If you want to be a blogger you can be!  There are free options on the web but I’m not a big fan of them.   For less than $10 a month you can start blogging with a full featured WordPress site. With most hosting packages, you can install WordPress with a click in your control panel.  I recommend for a new blogger that you make sure your hosting company provides that.

I have used many hosting companies over the years.   None have been as good as HostGator.  That is who I would use and start with a low end account.  Though, I really like their reseller account.  Even if you don’t plan to offer hosting to others, there are some advantages to it.  I’m not going to go into it all here.  The one draw back from the reseller account is that it will add some complexity to getting online.  For that reason, the absolute beginner should probably go for one of their more basic plans.  For the new blogger, I would go with the baby plan.  It will serve your needs for a long time.  If you decide to go with HostGator.Com use this coupon code CEX2010HOST and get a discount of $9.95.

If you want to start earning money there are several ways to approach it.   The three major ways of earning an income are:

  • Sell Advertising Space
  • Promote Other Peoples Programs Through Affiliate Marketing
  • Write and Sell Your Own eBook.

I will cover these three things in more detail in subsequent articles.  If I do it all in this article, I will overload you with information.  For the beginner, it is important to move slow and learn a little at a time.  This is a marathon, it is not a sprint.  If you want to make money online it will take time.  That is one of the reasons it is important to stop putting it off and do it right now.

However, don’t start out right away trying to make money.   Don’t get me wrong, that is the goal. Everything you do on your website should be done with the intent of making money by blogging! That however doesn’t mean actively sell something with everything you do on your blog.   You need to be more subtle and you need to build trust first.

The very first thing you need to do with your money making blog is decide what your blog will be about.   It is fine to have a blog about you.  I have one.  But, that is probably not the blog you should be trying to make money with.  If you’re like most people, your interest are probably too broad. Your blog needs more focus than that.

Many people refer to this focus as your niche.  In the beginning, I don’t think it is as important to find a niche that is popular.   I think it is more important to pick a niche that is something you are interested in.  This will also make it less work and more fun for you.

The single most important thing you can do after that is start writing.   If you don’t now what to write about, search for forums related to your niche.  Join those forums and read the messages.   Don’t take their messages as your own, instead, use them for inspiration.  Let them help give you ideas to write about.

Something I’ve used to help me find content to write about is Google Alerts.   You can set up alerts for items about your interest.  I have been using this for many years.  It is a great way to keep up with what is going on with things that interest me and has given me endless ideas to write about.  My problem is now finding time to write about all the ideas I have.  I cannot do it all myself.

The biggest thing that holds people back from making money by blogging is they just never start.  So don’t be one of  those.  Start!  If you want to really jump start your learning, sign up for my news letter.   You’ll immediately get a free eBook detailing every step you need to take to build your first website.  It wont cost you a thing.  It is really free and on day two you’ll even get access to a video course worth $197.

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