How to start a blog and make money


Ever thought about launching your own blog? Ever wondered what it takes, not only to start that blog, but also to successfully build it over time to make money online or generate passive income? Obviously, you are not alone. Millions of people try their hand at blogging, but very few actually generate huge revenues from their endeavors.

However, if you are starting a blog for the purpose of making money, and you are not really interested in writing, then you are wasting your time. The art of blogging isn't just scientific or formulaic. Without a deep desire for your craft, you will face waves of frustration and annoyance.

Why? While it's relatively easy to start a blog, it's a monumental endeavor to generate likeness of traffic and profit from your tough endeavors. You need laser focus and persistence to build an audience or reach mass saturation with your prose.

So, what does it take to start a successful blog and actually make money online? I guess it depends on what you consider successful and what you consider making money. If, like the millions of other potential bloggers out there, you want to take advantage of it, you have a long way to go.

But if you are willing to spend time and energy, and you can persevere for many years (and yes, I say for many years), then you can definitely make a lot of money online. In fact, your blog is very likely to be one of the best links to generate passive revenue, and if done in the right way, it can attract the right clients and customers no matter what industry or niche you are in.

How to Start a Blog: Step by Step

1. Select a Topic

Be clear about what you are going to write. Define a topic or niche, and design all of your content around those things. This will help you to not only laser focus your writing, but also to build digital products and services that complement your content.

This allows you to draw in customers, entice them with your highly informative post, then seduce them with a lead magnet before plugging them into your sales funnel (more on that in a moment).

2. Select Platform

While WordPress is the most popular platform for blogging by far, there are other platforms out there that can be taken advantage of such as micro-blogging platforms such as Tumblr , , and Medium . However, if you are serious about your blogging endeavors, you may want to use a self-hosted WordPress installation on a dedicated domain.

3. Select a Domain Name

A custom domain name is essential if you're serious about making money from the blog you start. Rather than relying on third-party hosted subdomains, find a short but relevant domain name with a rich (if possible) keyword that describes your intended topic, industry or niche. Use BlueHost, HostGator, 1 & 1 Hosting or any other number from your domain name provider to find your domain.

If you are at all concerned about things like SEO, when choosing your domain name you should adhere to the following suggestions:

  • Keep the domain short, no more than 15 characters or more
  • Try not to buy domain names with hyphens, as they are more often associated with spammers
  • Avoid using self-hosted subdomains to rank or categorize posts