Want to Make Money Online? Learn How to Blog

There is a growing trend on the internet for people who want to make money online, they are learning how to blog. If you have been trying to make money online for a while and haven’t yet found the way that works for you, then blogging is a great option.

What is a blog?

A blog is a website. Many of the websites you visit now may actually be blogs. A blog looks, acts and provides information to people in the same way a website does. Blogs are user friendly and are easy to manage.

Who can learn how to blog?

Anyone, if you can learn to write a word document, then you can easily learn how to blog. It really is very simple; with the right platform and software even a child can do it.

Why learn how to blog?

There are three great reasons to learn how to blog.

Blogging is easy.
Blogging is inexpensive.
The major search engines love blogs.
Blogging is easy.

Once you know the formula for search engine optimization and learn some basic writing skills, blogging is easy.

Blogging is Inexpensive.

There are a couple of ways to start a blog. There are many really good free blogging platforms available, however you might be limited to the amount of product promotion or affiliate marketing you can do on free sites. This might limit your potential to make money. To allow optimal opportunity to make money blogging you can invest in your own self hosted blog with allows you full control. Free blogging platform sites also have the right to delete blogs and this does happen from time to time. To ensure your full control of your own blog, self hosting is the way to go.

If you decide to invest in registering a domain name and website hosting and start your own self hosted blog it is still a very inexpensive start to building your own online business. Domain registration can be under fifteen dollars per year and there are hosting companies who give your blog a place on the internet, like a home address, only charge around five dollars a month. The cost for starting your own online business could be as little as seventy five dollars a year. You have got to admit that is a very inexpensive way to have your very own business.

Search Engines love blogs.

Search Engines like Google and Yahoo love blogs because they are regularly updated keeping fresh and new information for their search customers. If you have your own blog that means that you will be adding new content to your blog regularly. Most people who own successful, money making blogs add some new content every week. However, writing some new content in the form of articles or posts, is easy once you know how. Writing new content for your blog can take as little as half an hour each week.

Where do you learn how to blog?

There are literally thousands of educational programs available on the internet to teach you how to blog. There are some great ones and some really bad ones. I know, I have tried many different programs and I wasted plenty of money, that is, until I found one that ticked all the boxes.

The biggest challenge was finding a great program to give me all of the education I needed and then follow that up with support. I had questions, technical problems and just needed someone to count on when I needed answers.

What do most blogging educational programs offer?

Many programs I enrolled in gave you a basic website, which looked like everybody else’s, some very basic education, and offered a support ticket system for when I had questions. The problem was that the support system was frustrating. I would send an email, and wait, then wait some more, then wait a bit more. Sometimes, they would get back to me in a couple of days, sometimes longer. I couldn’t move forward until I got the answers I needed.

Everything came to a grinding halt until they would answer me and even when they did reply they usually would ask me to clarify my question and the process started over again. All of the programs I enrolled in were expensive, some costing over $1,000.00 and none of them delivered on their promises.

Learn How To Blog – The Better Way.

I’ll let you into a secret. I found a blogging program call Learn How To Blog. It is by far the best I’ve found and they over deliver on their promises. I have completed this program myself. Here are some points why this program is the best currently available.

Pounce On Support.

Ask a question and it’s answered, usually within an hour; sometimes within minutes. This service is offered through a 3 month membership to their support forum to give you help when you need it most.

Full Website Install and Set Up.

Everything is covered and taken care of, no technical knowledge needed.

Your Own Website.

You design it, you have full control. Simple steps show you how to build your own blog to suit your taste to make it unique.

Website Hosting.

One year of website hosting included. Option to renew website hosting after the first year.

What you can expect.

Learn how to blog manual.
Learn how to make money online.
Learn how to create your own business online.
Put your existing business online.
Step by step video tutorials.
Answers to your questions.
All the support, help and encouragement you could ever wish for.

Blogging 101: 7 Basic Steps to Creating a Blog for Online Business Success

Do you need extra money? Are you thinking about a career change? Are you unemployed? Or are you just sick and tired of your current JOB?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then starting an online business by creating a blog might just be the answer you have been looking for.

You should have heard of some aspect of blogs and blogging by now. You may not understand exactly what is a blog and why you need one. But creating a blog is the easiest way to start an online business. Here are 7 basic steps on how to start your own blog for the complete beginner.

