B2B BLOGGER &
WEB CONTENT WRITER
Setting up your first blog is easy and quick!
Hi Beginner Blogger,
I wrote this tutorial to show you how to start your blog from scratch within minutes. To avoid losing track of your progress, all of the links in this post will open in a new window. It will also help if you save this page in your browser’s favorites folder to continue working on your blog setup later!
HOW TO MAKE MONEY BLOGGING: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
My step-by-step instructions will take less than 20 minutes to read and less than an hour to complete. If you want to make money blogging, a writing platform is crucial to have. So, I recommend that you follow each step as written to build your blog without issues.
Here’s what I will cover:
Deciding on a niche for your blog
Choosing a domain name
Creating a web hosting account
Creating a blog design
Earning money through blogging
WHAT IS A BLOG, AND HOW DO I BUILD ONE?
Before we get started, let's discuss the definition of a blog and its purpose:
A blog is a regularly updated website containing articles (better known as posts) about a specific topic. For example, She’s a Blogger is a blog dedicated entirely to blogging. You can establish a blog on travel, cooking, home&garden, and lifestyle.
Your blog niche is the subject of your blog.
While some people blog to share personal events in their lives or their favorite hobbies, niche blogging is ideal for earning money. I'll discuss the top four methods many other bloggers use to make money at the end of this guide.
So, are you ready to start building your blog? Good, then let’s go!
STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR BLOGGING NICHE
A specific niche is less critical if you're blogging for enjoyment or hobbies. However, a specialty is ideal if you want to earn a sizable income. One trick is to select a topic that you enjoy or is your passion that you have significant knowledge to write about at length.
Choose another topic if you aren’t motivated to write about your selected topic.
The most popular blogging themes are lifestyle, finance, beauty, health, travel, and business. However, narrowing down your niche can avoid confusion and stress. For example, a travel blog on planning an exciting vacation or a startup blog about establishing your own wedding photography business are popular specialties.
My point is to choose one and OWN it!
Don't worry if you're having trouble picking a niche. You can begin writing about your interests, and later, you can narrow or shift your focus to find out what works best for you.
STEP 2: CHOOSE A UNIQUE DOMAIN NAME
Now, it's time to choose a domain name, which is the web address for your blog platform.
Here are several factors to consider when deciding on a domain:
Ensure that your name is simple to pronounce and memorable. Avoid misspellings, numbers, or special characters such as hyphens in your domain name. These factors will make it challenging for website visitors to remember your web address.
Choose the .com (meaning ‘commercial’) extension for your domain. Extensions such as .net or .co are less common and more complex to remember. They also lack the same security as .com and are challenging to monetize.
Relate your blog name to your niche. People will immediately understand the goal of your site if you use this strategy. For example, a food blog is suitable if you're a chef. On the other hand, consider blogging about road trips or your experiences visiting other countries and adding photos if you're a traveler. Get it?
Use your real name. If you're having trouble coming up with a unique title for your blog, consider using your first and last name or even a pen name as a safer choice.
Don't stress finding a domain name that pops. Once you get started, the name you choose is likely to grow, and your visitors will learn to associate it with you.
If you can't think of a domain name right now, you can still create your blog and then return to choose one.
STEP 3: CREATE A WEB HOSTING ACCOUNT
Since you are a beginner blogger and have little or no experience, it would be best to have a managed blog to make money. You own all of your content and control your blog with some help from the host administrators.
Even if you aren’t a technical individual, setting up web hosting and your domain name is straightforward and takes only a few minutes. The best part is that you don’t have to know advanced code, or rely on an expert, to make your blog functional and responsive unless you choose to do so.
First, you must select a web host.
SiteGround is the web hosting company I currently use, trust, and recommend.
Here are some of the reasons why I've been a long-time SiteGround user:
Their server is as fast as lightning, allowing websites and pages to load within milliseconds.
They offer some of the most cost-effective web hosting plans available.
