Have you been thinking about how to start a blog and make money using WordPress and Bluehost?

Do you know how much money the popular site Huffington Post generates each month?

Well, make a random guess!

Is it hundreds of dollars or thousands?

Oops! Most of you are not even close. We are talking millions here!

Let’s break the suspense; its owner, Arianna Huffington, makes $14 million every month off of it.

Besides this, it is the first online-only media publication that has been honored with a Pulitzer Prize.

How to start a blog and make money

Apart from earning, blogging has many other benefits as well. For instance, as a blogger, you can work from anywhere, be it your workstation at your home or while enjoying your dream vacation in Bali.

You can achieve all this and more by taking your own initiative of starting a blog in just a few steps.

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Now, let us talk a bit about the required investment. Like all the other businesses, blogging also requires some coin before it starts to fill your pocket.

So, how much is it?

Well, in the first month you would spend around $200, then later it would go down to around $50 to $150 depending upon the choice of your add-ins.

Now, there are many options that promise you excellent service free of cost, but do they actually work?

They are tempting, however, most people’s experience suggests that you would probably end up wasting the first few months and later buy paid web hosting and add-ins.

Isn’t it better to start by following all the pros’ steps of setting up a blog?  Furthermore, apart from the cost, is it as simple a process as most of the entrepreneurs in this field promise it to be?

The answer would be yes, but only and only, if you make the right decisions while setting up your blog.

Don’t worry, you do not need to scourge through the internet to decipher the secret of starting a successful blog because we have got you covered.

Let us begin your journey of starting a profitable blog!

Click here to start a blog with WordPress, then use the tutorial below for easy directions.

7 Simple Steps for Starting a Blog

In this post, we will discuss seven essential steps that will set you on the path of establishing a profitable blog. Pros swear by them!

Step 1: Selection of a Profitable Niche

Before we dive into the process of setting up a blog, let us first understand what a blog really is, and what are its basics?

What is a Blog?

A blog, Web log in full, is pretty much similar to a website with a more informal tone to it. It is as if you are discussing or explaining something to your friends. It is usually centered around a specific topic, whose various aspects are discussed throughout.

So, what exactly is the aim of a blog?

The primary purpose of a blog is to educate your readers about the topic you are passionate about.

This could be anything, ranging from fashion to environmental awareness.

Once you have garnered a substantial number of loyal followers, you can use your blog to advertise products and earn revenue from it.

When Will My Blog Start To Generate Profit?

After reading the word “revenue”, most of you would be wondering, what would be the timeframe within which I will start earning some coin?!

Well, that is a tricky question and depends entirely upon your procedure of setting it up and your commitment to it!

One thing to bear in mind, is that blogging is not a get rich quick scheme.

Remember, blogging is a tricky field, and over 70% of bloggers either generate nothing or the amount earned is not substantial.

Furthermore, even if their blog becomes profitable, it is not enough to leave their jobs and make it a full-time business.

In the initial weeks, your mind will be full of doubts. A few major ones which are a constant in every beginner blogger’s brain include:

  • No one knows about my blog, how am I going to generate traffic?
  • Why is it so difficult to set up a blog? (trust us, you will not ask this question after following our steps).
  • Why am I not getting any traffic?

However, do not lose hope and motivation, like all other businesses, blogging also requires some time and a lot of commitment.

Once it starts generating profit, and you continue working on and updating your strategy, it will keep growing.

What Should I Blog About?

The foremost thing in starting a blog is deciding why you want to blog and which niche you want to target.

Pros and “gurus” have been teaching two golden rules:

  • Target an area that attracts you the most in terms of personal interest.
  • Go for a niche in which you are well-versed.

Following these rules will help you in developing your blog in such a manner which could later be used to generate profit.

Now, by well versed, we do not mean that you need to be an expert in your niche. It simply means that you should have enough knowledge that you could differentiate between correct and wrong facts.

For instance, if you intend to write on building construction, you should have substantial knowledge of construction materials as that would help you in advising that what is best in specific conditions.

Successful blogs are successful because they nail how to help people solve their daily life problems.

In addition to this, you should convey the knowledge in the most simplified way possible because the person who will read your blog would most probably have less knowledge than the content provided.

