Starting a Blog From Scratch – What Does it Take to Be a Blogger?
Blogger is an American blogging software application that allows multiple user blogs with date-stamp entries. The name “blogger” was derived from a combination of two words: “blog” and “log”. Pyra Labs created it first before being purchased by Google in 2003. Google hosted the blogs, which are now accessible through a separate subdomain of blogspot.
There are two ways to make money from blogs using Blogger, either through Google’s AdSense program or through the affiliate program of your choice. Bloggers add the code to their blogs and then submit the ads of their choice to the Google servers. When a visitor enters a search term or some phrase on the search bar of Google, the search results are displayed either on the right side or on the left side of the results page. If you are an advertiser, you can register your ad with Blogger, and when a visitor of your blog clicks on your ad, you will be charged. The charge is very minimal, and if you build a large audience, it can save you thousands of dollars per year.
You will need to register your account with Blogger as an “Advertiser”, select a unique domain name for your blog and host it within a web space provided by Blogger. Depending on the number of blogs you wish to keep running at the same time, you may choose to host your blog on a server provided by HostGator, or you may choose to use a third party hosting package. Most bloggers find it easiest to run all their blogs on a single server provided by Blogger. This allows the installation of plug-ins such as content management systems, blog templates, statistics programs, email generators, and forms as well as easy access to RSS feeds. However, if you are using a third party server, you may find that it is not supported by the Blogger software and does not provide support for third party applications such as WordPress.
Some of the benefits of blogging are that you can keep up with the most current trends in the business world. Through blogs you can stay informed about breaking news stories, financial news, and other items pertinent to your profession. Many bloggers use blogs to share information about their hobbies and passions. Blogging not only provides the opportunity to express your opinions, but to also generate traffic to websites through links.
You can promote products and services through blogging, but like anything else on the Internet, you will need to put some effort into promoting your blog. One of the best ways for bloggers to promote themselves is to create newsletters, which they can distribute to their list of subscribers or customers. Another way is to offer to give away free gifts such as eBooks, web hosting, or other things relevant to their business. Some bloggers work full-time while others blog part-time to earn extra income.
The basic cost of starting a blog on Google AdSense is less than one cent per word, so a blogger does not need much money to start their blog. If they want to make a name for themselves and attract more readers, they can raise their daily budget to cover advertising costs, or they may choose to offer advertisement-free versions of their blogs. Regardless, of how you set up your blog, bloggers who take the time to learn about blogging and the basics quickly learn how to make money from their blogs.