetcleaner.com” or “shineyourcarpet.com” will help rank your blog in google searches.
2. Install WordPress
Now that you have bought a hosting plan, you have passed the difficult phase! Some hosting providers might install WordPress automatically, but if you are not that lucky, you can still manually install it on a web server by unzipping the WordPress package.
3. Publish Your First Blog Post
You are almost there! Just select a theme and customize the appearance of your blog from hundreds of amazing options. Once you are satisfied with the overall look of your blog, select “Add New” from the “Posts” category in your dashboard, and that’s it! Write your blog material using the editor and let the internet know that you have arrived.
Your biggest motivation behind creating a WordPress blog is to share your knowledge and opinion about the topics of your interest. Well, no one minds getting paid for following his/her passion; you are now ready to generate revenue from your blog.
Let’s explore how you can make money through online blogging!
“Proven” Ways to Make Money Blogging with WordPress
1. Google AdSense
It is a Google advertising network that allows website owners to display ads on their content and earn money every time the ad is clicked.
For this purpose, you first need to create a Google AdSense account, which will be reviewed by Google before getting approved. Once your account has been approved, you can use the ad code to put ads on your blog. Google has also announced auto ads, which take away your headache of placing every single ad; Google selects the location, time, and frequency for you.
2. Affiliate Marketing
Have you ever recommended a good microwave for your friends or family? If yes, you have done affiliate marketing without getting paid.
First, you need to search for affiliate programs on big e-commerce websites like Amazon and eBay. Once you have registered for the program, you can review and promote any product from the selected website on your blog and insert its purchase link. You will earn a commission for every purchase made through that link.
3. Public Speaking
This will require a lot of time and effort. Unlike the ways mentioned previously, this one can’t be implemented just after creating your blog. First, you must establish yourself as an expert in your blogging niche so that people can trust and invite you to seminars and meetups. How? Your blog should be unique, engaging, informative, and should have a lot of loyal readers to share and support the content.
Have you invested a lot of time in establishing your blog as an authority on specific subjects? If yes, now is the time to cash your efforts by helping beginners in setting up and growing their blog.
You can create a separate section for this purpose in your blog where new bloggers can register for a paid course; the course can consist of eBooks, videos, or written material that clearly explains the techniques and tips that you used to achieve success.
5. Blog Membership
If you have succeeded in creating a huge fan base for your blog, you are ready to offer paid memberships to your fans.
Designate a members-only section in your blog where you can post premium content. This will grab the readers’ attention and persuade them to buy the membership.
Blogging seems easy from a reader’s view, but only the blogger knows the effort put into thoughtfully composing every article. As a blogger, your only goal is to be consistent in posting quality content and never settle for anything less than the best. If you ever decide to create your blog, revisit this article for complete guidance.
Myrah Abrar is a computer science graduate with a passion for web development and digital marketing. She writes blog articles for Carpet Cleaning.