For instance, if you are targeting professional women who are on a hunt for quick dinner recipes, it will not be wise to share complicated, slow cooker steak recipes as that would simply direct them to your competitor’s blog who is providing simple 10-minute ones.

However, as the title of this post suggests, we need to concentrate on creating a blog to make money.

“If you want to learn how to start a blog to make money, it could be for any number of different reasons:

  • The ability to increase your nest egg for retirement.
  • The dream of quitting your full-time job and saying goodbye to the 9-5 grind.
  • Spending more time with your family.
  • Saving for an extra vacation every year.

Go deep into your “why statement” to understand not only your goals but also what accomplishing your goals will mean for your life.”

-Adam Enfroy-

Step 2: Technical Setup of the Blog

In this section, we will break down all the technical sub-steps in detail that you need to follow to set up your blog. Let us get started.

1.      Choosing a Domain Name

So, the first question that would have popped in your mind after reading the heading is, what is a domain name?

Well, a domain name is just a fancy way of saying the website’s name. So, it will be your blog’s name or identity.

Once you have chosen your blog’s niche, your next step would be to decide your blog’s name, or to be exact, your domain name.

This might seem easy, but trust us, finding a unique yet attractive name ends up taking days.

So, how exactly can you choose an attractive name? Our top tips in this regard are:

  • Ensure that your chosen name is catchy and easy to memorize.
  • Its spelling should be easy.
  • Keep it simple and short.
  • Blog’s name should be relatable to your niche and content.

The next thing to consider is that it should be unique, which means none of the other blogs and websites on the internet should have it.

Now, this rule is set forth by the internet community because, as mentioned earlier, the domain is an identity, and two blogs cannot have the same identity.

You might say that domain is like a fingerprint, and just like each human has a distinct fingerprint, each blog has a different domain.

So, the question is, how can you find whether your chosen domain name is unique or not?

This is where Bluehost comes into play for the first time.

For all those who are wondering, Bluehost is a web hosting platform, which we will explain in a minute. For now, let us learn how to check whether your domain name is unique or not.

All you need to do is visit the Bluehost’s domain checker by clicking here.

A screen like this will pop up. Enter your chosen name in the search bar, click on the search button, and you will find whether it is available or not.

In case your wanted domain name is not available, or you are indecisive, then follow these steps:

  • List down all the words that cross your mind related to your blog niche.
  • Next, combine these words or swap them till you reach a decision.
  • If you are not decisive yet, then swap the words with their synonyms. Ensure that each of them is catchy.
  • Once decided, take opinions from your social circle as that would help you in understanding whether the name has the potential to become popular among your targeted followers or not.

The struggle is not over yet because choosing a domain name is not enough; you need to register to acquire the right to use it.

You can do this with the help of Bluehost, which provides a free domain name for one year if you choose to use it for web hosting.

For all those who are wondering, what web hosting is, we will discuss it in-depth in the next part of this step!

2.      Selection of a Blogging Platform

The next essential step in starting your blog is the selection of a suitable blogging platform.

What is a Blogging Platform?

If you are not familiar with complex computer codes and website development, then you will require a blogging platform to publish your content. A blogging platform is a software or service where you can create your blog with zero to minimal interaction with HTML and CSS codes.

There are various platforms through which you can start your blog:

  • Blogger
  • Medium
  • Wix
  • WordPress.com (free)
  • WordPress.org (requires web host installation)

Remember, if you intend to earn some coin then steer clear of free blogging platforms; they will just waste your time.

This brings us to the question that which is the best blogging platform out there?

The answer, no doubt, is WordPress, which is pretty evident from its 63.5% share in the Content Management System (CMS) market.

Why Should I Choose WordPress?

When it comes to blogging, WordPress.org is the most used platform throughout the world.

In fact, 37.8% of websites currently use this blogging platform due to its superior design and earning potential.

However, WordPress is a bit tricky to work with at the start as compared to other platforms, which offer ease and more design options but lack monetization opportunities.

With WordPress, you might struggle a bit in the beginning, but if you keep working, and follow our guide, you will be running your blog smoothly in a few days.

3.      Web Hosting

If the primary intention behind your blog is monetization, then signing up for web hosting is a necessity.

