I am pretty sure that your eyes must have come through this word “blog”. And if you haven’t don’t worry I will explain everything briefly later in this article. Well Everyone on the internet is talking about blogging because blogging is very common nowadays. But very few succeed in it. Actually everybody on the internet is doing blogging and sharing whatever they know.
This is why the internet has become a huge source of knowledge for everybody. We look up to the internet for everything. Even if it is cooking a new dish or installing a game or song. Everything is available on the internet. And the internet has made the flow of information very easy. But we are not here to discuss the advantages of the internet so coming back to our topic and that is blogging.
But first, let’s go through the definition of blogging, and then we will move on to the next topic. According to the Wikipedia
Blogging: A blog is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (posts).Wikipedia
Don’t worry I will explain it in more simple words. actually it is just like writing a diary and telling what you have experienced and what you have done wrong and what you have done right. Every website has a blog section where they write articles about the industry they are in. Because it helps the users to get an idea of the product.
So, if we want to define blogging in simple words we can say that.
Blogging: Blogging is sharing your thoughts and experience on a certain topic and the information is structured in such a way that it is easy for the reader to understand.
If we look at the graph of blogging we can see that there is an enormous amount of increase in the number of websites. The trend of blogging is just going up and it will keep growing in the coming years. Because the whole world is going digital and now there are approximately 4 billion internet users. And that is a huge market to share your words.
As you can see in the graph that people are making their own blog site instead of depending on the other popular blogging platforms that is why the number of websites is increasing day by day. And we will continue to see the trend. So it is a good time for you to learn and invest your time in learning how to start a blog.
And I am pretty sure that after reading this article you will be able to start your blog by yourself and you will have a major understanding of the blogging term. So without wasting any time let’s jump right into the topic.
So above I have given you a basic introduction that why you have to start a blog. Now the question here arises is okay I want to start a blog but how can I do this?. Well, many beginners are confused with this question and want an answer to it. Believe me in this article your every question will get an answer. Just be with me till last.
If you have any of the following thoughts in your mind just flush your thoughts and focus on a new starting. We will start with the blogging platforms that you can use to do blogging don’t worry it is very simple. If you are feeling that it is hard and you can’t do this just read this quote and you will see the change.
“Let go of yesterday. Let today be a new beginning and be the best that you can, and you’ll get to where God wants you to be”Joel Osteen
Actually there are many blogging platforms that you can use to start your own blog. But there are actually there are 2 main platforms that are mostly used to make a blog and those are bloggers and WordPress. Both these platform hosts about 40% of the websites that are available on the internet.
Now I will explain the difference between both these platforms. And it totally depends on you that what platform you want to start with but I can say that after reading the next few lines you can easily choose the platform that suits you the best. So make sure you are with me till the last so that you understand the whole concept.
So let’s start with the blogger and then we will discuss WordPress.
Blogger is a simple, advanced, and very powerful blogging tool that is backed by the Tech Giant Google. Blogger was acquired in the year 2003 by Google. And from that point, it has become one of the favorite blogging platforms. There are well over 303,000 websites on blogger. Websites can be of any content until it implies with the policy of Google.
The websites/blogs that are made using Blogger are hosted by Google. So they are generally fast in terms of speed. But we will discuss the pros and cons of the blogger later in the article. You can use any template that Google provides you for free. The websites that are made using Blogger usually end with *.blogspot.com.
But You can also add your custom domain in it but the hosting option on another company is not available. There are also many websites that provide custom blogger templates that you can use in order to change and make the look of your website more attractive. Some of these websites include.
Blogger is a simple platform and it is very easy to get started with it. You don’t need to have the technical knowledge to run a blog/website on blogger. Because everything is handled by Google on your behalf. So you don’t have to worry about anything. You don’t need money to run a blog/website on blogger.
Because the blogger gives you a subdomain for free and also free hosting as I mentioned earlier. And that is why if you are a beginner and just want to get your hands wet with blogging, Blogger can be a good choice for you to get started with.
WordPress is a content management system that was developed in 2003 and is now operated by WordPress foundation. WordPress is also considered as the king of all blogging platforms. Because more than 33% of the whole websites on the internet are powered by this CMS(content management system).
