As a blogger, you’ll spend a large amount of your time writing about something that you’re passionate about. It could be video games, fashion, sports, animals, your life, or really any other subject that you like. While bloggers don’t make money quickly, over time they will get more traffic to their website and once they have a lot of traffic, they can easily make significant amounts of money.
Pay as a blogger can differ greatly. Once you start, and really for the first 3-6 months, you can expect to make very little money. However, as time goes on and your website grows, you can use platforms like Google Adsense to place ads on your website which will pay you every time that someone clicks on an ad. Bloggers can make as low as $0 per month, or $100,000+ depending on how many times the website is visited. It really depends on how much work you put in and how consistently you do it.
1. Make sure that you speak to your parent(s) before trying to become a teen blogger. They absolutely must know about your plans and will likely be able to help you in your efforts.
2. When starting as a blogger you have two choices. First, let a web developer create a website for you (which can be expensive) or second, just do it yourself. We recommend you do it yourself and have a tutorial to make the process very easy.
3. To begin, you’ll need to create your own blog on WordPress to practice on. For this, you’ll need a hosting account and we recommend that you use Siteground. To begin, click here to open Siteground and then click the video below watch a tutorial video of the sign-up process and how to install WordPress. If you need to figure out your domain name, you can use this tool.
4. Now that you have a blog, you’ll need to get the proper training necessary to become a good blogger. You can do this in a number of ways, but we recommend that you join Lynda.com. They offer a free 10-day trial and you should get your parent’s permission before you start.
5. Once you’ve joined Lynda.com, we recommend you to search the course "Creating Better Blog Content by Virginia O'Connor" to get started. In it, you’ll learn a lot about how to blog effectively and connect with your readers.
6. Once you’ve trained yourself and are comfortable with creating blog posts, it’s time to get writing. Begin by writing your first post and share it on social media. (Helpful Hint: If you need an image for your blog post, you can use Pixabay.com. DO NOT pull images directly off of Google, that can get you in legal trouble.)
7. Now that you’ve written your first blog post, you need to make sure that you are tracking how many people visit it from your social media. The best way to do that is to use Google Analytics and here is a video explaining how to install it.
8. Once you’ve begun to get some traffic, it’s best to join an email marketing platform. This way, you can get people to sign up to your email list and then bring them back to your website with emails on a regular basis. We recommend that you join Aweber for this. To begin, click here to open up Aweber and then click here to watch a good tutorial video on how to set it up.
9. Congratulations! You’re officially a blogger and now you should publish new content regularly to get readers to come back to your website often. Over time, your content will begin to get ranked in Google and when people search for something related to your topic, you’ll eventually pop up as a search result and get free traffic. Once you have over 1,000 people in traffic monthly, consider adding Google Adsense to your website or use Affiliate Marketing to make more money.