Web hosting allows you to store your blog files on a server so that your followers can view it through the World Wide Web.

Its concept is pretty much similar to that of a computer’s hard disk where you store data that can be viewed by anyone who has access to it. Different web hosting services charge differently.

Although WordPress is free, you will need to buy hosting for your blog in order to make money through ads from it.

As far as the cost is concerned, it starts at a specially discounted monthly charge of $2.95 from Bluehost and could go over $100, depending upon your chosen web host.

Among many options, our suggestion is to go for Bluehost, which you might have already used earlier for the domain name.  Here is why:

  • WordPress recommends its users to use Bluehost for blogging.
  • You will get a free domain name for one year.
  • It is inexpensive.

Selecting Bluehost Plan

Let’s start setting up your blog by heading over to Bluehost by clicking here.

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Next, click on the “Get Started Now” button, and you will be directed to their plans. Make sure you use our link if you do not want to miss out on a massive discount that reduces their monthly cost to just $2.95 for their basic plan of 36 months.

Bluehost offers three types of plans. We would suggest you go for the basic plan because you are just starting off. Furthermore, you have the option to upgrade when your blog starts getting viewership.

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After plan selection, Bluehost will direct you to domain selection. If you have not bought one, then utilize their 12-month free domain name offer. You can also connect your domain by simply adding it to “Use a Domain You Own”.

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Bluehost Account Creation

Next comes the step where you have to finalize your domain selection (if any) and web hosting by creating a Bluehost account.

All you need to do is add some basic details such as your name and email address, which should be your most checked one, and choose a pricing plan.

After that, you will see a section of package details, which comprises of various add-ins that add value to the domain.

However, most of them are not necessary at this stage, so only choose “Domain Privacy + Protection”.

Although this add-in will cost you $0.99/month, it will protect your personal information from becoming public, for instance, your contact details, which spammers often use to send junk mail.

4.      WordPress Installation

It is time to start your blog by heading over to WordPress, which is very convenient because Bluehost will guide you itself.

Once you have chosen your password, WordPress will start downloading.

In case of any issue, Bluehost’s live chat is there to help you out!


The first option that pops up after installing WordPress is theme selection, which we will explain in detail in step 6.

For now, you can either skip it or choose a theme that attracts you the most.

5.      It is Time for a WordPress Tour

To start with the WordPress tour, you need to login to your website. It is quite simple; just type your domain name followed by wp-login.php.

For instance, if your domain name is cynthiaweirr.com, then type in cynthiaweirr.com/wp-login.php

The address will lead you to a login page. Here, input your username and password, which you chose earlier after buying the web hosting.

In case the login page doesn’t appear, then go to  https://www.bluehost.com/.

This issue usually happens in the first 24 to 48 hours of buying web hosting because the servers are working on establishing your web address.

Enter your details and login.

Welcome to the WordPress dashboard!

Do not let its apparent complexity throw you off because it is your necessary constant companion. Keep following our guide and it will become easier with time and practice.

Before we start with the blog, it is better to familiarize yourself with the various options present on the dashboard, which look quite daunting at first glance.

Posts

The name shows what it does. It is the writing section, where you will type down your thoughts. This will probably be your favorite and most time-consuming section on the whole dashboard.

Media

This one is also straightforward. It is the location where you will find all the audios, videos, and images that you have used in your blog.

This section serves like an editor through which you can insert, delete, and touch up your images, and other media files.

Pages

You can define pages as different sections of your blog, for instance, About page, and Contact page, etc. you will use this option to create, modify, and delete your blog’s pages.

Do not confuse pages and posts. Pages are sections on your website, whereas, posts are individual content entries on your blog.

Comments

Through this option, you will be able to respond to the feedback provided by your readers on the posts in the form of comments. It will allow you to reply, moderate, delete, and edit your comments.

Remember, one of the major tips of keeping your followers loyal is to interact with them and respond to their feedback and queries, so ensure that you reply to each of their comments. 

Appearance

The first thing that attracts a human towards anything is its appearance.

A blog is not different either.

If you intend to attract viewers to check your content, then it is essential to pay attention to your blog’s appearance. This is where the appearance tab comes into play, which provides you many options to design and modify your blog.

