How to Design a Blog and Monetizes it in 2020?

This is a general article I will create a series of articles that will explain each step in more detail. Keep visiting my blog for more and more information.

I will explain my own approach which I tried and tested and saw its results. With WordPress CMS (Content Management System), you can share your experience, your favorite recipes, your lifestyle, share photos and stories of your travels, or anything you are interested in your life using WordPress blog.

Moreover, a well written and SEO friendly blog can top you on the Google ranking and this is easy using basic free plugins that are listed in the plugins category of the WordPress CMS. also, it is essential that the visitors should find your blog appealing. You can achieve this by designing your WordPress blog beautifully. A well-designed blog is beneficial for you in all the aspects. Ad type of theme and its colors differ from field to field also on self-preferences.

To make an amazingly designed blog the key thing is to pick the right blogging platform offering a broad range of design possibilities. WordPress has a huge collection of themes for all types of blogs.

You can check all the free WordPress Themes on this Link:

https://wordpress.org/themes/browse/featured/

and you can check all the free WordPress plugins o this link:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/

Why I recommend WordPress as a blogging platform?

Now that we agreed on why you should use WordPress as a blog platform, you will need to do other steps like:

–    Register a domain name and set up your hosting server.
–    Install WordPress CMS on it and most hosting companies provide a 1 click setup process. And smarterasp.net is one of these hosting providers.

–    Use a page builder so that you do not need a lot of coding to create your blog. And I use the “Elementor Pro” page builder it is the paid version of the free plugin “Elementor” but with more capabilities.
–    Work on the Logo and Navigation Menu.
–    Responsive WordPress Blog Website Design, where 80% of the web users are browsing the internet using their mobiles and this is auto-generated with Elementor plugin.

Now you have a blog, we need to monetize it! these are the Best 5 Ways to Monetize Your Blog and Make Money Online

1.    Affiliate Marketing
2.    Advertisements
3.    Sell Courses
4.    Sell Digital Products
5.    Sell Services

1. Affiliate Marketing

One of the most popular methods for monetizing a blog is to leverage affiliate marketing. This is especially useful when you’re just starting out and you don’t have your own products or services to sell.

2. Advertisements

While most people might think that adding some pay-per-click (PPC) ads will be a great way to make lots of money with their blogs, you need to have massive amounts of traffic as in 10,000 visitors per day or more to get the real income. The most recommended platform is Google AdSense.

3. Sell Courses

Selling digital online courses is another way you can profit from blogging. Develop intuitive and helpful courses that add a tremendous amount of value and the rest will be smooth sailing.

The most recommended platform is Udemy.com

4. Sell Digital Products

Digital products can be a combination of eBooks, videos, downloadable guides, resources, PDFs, software components, or plugins. Do your best to create something that helps fill a need. Don’t second guess yourself, as you’d be surprised at just how much money you can make by selling digital products on your blog.

5. Sell Services

Offering you services which you are good at it is one of the passive income methods that you can get and one of the best websites that provide a badge for you and handle payment with a small commission is fiverr.com

Conclusion

Create great content, follow the above steps, and make your blog design outstanding and admirable. Make sure to select an appropriate and creative WordPress theme. And use all 5 ways of monetizing, and the most importing it adding content to your blog on a daily basis to have the most of your blog.

Best 15 Free Stock Photos Websites in 2020

Many of these photographs are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. However, some photos may require attribution. I’ve done my best to identify which license they fall under but I still advise you to do your own research and determine how these images can be used.

1. StockSnap

URL: https://stocksnap.io/

Brief Description:
StockSnap.io has a large selection of beautiful free stock photos and high-resolution images. The site also has a very handy search feature making it easy to browse through the thousands of images available. In addition, the site tracks views and downloads so you can find the most popular photos available.

2. Pexels

URL: https://www.pexels.com/

Brief Description:
Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through their discover pages.

3. Unsplash

URL: https://unsplash.com/

Brief Description:
Unsplash offers a large collection of free high-resolution photos and has become one of the best sources for stock images. All photos are released for free under the Unsplash license.

4. Burst

URL: https://burst.shopify.com/

Brief Description:
Burst is a resource from Shopify that provides free stock photos for entrepreneurs. Some photos are licensed under Creative Commons CC0 while others fall under Shopify’s own photo license.

5. Reshot

URL: https://www.reshot.com/

Brief Description:
Reshot is a massive library of handpicked free stock photos you won’t find elsewhere. Built for startups, freelancers. Free to use commercially and editorially–no attribution required.

6. Pixabay

URL: https://pixabay.com/

Brief Description:
Pixabay offers a large collection of free stock photos, vectors and art illustrations. All photos are released under Creative Commons CC0.

7. FoodiesFeed

URL: https://www.foodiesfeed.com/

Brief Description:
FoodiesFeed offers thousands of beautiful realistic free food pictures in high resolution. It’s the perfect stock photo site for food bloggers.

8. Gratisography

URL: https://gratisography.com/

Brief Description:
Gratisography offers free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. New awesome pictures are added weekly and are free of copyright restrictions. All pictures are captured by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design.

9. Freestocks

URL: https://freestocks.org/

Brief Description:
Freestock offers a wide range of high-quality photos all released under Creative Commons CC0.

10. Picography

URL: https://picography.co/

Brief Description:
Picography contains beautiful free stock photos submitted by Dave Meier and various other photographers. All photos are released under Creative Commons CC0.

11. Foca

URL: https://focastock.com/

Brief Description:
Foca is a collection of high-resolution photos provided by Jeffrey Betts. Jeffrey specializes in photos of workspaces and nature. All photos are released under Creative Commons CC0.

