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How To Start Blogging For Free
For most writers, trying to make their passion into a career that generates income has been the problem facing writers since time immemorial. Enter into blogging, which has made writing an accessible and increasingly legitimate means of making money. However, there are many blogs out there and only a few which manage to become successful.
How do you turn your blog into a successful blog rather than just another blip on in cyber space? If you’re like many writers, you already have to passion to write, that is the first and most important quality that a blogger should have. That is the next step in to take that passion and use it to your advantage. Alright lets see how to start a blog for free.
Getting Started-How To Start Blogging For Free
In order to start your blog, you first need to find a suitable hosting site, of which there are many. WordPress.com, Tumblr, Blogger are just a few of the sites which you can start blogging for free. All of these sites also offer customizable formats so you can design your blog the way you choose. If you are not the most tech-savvy individual, there are also lots of video tutorials that you can watch.
Create a Niche
What makes your blog unique? Try not to think in general terms such as ‘politics’ there are millions of political blogs, create a very specific idea that will target a specific audience. In order to be successful you have to cater to your community of readers, they will appreciate the uniqueness of your blog and will spread the word to like-minded people. Also be sure to write about your passion, it will show in the work and you’ll have more fun writing about something you enjoy.
Take time to draft every post flawlessly. Your readers will notice if something is sloppy with many spelling mistakes and a hasty execution. Remember, you are posting these articles for people to read, and each should be given time and proper editing in order to make your readers know that you put the work into it. Along with quality value is essential to creating a great blog you are giving people something, make them laugh, inspire them, make them feel that your articles give them something in return.
When you create a blog, you are also creating a community, this means making your blog easy for people to comment on, asking for feedback, encouraging guest posts when possible – this will give people a connection to your writing and keep them coming back. Side note, you may also receive negative comments or feedback. Don’t let this deter you, either delete them or respond positively. Negative comments are rare so don’t let fears of negativity stop you.
How to start blogging for free next read is Marketing to make money online.
Marketing To Make Money Online
In order generate an income, you will also have to focus on marketing. You won’t get very far if you sit around and hope people stumble upon your blog. A good way to do this might be to write about things that are easily searched or to leave comments on other blogs with a link to yours. It is also worthwhile to consider integrating your blog with an existing website.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is rooted in content, and will enhance your search results, however, look into free plugins offered by blogging platform you’ve chosen. Most plugins help you to choose more effective keywords, as well as make suggestion to help improve your posts’ SEO.
Advertising your products or other products has been a way other bloggers have launched successful blogging careers. If you write about fashion be sure you are not shamelessly plugging items just for a payout, only advertise the items you believe have to best quality. Your candid advice will be appreciated by your readers and you will gain their trust.
People love pictures, if you are writing about cooking, for example, be sure to include lots of pictures! People generally scan online rather than read blocks of text. If you include pictures, it is more likely to pique their interest. People are unlikely to read every single word on the page, using pictures is a great way to enhance your content and intrigue the viewer.
Witty titles are challenging, it is something that I struggle with every time I write. You want it to be catchy and to grab someone’s attention, you want it to be something they see in their search results that interests them and makes them want to read your blog. There is no easy way to ensure you will get a clever title each time. It might be helpful to bounce ideas off of your friends of family to see which grabs their attention.
Use Facebook and Twitter to your advantage, and don’t be afraid to plug yourself. This is key to getting your name out there and acquiring a wider audience of readers. With social media, your followers will help do the promoting for you by sharing and commenting on your posts.
You should be prepared to consistently create good work on regular basis. This can be difficult, but if you are looking to make your blog into a business, you have to treat it as a business. It is unlikely that you will be able to post a new article every day, although if you can, by all means, do so! Aim for twice a week – that gives you ample time to draft, write and edit your articles, and will show that you take your writing seriously.
Some parting words: Blogs don’t have to make money, but if you want an income from blogging, this requires a bit more rigorous commitment to your writing. As I said, treat blogging not as a hobby if you want to make it a business. You should put the same dedication and commitment you would into any other career.
Note From Veer: If you’re serious about earning money from your blog, I recommend you to not go for free blogging. I am not talking about how to start blogging for free and making money online. Invest some money to establish your blogging business and start to make money from it.
Author Bio: Angie Picardo is a staff writer for NerdWallet.com, a personal finance website dedicated to empowering consumers to make better decisions about their personal finances, travel plans, or higher education.