A few major ones include themes, menus, and widgets. We will discuss each one of its many options in detail in a bit!

 Plugins

As we discussed in the benefits of web hosting, plugins are the biggest advantage of having a self-hosted blog.

They provide you different services to enhance your blog’s visibility, and hence, garner more following. For now, you just need to know the basics; once your blog is up, we will share a few must-have plugins in the upcoming steps.

Users

This tab allows you to handle your website’s users. However, ensure that you are not handling it with the default username of “admin”, as it might attract hackers.

Switch to a name that would blend in instantly to keep your blog safe from being hacked.

Tools

This tab is not of much use, specifically for new blogs. Its purpose is to import and export data from other CMS, which you probably will not have in the beginning.

Settings

This is one of the most essential tabs on your whole WordPress dashboard.

It needs to be taken care of immediately because it becomes exceedingly difficult to modify at later stages. Do not worry! We will guide you step by step on how to set up your WordPress settings. Let us get started!

How to Do WordPress Settings?

You are probably overwhelmed by the number of tabs and their apparent complexity in the Settings. Well, you need not update each and every one of them.

For now, let us stick with the General and Permalinks section.

General WordPress Setting (Check video below)

Site Title:  Site title is the title of your blog, which should be the most prominent feature of your front page for a viewer because your blog will be known by this name.

Let us stick to our previous example where we named the blog as “blog”. So, if we put Blog in the site title, it would be the first thing that people will notice when they land on your front page.

Tagline: A tagline is a brief description of what your blog is all about.

When we say brief, we mean a single line. It will appear below the site title, so viewers could understand at a glance about your blog’s content.

However, it is not necessary, and you may skip it if nothing crosses your mind.

WordPress address: Here, you have to input a URL, which is your domain name.

Site Address: Simply input your domain URL.

Email Address: This is the main email address through which your blog’s viewers will contact you.

It is better to use a business email, which you can create within a few minutes through the Bluehost dashboard.

Open the Email & Office section, click on manage, and create your email.

These are a few settings that you need to take care of immediately. As far as other settings in the general tab are concerned, you can tweak with them if you want.

Permalinks

As many of you would have guessed, a permalink is short for permanent link.

Each of these links is a URL or web address of a single post on your blog, which should stay permanent for many years. This is because, you and others will be using this link on blog posts, social media, and other platforms to access this specific post.

If any change is done to the permalink, then it would land the clicker to an empty page.

Since it is your blog post’s identity; therefore, you should make sure that it is simple and easy to memorize. The best way to achieve this is by adding the post title next to the blog’s URL.

How to set up permalinks

Now, the next question that would have crossed your mind is, how to set up permalinks for my blog posts?

Well, since you are using Bluehost, it is quite simple for you. It automatically sets your permalink settings so that every time you upload a post, its default URL becomes domain.com/post-name.

Sometimes, WordPress does not set it automatically, so it is better to head over to the permalinks tab in the settings to check whether it is set to the above-mentioned format.

If not, then adjust it to the format that we explained earlier.

This will not only assist your followers in remembering the URL, but it also helps in ranking higher on Google because the title of the post features in the URL.

6.      Theme Selection

It is time to enhance your blog’s aesthetics. The most essential decision to make in this regard is theme selection.

So, what exactly is a theme?

A theme is a template, which comprises of multiple style sheets. It defines the appearance of your blog.

The essential parts of a theme include:

  • Fonts (how your text would appear)
  • Page layout
  • Navigation menus
  • Widgets’ placement
  • Color schemes

WordPress offers both free and paid themes.

We would suggest you opt for a free one in the beginning.

Meanwhile, continue searching for a premium one that you absolutely cannot get out of your head.

However, make sure to check out its reviews before you spend your money to avoid themes that pose issues later on.

7.      Theme Customization

Regardless of how perfect a theme looks, there are always a few things that you will want to tweak. This is where the theme customization tab comes into play.

You can access this by clicking on Customize on the WordPress dashboard or through the “customize” button below your chosen theme.

During customization, your blog appears on the right side of the screen next to the menu which means you will not have to open it again and again to assess the changes. Isn’t it convenient?!

Let us have a look at the major features of theme customization:

Site Identity: You can edit your blog’s title and tagline through this button.

