I’m excited to finally share with you all how I’ve been working full-time at home. I started blogging full-time one year ago, and now make a steady 5k a month from it.
This job has to lead me to so much happiness, a flexible schedule where I get to work when I’m the most inspired and has allowed me to travel the world.
I’ve managed to double, and almost triple my income the past several months, which is why blogging is so awesome. At a regular job, I would get a raise once a year, but with blogging, I get constant raises from my hard work.
A lot of people aren’t sure where to start when it comes to blogging. Creating a blog is much easier than you think, so don’t feel intimidated by it! 🙂
I’m going to create a step by step tutorial in the easiest way possible. I’ll be covering topics that I wish I would’ve known when I started blogging.
First off, I want to let you know that it is possible to make money blogging, even if you are just starting out on your blog. I have many online friends that have just started blogging and are already developing an audience and income. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be 23 and working for myself, making an income that I never expected to make in my life.
Why you should NOT get a “free blog” (you must go self-hosted if you want to make a real income off of your blog)
- You’ll have less say on your blog. You’re limited to very few options with a free blog as far as upgrading your blog and using plugins.
- Your domain name will look ugly (ex. www.FITnancials.blogspot.com).
- Difficult to make income off your blog as advertising is limited.
You do NOT need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars starting out as a new blogger. It’s actually really affordable, and I’ll break it all down below.
- How I Made $5,047 in August 2017 From Blogging
- 6 Educational Tools That Helped Me Become A Full-Time Blogger
- 5 Things I Did That Exploded My Traffic From Pinterest
How To Start A Blog From Scratch
1. Create and register a domain
You’ll want to get started by creating a domain for your platform.
A domain is the address people will go to when they go on your blog. My domain name is FITnancials.
Brainstorm names that aren’t crazy long, and or have words that sound like other words. I think it’s best to make your domain name clever and clear as people can easily search it.
I’ve been hosted by different hostings and SiteGround by far has the best features. If you’re in any blogging groups, you already know by now that Siteground has become the new favorite by many bloggers. Siteground has an awesome support team that can be reached 24/7, highly dependable fast speed, and amazing security that will keep you protected.
2. Choose a host for your blog
Creating a WordPress blog on SiteGround can be done with ease. If you’re in any blogging groups, you probably know by now that almost everyone is switching to Siteground. I’ve never heard of anyone complain about Siteground, but I hear countless complaints from other hosts. Several of my online blogging friends have had their websites completely shut down on other hosting companies. You do NOT want that to happen.
There are 3 different hosting plans available on SiteGround, and I will cover all 3 below. However, I think a beginner would do well with the StartUp plan (cheapest). If you feel the need to level up later on in your blogging career, you can.
3. Install WordPress
Siteground makes it really easy to install WordPress. Their support team is ready to install WordPress for you at no cost. All you have to do is contact them using the huge “Our Support” tab on Siteground.
4. Find a theme
Your theme is what your website will look like when someone visits your blog. I had my theme professional designed by someone, but when I first started out, all I did was upload a paid theme, and it was super easy and affordable.
There are tons of affordable and creative themes through Boutique Web Design Studios.
Once you choose your theme, you’ll want to follow the steps below. (Steps numbered in photos below).
1. Go to appearance.
2. Click Add New.
3. Click upload theme.
4. Upload .zip file. You will receive this when you buy your theme.
a) You will get a download as soon as your payment is cleared. Save the download and then UNZIP the folder.
b) Open “Install Instructions’ doc. Follow the steps for easy download. 🙂
5. Then you’ll click “Activate”.
5. You’re ready to get started!
Unfortunately, you can’t go to college for blogging. However, there are tons of AMAZING courses out there that will tell you everything you need to know about blogging. Included is a link below that shares the exact courses I recommend (and I’ve taken more than anyone I know, so I only tell you the best).
- 6 Blogging Courses That Helped Me Become A Full-Time Blogger
- How I Made $5,047 From Blogging in August
If you’re a completely new blogger, I highly recommend The Blogging Blueprint. I’m not kidding when I say it will tell you every single thing you need to know as a beginner blogger.
Tips for a beginner blogger:
- Don’t talk about yourself all the time. This is a huge regret of mine and I did it for many years. The truth is people want to know how they can make their life better. Write about topics that will improve someone else’s life, and mix in a little of your own life at times, too.
- Post consistently on your blog. Don’t expect readers to check back on your posts if you are writing once every few weeks or months.
- Start an email list early. Create free resources for your readers to sign up for your email.
- Break up paragraphs that are longer than 5 sentences.
- Be active on other social media channels. My favorites are in this order: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Google+.
- Start Pinterest NOW if you aren’t already.
See? That wasn’t so bad! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or SiteGround for help.
Are you interested in starting a blog? What other questions do you have related to blogging?
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