Start Successful blogging Without Money (Or With Just $1)

I put too much emphasis on starting a blog or a YouTube channel. If you explore my business ideas, you will find that starting a blog is among all business ideas lists.

Here is the reason.

People are making millions of dollars from blogging. A blogger shared his stats that he made $15,000 from his main blog in June 2021. And the blog is just 21 months old. Isn’t that great?

Usually, such bloggers have teams working for their blogs.

But some experts spend pretty little on their blogs. But still, they are very successful in their blogging journey. The reason is that they have found some best techniques that helped them rank on search engines without SEO.

We have got footprints for you. Even I follow them, and I believe that those footprints have made my blogging journey way too easier.

That’s true. You can also start blogging without money and earn from it. And if you want to make it look highly professional, let’s say you want to create a blog on WordPress, then it won’t cost you more than $2.

Let’s turn this guide into three sections.

  • Setting up your blog
  • Writing content and marketing it
  • Monetize it

Let’s get started now.

Note: If you have already have a blog, you can skip the first one.

Setup up your blog

Blogging is pretty easy these days.

There are tons of platforms where you can start a blog for free. It can be Blogger, MediumWordPress and Wix, etc.

All of them have their benefits and some drawbacks.

For beginners, creating a blog on Blogger could be the best option.

There are three reasons behind it.

  1. It’s free for life
  2. You can add a custom domain
  3. You can monetize it with Adsense (easily)

So we will discuss how you can start blogging without money on Blogger.

Create Your Free Blog

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To create a blog on Blogger.com, follow the following steps.

  • Click here to get started.
  • Click “Create Your Blog”
  • Login to your Google Account, or click “create account”
  • Choose your blog name (It will appear in the header. It should be your main topic name, like Healthy Food, Growth Hacks etc)
  • Choose your blog URL (It will be like hirefreelancewriter.blogspot.com)
  • Add your display name – preferably the original name

Your free blog is ready.

You can now start creating posts on your blog.

The blog you created is literally in a raw format, and you need to do a bit more to optimize it. Only after that, your articles will rank on Google and other search engines.

Here is Blogger blogs’ optimization guide.

Once you are done with optimization, you can start creating content on your blog.

Although, it will still be a subdomain.

Subdomain doesn’t affect your rankings, but still, it has a bad impact on user experience.

A user might think that you must not be a serious blogger as you are not even spending a few bucks.

So it’s far better to spend a little buying your unique domain name. And host that domain on your Blogger blog.

It’s way better to choose a domain name that’s highly relevant to your niche/category/topic of the blog. For example, I write about business growth, and my domain name is sturdybusiness.com.

Buying a domain won’t cost you that much. Maybe, half to $1 a month, or way cheaper. Many times, you can get great deals for domain registration.

Even I purchased some domains with Yahoo Small Business Campaigns for free for the first year.

For example, Godaddy is offering domain registration at just $1. You can register your domain here.

Once you are done buying a domain for yourself.

Here is another guide to add your custom domain.

After that, you can start making posts on it.

Although, Blogger is a bit hard for optimization. You have to do many things manually – almost everything.

For example, optimizing your blog, optimizing your articles, and checking if you have done everything right.

On the other hand, WordPress is pretty easy.

WordPress guides you on each step, and it will be like drag-and-drop stuff.

You use plugins that, on every step, keep an eye on your blog and content and guides you if you are doing right.

The best thing is that all the plugins are free – unless you use premium versions yourself.

So, instead of keeping all the responsibility and becoming a one-man army, why don’t you spend a dollar to make your blogging easy and more professional for you?

If you believe in yourself and you see yourself in blogging after a year or two, or maybe ten years, then spending $1 to $2 a month shouldn’t bother you.

Let’s create an easy blog for you.

Create a Self-hosted Professional WordPress Blog

If you believe that you can also make thousands of dollars from blogging as others do, would you mind spending $1 to $2 a month?

It’s worth investing, for sure.

In this process, you register a domain for your blog but don’t host it on Blogger. You host your domain on a hosting you buy.

