Have you ever wondered how to start a blog and make money in school? You’re in luck because that is what I’m going to show you in this article. I will walk you through the process in a moment, but first, let me tell you this.
“I want to start a blog and make money in school”. This is the trend among students nowadays. Blogging is becoming more interesting and lucrative. There are a thousand and one reasons you should start a blog. In my recent article, I gave 30 reasons students should blog.
It is true that blogging pays, however, it requires hard work and sacrifice on your part. Before I go deep into how you can start a blog and make money in school, let me quickly introduce you to what blogging requires from you:
- Blogging requires passion and it is all about making an impact.
- Blogging is all about problem-solving. You need to derive your own formula to solve problems.
- It requires your time and commitment.
Now, let’s go back to the title, “How to start a blog and make money in school”. To make it simpler, I will section this topic into:
- How to start a blog in school and
- How to make money blogging as a student
- Nothing is free, you will spend some money
- Life isn’t a bed of roses, blogging challenges will come.
Recommended: AidTheStudent blogging series tutorials
How To Start A Blog In School
Like I said earlier, starting a blog isn’t so difficult. 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 on how to start a blog below:
1. Identify Your Blog Niche:
Blog Niche means areas or topics you wish to cover in your Niche. It should be based on what you’re good at or interested in. If you like to write about students, colleges and universities, stick to education niche.
Choose an area or target Audience. Example, Flashlearners Targets Young Persons and it is about Education and Career. Mixing topics is only good for a personal blog. What impact do you want to make and what problem do you want to solve?
Like I pointed out earlier, blogging requires passion and it is all about making an impact. Action needs passion or it will be sanctioned. You cannot be writing about everything.
Common Blog Niche:
- News Blog
- Politics Blog
- Education Blog
- Sports Blog
- Tech Blog
- Relationship Blog
- Gossip Blog
- Health Blog
Choosing A Blog Niche:
- Choose a niche that you really love or enjoy.
- Make sure the niche audience has at least 300,000 people online.
- Choose a niche that is widely accepted.
- Some niche are already saturated, choose less common ones.
Read Also: Step by step guide to start your blog
2. Pick A Nice Name For Your Blog:
You have heard of or visited google.com, wikipedia.org, Quora.com, Facebook.com Flashlearners.com and so on. Google.com, Facebook.com, Quora.com, Wikipedia.org, and Flashlearners.com are what is called Domain Name. It is the URL of a blog which a visitor will 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.
Choosing A Domain For Your Blog
- Choose a domain name that is easy to recall and type.
- It should relate to what you want to blog about (your niche).
- Your blog name should be short.
- Use the .com or .org extension.
- Don’t use wordpress.com or blogger.com free domains
There are over 359.8 million domains currently register
When you start a blog on free blogging platforms, you get an address like blogname.wordpress.com or blogname.blogspot.com. It is better to get a custom domain name. Example of custom domain name is aidthestudent.com.
There are hosting companies that offer free domain name when you host with them; an example is bluehost. More will be discussed under hosting.
It is Important you read: A Beginner Guide to WebHosting Packages and 5 Tips to Choose a Best Hosting Provider then Different Types of Web Hosting
3. Decide Which Blogging Platform To Use:
Harsh of Shoutmeloud 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. Once your basics are cleared, you are ready to start blogging on the most popular blogging platform in the world.
For me, 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 sure about going fully into blogging, buy a domain name and get the cheapest hosting from Namecheap or Godaddy. That should be enough for you to start off. There are free blogging platforms but I don’t recommend them. Start with very cheap paid ones. You can create a website with just $1/month with Godaddy. which is how i started up this blog before moving to cloudways. Download this free eBook to learn more.
Recommended: Full WordPress blog tutorials without writing a single line of code.
If you need help creating a WordPress blog, you can check our blog service setup page.
4. Host Your Blog:
This is where the real business begins. Hosting means 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 the whole world.
For a start, I will recommend Bluehost and Cloudways shared hosting service. Bluehost offers very cheap hosting fee ($1.44/month) and $17.28/1st year and come with a free domain name. Godaddy offers a free domain name alongside $12 per year hosting (which is the cheapest there ever is). Other hosting providers you can use are Hostgator, and Templ. Read our review on here (Templ review, pricing, speed and all you need to know) AidTheStudent is hosted with Cloudways. Read our Cloudways Review: The fastest WordPress hosting. Another good cheap hosting you should consider is Mifi shared hosting. check our review on Templ vs Cloudways: Which is better and faster?
You should use our FREE domain checker tools to find your dream domain then heading over to acquire it before its too late.
Read: How To Choose A Great Domain Name For Your Blog (5+ Tips & Recommendations)
Recommended: Factors before paying for hosting
5. Content And Design:
Now, it is time to Design Your Blog, add Important pages, Write Your First Post and Learn how to rank higher in search engines.
The best Themes for bloggers is the Genesis Theme. It is the most popular theme in the world and it goes starts from $59. I have many of them and can assist you if are really serious about blogging. You can see A to Z guide to start your blog yourself by clicking here. I recommend you using Astra theme but If you’re wondering the theme am using for this website, AidTheStudent uses Newspaper WordPress Theme
How To Make Money Blogging As a Student
You have learnt how to start a blog in school. The next thing is how to make money blogging in school. The following are two of the ways bloggers make money.
1. Google AdSense
Google AdSense is a program by Google that helps you make money from your blog. I completely explained how to get google AdSense approved in my article on Google AdSense Second Review Process. Read it here. Also there are Alternative to Google adSense. Read theme here
2. Affiliate Marketing
You can make a huge amount of money via affiliate marketing. Do you want to know about affiliate marketing and how it really works? If yes, read the ultimate guide on affiliate marketing here. You can as well be Selling Your Own Products online.
3. Others Ways
Apart from Google AdSense, Blogging and Affiliate Marketing, there are over 30 other ways you can make money online. Click here to go through them.
Conclusion: It is easy to start a blog and if you focus very well, you will earn more than you expect. I designed my blog and got AdSense approval within two months. Feel free to get in touch with me for more questions on all platforms @dbestofmasquare or @aidthetudent
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