[Easy to understand guide] how to start a blog and earn money from it

You recently came to know the potential of blogging and now looking forward to starting a blog of your own. But wondering how to start a blog? and how to earn money from it? So let’s dive in without wasting any of our time.

How to Start a Blog:

Starting a blog is considered very technical. A lot of aspirants are not even able to start their own blog. But don’t fear when I am near. I myself have faced this fear but managed to start my own.

It’s not as difficult as it seems. Here are a few articles, which will help you start your own blog. And don’t worry, all of these are no-brainer straight to follow non-technical blogs. You’ll understand them easily, even if you are non-technical like me.

Steps to start a blog:

  1. Finalize and Register Your Web Domain Name;
  2. Choose and buy a web hosting plan:
  3. Install WordPress;
  4. Optimize WordPress after the first installation;
  5. Finalize Your Theme;
  6. Change your theme;
  7. Submit your sitemap to Google;
  8. Start Writing your first Blog;
  9. On-Page SEO Techniques;
  10. Tips to improve Google SERP ranking;
  11. How to find better keywords;

Now that you have an understanding of how to start a blog, so let’s take a look at how to earn money after starting a blog.

How to earn money after starting a blog:

Though there are a lot of options to earn money from blogging. Still, it’s not as easy as it seems.

But don’t you think that nothing worth comes easy. So you definitely have to work hard at the start, but soon it starts giving results.

I know the image above seems overwhelming. But don’t get trapped in it. As I said above, it only seems easy. But needs a lot of dedication, patience, and preparation to make a blog successful.

So without letting overwhelm trap us, let’s swim around every business model to earn money from a blog. I’ll give you a bigger picture or snapshot of every business model to earn money through your blogs.

[Easy to understand guide] how to start a blog and earn money from it

Advertising:

Advertising is one of the most common forms of earning from a blog. And you can do various kind of advertisement on your blogs.

Once your blog crosses certain limits of blogs (say 10-15 blogs), you can start with Google AdSense advertisement. It’s one of the earliest and easiest forms of advertisement you get the option to earn from.

Now there is a lot more form of advertising mentioned in the graph above. But they really need a lot of work and a great number in terms of traffic. But you also get to earn a lot more in those form of advertising than Google AdSense.

Let’s suppose you have a great readership of young people. Who are interested to learn about the new games coming in the market. Games which can be played on Android handset.

Then your popularity will speak for you. Depending on your popularity, you may be contacted by some organization creating mobile games having those young people as their target consumers to write a review for their games.

And the offer to write a review for their games may be a lot bigger than what you may earn from Google AdSense. Of-course your negotiation skill also plays a role here.

But even if you are not a great negotiator, then also the offer will definitely be a lot bigger than your earning from usual Google AdSense advertising.

The more specific niche you’ll have on your website. The more targeted option of advertising you’ll be receiving from the market.

Once you cross the certain limit of your traffic, you’ll definitely start receiving offers from various organizations to advertise them on your website.

But even if you are not a great negotiator, then also the offer will definitely be a lot bigger than your earning from usual Google AdSense advertising.

The more specific niche you’ll have on your website. The more targeted option of advertising you’ll be receiving from the market.

Once you cross the certain limit of your traffic, you’ll definitely start receiving offers from various organizations to advertise them on your website.

Affiliate Marketing:

Affiliate Marketing is one of the most popular money-making business models in the blogging world. You should also know that every blogger in the industry does some sort of affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing can be understood as a simple concept of referring someone else’s product to your reader. Once they purchase the product from you (through your referral link), you get the referral commission.

There are a lot of affiliate networks, which provide you a lot of options to choose your affiliate products. Some of them are:

  1. CJ Affiliate;
  2. Impact Radius;
  3. Clickbank;
  4. ShareASale;

Note: Above mentioned are not affiliate links and are only for referral purpose.

There are many more affiliate network than just mentioned above. Go to any of them, create your account, choose your preferred product and start.

Well, there is definitely a lot behind this, before you can start doing affiliate marketing. But we’ll dig deep in that, some other time. Right now, let’s just stay on track.

Some of the greatest affiliate marketers I know in the market today are:

  1. Harsh Agarwal;
  2. Pat Flynn.

Both of them are amazing bloggers in their own way. Very different yet very effective.

If you want to learn about affiliate marketing, I would definitely recommend you read their blogs. They have created and have already established their authority in their domain.

Events:

Though this is not a popular method opted for earning money by bloggers. Yet this is a very effective way to make relations with your readers while earning money doing events.

Few of the popular bloggers doing and earning money from this source are:

  1. Darren Rowse from Problogger.com
  2. Sean D’Souza from Psychotactics.com

This is mostly done by bloggers for their loyal readers. Readers, who have learned a lot and have contributed as well to the blogger.

These kinds of events are mostly done to establish a sense of belonging among the readers. Where blogger tries to meet them personally and to help them grow ahead in their journey.

Recurring Revenue:

This is one of the most popular model of income for bloggers out there. Bloggers earn through this mode by creating private communities, by selling premium content and by providing one-to-one coaching sessions to their community members.

For this kind of model, readers do pay money on recurring basis to get involved with the community to learn things of their interest.

Few famous blogs using this as a support model for their premium clients are:

  1.  Ramit Sethi from I Will Teach You To Be Rich & Growthlab;
  2. Sean D’Souza from Psychotactics;

Promoting Offline Business:

Well, this is a best free form of advertisement for your offline business. I just found a best-narrated blog written by Neil Patel on how to do it well.

You may have a look at the blogs written by OYO and Foodpanda. Though these are not pure offline business. But it ultimately leads to offline business only.

Services:

Blogging while delivering services is one of the best most popular methods opted for services providing agencies.

This can be done by educating your readers about your services. Like, what you do, how you do, how you have done it for your previous clients etc.

Neil Patel is one of the famous bloggers I know, who has chosen this model for his digital marketing agency.

Products:

This is one of the most popular and most money generating model for bloggers all around the world. This is done by selling the information products created by you. Information Products like e-books, E-courses.

Now you must ask, why this is one of the most money generating model?

It’s because, it needs you to work once to create your product, but you can keep on earning from that product throughout your lifetime.

You definitely have to work on keeping your product updated. Apart from that, the infrastructure you need to earn through this model is really very cheap, in comparison to the potency it carries for your earning.

Well, the more lucrative it seems, the more difficult it is to start with it. But once you got the recipe, you’ll start earning skyrocket of money.

Few of the most earning bloggers with this model I have known are Ramit Sethi,  Darren Rowse & Sean D’Souza.

Don’t worry, soon you’ll see my name on this list as well (work in progress).

Other Income Streams:

Some other income streams opted through blogging is to ask for donations for a cause to support. Or else you may also opt to sell your blogs in exchange for a handsome amount of money.

Now before you leave, if there’s something in the article, that’s not making sense to you…..Please feel free to ask.


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