If you're new to blogging, you'll want to choose a blogging platform for your niche. If you're on a tight budget like I am, both WordPress and Blogger are free.I use blogger personally because it's the platform I started with and still prefer to this day. Blogger is fairly simple to work with and you don't need HTML or any high tech fancy knowledge to get started.You can do a Google search using the keywords Blogger how-to and find a lot of good information on how to get started, including blogger's own site here.
If you're setting up a new blog, keep in mind, you'll need a lot of patience. You will need to grow your blog and gain the right audience for your niche before you can expect your blog to become profitable.
For some, a month of blogging can result in a small profit with a lot of hard work. For others, it can take several months before seeing a profit. For me, it took several months before I saw a small profit, primarily because I was more focused on my freelance writing career than my blog.
Keep in mind that if you're looking to make six figures or more from your blog, you may want to invest in a web domain name and blog. If that is the direction you are ready to take, you may want to consider investing in a blogging program like The Money Mom Masterclass. They have a lot of good information and many moms are making thousands of dollars a month with the program.
If you're still with me and want to set up a free blog instead, the first thing you need to do is decide on a profitable niche.
A profitable niche is a topic that will educate or solve a problem in some way. It should also be one that you have knowledge in. For example, my niche is creating income online while living in a small town with an Autistic child. Two other niches I have knowlwdge in are creating recycled crafts and publishing e-books.
If you're not sure if your niche will be profitable, you can do a Google search for your topic. Are there a lot of websites devoted to that niche? If not, you may want to consider another niche.
A few really hot niches that are turning a profit are, making money online, relationships, DIYer's flea market furniture flips and health and fitness.
Once you have decided on a profitable niche, you can begin setting up your blog and creating profitable posts for your niche.
Creating posts for my niche is what I am currently working on and let me tell you it's been really interesting what I have discovered along the way. I've made mistakes and I'm willing to share those mistakes in my next post, so stay tuned!
Joy Smith also known as The Insane Writer, is the author of the Sci-Fi novel, The Generation. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn.