Using a paid wordpress platform is important for SEO, search engine optimization. wordpress sites are designed for optimizing the keys that search engines (such as Google, Yahoo and Bing) look for when they rank sites. You can build a beautiful site but if it isn’t ranked by the search engines, noone will find it. No traffic=no sales.
While this all may sound complicated, you can usually set up a blog in less than an hour. Of course, it’s up to you to put high quality content in the site (original, well written pieces on your topic) because the search engines love new and fresh. You don’t have to write an opus everyday, a quick 200 word piece every other day will keep the site fresh. Be sure to add a lot of pictures and educated yourself on adding videos.
The wordpress platform allows you to monitize your site with a huge variety of affiliate programs, including Commission Junction, Google Adsense and Amazon. If your topic is dogs you will find thousands of products to advertise from Commission Junction and you get a commission when a visitor to your site clicks on that ad and then buys something. See why SEO is important? Don’t add the affiliate links right away. Post a couple of week’s worth of articles, submit your site to Google and Yahoo and let the search engines find you. It won’t happen overnight, but if you follow the basic rules of fresh content and quality content, the search engines will find you !
There are many blog writing tools listed on the other pages of this site. Some may be perfect for you , some may not work at all. Look them over after your site is up and running and see which is right for you. All of them are designed to help you otpimize your site, create traffic and make money.