WordPress is free and you can use it to generate additional income. Anyone can do it. It takes a few hours in the beginning to set things up, but once you get on a roll it takes a few minutes a day to maintain. Are you curious?
WordPress (WP) is a free blogging platform that a bunch of geeky wizards dedicate their time to improve so that you can have the best experience possible. (FYI, some of them accept donations.) Don’t be confused by the word “blogging.” The WP platform is so professional that even major corporations are using it to have their websites built. Yes, they hire web developers to build their websites but the beauty of this technology is that you can build your own website, even if you know nothing about html, php, css, etc.
First you’ll need to buy a domain name, which you can get for less than $15 for a year. Then you’ll need a host for your website, which you can get for less than $60 for a year. Ask your host to install the latest version of WordPress.
If you have never done this before, take the time to check out a few WP tutorials. You’ll find them on the WP site, on YouTube and by doing an online search. The platform has an administrative side or content management system you log into with your password to build your website.
You’ll need to choose a template or themefor your site. These are free too and there are thousands for you to choose from. Do an online search for WordPress themes. Choose one you like and install it through the Appearance tab on the sidebar of your Admin Panel. Make a mental note that if you want your theme to look unique, there are ways you can customize it when you become more familiar with using the technology.
Now you can add some content and images. Click “publish” and your website is live on the Internet. Continue to add content regularly to build up the number of pages on your site. Write articles that interest visitors to return often. Include keywords in your content that attract attention in the search engines.
To “monetize” your WordPress website is to create opportunities for you to generate income. There are various ways you can do this. Place Google Adsense ads in your sidebars and content. You will make money when people click on the ads.
You can place “affiliate” links to products on other websites such as Amazon. You’ll get a commission every time someone makes a purchase on Amazon that began with the link on your site. You can add an e-commerce plugin to sell your own merchandise or use websites such as Clickbank and CafePress to sell products.
Other than the cost of your domain name and hosting, all of this is free. The major investment is your time. Once you are generating enough income from your first WordPress site you can build a second one. By that time you may even be able to hire a writer to do the content for you.
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