Business – blogging
Business type – Internet-related, e-commerce, passion.
Most suitable for – Anyone.
Blogging is one of the most adorable businesses you can ever start. Let’s be clear with it, blogging is not a business where you can make money instantly, you should have more patience and regularity to keep up a blog. In this article, let’s talk about the ways in which you can make money through blogging.
What is blogging?
Blogging is a way of expressing your feelings and knowledge on the subjects you are good with on the internet. There are millions of blogs on the internet. In fact, you are actually on my blog reading an article I have posted on this blog. It’s a platform where you can write anything for people to read. More people read your content, more you earn.So, what you write matters.
Starting a blog
There are many free platforms where you can build your own blog. WordPress is the most famous platforms to start with. Blogger.com is also a good platform for beginners. In WordPress, you can either start a self-hosted blog or a blog hosted by wordpress.com, but to be business friendly, I recommend you to go to a self-hosted blog. A self-hosted blog has a lot more customization options and all the content you put there belongs to you and you will have the 100% right on that blog.
A self-hosted blog is set up in the following way,
– You buy a domain name from a registrar for your blog. A domain name is like the address for a blog. The domain name of this blog is BusinessExcavator.com and can be bought from official registrars. Companies that sell domain names – Godaddy.com, Domain.com, etc..
– You choose a hosting website for your blog. A hosting website is a home for your blog from where you host your blog. Some of the famous hosting websites are Bluehost, hostgator and GoDaddy. I host my blog through GoDaddy. If you host with GoDaddy, then you don’t have to buy a domain name for extra money. They are giving a domain name for free if you buy their hosting services.
– The last thing to do for setting up your self-hosted blog is to choose a Content Management System (or CMS) from which you can maintain your blog. Famous free CMS are WordPress, blogger, ghost, Drupal, Joomla, Squarespace…etc
The best combination is to have a WordPress blog hosted by Bluehost or GoDaddy. This is the most cost-effective and best quality combination. You only need to pay for hosting and domain name.
– It takes less than an hour to setup your blog. Then, all you have to do is to alter your blog according to your wish using customization options, themes, and plugins (there are thousands of plugins you can download for free, each plugin has its own purpose). After that, you can start writing blog posts right away. Just choose a niche/topic you want to write about and you are good to go.
Niche is nothing but a specific topic on which you are going to write on your blog. The niche of my blog is ‘business ideas’. There is a literally infinite amount of niche around you that you can actually start a blog on. But be wise when you choose your niche, because your niche plays an important role while you are blogging, especially when your blog is a commercial blog. Read blog posts of blogging experts like Mr.Neil Patel or Mr. Harsh Agarwal who can teach you more about blogging and choosing a perfect niche.
How do I make money through blogging?
There are many ways to make money through blogging. The most common way of making money is through Google Adsense. You might have observed ads put by Google while reading blog posts in a blog (if you don’t have an Adblock ). If somebody clicks on those company ads, then it will redirect him to the company’s website. So, for advertising their company to your reader, you get paid by Google. There are also many other ways of making money through affiliation or selling your own products to your readers. The key point here is to put quality content to make more people read your blog posts. The more traffic you get, the more money you earn.
Can I really make a living out of it?
The answer is yes, and no. This is like asking whether a singer can make a living out of his talent. It all depends on your performance. If your blog has great and helpful content that no one has ever written that good, and if you are more serious about considering blogging as a mean of income, then there is a good chance of you making hundreds of dollars a month initially. There is stuff like SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) you should learn about and carry out them on your blog posts. You can also increase your readership traffic by sharing your posts on social media.
There are bloggers who earn more than 10000$ a week and there are bloggers who earn nothing. So, it all depends on your smart work to be a successful blogger.
How much time will it take to earn a living on my blog?
The answer again is ‘it depends’. It depends on the niche, it depends on the speed in which you are blogging and how relevant you hold yourself to the niche, it also depends on whether you are reaching the readers of your blog correctly.
It is proved that a good blog with a very narrow niche and few blog posts can make more money than a bad blog with hundreds of blog posts on a wider niche.
What’s special about this business?
This is a business which suits those people who are comfortable with writing and thinking. It needs less investment but can promise a huge return. A person with both writing and marketing skill can easily be successful in this business.