Did you know that you can start a blog in under an hour and be on your way to making extra money with it?
There are bloggers making anywhere from an extra $150 a month to even an extra $20,000 a month blogging!
Step One: Find Your Niche
Is there a certain topic that everybody comes to you for help with? Are you known for your amazing recipes? Do all your friends ask for your advice on all things beauty and fashion?
Your niche should be something that you are interested in, knowledgeable about, and most importantly, that is useful for your future readers.
Step Two: Come Up With A Name
It should be something easy to remember, relevant to your niche, and ideally, available on all social media platforms. Food bloggers with catchy names that come to mind are Damn Delicious and Pinch of Yum. Easy to remember, check. Relevant to their niche (cooking), check. They have it on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and TikTok; check.
You don’t have to use all of the social media platforms, but I would advise you to go ahead and reserve the handle now before a poacher gets it and tries to charge you for the rights to use YOUR blog name!
Once you have your name decided and your social media handles reserved, it’s time to get your domain name for your blog. It’s recommended not to get your domain name from the same place you get your website hosting. I recommend Google Domains. For most domains, it’s only $12 a year, the platform is easy to use, and most importantly, they provide free WHOIS privacy registration with every domain purchase. That means your name and contact information aren’t publicly available and you can avoid a bunch of those sleazy spam emails offering their web design services to your personal email address.
Step Three: Set Up Your Website Hosting
When you are just starting out, it’s fine to use a shared hosting plan as long as you use a good hosting provider. Avoid Bluehost and Siteground at all costs. Most bloggers will recommend them because of how high their affiliate commission programs are. They are slow, their customer service sucks, and most importantly, if you don’t prepay for multiple years in advance, once your first year of low low prices is up, you find yourself being charged a MUCH higher price for the following year.
I recommend BigScoots. They have amazing customer service, your website will be blazing fast even on a shared plan (where your website shares a server with other websites), and it’s reasonably priced with prices that don’t skyrocket the next year. And when your blog takes off, you can easily upgrade to a higher plan and they will take care of it for you.
Step Four: Choose A Theme and Customize It To Match Your Brand
Elementor and Kadence are two of the most popular “block-based website builders”. I’ve found that Elementor requires you to purchase their Elementor Pro subscription ($49 a year per website) in order to get all of the customization features. Kadence is my preferred website builder as you can get most of the same advanced customization features in the Elementor Pro subscription for free.
Etsy, Creative Market, and ThemeForest are great places to purchase themes for a more affordable price than paying a website designer to do it for you.
Step Five: Have At Least 10 Blog Posts Written and Ready to Publish
Before you start promoting your new blog on social media, it is recommended to have at least 10 blog posts already published so that there is something to read.
You want to make sure that the blog posts published are SEO-optimized with keywords relevant to your intended audience. For example, you are a food blogger who just published a blog post about an air fryer vs an instant pot. You would want to make sure that your keywords match your content and your audience so “small kitchen appliances that make life easier” would be a great example of a long-tail keyword.