With income opportunities drying up in many countries around the world, more and more people are discovering the joy of blogging.
Even if you have a full time job starting a blog is a great idea because one day you may wish to start working from home.
Starting and running a blog can be a rewarding experience and if done correctly can result in you earning a full time income.
It’s not easy and it takes hard work and dedication but it is possible to earn $500 and much more per month from your blog.
Remember, you don’t have to do everything perfectly the first time round. Your blog is a living thing which you can be improving over time. The most important thing is to get started!
Alright, now that we have that out the way here are the 10 steps to create a blog and start making money.
1. Choose a topic to write about
A blog is basically an online magazine which has a collection of articles. As a blogger your job is to write interesting articles which help people to learn how to do things. Your blog can be about a topic which you already know about and enjoy or about a topic which you want to learn more about.
For some inspiration go online and spend some time looking at some of the blogs about topics which you are interested in. You’re actually on a blog right now!
2. Choose a domain name
A domain name is what people type in a browser to see your blog. For example right now you are on web9blog.com
You will also need a basic web hosting account for your blog.
You can register your domain and get a web hosting account by doing the following:-
- Visit https://www.hostgator.com/web-hosting
- Click buy now on the Hatchling plan
- Enter your domain name eg: sarahtheblogger.com
- Choose your billing cycle
- Enter your name, email address, physical address etc
- Deselect all of the additional services
- Scroll down and make sure the amount due is correct
- Enter your billing details then check out
If you need help with any of this please contact us.
3. Install WordPress
You’re doing well so far.
Now that you have a domain name and a web hosting account the next thing you’ll want to do is install WordPress. WordPress is the most popular and powerful blogging platform and it’s what you’ll be using to actually write and publish your articles.
Please watch the video below to learn how to install WordPress.
4. Choose a theme for your blog
A theme is the design which your blog will have. It’s important to choose a theme which will make your blog look clean and professional.
Please watch the video below to learn how to change your blog theme.
5. Write a few articles
Write and publish 3 – 5 articles on your blog.
You can use a tool like Keywords Everywhere to help you find the number of people who are searching for any particular term.
Pinterest is also another great website to get ideas for what to write about. Just search for a topic which you’re interested in and you’ll see all the suggestions at the top for topics which you can write about.
6. Get traffic to your blog
There are many ways to get visitors to your blog – Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok etc.
Don’t be afraid of creating YouTube videos, even if you don’t want to appear on camera you can still create videos with animations and slideshows which work very well.
You can get inspiration from a YouTube channel based purely on graphics and animation by clicking here.
7. Build an email list
It’s good to build a list of people who are interested in the content which you have on your blog. The steps to create an email list are as follows:-
- Create a simple but helpful PDF document which people can download when they provide their email address. This is often called a lead magnet.
- Add an opt-in form on your blog where people can enter their name and email address. You can use an email subscribe software like ConvertKit or Campaign Monitor to do this.
- Create automated emails for your subscribers which you will use to build a relationship with them.
8. Put adverts on your blog
One of the easiest ways to make money on your blog is by putting adverts in strategic places. You sign up on one of the advertising networks and they will give you a code which you can place on your blog to show adverts.
Some of the top advertising networks are:-
- Google Adsense
9. Promote other people’s products
Promoting other people’s products on your blog is called Affiliate Marketing and it is one of the best ways to make money.
You can get a list of great affiliate programs by clicking here.
Another affiliate program you can use is Amazon Associates.
10. Sell your own products and services
You don’t even need do this step. A lot of people make a lot of money on their blog from just advertising and affiliate marketing.
Creating and selling your own products does, however, increases your earnings since you’ll be making 100% of the profit instead of getting a commission.
Examples of your own product can be:-
- Printables and workbooks
- Online courses
- Services (marketing, graphic design, website design, consulting etc.)
- Physical products
Now you know the 10 steps to create a blog and start making money.
Make sure you go back and keep improving each stage of the process. You will want to keep writing more articles, promote your blog on more platforms and keep improving all aspects of your blog as time goes by.
If you need help with setting up your blog feel free to contact us.