According to Wikipedia WordPress is.
WordPress (WP, WordPress.org) is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) written in PHP and paired with a MySQL or MariaDB database. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system, referred to within WordPress as Themes.Wikipedia
WordPress can be used to make any website but it is mainly used to make a website that involves making and writing content and managing it like blogs and online news portals etc. WordPress has a huge community as I have told you before that there are 33% of the websites are handled by this system alone.
You can imagine how many users are using it. It is open-source software that means there are thousands of developers around the world that are contributing to this software and making it better and better. So if you are stuck at a point there is a huge community you can look up to.
In WordPress, there are thousands of templates and plugins are made already that you can use on your website to make your website more beautiful and plugins to add more functionalities to your site. Some of the themes are for free and others are paid. But free plugins are also very good and helps a lot.
WordPress is a little bit complex to use but one can easily understand if you have some determination. To use WordPress you must have a domain name and hosting account. Without these things, you can’t use WordPress. And that is one of the main things that differentiate Blogger from WordPress.
Now that we have discussed the introduction of both WordPress and Blogger let’s start the next topic and that is what platform should I get started with? So let’s answer this question.
Which Platform To Choose WordPress Or Blogger?
Well, this is a little tricky question to answer but I will try my best to answer in such a way that you can decide the platform that is the best choice for you and your blog.
But again I just want to tell you that this is my opinion and it totally depends on you that what platform to get started with.
If you are a beginner and don’t know anything about blogging then I will recommend you start with blogger because it has less technical hassles and you don’t need to do much to set up your blog everything is managed by google you just have to worry about your content.
But blogger also has some cons like you can’t customize your site very much according to your wishes. and you have less control over the site as compared to WordPress. Because in WordPress you are the real owner of your content. But here you also have to pay to buy domain and hosting.
And you have full control over the site. You can customize it the way you want you can add as many functionalities you want using plugins. But at blogger, you don’t have full rights of the content you write. It is the property of Google and google can delete it any time Google wants.
So, the main point is that.
If you are a beginner start with blogger. but don’t get attached to it so much. Learn about blogging and when you think that now you can handle your blog easily move up to WordPress.
Because WordPress is a little bit complex and difficult to manage and also if you are low on budget blogger is the choice to go with because it was made according to the needs of the beginner.
If you are just starting and your only aim is to write and share your words blogger is best for you. But if you are planning on making a long-term blog and also generate some money from it WordPress is best for you.
Another thing people think is that we might get more traffic at blogger because it is a Google product and Google will rank it higher. But that is a false statement and Google doesn’t do this. It only ranks the content that gives the reader value and provides quality and great content.
For further understanding, I insist you watch this video it will help you in understanding the difference between WordPress and blogger for SEO and which is better. This video is from google webmaster so you can clear any of your misunderstandings after watching this video as everything will be explained briefly.
Now I think everything will be cleared after this watching this video and you might have an idea about choosing the ideal platform for your blog/website. But if you are still in confusion this is natural when you are starting a new thing you are very much doubtful and worried about that. But believe me, this is only till you start your blog.
By summarizing this question I can just say that if you are a beginner get started with blogger it is free and you will get experience and when you think you have enough writing experience move on to the next platform that is WordPress and make your blog stand out.
Now that we have seen what is blogging and what are the platforms we can choose to get started with blogging. I think the most important and favourite part of mine has arrived and that is how we can make money with blogging and believe me or not if your blog is not generating money there is a high chance that you will stop blogging.
Ways Of Making Money Through Blogging
There are several ways of earning but here we will only talk about the legit and easiest ways of earning through blogging. You can make a hell lot of money by blogging and even some people’s out there are making a living through and they have left their full-time job to do blogging.
I am serious and not joking and you can even search for them on the internet. There are many incidents available. So coming back to our topic and that is ways of making money through blogging. So as I told you earlier there are many ways but we will only discuss the main one here so pack your bags and let’s get started.
