Blogging has been gaining currency since many years. Every year, more and more people turn in to professional bloggers and earn a full time income though their blog websites. The scope for blogging is limitless. You can blog about lifestyle, fashion, gadgets, local news, financial planning, teach how to create blogs/websites, bitcoin, etc. Anything under the sun can be a good topic for professional blogging.
If you have some expertise in website technology and are familiar with the process of creating websites and blogs using content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress, you can make good money teaching others how to create a blog. A lot of successful bloggers already make money through this simple method.
With ever-growing popularity of blogging, there are hundreds of thousands of people aspiring to become a blogger. They want to know about how to create a blog. This is the niche that you can easily tap for success as a blogger. Even if you don’t know how to create a blog, just read some tutorials on creating a website using WordPress, the most popular blogging platform. It’s fairly easy to get started and with some trial and error, you will find yourself comfortable using the blogging platform and will be able to help others get started with blogging or creating websites.
Before we learn how to make money helping others create blogs/websites, here’s a quick overview of how to create a blog.
a) Register a Domain Name
Think about the topic that you want to create a website or blog. Why are you creating a blog and on which topic you are going to write? Decide a nice, catchy name for your blog. Register this as your domain name, preferably a .com domain.
b) Buy Shared Web Hosting
Once you have your domain, get web hosting for your website. For beginners, shared web hosting is cheap and reliable. You should pick a cPanel-based web hosting for best experience in handling. It costs you $2/month to $15/month for unlimited web hosting space. Always buy web hosting in annual plans as it costs less. Hostgator & Bluehost are two of my favorite hosting providers for shared web hosting. For ease of setting up, you should register your domain and web hosting from same company.
What to look for in your web hosting service?
- cPanel based Linux web hosting
- Unlimited space & domain hosting
- Website/server uptime of 99.9%
- One-click WordPress installation (optional)
c) Install & Set Up WordPress
WordPress and Blogger (owned by Google) are two most popular blogging platforms options. For professional blogging, you should choose self-hosted WordPress (Wordpres.org). Once you have both domain and web hosting active, install WordPress using the Quick Install option provided in your web hosting dashboard panel. Alternatively, you can download WordPress from WordPress.org and install it manually. Pick a suitable WordPress theme and install essential WordPress plugins such as SEO, contact form and sitemaps. Delete dummy content page and posts, and also change your WordPress permalink settings. Now, you are all set to start blogging!
Earn Helping Others Create Blogs
Are you now comfortable with the process of developing simple blogs and websites using WordPress? Before you vennture out to make money offering web design and development services, you must learn the basics of web design and creating websites using WordPress. Read a few books and explore web design magazines and blogs online. Now, it’s time to use this knowledge to earn money through offering our services and also promoting reliable services as affiliates.
1. Start Your Blog & Write Tutorials
Before we actually make money, we need our launch platform. Our blog/website will serve as the shop-front for drawing customers and clients for our services and products.
Write explanatory tutorials with lots of images and screenshots to help others understand the process of creating websites using WordPress or other good platform that you are familiar with. You can also create videos for such tutorials.
2. Focus on Your Local Audience
Don’t write for the world. Everyone is doing that. Choose your niche and also focus on people in your geography, such as your city or country. You can create a niche in helping local businesses create their websites. Another possible niche is helping local doctors or lawyers get their blogs/websites ready. Also, try to write tutorials focusing on people in your country/area.
3. Create Websites/Blogs for a Fee
Once you have people looking for websites or blogs, you can start offering your website development or WordPress installation service for a fee. Add to it the option of exclusive web design, logo design, content management and other related services. Apart from your website, market yourself in your locality. Reach out to local businesses and professionals with your web design and development services. Start with phone calls to local companies that do not have a website. If a local business has an ugly website, ask if they would be interested in a redesign for a better looking website that is in sync with the latest trends online. A good number of recurring clients will help you earn a decent income.
4. Sell Own Hosting or Use Affiliate Marketing
You can start selling website packages or services to your target customers/clients. Create affordable website plans and offer add-on services at a premium. For starting as a web hosting provider, pick reseller web hosting plans. It will enable you to resell your web hosting space to customers in smaller packages. Most good reseller web hosting providers such as Hostgator also provide you online tools such as WHM & WHMCS to easily create web hosting packages for your clients and create a web hosting online store.
If you don’t want to invest in reseller web hosting, you can start promoting web hosting service of any good company. Whenever someone buys web hosting from the provider using your referral link or promotion code, you will earn a commission. This process of working is called affiliate marketing.
That’s all to get started with earning a good income through your skills in creating websites and blogs. Do you have more ideas on how to make this method even more exciting? Do share it with us!