How To Start A Blog: Simple Steps To Set Up A Website Correctly So You Can Make Money Blogging! In Under 10 Minutes!
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WHAT IS THE FIRST THING AN ASPIRING BLOGGER NEEDS TO KNOW?
The first thing you need to know when starting a blog is that it is completely normal to feel overwhelmed in the beginning! There are so many things to learn, especially when learning how to create a profitable blog – but don’t give up! Do a little each day, vow to never stop learning and believe that you CAN DO IT. I’m here to help you. I have tutorials for every step of the way, from how to blog, how to make money blogging and how to grow your network with social media – but first things first, we need to get your blog set up, and set up correctly so that it is capable of being monetized. I am going to show you exactly how to start your monetizable blog in this tutorial, and it will only take a few minutes! So let’s get at ‘er shall we?!
WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP IN STARTING A MONEY MAKING BLOG?
The first step in starting a money making blog is you need to self-host.
WHAT IS SELF HOSTING?
Self-hosting is when you own your own domain, and you pay a company such as SiteGround or many others to allow your site to be viewable and ‘live’ on the Internet. Paying for this means that you own your website and all of your content – which is extremely important if you want to make money blogging. Self-hosting means that you do not use a free host (such as Blogger, Tumblr).
WHY DO I NEED TO SELF-HOST? WHY CAN’T I USE A FREE HOST?
When you pay for your hosting and own your domain, you can monetize your blog, meaning you can run ads, join affiliate programs, work with big brands and even add an eCommerce cart/shopping functionality. Free sites like Tumblr don’t allow ads, and advertisers often won’t work with non-self-hosted bloggers. Because when you use a free host, you don’t own your website or content, the free host owns it and can shut you out whenever they please.
FREE SITES ARE NOT ACTUALLY ‘FREE,’ BECAUSE THEY LIMIT YOUR ABILITY TO EARN AN INCOME, LITERALLY STOPPING YOU FROM MAKING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS A YEAR OR MONTH!
For example, I launched a new niche blog recently and paid for a year of hosting, which was about $72 for the year. So on day one, I was out $72, but owning my blog allowed me to monetize it, and that first month I made $1,200! So although I paid $72 to start it, it allowed me to earn $1,200. If I hadn’t self-hosted I wouldn’t have been able to monetize my blog and would have made exactly ZERO that first month.
This is why it is recommended that anyone who is wanting to take their blog seriously and intending to make money with it, purchase their hosting/domain with a reputable host, and run their blog on WordPress.org (not WordPress.com). I will show you exactly how to do this now so that your blog can be up and running and ready to monetize today!
GOOD NEWS: SELF-HOSTING IS ACTUALLY AFFORDABLE!
You don’t have to spend much to get high-quality professional hosting for your site! There are many great options for hosting plans available (I have written about my top 8) but my number #1 choice is Siteground, which we will be talking about and doing a step-by-step walkthrough in this tutorial. With SiteGround you will get free WordPress.org hosting, and a ton of web space. I love Siteground because of the incredible amount of value they provide, at such an affordable price. When you sign up with my link you get 60% off all packages, making the starter plan just $3.95 per month!
HOW TO START A BLOG: HOW TO SET UP HOSTING ON SITEGROUND AND INSTALL WORDPRESS
In this video, I will show you how to set up hosting with Siteground and install WordPress.org. I also detail this tutorial in text below.
This video is a lecture that is included in my training course: BlogBoss! Profitable Blog From The Start. This course covers everything you need to know to create, run, market and monetize a blog. I cover affiliate marketing, sales funnels, list building, literally everything for the business of blogging. Sign up for the class here.
TEXT VERSION OF TUTORIAL
SET UP HOSTING & REGISTER DOMAIN NAME
Go to: Siteground and choose your WordPress hosting package. That link will take you directly to the WordPress hosting area, and will give you my discounted pricing options at 60% off the regular price. I recommend the GrowBig package as 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 at only 10GB webspace and 10,000 monthly visits. 10,000 monthly visits may seem like a lot to you now, but if you follow any of my blog traffic guides you will find that your monthly visits number will be well above that cap. I had 10,000 monthly visitors just 6 weeks after launching my new blog, so it’s definitely better to choose the GrowBig package. GrowBig also 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.
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. Enter the domain name you want for your blog, and make sure you spell it correctly, it can’t be changed later!
Next, you can enter your account and payment information, along with selecting additional products. I highly recommend you purchase private domain hosting. 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.
Now you will be logged into the Siteground Customer Area. Here 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. This WordPress SetUp Wizard makes installing WordPress super easy and is one of the reasons I love Siteground. It is very user-friendly and doesn’t require any tech skills!
Next The next page consists of two parts. In the first one, enter the login information for your new WordPress application. (‘Application’ is your blog.) Choose a username and password, and make both something hard to guess. Never use ‘Admin’ as your username, because hackers will have no problem getting into your site with such a simple username.
Next, scroll down and pick one of the free WordPress themes available in the Wizard and click on the Submit button once again. Don’t worry, you can change your theme later.
Finally, you will see a quick summary of your WordPress installation, including from where to access your admin area, your username and your password. Click Submit and WordPress will be installed and configured for you and you will be given the login details.
That’s it! Congratulations! You now have a self-hosted WordPress website that is ready to be monetized!
You can now start familiarizing yourself with the WordPress dashboard. You can access this dashboard and work on your blog anytime by going to http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin
YAY! WHAT’S NEXT?
Now that you have a blog it’s time to start writing content and getting it monetized. Check out my free guides below to get started blogging, and consider taking my online course Blog Boss! Profitable Blog From The Start to really learn the business!
WHAT IS THE HERPAPERROUTE BLOGBOSS COURSE?
BlogBoss! Profitable Blog From The Start is the online course I have created to teach the business of blogging. You will learn everything you need to know to be able to start, run, market and monetize your blog.
If you are struggling to make money blogging, you are going to love this self-paced course. I cover everything, baby! Take a look at some of the course content here, I’m going in deep! But don’t let the amount of information I am providing intimidate you, as I teach everything in step by step easy to follow lectures, in ways that are simple and straight forward to understand – no technical jargon to confuse you! Just a whole lot of value on how to take your blog and make it profitable!
This class begins August 1st, 2017 and pre-registration has now opened up, so enroll now to take advantage of the early bird discount.
CONGRATS ON STARTING YOUR NEW BLOG TODAY!
Just think of how stoked you will be by this time next year, for starting this blog today! Remember to take each day in stride, work a little bit each day, and don’t give up. I’m so happy that you have started!!
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Did you start a blog today? How did it go? Let me know in the comments, and feel free to share your blog link, I’d love to check it out!