Blog income is easy peasy
If you’re not blogging, then start now! Did you know that there are bloggers making over $1 million annually or over $400,000 on a single post? That’s really nuts. And if you have a blog and not earning money through affiliate marketing, then you’re losing money left and right. Writing in a blog doesn’t require of much education other than the ability to communicate, use a computer and have a hobby that you want to tell everyone about. I’m not saying you need to have technical skills, just know how to use a keyboard.
Ready! Get Set! Go!
So, do you want to know how to start a blog? Then I will show you how with this instruction. Years ago when I was making my fig website, I didn’t actually know how to build a blog, so I took the easy route and went to WordPress.com and made my blog in there. Although I still didn’t understand much about designing it like another blog, so I set it up as though it were just a standard information website for my friends. Then just 3 months ago I came across another blogger who makes $110,000 monthly off of her blog and so I decided that I too wanted my website to behave like a traditional blog.
Blogs are for everyone (cookie makers, travelers, income advice, etc). Remind yourself this: This is an opportunity to earn tremendous income!
I already knew about how to make a website and utilizing the features that my web hosting service had available since creating an online dating website. Thanks to some patience and late work nights, I set out to install WordPress and begin learning everything I needed to know to get to this point. Once I installed it, I realized how much I was missing out in terms of functionality.
When I spent the time learning the process, I thought to myself wouldn’t it be wonderful if I had followed instructions like this in one place where I could spend less time developing the site from start to finish?
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In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make your own blogs from the beginning to the end.
What is WordPress?
Before we begin, I will explain to you what WordPress is and why I recommend that you use it to build your blog. WordPress.org, a self-hosted tool (rather than WordPress.com where you create free-hosted blogs) is a free CMS (Content Management System). It is easy to use and provides you with total control over your website or blogs. What I mean is that you can install plugins, opportunities to install custom professional themes and so much more.
The steps involved in this tutorial include
- Keyword research
- Registering your domain name and purchasing a web hosting plan
- Transferring your domain from another hosting service
- Creating a WordPress admin email account
- Installing WordPress
- Selecting a custom theme
1. Keyword research
It’s a good idea to research keywords that you can include in your domain name. A valuable tool that you can use for this is the Google Adwords Keyword Planner. Or you can use the outdated Google Global Market Finder tool. You may need to write a long list of domain name ideas in case if your first choice has already been taken. Be sure to not tell anyone the name of your domain name idea until you have one registered.
These are tools available that you can try out for creating your domain name
2. Registering your domain name and purchasing a web hosting plan
Choose a website domain by looking back at your keyword research. The name you choose will be reflected on a carefully chosen niche that will grab traffic. Register your domain name at Certified Hosting
I like this service because they give out so many freebies including free backups and free SSL certificates (https://). SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer and protects your website from hackers or government spying. It also protects your users if your site collects credit card information if you are selling products. When you need technical help, they respond immediately. Other services like Blue Host, trap you into a low price and then list additional features at a price and you end up with a price tag of close to $5 per month. At Certified Hosting, you get those same things at no extra charge.
Certified Hosting gives you one hosted domain and while starting off with your first blog, you should choose the Dork plan. I have been a customer of this service since year 2011 and I’ve been a satisfied with their service and you will too. I made an exclusive deal with them right here on my site where you will get your Dork plan for just $3.95/mo. Unlimited Hosting means unlimited everything! See the list below.
Next, you will check to be sure your domain name is available and choose whether you want it to be .com or .co, which is popular among bloggers.
3. Transferring your domain from another web hosting service
To begin the process, go to this link:
You will need to have your transfer authorization code ready.
Your domain needs to be UNLOCKED and over 60 days old.
If you recently purchased the domain name, it will not transfer.
You will receive an email from your current registrar to the email address listed for the administrative contact on the domain name.
In the email will be a link that you need to follow and authorize the transfer.
Transfers can take 3-5 days to process. We suggest that in the meantime you update your name servers over to us so that you can start using your new hosting account right away. PLEASE NOTE: When domains are transferred all current information including current name servers is transferred. Your name servers will still be pointing to your old host until they are updated.
Updating or Changing DNS
When ever you make a DNS (domain name server) the change takes around 24-48 hours to complete. These 24-48 hours is a time period called “Propagation”. Propagation refers to the amount of time it takes for all the DNS servers everywhere around the world to recognize the fact that either a new domain is being registered, a domain name has been changed, or that the authority for that domain has changed. This can cause your website to be up and down randomly during the first 48 hours for different people at different times.
