I had to repost this from my other site on this page. I have updated this article for more better guidance. I had been getting many questions regarding blogging.
It is a taboo that blogging is done by unemployed people, but that’s not true. Some people get involved in blogging to publish their writing without any expectation of earning whereas some find it as one of the sources of earning. The first and foremost thing is to improve your writing skills. Read lots of articles or books. The more you read, the more you learn to write.
I will mention here the most simple steps to start blogging and the rest will be updated based on new questions. These are the following steps :
1] Why do you want to be a blogger?
Ask yourself the reason you want to be a blogger. Do you want to express something personal through the blog? You want to achieve this and earn money in return? You are not interested in earning money, but want to publish your articles on your site to reach out to fellow friends or readers.
2]What kind of blogger you aspire to be?
a]Mainly stories blogger
c]Tutorials/Teaching(Can be any topic)
f] Travel Tips/Stories
g]Own Diary/Personal Blog
You can add images, videos, audios in the blog post.
2] First decide whether you want your own site(Self-hosting) or free site.
Own site means you need to purchase a domain and host. Later on, connect it to any platform such as WordPress or BlogSpot or Wix. You can also make WordPress as your site host and domain too.
Free site means you simply create your account on either WordPress or BlogSpot and start publishing your posts. The benefit of having own domain(custom domain) and self-hosting is your site will be eligible for monetization. With the free site, you will not be able to earn. The domain name of the paid site will be of your choice. For Example, You would like to name your domain as HumptyDumpty. The free site address will look like this :
HumptyDumpty. wordpress.com. Whereas the paid site domain will be this :
3]How to choose themes for your site?
When you are creating a blog, in the starting steps itself the option will be shown for themes. From the same theme list, you have to choose the one you like. Some themes are paid ones, so it’s up to you to buy it or not. And remember you can always change the theme by going to the “edit” /”customize” option in your blog site.
4] You need to have AdSense account to start earning through ads posted on your site. AdSense is provided by Google. WordAds is provided by WordPress. Bloggers on WordPress can purchase a Premium plan to have WordAds and Business plan to have AdSense. Both of them require consistently growing traffic on your site. When any visitor on your site clicks on those Ads, you earn money for that click. But, you should not click on the Ads on your own site and probably from your IP Address too.
5]Want to have different sections such as poems and stories to be placed differently?
WordPress allows you to have different blog sites from the same account. Follow the below steps:
[a] Login to your WordPress account
[b]Once you logged in, on the right-hand upper corner of the page you will see 2 options
“My Sites” and “Reader”
[c] Click on “My Sites”
[d] Once you click on My Sites, you will see the list of your sites at the right side of the page.
Click on “Add New Site”.
6]How to get exposure for your blogs?
Post the link to your blog on Social Networking sites(Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest). Share it with your family, friends or facebook groups and other blogging forums. Also, make sure you read other blogger’s article on WordPress or other sites and try to follow them. The more you connect or interact with others, the more followers you will get. But, the most important thing is to try to improve your writing skills and come out with creativity.
7] Some of the companies that provide Domain and Host are WordPress, Bluehost, Hostgator, and GoDaddy.
8]Learn the concept of SEO. There are millions of bloggers. 95% time the topic chosen by you is already written by many people. So, you need to really work hard to make your post unique through the writing process and additional information.
9] Many people want to start blogging for the sake of earning but do not possess any writing skill. In such cases, you can hire people to work for you. Advice: Please pay the writer a good amount because they really deserve it. Most people tend to pay a cheap amount for the writers.
10]To get a huge traffic, you need to write topics frequently. You can either write daily or once a week.
11] People who want to have customized sites can opt for a website developer. You can either learn website developing skills to design the site all by yourself and create your required blog or hire a website developer/ front-end developer to do the same for you.
However, there is no guarantee whether your blog site will fetch you a profitable amount. It all depends on the efforts and money invested to get a good number of visitors on your sites who are really clicking the Ads. There is a guarantee to get paid from the companies for the blog sites that sell products online or write reviews for products. Thus, earning is possible through Ads, Product Reviews or Sales, Affiliate links/sales, and Sponsored Posts.
Good Luck Blogging !!
In case you have any doubts and more questions, then comment on this post and I will update it here and also guide you.