To make money by blogging, you need a website. Okay, you can write articles on social media platforms however I believe that you also need your own website with its own domain name using website hosting.
By building your own website in this way, you are also building your own brand. If you are building up your brand, you can take the “long term” view on things. For instance, I started blogging on this website workfromhomenotes.com back in 2005. I am building up over time my workfromhomenotes.com brand.
You need to start to build your own website. These days you can use a Website builder to get the bare bones of a website up and running on the internet in a relatively short period of time.
The advantages of using a Website builder and using a cloud solution is that your website is stored in the cloud. Shared hosting is a cloud solution. You do not need to concern yourself with how this happens, unless you want to.
You do need to ensure that your backup and restore strategy is solid. Just in case it needs to be used in anger. In the beginning with little content this is not so important. However as you build up your content it becomes important.
Once your website and its management system is safety accessible on the cloud, you can access your website’s management system to build your website. This can mean that you can access it from anywhere on the internet.
Using shared website hosting on the cloud is a very cost effective way to do this. Most shared hosting providers also allow the WordPress content management system to be used.
I use the WordPress content management system for this website. I find using WordPress to be varied and interesting.
Using WordPress allows me to change the look, design and feel of my website by using different WordPress Themes.
At this stage, I have truly lost count of the number of different WordPress Themes I have used over the last while. Thank goodness the process of moving from one WordPress Theme to another is pretty easy, most of the time. However there are some things to watch out for. I discuss one of my moving from one WordPress Theme to another here.
My current preferred domain name supplier
My current preferred domain name supplier is Domain Cost Club. This is where my domain name (workfromhomenotes.com) is currently registered. You can read my very detailed review of Domain Cost Club here.
My current preferred web hosting supplier
My current preferred web hosting supplier is also Domain Cost Club. This is where this website is currently hosted.
Between 2015 and 2021 I used another web host. They were pretty good. However their costs are over six times higher for web hosting than what I currently pay at Domain Cost Club.
The “however” with Domain Cost Club is that they do not provide 24/7/365 support. This for me at the present time is not an issue as so far, their hosting for me has not needed 24/7/365 support.
However if you need 24/7/365 support included with your web hosting, I suggest that you look at Bluehost. They have numerous types of hosting and different packages in each of their hosting types, so you are sure to find a solution that may suit you.
You do need to ensure that your backup and restore strategy is solid. Just in case it needs to be used in anger. If your web host provides this, be sure that it meets your requirements. I do suggest that you also have your own solution in place as well.
Just so you know, this website earns if you buy a membership using the following all important link: Hosting at Domain Cost Club.
My current preferred website content management system
I have been using the WordPress content management system on this website for more years than I care to remember. WordPress has a lot of pluses in my opinion.
According to Wikipedia: “As of May 2021, WordPress is used by 64.8% of all the websites whose content management system is known. This is 41.4% of the top 10 million websites.”
I have written a number of posts about WordPress at this website.
My current preferred WordPress theme
I have been using the GeneratePress WordPress theme since January 2019. I actually upgraded to the premium version of this theme for the additional functionally built into the premium version in January 2019 and have been using this theme ever since. You can read my quick impression Premium WordPress GeneratePress Theme Review here.
My current preferred graphic design platform
I have been using the online Canva graphic design platform for the last while to create images for this website. I use Canva mainly to create my post cover images. I find Canva to be a brilliant tool to create great visual content.
What are you going to write about
Now that you know how to start a website or start a blog, the next thing is to determine what you are going to write about. Ideally this should be something that you are highly knowledgeable about, something that you are good at and would be able to write related information about.
In order to be seen as an authority on something, you will need to write a number of articles about your chosen topic. There are a number of things that must be addressed. Things like can you direct enough traffic to your website and can you monetise your website enough so that it provides a decent income. So writing a number of articles is not enough.
Of course, it is possible not to be expect in something, do some research yourself and then become an expect in that topic. However if you are already an expect in the topic, then you may already know information that other people would find of value.
Now it gets interesting
This is where it gets interesting. The topic can not be too broad, because other websites may already have content on that subject.
You will need to find a fairly detailed topic. This topic needs not to have too much content about it. And where there is some interest. You want search engines like Google or Bing to see your content. You want them to note those articles. Then when people search on the search engine looking for this content, the search engine returns your article as one of the articles of interest. Then you hope that that reader clicks your article, and finds your article answers their questions.
House-keeping pages to build
When building a website or when building a blog, you will most likely want to have a number of what I call house-keeping pages.
Add content to your blog
You will need to continue to add content to your blog and to your website. The content that you add needs to be applicable, interesting and relevant for your visitors.
The content needs to be prepared with the aim of attracting visitors who find your content contains the type of information that they are looking for.
This is a real case of “Content is King”. The content needs to be original. Once you have visitors coming to your blog and to your website from different sources, you will need to determine how you are going to earn revenue. This could be from one or more income streams.