WANT TO START A MONEY MAKING BLOG?
Starting a blog is a great way to create your own business and connect with others at the same time! Creating a blog is exciting and something you can feel good about. Before I started blogging I had a really good job. I was a nurse, good at what I did, worked with great people, and made a really good income.
Then I had a baby. I thought things were fine until my first day back on the job. I hated being away from my baby. I nearly quit that day, only my family liked to do things like…eat. So I had to find a way to make money from home and supplement my husband’s income.
After much research, I decided I wanted to start a blog. It seemed weird and complicated, but also fun and exciting. After a year of research and reading (because that’s just how I roll) I decided to finally do it! It has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for myself and my family.
I love blogging. I think everyone should start a blog. Yes. You should start a blog too! Blogging gives you an outlet to write about whatever sparks your passion, all while making money, and being at home. (What about this doesn’t sound awesome?)
Now, blogging is definitely not all rainbows and sunshine. It is a lot of work. You have to be dedicated, patient and willing to experiment with new things all the time. You also have to be willing to roll with the punches, because things in internet land change ALL THE TIME! It keeps it interesting at least. That all being said, it’s not as complicated as it sounds in the beginning. In time it all just starts clicking together.
You can start a blog for about $4 bucks a month through this link. My readers get 60% off of hosting through this tutorial. (There are free blogging platforms, but if you’re serious about making a profitable (meaning: money making) blog, you need a self-hosted site.) We are going to walk through the getting started process first, then get into some of the nitty-gritty of blogging.
Starting your blog
Step 1: Hosting Plan
To start your blog, click here. This will take you to the Siteground hosting page. I highly suggest Siteground as a starter hosting for new blogs. (I’m currently using Siteground, although I have had Bluehost and flywheel in the past.) Site ground is fast, reliable and more secure than other starter host packages. Plus, they have amazing support. When I had a mini-crisis and thought I lost everything on my blog, they chatted with me through the whole process (even though it was midnight) and fixed it. (I thought I was going to be heartbroken. FYI back everything up, always, all the time!)
So why site ground?
They are great. Seriously. I have never had my site go down, even when my traffic doubled their monthly allowance (In a matter of 2 days.) The one and only time my site went down, was my fault. And when it did go down that time, they fixed it for me even though it was midnight! I love their customer service. This shows they have amazing up time too!
Choose your plan
They offer 3 hosting plans to choose from.
- StartUp: This one will get you started on the most basic plan. This is good if you are testing the blogging waters. It can handle 10,000 pageviews a month (which is a lot of a new blog.) Normally they charge $9.99/month, but with this link you can get it for just under $4 a month! That’s a 60% discount.
- GrowBig: This is the plan I started with. I’m glad I did too! I went from 600 page views my first month launching, to 50,000 by month 3. (Though the plan is technically capped at 25,000 they let me stay here until I’m constantly at a much higher rate. Plus you can have multiple websites under one hosting in case you decide you want to try new things out.)
- GoGeek: This is there biggest shared hosting plan.
Step 2: Pick a domain name
Next, register your domain name. After you click here, choose your plan. Then when you click on the little box called “get started” you can register your domain name.
This is one place not to skimp on the soul-searching. You need a good domain name, one that you love. You guys will be together for the long run, so make sure it’s a goodie.
Your domain name is your website name. It’ll look like this: http://yourawesomeblogname.com.
When picking a great domain name keep these in mind:
- Keep it short and easy. You want something people can remember and type into the address bar.
- Don’t get too cute. If they do remember your domain, you don’t want to get “cute with the wording. Stick with real words.
- Use a keyword. Know what you’ll be writing about? Great! Use a great word that describes that in your blog name. This will help people find you even easier!
- No numbers, No symbols. Again, Keep it simple!
- Do a quick search. Make sure someone isn’t using it for something. You don’t want to create a website and have to change the name because it already belongs to someone elses brand.
- Don’t wait too long. Lots of people are starting websites, and if you have a great domain name in mind, lock it in!
Step 3: Review & Complete
Something else nice about Siteground, their advertised discounted price applies to any length of term you choose (which is 1,2 or 3 years.) This means if you choose to use their hosting for only a year you still get the monthly premium at the low rate. (Other hostings I’ve used you HAD to sign up for multiple years to get a discounted price, meaning a lot more money upfront.)
Step 4: Set Up WordPress
You can use this link to set up WordPress and get started with step-by-step tutorials. If you are having trouble, or it’s too much, call their support team. Or if you’re like me, and would prefer less human contact, you can chat with them! It’s why I like Siteground most. Great support! They will help get you all set up!
Step 5: Get started with WordPress
Log in to your WordPress dashboard and get started by getting acquainted with WordPress itself. It’s not as complex as it seems. Once you get used to navigating it a bit, it’s not overwhelming. Take it from someone who wanted to bang their head (repeatedly) against their desk when they first saw their dashboard menus. The learning curve goes by pretty fast!
This is a great time to break out a new binder and start keeping track of all your blogging ventures. Things like usernames and passwords. They start getting out of hand really fast if you don’t have a place to organize it all. My first month I think I had 20 different accounts all with different passwords. (Many have different requirements.)
If you need more of a walkthrough, I suggest getting this course from Suzi @ Start A Mom Blog. Suzi is phenomenal. I read her book Blog by numbers, and it was like having her walk me step by step on the whole process of setting up my blog, how to make good decisions, how to set everything up to start making money sooner than later. It’s one of the reasons I started making money so quickly. (I made $345 dollars my 3rd month after launching!)
At the very least, sign up for her FREE blog plan! It’s an amazing tool to help you see how to make money with a blog, and what steps you can take over the course of a year to set yourself up for success!