Start a blog is one of the best financial decisions you can do this year. Here we will show you how to make money blogging, no experience necessary.
With your blog, you can start getting passive income every month. There’s a lot of people earning thousands of dollars just blogging and share with others their feelings and experiences.
In www.smartaffiliatemarketing.us we show you how to use the power of affiliate marketing in your blog to profit from it. It is easy to monetize your blog and we will show you how, but the first thing you must do now to advance in this process is to start your profitable blog immediately.
At the beginning can be a challenge for you, but we will guide you in every step until you have a profitable blog.
This is the blog post guide I wish I had when I started blogging.
You don’t need to have any technical experience. I’ll explain the process in an easy and simple way and faster than you think. It will take less than an hour and you will have your own blog.
Here are my easy-to-follow 6 main steps to get start a profitable WordPress blog.
The main 6 steps to start a profitable blog
1. Decide the topic to blog about.
2. Choose a blogging platform.
3. Find a host.
4. Pick a domain name.
5. Get started with WordPress.
6. Design & use your blog!
Don’t worry, I’ll walk you right through.
Step 1: Decide the topic to blog about
First, you need to decide the main topic to blog about, this is the most critical point and you need to take your time to decide it.
Here are some guidelines to help you to decide about what to blog about.
– Blog about something you enjoy.
– Blog about something with plenty of room for discussion. A blog requires a lot of content to get going and remain interesting. You’ll be at this a long time so make sure you have plenty to talk about.
– Choose a niche in which you can establish yourself as an authority. You probably won’t be the first person to blog about the topic you choose. It’s almost guaranteed someone else has thought of it before you. Don’t worry about this, come up with a unique Do you have a reasonable chance of making your blog better than others talking about the same thing? Go and show it !!
The goal for any blog is to become the go-to resource for its topic or niche.
Step 2: Choose a blogging platform
There are many blogging platforms to choose from. WordPress, Blogger, Squarespace, Wix, and Weebly are a few of them.
As your mentor, I can help you with this issue. WordPress is by far the best option to choose here.
Easy to use, flexible, functional, a lot of amazing pluggings and tools to make our daily blogging life simple and efficient and just because it is the most popular blogging platform in the world.
You can set a free WordPress blog, but I recommend you not to do it. Because it will limit your income potential.
If you want to take all income potential from your blog I recommend to have a self-host WordPress blog. It could cost you a little more than a free blog but in the long run, you will pay it with your earnings (just $3.95 per month with BlueHost, sounds reasonable right!!!). It also gives you much more control and does not limit your income potential.
This guide will teach you how to start a self-hosted WordPress blog in BlueHost, the platform preferred by beginner and veteran bloggers alike.
Alright, let’s get set up!
Step 3: Find a host
I hope you agree with me about the benefits of WordPress, but there’s one more thing to know.
WordPress is just the blogging platform, it is simply software. You can download it to your personal computer, but then your blog will only be accessible to you. In other words, WordPress by itself, won’t make your blog be on the internet.
In order for your blog to be online, and accessible to anyone, you need a server.
You can get server space from a hosting company or “host.”
What host should you use?
As a new to this blog world, I recommend you to start with a hosting company that is well known but also affordable. There’s a lot of different options to chose from but my recommendation is Bluehost (just $3.95 per month, sounds reasonable right!!!).
I have personally paid for it and used it for 3 years. (Affiliate disclaimer: As a longtime paying customer, the links below are my referral links. This means, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you make a purchase.)
(The link will open in a new window so you can reference these instructions as you work.) Click the green “Get Started Now” button like so:
Don’t worry if the images you see here vary slightly from the ones you see on your screen. The process is the same. Bluehost is always tweaking and making site improvements.
Select your plan
Choose the plan you’d like to start with by clicking one of the green “select” buttons. I typically go with Plus or Choise Plus because you get more unlimited features, but the basic plan is also ok to start.
On the next screen, you’ll enter your new blog name. Don’t have one yet? You can easily move on without one.
Step 4: Pick a domain name
A domain is a web address. For example, SmartaffiliateMarketing.us is my domain name.
If you don’t already have ideas, use your name, or think of something short, catchy and shareable. You can also add another domain name later and link it to the same blog or charge it for the new domain name. One of the best features about having hosting with BlueHost is that they offer a free domain during sign up.
If you have previously registered a domain and want to use it for this new site, enter it on the right. (Don’t worry, it won’t mess things up to enter it here. It only identifies your Bluehost account for now.) If you don’t already have one, enter your desired domain on the left.
