Starting a Blog For Profit
Blogging for profit is quite a popular home working idea. It is easy to start up and should not cost you too much. In fact, a basic system can be set-up for no cost at all, but that is not recommended for the best income. A little bit of thought beforehand can be an aid, so here are some basic pointers to help you to get going and earning an income.
Set Up Your Blog
First, you need to set your blog up. You can use one of the free services such as Blogger or WordPress, but if your blog is using one of these names then don’t expect to as much profit as you otherwise could do. Plus, with the lack of control over the site you might have some earning opportunities ruled out.
So if you do want to use Blogger, also buy your own website name and follow the instructions to use that for your blog. But better still, buy yourself a small amount of hosting space (look for PHP with MySQL available), download the latest version of WordPress and install it. There are plenty of instructions in WordPress and your hosts will provide more.
Themes To Look Good
To get the site looking good, take a look around at the thousands of ready made WordPress themes and choose one that you like. But don’t use one because you have seen it used elsewhere – you want your site to look good, but not the same as too many others.
Once the blog is set-up you then need to start writing. At first, whilst you are keen, write at least a post a day. If you can manage more, maybe store them as drafts for when you lose your initial rush.
This gets your site some content, but to start earning you also need traffic and popularity. These do come hand in hand to a degree, so start working on the popularity first.
Make Your Site Popular
For this, start rewriting some of your posts and submitting them to article directories and submitting them as guest posts on blogs. These will all link back to you and this builds your search engine ranking and the number of links into your site. Advertisers will pay a lot more for being on your blog if you have more links in.
This increasing popularity in the search engines along with writing plenty of new content will help you to start seeing the start of you search engine traffic. If you are writing plentifully and submitting to article sites often enough, then this process won’t actually take too long. There are other more advanced techniques to use, but these are good to get you going.
Now you are ready to start earning an income. You can sign up for and add some Google AdWords units to your website. These will earn you an income every time someone clicks on an advert. You can also promote affiliate sites, mentioning products and linking to them.
But probably the easiest way to earn, once you have a Page Rank and plenty of links in, is through being paid for posts on your website. There are a few quality schemes to sign up for, try a few out and you could be earning $5, $10 or even $50 per post of only 200-300 words!