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Exclusive Step by Step Guide to Make Money with a Blog

Are you searching some ways to make Money online?

Do you want to make money with a blog?

Do you started Blogging to make money but earned nothing?

Well, if any of the question asked above is answered Yes!  Then you are at the right place. Today I am going to show you how you can make money with a blog in just a few months.Learn how to make money with a blog easily in these 15 steps

Blogging is not a Get rich quick scheme and you can’t make 10,000 $ by the first day of your blog. If you are dreaming of doing so, then go back and sleep in your Dreamland. If you want to earn some money with a blog, You should have to work hard and also to be patient.

If you are following me on Facebook, You should remember that, recently I have posted on my Facebook Profile that will publish a Blog post Every Thursday on MyTechMag and tagged this strategy as #ThursdayLessons. I would be happy to let you know that this blog post was the first blog post under #ThursdayLessons tag.

In this Guide, I will show you how you can make maximum money with a blog with minimum Hard Work, investment and minimum time. Today we will focus the fastest path to make money with a blog. We are not going to focus on Authority, High Page or Alexa Ranks Today. Our basic focus is to just put some bucks in your pocket from a Blog!

So let’s get started with our Guide:

 1. Find a Profitable Niche:

Using Google Keyword Planner for Niche and Keyword Research

The first and one of the most important steps is to find a good and profitable niche for your blog. You have to choose a niche which have a huge traffic searching for it. You must have some basic knowledge about that niche you are going to write about.

You can use some free tools like Google Keyword Planner for this purpose. The Google Keyword Planner can help you choosing a widely searched niche and helps you analyzing your niche deeply.

2. Do some Keyword Research:

You can use this Free tool for Keyword Research and to find new Keyword Ideas

When you are finished finding a niche for your blog, you should have to do a keyword research for your niche. In this guide, we have to invest as little as we can so, we will use Google’s Keyword Planner for this purpose.

You can also collect some keyword ideas from a free online tool called Soovle. Just enter your basic keyword in the Search bar and it will generate several new keyword ideas for you. You can check for the number of searches for a specific keyword generated through Soovle in Google Keyword Planner.

Just add the keyword in the top bar of Keyword Planner and hit “Get Ideas”. It will show you the Traffic estimates for the keywords you have entered and also provides you relevant keywords for new keyword Ideas.

I recommend you to use long tail keywords for your blog. Because it’s easy to rank for long tail keywords. According to some popular and authority blogs, Long tail keywords have less search traffic but can perform best for a micro niche blog to drive traffic and make money.

3. Choose and Buy a Niche Relevant Domain:

So, now we have collected basic information and done the necessary research for our blog. It’s time to give our Blog a name. You have to buy a domain name for your blog. In this case, we are going to buy a (.com or .net) Top Level Domain. You can buy a domain from Godaddy at 10 $.

This was the first investment we are making in your blog. We will mainly focus on putting the lowest investment and getting maximum results out.

4. Purchase a Reliable Hosting:

After Purchasing a Domain name for your blog, it’s time to buy a hosting account for your blog. I recommend you to buy Hosting from a good and reputed hosting company like Godaddy, Hostgator or Blue Host.

I am not an affiliate of any of these hosting providers, but I recommend you to use Blue host because their hosting performs best with WordPress (The blogging platform we are going to use)

After purchasing an hosting account, configure the domain name with the hosting account by updating the nameservers from your domain’s control panel. You can also buy a domain name from the blue host if you want to avoid the domain’s name server configuration step.

5. Install WordPress:

Install WordPress on your Blog to Make Money with a Blog

Now you have to install WordPress on your website you have purchased recently. You can check if your hosting provider offers a 1-click install for WordPress.

  • Otherwise Go and download WordPress from wordpress.org in zip format.
  • Upload and Extract zip file in your website using FTP or online file manager tool
  • Create a MySQL database and a user with complete privileges.
  • Open http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin/install.php in your Browser window and Install WordPress through the Installation wizard

When you have finished installing WordPress on your website, you can login to your WordPress dashboard through (http://www.yoursite.com/wp-admin).

