Are you a storyteller. Do you repeatedly feel the urge to tell whats running in your mind repeatedly to the world? What if I tell you can do it for free. Yes, there are numbers of blogging platforms which allows you to create a free blog. The only things you need are a computer system and a healthy internet connection. You can become a blogger sitting at your home absolutely free of cost. But you should know how to create a free blog.
Why create a Blog?
Although there are numbers of social media websites available to share your thoughts. But there is a constraint of numbers of words you can use on social media websites. Also, you can not make money by writing on social media websites. So, if you have the passion for writing and want to share your thoughts with the world you should create a blog for yourself. In this article, I will tell you how to create a free blog?
There are many professional bloggers in India and across the globe who started writing a blog just as a part-time hobby. But later their blog became so famous that they started earning from it and became a full-time blogger.
What can you write?
The sky is the limit when it comes to what you should write on your blog. The good thing about owning a blog is that this is your space. You can write whatever you feel like. But make sure you are adding your viewpoint to the content. You can write about anything you are passionate for. For example Food, travel and technology etc.
How to Make money from a Blog Without investing money?
Once you know how to create a blog? There is a number of ways you can make money from your Blog. The important part is to create interesting content and make it popular by finding readers and start engagement on the blog.
These are the most common ways to make money from a blog.
#1 Advertising Income
As your traffic increases, you’ll find advertisers will be willing to pay to get exposure to your audience. This is same as selling ads on newspaper and magazines. You can also display ads using ad display networks like Google ad sense. You have to create a Google ad sense account that acts as a middleman and enable smaller publishers to run ads on their blogs. This is where many bloggers start.
#2 Affiliate Income:
The second most common way to make money from a blog is affiliate marketing. Affiliate income is when you link to a product that is for sale on another site(Like Amazon or Flipkart). If someone buys that product by following the link provided by you on your blog. You can earn commissions on that sale.
#3 Promoting a Business:
Many businesses indirectly make money from their blogs by using their blogs to grow their profile and direct readers to their business. This is the advanced level of making money from a blog.
Now that you know how a free blog can change your life. Let get to the business, How to create a free blog on Blogspot.
First, lets us know something about Blogspot.
BlogSpot is a blogging platform by Google. BlogSpot allows you to create a free blog and paid blog. Since BlogSpot is Google product all your images will be hosted by Picasa.
How to Create a Free Blog On BlogSpot?
1st Step to create a free blog on Blogspot:
The first step to start your free blog is to go to the BlogSpot.com website. Once you open the website you need to sign in using your Gmail account. In case you don’t have a Gmail account you can create one free of cost easily. Blogspot will use the identity from your Google Plus profile. Hence I advise you to create a Google Plus profile if you don’t have one.
Once you logged in successfully click on “Create new Blog” button. You can spot this button right in the middle of the screen.
2nd Step to create a free blog on Blogspot:
Once you click on create a new blog button. A pop-up window will come on your screen asking you to give the title of your blog. The second text field is to add the domain name. You can use any name for the domain but try to use a generic word so that you can brand later with a custom domain.
The third option on the pop-up window will be to choose a theme for your blog also known as blog template. BlogSpot gives you 11 options to choose from. You can change the template whenever you want in future.
The last thing to do in 2nd step is to click on the “Create Blog” button given in bottom right corner of the popup window.
3rd Step to Create a free blog on BlogSpot
Now your free blog is created but you haven’t done anything yet. You need to set few settings to make BlogSpot easy to use.
If you are following this article step by step. You should be at BlogSpot dashboard where you will see your blog’s backend. Now to improve the visibility of your blog. First step is to create an About page.
Now that you know How to create a free blog on BlogSpot. I will give you some quick tips to customize your blog.
How to create an About Page on BlogSpot:
To create an About page you need to click on “Pages” button given on the left-hand side of your screen. After that, you will see an “add new page” button. It will redirect you to a new page where you can give your page title like About us and write something about yourself and about your blog.
How to Change template of your Blog?
To change the template of your blog you have to go to dashboard. Then click on themes button in the dashboard. On this page, you can either customize your current template or you can choose a new template from a pool of new one.
How to Start Making Money on BlogSpot:
Once you have a few blog posts up and running, you can go to “Settings” > “Earnings” and enable AdSense for your blog. This will allow you to earn money from your free BlogSpot blog.
Thank you for your patience. This is how to create a free blog on Blogspot. I personally think creating a free blog on Blogspot blogging platform is the best way to begin your blogging journey. Once you gain enough experience and start understanding the technicalities of blogging. you can later migrate to WordPress self-hosted platform to enlarge your monetization strategies and skills as a blogger. Not only you will be able to make money quickly when you have a good online reputation but you will know how money blogging really works.