Don't expect to get rich by setting up a blog. You can make some money in the long run, and even sell it down the road. It takes time, and you can put any money you do make in the beginning stages towards paying a bill or two, as well as reinvest it back into the blog. Here's how to set one up:
Step 1: Buy Your Domain Name
Making money from a blog often takes years. One of the first investments that you'll need to make in order to be more successful is to buy your own domain name. You want to avoid a sub-domain name on one of the free blogging sites as much as possible, because you may have to transfer it later which can affect your status in search engine results. Decide what name you want for your blog that your readers can relate to, like and remember, and purchase it for at least a five year term. Search engines take blogs that look like they're in for the long run more seriously, as opposed to those that are renewed on a yearly basis.
Step 2: Buy a Web Hosting Plan
It doesn't take much to set up a blog, and often the cheapest webhosting plan available is more than adequate for your needs. Some web hosting plans, like the ones found at Hostgator.com, will allow you to set up multiple blogs for a low monthly fee. It may seem odd to sign up for a web hosting plan before designing your blog, but many of these companies partner with blog publishing programs to make it easy for you to set up your blog. With a few clicks, you can set up your blog, and the hosting will already be in place to go "live" as soon as you're ready.
Step 3: Choose A Blog Publishing Software
Set up a blog using a blog publisher, such WordPress. Many bloggers prefer WordPress, because it's tends to be more user friendly and easier to set up. There's also the issue of using a blog that's free, and shares hosting with other blogs. For example, if you went to WordPress.com to set up a blog, you wouldn't be the ultimate owner of that blog.
If WordPress decides that they don't like the content of your website or for other reasons want to delete it, they can do so. They may also have the right to run their own advertisements on your blog, without your consent. For that reason, you'll want to use WordPress.org to use the templates and program to set up the blog. Since you already have your own webhosting service in place, you should be able to use it to download WordPress. Some webhosting companies offer Fantastico, which reduces the process of installing WordPress to just a few steps.
Step 4: Write 20 Blog Posts
Readers will visit your blog for the content and not for what you're selling outright. It's better to launch a blog with enough content to keep them interested and to give them a feel for what you're about. If you don't have enough content at first, you'll look less credible and they'll move on.
Step 5: Add Affiliate Products
One way to make extra money is by selling affiliate products. Find products that fit the content of your blog and your reader's interests. Websites like Commission Junction and Amazon offer affiliate products for a wide variety of products. You can also visit websites that sell particular products that you're interested in to see whether they offer affiliate programs.
Avoid membership organizations and other Internet marketers that promise to show you how to make millions off your blog if you just pay them a fee. Your focus should be to make extra money, and you only need to invest a little each month in your blog to do that.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business.