Guide on How to set up a blog and make money from it: A blog is very alike a website, the main difference is the posts that you make are stored in an advanced database which makes it very easy for you to post as many articles and as often as you wish without any technical knowledge. When visitors come to your blog they are able to see all your posts in a chronological order and divided into categories which make it even easier for them to find the information that they are looking.
Building a blog is perhaps the easiest way to build your presence to the web. It is very easy to update a blog with new posts daily and that’s why Google loves blogs, because they are usually full with new, unique and fresh content with useful information.
Setting up your blog
First of all there are two steps that you need to take before you proceed any further. These steps are simple but perhaps the most important step about setting up a blog and making money from it.
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If you have not done it already, pick up your niche. Make sure that there are enough people on the web that are searching for information which is relative with your niche. On the other hand make sure that your niche is not over saturated because if there are already hundreds of blogs and sites out there in exactly the same niche, then promoting and ranking your site will almost be mission impossible. How do you check that? Please go on reading Step 2
Before you start building your blog you should perform a keyword research. There is no way to make money online with your blog without any keyword research. It might take you a few minutes but trust me it will save you a huge amount of time in the long ran. Without keyword research building a site or a blog is just like driving in the dark without any headlights. There are many free tools that allow you to perform keywords research, Google Adwords is perhaps the most reliable and easy to use.
After you have done your keyword research you have a very good idea where you are heading and what keywords you are aiming for. It’s time to start building! Don’t worry that’s the most fun part of them all. There are many blog platforms to choose from. Blogger is provided from Google, perhaps it’s not the best blogging platform out there however it is decent and if you use blogger you can rest assure that your blog post will not go unnoticed, after all you will be posting from Google’s platform. With blogger, Google is providing you the hosting space for free and if you want you can buy your own domain name (which is highly recommended). This however won’t mean that you own every aspect of your blog, as Google will continue to provide you their hosting space for free.
On the long run wordpress is the way to go if your goal is to make money online. It is widely considered as the best blogging platform in the world. Not only it has a wide variety of free templates to choose from, it is also easy to use – almost as easy as blogger – and the best part is that its seo optimized. As strange as it may sound, with wordpress the blog that you will build will be more friendly to the search engines, even to Google. In other words wordpress is a more advanced platform. And that’s exactly why almost all web hosting companies offer compatibility with wordpress. With wordpress not only you can have your own domain name, but also you can even have your own hosting space. Having your own hosting space means that you actually own your blog which is absolutely important if you intend to spend time building your blog in order to make money online from it.
With blogger your blog is not actually yours. It belongs to Google who is providing you the hosting space and there is always the danger that one day you will find your blog removed – however usually that does not happen without a good reason. So you need to think what is best for you in the long run and choose wisely. Building a blog, as simple as it may be, requires sometime which actually adds up as the days go by. It is much better to choose wordpress from many aspects. You will have a platform which is more friendly to the search engines – thus making it easier to rank your blog – and also you will actually own your blog.
No matter which platform you finally choose the next step is to actually start building your blog. Choose your domain name wisely; ideally you should include your main keyword on your domain name. As you will find out choosing a template for your blog and posting new articles is the most fun and easy part of them all. Your next goal is to build your audience. The best way to succeed is to provide unique and high quality content, the good news is that you don’t need any technical skills for that. The quality of the content will be completely up to you!
Next is to find out to do SEO on your site to increase your traffic and ranking.