Starting a blog can be an amazing option to both build a name for yourself and earn some cash. Sure, investing in some things like a proper domain and good hosting can increase the chances for success, but you can start a blog spending absolutely nothing.
It is very much possible to start your blog for free using WordPress, Blogspot, etc. These platforms provide you the option to make a blog and start posting your content absolutely free of charge. Also, there are websites like Medium, Blogger, etc. that allow you to start publishing your content right away eliminating the need for creating a website.
In this article, I will explain how you can start blogging with no money. It’s not as hard as some people would make it out to be. If you have an interest in writing, you can definitely do it. This article will help you get a better grasp on starting a blog free of cost. So, I urge you to read it thoroughly till the end.
Can You Start A Blog for Free?
It might seem like everything from setting up to getting consistent growth will be costly. But it does not have to be that way. You can get by and even thrive entirely on free resources. If you keep on going big, you might feel the need to get a few premium pieces of services like a real domain and fast hosting. But you can get started without spending a dime.
If you have the knack for writing, then there should not be anything that keeps you from pursuing it. There are websites and services that allow you to post your writing free of charge. You can even build entire sites with free resources.
For example, websites like WordPress allow you to design a blog completely for free. They even offer a free domain for you to start out. You also have websites like Medium that are kind of like YouTube for publishing articles. They pay you based on the traffic you bring in and how much time people spend reading your articles.
How to Start Blogging for Free?
On websites like Medium, Blogger, and HubPages you can publish your content directly without the hassle of building a website. But, the best way to earn through blogging is to have your own blog website. If that’s what you are looking for then follow these steps –
Step 1: Choose What Your Blog Will Be About
The heart of a blog is content. Primarily, written text content. So, the first thing you need to do is decide on what you are going to write about. You need to pick a topic you would be focusing on. Something you have an interest and expertise in that you can keep on writing about. It could be something very mainstream or even very niche.
As a beginner blogger starting out with a niche website would be the best course of action. That is because mainstream topics have a lot of competition, and making money with any investments would be almost impossible.
Step 2: Choose A Name for Your Blog
After that, you need to choose a name for your blog. It needs to be original, easily noticeable, something that people can remember. Ideally, it should be short and catchy, unique on its own. But finding a name like that can be a bit tricky. So, take some time before settling on one.
Step 3: Choose Your Platform
Platforms like WordPress.com, Blogspot, Weebly, etc., offer you the tools to create a website absolutely for free. They even offer a free domain and hosting. That’s pretty much all you need to start your blog.
Of course, the domains they provide will have .wordpress or .blogspot in the website link, which is not very appealing. But if you have absolutely no money to spend then this should suffice.
All the ones I’ve mentioned have a ton of free services that are more than enough to get you going. WordPress.com is the most commonly used website builder. But the others will work just as well. So, experiment with them and choose the one that best suits you.
If you choose to go with something like Blogger, or WordPress you have the freedom to build your site however you like. You also get the opportunity to establish an identity for your blog if you choose this route.
Step 4: Build Your Site
Whichever blogging website you choose you’ll have a lot of free themes to choose from to build your website. With just a little bit of tinkering around, you can easily learn how to get your site to look and behave how you want it to.
Modifying themes and installing plugins for designing a website is fairly easy to earn. And with a quick YouTube search, you’ll find all sorts of videos to help you out.
Step 5: Post your content
After all the technicalities out of the way the only thing you now need to do is start posting. Keep posting quality content on a consistent schedule for maximum engagement. Do proper research on topics that are trending and keywords that are popular for reaching your audience. Hopefully, you will start to garner an audience very soon.
Can Blogging Earn You Money?
It might come as a surprise to you that some blog sites earn upwards of 300 thousand USD every month. Unbelievable, I know, but it is possible. However, it takes a lot of time to earn that much, but you can hope to earn anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand within a few years.
