A lot of people take to blogging for nothing more than an outlet to share their experiences and concerns. However, many of them are trying to monetize the site to make money. This is a common platform, and has potential to be very lucrative. Unfortunately, not everyone experiences the same level of success when blogging.
It Takes More than Words
The right set of tools can make all the difference when setting up a blog. I'm currently putting together a list of free online tools that anyone can use. Because these platforms come and go, it will be a constantly evolving list of goodies that you can use.
If there is anything I've learned while maintaining my blogs is that it takes more the simply writing content. Sure, I find it quite therapeutic and fun. But it would be nice if I could make enough money from my sites to at least pay the bills.
The most important thing you need to focus on is developing strong content that people will want to read. That, and being able to promote the site without breaking the bank. Yes, marketing your site is going to make all the difference whether you're just looking for visitors or looking to make a buck.
Secondly, don't get sucked into those other sites that tell you that it's possible to make a living on blogging. Not everyone goes into detail about how much work it actually takes to get a site popular enough to pay the bills. This is especially true given how new websites are created every second among a cyber world that is already filled with content.
I'm not saying that it's not worth a try. After all, wouldn't it be nice to get paid for doing something you love? I am saying that it takes a degree of patience and determination to actually reach those grandiose levels of success.
Building Success Takes Time
It can take more than a year for your blog to become popular enough to generate a steady income. I only state this so that you're prepared to face what is to come. But once you reach that sweet spot where the blog and provide a residual income, your days of working for someone else may be numbered.
One of the beautiful things about WordPress is the ability to change the appearance and layout of your site instantly. With a few clicks of the mouse, you can change your theme from one to another without using code. Because there are so many to choose from, the hardest part is finding an appearance the you like the most.