Thousands of people around the world earn an income online every day by writing/posting on web blogs.
INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS BLOGGING?
A 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 articles and videos, provided the copyright permission allows.
2 types of weblogs:
2.1 Some Free Online Blogging Services
- Blogger, a blogging service hosted by Google
- WordPress, another free hosted blogging service
- and much more…
2.2 Free WordPress blogging software
WordPress isn’t the only free blogging software, but it is the most versatile and popular self-hosted blogging platform. Self-hosted means you have to pay for your domain name, hosting and upload the software to your website to blog this way.
TOP 3 WAYS OF SELF HOSTING BLOGGING:
1. The inherent website investment protection plan
Thousands of users use Blogger and other free blogging platforms, and most are like fish in water. Paying nothing to have a say and quick and easy to set up from the start. You can literally start blogging in minutes. Then why should millions choose the self-hosted option and pay around $50 a year to manage their own domain name and self-hosted WordPress installation? A custom domain name isn’t typically used with free blogging services, but is required to blog with a self-hosted blog. Your own domain name can help you rank in the search engines if it contains the keyword or keywords you want to rank for. If content on your free Blogger blog is frowned upon, Blogger can delete it. The same goes for any other free blogging service.
It’s understandable that every domain owner (like blogger) needs to protect their online interests – just like you need to do if you own a domain name and hosting. You cannot publish anything without taking responsibility for what is shown there. The difference from a self-hosted blog gives you the ability to edit your blog (deleting a post someone complained about) without losing everything overnight. This is a big deal when you have built your blog over time and your investment is at a stage where you are making some money from your blog content that is pulling traffic from the search engines. If you lose your blog overnight, that online income stream will be cut off overnight as well.
$50 might seem like a small price to pay for a self-hosted blog if it means you’re protecting your investment, especially if you’re making $1,000 a month from your blog. Aside from this inherent protection plan, you also get two other important choices when you have a self-hosted blog.
2. Free Website Content
You can get free website content for your blog by posting articles other people have written if you have their permission. This is a huge benefit for any blog – and since you have to do the work, it can be done 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 guest blog when you’re using a free blogging service is unthinkable. While it may be possible, you have all the tools that come with a self-hosted blog to capitalize on this opportunity.
3. Free website traffic
You get free website traffic when people find your blog posts in the search engines when they’re looking for something your blog might provide the answer to. If someone is looking for something specific and you have published an article on your blog dealing with that interesting topic, you can say that if a person finds your article in the search engine results and gets to your website, they are totally targeted (interested) is. and can easily buy from you if you have advertised a related product or service on your blog.
3.1 Free website traffic from guest blogging on your blog
The more people contribute to your website, the more traffic you will get from the search engines. Because monetizing your website is so much easier with a self-hosted blog, you can potentially earn a lot more from the increased search engine traffic.
3.2 Free website traffic from guest blogging on other blogs
If you write for other self-hosted blogs, you are a guest blogger yourself. But in return, a guest blogger gets paid for adding content to someone else’s blog. You get an opportunity to get a visitor by reading your article/post who can click through to your website link below and the link itself tells the search engine that your website has related content. The more such backlinks there are, the greater the likelihood that the search engines will rank you higher for that keyword or phrase. Contributing to other self-hosted blogs in this way will increase free website traffic from the search engines.
AUTOMATED BLOGGER TOOLS:
There are tools you can use with a self-hosted WordPress blog that will make it easier for guest bloggers to add their posts/articles to your blog. These automated blogging tools also allow you, as a guest blogger, to automate your blogging on other blogs. Guest blogging this way is much more adequate and time-saving.
Source by Gert Hough