How to Start a Blog in 2023 (and Make Money)

Now Some common FAQs regarding starting a blog…

  1. How do bloggers get paid?
  2. How to start a blog for free?
  3. What should I blog about?
  4. How much does it cost to start a blog?

1. How do bloggers get paid?

There are literally dozens of ways you can monetize your website.

Display Ads :

The most common way to monetize a blog is by integrating display ads. Once your blog has reached a traffic threshold, you can easily apply to premium Ad networks Such as Mediavine and Adthrive and they’ll handle the rest.

(Threshold values for applying: 50k sessions/month (around 65k Pageviews/month) for Mediavine and 100k Monthly pageviews for Adthrive)

Once the ad codes are installed on your website by the ad network itself, all you have to do is sit back, write your articles, and get paid every month. It’s that simple.

And since I am a member Of Mediavine, I can tell you that the money you make from Mediavine is pretty high.

I make anywhere from $1500 to $3000 from the ads alone every single month. And this value always doubles during the holiday season (Nov-Dec).

Here’s my total ad income for the year 2021:

Affiliate marketing :

When you select certain products, services, and courses that are owned by other individuals and businesses and you promote them in your own blog, you get a percent of the sale that is being made through you, known as “Affiliate commission”.

You can easily join the affiliate programs for free that align with your niche and can promote their products on your website.

For example, I joined an affiliate program (for an online course) a while back and it has already made me almost $6000.

Sponsored posts :

Once you’ve attained a decent audience through your blog, various brands will reach out to you pitching offers to pay you to get featured on your website.

The amount of money you’ll be making may range anywhere from $1000 per post up to five-figure for multi-article deals.

You’ll be creating content regarding the company/service that might encompass their features and advantages.

2. How to start a blog for free?

There are in-fact ways to start your blog for free but the method of starting a blog I’ve mentioned here obviously isn’t free. Why so?

The reason is, you get what you pay for.

Websites like Blogger.com offer free blogs to their users but it might never be fully yours. Blogs posted on Blogger.com are owned by the company and they can remove them if they wish to.

And if you opt for sites like Wix, they offer you free hosting but provide the website name like myblog.wixsite.com, and you cannot remove that “wixsite” out of the name unless you pay a value.

On the other hand, if you pay a mere $5 a month for a paid hosted service (like the one I’ve mentioned above), the blog will be fully yours, the content will be yours and whatever you do with your blog is completely up to you.

You’ll be the sole owner of the whole thing.

So to sum this whole thing up – Yes, you can start a blog for free but you shouldn’t.

3. What should I blog about?

One of the great things about blogging is that you can literally write anything under the sun.

Moreover, no one is going to read your blogs at the beginning which is why you can experiment with different topics and analysis what works for you, without any risks whatsoever.

So you can write about making pie one day and give out tips about taxes the next day, anything you want. This way you’ll be able to find your own voice and space to write anything that vibes with you.

4. How much does it cost to start a blog?

Starting a blog is one of the small-scale businesses that does not require a huge upfront investment. You can set up and launch your own blog with prices of less than $5/month.

The only downside of this is that you have to buy at least 12 months’ worth of hosting at once.

Other than that, you’ll be getting loads of free themes and plugins from WordPress for your website to work with, you won’t have to buy anything extra unless you want premium themes and tools.

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