Would you like to create your own blog? Have you thought about creating a blog but don’t know where to start? Do you want to blog as a hobby? Or monetize your blog?
If you want to blog as a hobby, something I’ve done for years, I’d recommend going to Blogger and setting up your own blog for free. It’s quick, simple, and you can start a blog immediately. However, since it’s on Blogger’s platform, you won’t ever own that blog, which may not matter to you. If you like writing and want to share your thoughts with an audience, Blogger is a great platform.
If you’d like to monetize your blog and try to make some money for your posts, I’d highly recommend Wealthy Affiliate because it’s a one-stop site that gives you everything you need to be successful. And it’s easy to set up your blog.
Blogging as a Hobby
I’ve been blogging as a hobby since 2008. I started my blog because in my “other life” I’m an author and the advice when I started publishing novels was to start and maintain a blog so readers could get to know me. And that’s what I did. I blogged about whatever popped into my head.
I blogged about life, being a mom, having a son with Down syndrome, politics (that’s rarely a good idea), writing books, publishing books, and advertising my friends’ books. I still blog there occasionally. You can read some of my posts.
Many people blog for fun. It can be a creative outlet and can be what it was first intended to be: a website log of your thoughts and ideas. Just remember, if you blog on Blogger (Blogspot.com) or WordPress.com, you don’t “own” your blog and it can be removed without your permission. I haven’t seen that happen, but theoretically it can.
Blogging for Profit
When my husband was laid off after 29 years at the company (and still a few years to go before qualifying for retirement), I tried to think what I might do to help financially. Since I’ve spent the last 34 years as a stay-at-home mom, my skills were basically changing diapers, wiping boogers, and folding laundry. Not a lot of demand for that in the job market.
I had been writing novels, but my time is pretty limited and in order to make money writing novels, you have to write a book every month or so. Although I know authors who do that, I don’t write that fast, so writing books wasn’t an option for me (though I hope to get back to it because I have so many stories still swimming in my head).
I decided to try blogging for profit. It seemed to be a perfect fit for me and I’ve read many success stories of people who’ve built a blog and made money doing so.
Starting Your Own Online Business
Starting a business, any business, is risky. It can fail. Big time. And if you’ve invested a lot of time and money into that business it can be pretty painful if it fails.
I needed to find something that had minimal financial risk because we don’t have a steady income anymore. I needed something I could put time into and try to build from home because I still have kids in school and in lots of activities. I need to be available for my kids and to take care of the house and laundry and cooking. A regular 9 to 5 wasn’t really an option for me.
I wanted to find a business where I could use the skills I’ve (hopefully) honed over the years. Writing a novel is very different than writing an article or blogging, but the foundation is the same.
Creating a money-making blog is a business and it should be treated that way. And it’s a business I can work on and build right from home, in between laundry loads and cleaning the bathrooms.
If you want to start an online blogging business, you need to follow certain steps:
- Decide on a niche (what will you blog about?)
- Decide on a name (what will you call your blog?)
- See if that name is available (I use GoDaddy.com to input names and see if they’re available)
- Purchase your domain name
- Purchase hosting (where your blog will “live”)
- Activate your blogging platform (I use WordPress.org not WordPress.com)
- Design your blog (pick a theme, make a header, choose fonts and colors)
- Begin adding content
- Monetize your blog
This probably sounds super overwhelming. It can be, but if you want guided help step-by-step, I have the answer for you. Keep reading!
Why Wealthy Affiliate?
I began searching blogging for profit because I love to write. The more I researched, the more I wanted to try it. I took a few free courses and then I found Wealthy Affiliate. I looked around the website and decided to join for free. It’s super easy to create an account. When you create an account, you have access to a free training module that will take you through the steps of creating your own blog.
You’ll create a blog on WA’s blogging platform, which means you don’t own your site and it’s more difficult to monetize it, but it gives you a feel for creating a site and blogging. If you decide you like it, you can go premium, which allows you full access to the site with domain registration, hosting, all the trainings, webinars, community forum, image library, and so much more.
I’ve been blogging for years and I have to say that Wealthy Affiliate is, hands down, the best value for the money. I’ve seen other courses (that last a month or so) that cost twice as much as yearly access to the whole WA website. Access to the image library to use images on your blog posts is worth the price alone. And there’s a Site Content tool that helps you write your posts with SEO in mind. It’s fantastic.
I’ve been learning how to monetize more effectively, how to find more traffic, and how to make my blog stand out. I LOVE the training modules because they are so in-depth and you can literally follow them step-by-step. And, if you have questions, there’s a community of people willing to help you.
Today is the Day
If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog, do it. Today is the day!
You can blog about anything. I’ve seen blogs on parenting, crafts, cooking, dieting, exercise, depression, anxiety, making money, living in an RV, traveling, babies, sewing. The list is endless and is only limited by your creativity.
If you’re interested, but don’t want to invest any money at first, try Wealthy Affiliate. You’ll get some basic training for free and you can get your feet wet to see if you’re really interested in blogging.
There are billions of people in the world who turn to the internet for information and entertainment. That’s a huge market! If you want to help people, share your experiences, share tips, and you like to write, blogging may be your answer. And if you want to try to make money blogging, then Wealthy Affiliate is definitely the best bang for your buck.