That means all your data will be on your own hosting, which you can purchase from any hosting provider.

Although, in the beginning, it’s better to choose a cheap hosting like Hostinger.

Hostinger offers hosting for as low as $1.39 if you purchase it for 48 months and approximately $2 when you purchase it for 24 months.

It will cost you $50 for two years. It’s cheap. Isn’t it so?

\Purchasing domain and hosting on Hostinger is pretty easy. You can follow the following steps.

  1. Click here
  2. Click start now
  3. “Select” Single Shared Hosting
  4. Choose a period
  5. Add details, and submit

If you have not already purchased the domain from Godaddy, it’s better to purchase here because it will make connecting your domain with your hosting even easier.

They will send you a personal login where you can host your blog. You can either follow this tutorial to install WordPress or message their 24/7 available team to install it for you.

Once your blog is ready, it’s way better to read this to optimize and make it auto-run for the rest of your life. It’s just a one-time effort.

Either you install Yoast, or RankMath SEO plugin.

Those plugins will always guide you on every article. It will even score your article for each article you publish for each keyword you set.

I usually try to get a score over 80. And it turns green on RankMath.

Once your blog is ready, Submit, and add your blog’s sitemap in the Google search console. It doesn’t take more than a while. You can add your blog here easily.

Here you will see how your blog is going on Google. Adding a site in Bing is also easy and beneficial. Submit blog’s site to Bing here.

Make Your Blogging Successful & Profitable

Setting up a blog either on Blogger or on your hosting is a one-time effort. You can easily do it or pay someone $5 on Fiverr, and your blog will be ready.

But that’s not over.

Basically, your journey starts from here.

Either you purchase a domain, or hosting, or not. That doesn’t matter. But, nothing is as important as this section is to earn from a blog without spending money on it.

So give your full attention here, and surely you will start blogging without money quickly.

In blogging, there are three important steps that all of us must follow to get rankings.

  1. Keyword research
  2. Content and optimization
  3. Link building

It doesn’t look easy, but I shall make it so much easy that you will do everything without any expertise.

For a beginner, I believe one should break his time and efforts with the following percentage.

  1. Keyword research 25%
  2. Content research and writing 55%
  3. Off-site SEO 20%

If you follow this strategy, it will make blogging pretty easy for you.

Above all, find a niche/topic of your blog in which you can write with great interest and have expertise.

For example, it can be web development, technical stuff, web apps, health, entertainment, gardening, food, lifestyle, kitchen, or anything you like the most.

Whatever that is, you will surely find an audience looking for help in that field.

Once you are clear about your niche, you will know what you should write about and how in your keyword research.

Keyword research:

It’s one of the most important steps, where you should spend most of your time.

You must be curious that as there are tons of tools out there where you can find thousands of keywords in one click. Then why and how will you spend most of your time on it?

Why don’t you use Ahref, Google Adwords, StoyBase, or other key research tools?

Actually, those tools provide keywords with high volume, and most of them are already taken by many brand sites.

Competing with those high authority sites will take years to compete with them for a single keyword. Would you like to do that?

So to secure your rankings on the first page of Google and Bing, you should find very easy keywords on which no one is speaking or at least quite a few are.

In this way, you will secure rankings in search engines pretty easily.

There are two methods to find those keywords.

  1. Keyword Golden Ratio (KGR)
  2. Untapped keywords Research (UKR)

Basically, both methods are pretty the same.

In both methods, you are finding keywords with pretty little competition.

Using KGR method:

In KGR, you search for keywords with 250 a month volume. Then use “allintitle” operator to check how many articles are there for that topic.

If there are less than 10 articles out there, it can be an excellent keyword for you.

For example, look at this keyword.

easy keyword research for KGR

If Gardening was your niche, then the keyword I found has only 7 results. Even websites with those results are not relevant to the search, like Pinterest, a social platform where people save Pins.

One can easily compete with these sites.

Although to find keywords volume, you can either use paid tools like Ahref, Moz, and StoryBase or use any free keyword research tool like WordStream.