6. Find and Install a Clean Sleek Theme:

Install a Theme to Make Money with a Blog!

When you are finished installing WordPress in your blog, You have to work on the appearance of your blog. Appearance is an important factor in your blog If your blog is clean, sleek and easy to navigate the user can explore your whole blog easily. This can also help you in getting your Adsense application approved quickly Because AdSense love those blogs which have a clean and easy navigation and were easily readable.

You can find a clean and appealing theme easily for free. There are thousands of themes in the WordPress theme gallery and you can also find one from thousands of websites offering free themes for WordPress.

You can find a free WordPress theme by your own or use from the two suggested themes by me.

Both themes are available for free at the WordPress Theme gallery.

 7. Install a Few Plugins:

Now we are finished with the appearance of your blog. Now it’s time to pack our blog with some powerful plugins which will take care of some specific things like SEO, Stats, and Social Media.

Here is a complete list of plugins I am using on my blog, You can download all of them from WordPress plugins gallery for free:

  • Yoast SEO Plugin:

This was one of the most popular WordPress plugins for SEO. The plugin is available for free download.

You can watch this video tutorial to Configure Yoast SEO for the best SEO:

  • Auto Post Thumbnail:

This will use the first image in your post as a Featured image. So you don’t have to set a Featured image separately.

  • W3 Total Cache:

This plugin enables caching and improve the page load time of your blog, Fast loading blog’s ranks higher in SERP’s

  • Autoptimize:

This plugin will optimize the HTML, CSS and JavaScript and compress it for a Fast page load time.

  • Ewww Image Optimizer:

We are using this plugin to compress the images size without loosing their quality.

  • WP Smush.it:

Another plugin to compress images on your blog, without loosing quality. Both works awesome with each other.

  • JQuery Pin it Button for Images:

This plugin adds a “Pin it” button on the images on your blog. Increase the number of shares and social traffic.

  • Akismet:

You can use this plugin to fight against spam comments on your blog.

  • SEO Friendly Images:

Best for image level SEO of your blog.

After you have finished installing these plugins, Go and activate all the plugins and then configure them.

 8. Create a Mobile version of your Blog:

If you want to Rank higher in SERP's and to make money with a Blog you have to create a mobile website

Your blog must be mobile friendly if you want to make it rank higher and to get more traffic on your blog. According to Google’s recent algorithm update “Mobilegeddon” Your blog must have to be mobile friendly and this was considered a ranking factor for ranking in SERP’s.

You don’t need to create a mobile friendly blog if you are using a responsive theme for your wordpress blog. Otherwise, you can use a plugin to create a mobile friendly blog. There are 2 different plugins available for free to create a mobile friendly version of your blog. You can further read about them here:

2 Free Plugins to Make a Mobile Friendly WordPress Blog easily

 9. Write Unique content for your Blog:

To Rank your blog higher and to Get higher Position in SERP's Write Unique and Original content

Now, this is the most important step for our money making blog. You have to write 25-30 Quality articles for your blog and publish them. The Articles must be original and unique and also have to be related to your niche. Try to find out some content ideas from the keywords you searched for your blog.

You have to write useful articles, which users find helpful. It is important to make an article approximately 1000+ words in length. Thin content or articles less than 600 words will be penalized by google and will not drive traffic to your blog.

You can use the Content Idea Generator by Hubpages to generate ideas for your content. I often use this tool to collect some post ideas for my blog.

One more thing you have to keep in mind that your content also have to be search engine friendly for better ranking in search engines in order to drive organic traffic to your blog.

You can get help from this blog post in this case:

Here are some tips to write quick yet effective content for your blog:

  1. Choose an Attractive Title for your blog post
  2. Try to make content engaging and interesting to read
  3. Use images within your content
  4. Make short paragraphs
  5. Don’t use too many complicated words in your content
  6. Avoid grammar and spellings mistakes in your blog posts

You can use the Grammarly extension for chrome, this extension will check your blog post for spellings and grammar mistakes. There is a free and also a Pro version for this extension, the free version also works awesome!

