How to Make and Save Money Blogging in 2018

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Save Money Blogging and Make Money Blogging

Many posts about how to make money blogging have been published here.

However, we’ve rarely had an article about how to save money blogging.

One reason many bloggers don’t self-host relates to the concerns over mounting blogging expenses.

In this post, guest author Muhammad Shoaib explains how you can save money blogging as well as make money blogging in 2018.

How to Make and Save Money Blogging in 2018

by Muhammad Shoaib

Let’s be real over here, who does not like to have loads of money in their pockets?  The blogging industry has helped people make millions of dollars. Yes, you read it right, people have been making a fortune, just by blogging. Now, if you are just getting started, you need to get all the things just right. It can get tricky at times while choosing the direction for your blog.

Before you get started, be very sure about the goals and content for your blog. Do not be scared to take significant steps and make innovations in your work. Every successful blogger was a starter once, but the world does not have to know that. The key point is that your work should show your confidence and passion.

Here are some points which will help you a lot if you are just trying out blogging for the first time and even if you have already started and have no luck.

Choosing the platform

If you are trying out your luck for the first time, you might think of adopting free platforms. These platforms are of no good with very few features offered, and many blogs with a huge following are deleted without any reason. You might be thinking of starting your blog in Blogger, but when you realize that its features are limited, you will have to switch to WordPress. The most reliable free platform is “WordPress.com”. It provides some wonderful features. Arrange the appearance of your blog with thousands of free themes. Wanna learn more? Just watch this video to get started. This guy will help you to choose the right platform and set up your blog in just 15 minutes.

[Host blogger’s comment: Medium is another free, popular blogging platform.

Related: 29 Here are the 29 Great Reasons You Should Use Medium to Blog Now

18 Important Things You Should Know About Self-Hosting.]

Choosing the right niche

Niche is the topic for your blog. This is the most fundamental move you are going to make. Give your thoughts some time. Examine your interests and then make the decision. For example, if you have an interest in fashion, then go for a fashion blog. Due to your passion for the topic, you will not feel like the writing is work. Also, you will be able to learn something new every day. Choose the topic where you think you can grow and make progress every passing day.

If you are confused about choosing between two are more topics, you can also go with multi-niche blogs. Single niche blogs are highly recommended and make their way up to the top faster than multi-niche blogs. It helps followers to be clear about whether they want to follow or not and if the blog has anything that interests them or not. Suppose you run a fashion and food blog, now the follower sees the food-related post and starts to follow you; what’s next is that they are going to be disappointed when they keep seeing unrelated posts. This kind of behavior is a turn-off and decreases the traffic. If you are a beginner, start by choosing a single niche. Give your followers a clear image. Once you have increased traffic, you can always include more niches.  

Multi-niche has its benefits; you have loads of content to post. You can always bring variations by combining the two niches.     

[Host Blogger’s Comments: When others approach you to offer you monetization opportunities, it’s easier to make money blogging if have a single niche. My post 18 Ways You Can Have One of the Most Popular Blogs explains how I was able to monetize without having to find ways to make money blogging. I have a single niche. The post explains how the brands found me.

A friend of mine has a lifestyle blog full of many topics. However, among all her various topics, she consistently publishes recipes. She’s only been able to monetize her recipe posts.

Related: How to Create Better Blog Content That Will Bring You an Enormous Audience: Niche Building]

Research

Have all the right information you are going to need. Research your platform and niche as well. Do as much research about your niche as you can. Jot the information down and see how you are going to bring innovation to it. Spread your ideas out and see if there are daily updates in the required area.

[Host blogger’s comments: If you want to make money blogging, there should be interest in your topic. Who will you try to market your products and services to if you don’t have any readers? Typing your blogging niche into Google Trends. This site will let you know for certain if there’s interest in your blogging topic. Google Trends is free to use.]

Web hosting

Web hosting is something that will make your blog available for people to see all the time. There are many web hosting companies but some of them are so bad they will make your blog go downhill. Before choosing the web hosting company, search well. You can save money blogging by choosing a less expensive web host. However, some of them may cost less but are of no use, and in case of any problem, you will not have any backup. Also, the wrong choice can make browsing much slower for you.

If you have carefully read all the things given above, bravo! You are good to go.

Host Blogger’s Comments:

Takeaways: 

You can make money blogging by doing research so you can pick a popular niche.

You can save money blogging by blogging at a free site or choosing a cheaper, but reliable, web host.

If you can save money as well as make it, you’ll be ahead. If you spend all you make, you’ll have no profits to show for your efforts. Hopefully, this post offered some helpful tips to save money blogging as well as make money blogging.

If you found these tips valuable, please share this post so other bloggers wishing to monetize discover how to both make and save money blogging.

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  1. Janice,
    Did the research like you suggested in this post. Turns out I had my niche a little confused. Health Care is not researched on the web that much, but Disabilities is HUGE!

    So my blog will now be about disabilities!
    Thank you for leading me once again in the correct direction.

    • Hi Jeanette,
      This could be a huge discovery for you! Did you discover this at Google Trends? I am happy we could help. Thanks for writing to tell us.
      Janice

  2. Very useful as always. My first visit to your site for 2018 😉
    Dexter Roona recently posted…SEO Guide 2018 – My Simple Guide To SEOMy Profile

  3. Hi Janice

    About choosing the right niche for your site I have been on this very long time now, I can’t seem to find a good money making niche, so it would be nice if you can list them for me.

