Blogging is a highly popular stream of income. Some years ago blogging was just a way to express thoughts and share recipes, but now blogging is a profitable business bringing tens of thousands of dollars a month. Additionally, this business model doesn’t have any age or gender restrictions, it doesn’t require special skills or a diploma. No one will tell you that you create the wrong content, no one will tell you which topics to cover. So why not to create a successful blog and start making money online? This is the most detailed guide about how to start a WordPress blog and I will try to highlight all the technical aspects as well as marketing and SEO.
What does it mean to find a profitable blog niche and how could you understand which niche will be perfect for you?
In fact, there is only one factor you should consider while choosing a blog niche:
But how my interests can become a profitable niche?
And the answer is quite simple – any niche can be profitable. Any niche has its readers and it doesn’t matter whether you decided to create a travel blog, a financial blog or a mom blog.
This website istarthub.net was created as a blog for entrepreneurs because I love everything related to starting a business and people who are responsible for their life.
I have never thought about its profitability and cannot imagine if I could write about anything else.
Starting a niche website means to generate new content that is interesting to you. The topics you are writing about should inspire you. If you are a stay-at-home mom with homeschoolers why not write about your day-to-day challenges. There are thousands of other moms who are in the same situation and will find your content helpful.
If you are a traveler create a travel blog and share the places you visited.
If you think that your life is not so interesting to write about at least there are things that make your heart beat faster. Write about them. Say you are a coffee-addict, create a blog about coffee.
It is time to move to a technical part. But do not worry if you are not technically savvy, everything is quite simple even for your parents. Firstly, let’s make sure we understand what domain and hosting mean and them move on to the details.
Domain name means the actual blog address on the internet.
In simple words, web hosting is storage on the internet for your website content.
Here is some advice you should consider before domain name reservation:
There are key factors I took into account before choosing a web hosting for my blog:
So considering all the mentioned above I would like to recommend two variants of hosting providers – Bluehost and Siteground. Both are highly popular among bloggers, so I decided to compare them for you to have a better understanding and make the right choice:
|Setup||one-click WordPress setup||easy to set up managed WordPress hosting|
|Free Domain (1 year)||+||–|
|Money-back guarantee||30 days||30 days|
As far as you can see both variants are worthy of attention. Nevertheless, if you are searching for the cheapest WordPress hosting with a free domain name I recommend trying Bluehost. It offers a free domain name, which means that you will have everything in one place, and save some bucks.
You’ve probably heard about WordPress before as this platform is extremely popular among bloggers. So it is high time to set everything up correctly and start blogging.
Your work with WordPress starts after you receive an email from your hosting provider with a link to your website admin panel.
After you log in to your admin panel you will find the following important sections there:
Let’s dive into the details and analyze simple steps you should do before becoming an active blogger:
Go to Appearance – Themes – Add new and choose the theme you like. WordPress offers a variety of free themes for bloggers.
I also tried free themes but realized that they are not enough for me. I treat blogging as a business so I understand that I need to invest to get better features for my website. That was the reason I use the Divi theme.
Nevertheless, there are lots of themes that are fully customizable, optimized for SEO and mobile devices. Additionally, make sure your theme has a user-friendly website builder.
How to add plugins? Click on the Plugins section and then click Add new. Once you find the necessary plugin in WordPress library just click Install and Activate.
What do I mean by “important” plugins? it is the plugins that will make your website optimized, speedy and protected. All the rest plugins can be added later if necessary.
Go to Settings and specify all the details about your future website, such as Site title, tagline, website address, administration email.
And the most interesting part is creating your very first blog post.
Click Posts – Add new.
Put the title and the body of your article.
Some bloggers write the text for their blog posts in a WordPress admin itself. I prefer using Google docs and then just copy-pasting proofread content.
Every well-structured and SEO optimized content should consist of the following parts:
In order to make your content user-friendly try to avoid long paragraphs, use no more than 300 words.
Focus on creating quality content with at least 1000-1500 words.
Use at least 7-10 keyword phrases in the content.
Make sure you put Meta description in the bottom of the page (Yoast SEO fields)
All the images used in the article should have alt text.
Starting a new blog everyone feels inspired and have lots of ideas to write about. But what happens after 10, 20, or 50 articles are written? Where should you take inspiration?
How many articles should you create every month in order to become a successful blogger? I’ve read hundreds of opinions from different bloggers and the right answer was not found.
Someone creates one article a day.
Someone creates one article a month.
My perfect strategy is one article a week, which is four articles a month. This gives an opportunity to update my website with new content on a regular basis.
In fact, it is up to you how often to post new content. The main thing here is to focus on quality.
After you published your very first blog post make sure to create a Google Analytics account in order to collect basic data from your blog.
Here is a step by step guide of how you can start using Google analytics:
Step 1. Create an account. It is totally free.
Step 2. Add your WordPress website to Google Analytics. To do this click Create Property and follow the instructions.
Step 3. Copy your Google Analytics tracking code and paste it into a website.
Note! Different themes offer different options for adding the analytics tracking code. Review your theme options. If you couldn’t find the way to paste the code, go to WordPress admin – Appearance – Theme editor – Functions.php (edit the file – paste the code – save).
Congratulations! You have your Google Analytics set up.
SEO is a BIG topic that needs time to learn the details.
In this article, I’ll cover the main things you should do every time you publish a new article.
I am planning to create a post about Pinterest strategy since it gives huge traffic to my website.
Pinning is everything for today’s bloggers, so I would recommend you to
If you don’t use Pinterest for some reason, I would recommend you trying.
Blogging is a business that can be started by anyone. Starting a successful WordPress blog is simple but requires consistency. Some bloggers start making income during the first months of blogging while others cannot do this for years. Everything depends on the strategy you select and your desire to invest time and effort. I wish you happy blogging and will be ready to help with it when needed – just contact me and let’s talk.
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