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HOW TO START A BLOG FOR FREE AND MAKE MONEY

HOW TO START A BLOG FOR FREE AND MAKE MONEY

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Not everyone has money to invest in a blog. 

Blogging is not cheap.

The cost adds up over time and can be expensive.

So what can you do if you’re broke and just can’t afford to spend money on a blog now?

I know how it feels to be broke and want so badly to try and change my situation.

So, if you want to start your own business and make a little extra money on the side with a blog, you can.

You don’t have to feel stuck.

Simple start a blog for free.

That’s right

Start your blog for free on one of the free blogging platforms and make money. 

I know, I know!

All the blogging experts advise you not to start a blog on a free platform.

And they are right.

You have no legal rights over your business on a free platform.

You should know that your blog can be removed from free platforms without your consent or without an explanation.

The owners of these blogging platforms are within their legal rights to terminate your blog without further notice.

But if you’re broke and want to get out of your financial rut, give it your best shot.

Go ahead and start your blog on a free platform with an end goal of generating enough money to own your business.

That’s what I did.

I started several free blogs on Weebly, Wix, and Bloggers.com.

And as soon as God provided the money for me, I moved to WordPress.org.

Before you get all excited about starting a free blog, let me explain all the pros and cons of starting your business on a free platform.

Blogging as a business

Blogging is a reputable business model. It may not be a traditional job or profession.

But it packs a powerful Financial punch.  There are bloggers that make over $100,000/month and you can too.

Blogging can help you to make your financial dreams a reality.

Become Your Own Boss and spend more time with your family and friends.

 But the truth is, blogging is expensive.

  • The money adds up rather quickly in blogging.
  • Domain cost
  • Hosting cost
  • Premium Theme cost
  • Premium plugins
  • Paid courses
  • Consultations/ Coachings ( Seo, Blog, Writing)
  • External software- tailwind hosting fee, canva,
  • Email Marketing cost ( Convert kit, Aweber, Get Response..etc)
  • Freelance Writer cost ( for some bloggers)

Make sure you know for a fact that you want to become a blogger before you waste your money. Money is hard to come by, especially in these hard times with the Coronavirus and so many people losing their jobs or being laid off from work.

Think wisely before you invest your hard-earned money.

A free platform can help you to test the waters before you commit to blogging.

Many persons start a blog and abandon it after a few months. You don’t have to fall prey to this practice.

I started three free blogs before I paid for my blog. I started a blog on bloggers.com, Wix, and Weebly, to see if I liked the blogging process.

And my first two blogs still failed, because I lost interest in them.

Blogging is hard work, it’s not as easy as it looks.

But the return on your investment is worth the time.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of  using a free platform

Disadvantages 

The problem with using a free blogging platform is today you could be in business.

Tomorrow your business is gone. Just like a puff of smoke.

So starting a blog on a free platform could be a waste of your time.

You have no legal right to your business. 

Your blog won’t look professional. Free blog platforms have limited customization options.   You have to upgrade to unlock more features to make your blog look good or even different from other blogs.

Therefore your blog is destined to look generic. That does not mean you can’t work with what you have until better comes your way.

Some free platforms don’t allow affiliate marketing links.  Even your ability to make money is limited by the rules of the platform. If you choose to start with blogger.com which is owned by Google, you’ll be able to get Adsense quickly to help you generate some ad income.

Please note- Adsense pays peanuts. You need a ton of traffic going to your site to make a few hundred dollars.

Advantages 

There is no risk of losing any money. The platform gives you a chance to try and see if you like blogging before investing in a paid platform.

A paid platform gives you legal ownership of your site. If your hosting company removes your website without your consent, you can sue.

You have all the right to sue for any money lost and for breach of contract.

Starting a blog on a free platform 

I know not everyone has the money to pay for a domain name and hosting. Maybe you’re on a tight budget and just can’t afford this type of money right now.

Or maybe you live in a country where the economy is bad. And there is a disparity between the US dollar and your local currency.

For whatever reasons you can’t afford to pay for a Blog all hope isn’t lost you can start a blog for free. Then later upgrade to paid hosting.

You need a strategy.

 Create a 6-12 months actionable strategy to make enough money to upgrade your website to paid hosting and a custom domain name.

Find a profitable niche for your business. Write engaging content and drive traffic to your blog.

Monetize your free blog with Google AdSense, affiliate marketing, ebooks, and courses.

When you earn enough money buy hosting and a domain name.

Migrate your blog to wordpress.org and enjoy full ownership of your business. 

If you choose website builders like Wix, Weebly or  Jimdo and want to continue with the services on these platforms, upgrade to own your site and to unlock more features.

 Best free blogging platform

WordPress.com

Bloggers.com

Jimdo

Weebly.com

Weebly

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 Weebly is a popular choice to build a free website. It’s beginner-friendly and easy to use.

It has a website builder that makes constructing your websites easy. The free drag-and-drop Builder is a great choice for easy customization. They’re many layout packs you can use to construct your website. You don’t have to start from scratch.

 Your Weebly blog will be a subdomain of the Weebly site.  Your website domain name will have the Weebly name attached to the end. Example :

www.yoursitename.weebly.com

  Weebly does allow you to add affiliate market links so you’ll be able to make money to Upgrade your site or switch to WordPress.org.

 If you like Weebly you can always upgrade on the platform to get more customization options.

Wix

 Wix is similar to Weebly if not identical. You can create a free blog on this platform with  It’s a free website builder. You can build your website from the front end and see how everything will look when you finish your site.

Wix interface is beginner-friendly and easy to use.

They’re both free and paid layout templates on Wix. You don’t have to build from scratch.

If you like the platform you can always upgrade to get more customization options. Upgrading your website also enables you to have your own personal domain name.

Blogger. Com

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 Blogger.com is owned by Google inc. Back in the day, it used to be more popular than it is now. To start a free blog you need to have a Gmail account.  Go to blogger.com and sign up for an account. 

The best way to use blogger.com is to sell your own personal service or ebooks. Affiliate links were banned from blogger.com. You can only use Adsense.

To can be difficult to earn money on this platform.

You also need a high volume of traffic to be paid by Google Adsense.

Jimdo

Like most free blogging platform you can’t have a custom domain on Jimdo. You have to upgrade to get a custom domain.

Jimdo is a simple clean website builder designed for people with no coding knowledge.

It’s similar to Weebly and Wix in features. You can offer coaching services or sell ebooks via your free website.

Consider promoting affiliate marketing offers to make money.

If you like Jimdo you can upgrade to a paid plan.

Conclusion

It’s not a good idea to start your blogging business on a free platform. You don’t own your business and your website could be taken down at any time. You don’t have any legal rights or claim to your blog. 

Your user rights are limited.

Free blogging platforms offer limited customization and limited ways to earn an income.

It’s best to pay for your blog and have legal rights.

However, if you want to start a blog and have no money to pay for hosting and a domain name.

Try starting your blog on a free platform and later migrate your blog to a paid platform.

Which free platform do you plan to start your blog on?

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