How to start a Blog and make money using WordPress

How to start a Blog and make money using WordPress

Yes, I know that I already have a post on How to start a Blog and make money using WordPress but I wanted to go into it in more detail in this post. My previous post goes into what to do before you buy hosting and then who to buy hosting off obviously my choice is Siteground.

(If this post contains affiliate links please see our full disclosure policy although I have to say I tried really hard to make it interesting and even I struggled to write it so if you really must read it you can find it here)

Can you make money blogging on WordPress?

Absolutely you can make money with a blog if you don’t believe me then check out my most recent post on how I earned my over $100 with my blog.

I want to qualify that by saying making money with a blog is not a FAST option it can take time to build up an audience, email list and social media presence so it may be more than 6 months before you receive your first payouts.

How to Start a WordPress Blog & Make Money as a New Blogger

You absolutely have to start with your own Domain and Web hosting.

Otherwise, it will be really difficult to make money.  If you have been humming and hawing about starting a blog I really recommend it! Don’t be like me I started two blogs in 2010 in Google sites ( free websites) they were terrible you can’t see them and after a month I gave up I had no idea what to do!

Starting off with your own Domain and hosting means you can monetise your blog with Affiliate links and your own products you can not do this with a Free website. Don’t make the same mistake I did start the right way!

I recommend Siteground check out their startup plan today using this link.

Why:

  • Faster sites using SSD storage for any plan with Siteground, built in caching with each plan ( basically once the website page loads on a device it is stored again for future loading more quickly), load faster anywhere in the world and latest technology for the network protocols which means again faster loading.
  • Their own website hosting security solutions including secure account isolation on shared hosting
  • Fast help when you need it – tickets reply within 10 minutes, Live chat instant reply 24/7 this is a fabulous service and have sorted out any issues I have had! and Phone 24/7 instant reply.

Not to mention they are very Cost effective when you are starting out check out their current prices today for under $4 per month

If your curious (or in a hurry ) to find out what Plan is best then check it out here:

Check out which Plan to choose today
☑️ Start your own Blog today using option WordPress hosting

 

It’s an excellent choice for a beginner Blogger just check out the reviews BEST of all it’s under $4 per month on the startup plan. If you find it under $4 then its a bargain so grab it.

How to start earning money from my WordPress blog

Great stuff you have bought your hosting?

If you haven’t then Siteground is what I use and how I have managed to earn over $100 with my blog so far check them out today.

If your curious (or in a hurry ) to find out what Plan is best then check it out here:

Check out which Plan to choose today
☑️ Start your own Blog today using option WordPress hosting

 

Firstly when you buy your hosting you have the option of either going with hosting company for a domain name or buying your domain name separately.

My advice would be to find out what is going to be cheaper in the long run. If you buy your domain name with your hosting company or separately sometimes you can get good deals for a longer term.

I have my domain for three years and it cost me around $40.



If your looking for more information on starting your own blog then check out these posts.

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Picking your domain name

Well first make sure you pick a name you can live with!

Make it short and make it easy to spell most importantly because if you don’t people will potential misspell your website address and not find you.

If you go to Siteground you can check if your chosen name is available by plugging into their domain checker.

If it’s available then you can buy it along with hosting from Siteground if that’s the way you want to go search around, for instance, Name cheap would be $7.98 per year for smartpenniescrafts.com or Godaddy is $0.99 but renewal is $14.99 around the same price the longer you can buy the domain for the cheaper it will be in the long run.

Hosting is available from $3.95 per month along with domain purchase which will be a similar price it all depends on the name you choose.

Also if you can wait till there is deals say on black Friday then you can get it when it’s on special offer too saving you even more money.

Try and consider something which will not restrict you in the future.

To give you an example from the home decor niche.

www.allthingshomedecor.com

Would be better than

www.countryhousedecor.com

If you go with the second one you will be restricted to writing about just country house decor. But if you go with the first one allthingshomedecor you can write about any kind of home decor stuff.

Pick your Hosting plan and set up WordPress

Now that you have picked your domain it’s time to pick your plan.

Don’t forget the reason you need to have hosting is you want your own website not to be on WordPress.com.

If you want to self-host it will not be free, unfortunately.

First Choose your Plan on Siteground:

Web Hosting

There are 3 to choose from I suggest starting off with Startup that’s all you really need to start off with.

If you decide to go with a domain name via Siteground or transfer over your existing site then via Growbig and Gogeek you get free website transfers too.

Now it’s just a question of finishing up so also don’t forget that Unlike many other hosting providers the advertised discount applies to any of the initial periods chosen during the sign-up process that includes just the one year option.

If you are still not sure what to do then contact the team at Siteground they will be able to help you set up in no time especially if you need to transfer from an existing web hosting company they can help you out with this too.

You will be presented with a login page like this:

How to start a Blog and make money using WordPress from picking your domain names, picking hosting, and your WordPress theme.

Please, Please please whatever you do – DO NOT use the following as your username:

  • Your email listed on your contact page
  • Your name
  • I wouldn’t even use my private email

Pick a username that:

  1. You will remember and
  2. Will not be easy to guess

Ultimately why make it easy for Hackers to gain access to your website!

Make sure you also have a security plugin once you get started as well!

For instance I use Sucuri  free plugin them out if you want to find out more they are free to add to your WordPress site.

You will be confronted by your dashboard like this:

How to start a Blog and make money using WordPress from picking your domain names, picking hosting, and your WordPress theme.

 

Don’t be alarmed!

You can do this!

Mine will not look exactly like yours at this stage as I have my plugins already set up and you can see how to do it in one of my next posts.

Once you get the hang of things it will be so much easier believe me don’t worry.

So next we need to talk about what your website will look like.

You will have a default theme on there with things like Hello world on the front page just click on your website name at the top left of the dashboard to visit your website to see.

Start your blog today don’t wait like I did for 10 years before starting a Self-hosted website start yours today with Siteground.

 

Web Hosting

 

Next up is picking your Themes- FREE VS PAID what should you do?

Find out about themes with this post

Create a stunning website

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