Ready to start your own blog and make money from it? You’re in the right place! From picking out a domain and getting hosting set up, to designing and monetizing your blog, we’ll be going over the basics of creating a profitable blog.
Without further ado, let’s begin!
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PICK OUT A DOMAIN NAME
Aside from pondering what you’ll be writing about on your blog, this is one of the first steps you can take to move closer to your dreams of becoming a blogger.
And yet, I see too many people get stuck here, fearing they just haven’t found that perfect domain name yet.
I can definitely understand that, but at the same time, the sooner you get your name picked out, the sooner your blog can get set up, and the sooner your journey begins!
That said, I recommend putting some sort of time limit on how long you should give yourself to think of a name.
Side note: Try not to get hung up on these first steps, and aim to take action despite any fears you might have. Keep in mind that all successful people and ventures started somewhere. This is your starting point. 🙂
CHOOSE A HOSTING PLAN & INSTALL WORDPRESS
Once you have a domain name in mind, I recommend checking out BlueHost. It’s a great option for beginners just starting out and has a lot of perks if you decide to host your blog with them.
– Affordable hosting plans (starting at $3.95/mo.)
– Mega helpful tech support 24/7
– 30-day money back guarantee
– Friendly customer service reps if a question ever pops up
– 1 click WordPress installation
– A FREE Domain
SET UP YOUR HOSTING ACCOUNT
To start, hop on over to BlueHost and click on Get Started Now.
From there you can select the plan you’d like to go with, and then either create a new domain or transfer one you already have.
Once you’ve picked out a plan, you’ll be asked to input your personal & payment information, as well as review your package details. After you’ve filled everything out, you’ll be asked to make a strong password that you can then use to log in.
With that, your hosting and domain are all set up and you can move onto installing WordPress onto your blog!
In your cPanel, click over to Mojo Marketplace and select One Click Installs.
Then click on Start A Brand New Install, type in your domain, add in some site details and information, and then you’re ready to go.
FIND THE PERFECT THEME
To find free themes from your WordPress dashboard, click on ‘Appearance ‘ > ‘Themes’ > ‘Add New’.
From there you can sort through the most popular, most recent and most favorited themes. You can also use the filter function to help pinpoint themes that include everything you’ll need for your new blog.
If you’re looking to invest in a professional and customizable blog template from the get-go, check out these sites!
Here are a few samples of the Angie Makes themes. Click on the image for more details, and to see a live demo.
PICK A MONETIZATION METHOD
Hosting ads on your blog is a topic I’ve read many differing opinions on.
On one side, you can make money from them, but on the other, you’re directing traffic to someone else’s site when an ad is clicked.
So it’s definitely a monetization option you should put a bit of thought into. I use Google Adsense and think it’s a good option if you decide you want to place ads on your site.
I’ve also heard that once your blog starts to bring in larger amounts of traffic, Media.net is another good one to consider as well.
And if you find yourself wanting to save time with putting ads up on your blog as it’s growing, check out these companies that can manage your ads for you:
One of my favorite methods at the moment. With affiliate marketing, you can promote products or services that you love/use to your readers, and if they feel like it’s a good fit for them and purchase it, you receive a small commission.
While there are numerous affiliate programs you can join, here are a few popular ones:
Side note: If you’ve taken a course or read an e-book that you loved, you could also see if the creator has an affiliate network you could join.
And there you have it! Following the steps outlined above, you should have your first blog set up and ready to make money online in less than an hour. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!