Thousands of people are now making money every day by writing and posting articles on their blogs. We are in an age where, before a buyer purchases a product or service, they Google it to find more about the product or service needed. Anyone who wants to grow their brand, no matter how small your business is, you need a website blog. Building a website has also become cheap. You do not need a lot of money and you don’t need to be a coder or designer yourself.
WHAT IS BLOGGING?
Blog is an online resource/tool/ platform where you can post your own thoughts, articles, videos, and ideas. You can also post other people’s videos when copyright is allowed.
Some Free Online Blogging Services
- Blogger, a hosted blogging service by Google
- WordPress, another free hosted blogging service
- And much more…
Free WordPress Blogging Software
WordPress is not the only free blogging software but it is the most versatile and popular self-hosted blogging platform. Self-hosted means that you have to pay for your domain name and hosting and upload the software to your website in order to blog this way.
There Are IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITIES FROM SELF HOSTED BLOGGING:
The Inherent Website Investment Protection Plan
Thousands of users are using Blogger and other free blogging platforms and most are like fish in water. You can literally start blogging within a few minutes. Why then would millions rather choose the self-hosted option and pay about $50 per year to maintain their own domain name and self-hosted WordPress installation? Your own domain name can help you get ranked in the search engines if it contains the keyword or keywords you want to get ranked for. If any content on your free Blogger blog is frowned upon, Blogger may delete it. That is the same with any other free blogging service.
It is understandable that any domain owner (such as Blogger) have to protect their online interest – the same way you have to if you own a domain name and hosting. You cannot publish anything without taking responsibility for what is put on there. The difference with a self-hosted blog gives you the opportunity to edit your blog (delete a post someone complained about) without losing everything overnight. This is a big deal if you have built up your blog over time and your investment is at a stage where you earn some money from your blog content pulling traffic from the search engines. Losing your blog overnight will result in cutting off that online stream of income overnight as well.
$50 seems like a small price to pay for a self-hosted blog if it means helping you protect your investment, especially if you earn $1,000 a month from your blog. Other than this inherent protection plan you also get two more major opportunities if you have a self-hosted blog.
Free Website Content
You can get free website content for your blog by publishing articles other people wrote if you have their permission. This is a great benefit to any blog – and since you have to do the work it is possible to achieve this on any type of blogging platform. You can save a lot of work if you can get people to upload their own work to your blog. This is called guest blogging.
Getting people to do guest blogging if you are using a free blogging service is unthinkable. Although this may be possible you have all the tools included in a self-hosted blog in order to benefit from this opportunity.
Free Website Traffic
You get free website traffic when people find your blog posts in the search engines when they have searched for something your blog may provide the answer to. If someone search on something specific and you published an article on your blog that is about that topic of interest, you can say that a person who finds your article listed in the search engine results and comes to your website, is absolutely targeted (interested) and can easily buy from you if you have a related product or service advertised on your blog.
The more people you get that contribute to your website the more traffic you get from the search engines. Since monetizing your website is so much easier with a self-hosted blog you can therefore potentially earn a lot more from the increased search engine traffic.
If you write for other self-hosted blogs, you are a guest blogger yourself. But in return, a guest blogger gets something in return for adding content to someone else’s blog. They get the opportunity to get a visitor from reading their article/post who may click through to their website link at the bottom and the link in itself tells the search engine that your website has related content because the more such backlinks the greater the possibility that the search engines may rank you higher for that keyword or phrase. Contributing to other self-hosted blogs this way creates an increase of free website traffic from the search engines.
Automated Blogging Tools:
There are tools that you can use with a self-hosted WordPress blog that make it easier or guest bloggers to add their posts/articles to your blog. These automated blogging tools also enable you as the guest blogger to automate your blogging on other blogs. Guest blogging this way is much more sufficient and time-saving.