Everyday I see someone post on Facebook, “I am thinking of starting a blog”. You would think starting a blog was simple with so many doing it. If you just want to write for your own reflection there really isn’t much to think about. If you want to learn how to start a blog business for profit however, there is way more to it than just writing and publishing your posts.
If you are starting a blog for money, you want your blog to be found. You need to know what people are searching for and how to get found on that Golden first page of Google and other search engines. If you blog isn’t found and read, the money won’t come.
I see many blogs out there that it appears that they are just blogging to be blogging and did not bother to learn how to start a blog business . That’s fine, not everybody starts a blog for profit. If however you are starting a blog for profit take the time to learn how to start a blog business and don’t go at it blind, please. Otherwise you will end up like about 95% of the new bloggers out there. You will get discouraged and quit!
How to Start a Blog Business Step 1
The first thing you have to do when starting a blog for money is choose your niche and make sure you go narrow. This is one of the main areas where people mess up. They go way to broad and Google nor your audience has a clue what your blog is about. Readers won’t stay on your blog if you aren’t staying on topic.
You may make a little money this way, but it takes ten times longer to see real results if you are too broad in your niche. You can read more about this here at Do the Search Engines know what your Website is About.
Example if I want to learn how to potty train my dog and I land on your post great. If your entire site is about dogs, I may stay. If you have things about guinea pigs and hamsters and every other animal there, I will probably leave because I don’t have guinea pigs and hamsters. I have a dog.
Best Place to Start a Blog
There are so many blogging platforms to choose from. Some are free, some you pay for hosting. If you are new and want to learn to start a blog, you can start with a free site until you know the ins ans outs of this business. I have several blogs that I started years ago on Blogger that still bring in some money.
The best place to start a blog however in my opinion is on your very own site with WordPress installed on it. WordPress is so flexible and has so many cool plugins that it just beats everything else hands down. There are many great themes you can use that are free. Hosting is just a few bucks a month and you can easily make a WordPress site from scratch right on your hosting account.
Now there is wordpress dot com and there is WordPress on your very own site. If you want to read the difference in the two, you can check out my friend Anita’s explanation here at Is it WordPress or is it WordPress.
My recommendation is WordPress on your own site, hands down. You actually own the blog and all of its content with this option. When you choose dot com or any free site for that matter, you have to play by their rules. I don’t know about you, but one big reason I learned how to start a blog business in the first place is for freedom and not having to play by the rules of others.
Don’t let building your own site with WordPress on it intimidate you. It really isn’t that hard. If you need help, and want to know how to start a blog with WordPress on your own site, our own Jeremy from proprietorsweb.com has the easiest step by step tutorials on it here at Make a WordPress Website from Scratch!
How Do People Find Your Blog
When you start a blog business, it won’t do a thing if it isn’t found. To get your blog found you need to have a good understanding of keywords. Keywords are the words or phrases people type into Google and other search engines when they are searching for something. You have to learn how to choose good keywords that you can get found for and then you need to deliver what it is that people are searching for on your blog.
You do this through search engine optimization. Search engine optimization is taking those good, buyer targeted keywords and knowing exactly how to place them in your blog to optimize each and every post. Keyword research and SEO are probably the two most important skills you need to learn to start a blog business and make a profit.
Best Ways to Monetize a Blog
Please note if you use Google adsense, you need a LOT of traffic to make any real money. Of course you need traffic to your blog to make money regardless of how you choose to monetize it. Without traffic, you are just spinning your wheels.
You can read about affiliate marketing here at What is Affiliate Marketing. I started with doing just affiliate marketing and had my first 10,000 month just promoting the products of others. Now I promote my own products that I have created. Once you start blogging you never know where it may take you.
If you are thinking of starting a blog for money and want to know how to start a blog business for profit, take the time to learn how. It’s way more to it that just writing a post and tossing some ads on and publishing it. You can save yourself a lot of time and start making money a lot faster and avoid getting discouraged by if you actually learn how to start a blog before you, well, start a blog.
There is a complete very detailed guide here on my website at Pajama Affiliates that can have you blog savvy in a week or less.