The best way to describe this if you can think of DNS like a zip code. If you try to send a letter without zip code, the post office doesn’t know where to send it and it may bounce around until they are able to find it. Domain names are the same way. If your domain doesn’t have the proper DNS set up, the internet doesn’t know what network and server to send your request to.
Please review the Certified Hosting video tutorials on this process
Once the transfer is approved you will receive an email that the transfer has been completed. If your name servers have still not been updated, please login to your admin area and take the following steps:
- From top menu “Domains”
- Click on “My Domains”
- Wrench button on far right “View Details”
- Click on “Change the nameservers your domain points to”
4. Create an email address for your WordPress admin account
Your WordPress account is going to need an Admin email address for when you begin your installation process.
To make one, enter the Cpanel by typing into the web browser address bar. Example: http://www.yourdomain.co/cpanel
Login with the domain account ID and password that you created when registering your domain. Once you are in the cpanel, you can arrange the boxes in the way you want them by clicking and dragging on the heading bar on top of each box. Scroll to the Email box and click on the Email Accounts icon.
Next, fill in the form as shown below. The best passwords are created by the password generator. They tend to be very long and complicated, so copy and paste them into a secure location. I like to choose Unlimited storage (it’s free anyway). When you are finished press the Create Account button.
5. Installing WordPress
Now that you have registered your domain, you should enter your cpanel where you will install your free WordPress website application. Return to the cpanel by clicking on the Home button at the top left of the screen and scroll down to the Softaculous Apps Installer box. Then click open the Softaculous Apps Installer icon that’s circled below.
The first page that opens should have these large icons visible. Hover your mouse over the W icon as shown below and click on the Install button and follow the steps in the following images.
- Alternatively, you can enter the word “WordPress” into the search box at the top and then click on the W icon under the Softaculous Apps Installer section and then the Install button on the following page.
Create the Admin username
- Choose the username that you will use as the administrator login. Suggestion: choose a username other than “admin”
- Create a password. I personally like to click on the Key button to generate a password
- Insert the email address that you created in Step 4
- Now click in the box for Logonizer
- Choose a temporary (placeholder) theme
- When you have made your selection, fill in an email address to receive important information
- Now, click on the Install button
Once you are finished installing WordPress, you will receive an email with admin login instructions.
These instructions will inform you to go to your web browser address line and type in: (example http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin)
Login to WordPress using your admin login info.
After you log in, immediately go to Settings > Permalinks
Click the bullet for Date and Time. This is how your posts will be organized in the structure of your website and it’s the best choice for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Click the Save Changes button
6. Selecting a custom theme
Once you have installed the WordPress platform, you will need a professional theme. A theme is essentially a stylized user interface. You can design your own, but to give you a quick head start you should purchase a high quality theme. Most of the free themes in WordPress are old and not responsive to cell phones or other portable device screens. My personal choice is to purchase a theme from Beautiful Dawn Designs. The theme I use from this service is called Serenity. Just go to this website, select the theme to purchase and then follow the installation instructions.
There you have it! Now you’re ready to start writing your blog topics and making your blog income for wealth.
Helpful WordPress tips:
- In order to publish your first story you go into the admin area (backend) and click on Posts.
- If you want to add a page, then click on Pages.
- If you want to add an image, then click on Media
- Go to Appearance > Widgets to add items to the side bar and footer.
- If you are looking for a way to send emails or newsletters where the first 2000 emails are free, then I recommend using MailChimp
- A useful newsletter forms plugin that I use is called MailChimp for WP
- To hide private information in your affiliate links, then get a plugin called Pretty Link. Plugins > Add New. Then at the top right search bar, type in Pretty Link, Install and Activate
- To install a premade WordPress theme, Go to Appearance > Themes and try one out with Live Preview or install one by clicking the Activate button. You should select one that is responsive to devices that have small screens. I first began using a free theme, but then I later decided that I wanted a custom theme that looked more up to date and professional.
Contact me if:
- If you sign up for Certified Hosting, but you are confused for any reason (such as how to set it up, picking a plan, pricing, etc.), you can always send me an email and I can help you. That’s what I’m here for so don’t be afraid to reach me.
- Your site does not require an SSL certificate, but if you prefer this sense of privacy and want a free SSL certificate, please contact me. It also does not require an EU cookies notice.