If blogging is a hobby for you then that’s cool but if there’s ANY chance that you want to make money from it then go ahead and invest in being a “self-hosted” blogger. The same $80-$100 you would invest into primarily hosting your blog on wordpress.com for example is the same amount or less that you could invest into a self-hosting platform like SiteGround and have unlimited options to monetize your site as well as have the freedom to design your site however YOU want.
I LOVE WordPress but I’ll never primarily host a blog with them again. Yes, they do offer site monetization but they have entirely too many limitations and restrictions and personally I just feel like my work is worth more than $8.40 a YEAR with WordAds. For those of you who don’t know, WordAds is program WordPress offers to their bloggers as an opportunity to make money with their blog.
I’ve only been with SiteGround for three months and I’ve already made more than that little $8.40 that I made last year with WordAds. FYI : SiteGround comes with many benefits including having WordPress, GoDaddy, BlogSpot and etc already built into whatever package you choose for FREE .. at no extra cost to you! That’s why you still see me on WordPress! I’m back but with BETTER benefits and freedom! Here’s my link to SiteGround if you want to check it out and give it a try! https://www.siteground.com/index.htm?afcode=33f520796ff543a286507ccddfb6aaf0
When it comes to monetizing.. what works for other bloggers may not work for you. So it’s important to experiment and explore all the different options out there! There are several ways to monetize your site .. Ad Networking, Affiliate Marketing, Blog Coaching, Mentoring, Creating Courses and if you’re creative then you could create your own products and sell them! Never base the success and results of your blog on someone else’s.
For a lot of us, it’s a dream to work from home and be our own boss as a blogger! Entrepreneur Life .. but one thing about that kind of life is that it takes time. Unfortunately, it’s not something that happens overnight. Although there is REAL MONEY in blogging, it’s not a get rich quick scheme! Be patient and give your blog enough time to blossom, grow and develop on different levels. Keep networking and being consistent. Your hard work will eventually pay off! I promise!
Honestly, I could give you a world of advice about blogging but I feel like these three are the overall best! Thanks for reading and I hope you as a blogger were encouraged today!