How to Start a Blog and Make Money

So you want to start a blog and make money with it?

Well you’re in luck, because I’m going to tell you exactly how to do it.

Start a Blog to Make Money

Getting Started

The very first thing you need is a webhost to get online.  I always recommend Bluehost because they are affordable and extremely reliable.  You’ll get a free domain with them and I suggest using my blogging naming guide to help choose an effective domain name.

Once you’re signed up with Bluehost you can use the free WordPress installer inside the control panel to install WP within a couple minutes.

Lastly, you’ll want a premium WordPress theme to make your site look awesome right away.  I always use and recommend Elegant Themes because they give you over 70 customizable and beautiful themes for just $39 a year.

I know I just threw a ton of steps at you in a relatively short time, but that’s all it takes to be online with a great looking blog.  Now for the money making part…

Making Money with Your Blog

If you just want to write a blog and concentrate on growing your subscriber list, then you should start by implementing advertisements.  The easiest and most effective way to do this is to sign up for Google Adsense.

Adsense allows you to choose a specific banner size and whether you’d like to display text, image, or both types of ads in your ad spot.  You then add this code to your site and the ads start displaying in a few minutes.  As Google gets a better feel for what your website is about, they will start to display ads that are more relevant to your audience.

The great part about using ads is that you don’t have to do anything differently.  Just keep blogging and getting more traffic and you’ll make money.

That may be the coolest part about making money with Adsense.  All you need to make more money is to get more traffic.  Well, that’s not entirely true…

There are also some steps you can take to increase your conversion rates i.e. the percentage of people that click on an ad when visiting your site.  Instead of overwhelming you, I’ll just tell you right now that the most profitable place to put an ad is directly after a post.  Adding ads anywhere you want on your blog is easy with the use of a free WordPress plugin called Ad Injection.

Although ads are any easy way to make money online, there are many other ways to make money blogging (follow this link for more).  You can also learn my quick process for making extra money through affiliate marketing with my how to blog for money starter guide.

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