The beginning could be very slow and early on the earnings can be tiny, but if you keep going and upload articles regularly you are bound to make more money in time. It does not matter if you have started free or not. Earning money while doing blogging for free is a very viable thing.
How Do Blogs Make Money?
There are mainly 3 ways blogs, and yes even free blogs, can make money. They are affiliate links, putting ads, and selling your own products. Let’s take a look at all three.
• Affiliate Links
Affiliate links are links on your website to some other site or product. And you get commissions based on how many people visited that site with your link from your website. If you sign up for product affiliate links on websites and have people visit them through posts on your blog, you can expect to earn a fair bit from that.
• Putting Ads
This is fairly simple; you sign up for essentially lending advertising space on your website. Again, depending on your page views, your income will grow. You could put multiple ad spots on your website, but do not go overboard.
• Selling Your Products
This is tricky, and it is not advisable to go for this right from the beginning. You will have to develop your own products, be it a course or a book or something else.
• Drop Shipping
Drop Shipping can also be a great way to earn through your blogs. You can add an eCommerce plugin and display various items on your website that visitors can order. After ordering, you can use the details they provide to ship items to their location using Alibaba or DHgate. But it is advised that you proceed to do this after you have an audience.
What do You Need to Start Earning?
It is a bit unfortunate that you can’t really expect to start earning the moment you begin blogging. You will need two things before you can consider earning consistently:
- to have consistent traffic on your website
- a dedicated community of followers
If you do not have these, you cannot consider the options of earning I have previously mentioned. So, it is almost mandatory that you constantly keep posting content to ensure both of these things.
I hope now you have a proper understanding of how to start a blog with no money. As you can see it is super easy to do. Just choose a blog building platform, design a website, and start publishing your content.
Also, you can use blog publishing websites to eliminate the need to even build a blog. Though I’d advise you to do the former than the latter.
So, can you start a blog with no money? Sure. You can, and I am proof of that. I started blogging when I was looking for a job, with no income coming in. If I could do that, you can do that.
What you need is dedication. If you think you are going to earn a lot in one month, I must disappoint you. It’s not making money fast scheme. There are many false promises out there.
But it’s consistent blogging which will build trust among those who read your articles and who would want to come back to your site again and again. It takes time to build trust and see the rankings of your articles.
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
– Carl Sandburg
In this article, I have discussed How to Start a Blog with no Money and jump-start your blogging career.
You can also check out my #1 Recommendation on building and having your business with a flexible schedule. The classes will help you to build your online business from scratch. It’s very easy to follow and you can try it for free.
Even though you’d eventually have to invest some money later on for any real progress, but by using my guide, you can at least get started. It won’t make you rich, but you will have a better understanding of how to build and manage a blog.
Hope this article and few tips were helpful and have given you a few ideas. Tell us in the comments below!
Thank you for reading all the way through. I wish you all the best in your future blogging career.
To Your Success,
- Lifestyle Blog vs Personal Blog – Which One is Profitable?Lifestyle and personal blogs are just two of many different types of blogs that you can find on the internet. They can be a creative outlet for the writer but also a means of making money. This …
Read moreLifestyle Blog vs Personal Blog – Which One is Profitable?
- 9 Reasons Behind Why Blogging is SO Important for the FutureBlogging is becoming increasingly popular as time goes on, and there are over 4-million blogs written every day. This poses the question of whether it is something that will be relevant in the future or if it …
Read more9 Reasons Behind Why Blogging is SO Important for the Future
- 11 Types of Blogs that Can Make Money (for Beginners)Are you interested in starting a blog online to make money? If so, you might be confused about which niche to pick for writing. You can pick any topic, but not all of them are suitable for …
Read more11 Types of Blogs that Can Make Money (for Beginners)
2 thoughts on “How to Start a Blog with No Money – Tips for Beginners”
Thanks for the wonderfully written article. Very informative and valuable tips for beginners!
Thank you, Iryna. It’s great this article was helpful to you. You can find lots of information for beginners here,
All the best,