Most and common and one of the most legit ways to earn through a blog is by showing ads from any of the ad-networks available in the market. Advertising allows you to place personalized ads in your content and when a user clicks on the ad you will get paid. Some of the most common ad-networks are AdSense, Propeller Ads, Infolinks and etc. But the best one is Adsense because it is owned and backed by Google.
So, there is no chance of fraud in it and also it has a great reputation and highest CTR(Click Through Rate). This means it gives the highest amount on a single click. And thus it can be a great way to make your blog profitable.
Personally I will recommend that use Adsense because nowadays this is the only network that is trusted and you can trust it. But it also has some strict rules like it is hard to get your website approved by this network. Because it only gives approval to those sites that are completing its policies.
And you can also get your account disabled if you do anything against the policies of Google. The biggest example of this is clicking on your own ads. Google is very strict in this matter because Google wants to create a great environment for its advertisers but if you work honestly I assure you that you can earn a handsome amount from Adsense.
Adsense is used by most of the website outside there in the network and has a very good ecosystem. So if you are a beginner and want to make money without doing any hardship this can be a good option to get started with. And later on, you can change to another option that I will tell you later in the post.
“All you have to do is drop the little AdSense code into your website and it immediately starts working”Jack Herrick, WikiHow Founder and CEO
Moving on to the next way of earning a blog and that is also one of the most common and profitable ways.
Affiliate marketing means selling other companies’ products to your traffic or community and earning a profit on every sale. The profit percent is decided by the company you are making an agreement with and it can also vary from region to region and product to product.
To earn through affiliate marketing is a little bit hard but it pays you more than any advertising network out there. But the there main issue is when you are not able to sell the product and that depends on the loyalty of the reader and the content of your site and the product you are showing.
But if you once started to sell the products I am pretty sure that the day will not be far when you will be able to bear your expenses just by doing affiliate marketing. If you want to learn affiliate marketing there are lots of videos available.
Affiliate marketing can be a good source of making money but you need to make sure that the content of your website and the product that you are listing must be relevant. And if it is not like that your reader might not get interested in buying that product from you. Many bloggers do affiliate marketing.
At the start, you may don’t see any sales but if you have a good traffic resource and the readers trust you and your site then they will buy products recommended from you. And one advice that I will give you is that show ad of those products that you have tested and use for yourself. In this way, if the reader will get a good product he will become your loyal reader.
Well, affiliate marketing is a very vast topic and we can’t define and tell you in just one line. You will have to discover some things on your own. I can only give advice and tips that have worked for me and might also help you in your beginning of blogging.
In order to understand affiliate marketing correctly and understand the main concepts. I will recommend you watch this video that is given below I will help you understand affiliate marketing better and many of your doubts will be cleared.
Everything is explained very well in this video and if you still have doubts about anything make sure you comment down below. And I will try to answer it as soon as possible and will try to clear all of your thoughts.
So that we have discussed affiliate marketing let’s move on to the next topic and that is Sponsorship.
This is also one of the main and common ways of generating income from your blog. This form of earning is a little bit hard for beginner but this is also very profitable. Actually let’s define this in simple language according to blogging and then we will discuss the next aspects of this topic.
Sponsorship means that giving your Ad-Space for selling and the advertiser will contact you buy that space from you and will pay you on a weekly and monthly basis. And in return, you will show the ad on the space the advertiser has bought and can charge whatever amount you want.
There are many websites also available where you can list your website and the advertiser can visit your website and contact you to buy the spaces if he wants. Websites like buysellads and many more. But you can also make a advertise here page and you can tell the viewers about your traffic stats and can give a form for the advertiser that wants to contact. This way you can directly deal with the advertiser.
As I have told you that it is a little bit hard for the site that doesn’t have much traffic and also if the website is not attractive the advertiser may not give his ad to you. But if your website start’s to grow you can use this method and this way you can much much more money than any method above.
And if you are looking for how to increase or get sponsors and looking for some tips and advice then I think that this video will get you all covered. In this video, 7 ways are explained of how to attract sponsors. And I am sure that this will help in your starting journey. Before watching this video make sure that you understand this is only advice and tips that you can follow. The more hard work will you do the more price you will get.
