7 Remarkable Tips To Start Your Own Blog And Make Money From It
November 27th, 2016 | by Ravi Chahar || 16 Comments |
In this era of online business, people are trying their hand with the blogging. Are you the one who is searching for the guide to start your own blog and make money from that?
Well, here you are. In this article, you will learn everything about starting and building a rock solid blog. Blogging is like a business to everyone which is the source of income.
Every blogger needs a step-by-step guide to starting a money-making blog. People are heading towards the streets of home money making.
From a simple accountant to the business owners, everyone is blogging.
Why can’t you start your own blog and make money from your home? Yes, you can. The guide consists all the things you want to know before entering in this blogosphere.
What Do You Need To Start Your Own Blog
There are many things including the domain name, web hosting, the CMS etc in the list. We are going to learn about all of these, one by one.
#1. Choose The Niche You Love
The first thing is to choose the topic of your blog. Most of the people jump into the professional blogging by searching the trending topics.
But they should know that it’s about them and their future goals.
“Suppose you choose to write about WordPress and you don’t have any interest in these technical things. Why would you do that?”
Blogging is a long run and you must choose the niche you love, not what the people are talking about. You should know the real truth about blogging.
Think about the time when you would get bored writing about the niche you chose to get the higher ranking. What would you do?
You should start your own blog and make money with that but take your passion along with you.
#2 Choose Your Blogging Platform ( free or paid )
In this new era of blogging, people are going after WordPress because of its interface, service, freedom and more. WordPress is a Content Management System which helps you to handle your blog.
There are two versions, one is full-hosted and another is self-hosted. You would like to read WordPress.org vs WordPress.com difference.
“To build a professional blog, you should choose the self-hosted ( WordPress.org ) version.”
If you choose the free version then you won’t need to buy anything. Just use the WordPress server and start your blog.
But there are many demerits. You won’t get more freedom. And if you’re dreaming about making money then Google AdSense doesn’t really approve a free blog.
There are many reasons to use WordPress for your website.
#3. The Domain Name
The domain name is the name of your blog. It would be the URL of your blog. The name with which you want to start your own blog and make money.
While choosing the domain name for your blog, you should take care of many things.
- It must consist the keyword of your niche.
- You can also build your own brand with your name.
- No numbers.
- No extra signs like “-, +, @, #, *”.
- Keep it simple yet effective.
- .com or .net extension
What are you thinking about? Are you going to start a blog with your own name?
Well, from a professional approach, you must choose a domain name including the keyword of your niche.
As you can notice, I have included “blogging” in my domain name. You can do the same.
Though people are choosing the different extensions for your blog still, it’s always good to go with .com and .net.
It’s human nature to include the .com extension after every name on the internet.
There are many domain name providers including GoDaddy.
#4. Choose The Web Hosting
You may have read about the web hostings. It’s like buying a place on the web to locate your new blog.
“Haven’t you bought the space for your car/bike to park for a few hours?”
The concept is the same. But here you have to buy the web hosting for a year or maybe more. It gets renewed accordingly.
There are many web hosting providers in the market.
I had used all of the web hosting mentioned in the list. The best thing is that you can get it at a pretty affordable price, best service, 99% uptime.
If you’re looking for a web hosting to handle your already existing website with the higher data then WP Engine is considered as one of the best web hostings.
When you choose a web hosting, the first thing to check the reviews. Don’t just pick up the names from anywhere and buy it.
Most of the things of your blog are dependent on the web hosting. From security to the growth of your blog, everything is inter-related to hosting.
“Most of the web hostings provide the single-click WordPress installation. You won’t face any problem with that.”
You can easily install WordPress from cPanel of your hosting.
#5. Get A Nice Theme For Your Brand New Blog
The basic set up of your blog has been completed. Now, concentrate on the design.
There are many theme providers which can help you to get a nice and elegant WordPress theme. Though there are many free themes in the WordPress repository and it’s always recommended to get a better theme.
You can install the free themes from your WordPress admin panel only. Just go to Appearance>>themes>>add new.
In the free themes, you won’t get many options. Those themes are not “search engine friendly”. And you want to start your own blog and make money which needs a better-looking theme.
A few of the theme providers are there which can help you.