The other best example is the topic we are discussing here “how to start a blog for free” or how to start a blog without money”.

According to the Ahref tool, it has roughly 6K to 9K visitors a month.

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Ahref Screenshot

When we check out how many people have targeted this keyword, there are about 2600 results.

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Google Search ScreenShot

That means those who will write on such keywords should remember that at least 2600 competitors are already there.

Why not choose an easy one?

Using UKR method:

It’s pretty the same as KGR.

But in this method, you don’t care about search volume. And you don’t use any operator (allintitle) to check available articles.

But you find a keyword, put it on Google, and see if there are people who exactly answer that query.

Suppose many results are answering that query. Leave it.

Find another one.

Pick only those keywords that have no exact answers.

Surely you will find dozens of untapped keywords with research.

You must be curious, how is that even possible?

Basically, Google has confirmed many times that about 15% of daily searches are new to Google.

That means new bloggers have a great opportunity to get into it with pretty low competition.

To learn more about finding untapped keywords, you should watch this Youtube video.

Content Research and Optimization

The next important step that you should follow to succeed in blogging is topic research.

Go deep and get as much information as you can, feel it, smell it and live the topic so much that you could produce a fantastic article.

Try to add so much information that no one else is providing.

Never fluff, but add value in the article so much that once you present it to users, they should love it.

In the beginning, try to write pretty lengthy content. It should be at least more than 1500 words. But content length doesn’t mean adding irrelevant content.

For example, look at this article you are reading. Its word count is approximately 2600 words. Suppose I missed one portion of it; do you think it can be complete without that?

That means try to write on those topics you have a firm grip on.

Although your content should be for the user, still optimizing it for search engines is essential.

If you are on WordPress, you can follow your SEO plugin’s guidelines. Get more than an 80% score, and it will be optimized for search engines for that specific keyword.

And if you are not on Blogger. You can follow the following guidelines.

  1. Add keyword in Title, Description & URL
  2. Add keyword in the first paragraph or at most 2nd one
  3. Use keyword at least 5 times in the article, or make keyword density 1 to 2%
  4. Use bullets and numbers
  5. Add internal relevant links
  6. Add external essential links

Following the above-mentioned guidelines will help you appear on Google’s first page.

Link Building

Once you have ten articles on your site, you should think of its marketing.

By link building, I don’t mean building high-quality links that are impossible to get for a beginner.

Link building for beginners could be pretty easy if they do it appropriately.

For example, once you have ten articles on your site, you should join social media platforms with your site name. For instance, SturdyBusiness.com is available on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.

Share all of your articles on your social media profiles multiple times. And use relevant hashtags.

It will bring you some traffic and attention from Google.

After that, join forums relevant to your field. Spend at least an hour or two there. Answer others’ queries, and leave your relevant links once they need them.

Relevant forums links will be enough for you to give authority to your site.

On forums, you will find many other bloggers in your niche. You can collaborate with them and ask them to add your links in your guest articles.

Monetization

Either you are on Blogger or WordPress. After publishing 20 articles on it, you can apply for Adsense for ads approval.

But that’s not the only way to make money from it.

I firmly believe that one should not rely on one monetization method. There should be multiple income streams for any business.

My entire focus was on Adsense on my previous blog, and once it was disabled for some reason, it was very disappointing for me.

That’s why for your blog, you should use these three methods to generate income from it.

  1. Adsense
  2. Affiliate programs like Amazon
  3. Review companies and products

All these three methods are high paying and work well on all types of blogs.

Summary

You might have plans to start blogging, but you don’t have money.

It’s not a big deal.

Many people start blogging without money, and so you can.

We have shared the best techniques to start successful blogging without spending money on it.

How to start a blog for free

There are many methods to start a blog for free. The best and easy one is to create a free blog on Blogger.com.

You can add a custom domain to it. You can directly monetize it with Adsense from your blog’s dashboard.

How to start blogging and earn money from it?

It’s easy to start a free blog or with just $1. You can add valuable content to it and monetize it to make money from it.

In this guide, we have made it so easy that even a beginner can easily earn money without any professional skills.

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