If you have been thinking of or ever thought of starting a blog on your own, and make money in school, you are on the right track because here, am going to show you how to start and the processes in this article.
The trend among students nowadays is “I want to start a blog and make money in school”. Blogging is becoming more exciting and profitable these days, and there are thousands of reasons why you should start your own blog. In fact, in this article, I gave 30 reasons why students should start blogging.
Everyone one you see wants to blog, saying that they want to make money and be famous. But have you ever wondered how bloggers like Linda Ikeji and Harsh of Shout Me Loud got to the level they are? That’s because they paid the price.
Yes, it is true that blogging pays, but it really requires hard work and sacrifice on your own part. Before we go down to how you can start a blog on your own, let us introduce you to what blogging requires from you.
• Blogging is all about passion and it’s all about making an impact.
• It’s all about problem-solving. You need to derive your own formula to solve problems.
• It requires your time and commitment
HOW TO START A BLOG IN SCHOOL
Stated below are the basic guides on how you can start your own blog:
Stated earlier, starting a blog is easy. You don’t need to be a programmer or an expert in writing codes before you can start a blog. In fact, you can set up a blog within 24 hours. All you need is to follow the steps below:
- IDENTIFY WHAT YOUR PASSION REALLY IS
Choose an area of interest and to blog about. Blog about a profitable passion or interest you have.
Blogging requires passion and it is all about making an impact. Action needs passion or it will be sanctioned.
You need to focus on what you are passionate about. This is called a niche in blogging. It means a topic in a layman term. For example, if you like to write about students, colleges and universities, stick to education niche only.
Mixing topics is only good for a personal blog. What impact do you wish to make and what problem do you think you can solve?
HOW TO CHOOSE A BLOG NICHE
• Choose a niche you really love.
• Make sure a niche audience has at least 300,000 people online.
• Don’t choose a news blog because there is money or it is common around.
• Choose a niche that is widely accepted.
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- PICK A NICE NAME FOR YOUR BLOG
You have heard of and visited google.com or wikipedia.org and so on. Google and Wikipedia are what is called a domain name. It is the URL of a blog that a person can use to open it. Even if you don’t have a blog yet, you can start picturing the name you want your blog to be called.
HOW TO CHOOSE A DOMAIN NAME FOR YOUR BLOG
• Choose a domain name that can easily be recalled
• The domain name should relate to your niche.
• Your blog name should be short.
• Use the .com or .org extension.
There are companies that offer a free domain name when you host with them; an example is iPage.
When you start a blog on a free blogging platform, you get an address like blogname.wordpress.com or blogname.blogspot.com. It is better to get a custom domain name. Example of a custom domain name is www.currentschoolnews.com.
- HOST YOUR BLOG: Hosting is to install your blog on your own server. In this case, you will have full control over your blog. It makes your blog available to all.
For a start, you should start an iPage hosting service. They offer very cheap hosting fee ($1.99/month). iPage also offers a free domain name.
- CONTENT AND DESIGN:
It is time to Design Your Blog, add relevant pages, Write Your First Post and Learn how to rank higher in search engines.
- DECIDE WHICH BLOGGING PLATFORM TO USE:
Shout me loud usually advice new bloggers with no money in pocket to start blogging on BlogSpot platform for the first month to learn the basics of blogging.
But I suggest you start by writing two or more guest posts for sites that accept guest posts and see reactions from viewers. Share the post with friends and see their reactions as well. Once you are good to go, use WordPress.org to start your blog. There are free blogging platforms; but, I advise you to go with a self-hosted Word Press blog.
You have learned how to start a blog in school. The next thing is how to make money blogging in school. The following are two ways bloggers make money:
- AFFILIATE MARKETING:
You can make a large amount of money through affiliate marketing. If you want to know about affiliate marketing and how it works, read the ultimate guide on affiliate marketing here. Finally, it is easy to start a blog, and you can start yours now.
- GOOGLE ADSENSE:
Google AdSense is a program designed by Google to help you make money from your blog.