How to create a blog for free and make money from it
Want to create a blog but do not have the capital to start? Good news is that you can always create a free blog, run advertisements on it and make money. But it is not easy and it used to be.
There were numerous blogs created for free and generated a lot of income. There were free blogs created on Blogspot and WordPress. Those two were most common. At the moment, they’re still being used to create free blogs but the number is dropping. This is because getting a domain name and hosting is now cheaper than ever anymore. You can get a domain name and host for as low as $12 on Godaddy.
Free blogs were making a lot of success back in the day and can still make a lot of success if you choose the right niche and work hard and work smart. I know of many people that started with free Blogspot blog years ago and were making money in thousands of dollars before they moved to paid Domain names and Hostings.
It’s not as easy as it sounds but it can happen if you work smart.
Every blog needs the hard work and smart work before making any success, blogs created for free or blogs that were set up with thousands of dollars.
Making money from free blogs is very possible and as I have said, you only need to work hard and work smart. You need the right niche and right customers. Doesn’t have to be in millions with a good niche. A blog with a good niche will generate you enough money without needing millions of people coming to your blog. Let’s get right to your question. How to create a blog for free and how to make money from it?
I think that’s two questions which I will answer separately.
How to create a blog for free
I will always advise you to go with free Blogspot blogs. It’s the most used of all free blogging platforms. It’s own by Google itself! Everything is free: the domain name, the hosting, the registration and everything else. All you need is a Gmail account and you’re good to go. I once had one, years ago so I know what I am talking about.
Follow the below steps to get yourself a new free blog:
The most important thing you need to do before starting a blog is to think about a niche to choose. What do you know about your niche? Can you keep rolling out unique posts for years to come? Are you passionate about it? You need to answer these questions. Your success starts with niche selection. If you choose the right niche, you’re on your way to the top. If you by any chance choose the wrong niche, you may go down sooner.
Step 1: On your computer, open your browser and go to blogger.com and then sign in to your Gmail account if you haven’t.
Step 2: On the first page, click on “CREATE YOUR BLOG”
Step 3: Confirm your identity by creating a Google+ profile. Then click on “Continue to blogger”
Step 4: Here, everything you need is available. Just click on “CREATE NEW BLOG”
Step 5: Now, this is where you’ll have to choose what you want to call your new blog. Fill in the title and address boxes according to your choice. Check if the blog URL you pick is available. If not, choose another one. Choose a theme and click “CREATE BLOG!”
There, right there. You have just created a free blog. Visit your blog and see how it looks.
Now you need to do some work before you start publishing posts.
Go to “Settings”, then “Basic” and add a description to your blog.
In the settings section again, go to “Posts, comments and sharing”. On “Who can comment?”, select “anyone”.
Go down a bit and see where it says “Auto-share published posts on Google+ profile”, select “yes”.
In the same settings section, go to “Search Preferences” and set a meta description under “meta tags”.
You also need to create a Google search console by clicking “edit” after “Google search console” in search preferences options. This will enable you to know more about your blog performance in the search engine.
These are important for the success of your blog.
It’s time for you to create pages. You will have to create at least three 3 pages: Home Page, Contact Page, About Us Page.
On your blogger dashboard, on the left side, you will see “pages”. Click on it. You will be taken to a new page where you will have to click on ”New Page” to create new pages. Create the three pages I mentioned above. Add your contacts to the contact page and say something about your blog in the About Us page.
You can now start publishing posts. Click on “Posts” and then click on “New Post” at the top to write a new post. Do not forget to always write a title. That’s the first thing you need to do. Your post title is the keyword that people see in search engines.
Hey, do not forget to do keywords research before writing on any keywords. This is the most important method in SEO (Search Engines Optimization). So that you don’t blame yourself in the future, you’ll need to do extra work on your keywords research. Do not write on the same keywords giant websites like Wikipedia, Wikihow, Entrepreneurs, Forbes and others already have a couple of posts about.
That’s all about creating a new blog on blogger. You need to grow your blog by doing SEO. Without SEO, the success rate of your blog will be insignificant. Every blog needs SEO to grow. Well, I must say it wasn’t like this years ago when it all started. You could write a post today and start ranking tomorrow. Why? Because there was no competition at all, SEO was not required much! But now, there are over a billion websites out there. Millions of websites are trying to rank for the same keywords. How does Google choose the ones to rank on its first page? The ones that are better optimised for search engines.
How do you do proper SEO for your blog?
– First, you start with On Page SEO. This is where optimising your posts before publishing comes into action. The keywords you write about, you need to carefully research it and decide if you can rank it. You can’t just write on any keywords you want. For example, you won’t rank on search engines front page if you write on keywords like “money” because giant websites like Wikipedia will always be on the front page.
You can use Yoast SEO for your On-Page optimization. When you score green in SEO, you’re good.
Linking to other websites that have useful information that is different from the information you write on your own blog post blog (Out-bound linking), linking to some of your old posts that are useful to your new blog post (In-bound linking) are all part of On-page SEO.
– Second on is Off-Page SEO. This is where you grow your blog by building links, doing social sharing and more. The most important off-Page SEO is link building. This will determine how fast your blog will grow. The faster you acquire many links from domains with high authority, the faster your blog will grow. There are a lot of methods to build links. Here, Brian Dean of Backlinko has something to help you build quality link. It’s not easy but it’s worth it.
Another off-page SEO is sharing your blog posts with family and friends on social media. This helps you with more visitors to your blog. Also, when Google bot crawls social media like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, it makes crawling your blog posts faster when it stumbles upon your blog links.
This brings me to answer your second question:
How to make money from your free blog?
Making money from your free blog is easy if you’ve successfully done all the hard and smart works. You must have been getting a certain number of visitors visiting your blog on daily basis. If this is the case, then you can make money from your blog.
I’ll tell you some methods to make money from blogging:
3. Sponsored posts
5. Product reviews
6. Create and sell your own product
7. Selling space
8. Write and sell an EBook
10. Email marketing
There are about tons of ways to monetize your blog but the most important thing is having people visit your blog on daily basis. They will be the ones to spend all the money before you can earn. Offer them what they’re looking for. Satisfy them.
The most common way to make money from blogs is Google Adsense. This has been around for a very long time. It’s common because it is easier to sign up, unlike others. Even with zero visitors on your blog on daily basis, you can still be accepted if you do some work on your blog. Like having at least 15 unique blog posts of at least one thousand words each, have an “About Us page and a “Contact Page” and most importantly, have privacy private policy page.
Those are what you need to get your Google Adsense account approved.
Note that your Adsense cost per click (CPC) will vary from time to time depending on the region of your visitors and your keywords.
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