There are many reasons to set up a blog. Most blogs, such as ours, start out for personal reasons. We simply wanted a way to keep our friends and relatives back home informed about where we are, and what we're doing.
So, maybe you've thought about starting your own blog. Here's a very basic primer on how to go about it...
There are only two popular blog platforms...WordPress, and Blogger.
I've used Blogger since the beginning. Some people have used WordPress since the beginning. Not very many people have used both, which is why it's difficult to figure out if one is better than the other. It's almost like the PC vs Mac argument. They'll both get the job done, but one is going to cost you more money than the other! In the long run, I think Blogger is less expensive.
Blogger is owned by Google, so it's an easy thing to start up since most people already have a gmail account.
The first thing you want to consider is the name of your blog. Very important, since it''s very difficult to change afterwards, and you never know if your blog might become popular. Had we realized at the outset that ours would become even as popular as it is, we would have chosen a better name that www.travelwithkevinandruth.com! It's a kind of a mouthful.
Sometimes, something as simple as your own name...example www."johnsmith".com can be good...it gives you the flexibility to change what your blog is about over time...ours pretty much has to be related to our travel due to what we named it.
You don't have to have your own custom URL. With Blogger, your free URL would be similar to www.johnsmith.blogspot.com. But people who are serious about it normally pay the extra to have their own URL without the "blogspot" reference. For us, I think it's $10 a year that we pay.
It takes a lot of readership to actually make worthwhile money with a blog. We've been doing it for almost 8 years and the best month we ever had was $800. I think we probably made a total of about $4,000 over the last 12 months, so while it's good pocket money you're not going to get rich from one blog. I noticed that we passed the 2,500,000 pageviews mark the other day. We get about 60,000 pageviews per month and between 1,200 and 1,800 unique viewers per day depending on whether we're traveling or sitting in one place. It is these figures that prospective advertisers and sponsors look at to decide that your site is worth their while. There are many other travel blogs that are far more popular. And there are some travel blogs who simply don't bother with the extra income. It's all up to you.
The key is consistency, and writing about things that people want to read about. Usually, you find a niche so that you're not simply writing a diary about your life. Of course our major niche is RV travel and our minor niche is frugal travel. There are family blogs, mommy blogs, travel blogs, RV blogs, religious blogs...everything under the sun.
Anyhow...go to www.blogger.com and follow the instructions. Then, you can adjust your blog a myriad of different ways to personalize it. If you have any questions, just ask. There is a bit of a learning curve, that's for sure.
Today is Prime day at Amazon, and oh my...what a lot of fantastic deals, just as they promised. Man, if you're only checking in now, some of the great deals are already gone. But there are more deals being announced every ten minutes or so! How about this...
The Amazon Kindle e-reader is on sale for only $49...
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Deals are changing all the time...almost can't keep up!
And even Amazon.ca here in Canada is on on some deals today only...a Kindle for $49 CAD? Never been cheaper...
And I just bought a three pack of $10 Amazon.ca gift cards for $30 and got a $5 promo credit. Can't lose!
So, thanks for doing all of your Amazon shopping, both here and in the U.S. through our links and helping our travel fund.