Blogging

Can I really make money blogging? How do I make money from blogs? Can I make big money by blogging about the things I love? How Do I Build a Blog?

These could be the very first questions that came to your mind when you heard from TV news and people you know that a lot of bloggers are earning huge income online.

On the ohter hand, there is a good chance you already have heard the buzzword and have a good idea about blogging or have even tried creating one for yourself.

However, you still do not understand why everyone is so excited about having a blog and are willing to delve deeper into blogging. Makes you think, it has some form of magical draw you never got to enjoy.

The truth about this magical prowess is: blogging can make you rich! No kidding!

What Exactly is Blogging?

Many people believe that a blog (the shortened version of “web log”) is just like a personal journal and just like them it permits the author to write about anything under the sun. The defining difference being, blogging has a worldwide audience.

Well, blogging is very simple to do. If you have created journals before, then creating blog posts should just be a walk in the park. However, blogging for the sake of doing it, is totally different from blogging to make a profit.

What you’re going to learn and discover in this site is the latter but I want to make sure you get the most out of your effort both as a creative outlet and as a viable cash-cow.

Blogging is fast becoming one of the most popular ways of setting up a new site that Internet Marketers can use. With its ease of installation on self-hosted sites; its huge range of plug-ins that can help with everything from listing building, to advertising to SEO and a user friendly way of creating pages and posts if you are looking to start a business online then creating your own blog can be the most effective, simple and cost effective ways of getting started.

Benefits of Blogging

So why do people blog? Is it just because they want to share a part of themselves to the online community? Not everyone wants to earn money from blogging. Sometimes their main motivation for doing it is to simply talk about themselves and see how people react.

However, most people blog because they want to make a profit out of it in two ways: directly and indirectly.

An indirect way of earning money is through promotion. Let us say you have a business, and you want to develop your own brand and credibility. You use your blog to establish yourself as an expert in the field, bring your products and services much closer to your targeted audience, and allow them to send direct feedback to you.

You may also use it if you are an affiliate marketer. With affiliate marketing, you simply promote other poeples products on your blog in exchange of commission for every sale that is made when your readers make a purchase.

When we speak of the direct method, it means the blog itself generates income for the blogger. For example, the blogger sells his/her own products or services directly to the avid readers.

How Do I Build a Blog?

So how do you go about building your first blog? There are numerous answers to this question. It all depends on how much control you want to keep. Many people start out using free services like Blogger.com. While these services are perfectly fine to use, there are some drawbacks that you need to be aware of.

First of all, when you’re using a free service you are limited in the theme and customization options that you can make to the website. When you build your own website or use a self-hosted WordPress blog, you will have more options to customize your site. We’ll talk about that more later.

Another drawback to using free services is that you are restricted by the company that owns your website. In other words, if you do things on your website that the company does not approve of, they can shut you down without warning or notice.

Many times, bloggers end up losing all their hard work and followers because they broke some unknown rule with the blog company’s terms of service. When this happens, sometimes the blogger is unable to get back all of that work and has to start completely over. Obviously, this doesn’t look very professional in the eyes of your followers and it can mean a whole lot work for you.

So what is the blogger to do? There are really two different avenues that you can take, although one is much more popular these days than the other. Some people like to build HTML sites, otherwise known as static sites. While you can certainly do this, it isn’t the best route to take if you’re going to be updating your site constantly. Instead, you want to use a self-hosted WordPress blog.

WordPress is a free blogging platform that many people use. However, they have the same issues if you use the free, WordPress hosted blogs as you would with Blogger or any other company. The great thing about WordPress, though, is that you can purchase your own hosting through companies like HostGator and build your own WordPress blog that you own and maintain. In other words, you don’t have to work under anyone else’s rules like you would with a WordPress or Blogger hosted blog.

If you’re not a technical person, this might seem like it would be a very difficult task to build your own blog. However, it’s actually very simple and can be done with a few clicks of a button. The first thing you want to make sure is that when you purchase your hosting package you make sure that the hosting company has something called Fantastico.

This is a simple software that allows you to click a few buttons and immediately install a WordPress blog on your hosting account. Once you’ve installed WordPress, it’s as simple as choosing one of the free themes that are available right there in your dashboard. The WordPress dashboard system is actually very simple to use. You can start creating posts and pages immediately upon loading it onto your hosting account.

What You will Learn

While there are thousands of blogs being set up each day, most of it are being abandoned by its creators. There are many reasons why people leave their blogs. However, two of the foremost are the lack of motivation and the difficulty of maintaining the blog.

Everything I discussed with you will learn today hopefully changed your mind-set about blogging. You don’t have to be an ordinary blogger. Most of all, you don’t have to earn pennies when you can earn hundreds to thousands of dollars every month through your blogs.

If you’re not fully motivated by money, then surely you will feel inspired by the hundreds of people who follow you, those who look up to you for comments and suggestions, those who are willing to share their thoughts and put their trust in your credibility and level of expertise.
 

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