So you want to know more about blogging? If you’re like most of my friends and family, you may not have known that making money blogging was even a possibility. Like them, you may wonder how bloggers make money.
This article is for you if you:
- Want to learn more about blogging
- Want to find out how bloggers make money
- Are interested in starting a blog of your own
- Are looking for a simple tutorial on how to start a blog, without all the jargon and funny business
By the end of this article, you should know:
- What a blog is.
- How to choose your niche (don’t worry, I’ll explain what a niche is!)
- How to select a domain name (don’t worry, I’ll explain what a domain is!)
- How to select your host (yep, you guessed it. I’ll explain this, too!)
- How to begin writing.
Ready to dig in? I’m so excited!
What is a Blog?
The word blog is actually short for weblog. Blogs began simply as an online journal or diary where people shared their thoughts, passions, concerns, etc. While that still holds true today, the focus has turned from the writer to the reader.
Instead of writing about anything and everything, bloggers today are choosing to finely tune their area of expertise and offer help to their readers by writing about topics that will solve their readers’ problems or answer their readers’ questions.
That’s not to say a person can’t start a blog like the good ole’ days by just sharing their thoughts and feelings, but if a blogger intends to make their blog a business, it’s important that the focus is on the reader.
Thousands of blogs begin every day. Blogging has truly taken the online world by storm. Bloggers are anybody! They are people, just like you, who may only have a little technical knowledge. The good thing about blogging today is that all kinds of tools have been created to help make starting and running an online business or blog as simple as poppin’ a bubble!
Why Start a Blog?
People start blogs because it’s human nature to want to be heard – to share thoughts and feelings and have them validated. There are many other reasons, too!
It Boosts Your Confidence
Just as I explained a minute ago, people are drawn to blogging because they want their voice to be heard. As a result of sharing, their thoughts and feeling are validated. This results in an extra boost of confidence they wouldn’t have received if they didn’t have the outlet of their blog. Since blog posts stay around and recirculate over and over again, the odds of a blogger continuing to receive feedback are high. I wouldn’t be doing my due diligence if I didn’t mention the downside to sharing your feelings with the world. Just like your crabby old neighbor who refuses to stop their dog from dropping dew on your grass, there are also crabby visitors. While most people tend to be respectful, kind, and helpful, there are people who wake up with the intention of killing kindness instead of killing with kindness. Don’t let that stop you.
It Helps you Become a Better Writer
The more you write, the better you get, just like with anything! That means that if you plan on blogging, you must blog consistently. It takes hours and hours of practice to become an expert at something. Not just that, but the practice you do, must be deliberate. That means you must allow yourself to make mistakes, learn from the experts, adjust when necessary, try new things, take some risks, collaborate, increase your limits, and push yourself. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is silly, don’t ya think?
You Can Earn an Income
Now, earning an income should not be the numero uno reason for starting a blog. If your focus is on the money right from the beginning, you will fail.
Blog because you’re passionate about it. Blog because you want to use your expertise to help others. Blog because you have a product or service you want to share with the world. Do not blog solely for the purpose of earning an income. With enough passion and grit, the money will come.
With all that being said, once you establish yourself as a blogger and you have an audience with a need, you can begin earning an income by producing products or services that will help them.
There are bloggers who make over $5,000 a month and there are even bloggers who make over $100,000 a month. The sky is the limit when it comes to monetizing a blog, but if you’re looking for a get rich quick program, you’re looking in the wrong place. Blogging takes a huge amount of time, effort, and patience.
Low Start-Up Costs
Starting a business can suck every penny, resource, and string of confidence right out of you. Blogging, however, is one of the easiest and cheapest business to start. In just a minute, I’m going to show you how you can get started today in just under 15 minutes.
As you start blogging, you quickly discover how large and supportive the blogging community is. As you learn and grow, you meet people from all over the world. The blogging community is an extremely helpful and encouraging group of people. Of course, as I mentioned earlier, there are always grumpy neighbors. 🙂
Some of the bonds made through blogging can last a lifetime!
Teaches You to Celebrate Small Wins
Blogging is an up and down roller coaster ride. One minute, you have all the confidence in the world and the next minute, all that confidence is wadded up, stuffed into a duffel bag, and thrown into a dark, stinky gym locker. Who wants to take that back out? Sometimes you feel like all your effort has been for nothing. Sometimes you allow other people to discourage you. But if you really feel passionate about it, you have to be determined from the start, that you will not quit – no matter what! You learn quickly to celebrate every, single win, no matter how small.
You Live More Intentionally
The process of writing causes you to think more deeply about a topic. This produces content that is exceptional. You’re more reflective, you’re more creative, and you’re constantly looking for inspiration and ideas everywhere you go.
It Can Dramatically Change Your Life
Blogging has afforded many people the comfort and opportunity to work from home, without a boss, and travel the world. It has brought people who were drowning in debt to being able to retire before they’re 30. It has brought opportunities to people that would never have been given the chance before. Think about The Pioneer Woman. She started her blog with the intention of sharing her farming stories and it has exploded into far more than she ever imagined. She’s on tv shows, she has her own cooking line in WalMart, she writes children’s books! Why not you?
Do any of those reasons help you see the value in starting a blog? If so, let me show you how you can get started!
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Step 1: Choosing What to Write About
Before you can even think about the technical side of starting a blog, you need to figure out what you want your blog to be about. There are two types of blogs from which to choose:
Everything Blog- This is where you talk about anything and everything.
Niche Blog– This is where you talk about a specific topic.
If you’re planning on treating your blog like a business and earning an income from it, my recommendation is that you start a niche blog. The reason for this is because it’s much easier to target your audience when you know who your audience is. Not only that, but it’s much easier for your reader to know what they’re looking for when they can clearly see what your website is about.
By blogging about anything and everything, it creates confusion for your reader. It may be difficult for them to navigate, you never know what certain people are going to be interested in, and it can make thinking of ideas more challenging for you. That’s not to say that you can’t create a successful business with an everything blog, but it takes some careful planning and a well-organized website.
To help you decide what to write about, you can download Task 1: Uncovering Your Niche from my Digital Resource Library. This resource is part of my Blogging Planner, to be released soon.
Kelly is a veteran, former teacher, and blogging business owner who left her career in the corporate world to start a blog. Her research and time invested in blogging have developed into a passion for helping others realize their potential and successfully follow their passion of building a successful blog.