There are many Kenyans who make money blogging. Setting up a free blog is a simple thing that can be done in a matter of minutes. You will then need to drive traffic to your blog and monetize it. Below are all the details on how you can do this:
Before we go on, note that this is the second part of the FreelancerKenya “Make Money Series”. Click here to check out how to make money online as a freelance writer which is the first part. Also, remember to join my list on the sidebar so that I can be sending you free e-courses and discounts.
There are two types of blogs you can set up. These include a free blog or a self-hosted blog. In this post, we will look at how make money online with a free blog.
Free Blogging Platforms
The two most popular platforms offering free blogs are Blogger and WordPress.
Blogger is great because you can still advertise in their system regardless of the fact that it is free. On the other hand, there are many who feel like they do not have the best themes and therefore their outlook is not as attractive visually.
A free WordPress blog can be created at http://www.wordpress.com. This should not be confused with http://www.wordpress.org which provides free blogging software that can be used on self-hosted blogs. WordPress has the best themes but the downside is that you cannot advertise. The other great thing about WordPress is the fact that you will get some basics on how to use the WordPress system. This information will be very crucial when it comes to setting up your own self-hosted website.
Learn With A Free Blog
Therefore, feel free to start a free blog right now so that you can learn the tips and tricks of blogging. FreelancerKenya started as a free WordPress.com blog and later moved on to being a self-hosted site. This does not mean that you should opt to start with a free blog as I did. A free blog is great but the problem is the fact that it has limited options. You can therefore start decide to start with a free blog and later upgrade it or just go straight into a self-hosted blog.
How to Make Money with a Free Blog
There are different methods which you can use to make money with a free blog. These include:
1. Using Google AdSense and Other Advertising Networks
In Blogger, you can set up a Google AdSense account and start making money with your blog. You can also search for other advertising networks that work with Blogger. Generally, AdSense is considered the best.
2. Advertising Your Product or Service
You can start a free blog that focuses on your business or service. We can look at the example of a restaurant owner’s blog. The owner can set up a free WordPress blog, give it a great theme and be posting updates about his own restaurant. Therefore, you can create a product, such as an eBook and market it in your own free blog.
3. Affiliate Marketing
This is not allowed in WordPress.com sites and may lead to suspension of your account. In WordPress, you may be excused if you have a few occasional affiliate links but as you increase them, you risk being suspended by the WordPress staff. Check out the WordPress advertising policy, you will not that some certain affiliate networks are strictly prohibited. In Blogger, you can use affiliate links and banners to make money online.
Once you have a popular blog, you will get people who will pay you to just mention them in your site. I therefore recommend that you always include your email address in your blog so that people can contact you for all sorts of stuff. Be very careful about mentions. I personally would not mention a poor product or a product I have no information about; no matter how much money I am being paid.
You can use the above methods to make money with your free blog. An example of a Kenyan blog that seems to have made it online is http://kenyanjobs.blogspot.com/. Note that if you want to increase your revenue streams, it may be inevitable for you to move to a self-hosted blog. If you want to create profit making blog, then join my list on the sidebar by adding your name and email and you will receive a free e-course on how to create a profit making blog. Next, we will look at how to make money blogging with a self-hosted blog.