Creating your blog is the easiest part. Sticking with your blog and growing it into your own empire is the hard part. Stick around with me and I will help you start your own blogging empire.
First things first, you need to start and set up your blog. This post will explain the steps involved in setting up your own blog.
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How To Start a Money Making Blog For Beginners
There are seven major steps to creating a blog:
- Deciding what you want to blog about/ Niche
- Choosing a name
- purchasing a domain
- hosting your domain
- installing WordPress
- choosing a theme
- writing your first blog post
Picking Your Niche
This is one of the most important steps in starting a blog! Deciding what you want to talk about!
You can LITERALLY start a blog and write about anything you want, but this isn’t always the best idea. It will be much easier to build a following and monetize your blog with certain niches, that resonate well with more people than it will be with other topics.
For instance, growing a blog about your tin can collection is going to be much harder to grow than a blog on parenting.
WHY? Because there are more parents than tin can collectors. Making it easier to reach your target audience. Which means there are more people to reach to build your following and more people to reach to sell your products to.
When deciding what to write about, you will want to think about what you are passionate about, what you could spend a lot of time talking about, something that interests you. If you decide on a niche that you have no interest in, you are going to lose focus very quickly and not enjoy writing and creating your blog.
Yes, your ultimate goal is to build a blog that makes you money and allows you to quit your job and work from anywhere in the world. But picking something based on money over passion will lead you to burn out very quickly.
Here are some popular topics that are easy to grow a following for:
Do you love helping other parents, have a lot of tips for moms to be? This could be a great niche for you to write about.
My first website was a parenting blog Momming Adventures.
The great thing about a lifestyle blog is you can write about multiple topics. Such as home decor, gardening, crafts, the list can go on.
So if you are passionate about a couple different topics this could be a perfect niche for you.
Are you a fashionista? Enjoy shopping and helping your friend with their wardrobe? Then this can be a great area for you to blog about!
Fitness fanatic? Love to run or do yoga. Start a fitness blog, helping others get into shape just like you!
If talking about money is your thing, maybe you’re good at budgeting. Why not help others learn to control their finances as well.
Choosing a Name
Now that you know your niche, you need to come up with a name for your blog.
For some, this is the hardest part of starting a blog. Many get hung up on this part and it takes them weeks to decide on a name. Don’t be that person. This does not need to be hard or a long process.
Think about your target audience. Who are you writing to, what is your niche about? What are you trying to say with your brand? Now what words come to mind? Write them down.
Try using a thesaurus to come up with different words, mix and match words, or combine them to make new words.
For this blog, I used a bit of wordplay to include my name into my blog name — I was trying to be punny; MEGnificent Musings. Clever? Yeah? At least I thought it was!
Check out other blogs for inspiration if you’re having trouble, or you can even use your own name.
Once you come up with a name, make sure that the social media accounts for it are available and that your domain name is available.
It is a good idea to create an account on all the popular social media platforms. Even if you are unsure if you will ever use that social media account, because I one day down the road you decide to and now your name is taken, you won’t be too impressed!
Whew, now that picking your name is out of the way, it is time to purchase your domain name!
purchasing a domain name is reliably cheap. Usually around $10 for the year. NameCheap is always running sales and promotions so check them out to get your domain name for even cheaper.
I personally use NameCheap to purchase all my domains. Their platform is easy to use and I never had a problem with them in the 4 years I have been using them.
Side note: when you purchase hosting for your blog, the host usually offers a free domain name registration for the year. This is a decent idea if you want to keep the cost low. I, however, prefer to keep my hosting account and domain name registrations separate.
WHY? Because let’s say you sign up for a host and you get a free domain name. What if you decide you do not like that hosting company and want to switch? Well, you will now get charged for your domain name. And they generally charge more than a separate domain registration company.
Therefore personally I recommend using a separate domain registration company like NameCheap.
A web host is used to host your website, where your website lives, making it available for all the world to see.
There are plenty of web host to choose from, which can make this a daunting task.
I’ve personally used SiteGround, GreenGeeks, and HostGator. And out of these three, I can tell you do not waste your time as I did. I 100% recommend SiteGround. Their uptime is 99%, their customer support is fantastic, as well as their technical support. Love Love Love this hosting company.
SiteGrounds hosting plans for the year start as low as $3.95/month. Their plans to increase in price after the first year, as does any hosting company. I recommend purchasing 2 or 3 years right from the start. This is the cheapest option in the long run!
WordPress is the platform you use to create all your blog post.
Now that you have a hosting company. Head over to your cPanel and use the one-click install to install your WordPress site.
Set up your WordPress login and Password and you are almost finished setting up your blog!
Once you have WordPress installed you will need to pick a theme. A theme is used to make your website design. The style part of the site!
There are a lot of free options in the WordPress themes section. But with free designs comes limitations, like support and customization.
I used The Genesis Framework by StudioPress. Once you have The Genesis Framework there are over 50,000 themes to choose from. You can purchase a theme through StudioPress or you can purchase a compatible theme on Etsy.
StudioPress offers excellent support for all of their themes. Making it easy to customize your website.
Time to Write
You are done! Now you have your blog set up and you are ready to start writing your first post!
Get writing and LAUNCH that blog!