Appearance: If you are not happy with your theme’s color combination or font, then this is the place to be. It allows you to play around with different fonts and color schemes.

Header and Footer Modification: This tab allows logo addition, and images and slides addition and modification.

Menus: Although menus depend upon your theme, if you want to modify their structure, then head over to the menus tab.

Widgets: Widgets allow you to add various forms of information to certain locations of your blog, depending upon your theme selection. To add or modify a widget, head over to the Widgets’ tab in the Appearance section.

Additional CSS: If you have some know-how of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), then you can use this tab to work on the code.

Remember, your blog will not look immediately like the theme’s appearance even though you have bought/installed it. You can only achieve that look after making required modifications and adding images from the customize option. Get started!

8.      Posts, Pages, and Categories

Once you have reached your desired appearance, it is time to set up a few essential pages, which include:

About page: This page should explain what your blog is all about!

Contact form/page: As the name shows, this page contains your contact details. You can also set up a contact form through which viewers can fill up their basic details and message you.

Privacy Policy: Having a privacy policy is essential because it is a legal requirement. It contains detailed information about how you handle your readers’ data. Do not worry, you do not need a lawyer for this!

All you need to do is head over to Settings, then click on Privacy, and finally Create A New Page. Here you will find a comprehensive guide to how to craft a privacy policy.

Disclaimer: Disclaimer protects you from legal complications because it puts forth that your readers should not depend on your content.

Furthermore, it tells them that you are not legally responsible for anything published on your site.

Affiliate Disclosure: If you intend to offer affiliate marketing as part of your monetization strategy, then you need a general Affiliate Disclosure Policy page.

How to create a page on WordPress?

In order to create a page, click on Pages and then Add New. Here, add title, for instance, About Blog (remember we named our dummy blog as blog?!), and then start typing the content.

Do not forget to save your write-up by clicking on “Save Draft” every once in a while. It would be safer if you create your content on Google Docs and then paste it here.

Ta-da! Your blog’s first page is up!

Once your pages are up, it is time to organize your blog into categories.

So, what is a category?

A category is a section of a website that contains blog posts belonging to a specific theme.

Categories will give your blog a clean look and your viewers will be able to access their desired posts easily.

How to create a category in WordPress?

Creating a category in WordPress is simple. Click on Posts, and then Categories. Here, enter the name of your category, and then the slug.

So, what is a slug?

A slug comprises few words that describe your category, which appear in its URL.

For instance, let us get back to our imaginary blog, Blog. We can add a category of travel in it, with the category title, Travel, and slug as, My Travel Adventures. 

How to create a post in WordPress?

Once you are done with setting up your blog, it is time to craft your first post. In the later stages, we will teach you the major tips and tricks to ensure that Google loves your content, but for now, let us learn the technicalities.

In order to create a post, click on Posts, and then Add New.

Yes! It is this simple.  Now, add a title and start typing your content. Ensure that you keep saving your draft every once in a while, so that you do not miss it.

In addition to this, make sure its permalink is similar to your title so that your viewers can easily remember it.

9.      Menus and Navigation

Most of the time, viewers will visit your blog through Google and your social media platforms.

Remember, your goal is not only to compel them to visit your content but to smite them, so they do not click away.

You can only achieve this if your blog has an easily navigable menu.

Now, your menu design depends entirely upon your theme. Fortunately, WordPress allows you to modify it; therefore, if you fell in love with a theme but its menu is not your cup of tea, then head over to Appearance, and then Menus to create your own!

Step 3: Viral Content Creation

Let us be honest, even though sharing your thoughts on your favorite topic might be close to your heart, but your real purpose behind the blog is monetary benefits.

Well, pretty much everyone has the same goal, but not all bloggers succeed. This is because they are not familiar with the complete recipe for viral content creation! What is that? Let us find out!

Target People’s Problems

This is a no brainer, people consult blogs to find solutions, and thus, the best way to garner audience is to provide remedies for the most bothering issues of your niche.

This will assist you in narrowing down your niche if it is too wide, and in selecting topics.

Another thing that you should consider is who is your target audience?

For instance, if you are starting a food blog, then you need to decide whether you want to provide recipes for people who have recently taken an interest in cooking or for experts.

