The best way to write and share your thoughts or know-how is by creating a blog.
You know you can set up a blog easily these days.
But you wonder if you can do it for free and still make money out of it.
Yes, you can create a blog for free and make money out of it. The first step is to sign up with a free blogging platform and start writing.
It’s an almost zero-investment venture. All you need is a computer and an s Internet connection to get started.
There are many free blogging platforms out there. But before we look at one you can get started with, let’s first look at why it’s a good idea to start a blog for free.
Why Start a Blog for Free
Even if you love to write, it doesn’t mean blogging will click with you.
So, instead of spending money on setting up a blog, you may want to try blogging on a free platform first.
It will be a test of your discipline and commitment. Do you have the grit to continue blogging when things move slowly at the beginning – hardly any traffic, readers, or engagement?
Also, you would want to test whether the subject or the niche you’ve chosen is good enough to help you make money.
Passion Alone Is Not Enough
When it comes to blogging, being passionate about a subject alone isn’t enough to succeed. Especially if you want to make money.
The subject or niche you’re excited about may not be in demand. Or it could be that the subject is in demand but there’s too stiff a competition. There may already be many other established blogs covering the subject or niche.
It would be virtually impossible to defeat the competition if you’re a new kid on the block.
Some of these blogs have been around for years and have carved a niche for themselves.
It’s not that you can’t compete with them. It would take time, maybe years before anyone would take notice of your blog.
So, you got to hang in there to succeed.
A sensible suggestion is finding a niche you’re not that knowledgeable about but are curious enough to explore.
So, starting a blog for free is the best way to find out whether the niche you’ve chosen is a profitable one.
How to Create a Blog for Free on Google and Earn Money
Out of the many free blogging platforms, the one that’s beginner-friendly is Google Blogger.
You can get started within minutes if you already have a Google account.
If you don’t have one, you can create one without much difficulty.
With a single Google account, you can create as many blogs as you want.
You would have seen examples of a free Google blog. They come with the domain name blogspot.com.
Watch this video to find out how to set up a blog for free on Google.
Advantages of Setting Up a Blogger Blog
One worry for bloggers who use a free blogging platform is how long it will be around.
With Blogger you don’t have to worry about that.
You can take your time to build your blog without worrying about your hard work disappearing into thin air.
The Blogger platform has been around since 2003. Google is an Internet giant that can be trusted.
The Blogger platform can be considered one of Google’s successful products. It certainly has no intention of closing it down.
Earning from Ads
One of the ways to earn money from your blog is to display ads. Not many free blogging platforms will allow you to do this.
If you have a blog with wordpress.com, they’ll not allow you to display ads.
The same goes if you start a free blog with medium.com.
However, with Google Blogger, there’s a facility for you to earn from Adsense, Google’s own contextual advertising program.
Also, with Google Blogger, there’s no restriction on earning from affiliate marketing.
Switching to a Custom Domain
Say, you started a blog with Google Blogger. Later, when you have enough traffic and see money coming in, you can switch from a blogspot.com domain to yourowndomain.com. In other words, you’ll be switching to a custom domain.
Your blog will still be hosted with Google and you would just have to pay to renew your domain.
In this way, you save on website hosting fees.
Ways to Make Money with a Free Blog
Assuming you’re allowed to monetize your blog, there are two ways you can make money with a free blog.
Adsense is Google’s contextual ad program. What does that mean? Ads are displayed according to the context of your content. If your blog is about computers, then ads related to computers (if available) are displayed on your pages.
When someone clicks on an ad, you’ll share the earnings with Google.
You must first be admitted into the Google Adsense program.
For that to happen, you must have enough quality posts in your blog.
Also, your site must not be on a forbidden subject like gambling or sex.
The Adsense team will review your site after you submit your application.
Once you’re approved, you can use your Adsense account on any number of blogs or websites.
Of course, Google will review each blog or website before allowing you to display ads.
Here’s how to apply for an Adsense account.
If you’re using Blogger you can apply from within its dashboard under the Earnings tab.
Amazon Affiliate Program
With an affiliate program, you can earn a commission when someone buys a product or service through your blog.
First, you’ll have to sign up for an affiliate account. The Amazon Affiliate Program is one of the easiest affiliate programs to join.
You don’t really need a blog with high traffic to be accepted. Bloggers from most countries are accepted.
Also, Amazon has almost any product under the sun. You’ll find some product or other to promote in your blog.
Amazon will review your blog after your apply. So, you do have to make sure that you have quality content in it to get approved.
As with Adsense, you apply only once. Once approved, you can use your Amazon Associate account on any number of blogs to promote products and earn affiliate commissions.
Here’s how to apply to become an Amazon Associate.
You have just the ways you can create a blog for free and make money.
Now, explore the important areas above and take the first step to start blogging.