How to Start a Blog and Make Money: For Beginners Only!

There’s so much technical data out on the net these days for people wanting to start a blog and make money. But if you’re like I was a couple of years ago (when I was wondering what a blog was LOL), this is for you. While I’ve since been able to make as much as $1000 from a single blog post, I can empathize with the overwhelming feeling anyone has when looking into the “free blog marketing” thing.

So what do you do first to start a blog and make money?

First, if you want to start your own blog to make money, you need to be aware that there is a monthly fee involved for hosting. What’s hosting? It’s the mechanism that keeps your blog, you own personal website that is, in touch with the outside world. Most hosting costs between $10 and $30 per month, depending on what kind you get. Of course, you would want to start in the most cost effective manner.

Why worry about the cost? Because once you start marketing online, a lot of things cost money. Even with “free blog marketing” as they say… there are little programs out there that you will probably want to be a part of like Onlywire and SlideShare, which you can usually join for free, but will eventually wind up costing you once you get going.

You’ll want an Email Auto-Responding system when you decide to start a blog and make money…

Another cost to take into account is your email auto-responding system. Why is that important to have if you just want to start a blog and make money? Because you’ll want to have a way to keep in touch with you leads.

Most people who are remotely interested in your site will not buy right way. And, the average person needs to be approached on average seven times before they decide to buy.

So, if you don’t want to be jotting down everyone’s phone number (for the few who actually leave their correct number) and nagging them to death with phone calls, then you’ll want to have an email auto-responding system in place.

Not everyone who has decided to start a blog and make money and is successful…

But you must remember this; everyone who has decided to start a blog and make money AND who has become wildly successful at it has been persistent.

Persistence pays off no matter what. Does this mean that you’ll be paying hosting and auto-responding systems and marketing services for your blog before you actually make money? Yes! You actually will be in the red before you even get your blog noticed!

But isn’t there just a fast and easy way to start a blog and make money?

Actually, no. However, there are faster and easier ways. I’m a strong advocate of a team blogging system because it comes with everything all setup. You don’t have to worry about hosting and technical difficulties because you can always count on a staff of employees available by phone or email to help you out.

In addition, a team blogging system already has a lot of traffic, and is therefore viewed as “popular” by Google. Hence, you blog pages are more likely to get noticed on the internet. And the cost is really not much more than just the hosting itself when you first try to start a blog and make money.