One of the first things that you need to know when starting a blog is that it is completely normal to feel overwhelmed in the beginning! Trust me, there are so many things to learn, especially when learning how to create a profitable blog. Staying consistent with your posts, you should be eager to learn and believe that finding success with blogging is not something that happens overnight, you must love what you do.
HOW DO I START A PROFITABLE BLOG?
If you’d like to monetize your blog, then you need to self-host your website. (Self-hosting means that you own your domain, and you pay a hosting site such as Siteground to host your site so that it can be viewable and ‘live’ on the Internet).
SELF-HOSTING VS. FREE HOSTING
Free hosting sites such as Tumblr do not allow you to run ads that make you money. When you pay for hosting and for your domain, you are able to run ads, provide affiliate links, run ad campaigns to make you money! Owning your own domain is crucial if you’d like to monetize your blog since most big brands will not work with you if you are using a free hosting site since it can be shut down at any time.
SELF-HOSTING HOW TO’s
Go to Siteground and choose your WordPress hosting package. I highly recommend the GrowBig package for just $2 more than the StartUp package, you get double the web space and visitor capacity. The StartUp package is good, but it is limited to only 10GB webspace and 10,000 monthly visits.
GrowBig gives you the ability to host multiple websites which will be a big time and money saver if you want to run multiple money-making niche sites.
Here are the plans that Siteground offers:
Select the package that is right for you and then choose ‘Get a new hosting account.’ Then select either ‘Register a new domain’ or ‘I already have a domain’ if you want to transfer an existing domain.
If you are starting a new blog with a new domain, enter the domain name you want for your blog instead – and make sure you spell it correctly, it can’t be changed later!
Next step, you can enter your account and payment information, along with selecting additional products. I highly recommend that you purchase private domain hosting because this will protect your personal information.
Once you have paid, you will get a notification that your account has been successfully created! Now you can proceed to the Customer Area where you will be able to choose a username and password for accessing your Siteground dashboard and CPanel.
Congratulations, your account has been created!
1. If you already have a website with another host, and you just need to move it to Siteground, the following steps will help you:
Once you are logged in to your new Siteground dashboard choose ‘support’ and then open a ticket to request to have your website transferred to the new host. A Siteground support rep will transfer your website free of charge.
Keep in mind that this can take up to 24 hours. You can skip the ‘option 2’ steps below, but scroll down to where I have listed the ‘tasks’ that you will need to do once your website transfer is complete.
2. If you are starting a completely new website with a new domain, the following steps will be useful:
When you are logged into the Siteground Customer Area, you will see a popup asking you if you want to have WordPress preinstalled on your account. Yes, you do! Select that option and click on the ‘Proceed’ button.
The next page consists of two parts. In the first one, enter the login information for your new WordPress application: ‘Application’ is your blog.
Next, you can scroll down and pick one of the free WordPress themes available in the Wizard and click on the ‘submit’ button once again. You can always change your theme at a later time.
Congratulations! You now have a self-hosted WordPress website that is ready to be monetized!
You can access your WordPress dashboard and work on your blog anytime by going to http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin
A FEW THINGS TO COMPLETE BEFORE MONETIZING YOUR BLOG
#1 Change the permalink structure in WordPress to ‘post name’.
#2 Set up Google Analytics
#3 Install useful plugins for free such as Yoast, JetPack, W3 Total Cache, Pinterest Pin It Button
CREATE AS MUCH CONTENT AS YOU CAN!
My advice is to start creating content and to stay consistent! Publish at least 3-5 posts a week if this is something you take seriously and would like to see results.
In addition to creating content, provide readers a photo of yourself and an ‘about me’ and a ‘contact’ section on your site so that they get an idea of who you are!
MONETIZE YOUR BLOG!
Sign up for Share a Sale so that you can team up with brands and become an affiliate member.
Start applying for high paying affiliate programs that can be found online if you search for them!
Congratulations on starting your blogging journey!
Wishing you all the best, Yvonne K.