    Thank you
    Yusuf Bitrus recently posted…First bank Mobile app [FisrtMobile] : How to recharge your DSTV at home [ Easily]My Profile

  4. Hey Muhammad!

    Interesting topic you are talking about here.

    I’d like to share what I’ve learned from my own blogging experiences.

    When I first started blogging, I started with a free blog from Blogger. But, got a domain name very soon after.

    One thing that I’ve learned over the years of building blogs online is that when you cheap out you don’t take your blogging very seriously. Spending more actually helps you get more done. As weird as that might sound, but this really works.

    When you have more on the line (more money) invested in your blogging plan, you have this urgency inside of you to make things happen. This will allow you to push yourself to do all of the necessary work you need to put in, in order to start making money with your blog, And the simple science behind this is because subconsciously you know you have a lot to lose if you don’t succeed.

    The more on the line you got, the more serious you are going to be about what you are doing. If you don’t have a lot invested, then it will be easy for you to tell yourself to quit. Because you barely got anything to lose, and you will tell yourself that as well.

    My best advice for a new blogger is to not cheap out. Of course, there are ways to save a bit of money with hosting plans and tools, but don’t go cheap because you will not give it your all. At least most new bloggers don’t when they’re not fully invested.

    Thank you for sharing this post!

    Best regards! 😀
    Freddy G. Cabrera recently posted…THE BEST OF 2017 CONTENT RECAP AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!My Profile

    • Interesting perspective Freddy– you get out what you put in.
      I agree you work harder if you have money invested. Parents believe if children pay at least part of college, they’ll work harder. The same principle applies.
      I agree bloggers will work harder the more financially they have invested up to a point– they have to find the time to put in. I work outside the home and find that limiting me from doing all I can as a blogger.
      Janice

  5. Hey Janice,

    Research is an important part of starting a blog and it shouldn’t be ignored.

    Few new bloggers just hop on to start blogging in a niche which looks lucrative but is difficult to rank and ultimately lose interest because they can’t make money.

    Thanks for sharing this guide. Helpful as always.
    Shafi Khan recently posted…13 Powerful Sources to Get Hundreds of Blog Post Ideas (Under 30 Minutes!)My Profile

    • Hi Shafi,
      Thanks for writing and the kind words about my articles.
      I feel like I have challenges in the area you commented on. I am passionate about topics for which it is difficult to rank. Keyword research takes me a long time for that reason. When the organic traffic comes, I feel the time invested is worth it.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…Inspire Me Monday Linky Party #161My Profile

  6. I think choosing a right web host is the most important thing. A wrong host can put content down or make site not ranking higher. Totally agree with you.

  7. Greeting Janice Wald
    I’m so happy after reading your article. Blogging is in my blood but you gave me a new direction, just a great gift of 2018
    Thankful to you and keep sharing, I’ve bookmarked your website so that I can stay in touch with your articles.

  8. Thank you for sharing this use full post on “How to Make and Save Money Blogging in 2018
    ” this topic. this is very nice post

  9. Hi Muhammad,

    I dig the advice to follow your interests when searching for niches. Or, for a single niche. If you feel passionate about exploring your niche the work is the reward. All else is extra, or a bonus, or icing on the cake, and this is the right energy through which you begin a successful blogging venture. Smart advice dude.

    Ryan
    Ryan Biddulph recently posted…5 Smart Steps to Increase Your Blogging Success Stupid QuicklyMy Profile

    • Hi Ryan,
      I found it interesting that Muhammad recommended multi-niche as well as single niche. My blog grew once I switched from multi-niche to single niche. Multi-niche might work for others but it sure didn’t work for me. Thanks for writing. Everyone is congratulating me on my link from the Huffington Post. Thanks again!
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…Inspire Me Monday Linky Party #161My Profile

  10. Great Post on saving money Blogging!

    Any newbie can follow your tips and make/save some money.

    Been a while here, hope you great Janice and Muhammad

  11. Great Tips you gave here. Defining the perfect Niche is one of the sure steps when talking about making money blogging.

    The type of Blogging Niche you choose determines the amount of money you make. Thats what I think

    However, great post
    Pospi Otuson recently posted…10 Good Things I Learnt From Neil PatelMy Profile

  12. Hi Mohammed& Janice,

    I agree with the tips in this article, from the choosing your blogging platform, research, blogging niche, etc. Following this tips will take your blogging to the next height.

    Who wouldn’t want to research a niche topic before investing time and energy into making it become a brand?

    Who would not want the best blogging platform for his blogging business? The list goes on and on.

    You have to pay the bill, so passion alone does not work well in this context. Why? Because you might have a passion for a particular niche only to find out that the niche is not profitable.

    I advise trying to keep a balance with what you have a passion for and a profitable niche. I agree with Pospi who said “The type of Blogging Niche you choose determines the amount of money you make.”

    Furthermore, I do not agree with the multiple niche thing at this stage. My advice is first establish your brand on a single niche. When you’re established, then you can expand your horizons.

    Thanks for sharing Mohammed, and thank you Janice for publishing!

  13. tips in this article is very useful for all type blogger and it is very helpful for choosing a blogging platform, research, blogging niche, etc. Following this tips will take blogging to the next level.
    Thanks for sharing this post.

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