Ready to start a blog but feeling overwhelmed by all of the conflicting advice out there?
Should you set your blog up on WordPress?
Do you need social media plugins?
What are legal pages?
How much does it truly cost to set up a blog the right way?
How do you install a website theme?
The questions start flowing, the confusion sets in, and becoming a successful blogger starts to feel out of reach.
And that’s where I come in, my friend!
This detailed 10-step starter guide is going to show you absolutely everything that you need to do (and avoid doing) in order to start a profitable blog.
Because here’s the thing…
Anyone can ‘start a blog’ or write a bunch of blog posts. But not everyone knows what it takes to build a money-making business from their blog.
And if you want a money-making blog, you’ll need to have a few things in place first. This 10-step guide is going to show you exactly what those things are.
Just the facts, no FLUFF.
After over 10 years in this biz, building several profitable blogs, and helping thousands of blogging students, you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ve got this thing on lock.
And I’m here to help you start and monetize your own blog as quickly and easily as possible, even if you’re busy and on a budget.
Let’s jump right in, shall we?
HOW TO START A BLOG THAT MAKES MONEY
Here are the FIRST and most important 10 steps that you need to take in order to start a profitable blog. We have them broken down into sections to keep you organized and on track!
Feel free to skip around to the topics that apply to you or follow the steps in exact order. Following the steps in order will ensure that you don’t miss any important tips or tricks!
STEP ONE: YOUR GOALS
Click the link above for guidance on setting your goals, creating your blogging strategy, and crushing it in the coming year!
This is an important step to review before even thinking about the technical side of setting up your blog.
STEP TWO: YOUR NICHE
This step will help you figure out who you’re writing for and how you’re helping them. It’s an essential part of creating a profitable blog, so don’t skip this step.
STEP THREE: YOUR NAME
Decide the name of your website and purchase your website address on a budget!
STEP FOUR: YOUR HOST
In this step, you’ll research and select the most affordable, user-friendly website hosting for your blog. The tutorial walks you through every step of purchasing and setting up hosting, with screenshots along the way.
We do recommend buying hosting from NameHero (they are affordable, user friendly, and great for new bloggers).
STEP FIVE: CONNECTING THEM
After grabbing your domain name and hosting, you’ll need to connect your domain name to your website host.
This easy step-by-step guide walks you through it, and I promise, it’s not scary at all.
STEP SIX: DOWNLOADING WORDPRESS
Start your official blog setup process by downloading WordPress software through your hosting.
STEP SEVEN: YOUR THEME
Research and select the best website theme for the look, layout, and functionality of your blog.
Pro tip: don’t spend too much time or energy on this step! We will always be tweaking and improving the theme, look, and layout of our site.
Today, just follow the tutorial in step seven and get a basic theme set up so that you can keep moving forward with your blogging goals!
STEP EIGHT: CUSTOMIZE
Set up for success with optimized, user-friendly settings and beautiful blog aesthetics.
STEP NINE: YOUR MENU + PAGES
Learn how to create and organize your pages, categories, and menu navigation for optimal success.
STEP TEN: SET UP ANALYTICS
Start tracking traffic activity and growth from day one with powerful free analytics tools.
After you have your blog set up and ready to roll, you’ll need to start driving traffic to your blog so that you can start making money.
Follow this easy blog traffic guide to learn everything you need to know: How to Boost Your Blog Traffic and Attract Your Dream Clients in 3 Simple Steps!
If you enjoyed this free guide, here are a few things you can do:
Bookmark this article or save it on your Pinterest board for later! You’ll probably need to come back for a refresher as you complete the setup of your site.
Join my free blogging community with over 28,000 bloggers who work together every day to reach their blogging goals.
Follow and tag me on social media so that I can keep up with your progress! Tag me when you’re taking notes, watching my tutorials, or going through the process of starting your blog! I love following along with your journey.
Find me on Instagram here. Use #BecomingaBlogger so I can find you and follow along on your blogging journey!
You can also take advantage of this FREE masterclass that I hosted with a fellow blogger and blog coach: How to Massively Scale Your Blog in 3 Simple Steps