[updated 10 Sept 2016] Recently i wrote a extensive post on “how to blog successfully and make your blog popular” , and I received a quite a few questions from new bloggers, who are just getting into the blogging game asking me “How do they make a start with blogging“.
The short story is , that you will need a “Australian WordPress hosting” account and a “WordPress Theme” to truly blog with freedom and also grow your audience reach or traffic to your blog.
Making Money from blogging
Making money from blogs is not easy today, it used to be easy at one part of time but now everybody and their dog is in the game.
Today the blogging world is kinda saturated with mom bloggers, business bloggers, fashion bloggers ,travel bloggers and all sorta bloggers ( my dog is a princess bloggers). So you pick any damn niche and you already got competition.
It’s a struggle to survive
What google says about what a blog is – “A blog is a website, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis”
There is no magic mantra or magic bullet for a sucessful blog – You get your blog a USP (unique selling point) which your blog viewers like and you will get traffic coming back to you on a regular basis, + people subscribing to your email list and also people writing to your or commenting on your blog. And trust me people commenting on your posts on the blog and contacting you via your contact me button is a sure sign of you being more popular ( or in some cases unpopular)
With Quality interesting content written better than most other blogs – Having A Good looking blog and Sharing your content in the right channels – Your blog will soon get noticed and be on its way to being successful.
If all of this happens a lot then your a blogging superstar so to speak and you don’t have to chase money , but the money will chase you sooner or later. This is a sure sign of achieving success and if you get all these above hints right and you will be lucky and will succeed.
Success surely involves one thing in these times and that is making authoritative and quality content and getting the word spread about that “Epic Content” you created to the blogosphere by getting it shared on social media and mentioned by people of note in that blog niche.
My Post of
just got published at dailyblogtips.com , so you might wanna check out this extensive post to get some tips on – How to get a successful blog going
For People Looking to start a blog
Luckily there are quite a few free platforms that help you start out on blogging totally free and so you can start your blog without spending money. Its not my recommended way of starting a blog if your serious about it, but if your cash strapped then you can take advantage of this.
Most successful bloggers would have used these free bloggin services at some part of time or maybe even when they started their bogging journey.
But, if you can afford a reasonable >> $3.49 hosting a month for a brand new self hosted wordpress blog. I would rather recommend this as your starting platform which you will own 100 % with no risk of ban or deletion.
My recommended service for a self hosted blog is the wordpress software and the recommended servie provider is bluehost hosting. WordPress CMS because it is one of the most versatile website software which give you 100 % flexibility in design and functionality and there is heaps of plugins , themes and tutorials available online. It is also one of the easiest to use blog/website software.
Bluehost hosting i recommend because i have had blogs on their servers for ages and i trust them, besides they also have a 1 click install whihc is so easy to install a blog in minutes, just by following their install prompts. Below is a current deal for you from my blog as I am an affiliate partner with them
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A self hosted wordpress blog is a website that your run on your purchased hosting account and have full freedom over this website. Most hosting companies provide a 1 click install nowadays to get your self hosted blog set up easily.
Getting a self hosted wordpress blog will also avoid the hassle of moving your blog later on which every blogger does eventually.
Because for sure if you sign up with a free service like blogspot or tumblr or wordpress.com, you will move sooner or later to a self hosted wordpress blog like most professional bloggers do – when they realise the constraints and limitations of a free blog service.
But choosing what service you want to start with is totally upto you and so are below some free blogging hosts for you if you decide to got that way.
WordPress.com ( from wordpress.org)
WordPress.org is one of the largest self-hosted blogging tool and software in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day. You can check out their features here and get a free blog at wordpress.com
Blogger.com ( from Google)
Blogger is free blogging platform by google.com with a host of features to make blogging as simple and effective as possible. You will need a google account or gmail account or then just create one for free when registering with blogger.com
Tumblr is a mini blogging or micro blogging service and lets you effortlessly share anything, Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email.
These three services are free to use and if you get real popular fast you will have the option of breaking out or branching out from their services to transfer your blog or update and upgrade your blog to much more supported and flexible professional services like self hosted blogs on their own servers and custom domains.
As I said before , if you don’t want the hassle of moving hosts and blog later when you get more traffic on your blog and start to earn some revenue, then I would recommend for you to sign up with Bluehost which is a reliable and affordable hosting company. Click here <– to get their updated hosting price as of today.
Here are some videos I created below of my digitalgrog youtube channel
Intro – Digital Grog Blog Video
Review of website –> Hosting 2016 ( Best WordPress Host Providers)
However just starting a blog is not sufficient to make money and the best way to ensure you are doing this the right way is to get the right training right from the start, so that you dont have to waste time figuring things out. There are not many brick and mortar university courses that teach you how to earn money on-line and the online courses that are available are for specific niches like social media marketing ,web design and on-line marketing.
The on-line marketing course available in these universities go though the traditional approach and basic concepts of on-line marketing, but is often outdated as this subject matter changes rapidly.
It is best to take a course from a on-line marketing agency that is currently practising this in the market and that is why i recommend checking gout click bank university .
It is one of the largest marketplace for digital products and has made many millionaires. You can check out their on-line marketing course here . It not only provided you training to earn money on-line as a affiliate (selling other peoples products through your blog/website) but also trains you for making and launching your own product.
Step by step Instructions to start a WordPress blog
If you are ready to get started today, then you might want to check my tutorial post with step by step instructions at http://www.digitalgrog.com.au/australia/starting-a-tech-blog-in-six-easy-steps/ which will give you a step by step break down of how to start your wordpress blog today
More tools : Bluehost Domain Checker
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