In today’s internet world, there are more and more ways available to start earning money with ZERO investment. Who else wants to start a free blog and make money from it? Even you and me! A few months ago, I have decided to start a free blog on blogspot and start making money from it. You might not believe, but the truth, for the first few months, the income which I got my blogspot is ZERO. Later, I spend few more months to research more in the easy ways to create a blogger and how to start money from it and found out the trick. In this post, we are going to see step by step process of creating a free blog on BlogSpot or blogger.com and how to earn money with your blog. This article was written purely based on my own experience.
A blog is basically a website that is regularly updated by an individual or a group of individuals. Blogging is one of the best ways to make money online. Blogger.com / Blogspot.com is a free blog service provided by Google. It is one of the most used blogging platforms around the Internet.
There are many other good alternatives to WordPress, Tumblr etc. But I recommend blogger for all the newbies since blogger is free and easy to start. You don’t need to be a techie to deal with Blogspot.
Step-by-Step Process to Create a FREE Blog on BlogSpot and Start Making Money
Choose Your Blog Theme
Before you’re getting ready to choose the blog theme or topic, just ask yourself the following questions:-
- Am I passionate about that topic?
- Does this topic have a good number of audiences?
If you have valid answers then you are ready to go to the next step. You can take your own time to decide since this is the most important step of all.
Choose Your Blog Name
Blog name should explain what your blog is all about and it should be easy to remember. The most important thing is that it should be unique like email username. i.e. yourblogname.blogspot.com. That will be the URL for your blog. Initially, it will be a subdomain of blogspot.com. Later you can buy and set up your own custom domain i.e. yourblogname.com. Make sure your blog name is unique so that getting a custom domain won’t be a problem.
Advice from My End:
In Blogspot, you will receive a subdomain i.e. XXX.blogspot.com that is owned by Google and you cannot transfer your blog to anywhere but when you purchase a custom domain i.e. infantinfo.com it can be converted to other platforms like WordPress easily and also you won’t lose your existing visitors.
Anyway, you have to buy custom domain once you start earning from your blog. Don’t set up your custom domain earlier in blogger even if you buy a domain. Wait for few months before adding the custom domain to your blog due to SEO reasons. You might be wondering why. I will explain this in the SEO section as follows.
Create Your FREE Blog in Blogspot/Blogger
Follow this step by step tutorial to create your own blog in blogspot.com and make your first blog post. Go to blogger.com / blogspot.com and sign in using your Google account.
Enter your blog title and Blogspot URL
The blog title is your blog name that will appear in the header of your blog and URL is a subdomain of blogspot.com, should be in small letters without space. You can select any template listed below the title and URL field. For example, your blog name is Infant Info then the title and URL should be Infant Info and infantinfo.blogspot.com respectively.
Creating your first post
Once you are done with step 2 you will get redirected to blogger dashboard. You should select a “New Post” to write your first Blogspot blog post.
Publish the blog post
Click the publish button placed parallel to the title text box. So you have a created your own website and published your first article. View your blogspot and its post by entering your blogspot URL (yourblogname.blogspot.com – created in step 2) in the address bar.
Your Blogger is Almost 50% Completed… What About The Remaining
While publishing the blog post, you might think that you were 100% finished… But the fact is – Your mission to earn more money doesn’t end up in just publishing the blog. You need to drive more traffic to your blog to earn more money from it. This is the hardest part of every blogger’s journey. Your task is not accomplished until you drive people to see your blog. For traffic, great content isn’t enough.
How should you drive people to your blog?
Facebook & Twitter plays a major role when you choose social media. So you should create your brand pages on Facebook & Twitter. There is two kind of promotion you can do to your Facebook and Twitter pages.
- Organic – Invite all your family and friends to like and follow your page.
- Paid – Promote your page using Facebook and Twitter ads. I don’t know much about twitter ads but Facebook ads work really well if you do it correctly.
Below we have explained few of the most popular social media sites and the ways to drive more traffic to your blog post:-
Facebook is the consistent source of traffic for many publishers. The only thing to keep in mind is People Engagement.
Click Here: How to Create a Facebook Business Page
Whether you do pay promotions or not, it doesn’t matter but you must keep your page interactive by posting a lot of user-engaging content that can be photo, video or messages instead of a post just links to your article.
A number of page likes on a Facebook page doesn’t matter at all if your page is not kept interactive by posting user engaging content. For example, let us say that you have 2000 page likes; you are posting a photo to the page. What’s happens next?
