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Blogging can be a great way to earn an income.
And it isn’t as difficult as one might think. You can earn an income sharing your interests and skills online. If you have a willingness to learn and the drive to make it happen, you can have your blog up and running in no time.
You must have the passion.
Blogging is writing, it is communicating and it is social. You must have the passion to write and a passion to communicate your blog topic. The most successful blogs are written by bloggers with a passion for their blog topic.
Choose a blog topic that you are passionate about. One you can write about or talk about over and over again. Don’t choose a field that others have chosen simply because they are successful at it. Choose to share your gifts and skills with the world via blogging.
If you are an amazing cook, blog about it. If you have a background in decorating and DIY, blog about it. If you have a love for coffee, blog about it.
Now it’s time to set up your blog.
Exciting!! Once you are all set up and blogging make sure to send me a message with your blog information so I can share it with my audience. I love reading new blogs and there is always room for more voices (bloggers).
Now onto the technical stuff… but we will make real easy and step by step.
You will need to do three important things before you set up your blog:
- Choose a catchy appealing name, one your audience will remember
- Choose to go with a WordPress Genesis Theme Framework Blog
- Choose a quality hosting company such as Bluehost
I am adding a personal note in here simply because I don’t want you to fall into the blogging trap I fell into when I started. I chose a non-genesis framework when I started my blog simply because it was pretty.
I ran into so many problems with set up and plugin links and overall it was just frustrating. Once I swapped up to Genesis framework blog my pageviews and audience grew like crazy and the headaches and problems subsided.
Choose a great name, a Genesis theme and go with Bluehost hosting not because they are offering a really great hosting package (which they do). But go with Bluehost because they have a really great customer service department and technical team.
I am not technical in any way and the technical support team at Bluehost is amazing and available 24/7 they have helped me fix issues instantly. All in all Bluehost has had my blogging back. They even update you on all the new blogging regulations and give you tips and tricks to help you succeed on your blogging journey.
There are so many reasons why Bluehost is so highly recommended, here are a few:
- Their service, reliability and ease of use
- Installing WordPress is a breeze
- Technical support is available 24/7 (you can even reach them at 2am) 7 days a week
- Plans start for less than the price of a latte (super cheap)
Bluehost also offers a money back guarantee. So if you decide you don’t like blogging (which I know you will) you can cancel at anytime.
Now it is time to set up your blog!! You will need your blog name that catchy name or phrase I mentioned before and a form of payment.
Setting up your hosting account.
To get started, go to Bluehost’s home page and choose your hosting plan.
Bluehost has three hosting plans to choose from:
- The Basic Plan is perfect for people with one website and just starting up
- The Plus Plan is a great value plan with all of its unlimited options, including the option for multiple sites
- The Prime Plan is perfect for those with multiple websites and e-commerce platforms, it also has privacy options (important)
Click the plan that best suits your needs. Now it is time to choose your domain name. This is the name of your blog, the name your audience will search for you under.
Choose something you like and something easy to remember, but still a name that separates you from the masses.
Now, you will be asked for all the clerical information, your name, your address and payment.
Once you have entered all this information in you can click submit to complete your purchase.
Now that you are all signed up you can sign into your account and start installing WordPress.
Time to celebrate – you are all signed up and your blog is ready to rock and roll!
At this time you can choose your blog design and start setting it up to meet your needs and how you want the design to look.
Content is key.
Great content is the key to a great blog. You should have a list full of blog ideas that you want to write about in the beginning. After all you chose a blog niche based on a subject you are passionate about.
On those days when your a little bit stuck for inspiration, checkout this list of 101 blog post ideas.
Getting pageviews and traffic.
Once you have a few posts written and published, it is time to start drawing attention to your blog and gaining a following.
Your pageviews and your following is important because these people are your audience. They are who you are writing for.
Also later on when you are ready to monetize (make money) from your blog your pageview numbers will matter.
As a beginner blogger the best way to get your blog out there and noticed is to create a social media presence. Such as Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook.
Focusing on Search Engine Optimization or SEO is also important. Using blog post titles with keywords.
You also want to create an email newsletter so your audience can learn more about you, your blog topics and your future offers.
Time to make money.
For some bloggers, blogging is all about the hobby and having a space for their voice and ideas which is great.
For others it is about making an income so they can work from home and support their family. There are numerous ways to make money blogging. The most popular is affiliate marketing.
This when you recommend a product you use to your readers via a blog post or email newsletter and they click a link and sign up to try it.
You can learn all about affiliate marketing from Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. Michelle from Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing knows her stuff, she has earned over $500,000 in passive income.
Another great way to earn an income from blogging is from advertising networks. To join a network you need to maintain a set amount of pageviews to join. Some great networks are Mediavine, AdThrive and AdSense. Each network has their own requirements so check into each to see which is a better fit for your blog and your audience.
I know this post covered a lot of information so in review to set up your blog you need to choose a great name and sign up with Bluehost web hosting. Once your WordPress blog is all set up you need to write amazing content and share that with your audience. Build your following and build your social platforms.
Choose a monetization method that suits your needs and those of your audience. Blogging is an amazing business adventure and the avenues and options are endless.
Have an amazing day,
Saving & Simplicity