How to Make Money Online: The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Successful Blog

Are you looking for an easy way to make money from home? Or, perhaps you’re even considering becoming a full-time freelance writer? Whatever your reasons for wanting to start a blog, this comprehensive guide will help get you on your feet financially.

Step 1: Get Inspired.

The first step to making money online is to get inspired. What does that mean? It means creating a blog for the sake of inspiration. Or, if you’re looking to become a freelance writer, taking a stab at writing for publication with the hope of being paid.

You can’t just go into business with no inspiration. Not even for a second. We’re prone to wander into affiliate marketing or online dating when we’re not really inspired. But, if you’re in search of a way to make money online, you’ll need to find that inspiration in one form or another. That could be as simple as taking a look at other blogs you find inspiring or talented.

Or, it could mean diving into some secondary research and finding a niche that you can build a blog around. You might create a blog to promote a book you’ve published, for example. Or, you might start a blog to teach people about traveling to Europe, the kind of places you’ve been to, and the things you’ve seen. In any case, you need to have that fire in the belly to succeed as an entrepreneur. And, you can’t make money without first being inspired by at least something.

Tip: Start A Blog, Not An Online Store.

The internet is overflowing with moneymaking ideas. You can start a blog – or better yet, a YouTube channel – to teach people how to take care of their pets, how to cook a specific meal, how to play an instrument, and so much more. If none of these ideas excite you, you might consider creating a blog simply to document your travel adventures or the books you read.

Think of all the money you could make if you began documenting your travel adventures and selling the pictures online. You could create a travel scrapbook or a photo album. Or, you could even write a blog post about each location you visit during your travel adventures, along with the things you saw and the things you learned. Not only will this be an incredible moneymaker, it’s a wonderful way to bring your travel experience to life, one blog post at a time.

Step 2: Create A Blog Name.

Once you’ve been inspired, it’s time to create a blog name. This is the name you’ll use to log into your blog (if you have one). And, keep in mind, you can’t use your blog name for your social media handles (if you have any).

The ideal size for a blog name is between three and five characters. And, you want to choose a name that is easy to remember and conjures up no unpleasant imagery or words when pronounced aloud. For example, if you want to create a blog around travel, you could name it “Travel With Jill.” Or, if you love to garden, you could call your blog “Grow Your Own Garden.” You get the idea. These are just some popular blog name ideas. You can find a list of the most popular blog names on Blogger, for example.

Tip: Choose A Blogger For Building And Maintaining Your Blog.

Choosing a blog platform is important. Because you’ll be building your blog around content you create, you want to choose a platform that is capable of maintaining high quality content. With that in mind, here are some of the most popular blogging platforms, based on a study performed by the team at SinglePlatform:

  • Blogger ((1))
  • Medium ((2))
  • Squarespace ((3))
  • WordPress ((4))
  • Shopify ((5))

If you’re looking for a free blogging platform, try out Blogger. It’s incredibly popular and, to be honest, pretty easy to use. Plus, you can use the free version to build a rudimentary blog that just collects posts in a vacuum without any features. There is no theme or design customizations. But, don’t expect to make money off this blog. The odds of making any decent income are slightly better if you use a premium Blogger account. However, even then, you’ll need to put in the time to learn how to monetize your blog effectively.

Step 3: Choose A Niche.

Now that you have a blog name, it’s time to choose a niche. This is a topic or area of focus for your blog. For example, if you have a travel blog, your niche could be “Modes of Transport,” “Places to Visit in 2021,” or “Top Travel Destinations in 2021.”

When choosing a niche for your blog, make sure that there is enough demand for your product or service in this area. If you’re passionate about a particular niche, keep this in mind when choosing a blog platform. Squarespace, for example, is great for creating a focused blog around a specific niche. For example, “Weddings” is a niche that Squarespace is particularly adept at handling. If you’re looking for a free blogging platform, try out Blogger. It’s incredibly popular and, to be honest, pretty easy to use. Plus, you can use the free version to build a rudimentary blog that just collects posts in a vacuum without any features. There is no theme or design customizations. But, don’t expect to make money off this blog. The odds of making any decent income are slightly better if you use a premium Blogger account. However, even then, you’ll need to put in the time to learn how to monetize your blog effectively.

Step 4: Find A Successful Blog Name And Tagline.

Once you have a focused blog, it’s time to find a unique blog name and tagline. These will be the words or phrases that pop up in the head of your target audience (or potential customers) when they are thinking about your product or service. If you want to create an affiliate site or make money with your blog, you’ll probably want to choose a keyword-rich, clickable title and an enticing, one-line tagline. An easy way to find these is to enter your blog name in the Google Keyword Planner and look for “adjective + verb + (noun)”. For example, if you are writing a cookbook and your blog’s name is “How To Cook A Perfect Meal,’” you might enter “cooking + perfect” in the Google Keyword Planner.

You can also use the AdWords Keyword Planner to find the keywords you should use for your blog name and tagline. Just enter your blog’s name in the AdWords Keyword Planner and set your location to “US.” You can also do this for the domain name of your blog if you have bought that (you can find tools to help you do this on your Google Ads dashboard).

Once you have your keyword or keyword phrase, it’s time to find a way to describe your blog in one or two sentences (the “meta description”). Try for a balance between being informative and exciting. Ideally, you’ll want to write a short summary that convinces potential customers that your blog is exactly what they’re looking for. Remember: the meta description is read by search engine robots – not humans. So, you want to choose your words carefully and avoid the spammy sounding phrases. This is also the place you can choose to put a link to your website. If you want to create an affiliate site or make money with your blog, you’ll probably want to choose a keyword-rich, clickable title and an enticing, one-line tagline. An easy way to find these is to enter your blog name in the Google Keyword Planner and look for “adjective + verb + (noun)”. For example, if you are writing a cookbook and your blog’s name is “How To Cook A Perfect Meal,’” you might enter “cooking + perfect” in the Google Keyword Planner.