Do you think Facebook will send your photo to all those 3000 people’s news feed? Not at all! There is something called Facebook News Feed Algorithm. It ranks posts based on user’s interest. There will be thousands of posts on queue to a user’s Newsfeed. So getting your post to all page liker’s news feed is nearly an impossible job. That’s the reason why I am stressing people engagement. If I spend more time on your page’s post, then your future posts have better chances to appear on my news feed.
Twitter is an alternative to Facebook. Hashtags play a major role in Twitter. If you are posting a viral content with its appropriate hashtags, then you will get good reach irrespective of your followers. But don’t solely depend on Twitter since it does not have large potential, unlike Facebook.
Search Engine Optimization
Search Engine Optimization is a technique used to optimize our website to get higher rankings in Search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo etc. Search engine traffic is the most lucrative free traffic you can ever get. This is where each and every blogger struggles.
Next, We Are Going to Discuss How to Monetize Your Blog Content
Monetizing your blogspot blog can be done using several techniques. We will cover a few basic techniques.
- Affiliate Marketing
There are two options available to get advertisements for your blog. One is to choose from a wide range of third-party ad publisher programs like Google Adsense, Media.net etc. Second is to get direct advertisements. Direct advertisements are really hard to obtain when you are starting up. So, we will tackle the first one – Ad publisher programs.
Google Adsense and Media.net are two best ad publisher programs to monetize your blogspot. I recommend Google Adsense over Media.net. But we will cover both of them individually.
As I had said earlier, Google Adsense is the best way to monetize your blogspot but to do so, you should have an approved Adsense account. Getting your Adsense account approved using your blogspot blog is somewhat easy when comparing approval through a brand new website.
Keep in mind that your blog must be 6 months old to apply for an Adsense account. There are no restrictions like this in few countries but the majority of the countries possess the 6 months restriction. So you should make use of this 6 month period to develop your blog to some extent and then you can apply for Adsense.
Click Earnings tab in your blogspot / blogger dashboard to sign up. Fill up the form and submit it. The approval process may take up to a week.
Google AdSense Optimization Techniques
There are various factors that may influence your earnings such as niche, Geolocation, domain authority etc. We should optimize our ad units to get the most out of AdSense.
- There is no limit on the number of ad units you can have on a page but AdSense restricts the loading of ad units if you don’t have enough content. If you have 4000 words article, then you may place 6 to 8 ads in it. So, place a reasonable number of ads according to the amount of content you have.
- Always experiment ad slots by changing Content, InArticle, Infeed and Link ad units to find out which ad units perform better.
- Content unit tends to have high CPC. Link unit tends to have high CTR. You can decide which one to choose only after thorough experimentation. Sometimes you need to use both at different places.
- Place ads where your visitors spend a lot of time. For example, visitors spend a lot of time in the content area, so you should include ads in between the content.
- Location of your visitor is very much important. Concentrate more on getting visitors from American countries like US, Mexico, Canada to get higher CPC.
- Create a good user experience, so that your visitor may spend some more time on your website.
- Link related posts in each and every article to increase page views per visitor.
Finally, Blogspot SEO Tips For bloggers
Format Blogger post URL link
Permalink plays a great role in search engine ranking of your post. There are few rules which everyone should follow for Blogspot permalinks:
- Keep the number of characters in post title to 50
- Remove Stop Words from permalink (Ex: A, An, The)
While writing a blog post, you have the option to edit the permalink. Simply use it to edit your permalink and remove the stop words. A good idea is just to use Keywords in your permalink. (Don’t make it look spammy). While writing the blog post, you get the option in your right panel to keep it automatic permalink or manual permalink. Simply select manual permalink and edit it according to your wish.
Maintain The Keyword Density
Keyword density is an important aspect for better ranking. Too less will lead to less ranking and stuffing your Keyword will lead to over optimization. I usually maintain a ratio of 2%/post.
Provide Good Title, Description, And Footer Text
The title, footer, and description play an important role in search engine optimization of every blog. If you are targeting any particular location, some keywords make sure that you included few location-specific keywords.
I hope this article is useful for all those who want to make money online without Investment. And also, hope this guide will give you a much better idea about BlogSpot SEO, though my suggestion would be when you think you are ready with Blogging and had enough experience on BlogSpot, move to WordPress. We can discuss WordPress Posting soon!
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