And if you’re a developer then you can choose the Thesis framework. It gives you more freedom to develop and design your blog your own.
NOTE:- If you need the BloggingLove Theme then you can get it from here.
#6. Install The Best Plugins For A Kickass Start
There are thousands of plugins in the WordPress repository from which, you have to choose the best plugins for your new blog.
There are many things you should know when you choose the plugin. Always check the compatibility with the version of WordPress.
Read the reviews and see the ratings of the plugin. If you install a poorly coded plugin then it can break your blog. So be careful.
Go to plugins>>add new and search the plugin.
You have to choose a WordPress plugin which can satisfy you.
Let me provide you the list of important plugins for WordPress.
- SEO Yoast.
- A Contact Form Plugin.
- Jetpack from WordPress.com.
- A social sharing button plugin.
- A Security Plugin.
These are the types of plugins you must have. Though if you’re using the Thesis framework then you won’t need to have any SEO plugin.
There are 10 best WordPress contact form plugins which can help you to generate a page so that your readers can contact you.
After the completion of installation process, you would get many spam comments. To get rid of that, install Akismet.
#7. Do the Proper SEO Settings
SEO is one of the major factors to get success in this blogosphere. People are out there with the best SEO settings for their blog.
And you should too.
- Start with the general settings :- Fill the name of your blog and the tagline, fill the site URL and adjust the time zone.
- Choose the SEO friendly permalink :- To get the higher ranking, you should choose the SEO friendly permalink structure.
These are the basic SEO settings for now.
When you install any SEO plugin then the required settings should be done from there.
If you want to start your own blog and make money then you should concentrate on the SEO of your blog.
You have to learn about the ways to write the SEO-friendly article, how can you get higher page views and more.
How Would You Start Publishing Your Blog Posts
You have set up your blog, what now? What’re the next steps to take?
Are you ready to write your first blog post? I am sure, you’re excited about it. But the thing is how would you craft your first post?
For the beginner, let me give you the tour.
- Login to your WordPress admin panel.
- Check the dashboard and open posts.
- Add New.
And bang, here you are with a nice post editor.
There would be many buttons to improve the design of the article, To enhance it, install “WP-EDIT” plugin.
But what about the topic and SEO of the blog post?
Have you learned the ways to write a post which can stand among millions? The first thing is to search for the keyword of your blog post.
There are many free tools like Google Planner, Keyword Tools etc. To improve the SEO of your blog post, you must use the best keyword with the higher search.
You can even search the keyword from the Google search. Suppose you’re searching for “best blogs”. You can see the Google suggestions.
If you want to know what an SEO-friendly article consists then have a look here:-
- Use catchy headline.
- Attractive sub-headings.
- Straight to the point.
- Include proper keyword.
- Give examples.
- Appropriate keyword density.
- Avoid duplicate content.
To start your own blog and make money, you should learn about the concept of web hosting affiliate programs.
Money making blogging is what people crave for. How about you? Do you want to make some money from your blog?
Well, the answer can’t be negative. There are many ways which can help you to fulfill your dream to start your own blog and make money from that.
Did You Forget About The Search Engines? How Would You Tell Them About Your New Blog?
You have started your own blog, but how would Google and other search engines come to know about your blog? The answer is the sitemap.
Add a new plugin to generate the sitemap for your blog. But if you are using SEO Yoast then it will help you to create the sitemap of your blog.
The sitemap is like a map which guides the search engines about the posts and pages present on your blog. You should submit it to Google Search Console.
I have shown you the extension for the sitemap. It would be different if you use SEO Yoast for the sitemap.
You should also submit your site to the Bing webmaster tools. It’s good to have the traffic from the different search engines.
How To Guide Google Bots About Crawling of Your Website
Google bots need a guide which can tell them which portion of your website should be crawled and which isn’t. To start your own blog and make money, you should create a text file.
Robots.txt file is a simple text file containing some simple rules which guide the Google bots to crawl your website.
There are a few important WordPress files which shouldn’t be crawled and indexed. Use this file to accomplish that.
This is an example of the Robots.txt file.
What About The Writing Style of The Articles
Every person has something unique to disclose through his/her writing style. Two people can’t be similar. You just have to be yourself.
With the time, you will learn the ways to craft a better people engaging blog posts. Don’t overheat anything, provide the quality content only.
