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The point of this post is to show you just how easy it is to start a WordPress blog that makes money, the steps you need to take to get it going and how to keep it going. Starting a blog
is the very best thing I ever decided to do! It has given me a way to voice how I feel, and help others at the same time. Everyone is good at something, and there always people out there that want help or to learn what it is that you already know!
Click here to start a WordPress Blog with Siteground and then pop back here for an easy step-by-step tutorial.
If you are looking to start a blog at a great price, then choosing Siteground just may be the best option for you. I use them for my hosting, and I highly recommend them.
A few good reasons to start a WordPress blog that makes money…
- It allows you to help others with your knowledge and experiences. You can reach thousands of people with a blog!
- It can supplement, or even replace your current income if you want it to
- It’s a fantastic way to let your creativity out!
- It gives you the freedom to work where you want, all you need is a computer and an internet connection
Siteground consistently appear as the number 1 rated hosting company on the WordPress Hosting Facebook Group which has over 8000 members and you can start your very own blog with them for as little as £2.95 per month! Plus their exclusive discounts are across all of their plans, not just the longer term ones, meaning you can sign up for just 12 months and still get their discounted rate!
Here’s a little information about Siteground and why I believe they are the best hosting provider:
- They are incredibly easy to use – I was able to set up my own blog, all by myself with them. (I normally have to get my son to do anything technical for me!)
- Their customer service is excellent – This is one of the biggest priorities for me. I will actually pay extra for a service if the customer service is high quality. They will help you set up your site and answer any of your technical questions
- 24/7 Support – if you find yourself blogging at stupid ‘o’ clock in the morning and need help, just pick up the phone and they will be there for you!
- They back up your blog – daily back ups are done for you for free
- Their uptime (the amount of time your website is available without any interruptions) is fantastic. – I have had no down time at all since I started my blog.
- Great value domain names – You can purchase your domain name when you sign up for hosting, which is so convenient, you can manage everything under one roof!
- WordPress is free through Siteground!
Click here to get started and if you need any help with set up, pricing, plans, etc, just send me an email – I’m here to help!
So let me teach you exactly what you need to do…
Go to Siteground and click ‘sign up now.’
You will come to a page like this:
Choose your plan. I started with the Grow Big plan straight away because it allows for hosting multiple websites under one plan. I want to start my own store in the near future and I knew that when I started so it made sense.
Pop in all your information and decide if you want Domain Privacy and HackAlerting (this is personal preference, so I will leave this choice up to you).
Now that you’re all set up, think about this: you have your own business for under £50! Not many people can say that!
Now we’re going to cheat a little bit and install WordPress real quick 😉
- When you sign up to Sitegrounds hosting packages, you will receive all the information you need to log in. Log into your customer area.
- You will be greeted with a pop up asking if you want to set up a new website. Select that option and click on the WordPress button:
A new section will appear where you enter your login information for your new WordPress application. Once you have filled this in, click confirm. Next choose any enhancements you wish to add to your account – if any. Now click on the complete setup button.
And that’s it! You now have a website in less than 5 minutes flat! Use your login details and go to www.YOURNEWBLOG.com/wp-admin and login.
Time to set up your theme.
A good theme has a few features:
- An easy to use menu – for your readers to be able to navigate your site, a menu is a must!
- An about page – Let your readers know who you are!
- Your latest blog posts – readers like to click around on your website, so it makes sense to make it easier for them to do this by showing your latest posts on your home page
- Social media icons – People love to share what they find with their friends, having social media follow icons means they can do just that, wherever they prefer to hang out – this is also free advertising for you!
- A contact page – Once you get a following of loyal readers, your audience will likely want to contact you, make it easy for them to do this
- A colour scheme and font system – keeping to two or three colours and fonts makes your site look cleaner and more appealing. It will also allow you to build a brand by incorporating them into all your business communications across social media and ecommerce platforms, therefore making you recognisable to your readers.
- When logged into your dashboard, choose Appearance → Themes
Select ‘add new’ and type ‘Lifestyle’ into the search box. Now select the Lifestyle theme.
Click ‘install’ and then ‘activate’ and your theme will be installed for you.
Now you can play around with the customisation and see what you like about it and what you want to change.
Now for the best bit: Time to write your first post!
Add a new post by clicking ‘posts → add new’ in the sidebar.
When writing posts, I try to stick to a general layout guide. It’s useful to have an idea in your mind of how you want your posts to flow.
Here’s my guideline:
Your headline is what is going to attract people to your post, so it needs to be compelling. Think ‘How to’ guides, lists and ‘Why you’ve been doing x wrong all this time’ type posts.
This is the introduction to your post. Give a brief overview of what the post is about and how it will help your readers. If you can get them to read your intro, they will usually read the post!
Next to your intro, try to place a small image that is relevant to your post. When people see just a sea of text it can instantly turn them away. They want quick information that is easy to read. Having an image next to your introduction gives the illusion of less text to read. You can add images by clicking the ‘add media’ button at the top your writing space.
Your first sub-heading should be aiming to draw your reader to your first piece of content. Make a promise with it, what will they find out by reading your post? How will it benefit them?
Your initial piece of content should trigger an emotional response. If you’re writing a post to help, reference the problem. It will make your reader feel like you are talking personally to them because they feel like you understand exactly what they are going through, and therefore, be encouraged to keep reading.
Call To Action 1
A call to action is a subtle (or obvious) hint to your reader that you want them to do something. In my posts, I often use this section to ask my readers to pin a graphic to pinterest, but it can be to subscribe to your mailing list, download a free printable, tweet a quote or anything else that you can think of. But ideally, it should benefit both you and your reader.
With the second sub-heading, you want to let your audience know exactly what you are going to do for them with this post, ie, the step-by-step guide to whatever you’re teaching, the how to, or the promotional review of the product that’s going to change their lives. By this stage, you have connected with your reader, so now you need to lead them to take action.
Your second piece of content is where all the magic happens! Give your advice, instructions, review, whatever it is that you’re aiming for. This is the place to deliver!
Call To Action 2
Here’s where you draw your conclusion, summarise, and let your reader know exactly what it is you want them to do. Tell them what that is, and why it will benefit them.
That’s basically all there is to it. I found when I started to properly structure my posts, I had more engagement and a lower bounce rate.
Try to write 3-5 posts following this structure for your blog before moving onto the next stage.
Some other helpful tips for you:
- When scheduling your pins on Pinterest, use Tailwind to get the most out of your time, you can use it free to begin with!
- If you want to start your email list, I recommend Mailerlite for email campaigns, landing pages, automations and more, also free, up to 1000 subscribers and unlimited monthly emails!
- To learn how to be an affiliate marketing pro and make income from your blog, Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing is THE course to take!
- For in depth Pinterest training, The She Approach To Making Pinterst Possible is amazing!
If you need help at any stage, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org – I’m here to help!
Do you want to start a WordPress blog? What questions do you have that may not have been answered above? Please leave your comments below!