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Have you though about it? Wondered about it? How exactly do bloggers create blogs and make an income?
The answer is real simple.
It takes some creativity, some time and a whole lot of your own unique voice. And yes it is possible to make money from home.
I am living proof! I have been blogging part time for just over 2 years now and make money from home while I take care of my family.
So if I can do it, you can too!
And you don’t need to be all technical and know code and stuff. Creating a blog is real easy. In fact, you could have one up and running today!
What do you need to start a blog?
First, you need a domain name. What are you going to call your blog? This will be your address, where you direct your viewers. (Example: This blog’s domain is www.savingandsimplicity.com)
Second, you need the WordPress platform so you can create and control your blog. This is where you will write and publish posts. This is where the creativity happens.
Third, you need your WordPress Theme, your blog design. You want your blog theme to be inviting and fit with what you are going to write about.
Fourth, you need Web Hosting, your own little place of the worldwide web. A place for your blog to call home. My blog uses SiteGround.
Which web hosting company is the best?
Honestly, every blogger will give you a different answer as there are a variety of different hosting companies out there.
I started with one hosting company and thought they were great until my pageviews (important) started dropping and the technical department gave me the run around.
So, I switched to SiteGround after a recommendation from one of my blogging mentors and I have never looked back.
I love the service and simpleness of SiteGround. If you have a question they answer it. No passing you to this department and then that department.
And blog setup was easy!
You can get everything with SiteGround. Your domain name, WordPress, your WordPress Theme and of course hosting. SiteGround is your one stop blogging shop.
Can you really make money blogging?
Yes! I make money blogging, so do lots of others. There are even six figure bloggers out there.
Some bloggers make money through affiliate marketing. Where they suggest or talk about products they love and use and in turn make a commission on the sale of goods.
Other bloggers create their own products and courses and make an amazing income in doing so.
You can also make money through sponsored posts and advertising placement on your blog.
I make a great income through an advertising network company who places advertisements on my blog.
But when it comes to making money with your blog, the sky is the limit. I have heard about people who sell art and physical products as well as courses.
If you are servicing your audience with products they need you will create an income from your blog.
Starting a blog with SiteGround.
Step One: Selecting a Hosting Plan
Head over to SiteGround and select the right hosting plan for your needs. If you are just starting a blog, go with the basic and most cost effective plan. You can always upgrade at any time.
Step Two: Choose Your Domain Name
You will need to choose your domain name. Make sure to pick a name that stands out, one your audience will remember.
Step Three: Review & Complete
Now all you need to do is review the information. Enter in your personal data and form of payment and you are ready to start blogging.
You are almost ready to start blogging…..
You have chosen your domain name and signed up for SiteGround hosting now you need to install WordPress and choose your theme.
Sign into your SiteGround account using the information you received in your introductory email. Once you sign in for the first time it will ask you if you want to start a new website.
Select start a new website and select WordPress.
Next, you will be asked to create your WordPress login information and password then hit the confirm button.
Another screen will pop up listing enhancements and other choices. Choose the options most applicable to you and hit complete setup.
You now have WordPress.
Now it is time to choose your theme.
Once you sign into your WordPress account go to Appearance > Themes and click on one of the “included” themes in your package.
Or if you are looking to purchase a new theme from a design company follow their specific installation instructions.
It’s time to get creative.
Once your theme is installed you can add all your personal touches and creativity. You can change colors, fonts and images. You can really make your blog your own.
Time to start writing.
Once you have created the foundation to your blog and have it looking the way you want you can start writing amazing content.
What do I mean by amazing content? I mean great thought provoking topics and ideas. Blog posts that solve problems and help your ideal reader.
This is where you showcase your talents and your skills. DO NOT copy a post from another blogger and present it as your own!
The key to being a successful blogger is having your own unique spin on information. Present it in a way that makes you unique and has your reader coming back for more.
Blogging is not a race. It is a journey and one that should be unique to you. Do not compare your first few months to that of a seasoned blogger. In fact do not compare yourself at all.
Write a few posts, find your voice, figure out what topics you want to write about. The more you write the better you will get and the more successful you will be.
If you are looking to take your blog beyond the beginner stage and create a money making blog I recommend taking Elite Blog Academy.
It is one course that made a huge difference in the success of my blogs and showed me the blueprint to blogging success. It is a must take.
Have a great time blogging.