12. Picjumbo

URL: https://picjumbo.com/

Brief Description:
Picjumbo is a collection of totally free photos for your commercial & personal works. New photos are added daily from a wide variety of categories.

13. Kaboom Pics

URL: https://kaboompics.com/

Brief Description:
Kaboom Pics offers a wide variety of high-quality free stock photos including abstract, city/architecture, fashion, food, landscapes and more. Photos can be used for commercial purposes but cannot be sold or redistributed.

14. SkitterPhoto

URL: https://skitterphoto.com/

Brief Description:
SkitterPhoto offers a wide variety of free stock photos and is released under Creative Commons CC0. All pictures are authentic and created by Skitterphoto’s owners.

15. Life of Pix

URL: https://www.lifeofpix.com/

Brief Description:
Life of Pix is a resource created by the LEEROY creative agency offering free high-resolution photos with no copyright restrictions.

Conclusion

As you can see, there’s a growing number of fantastic resources for stock photography. These websites have become a blessing for designers, marketers and bloggers. No need to rely on cheesy stock photos anymore!

Process of Creating a Mobile App In 2020

As in any creative process, making a mobile app out of nothing is a sophisticated process that has its individual features in every particular case. Professional IT companies have extensive experience in creating diverse applications, it is possible to define several typical creative steps for this process, which are the following steps:

Although you see the sequence of stages, it doesn’t mean that every phase starts only when the previous one is completed. It’s

impossible to imagine this kind of linear dependence as many processes and stages are interconnected in the presented list.

Step1: Setting the Task & Scope of Works

the point of setting the task is the foundation of all the design and then the development process. At this point, the team of designers and developers should obtain maximum information from the client to mark the right way to the goal.

In product design it works the same way: to get the result, you should clearly set the goals from the very start of the path. It doesn’t mean that the goals should stay totally the same at the end of the mobile app.

you should get not only the client’s wishes but also try to get the ideas and reasons behind these wishes.
The more information you get from the client, the better it is for setting the right direction. Design briefs, calls and Skype-conferences chat in Slack, brainstorming sessions, mood-boards can all form a good starting line for productive work.

Step2: Estimation

The data collected at the previous stage enables business analysts and sales managers to provide the client with the first-level estimation of the time needed for the project and therefore the planned costs.

The business analysts can involve designers and developers in the assessment process from the earliest steps of analysis and estimation which are able to provide more real and exact planning of time and costs.

Step3: User & Market Research

This is the stage when being based on the established task and aims, UI/UX designer starts the path with getting deeper into the environment in which the future application will function. The research stage usually moves on in two directions simultaneously: user research and market research.

User & Market Research: means getting deeper into details of core target audience to understand their preferences and psychological peculiarities, the influence of different factors like colors, stylistic decisions, and logic of interaction on emotions and experience of the defined group

Step4: UX Wireframing

It is the process of creating a general structure of the designed mobile app. The aim of this stage is setting the clear and orderly structure of all the layout, transitions and interactions on the basis of user’s problems and pains which the product is going to solve.

UX wireframing stage should be heavily based on user research, competition research and analysis of all the data obtained in the previous step.

Step5: Prototyping

The original concept behind the term ‘prototype’ is the sample model of the product that gives the ability to test it and see if the solutions and decisions made about the product are efficient.

The main aim is to enable a designer, a customer, and a user to check the correctness and appropriateness of the design solutions.

Step6: UI Design

User Interface is actually a finalized interactive field in which the user interacts with the product. It includes all the tools of increasing usability and satisfying target users’ needs and wishes.

After the UX part is tested by a prototype, agreed upon and the concept of layout, transitions, and features are accepted, the designer starts the UI design part.

Step7: Animation

The best time to apply it in practice is when UI design is basically accomplished and a general stylistic concept is agreed upon.

Like everything that is put into the interface and process of interaction with it, animation must be a functional element, not just a decor. Considering motion elements while planning user journeys around the digital product, the designer should deeply analyze its potential for increased usability.

Step8: Software Architecture Planning

Planning of software architecture can take place as a stage parallel to design. This is a complex process: it usually includes a lot of iterations, with a constant feedback loop between the design team and the development team.

The main goal of architecture planning is to create a constructive and integral plan for the software architecture of the app (front-end and back-end). At this stage, developers decide on the most efficient technical and technological solutions for the actual realization of the app and maintaining its operability.

Step9: Development

The actual process of coding the app is here. Depending on the previous step which is software architecture planning. the developers will have a clear idea of what programming platform they will use and the managers know how to allocate developers wherever it is native Android, native iOS, or cross-platform technology.

The developers write the code, integrate functionality to created UI, edit source code, debug and finally export the app to the app store. here I’m talking about alpha or beta releases which the quality testers will use to test the app in the next step.

Step10: Testing

Testing is one of the crucial phases of the entire app design and development lifecycle, it can help to find bugs before the app is brought out to actual users.
 

A good testing process will not be valid if there is not unit testing of the developers in the first place. Or it will go in a time-consuming process, or even endless process. As the testers use the app as any potential user ad if the app has functional bugs it will stop the process of testing. So, I want to emphasize on unit testing by the developers.

Step11: Release

Finally, there comes the day when the app is alive and ready to be introduced to its users. the way, which a mobile application goes through, is quite complex and includes a variety of steps ensuring its functionality, beauty, and quality of performance.

Step12: Updates

Mobile apps are not a one-time task it is a continuing process. in fact, all software needs updates. There is the term “versioning” which means that a mobile app will never be in its final stage. From fixing user-based bugs that the testers did not catch to adding new features and services as every business is growing by time ad will provide more services by time that is for sure or even canceling a specific feature or service based on management or users’ decisions and wishes.