You'll never have to worry about your blog crashing, going down, or loading slowly because of their reliable service.
They are popular among several successful writing professionals and bloggers I have met throughout my journey as a writer.
1. CLICK THE “LEARN MORE” BUTTON ON THE "BUILD A WEBSITE" OPTION HERE 👈
Read the details about the hosting plans carefully to avoid making the wrong choice. As you will see, the prices of all three options range from low to high, depending on the features and services.
2. SELECT YOUR PREFERRED HOSTING PLAN
Can’t decide which plan you want? Well, I recommend the Startup package.
Not only do I use the same plan, but I also manage all of my work in one space. Therefore, I get the tools I need for an affordable price. Since you're starting out, one blog is enough to focus on growing your exposure and maximizing your revenue.
3. TYPE IN YOUR DOMAIN NAME
You'll use the domain name you created earlier in this article.
4. CREATE YOUR HOSTING ACCOUNT
Your hosting account will be your identity on the Siteground platform. Just add your name, address, and other information required for your login and payment method.
5. CHOOSE YOUR PLAN
I recommend the 12-month plan. On the other hand, you can also choose a 24-month or 36-month plan, which will cost more money. If you discover that you dislike Siteground but have an extended hosting package, you would have to wait two to three years until it expires.
So, the yearly plan is ideal. It allows you enough time to decide if you want to continue using the platform, or refuse to renew the service, at the end of your hosting period.
What about additional package options? You have the choice to add on extra services such as domain privacy and the site scanner to receive hacking notifications and warnings about suspicious codes on your blog.
6. CONGRATS, YOU NOW HAVE A SITEGROUND ACCOUNT!
Now you're ready to work! Siteground will install WordPress for you automatically.
What is WordPress? WordPress is the content management system that will power your blog. Your dashboard is where you can customize the appearance of your blog, publish posts, and upload images. Even if you're a complete amateur, it's simple to maintain.
STEP 4: NOW, START CUSTOMIZING YOUR BLOG
When you initially log into your WordPress dashboard, you'll see a prompt to choose a theme for your blog. Most free default themes are more suitable for corporations than bloggers. Furthermore, using a premium theme rather than a basic theme will make your site appear more professional.
Here are the benefits you get when you pay for a premium blog theme:
It includes step-by-step instructions for installation.
The theme developer will provide you with customer support for a small additional price over a specific period.
It has essential features such as a mobile-friendly design and customization capabilities.
Your blog will appear more attractive and professional to your visitors.
If you're currently budgeting and trying to save money, you can always start with one of the free themes and upgrade later!
Ready to install your theme? Let’s go!
Navigate to Appearance > Themes in the WordPress dashboard's left-hand menu:
After uploading your theme, click "Activate" to view it on your blog.
Now, you're on your way to creating your first blog post! For beginner bloggers, I recommend posting up to five blog entries and then working on growing your readership.
STEP 5: EARN A PASSIVE INCOME BLOGGING!
You can immediately monetize your blog after the setup. Many bloggers believe they have to create up to 50 posts until their blog is eligible for monetization, which is false. However, some beginners have earned money within their first month of blogging. Therefore, waiting is unnecessary.
Here are three of the most lucrative methods to make money as a beginner blogger:
Becoming an Advertiser: Advertising is a great way to make money blogging. Ad networks place ads on your blog and pay you based on views.
Selling Digital products: Many bloggers spend time creating their own custom products to sell, such as digital eBooks or online courses. The method is popular among writers and also lucrative.
Getting into Affiliate Marketing: Becoming an affiliate is one of the easiest ways to earn a passive income. The process involves promoting a product on your blog and receiving a commission from each purchase through your unique affiliate link.
As you can see, starting a blog is simple! On the other hand, you will have to put in a lot of time and work if you want to make money. While blogging isn't a way to earn money quickly, the results will blow your mind if you dedicate yourself to leveling up.