Ever wanted to earn money while doing and talking about the things you love? How about making income during your sleep? Starting on a blog would be your best option. However, making a blog can be intimidating and overwhelming, especially if you’re starting from scratch.
Don’t worry, I’ve been there and done all that. After countless excuses and long hours of research, I finally followed my guts and launched a blog. Read my reasons here.
To save you the time and stress, I have outlined and explained a step-by-step beginner’s guide on how to start a blog and make money today. Yes, right this moment. The more you delay, the more you lose chances and opportunities. Take my word on this one because I’ve been there, too.
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1. Ask yourself this: Why do I want to blog?
If you want IMMEDIATE money like, let’s say, within a week or a month, then you might want to rethink this one. Blogging takes time and energy. Treat this as your business – and in every business, you need to give it an ample amount of time and effort to boom.
So with that said, if you want to write and make money while readying yourself to put in that needed enthusiasm, then I suggest you make a blog right away.
2. Think of Long-Term Plans
Do you want to sell your product or services on your website? Do you want to quit your 9-5 job and make this your full-time job? Do you want to get sponsored by travel agencies or your favorite beauty brands? Do you want it to be a motivational platform?
Planning out future goals for your blog is a great factor to keep you motivated to really work on your blog.
3. Pick a “niche”
Avoid draining your creative juices because you hate what you are writing. Pick a niche or a topic that you have expertise in or at least passion for. Think about what you want your blog to revolve around in. You’re gonna be doing this for most of your time so might as well focus on something you enjoy.
There are countless topics you can dabble into but some of the most profitable blogging niches are:
- Lifestyle & Travel
- Beauty and Fashion
- Finance / Budgeting
- Health & Fitness
You can cover a multi-niche like me (lifestyle, career, self-help, blogging) or opt for a more focused niche like budget-friendly travel, organic recipe blog, DIY home decors, pet care, and more. The sky’s the limit!
Write about things you love and believe in and your readers will stay engaged and will continue placing trust in your words.
4. Come up with your business (domain) name
Here’s the time where you think about your blog identity. What do you want to portray? Make sure your readers know what they will expect on your blog the second they go on it. Your domain name can either be a play of your real name. Heck, it can even just be your name, plain and simple. Thinking of a domain name will be fairly easy if you already have a niche or goal in mind.
For example, in my case, I love inspiring people through storytelling + the first letter of my name starts with letter K, hence, Kronicles.
5. Choose a reliable web hosting
If there’s one thing you should invest in, it’s a web hosting. Getting self-hosted means you have all the freedom and rights to your content and earnings.
To explain it more clearly, there’s hosted and there’s self-hosted. Hosted platforms include free blogging websites such as Blogger, Wix, etc., meaning that that platform handles all the updates for you while giving you restrictions and guidelines you should follow. Oh, and the revenue from the ads you see on your blog won’t be yours – it will be theirs.
On the other hand, getting self-hosted means you get to have full freedom to design and create all the content and visuals you desire; you just need a hosting company to help you store and take care of all your hard work. This is where Siteground comes in.
Siteground’s hosting plan starts at a special price $3.95 month if you sign up through my link here. With that price, you already get the essential features you need to start your online business: a domain name, your chosen platform hosting (I use the WordPress hosting because it’s really beginner friendly), business email address, and more!
Another thing is Siteground’s customer service is very swift and helpful. I had a problem once in moving my business email to Gmail and they replied within a minute!
Here’s a guide on how to get self-hosted through Siteground. It really isn’t complicated!
A. Choose your hosting plan
Siteground offers three types of hosting plans: StartUp, GrowBig, GoGeek
- The StartUp plan is perfect for people with one website that are starting now (the one I’m subscribed in)
- The GrowBig plan is a great value for money offer, including the option for multiple websites and improved website speed
- The GoGeek plan is perfect for people with e-commerce and larger sites, or more geeky development needs
B. Choose your domain
You can choose to buy a new domain, or sign up with an existing domain. Again, think of a name that identifies you and your blog/business. Siteground will tell you if your chosen domain name is available or already taken.
C. Review and Complete
Make use of the discounted price for a year along with other extra services they provide.
And you’re done! You now own a website! I know there are a lot cheaper hosting companies out there but trust me, I already did my extensive research and most bloggers found difficulties and some problems with other hosting companies and have all moved to Siteground. So I’d say go start with the best already!
Sign up here.
6. Choose your website theme
Humans are visual creatures, hence, your blog needs to be visually pleasing. Don’t choose website themes that are crowded with designs and graphics. Choose a theme that is user-friendly, clean and professional-looking, easy to navigate, and optimized for mobile use. Keep in mind to also choose themes that have spaces for ad banners if you want to add them in the future.
7. Write an About page
Introduce yourself and your blog. State your purpose and what you aim to deliver to your readers. Here’s your chance to let your readers get a glimpse of who you are. Be welcoming, add some wit and sarcasm, or share your struggles and accomplishments. Stay real and just be you.
8. Install all the blogging resources you need
Keep your blogging experience seamless and hassle-free with the must-have blogging resources for beginners. This includes an anti-spam plugin, ad inserter plugin, grammar checker, and more! Check here for the full list of blogging resources you need.
9. Create a content plan and start writing
It is now time to start the work. Usually, it is recommended to write at least 10 posts before you officially “launch” your blog to the public and start promoting it. Having a certain amount of published posts can help you retain readers as they have more stuff and articles they can go through.
For topic ideas, I do suggest you have a content plan to keep your ideas organized. I use Google Sheets which is free and easy to use.
10. Market and promote
Well-known, successful bloggers suggest you follow the 80/20 rule. This means you spend 20% of your time and energy to create content, and the 80% to promote it. Because honestly, what’s the point of writing all these amazing content if no one will read and appreciate it? As a blogging beginner, Pinterest is going to be your best friend. It’s free and serves as a search engine for users on the web.
Bloggers gain almost 100,000+ monthly views from promoting their blog posts on Pinterest alone! Just sign up for a Pinterest business account, make visually appealing, vertical pins for your blogs with catchy titles, upload it on Pinterest, and wait for your traffic to grow.
There are a lot of Pinterest courses available but I highly recommend Pinteresting Strategies from Carly (mommyonpurpose.com) and Pinterest SEO Traffic Secrets by Anastasia (anastasiablogger.com) which I’m currently enrolled in.
These Pinterest courses are already doing wonders to my blog and I haven’t even finished all the chapters yet!
Be it a side hustle or something you want to focus on full-time, diving into the world of blogging can reward you with so much once you put your heart on it.
I can’t wait for you to start your journey! The finish line is just around the corner – you only need to start with a few first steps.