1. Make a decision to create a blog

This is one of the most important steps to online blogging success. It is easy to talk about what you want to do. But sometimes the fear of not knowing all the steps prevents you from making the decision to start. Don’t worry about the “how”. You must first make the decision to start your online business by creating a blog. The “how” will come once the decision is made.

2. Choose your niche

Decide what your blog will be about. What kind of business do you want to start? What are your passions and interest? What are you good at? What do people come to you for all the time?

At this point, it is necessary to conduct keyword research. Take the answers to the above questions and determine if and how many people are searching for these keywords online. Create a running list of keywords that have high demand (lots of searches) and low supply (small number of competing websites). Use your keyword research to narrow your blog niche.

3. Determine your ideal client

Who do you want to reach when creating your blog? Your message and information should resonate with a particular group people. Determining who your ideal client is will help you create a blog that speaks to them. You must speak their language if you want them to listen to what you are saying.

Conduct research to find your ideal client’s pain points. What keeps them awake at night? What questions are they seeking answers for? Your blog should become the solution to their biggest problems in your niche.

4. Choose and buy a domain name and hosting

Based on the name of your business, your keywords and your niche, choose a domain name for your blog. This is the URL people will type in to find your blog online. It would be ideal to use keywords in your domain name. But it is not mandatory. However, you do want to choose a domain that is short, easy to remember and easy to spell.

Write down several possibilities and go to GoDaddy.com to see if your domain choices are available. Don’t get discouraged if your first choice is not available. Keep trying until you find a domain that accurately depicts you, your business and your niche. Also make sure to use the.com extension if possible.

A hosting account is where your blog lives online. There are several options to choose from. Do your research. Determine what features you will need. Do a Google search on “How to Find the Best Website Hosting Provider”. You should find an article that will offer you several important things to look for when choosing your hosting provider. Two of which are the amount of data space and bandwidth they offer.

5. Choose and install your blogging software

There are lots of other blogging platforms out there. But the only one I recommend is WordPress.org. Both Blogger.com and WordPress.org have advantages and disadvantages. One of the most important differences between the two, is the level of control you have with WordPress.org. Do a Google search on “Comparing WordPress vs. Blogger”. You will find articles that will give you many details about why WordPress is the preferred choice for most bloggers. Two of those reasons are its ease of use and ability to easily customize your blog.

6. Customize your blog with themes and plug-ins

When you first install WordPress, you are given the default theme. You can use this theme and customize it. But there are 1000s more free and paid themes you can choose from. However, there are certain factors to keep in mind when choosing a theme. Your theme should:

be SEO friendly
widget ready
have customizable features such as colors, header, sidebar, plug-ins
have the # of columns you prefer – 1, 2, or 3
Before choosing your theme, decide how you want your WordPress website or blog to look. And how you plan to use it. Now you’re ready to choose your theme. Upload it and start customizing.

Don’t worry about whether you chose the right theme or not. You can test different themes until you find the right one for you and your business. But conduct your testing in the beginning. Clients and potential clients want consistency. So don’t constantly change your theme. Find the theme that works and customize it to your liking.

7. Create a blogging schedule and start blogging

How often do you plan to blog? You want to create a realistic blogging schedule that you can stick to. Even if its only one day per week in the beginning. You can always add more. But you don’t want to cut the number of post from what you started with. However, it isn’t recommended that you blog any less than once per week.

You want your blog to become an active site that people visit often. People will come to expect frequent updates. So being consistent in the beginning is more important than frequency. Once you get the hang of it, increase your frequency to at least twice a week.

Now that you have a blogging schedule, its time to start blogging. But what do I blog about, is the question I’m sure you are asking. Pull out your keyword list from step 2 above. Do additional keyword research if necessary.

Then develop your keyword blueprint. To start, find 5 keywords on your list that are a little broad. These keywords will become the categories in your blog. Then find 5 subtopics (keywords) of each of your 5 categories. You know have 25 keywords.

Start writing blog posts, each focused on one of these keywords. If you’re posting once per week, you now have enough blog post for 6 months. If you’re posting twice per week, you will have enough blog posts for 3 months. You may also want to write different types of blog posts for some of these keywords to spice up your blog from time to time. Add more subtopics or new categories as needed.

Your keyword blueprint will give you everything you need to create great content for your new blog. You will start increasing your expertise in your niche as you start and grow your online business. So start creating your blog and before long you will have a successful online blog and business.

