Have you been wanting to start a profitable blog but aren’t quite sure where to begin? I can help!
Make sure to read through to the very end for a SURPRISE for all new bloggers (yes, that’s you!!).
If you want to make money from a blog and create the life of your dreams, you first need to start one. From day one, you need to view your blog as a business. If you really want your blog to be profitable, you have to be in the right mindset from the get go.
In my first year of blogging, I made just over $18,000! It was a mix of freelancing and blogging, but most of my freelance jobs came because of my blog.
Here’s my story…
I had been thinking of starting a personal finance blog for well over a year. I majored in finance in college and have a huge passion for saving money, investing, earning passive income and one day becoming a millionaire (hence the name of my blog!). I actually started a personal finance blog on blogspot.com but after doing some research, decided that if I really wanted to be legit, I needed to start a blog on wordpress.ORG (not .com), pay for my domain name, hosting and theme.
I finally bit the bullet and started my blog in September 2014 – right after we made a cross-country move from Arizona to North Carolina. There is SO much to learn when it comes to blogging. I’m not going to lie – the “technical” side of it is extremely time-consuming when you’re first building your blog (how do I get social media icons on my blog? How do I add an image? How to I insert links for advertisements?). I basically had to figure all that out on my own but thanks to Google, it’s really not that bad. And, once you start figuring things out, it only gets easier!
The best way to learn something – whether it’s building a blog or investing your money – is to dive in and do it!
I’ve been blogging now for two years and am finally starting to see a consistent (and growing) income. And…this is just the start. Most bloggers who start their blogs as an income stream (like me) begin making money after six months to a year. You can expect to see part-time earnings within two years, and full-time earnings (and beyond) in 3-5 years.
I hope you’ll follow along my journey! I will be updating this page regularly along with posting monthly income reports so you can follow my progress. If you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to reach out!
Now, onto the good stuff…
How to Start a Blog
What do you like? What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I already mentioned how I had been thinking for over a year about starting a personal finance blog. It’s my passion and even though I’m not really an expert by any means, I want to share my story and hopefully help others out there. So – what’s your passion? What do you find yourself thinking about on a daily basis? How can you use your knowledge to help others?
You can keep your topic general, too. There’s no rules that say you have to have a specific niche when you start a blog. If you’re a mom who loves all things babies, interior design, saving money and DIY projects, start a blog that encompasses all of those things!
During your brainstorming session, I recommend also researching ways to make money through blogging. One of the best ways to make money is through affiliate advertising – or showcasing products and then earning a commission when your readers purchase those products. Another way is through Google Adsense. Some bloggers create ebooks and other products to sell. What do you want to do? Come up with a game plan and a strategy before starting your blog.
No matter your niche, you can earn an income!! Choose something you are passionate about!
Step 2: Find a domain name
I recommend writing out a long list of domain names that you like. Once you’ve settled on a few, head over to Bluehost (this is an affiliate link) and see if it’s available. Once you have your domain name, sign up. I recommend the basic plan. With that plan, you will receive your domain for free!
You can check available domain names here:
Also – a special discount is given to my readers!! You will pay $3.45/month instead of $3.95/month. Every single plan is discounted through my link!
Here is a step-by-step tutorial – with pictures! – on how to install Bluehost:
Step 1: Head to Bluehost and select “Get started now”
Step 2: Select your plan. I recommend the basic plan for $3.95 per month if you’re just starting out.
Step 3: Enter in your domain name.
Step 4: Enter in your account information.
Step 5: Choose your plan. The best deal will be the three-year plan for $3.95/month. I also added on Domain Privacy Protection for $0.99/month.
Congratulations! Now it’s time to install WordPress!
Step 3: Install WordPress
To install WordPress, go to the Mojo Marketplace at the bottom and click on One-Click Installs. Select WordPress and click “Start.” Here are some pictures to walk you through it:
Next, select “Start”
Find your domain name (the one you just registered):
Enter in your Admin Username and Password. Write this down!!
And finally, click “Install Now”
You are completely done with getting your blog started! Woo-hoo!
Now, all you have to do is make it look nice and more importantly, you want it to be easy to navigate for your readers. I used a free theme for a while, but quickly decided that I wasn’t in love with the theme and I just didn’t like the overall feel of my blog. I searched for themes and came across Genesis* – which is the number one recommended theme for WordPress users. It took me a while to get it figured out, but I couldn’t be more happy with the theme overall. Then, you chose a “child” theme to make your theme customized and pretty. I chose to purchase a Studiopress theme.
*Genesis is needed in order to purchase a child theme.
Step 4: Start blogging
I would give yourself a few days to get everything up and running on the technical side before you try to write up a bunch of posts. My brain felt dead after installing everything, buying a theme and trying to figure out how to navigate through WordPress. If I would have blogged during that time, I don’t think my posts would have been very high quality. One thing I strive for as a blogger is to have high quality, helpful posts for my readers. Whether I post 3x’s a week or 5x’s, I want to deliver valuable information.
And most of all – have fun!! This has been such a fun journey so far and like I said, I’m only a little over a month in. Good luck!!
Are you reading to get started?! What are you waiting for?! Click here to get started now, and feel free to email me directly with any questions you may have!!
And now…for the SURPRISE!!
I created my very first eBook for all new bloggers, titled “The Beginner’s Guide to Blogging“!! It’s packed with information to get your blog up and running. This book is designed for brand new bloggers and those that have been blogging for up to six months. I am creating a new blog that I will use as a guide to teaching you how to set up your own blog. So, I won’t just be “remembering” what I did and how I did, I’ll actually be doing it and showing you how!
For those of you that purchase your blog hosting and domain name through my link on Bluehost, you will receive the book FOR FREE! For those that already have a blog, you can purchase the book here. I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you!