*This post contains affiliate links. These links help support my content at no additional cost to you if you make a purchase. Thank you!*
You might have been browsing Pinterest. You found an article on blogging, think it might be for you, and you’re wondering where to start. Where does one start when blogging for money? Well, first I should let you know that although there are bloggers out there making a ton of money, it’s really not typical in the beginning to earn thousands from your blog. One of the main ways I make money from my blog is the freelance services I offer on my website.
The first thing you’ll need to do when you want to start blogging for money is to decide what to write about. You might consider something you have a lot of knowledge about or a passion for. However, you might find that you want to choose a topic that is already positioned to make money rather than just a passion of yours. There are lots of topics to choose from. One smart way to choose a blog niche is to select something that will do well on Pinterest. These topics include:
Fitness and health
You can’t just write about your day and expect to make money. While you should put personality in your writing and make it your own, you are much better off sharing knowledge and teaching your reader something than just having a diary online. You’ll want to write about something you’ll enjoy for the long haul, but it also needs to be something that will be profitable, too.
After you decide what to write about you’ll want to be a domain because you need to be self-hosted. It can be difficult to pick a name. You might find going with “yourname.com” is the best way to go. This doesn’t box you in should your blog topic evolve over time. That might happen as you grow and learn more about blogging.
There are lots of companies you can choose for hosting. The important thing to decide is if you want a self-hosted Wordpress blog or Squarespace. I like Squarespace for my blog but I have had Wordpress in the past. If you can code, Wordpress offers a bit more freedom to change things, but if you don’t necessarily want to get technical you might prefer Squarespace instead. If you do choose Wordpress, you’ll need a host. Two popular ones are HostGator and Bluehost. You’ll also need to choose a theme for your blog if you choose Wordpress. There are free ones, but you may want to spend a bit of money to get something a little better.
After all that you can start writing. You’ll want to have a decent amount of content up before you launch your blog. You’ll want a reason for your readers to stay on your website. If you have one post up, obviously, that’s not going to happen.
Your first post won’t be your best and honestly, that is the case for most of us. My best advice to you is to just start. As you continue, you’ll want to plan your posts with an editorial calendar. Some you might consider are:
You’ll want to join some affiliate programs to make more passive income on your blog. Affiliates pay you money for using their links on your blog. When someone makes a purchase using that link, you earn a commission. The best way to use affiliate links is to write tutorials and suggest products you already use and love.
Some affiliates to check out include:
You’ll need to make sure you secure all the major social media platforms you can with your blog name. Focus on one or two to master in the beginning, just make sure you grab your name everywhere.
Starting a blog can be a large time commitment but it can be a way to give you some freedom with how you make income. It’s a lot more fun than a 9-5 and can potentially make you more money. It will help you land freelance jobs, some passive income, and make lasting connections with other bloggers. It can even be an addition to your resume.