I’m over 50 and blogging. I love it! I absolutely love it. I get to talk about things that I enjoy with people who want to learn about them. I feel that I make a difference, even if it’s just to one person a day.
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That is really what blogging is about. It is the coming together of experience and inexperience in a nurturing and non-judgmental way. I think it brings the best out in people.
Why do I blog?
I have had a long and fruitful life. I have done all sorts of things, some good, some not so good. I have made all sorts of mistakes, some fortuitous and some not so much. I have learned all sorts of things, some useful some total rubbish and I want to share these experiences with others.
This particular blog is about helping older people to overcome their fears of technology and to get them blogging too. It’s about encouraging them to share those experiences and hopefully to help someone else out along the way.
By letting someone know the easiest or quickest way to do something you are helping them to succeed much faster than they would otherwise have done if left to their own devices.
By sharing recommendations, reviews and findings you are helping people to come across products or services that they may never have otherwise found.
By letting people know that they are not the only one, that you suffered the same way or found something really difficult when you started can sometimes be just the right encouragement or motivation that someone needs to carry on with their efforts.
I believe that blogging is an honorable and selfless thing to do.
What can you blog about?
I often get asked what a blog can be about. This is a really easy question to answer because a blog can be about anything. Yes, anything at all. As long as you have a passion for something, or you have some knowledge or experience that you can pass on, then you can blog about it.
Hobbies are a great way to start blogging. Sharing your latest activities with like-minded people is a good way to get the ball rolling on a blog. Sharing hints and tips for a better golf swing, or the latest knitting fad or the best way to bake without eggs are all things that people who are interested in that topic and hobby would want to know about.
You can blog about business, like I do. I help new businesses become profitable faster and I have a company blog that gives them advice, hints, tips and support as well as telling them about great tools I have come across that they can use for their business that will save them time and money.
You can blog as inspiration or encouragement as I do in this particular blog. You can lead by example and hope others will follow your lead and join you in your crusade – whatever that may be.
You can blog about your pets. Animal blogs always do well. Tips on house-training, obedience training, housing and accessories for pets are very popular indeed.
You can blog about being a Mom or a Gran. There are literally THOUSANDS of these blogs around and there never seems to be an end to people’s willingness to follow them. Sharing parenting tips is never going to get old.
How do you actually start a blog?
A blog is simply a page on a website that gets updated frequently. By frequently I mean at least once a month, but probably a bit more if you want to become a serious blogger. Once a week is a good blogging schedule to aim for, at least to begin with.
You write a “post”. A post is the content that is added to the blog. It is just a piece of content – like this that you are reading right now. It could also be a video, a podcast, a list of something or pretty much any other content that you can think of.
A post should be one of 5 things:
- Promoting something
To start a blog you need to get a domain name like my (www. lynne-thomas.com) and someone to host it for you.
A host looks after your domain name and puts it on their server so that it’s available for people to access 24/7 365 days a year.
The easiest way to go about this is to find someone who will do both, sell you the domain name and host it for you as well. Siteground is an extremely popular hosting service that does both, and also only charges a couple of bucks a month.
If you would like someone to talk you through setting up a blog, I’ve created a step by step guide which has pictures and video tutorials to show you exactly how to go about it. Get your copy here, it’s totally free.
Once you are all set up you will need to start creating content to go into your blog and this is where some people start to panic. There’s no need, coz here are some great ways to get going with the content.
What on earth do I put in my blog?
Videos: These can be taken straight from YouTube and are great way to tick off the entertaining row. Finding something funny or interesting on YouTube about your topic and sharing it on your blog is a great way to get people coming to your blog page.
Here’s a quick example… This is a great video from Stuart Ross who is using it to promote his webinar on how to start a profitable online business.
As you can see, it is entertaining, requires no real effort from me and I could have just popped that into a post with a title and a sentence or two asking my viewers to watch it and tell me what they thought.
Podcasts – These are literally just voice recordings. They can be of just you or they could be of you talking to someone else. Popular podcasts are usually where someone interviews someone of note in the industry and then puts the recording onto their website. This is something I am looking into for this blog as I know people are short on time and some would prefer to listen rather than read.
Reviews – these can be an honest account of something you have used and found to be cost effective, time saving, helpful or just great. Here’s one I wrote a little while ago about one of my favorite tools that I use to create my courses, Read it here.
Recommendations – This can be something you have used yourself and found to be useful and that you would tell your friends or family about. Here is an example of a recommendation that I make to my clients and readers. It is a course that shows you how to use Pinterest to get HUGE amounts of traffic to your blog (or website). See it here.
Okay, I’ve heard you can make money blogging. Is that true?
Yes. It’s absolutely true. You can make money blogging, and there are several ways to do this.
The easiest way is to allow Google to place adverts on your blog. These are usually related to what the blog is about so that people get to see something they might be interest in and click on it. When someone clicks on the link you receive a small commission. By small I mean TINY. It is usually only pennies so you need to have a lot of people clicking to be able to make any real money.
To get lots of people clicking you need lots of visitors to your blog. By lots, I mean thousands, and this can be a problem for many new bloggers.
But not for you lucky people who have just happened upon my helpful blog post. Oh no, not for you because I can show you how to get lots of visitors to your blog in double quick time. By lots I mean thousands, just click here to read my post about it.
Another way to make money from your blog is by affiliate marketing. I found an amazing lady who is making over $50,000/month from her blog by using this strategy.
In the true spirit of blogging, she is not keeping it a secret. She shares her secrets and shows you exactly what she did in her amazingly easy to follow and afford course “Making sense of Affiliate Marketing“.
Her name is Michelle and she taught me how to use Pinterest to drive traffic to my blog and how to use that traffic to sell other people’s products and services through my blog. Pretty much the same as i am doing here. Easy right?
Another way to make money from your blog is by creating your own products or services and selling them through your blog.
First you create something to sell, this could be a physical product or a downloadable one.
Then you talk about it in your blog. You tell people what is is, how it can help them to overcome a problem, alleviate a pain point or answer a question.
You talk about the benefits of using your product or service just as you would if you were telling a friend about something amazing that you had just created.
You include a link to that product (or to a Paypal button if if is a paid product) and if they go on to buy it then that’s your first sale. Then just rinse and repeat.
Here’s a couple of examples of that at work. Click on them and see what happens. Don’t worry you are not going to be charged for anything just by clicking.
- Here’s a link to my free blogging guide for beginners.
- Here’s a link to my paid mini course on how to use Canva.com
As you can see, there’s nothing really difficult about making money from your blog, you just need to come up with a strategy and stick to it.
Are you ready to get blogging?
Have I tempted you to have a go? Would you like to see how many people you could help with your advice and experience? Would you be thrilled to know that you have helped someone out today?
Then come and give it a go. I’ve got you covered as far as all the technical stuff goes. You can get a free copy of my Ultimate Starter Kit for Bloggers right here. I’ll hold your hand right from getting your domain and hosting sorted to writing and publishing your first post.
I’ve already shared a link to show you how to get thousands of readers to your blog and here’s another one to help you to create some great clickable content that your readers will love. Read it here.
Have I convinced you?
Have I convinced you to have a go at blogging? I really hope so otherwise I’m not so good at blogging am I ? Especially as it is the sole purpose of this blog to encourage and inspire other middle aged ladies (or gents) to get blogging.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post (that’s always assuming of course that you’re still reading). If you have enjoyed it or leaned something then I would love it if you could share it. I have included some popular share buttons so go ahead and click away.
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