This will not only refine your content, but it will make your viewers your loyal followers because they will be finding solutions specially catered to them.

Find Out What Type of Content works in Your Niche

There is not a better trick of learning what type of content works in your niche than the previous posts already published. Let us have a look at a few things that work:

  • Use BuzzSumo, which is a tool that provides you with the topics that had the most social media shares.
  • Thoroughly go through your competitor’s blog to figure out the topics that performed the best in terms of comments, shares, and profit.
  • Utilize online communities such as Quora and Reddit to find out the most bothersome issues of your niche. People usually use them to post questions that they could not find on Google.
  • Use Answer the Public, which is a platform that combines Google and Bing searches and provides you with a set of questions that you can use as a topic.
  • Use Pinterest to discover trending topics.
  • Last but not least, our all-time favorite Google. Just type in the first word and it will list down the frequently searched topics as suggestions on the search bar.

Ensure Your Headline’s Worth Clicking

Headline plays an essential role in attracting a viewer.

How many times have you read the content first then the headline?

None! Are we right or are we right?

Anyway, fun aside ensure that your headline is SEO friendly (which we will discuss in the upcoming steps) and worth clicking. You can do this by using Sharethrough Headline Analyzer, which generates a headline score of how click-worthy your headline is. It not only generates the score, but it also provides tips on how you can increase it.

Another one to try is coschedule.com/headline-analyzer

Quality Matters!

Blogging does not mean uploading content daily. In order to become the go-to service for your niche, you need to upload quality content.

Use these tips if you want Google and your viewers to love your blog:

  • Ensure that your headline score is higher than 70 on the Sharethrough Headline Analyzer.
  • Use attention-worthy images relevant to your post. If you are explaining something, then ensure that you use visual sources as well.
  • Make them stay with your introduction!
  • Break down your post into various sections and sub-sections so that viewers can easily understand and navigate through it.
  • Publish your blog when it has at least 15 to 18 posts equally divided in all your blog categories.
  • Decide the word count based on your post’s topic. It could be anywhere from 1000 to 10,000 words.

Stick with the rule of quality over quantity!

Step 4: Utilize the Power of Pinterest

Most of you would be familiar with Pinterest.

It is a visual search engine, which directs the viewer to the origin of the image.

Users can save these images, which are termed as pins into categories, known as boards.

Pinterest, alongside other social media platforms, is an excellent source of posts’ promotion.

All you need to do is create a business account by following this link.

If you already have a personal account, then simply convert it to a business account by opening it on the browser and clicking on the down arrow icon on the top-left of the page.

Ensure that your personal account is relevant to your blog because viewers at times end up visiting the user’s boards.

However, it is better to create a new account than converting your personal one to a business account because it will help you in sticking with relevancy.

Now, let us come towards boards and pins:

  • Divide your profile into boards according to the categories on your blog.
  • Make sure that your board names are in line with the content and your blog category. Also, use keywords in them.
  • You can further divide a board into subcategories; however, I would suggest you keep it simple for your viewers.
  • While pinning, ensure that you pin to the most relevant board.
  • You can also pin the same pin to numerous boards; however, keep a gap of 3 to 4 days between repining.
  • Your images should be 1000 x 1500 pixels in size. 
  • Place your blog’s logo on every pin to increase your brand’s popularity. Also, it stops people from stealing them and redirecting to other sites.
  • Use eye-catching titles for your pins.
  • Use Tailwind to schedule your pins
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What a Pin could look like!

Step 5: SEO Optimization

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It involves all the tips and tricks that you apply on your blog and posts so that they appear on the first page of all the search engines, specifically, Google.

