So, as everyone has read already, we started this blog and constantly changed the design and added posts of our current projects. In order to monetize it and help keep the website supported enough for us to continue our passions, we started to utilize ads. The first one was Amazon Affiliates, because I make a Read more about Google Adsense and some tips[…]
Starting a blog may be simple but perhaps others have experienced the same thing I had with the difficulties on putting together a website with expectations for monetizing it as well.
Here are some quick reviews for what I am currently using. Maybe it will help others in making some decision on what products to use and try for themselves.
In order to have a blog that can be monetized, you will first need a domain or web address to call your own. This can be done through the ever popular WordPress or other website editors. However, one thing to keep in mind is that the free version does not allow for ads to bring in revenue to you and is sometimes added to your site outside of your control (the free version needs to bring in revenue to keep itself running).
If you are going for an ad free version (if you want to avoid ads) or make money from the ads, you will need to get a domain through a domain registrar like NameCheap, GoDaddy, GoogleDomain or pay the extra for the premium versions of WordPress and then follow the next steps.
Reviews can be found here.
Once you go through the fun of choosing a special domain name for yourself (an internet street address), the website must be hosted so that it can be accessed publicly (keeping the gates open and accessible to your property). This too requires payment to a service company unless you have the capability/infrastructure to host it yourself. I do not have the latter technical expertise or the patience so decided to use hosting services provided by the domain registrar, NameCheap.
Typically they will bundle this together for a special price. If you are a first time registrant for the address or transferring the domain to a new hosting service provider, they will give you special first year rate.
Make sure you follow directions carefully to link and create the main address. I accidentally read the instructions wrong and made the main page mickeyandmegan.com/dir. This was kind of annoying to fix. […]