So here ends the section of sponsorship and let’s go the next way is Providing digital service.
Let’s dig into this topic but before doing that let’s get a quick walkthrough of the definition of digital service. So that it will help you understand what I will explain later in the topic so try to understand this clearly and with full attention.
Digital services are. services that can be delivered through an information infrastructure, such as the internet. Without the transfer of any physical good like web development, logo designing, article writing, etc.
So that we have discussed the definition let’s get started. Now the point is that digital services are those that you can provide to the readers if they want and in return, they will pay you. You can start selling your skills to the audience like you have a blog on painting and you are very good at sketching and painting you can show a banner on your blog like I will sketch you in 1 hour for just 25$.
This is just like selling a product that is only available on the internet like you are good at editing and you can sell this skill by editing other’s videos and it return charging them. Most of the blogs and companies use this strategy to make there company running.
I am sure that this looks hard but if you will provide good quality and on-time delivery the customers will keep coming back to you and this will make a form of trust and reputation of your blog/website will be increased. This will help you get more orders and your revenue will automatically go up.
Some of the main tips will be like give services that are in your domain means that give the services of those skills that you are good at. And also the service should be relevant to the blog that you are making. So that the readers can relate to the blog and the service you are providing.
To make your skills more advanced in this field you can also learn digital marketing and that will help your business grow more easily and effectively. But as a beginner, I will not recommend you that because it might create confusion for you to understand the deep concept of digital marketing. So the advice is to give yourself some time and then start experimenting then it will be easy for you to understand the concept.
Now we have ended the section of how to earn from the blog and now we are starting our last section (I know it is a little bit long post) but believe me if you are a beginner this will help you a lot.
Tips For Starting A Blog
Starting a blog is never an easy task you have to make some decisions that may affect your blog directly. So these decisions are important and that is why I will share some common mistakes and tips that you can use to make maximum out of your blog.
And I can give the guarantee that if you will follow these steps you will start to see some positive results in 2 to 3 months (I know its a little bit long). But everything takes time to grow you can’t say that you will be going to have 10 million readers in a single day.
Give everything some time and that is also one of the main aspects of blogging that you need to be patient. You will see the result of your hard work but not on the first day as it takes some time. This is also done by the search engines to avoid spamming of the content and make sure that the user gets what they really want from there.
And if your blog helps someone and solves someone’s problem then don’t worry if your blog is not getting the traffic it will get traffic soon and all your hard work will be paid off. Because the start is always slow. Instagram was first only used by 11 people’s but now you can imagine that more than 1 billion uses it daily. Because it is providing value to the user.
So without explaining everything I will write 10 points that you should do in order to do well in your blogging these were some of the mistakes that we did so that you can learn from our mistakes and can make your blog successful.
So let’s see some of the main points before starting a blog.
- Choose a topic that you are interested in it will help you greatly.
- Don’t focus on quantity rather focus on quality.
- Give value to take value. (Write quality content to earn money).
- Don’t start a blog just for money.
- Try to make a community rather than an audience.
- Try to write articles more than 300 words.
- Update your content regularly.
- Don’t try to spam Google. (You will end with nothing).
- Make your content unique and problem-solving.
- Make a blogging schedule and follow it.
So, summarizing this whole post is not simple but the main conclusion is that blogging is expressing your ideas in the form of words and sharing it on the internet. To do blogging there are many platforms that you can use but only 2 are main that are mostly used and those are Blogger and WordPress. As we have discussed them briefly above here I will only say that start with blogger and when you become familiar with blogging move on to WordPress.
There are many earning options available that you can use to make money out of your blog. But the main advice is that don’t start a blog for just money. And be patient it takes time for a blog to grow and there is no shortcut for an overnight success. But there are some rules that you can follow to make your blog gain traffic more quickly.
So, this was my article on how to start a blog and I have tried to cover every aspect. And if I have left anything or you have any confusion make sure to ask me in the comment section down below and I will be there to answer your every question. And if you have liked the post make sure you share it with your friends, family, and others so that they can also take benefit from it.
So, that is it for today. See you in the next post till then bye…Take Care…