If you intend to attract traffic to your blog, then make sure that you follow these tips:

  • Google loves those blogs which are experts of their niche, so make sure that it is not all over the place. Curtail it as much as you can so that your blog becomes the ultimate go-to service for your niche.
  • Decide a few keywords that you would use throughout your blog, i.e., in the headline, tagline, about, posts, and everything in between.  For all those who are wondering what are keywords? They are simply the most googled words relevant to your niche. You can use Ubersuggest or Keywords Everywhere to find the best keywords.
  • In your posts, try to use long-tail keywords, which are keywords comprising of 4 or more words. This is because people tend to type out full questions and sentences while searching for their problems, and long-tail keywords perform better in such cases.
  • Figure out what people are searching for on a specific topic. You can do this by typing a few keywords on Google search.  For instance, if you are a food blogger planning to write 10 30-minute chicken recipes, then check whether people are searching for a single recipe or a bunch of recipes to choose from.
  • Do not overuse keywords. Use words similar to or relevant to your primary keyword to enhance SEO.
  • Provide backlinks, which are links of one post or website’s content on another post or website.
  • Share your content on as many social media platforms as you can.
  • Utilize the potential of guest posting, which is basically publishing your content on other blogs and websites with links to your blog.
  • Collaborate with other bloggers and websites. You can do this by sending them personalized emails with collaboration requests.

Step 6: Blog Monetization

This will probably be your favorite step as it will teach you how to generate revenue from your blog. Let us dive in:

Display Advertisements

As the name pretty much indicates, this type of monetization involves the display of advertisements on your website. The amount of money depends upon your page views and starts from $10 to $20 per day on 1000-page views. A few of the major ad networks include:

Google Adsense: This network does not have any views requirements. You can apply as soon as your blog’s up and running with a few posts. However, do not expect a lot of revenue with this one.

Monumetric: If your page exceeds 10,000 views a month, then you can apply to this network with an application fee of $99. Do not worry! You will generate more revenue than this amount in less than a month. You earn $5 to $15 for every 1000 views.

SheMedia: It requires around 20,000 views to apply. For further details head over to this link.

Mediavine: In order to apply to this network, you require 50,000 sessions per month, which are basically the number of times a viewer has clicked an ad for the first time. You can earn approximately $1000 for every 50,000 views every month.

AdThrive: AdThrive requires at least 100,000 monthly views. Its earning potential is pretty much like Mediavine.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is another excellent way of generating revenue through your blog.

Affiliate marketing involves a review or recommendation of a product. If a viewer buys or subscribes via the link that you have provided in your blog, then you earn a certain percentage of commission.

Sponsorships

One of the major methods of blog monetization is sponsorships. If your blog does well, then brands might reach out to you to advertise their products on your site for a fee.

Creating Your Own Shop

You can also sell your own products or create a small shop on your blog. This could be anything from a physical product such as a bracelet to services such as an online dentist.

Step 7: Essential Plugins

Most of you would wonder, what is a plugin?

Well, plugins are software that simplify your blogging life by providing you with new functions and features that improve your posts and their reach, for instance, SEO optimization.

Now, there are a few thousand plugins available on WordPress that offer varying services, and choosing the relevant ones is rather tricky.

Do not worry! We have made a list for you:

Yoast:  Yoast is the best tool on the internet for SEO optimization. It assists you in enhancing the SEO of your post content, headline, description, and everything in between so it reaches the maximum audience. 

Akismet Anti-Spam: It protects your blog from spam.

ShortPixel Image Optimizer: It optimizes your images so that they do not take excess time in loading. Remember, slow website loading drives away the viewers!

Grow: It provides you with 5 social sharing platforms (Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and LinkedIn), which you can place at the top, button, or side of your post content.

GADWP: GADWP stands for Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress. It shows how your blog posts are performing on Google.

Updraft: It saves your blog’s backup either locally, or on cloud storage.

Headers and Footers: At times, theme modification requires a bit of coding, which can entirely dishevel your code. This is where headers and footers come into play. It allows you to modify your blog’s header and footer without affecting the existing code.

Apart from these WordPress plugins, install Grammarly, which is a Google Chrome plugin.

Grammarly: Grammarly will check your spellings, grammar, punctuation, and other similar language errors.

Congratulations! You have completed the 7 steps of becoming a blogger! Do not forget to share our complete WordPress blog guide with those who are planning to start their blog or website to help them out as well.

Affiliate Marketing and Email Marketing To Grow Your Blog And Make Money

Affiliate marketing and email marketing are two of the best ways a new blogger could easily use to monetize their blog sites. In my next posts, I will talk about these topics and one of the email marketing software we will use is ConvertKit. You could check it out HERE!

Contact me below with any questions or suggestions.

Happy blogging!

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