How to Start a Profitable Blog in 20 Minutes
You’ve decided to dive into blogging headfirst! Blogging is an awesome way to share what you know and are an expert on, with others.
Your blog is a place to vent, it’s an online journal, it’s where you can share your passions and more. Starting a blog is a WHOLE LOT EASIER than you may think! Here’s how to start a profitable blog in 20 minutes!
PICK A NICHE
What will your blog be about?
The best way to work out what your blog should be about, is to consider what your skills and passions are. You may want to consider how you spend your days. Do you do something unique that you assist others learning?
Some examples: food, healthy living, fashion, parenting, etc.
You can even pick a super specific topic like eating raw, living with diabetes, parenting a special needs child, etc. Once you’ve selected your niche, the next step is to get building!
BUY YOUR DOMAIN NAME
Do some brainstorming to think of a catchy blog name. Find that domain and go with it. Check with Bluehost for your domain name.
It didn’t take too long to pick this blog’s name, Love My Blog. A few hours or so. The name just fit.
Once you pick your domain name and buy it, you’ll move onto building your blog (WordPress, of course)
BUILD YOUR BLOG
There are many platforms available for your blog.
There are many blog platforms to choose from. I recommend WordPress wholeheartedly. These days it’s really the only platform you want to use if you want Google and other search engines to pay any attention to you. You will also have more control over your content, your website and your design. They offer a bunch of perks and work with Bluehost to connect your hosting seamlessly. If you decide to go with WordPress, here’s a tip: go with WordPress.org (not WordPress.com). Then, head back over to Bluehost to set up hosting.
Pick your Bluehost package:
I usually go with the Basic Plan. But recently, the Plus and Prime plans have been the same price (only $2 higher than Basic) and come with all kinds of perks (marketing offers, unlimited email accounts, etc.). Whichever option you select, you can always change it later, upgrading or downgrading in the future if you need to.
Check out the simple step-by-step process (with screenshots) to show you exactly how to complete the sign-up process, start to finish!
EASY STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
Register, then pick your plan, and lastly, pay. That’s it!
Check out the screenshots below:
Input your account info (shown above) then, pick your hosting plan (below)…
Next comes your billing information then…
WELCOME TO BLUEHOST!
First, head over to cPanel and login.
And, that’s it! Now comes the fun part.
DESIGN YOUR BLOG
Whoo-hoo, if you’ve made it here, you’re more than halfway done! To recap, you’ve picked your niche and domain name, and completed your blog build.
Next, comes Design.
Pick your blog’s theme. WordPress does offer a theme store but I recommend you head over to Studiopress or Bluchic to view their awesome collection of themes.
When it’s time to do your blog set up, you’ll do some things like:
- Create categories
- Create pages
- Adding plugins
Your pages will most likely be: About Me, Contact, FAQ, Advertise, Resources, and any other blog categories you’d like to add.
WRITE YOUR FIRST POST
Your blog is set up and now it’s time to prepare your first post.
Pro Tip: Highly recommended that you set up an editorial calendar, which will help you stay organized. Coschedule has a great calendar that you’ll love.
You can post to your blog as often as you would like. Some bloggers add new content once a week. Me? I try to post 5-6x per week. That’s just me. Post according to your preference.
Tips for writing awesome content:
- Use plenty of white space: Break up your text with white space. It’s easy on the eyes. Have line breaks often.
- Images, images, images: Infographics, photography, graphs, and charts are awesome to insert in your posts.
- Proofread it: This is such a given. Make sure you proofread. It can be exciting to wrap up your post and want to hit “publish” but, go through the entire post to check for grammar and spelling errors.
- Use tools to help: Grammarly is highly recommended.
- Write long-form content: 1,000-2,000 words or more is what I’d recommend. Search engines love long content.
- Use tags and make sure your posts end up in the right categories
Once your post is complete, hit Publish!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on starting a blog in 20 minutes.
Do you have blogging secrets?
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