Difference between Blog & Website
First thing you need to understand is the difference between a blog and a website. Blog is organized/updated date wise and is updated regularly with new content relevant to the main topic or niche. For example, I am a blogger and on this blog, I write regularly about how to make money online using different tools, methods and services. A website is more static and is not regularly updated date or time wise. For example a static website selling an E-book.
Platforms to use for blogging:
There are free platforms and there are paid ones. What I highly recommend is making a wordpress blog.
According to a recent survey, 45% of the total blogs in the world use wordpress as the platform. Why wordpress? it gives me more options in terms of different plugins, mostly free and very helpful.
One can also use blogger to get started with.
I personally recommend wordpress as I have been working on wordpress platform for quite some time now and I feel at ease while blogging using wordpress as platform for blogging
Most Important Point While Blogging:
The most important point while blogging is the topic or niche you want to write about. To understand the importance of blogging, I would simply say that write about the topics you are passionate about or have intense knowledge off. For example, this is a blog on which I write about how to make money online. Why I have selected to write about making money online? Because I have knowledge about making money online and I love making money online and finding new ways to make money online
Let me give you another example, if I start writing about Acne remedies and I don’t have knowledge neither interest about Acne, my blog would not survive for long as I would eventually run out of words and data, why? Because I am not passionate about the topic.
Make blogging fun, not a formality. Write about the things or topics you have knowledge of and you have interest in
How to make money with blogging:
Well there are many ways to make money with your blog. The most common one is getting ads to display on your blog and get paid for each valid click from visitor/viewer. An example is adsense or media.net (yahoo & bing ads). For your blog to get approved for the publisher account, your blog should have the following:
Clear understandable design/theme
Contact us/about us pages
More than 50 unique copyscape passed blog posts or articles
I highly recommend Media.net ads as the best alternate to google adsense
Other Ways to Make Money With Your Blog:
Now, before I go into the details regarding the following ways to make money with your blog, I would say, be honest with what you are offering and what you are offering should be useful to your blog visitors. My sole purpose to write this blog is to help other newbies around the world make money online, using legit whitehat methods, which I have tested myself.
Now let me give you an example, on this blog I write about make money online ideas and products and my reviews are always legit and based on reality. What I am talking about is Affiliate Marketing. Art of selling someone else’s product with your unique affiliate link is affiliate marketing.
The platform I highly recommend for affiliate marketing is none other than Clickbank
You get thousands of products to promote and earn commission off
In a nutshell, I write about making money online because I am passionate about it and have made money online utilizing different techniques, on top of that I recommend different products/courses/e-books, I have found to be useful. Be honest with what you do. What I am trying to say is that if I refer a product to someone, I should know whether it will be useful to my blog follower or visitor. Do justice with what you do…!
Once your blog becomes famous, you can place ads for a price. One of the best platforms for that is buysellads.com
If you are serious about making money with blogging, I highly recommend this program
Affiliate Blogger Pro
Selling your own Digital Product:
A great way to earn money with your blog would be to market/recommend or promote your own product.
I am the author of CB Dollar Book and if you are interested in making money as affiliate marketer, you can check out my e-book here. I am a vendor and an affiliate marketer for more than 4 years now and the products I recommend and refer are really useful in making money and to better understand the whole concept of making money online. My reviews and recommendations are based on reality, therefore I always sleep well at night because I am satisfied with what I am doing, helping out others make money
Essential Piece of Puzzle:
What I am trying to say here is that relevance of topic with product is an essential piece of the puzzle. For example, if my blog is about weight loss and the product I am selling or trying to sell is about Home improvement, it will not make any sense at all.
I hope that you have started to get an idea about blogging for money now.
Briefly, let me put it this way. Select a topic or niche, you are skilled on or you are passionate about and have knowledge off. Select blogger or wordpress platform. Once you have enough unique content on your blog, apply for adsense or media.net ads to start making money
Or, signup for Clickbank and start placing relevant products on your blog, which you have tested yourself, as I said be honest with what you do and God will bless you!
Other great articles to understand the concept of making money online
What is Clickbank – How to Make first Clickbank Sale
Programs I highly recommend to newbies, to start making money online
Moreover, I would write about how to SEO optimize your blog soon. Keep visiting my blog for more details and to understand the concept of making money online