How to Start Blogging -Free Platforms
Idea of the Blog
The Idea for a blog – In other words the subject of your Blog – it can be the one you are master at or you really are passionate about. For example if you have earned some good knowledge about Radiology throughout your career or Job , you can create series of articles & publish on your blog.
Alternatively , if you already have existing business , creating a blog about informing the people about that subject will be your Blog Idea.
If you neither have expertise or any experience , you can just create information website on the basis of what you love or care. For example you can create a site about Food you love & create a directory website for restaurants.
You can also create a blog about whatever happening in your city and publish content. Or a College website, friendship network type of site or a full fledged E-commerce site as well.
The point is : start with an idea.
Decide the Money Stream before starting blogging
- Define the type of people or the audience
To whom you will sell ? In your Local area or state, country, world , where ? I mean , a clear understanding of whom are you going to sell is very important. This will decide your entire strategy of publishing the content etc.
2. Decide the Domain Name for your Blog
If you start with free blogging platforms like Blogger or WordPress.com, you get a sub-domain , not a main domain.So, in fact you have a very limited choice of getting advantage of the domain name. But these are excellent places to begin with. So decide the domain name & create your blog.
Create your blog on WordPress.com ; because we shall be using wordpress’s free site building tools for the entire blogging business. It’s open source, free & really nothing like it. Blogger is also ok, but they do not offer you a standalone site building tool like wordpress offers.
Start creating content to start Blogging
Now start adding Title, pages, create posts etc. Create original content, do not use already published content from internet , you can be penalized by google for doing so. Please DO NOT THINK of applying for [wpTipWiz item_id=kswpttw_in1ine inltext=”<p>Google's Free to join program from which you can earn money by publishing ads by Google.</p>” ]adsense[/wpTipWiz] until you add some good amount of content to your site.
(a) Think like a book. A book has index & subject wise chapters. Same Case here. Whatever random you may write/create ; please at least save on your computer with the “would-be-category” name.
(b) Save all the work on your computer first, before uploading it on the blog. You WILL remember my words.
Add the Money Streams Now
Once you create some good content, add money streams via :-
- Google Adsense
- [wpTipWiz item_id=kswpttw_in1ine inltext=”<p>Wold's Largest Digital Products Market Place</p>” ]Clickbank[/wpTipWiz]
- [wpTipWiz item_id=kswpttw_in1ine inltext=”<p>Largest physical products site</p>” ]Amazon[/wpTipWiz]
- [wpTipWiz item_id=kswpttw_in1ine inltext=”<p>Largest Indian site for physical goods.</p>” ]Flipkart[/wpTipWiz]
- Your own products etc
It will take while for you to learn to do this. But patiently, you can do that one by one, one at a time. After all it is the TIME which is the most important investment in this business.
- Start Marketing your Blog
Start through your friends, colleagues. DO NOT ask them to click on the adsense ads. This may disable your adsense account permanently. Instead ask their opinions, on how can you improve user experience etc.
Also search Forums on your subject, be interactive & start answering questions.
This will build trust in you & your products. Keep in mind:- the internet online buyer is NEVER like the offline one. You can’t convince him, at the most can inform him more ,but really can’t MAKE HIM BUY.
This will not start making money for you immediately, but will get you a chance to rub your hands, and may start making some cents as well (that’s how I started actually-earn dollars if you are lucky). Once you are through, we shall go to the actual part – Self Hosted Blog