Making Money At Blogging – How To Create A Profitable Blog

So many people out there with fantastic blogs just don’t realize the money making potential of their blog. They just aren’t aware of how their blog might be monetised to bring them a nice, regular online income. Now pretty much anyone can actually make online money with blogging. And if they get good at it, it can become quite a handsome income, without having to spend a lot of time on it. Don’t get me wrong – a lot of time goes in when you’re establishing your blog, but after that it’s mostly just a matter of maintaining it.
Let me give you some ideas about why making money at blogging is so profitable and manageable.

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
Now that may sound scary if you are not technologically inclined, but it really isn’t – especially for bloggers. WordPress (which I highly recommend), makes it very easy for even beginners to have and look after a good looking, profit making blog. And the real beauty about WordPress – and blogging in general – is that the search engines, Google included, loves blogs! Blogs provide fresh content on a regular basis. The search engines just eat this up – they absolutely love it.

Many WordPress themes are designed with SEO in mind. There are very simple ways to include AdSense on your blog and other ways to make money on your blog.
You really don’t need to know html or other coding at all with a WordPress blog. In fact I’d go as far to say that if you can use Microsoft Word, then you can manage your own blog.

Niche Marketing
The first thing I want to point out for you is that if your main reason for blogging is to create a bit of cash flow you’ll need to choose a topic or niche that people are already buying in, or is searched for a lot. You can determine this in many ways, but some of the quickest ways (and my preferred methods) are by using the Google AdWords Keyword Tool, Google Trends (to see what that market is doing – trending up, down or steady) and ClickBank. You might as well set up a Google account and a ClickBank account, because you want to make money blogging, right? So you will need these sooner rather than later. And when you have a Google account it makes using their Keyword Tool much easier.

Secondly, if you can find a niche that people are buying in AND you have a strong interest in the topic, you are way more likely to succeed. You’ll be enthusiastic about your blog, which comes across in your writing and you’ll also already be researching the topic, looking at new ideas about it, reading articles or reviews about it and more. So you’ll always have something fresh to offer your blog readers – which keeps them coming back.

If you really want to ramp up your income from your blog, then you’ll need to create a list of subscribers. Offer them something of value (a report or e-book etc.) so they’ll give you their email address. You can automate this entire process with an autoresponder. I use aWeber, but there are many very good autoresponder companies. This way you can send out a series of emails (automatically) to people on your list which you will provide excellent information on your niche as well as some affiliate product offers. This is another way to make money with blogging.

Physical Products
Before spending quite a few dollars on my latest digital camera that I bought last year, I did a lot of online research. I went through reviews, testimonials and customer opinions on several digital cameras that I was interested in. I spent a lot of time online reading, comparing several models, jotting down notes before I made my decision and bought it. Most of that time was spent on technology and photography blogs. This research helped my make the purchase.

Now if the site that I bought the camera through had been where I got the reviews I might had been sceptical and probably wouldn’t have bought there. But reading blogger’s reviews of the products (even if they got paid for it) gave me the overall information that actually helped that camera company make a sale without using any of its own resources.

Take into consideration now that there is an entire generation who grew up with computers and the internet. They use them to make purchasing decisions. That’s a lot of people across the world using this technology to buy things.

Blogs Encourage Visitor Interaction
Many blog visitors will post comments on your blog, talk about their own experience with a particular products or topic and add even more value to your blog. You’ll have more original content (remember search engines love that) and often comments inspire other readers to add their bit to as well. When people truly love your blog they will spread the word and even link to your posts if they have their own website or blog, giving you valuable backlinks which again helps with SEO.

Making Money Blogging
It is not hard to start a blog and turn it into a money making blog. You may already have a popular blog and just need to include ways to monetise it. First, understand the potential of your blog, get some visitors to it and you can start making money fairly quickly. You can also make money blogging with paid reviews.

Blogs are becoming increasingly popular because they are so easy to create. Website owners and businesses (on and offline) need good quality blogs to advertise with.

And have you considered that if your blog is on it’s own domain – and especially if it has traffic coming to it and/or is making money – you have a saleable piece of virtual property? Yes, websites and blogs are bought and sold all the time. You can create a generous full time income with this strategy alone. Making money at blogging is very do-able if you follow some rules and get good at it.