If you want to learn how to start an anonymous blog, you’re not alone. In the past couple of years, more and more people took an interest in blogging, as it’s one of the most affordable ways to create an online income stream.
Blogging anonymously became very popular because some people don’t want to include put real name on the internet. This is completely understandable, as the internet is not exactly the safest of places.(1)
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to create an anonymous blog. Actually, it’s even possible to create a very successful blog, to the point where you can go full time blogging without anyone knowing your real name or how you look like.
So, if you’re here to learn how to blog anonymously, you’re in the right place! By the end of this article, you will know what steps you need to implement in order to do so.
How To Start An Anonymous Blog
First of all, we need to take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of running an anonymous blog, so you can establish if it’s worth it or not.
Some people who want to start an anonymous blog do it just to tell what they think about certain subjects without risking their image.(2)
On the other hand, there are people who want to monetize their blog and quit their job in order to travel the world and spend time with their family.
Therefore, you need to understand what it actually means to start an anonymous blog.
- You are able to protect your identity
- You are able to express your opinions without the risk of losing your job
- You can monetize your blog with affiliate marketing
- If someone is dead set on finding out who you really are, they might be able to still do it (by spending a lot of time, money and energy)
- You will not be able to build genuine relationships with other bloggers
- If you don’t share your details with Google, you might be pushed down in search results. Therefore, you will have a harder time getting traffic via SEO
How To Blog Anonymously
First thing’s first, you need to get a web hosting service. I recommend Bluehost, as it’s the one I use. Also, if you want to blog anonymously, you will have a very important option that other web hosting services don’t offer.
In case you didn’t know, anyone can find out your contact information. Considering the fact that you’re here, this is not something that you want. Some random person easily finding out their address, real name and other personal information is not a pleasant thing to think about.(3)
Therefore, after you sign up for Bluehost, you need to select the “Domain Privacy Protection” option. The good part about it is that it’s cheap (only $1 per month). Meaning that you don’t need to spend a fortune in order to start an anonymous blog.
After that, you will need to provide WordPress with a name. You can choose whatever name you want, so you don’t need to worry about this.
Also, you will be able to put a picture next to your blog profile. I recommend choosing a royalty-free picture, so you don’t have problems in the future. Pexels.com is a very good and free option.
You can download whatever picture you want from their website free of charge. I suggest choosing one that looks kinda real, as you want to seem as genuine as possible for your visitors.
How To Create A Blog
The best way to start a blog is with Bluehost, as it’s very affordable, safe and fast. Just don’t forget to check the privacy protection box, as you want to create an anonymous blog.
After that, you might want to create a blogging email address, so you don’t need to use your main email address. Don’t worry about constantly checking your blog email, as nobody really does it.
In case you will want to collect email leads, than this is a different thing. Email marketing is one of the most profitable ways to make money online. I use GetResponse for most of my blogs and I’m very satisfied with it.
So, having a blog email address can be very beneficial for you. You can change your email address in your WordPress settings as shown:
Also, as mentioned above, you can use a fake name for your blog. If I were you, I would use something cool and in the same time, something that sounds like a real name.
For example, “Robin Kraft” or “Steve Tommassini”. Feel free to express your creativity and have fun. Blogging is a very fun thing to do and you should enjoy it.
Also, choose a cool photo from Pexels, as they really do have a ton of them.
Use A VPN
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a very popular way people use to protect their identity on the internet. I have a ton of friends who use VPN in order to conceal their identity while blogging.
However, I would advise you to not get a free one. You know how it is: “if something is free, then you’re the product”. The free VPN providers need to make money somehow. Therefore, there is a high chance of them selling your information to other companies.(4)
That being said, you should find a good and reliable one. Usually, these cost around $10 per month for multiple devices.
Focus on SEO
After you’ve created your anonymous blog, it’s time to get people to see your content. Remember: you want to grow your website so that you make as much money as possible.
SEO is probably the best way to bring traffic to your website, as it tends to convert really well. That’s because the people who end up on your blog were actually looking for your content. They typed a phrase in the Google search bar and your website showed up in the search results.
Also, if you get tons of traffic you will be able to monetize your blog with display ads. So your whole job will be to create content and that’s it.(5)
Once your blog starts making money with display ads and affiliate marketing, you will even be able to sell it on EmpireFlippers. Usually, these kinds of websites sell at about 40x your monthly revenue.
Meaning that if your website makes $1.000 per month (which is not that difficult to achieve), you should be able to sell it for around $40.000! It takes work, but it’s worth it.
You should use SEMrush in order to find low competition keywords and optimize my websites for SEO.