Blogging is big business these days and if you are looking for a quick way to start earning a few bucks online then having your own blog is a must.
There are two main types that I would recommend having a look at – WordPress (for the more advanced among you) and Blogger.com (for beginners)
A wordpress blog is definitely the better of the two because you can actually control the design, entries and all the plugins that come along with it but if you have very little background in using the internet or HTML code you may want to hire someone to set it up for you.
If you want to do it yourself I suggest starting by getting a Blogger.com account for free. Blogger.com is owned by Google and offers some great features that are easy to set up. Plus anything owned by the largest search engine company in the world is worth checking out.
Here are the steps to setting up a Blogger.com blog of your own.
1. First of all log online and go to blogger.com.
2. Find the orange arrow that says “Create your blog now” and click on it.
3. Enter a user name and password, along with the name of your blog and your email address. Write down your user name and password.
Try and use the same user name and password you use for other things. Your password should contain at least 2 letters and the rest can be numbers.
4. Click “Continue”
5. Next enter a title for your blog such as “All About Golf” and a blog address. The address will be part of the web address for your blog.
For example, if you type “allaboutgolf” your blog address would be allaboutgolf.blogspot.com. That’s the address you’ll give to anyone who wants to visit your blog.
Choosing a name that relates to the theme of your blog is a good idea.
6. Now you will choose a template which is how your blog will appear. Whatever template you select you can change it later without losing any content so don’t worry if you are not 100% sure you like it at this stage.
7. Click “Continue,” and Blogger.com will create your blog.
And there you have it, 7 simple steps on how to build a blog!!
Once you have finished these steps simply click on the “Start Posting” button and go ahead and write something. You can write anything you want and then delete it at any time so just give it a shot and get used to how everything works.
You will see 5 icons above the box where you type your blog post. B is for bold, I is for italic and so on.
All you do is highlight the text you want to change and then click the B or I etc and the effect will automatically be done for you. You can also insert graphics and hyperlink text to each post.
You do not need to get too fancy at first. Just practice adding some good content to each post by typing your thoughts. You can preview each post before you publish it which allows you to go back and make changes as needed.
Once you are happy with what you see then click on “Publish Post” button and Blogger will publish your post on the internet for you.
After your post is published you can click on “View Post” and see what your visitors will see. The website address for this blog post will be in your status bar if you want to refer people to this specific page.
Try and make blogging fun but remember you are also trying to create financial freedom here so keep looking for new ways of monetizing it.
This is your chance to easily put your thoughts on the internet and Blogger.com is really helping out here by doing all of the technical stuff. You can play around with your Dashboard and learn all of the various functions you have at your disposal.
They have even set up a helpdesk to answer any questions you may have:
This is obviously just a quick overview on how to build a blog and there is so much more you can do which I am unable to detail in a single article. So have a play about with Blogger.com, get used to how everything works and then maybe consider moving on to WordPress and really concentrate on using that piece of software to start generating a good income.