It’s the easiest way to do things. Plus, Bluehost does a great job through every part of the process. How to start a blog? Bluehost makes it easy.
You can buy a hosting one Bluehost that will allow you to host as many domains as your heart desires. I recommend this. As any online hustler will tell you, there’s a high probability you’ll be building more than one site in the future.
Go With WordPress
If you’re blogging, you’ll immediately want to upload WordPress through Bluehost. This is step number two. No ifs, ands, or buts. Bloggers need WordPress.org.
Just do it. Bluehost makes it easy. This is legit all you have to do:
They guide you step-by-step. There’s no guesswork here. Installing WordPress is easy.
Once you have WordPress installed, your site will be live and ready to go. But we’re not done yet. There’s still a number of steps before you actually start making cash. So let’s dive in.
Installing a Theme
The nest step is to install a WordPress theme. When you initially open your WordPress dashboard, they install a free theme from the jump. Right now, this free theme is called “Twenty Seventeen” – and it’s not that bad.
But I would NOT recommend using this theme to start your blog. Your site will look like every other brand new blog, there aren’t many features, and it’s fairly bland.
If you plan to make money from your blog, then you’ll want to buy a premium, responsive WordPress theme.
While responsive themes aren’t cheap, they’re worth the investment. By the way, responsive means the theme works on all screens – from mobile to desktops to iPads.
I won’t dive too deep here. You’ll quickly learn about plugins as you start pumping content. To start, you’ll want to download a few main WordPress Plugins:
Akismet – This blocks spam on comments.
Yoast SEO – Plugin designed to help you rank better in Google.
Easy Social – Allows people to share your content on social media.
Contact form – Helps people get in touch.
Disqus – Makes commenting on your blog easier than ever.
These five plugins are ideal for beginning bloggers. They’ll all help you get things going quickly and correctly.
How to Start a Blog: Content Creation
At this point in the game, you have a functioning website. You’ve bought a domain and hosting, you’ve installed WordPress, and now you have a premium theme installed, too.
What’s next? It’s time to create some content and make some cash. It’s time to watch those blogging dollars roll in.
Well, kind of. You’re going to have to show “Big Daddy” Google some love to get that far. You need to play the game the right way to start making some cash.
To make money blogging, you’ll need a plan, some keyword research, a ton of content, and some patience. Let’s take a look.
Your Blogging Plan
Unless you’re some world-class Hank Moody-type of writer, you can’t just aimlessly write words and expect your traffic and cash flow to skyrocket. You need a plan, and a good one.
You need to think through what you’re going to blog about and how you’re going to make that straight cash, homie.
First, start off by thinking about the topics you’ll write about. I write about travel and lifestyle here at Nomadic Hustle. Anything that’s about traveling and building an ideal lifestyle is fair game for me.
Pick one or two broad topics to base your blog around. Then start to think how you can make money with these topics.
Open up an Excel spreadsheet and let the ideas flow. Type up any ideas for articles, topics, anything really. You’ll always want to keep a working document of ideas.
No matter the blog topic, there’s only a few ways to make money. Basically, there are three ways to make cash from your website:
Advertising & Sponsorships
Often, the best blogs use a mix of two or three monetization methods. Take my friend Kyle for example. While he doesn’t do any advertising on his site, he does make cash through his own products and affiliate marketing.
Personally, I’ve stuck to affiliate marketing for the last few years. Eventually, I’ll create my own products, but for now – affiliate marketing it is.
For most beginners, affiliate marketing is the best way to make money from your blog. Just. Trust. Me.
You don’t have enough traffic to make a dollar from advertising when you start out. Brands only sponsor people with a decent readership. And creating a product takes time and effort. Plus, you won’t have a clue about the market for awhile, so building a product could be a huge waste.
So what is affiliate marketing? Basically, you write about other people’s products that you’ve used. You send traffic to their products and when traffic you sent makes a sale, you receive a percentage of said sale.
For example, I affiliate for Woolly Clothing Company through Amazon Associates Program. I’ve written about their Merino Wool Henley and their Merino Wool Tank Top – both great products for travelers.
Keyword Research Matters
So now you know how you’ll make money from your blog and have a vague idea what you’ll write about. It’s time to get into the nitty gritty. We’re talking details now.
The difference between a blog that gets hundreds of thousands of hits a month and one that gets 2-3K of traffic is often keyword research and optimization.
You can be a great writer with incredible content, but if Google can’t find the content – then most people won’t, either.
Travel junkie turned blogger. Location independent. From the Midwest, but often based in Latin America. Big on beaches, rumba, and rum. Addicted to the gym. Committed to showing a different style of travel – one that involves actually interacting with locals and exploring different cultures.