Building a blog that actually earns money can seem like a pipe dream for someone who has never earned a penny from blogging before. After all, anyone can write a blog post and publish it, but turning that writing into revenue is where the challenge lies. There are many ways to monetise a blog, but if you’re starting from scratch and don’t even have a blog yet, you may need a bit of step-by-step guidance to get going. With that said, here are four steps you can follow to build a profitable blog in less than one week:R
1. Choose a Desirable Domain Name
Of course, if you don’t yet have a domain, that should be the first thing to cross off your list. Fortunately, domain name registration is the easiest part of the process. The name you choose is mostly up to your personal preference, but choosing a catchy or keyword-friendly domain name along with a .com extension can certainly help your chances of ranking well and being perceived as an authoritative site.
2. Select a Content Management System and Template
The easiest way for a beginner to build a website independently is through the use of a content management system (CMS) like WordPress. Once you’ve obtained a hosting plan and activated the CMS on your domain, all you have to do is choose a suitable template for the layout of your blog. Once your site is online and you’ve got the first page live, you can start experimenting with your template and the design options within it. Join a support forum for the CMS you’ve chosen, in case you have a question about how to change a specific aspect of your site.
3. Implement Multiple Monetisation Methods
Now that you’ve got a well-named blog that is publishing content on a regular basis, it’s time to start converting that traffic into revenue. Placing ads on your site using a contextual ad program like Google AdSense is the fastest and easiest way to start turning visitors into money. Additionally, you’ll want to start collecting email addresses to build a list that will help you reach out to your target audience in the future. Likewise, you may want to consider other monetisation methods like affiliate marketing, eCommerce selling, or charging guest authors to place sponsored posts to your blog.
4. Launch a Content Creation and Traffic Generation Strategy
Now that you’ve got a blog that is ready to monetise visitors, it’s time to start driving traffic aggressively. The fastest and most reliable way to drive targeted traffic is through a comprehensive content creation and distribution campaign, which may include social media marketing and account management. You can guest post on busy blogs and link back to your site or use paid advertisement services like Google AdWords and Facebook Advertising to push targeted visitors to your blog.
Results May Take a Little While to Materialise
Within a few days of publishing and editing posts, you should be a comfortable blogger. While your first affiliate commissions, ad impressions, product sales, or other forms of revenue may start to become apparent within a week or two, be expected to wait a month or two before you see the first cash in your account from your efforts.