Have you ever wondered how to start a blog and make money in school? You are in luck because that is what I am going to show you in this article. I will walk you through the process in a moment, but first, let me tell you this….
I want to start a blog and make money in school. This is the trend among students nowadays. Blogging is becoming more interesting and lucrative. There are a thousand and one reasons why you should start a blog. In fact, in my recent article, I gave 30 reasons why students should blog.
Everyone one you see around wants to blog. Saying that they want to make money and get fame as well. Have you ever wondered how bloggers like Linda Ikeji and Harsh of ShoutMeLoud got to the level they are? They paid the price.
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It is true that blogging pays, however, it requires hard work and sacrifice on your part. Before I go deep into how you can start a blog and make money in school, let me quickly introduce you to what blogging requires from you:
- Blogging requires your passion and it is all about making impact.
- Blogging is all about problem-solving. You need to derive your own formula to solve problems.
- It requires your time and commitment.
Now, let’s go back to the title, “How to start a blog and make money in school”. To make it simpler, I will section this topic into:
- How to start a blog in school and
- How to make money blogging as a student.
Guide On How To Start A Blog
Like I said earlier, starting a blog is easy. You don’t need to be a programmer or an expert in writing codes before you can start a blog. In fact, you can set up a blog within 24 hours. All you need is to follow the steps on how to start a blog below:
1. Identify What Your Passion Really Is:
Like I pointed out earlier, blogging requires passion and it is all about making an impact. Action needs passion or it will be sanctioned.
Choose an area of interest and passion to blog about. You cannot be writing about everything. Blog about a profitable passion or interest you have.
You need to really focus on what you are passionate about. This is called niche in blogging. It means a topic in a layman term. For example, if you like to write about students, colleges and universities, stick to education niche only.
Mixing topics is only good for a personal blog. What impact do you want to make and what problem do you want to solve?
Guide To Choosing A BLOG NICHE:
- Choose a niche that you really love or enjoy.
- Make sure niche audience has at least 300,000 people online.
- Don’t choose a news blog because there is money or it is common around.
- Choose a niche that is widely accepted.
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2. Pick A Nice Name For Your Blog:
You have heard of or visited google.com, wikipedia.org, Flashlearners.com and so on. Google, Wikipedia, and Flashlearners are what is called domain name. It is the URL of a blog which a visitor will use to open it. Even if you don’t have a blog yet, you can start picturing the name you want your blog to be called.
Guide To Choosing A Domain Name For Your Blog
- Choose a domain name that is easy to recall and type.
- It should relate to what you want to blog about (your niche).
- Your blog name should be short.
- Use the .com or .org extenstion.
When you start a blog on free blogging platforms, you get an address like blogname.wordpress.com or blogname.blogspot.com. It is better to get a custom domain name. Example of custom domain name is www.flashlearners.com.
There are hosting companies that offer free domain name when you host with them; example is iPage. More will be discussed under hosting.
3. Decide Which Blogging Platform To Use:
Harsh of Shoutmeloud usually advice new bloggers with no money in pocket to start blogging on Blogspot platform for the first month to learn the basics of blogging. Once your basics are cleared, you are ready to start blogging on most popular blogging platform in the world.
For me, I suggest you start by writing two or more guest posts for sites that accept quest posts and see reactions from viewers. Share the post with friends and see their reactions as well. Here at FlashLearners, I accept guest posts. All you need to do is click Create New Topic in the menu above or use this link. Once you are good to go, use WordPress.org, not wordpress.com to start your blog.
There are free blogging platforms, but since you mean business, I will advice you to go with a self-hosted WordPress blog.
If you need help creating a WordPress blog, you can contact me.
4. Host Your Blog:
This is where the real business begins. Hosting means to install your blog on your own server, In this case, you will have full control over your blog. It makes your blog available to the whole world.
For a start, I will recommend iPage hosting service. They offer very cheap hosting fee ($1.99/month), and like I said earlier, iPage offers free domain name. FlashLearners is hosted with iPage.
5. Content And Design:
Now, it is time to Design Your Blog, add Important pages, Write Your First Post and Learn how to rank higher in search engines.
How To Make Money Blogging As a Student
You have learnt how to start a blog in school. The next thing is how to make money blogging in school. The following are two of the ways bloggers make money.
1. Google AdSense
Google AdSense is a program by Google that helps you make money from your blog. I completely explained how to get google AdSense approved in my article on Google AdSense Second Review Process. Read it here.
2. Affiliate Marketing
You can make huge amount of money via affiliate marketing. Do you want to know about affiliate marketing and how it really works? If yes, read the ultimate guide on affiliate marketing here. You can as well be Selling Your Own Products online.
It is very easy to start a blog. I designed mine and got AdSense approved within two months. However, if all you want is to start writing posts and forget about design (since you are not very good at technical stuff), you may need my help (or someone else’s) to do the design.
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