This is a guest post by Ryan.
Blogging is becoming more and more popular, and more and more people are now getting into the blogging world – for many reasons. On top of blogging for sheer enjoyment, many want to make some money out of the venture. How can you accomplish this goal without spending a cent? Read on to find out!
The Name Game
In order to get people to lend credibility to your site, you need to opt for a reputable domain name. Yes, some of them do require that you pay, but other ones will be for free. Before you sign up for a particular blogging site, look into the types of blogs that are available there. Do they match the caliber of writing that you wish to achieve? You don’t want to be stuck with a host like Angelfire! If you’re crafty with HTML and computers in general, then you may want to consider starting your own page.
Add Those Ads!
Having advertisements on your site can be a huge source of revenue. A number of different companies will pay you to advertise on your site. Most of them offer pay-per-click types of deals. Whenever someone clicks on the ad, you will receive a certain amount of money. Find out if you need to earn a certain amount before the paycheck is sent out though – this is very common. Also never forget Google AdSense or other paid advertising programs.
Another way to earn some money with your blog is to set up an arrangement with a business person whom you know. For example, one of your best friends might own a cooking company that offers classes and demonstrations to interested parties. You could write on your blog about the classes that she offers. If visitors click on one of their links and sign up for the class, then you could earn a certain percent of the profits. Remember though that even when you’re working with friends, it’s smart to have everything down in writing to prevent the situation from turning sour.
A Company Blog
Another way to start a blog and make money is to look into blogging jobs.If you know you can write but aren’t very inspired, this is likely a good bet for you. Of course, the content of such a blog might not be up to your discretion, so it’ll probably require some general (or in depth) interest in the topic. However, if you prove yourself, you might wind up with your own paid blog soon enough. You could look into these jobs as a freelancer, or you could find businesses that are hiring full or part-time bloggers. When you’re self-employed like this though, consider paying your taxes quarterly. If you don’t, you might wind up with a very unpleasant situation come the middle of next April! You always want to feel as though your choices were worth it.
Starting a blog is certainly something that a lot of people want to do, but they also want to know that they are going to make money before going all in. Therefore, consider these options to help you make money while you are doing something that you truly love. The benefits will soon be quite clear.
About the Author
Ryan Marc writes about blogging and social media. His recent work lists the Top 30 Professional Counseling Blogs.