Creating and Making Money from a Self-Hosted Blog

Advantages of being self-hosted

More customisable and you can choose your domain name without for example Blogspot.com on the end.  People will remember you a lot easier that way


Choosing Your Domain Name

Start by writing a list of words that relate to your website/blog.  A .com name is more memorable and will be more valuable than any other extension you choose.

When you've chosen your name you need to purchase it, listed below are well known companies you can use to purchase a domain name:
Purchase the domain name then use a company such as Hostgator as your platform, this makes the process much simpler.

Choosing a Good Self-Hosted Platform

I recommend a larger company which is more reliable, well established and has a good track record.

It's worth paying a little extra just to know peace of mind, again Hostgator gave me the best service when I needed it.

Hosting companies with the best customer support:

Hostgator - You can start from as little as $4.86 a month.

Bluehost - Their packages start from $6.95 per month

Dreamhost - Starting price is $8.95, a bit more than the others, but again gives great customer service.

How Can You Make Money From a Blog?  And How Long Does it Take?

So many people don't understand the value of blogging and how you can make a living from it.  For the most part they don't grasp the potential of a blog and that it can be a small business.  This next section will shed a bit of light on monetising your blog/website.

CPC Ad Networks

I've always used Google's own Adsense program, the ad's used in my blog relate in some way or other to what I'm blogging about, which makes it more beneficial for the reader.

If your blog is about insurance your advertising would reflect that.

CPC is pay per click, which means every time someone clicks on an ad, that money automatically goes into your Adsense account.

CPM Ad Networks

CPM is the cost per 1,000 impressions, you pay for each 1,000 views of your ad.  If a website publisher charges $2 per cpm, the advertiser must pay $2 for every 1,000 impressions of its ad.You can use these alongside Adsense.  Below are a list of companies you can check out:

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is making money through referral's to a product someone else has created.  As an affiliate your reward will come when the purchase is made.

See below for a list of affiliate companies:
Direct Ad Sales

You can sell ad space from your website/blog to advertiser's.  It's certainly worth looking into.

How long does it take to make money from a blog?

Blogging is not "a get rich quick" scheme, you need to put time and effort into it to gain the reward's on offer.  I've researched and read a lot of different blog's and looked into how long it would take for a blog to take off.  I came to the conclusion that if you're a novice/beginner and have never blogged before, the time frame can be more than a year to get started and established.  If you have experience on the Internet, and understand the basics of setting up your blog, sorting your advertising and customising your blog to make it user friendly, you have the knowledge there for faster growth and monetary gain.

That's why sticking with your idea and doing thorough research, making mistakes and learning along the way are all vital.  If your not making money need to ask yourself why?  Stick with it and discover what work's for you, and always be willing to learn new things.  That way you'll always progress and grow a successful blog/small business.

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