Many people ask what you need to get started in order to make a profitable blog. Well, this answer may surprise you; ’nothing’ or at least if you don’t want to spend any money and don’t care how much profit you make from them. However, if you want higher returns then you will need to invest some money to help you get started, and depending on what you want to do, you can spend up to several hundred dollars, but in the long run it is worth it.
First, the most important thing you need to do to help you get started in the right direction of success is to find a database or a research tool to find specific ’keywords’. On the market today you can find a large selection of these types of products, ranging in price from zero dollars up to $500. The most popular tool on the market is probably ’WordTracker’, which offers a limited trial version for free, or a fully-functional version for $7.50 a day or $45 a month. This will allow you to find out which blog keywords are most profitable and have a reasonable demand/supply rating and combined site search gravity count.
In addition to a good keyword research tool, there can be several other things you will need to get started, depending on your project.
For example, if the blog you are hosting is one you want to use as a source of profit, then you will want to add a thumbnail generator on your, "what you need to get started" list of things to do.
A thumbnail generator will work to create codes that will help increase the click-thru rate in your blog by using related, scraped-thumbnails pictures and searches on Google images and place them next to your contextual ads.
In contrast, if you’re planning to sell your own products, you may want to add an auto-responder to your, "what you need to get started" list.
An auto responder will allow you to greatly improve your conversion rate by allowing you to put all follow-up emails on autopilot, rather than you having to do them personally or by strictly using your sales page.
Before you go out and spend a large amount of money, you should check out the tools offered on the internet that can help you get started. It may very well be, that you decide to purchase some tools to better help you with development and promotion to make you more successful in blogging. So basically you have a few choices, you can create a profitable blog without paying a cent, but if you want to take advantage of automating tools to further improve your profitability and efficiency, you will have to purchase at least a few tools.