How to start a blog without money is one of the biggest questions that people have when starting an online business or brand. Starting a blog seems so glamorous, but it can be expensive also.
In this blog post, I will teach you how to start a blog without money.
Why start a blog?
Starting a blog is one of the best ways to start and grow an online brand. This is because with social media, you don’t own your audience. What this means is when Instagram or Facebook changes their algorithm, you wont lose your audience. This is good because of how rapidly Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Youtube are changing their algorithms, it’s nearly impossible to keep up.
With a blog, you also don’t have to compete as much for your audience’s attention. This is another hard thing with social media. In a blog, you chose what content your visitors see. This makes the quality and engagement of the audience much higher making it more likely to convert to a sale.
How to start a blog without money: Step #1
The first step to starting a blog without money is deciding on a niche. This is one of the most important things as it will define what your entire blog is about.
Here are a few tips on choosing you niche:
- Your niche should be something you enjoy as you will be writing about if for a large mount of time. This should be your number one decision maker when choosing a niche for your blog.
- Know about hour niche. although it is important, it is often overestimated. People think that you have to have thousands of hours doing whatever it is you write about. You only need to know a little bit more than your audience to be able to bring value.
- Let it have an audience, but not be saturated. This is an important piece of the puzzle as without an audience, you can not monetize it. A good indicator that there is a good audience that you will be able to profit from is if there are people making money in that space.
Don’t niche yourself:
Yes, we did just say to choose a nice, however it is important that you don’t niche yourself. What do we mean by that? When you niche yourself, you can grow quickly at first, but after a while, your growth will start to top off.
The best way to avoid this is to start off with one niche and completely take it over. Then keep making content in that niche, but start making content in another niche. You will see that there is no limit in how large you can make your audience.
How to start a blog without money: Step #2
The next step to start a blog without money is to start writing and producing content. This is where a lot of people get caught up.
You don’t need to spend days and days on your computer writing content for your blog. What lots of authors and bloggers recommend for writers to do is to “write the first copy for the trash.” what they mean by this is you don’t have to obsess over the small details on the first copy. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar, for even your statistics at first. When you get started writing and you end up in a deep concentration, every thing simply comes to you as you’re writing.
As for how to structure your content, there are lots of ways to do that. Some people recommend writing the content and then turning it into an infographic, some people like to brake up their content into small sections, and some people like to keep their content as short as possible. The way you write is up to you, however it is important that you keep your audience engaged as the longer your visitors stay on your page, the higher your blog will rank in Google.
Some ways to keep your audience engaged is to have lots of questions, make your content easy to read, and more. We recommend reading books on story telling and writing to help you write better content, however they are not rescissory when you are starting a blog without money.
How to start a blog without money: Step #3
The third step to starting a blog without money is to build your website. This may seep overwhelming at first, however it’s not as hard as you think.
In order for your site to be public, you will need a web hosting provider and a domain name, however there is a way you can start for free. The site will not be public and it will not have a domain name, but it will give you an opportunity for you to try WordPress and see how your blog could look with all of your content in it. You can do this by downloading an app called MAMP. We will be releasing a video tutorial on this soon.
When you are ready to make your site and content public, you will need a host and a domain name. There are multiple ways of building your site when you are ready to go public. You can build it from the ground up with HTML, you can use a simple site builder like WIX, or you can use WordPress. We recommend you to use WordPress as it is simple, and one of the most flexible platforms there are. Some of the biggest media outlets use it, and we are in the process of migrating out main site to WordPress so that we can make changes quicker. Not only that, but almost a third of the entire internet is made with WordPress. This should go to show you that WordPress is extremely flexible and capable.
How to start a blog without money: Step #4
The fourth step to starting a blog without money is to build an audience. This is what allows you to get ready to monetize and get your content seen.
There are countless ways of getting traffic to your blog without money. The most common way is to attempt to get your site ranking in Google. This process is an entire series of posts in itself, so we wont go in depth with it, But here are a few ways to rank in Google without money:
Keep your content in depth and long to keep viewers on your site as long as possible
Make your site as fast as possible
Limit duplicate content on your site so google know what page to rank
You could also drive traffic using Youtube and social media. Youtube is a powerful tool if you have no money because it is owned by google. This means that google will rank Youtube videos if there are ones for your keyword. Social media is also a powerful tool for people without money because of how easy it is to grow on it. If you are willing to invest money into your blog, you can buy shoutouts from influencers. Shoutouts are very underpriced as you can get one from someone with 50,000 followers for around $45.
How to start a blog without money: Step #5
The final step to our guide on “how to start a blog without money” is to monetize. This is often a step that people get confused with.
The best way to monetize depends largely on what niche you’re in. Here are some good ways you can monetize you blog.
- Affiliate marketing: Affiliate marketing allows you to post a link to someones product and get a commission based income from it. (Click here if you would like to be an Amazon affiliate)
- Sell you own product: Selling your own product is a good way to monetize you blog. You can sell just about anything with any profit margin on a blog as you are not competing on an online retailer like Amazon, so you can charge more.
- Start a brand: Starting a brand is one of the best ways to monetize your blog. You can sell t-shirts, wrist bands, hats, water bottles, and just about anything with a logo or a name on it.
- Sell and info-product: Have a skill that you’re blogging about? This is probably the best way to build an income off of your blog. You can charge lots of money for your info-products and you don’t have to know too much about your topic in order to do so.
How to start a blog without money: Conclusion
How to start a blog without money step #1: Decide a niche, but don’t niche yourself
How to start a blog without money step #2: Produce content
How to start a blog without money step #3: Build your site
How to start a blog without money step #4: Build an audience
How to start a blog without money step #5: Monetize
We hope that this guide will help you live life on your terms. Having an extra terms can be all it takes to be able to travel, spend time with your kids, or volunteer in your community.
There is no limit to how far you can take your blog. There are thousands of people that run multiple blogs and collect $100,000 on a monthly basis from each one of them.
Let us know if you have any questions or comments.
If you would like to see other ways you can make money and build an online income, we have a blog post on that (click here for that post).