 10. Build a Social Presence:

You can use Social media like FAcebook and Twitter to Drive traffic to your blog

After writing and publishing content on your blog, It’s time to promote your content on social media. There are only four social media sites used widely in promotion which are Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin. Social media presence of your blog is important to build a readership and to make your readers able to follow you.

You can use Bufferapp or similar app for Social media automation. You can schedule tweets using these apps and they will post it automatically on the specified time.

You can create separate pages on the name of your blog, and share your content there.

 11. Join some Niche Related Forums (Drive Traffic)

You are now finished working with the on-page factors of your blog. It’s time to drive some social traffic to your blog along with expanding connections and learning new things.

The strategy is to join two or three forums related to your niche and helping people there. This will help you increasing your connections with your niche related blog owners and you can also link to your post if you have some related content on your blog.

You can drive a lot of traffic to your blog from forums and it will help you building readership and earning money with affiliate programs.

Remember one thing, you need to drive targeted traffic to your blog, which was related to your niche and never use Black hat and Cheap tricks to drive traffic to your blog.

Read these 5 Things Every Blogger should avoid during his blogging journey

 12. Drive Traffic from YouTube:

You can also Drive traffic from youtube and earn money with your blog

Along with forums, YouTube can also be a great traffic source for your blog. You can also drive targeted traffic to your blog with this awesome video sharing website.

To drive some visitors to your blog from YouTube, You have to create 2-3 Videos related to your blogs niche. For example if your blog is about health and fitness You can create videos titled as “7 Days Complete Course to lose weight” or “How to get rid of wrinkles with these 5 home remedies”.

This can drive some social and highly targeted traffic to your blog.

 13. Find some Niche related Affiliate products:

After doing necessary work for your blog, now it’s time to put some money in your pocket from your blog. Sounds good? Yeah it is. Now you have to find some affiliate products for your blog and monetize your blog with those products.

You can either recommend those products within your blog posts to your readers or display a banner ad containing the affiliate link to your blog visitors. Whenever there is a sale with your affiliate link you will be get paid a commission.

Commissions may be vary with different products. You can find an Affiliate product by yourself or you can sign up with Clickbank where you can find different products offering Affiliate programs.

You can also get help from this blog post to make money with your blog:

 14. Apply for an Adsense Account:

As said by Warren Buffet: “Don’t put all eggs in one basket”. So you should not rely only on Affiliate income, because sometime people were unable to generate sale and ends with zero income after weeks of hard work and get disappointed.

To avoid that disappointment you should have to create a second income source for your blog. Which is Adsense, a PPC or CPM based ad network. Adsense pays you money whenever an Adsense ad on your blog gets clicked.

You should apply for an adsense account by Signing up with Adsense. If you have carefully followed all the above stated steps you should definitely get your Adsense application approved for your blog.

I recommend you to read these guidelines for Adsense approval before applying for Adsense:

Cost per click paid by Adsense may vary upon the Ad Displayed, the niche of your blog, the visitor’s country. If you want to increase your Adsense income, I recommend you to read this guide:

 15. Generate Sales and Make Money:

Now, your blog have enough content in it and the Content was well monetized. It’s time to sit back and relax and see the magic happens. Be patient it may take some time to generate some money. But I am sure that if you have done all the above stated steps properly and honestly it will definitely put 100$ in your pocket in the first month.

You can earn more than 150$ from this blog per month and can use other techniques to increase your earnings.

You should have to write 8-10 one more time when you see that there is a drop in your blog’s traffic. Probably happens after 3, 4 months of your blog.

When you are not writing articles for your blog, be consistent with the Social Media promotion of your blog. If you have a good social media promotion plan your traffic will not drop.

How your blog was performing? , Are you making any bucks from your blog? Let me know the answers or if you have something to share about this guide through Comments.

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About Umair Akram

I am a Passionate Blogger from Pakistan who is just Addicted of Blogging and want to blog in his spare time. I always want to help my fellow bloggers and the new one's who have just Started Blogging. Near to me Money is not Everything, Good Friends are the most precious thing you can earn through Blogging.You can Follow me on Facebook , Twitter , Google+ and Stay Updated.Blogging is not just a Profession, For Me Its a LIVING Cause.I Blog for Living. :-)

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