Beginners to affiliate marketing will typically need a place to start, and I’ve compiled a list of common questions and answers regarding what you need to know about hosting a WordPress blog. Hosting a WordPress blog can be a fun, exciting, and lucrative venture, and this rings particularly true if you know where your blog is going and how that relates to where you want it to ultimately go in the future.
How To Get Started With Affiliate Marketing by Hosting A WordPress Blog?
I want to start out with probably the most commonly asked question about hosting a WordPress blog, and that is.. how can I make money doing it? Keep in mind, affiliate marketing is a business just like any other. Opting for a hosting provider you invest in, rather than a free offer or something cheap, is always a better idea, but this can be a little hard to swallow for some if they’re not quite sure how to recoup those costs. You don’t want to put all of that work into your content, pay for hosting, and not receive anything in return.
Making money by properly hosting a WordPress blog can make things easier, and there’s quite a few ways in which you can make it happen. First, you can use your blog for affiliate marketing, and suggest all of your favorite products or services to others while making money in the process. With affiliate marketing, you team up with your favorite brands, and you focus on an industry or type of product you want to put out there to the public. For each person that clicks through your link and purchases these products, you get a commission, and you’re selling these products with your content while making money yourself in the process. With affiliate marketing, you might not make a whole lot right away, but with experience and effort, your blog can easily pay for itself and then some.
Creating paid content is another way you can make money by hosting a WordPress blog. This content can be made available by subscription, and it can cater to specific audiences that have a need for the content you create. A simple example would be teaching or tutoring in a certain subject, and this content can combine affiliate marketing or advertising as well. For instance, if you have a skill in cosmetology, you can create paid content tutorials and lessons in different cosmetology practices you share with your audiences that also sell your favorite products. Cosmetology can be traded for computer sciences, woodworking, outdoor sports, or any other specific hobby or skill you’re passionate about.
With popularity, you can also use your blog for advertising and allow businesses to advertise their brands using your web space. This is a popular and common option, but often companies only opt to advertise with blogs who already have established and steady followings.
Is My WordPress Blog Customizable?
The next question I often receive pertains to the customizability of the average hosted WordPress blog. With premium WordPress features, you can create your themes and your blog exactly as you’d like, which allows you to create just the personal web experience you want. Especially for those who wish to monetize their blog, creating a personal experience is important, and you’re able to do just that using WordPress.
With your WordPress blog, you can include photos in rows or columns, embed videos, and even use plug-ins or other apps tools to personalize the experience your blog provides to your readers. Using photo and video is a huge tool in creating worthwhile content, and you can mix up text content with other forms of multimedia content in any sort of way you’d like.
Do I Need To Pay For Hosting A WordPress Blog?
While you don’t have to pay for hosting a WordPress blog, I highly suggest you do. Plenty of free WordPress hosting services are out there, but you’re not going to get the best build or user experience in that way. These free WordPress hosting services aren’t actually free, and they allow you to put yourself on their servers in exchange for advertising for their provider services. Servers are overloaded, causing your readers to have a slow and bumpy experience, your customization options are often limited, and the hosting provider may even reserve the right to take your blog down at any time. When your blog is taken down, you don’t get to reserve the content you’ve created, and in one second you can lose everything you’ve worked on. If your blog takes longer than 7 seconds to load, which is common with overloaded shared servers, potential readers are likely to move right on to someone else’s content that works better.
Hosting a WordPress blog should be viewed as an investment, and you should ensure it’s a good one. WPengine allows you to host your WordPress blog on servers with scalable infrastructure and lightning speeds while giving you complete content control, the right to your content, and plenty of beneficial features. You’re not just paying to have your WordPress blog hosted, you’re also paying for 24/7 customer support, content assistance, enterprise-level security, and hosting that grows right along with your digital reputation. If you’re transferring your WordPress blog over from a free service or very low priced shared hosting provider, you’ll notice the difference straight away.
How Can I Improve My Search Engine Rankings And Visibility?
The whole reason you create content is to be read, and you can’t be read if you’re not found. There are several ways in which you can raise your visibility while hosting a WordPress blog, but one of the most simple is taking the time to tag and categorize your content. Tagging and categorizing your content helps to sort your blogs into simple to find sections that draw potential readers to exactly what they want to see. If someone searches for content regarding building a bicycle, and you have a blog about bicycle building, your tagging will help to draw them to your content when they plug their inquiry into their search bar.