Blogging has passed its infancy stages and now it has become a full-time occupation (and a source of income) for many people all over the world. Blogging is fun but certainly there is more to it – it is a great way to make some extra money (if you are lazy and don’t blog in earnest) or a huge income (if you are hard-working and know how to create and expand your blog empire). In any case, even if you are into blogging just for the fun of it, you still can increase your monthly income.

Many bloggers started blogging just because they liked the experience and sure, many also started blogging with the idea of making money. Fun is great and all but there are bills to pay, right? Even in good financial times an additional income is always welcome and now, when the recession has been with us for years and the economic outlook is still a bit gloomy, blogging could be the only viable alternative.

If you are unemployed, your chances to find another suitable job might be very lean. On the other hand, if you are unemployed and have all the time in the world, why not start blogging? There is no doubt that almost everybody, who can blog, will prefer to make his or her money by blogging rather than by doing a boring, low-paid job with the sole reason that it’s the only job he or she can find. So if you are unemployed, this could be a good thing and something that you should give a try.

Cheap Web Hosting and WordPress for Free Is Enough to Start Blogging

Unlike many other business opportunities you might be considering, blogging isn’t an expensive one. All you need is a cheap web hosting plan and a blogging platform, preferably WordPress. Cheap web hosting is easy to find. The good news is that many cheap web hosting companies are reliable, so if you have your doubt that cheap is not good, as far as web hosting is concerned, your worries are ungrounded.

Cheap web hosting costs $1-5 a month, meaning that everyone can afford it. Do some research, find good cheap wordpress hosts, sign up with the best one of them and you are almost done.

After you find a cheap web host, the next step is to install your blogging platform. WordPress is one of the best options for you. WordPress is free and even a blogging newbie with just some technical skills can install it very quickly and easily.

You Too Can Make Money from Blogging

After you have picked a cheap web host and have installed WordPress, it’s just to start blogging. You can write about everything you like but it won’t hurt if you choose a niche for your blog and then stick to it. If your blog is focused on a certain topic, this will increase the chances of building a loyal community with like-minded readers.

At first your blog might not make you tons of money, so if you hoped that you would make hundreds of $$$ a day instantly, it is good to know that this is unlikely to happen. Building a revenue stream from blogging takes time (months or even years) and you should know this in advance.

Most bloggers make their money from things such as ad networks, for example Adsense, selling affiliate products on their blog or from selling their own products/services. Adsense is the easiest way to make money from a blog but some niched blogs won’t make an impressive income from Adsense – they simply don’t go well with ads. Still, many blogs make hundreds and thousands of dollars a month solely from Adsense so it’s worth a try.

If you see that Adsense doesn’t work for you, you can always explore other options. If you manage to make your blog a high-traffic one, advertisers will be eager to cooperate with you and you will be able to negotiate good rates. Blogging can make you rich but don’t expect things to happen overnight.

Author Laura Hayes