For the purpose of this tutorial, I will use a new domain. If you are using an existing domain, the process is almost the same just continue to follow the guide.
What if the domain name I want isn’t available?
Don’t worry! Take advantage of Bluehost’s option to choose a different one later. Simply click the “Choose Free Domain Later” button in the popup that appears and looks like this:
You can get this pop up when you move the cursor near the back page icon in the browser (you don’t need to press back icon just move the cursor close to the icon and the pop up appears)
If you get confused about to find a domain name just press the CHOOSE FREE DOMAIN LATER button and continue. It is really simple to add a domain name later.
Enter your account info
On the next page, enter your account info. Make sure you use a working email address because this is where your login information will be sent. (Save these emails!)
Choose an account plan based on how far in advance you want to pay. Bluehost bills 1, 2, 3 or 5 years upfront. They do not offer a monthly payment option (hosts that do, often charge double or triple). As you can see, it works out to be a very reasonable monthly amount. Not bad for your own blog or website, right? It’s a great deal.
I skip the package extras, so you can uncheck SiteLock Security and Codeguard Basic, you can add those later if you want to.
The total is the amount you’ll pay today. You won’t have to pay again for 12, 24, 36 or 60 months, depending on the account plan you chose. Set it and forget it!
Enter your billing info
Next, fill in your payment information, confirm that you’ve read the Blue Host Terms of Service and then click Submit.
Skip the upgrades & special offers
Once you hit submit, you’ll be asked if you want to add any upgrades or special offers. I skip them by clicking the “no thanks” link.
Choose a password
After your purchase is complete, you’ll be asked to choose a password. Just click the “Create your password” button to choose a secure password.
This password will allow you to log in and get started.
Step 5: Get started with WordPress
You can start working on your WordPress site right away. Click the blue login button in the “Congratulations!” window to get started with WordPress.
Skip the free themes
Bluehost gives you the option to pick a free theme immediately. Unless you are familiar with one listed, I recommend you skip it by clicking “Skip this step” at the bottom of the screen. Why? Because many free themes are not kept updated. Outdated themes leave holes hackers can exploit and are not worth the risk.
The theme that comes pre-installed will suffice for now. You can switch to a different theme once you’re set up and more familiar with WordPress.
Start building your site
Your site will be on a temporary domain at first. Don’t be alarmed.
For new domains, this is because it takes 2-24 hours for your chosen domain to become fully registered. Go ahead and start working on your site. When the real domain is ready, Bluehost will switch it for you automatically.
You have two options on this screen, the blue “Start Building” button and the link underneath to go to your Bluehost account:
It’s unlikely you’ll need to access your Bluehost account at this point so clicking the “Start Building” button will take you to your new WordPress site like so:
The black column on the left indicates your WordPress dashboard, a place with which you will become very familiar.
I recommend skipping the blue buttons in the middle of the screen (Business & Personal) and choosing “I don’t need help” instead. Why? I prefer to start with a clean slate.
I have a problem with this! What do I do?
If you encountered something unexpected during setup, contact Bluehost technical support. Calling is better than chatting. If you’re in the US, call 844-213-7846. They have access to your account (something I don’t have) and should be able to get you unstuck.
Step 6: Design & use your blog!
Congratulations! You’re the proud owner of a self-hosted WordPress site.
Now your blog is ready to go!
There are many directions you can go at this point, but know this: you will feel overwhelmed, especially at the beginning. This is normal. When it comes to starting a blog, there is a steep learning curve, but don’t give up! Push through! Most of us have been in that very spot too.
Where to begin? Here’s a basic roadmap…
Learn more about WordPress basics. There’s a lot of tutorials online.
Next, write your About page.
After that, start building your content. Write high-quality posts on a consistent basis. Remember, your goal is to become the go-to resources in your topic or niche.
Once you have some excellent posts published, start your social media presence. We use Pinterest as our social media and traffic generator, here you can find a useful resource to be successful in Pinterest, please check it.
Rinse & repeat.
FAQ: How do I log into WordPress once I log out?
You can always log in to WordPress by going to yourdomain.com/wp-admin. Substitute “your domain” for your actual domain name of course.
If you don’t remember your login info, find the welcome emails sent to you after you set up your site initially. Look in your spam folder if you don’t see them immediately. Those emails have two sets of login information:
WordPress, where you write your posts and manage your blog
Bluehost, where you manage your hosting account and pay your hosting bill
FAQ: How do I change my design?
If you’re like most, you’ll want to customize your design. There’s a lot of themes to choose from, but I recommend to wait until you become familiar with WordPress.