“Quality is always better than the quantity.”
There are a few things you should remember.
- Focus on the niche, don’t get distracted.
- Speak your own words.
- Generate it with the quality.
- Think about your readers’ satisfaction.
What’s More, Can You Do To Start Your Own Blog And Make Money
People are out there with the same thought. You’re not alone with a blog now, you have to take care of many things.
Blogging isn’t just about writing. There are many things which influence the growth of your blog. Let me point out a few.
- Email marketing.
- Facebook marketing.
- Twitter marketing.
- Other social media platforms.
- Blog promotion ( 80/20 rule ).
Promotion of the blog post is a way important than writing it. 80 % of the total efforts include the promotion, only 20% includes the writing.
You should learn the way to promote your website to get 100000 visitors.
Learn more about social media marketing including Twitter, Facebook or any other social media platform you like. Don’t try to be an everywhere person.
Choose your social media platforms carefully.
Build your content strategy and be the one with the power in this blogosphere.
Starting a blog is easy but handling it is a way harder than you think.
“Keep learning and enjoy blogging.”
That sounds like a detailed plan to me to start a blog. You have covered the necessary aspects right from choosing a niche to writing and publishing content.
Installing WordPress, the essential plugins and making the initial set up is very crucial to set everything right from the beginning – before publishing content and promoting it.
I have just tried to provide a guide which can help any newbie to start his/her own blog with no restrictions. Buying the domain name, web hosting is the basic part.
People need to know about adding the sitemap, creating the robots.txt file and more.
I hope this can help.
Thanks for taking the time to share your views.
Have a great Sunday.
Wow, this is another informative post which helps out bloggers a lot.Because you have provided all the necessary information which is used to set up a new WordPress blog.
Thanks for quality share once again 🙂
People need to have the perfect guide from the initial point till the end. Starting a blog requires all the things mentioned in this article.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day.
Nice and Good checklist to get started a blog. You have mentioned some basic steps to start a blog from scratch. I hope this article will help newbies to learn more about on how to blog. Great insights. Keep it up.
Every newbie tries to find out a simple guide but most of them complain about it. They need something which is easy to grab.
Hopefully, this can help them.
Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.
Have a great Sunday.
This is an in depth post of how to set up a blog. Without a doubt the most difficult and time consuming part is promoting your blog. So I would agree with you on the fact that 80% of the work goes to blog promotion.
Glad to know that you have the info of the 80/20 rule. The blog promotion is more important than just writing it.
Thanks for stopping by.
Enjoy your day.
Whenever someone question me about which niche or topic to choose for making a blog?
I give only one answer to them that Choose the niche/topic you really love.
One more thing, No doubt, if you want to make a professional blog then you should go to WORDPRESS! 🙂
Bye Ravi, See you soon!!
People really need to determine their passion. They should chase what they can love forever. Choosing a niche based on the market isn’t always the best decision.
WordPress is one of the best CMS in the market. People are trying to know more about it.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Have a great day.
This was a very in depth post about setting up a blog and making money from it. I’m really glad that you mentioned the 80/20 plan for promotion and creating content. Some people will just write and publish with very little promotion. You can only go so far, which is why we must put more effort in promotion.
Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!
Blog promotion stands at the top of the strategies. People need to understand it’s the necessity. The rule is always considered as the most important part of the blogging.
You are right, there are a few people who just press the publish button and never work on the promotion.
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great week ahead.
Wow! It really opens my mind that writing a blog isn’t easy but doable. And you are right that we have to write like people can follow what needs to do and next thing to do.
This is really awesome post. Anyone could easily understand.
Thanks a lot.
Starting a blog seems quite easy only if you follow it step by step. From buying a domain name to set up your blog for Google. You have to take care of everything.
I hope this was helpful in any way.
Thanks for stopping by.
Enjoy your stay.
Its a awesome post you have shared and want to recommend this post to newbie who can take step by reading this post and worth to share this post thanks for great post
Nice Article. It is a useful guide for those, who are putting their baby steps in Blogging. If anybody wants to earn money as a freelance blogger, they can share their blog to clients. But how?
Here I’have suggested some helpful points for all wannabe freelance bloggers. Kindly read them and apply them for your dream job. All the Best!