Make money with your blog in 10 Steps: Part 1

This is my series about making money with your blog in 10 steps from scratch. This post is divided into two parts, first regarding setting up your blog and second about making money off it.

Step 1: Setting up your blog. This is a fairly easy job, get a domain, install wordpress and you are done! Speaking about this, I prefer that you setup your blog in a separate .com domain, since it gives you some physiological credibility factor. Not to downgrade the blogs in blogspot and other free blog sites. The blogspot has some really fine bloggers like Kumiko, Mikes Money Making Missions and others who are making money off free blogs. But having a .com is as cheap as it can get. So, why not get one?

Step 2: Customizing and Branding. This means work for your creative side. Name your blog, something different, something catchy, create a logo, a header image, a tag line. In other words, you are creating a brand. Or you can always put your personal name up there and market your own brand! Put in some useful plugins if you are using wordpress. Initially put in some general useful plugins, as the blog grows, you will get new requirements, and hence new plugins.

Step 3: Posts and Content: I don’t have to tell you that need content to make some money, every 3rd grader knows that! So, put that thinking cap on and write those articles, anything, anything you know, want to share about. You can always use the power blogger tip if you want to! Once you have about 30 posts on your blog, proceed.

Step 4: Promotion: Have you installed the share plugins, the mybloglog widget and other promotional plugins that will allow easy sharing and viral promotion of your site? Now start moving out into the blogosphere and look for blogs that interest you and relates to your blog theme. Comment on them, join into the discussions at forums, put your blog URL where ever you can. Here is another gem of a tip: Comment on some blogs that have a nofollow off. Which means free back links and Google Love! CourtneyTuttle has a good D-List of bloggers who have nofollow turned off. Start there.

When you finish up all these steps, you have a nice little blog that is waiting to be monetized. Tomorrow I will tell you some really surefire money making tips for this blog you just created. Do leave your comments.

Updated: Part 2 of this series can be found here.

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  8. I want to monetize my blog. I spend almost a year struggling to get adsense approval. I tried with 3 blogs. Every time, I made improvements and corrections. But it was of no use. Later, I realized that citizens from countries like India and china won’t get adsense that easily. Being a friend, can u pls share and help me to get out of this problem. I applied through hubpages and docstoc too. But again rejected. I got rejected 6 times totally. Pls help me.

    1. Hi Thoufeeq, If you have a nice blog which has original content and is based on a topic and is older than 3 months, you shud be able to get into adsense without trouble. I do not think Adsense is biased on demographics.

  9. Hi anand,
    I read about you in technofirst magazine and I felt much encouraged. I have already started a blog. But the adsense have’nt approved my request yet. I got my blog’s content from the web itself. Can it be a problem? Kindly reply. It would be a great help

    Regards,
    neema

    1. Hey Neema,

      Glad I was able to inspire you to start a blog! πŸ™‚ Adsense needs around 6 months old website to get approved. Also, you need to have unique content for the website, otherwise, Google will not list you in their search engines.

  10. Thanks for the reply Anand….Can i copy text content from other sites?…Does it violate adsense policies??? What are the other things that has to be followed to get adsense approval regarding the no. of posts etc…Hope you will reply…

  11. I am a perfect tech illeterate. But I started website with the help of my friend.I started it on Jan01,2010. Now 52 posts. Is it a good beginning. Other than adsense what are the methods to make profit (ofcourse which I can easily do)

  12. The “dots” after each post can be removed by disabling and enabling the “sexy bookmarks” wordpress plugin πŸ™‚

    Btw, your blog really rocks. i am visiting for the first time. πŸ™‚ Cheers.

    – Robin

  13. Hey buddy, long time..saw ur pics in fb.enjoying ur road trip.Good to see that a Ranian has made it big.I had called u few times before, lost ur number in between.Interesting articles. just followed ur writing recently and have created a blogspot..but no luck with adsense yet, hardly any clicks.Not sure my articles are that good, please go through it n let me know..or else do u what a beautiful girl to comment here, so that u ll reply..hehe just kidding bro..here is my link http://www.arunuralungal.blogspot.com/
    looking for your feedback πŸ™‚

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