HOW TO START A BLOG-TO MAKE MONEY IN 2018

So you want to start a blog?  Great idea! You can make a full time income writing a blog, working when and where you want. You don’t necessarily need a college degree, a bunch of money in the bank, or even writing experience. Right now…with your current experience and skills… you can start a blog that could become the next major success. If you’ve found this blog post, odds are you already have the drive, but you might not know how to start. I’m glad you’re here! Keep reading and in just a few steps, you will be on your way to create a blog to escape your 9-5 job or make $1,000 extra per month.

Why do you want to start a blog? What problem do you want to solve? Who do you want to help? Use these questions to navigate what kind of blog you want to start. To make money with a blog… the truth is you need to find people who are looking for a solution to a problem…..and you need to be the answer.

Solve a Problem = Make Money

The bigger the problem–>The more $Money$ Here is a list of 21 Blog Niches that make money and tend to be the most popular

10 Popular Blog Niche Ideas

Here is a list of 10 blog niches that make money, and/or tend to be the most popular. If your blog falls under one of these topics, then there is likely to be a good sized audience for it.

  1. Business & Startup
  2. Creative, Decorating & DIY
  3. Finance
  4. Health, Food & Fitness
  5. Marketing & Social Media
  6. News
  7. Parenting
  8. Productivity
  9. Self-Improvement
  10. Technology

Read more at HOW TO DECIDE WHAT TO BLOG ABOUT If you already know what you want to blog about move on to STEP 2.

STEP 2. CHOOSE A DOMAIN

  • When choosing a domain name for a blog there are generally 2 paths people take…
  • Make it easy to type and easy to spell.

  • Make it pronounceable.

  • Keep it short.

  • Don’t use other company’s brand names or trademarked slogans.

  • Make sure that the blog’s name makes sense.

  • Avoid numberS and hyphens.

  • Don’t overthink it.

Try the tool below and see if your ideal blog’s domain name is available. If it’s unavailable, you’ll get some relevant suggestions.

Check Availability of domain names.

How much will a domain cost per year for my blog?

A domain costs around $10/year (depending on which domain extension you choose ex: .com, .net, .blog, .photography). Many hosting companies will give you a free domain name when you sign up for hosting. I’ll point out the best place for buying hosting in the section below.

STEP 3. FIND A HOST

What is Web Hosting and Why Do You Need it?

Web Hosting is the service that keeps your blog accessible for everyone. It is the only way for people to find your blog by typing in your domain name. Basically…you need a host.

You will want to pick a trustworthy host because if your blog goes offline all your hard work goes with it. The host is a big part of your site speed. Customer support is also an important factor to consider when choosing a host. You want to be able to call when an issue arises and have it fixed right away to avoid blog downtime as much as possible. 

When I was researching the best hosting options I came across many hosting companies and did research for about 3 months before coming to Hostinger.  Since I was just starting off I didn’t want to commit long term and found Hostinger which allows you to pay for 3 months at a time. As I researched Hostinger more, I found that they have better options than Bluehost (a major competitor). It is also lower in price!

I have been with Hostinger for 1 year and I have had nothing but a great experience with them. Check out this comparison chart below.

Hostinger has a 30 day money back guarantee and you can get a free domain name in the process. What’s not to love?

  • My website loads quickly
  • I have never had a problem with my blog being offline
  • Their customer service was available the moment that I needed help with quick and friendly customer service.

Now onto getting signed up with Hostinger. ———>Click here to get started.<——- To go to Hostinger and start your blog today! (The link will open in a new window so you can reference these instructions as you work.)

Select your plan Choose the plan you’d like to start with by clicking one of the red or purple “get started” buttons. I chose the “Premium Web Hosting” because you get more unlimited features.
Choose an account plan based on how far in advance you want to pay. Hostinger bills 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 2 years, 3 years, or 4 years upfront.  If you pay for 12 months or more up front then you get a free domain! (same as Bluehost). This is the most flexible payment options with the best quality. As you can see, it works out to be a very reasonable monthly amount. And the more you pay up front the better the deal. Not bad for your own blog or website that will be making you money?! It’s a great deal.
Enter your billing info Next, fill in your billing information and create an account.
Verify your email.
You get a welcome email from Hostinger!
Log into Hostinger Member Area and move on to the STEP 4 GET STARTED WITH WORDPRESS!

STEP 4 GET STARTED WITH WORDPRESS

Click on blue “Hosting Accounts” these are the accounts that Hostinger hosts for you.
Click on purple “Manage” button
Click on auto installer.
Enter WordPress in the search field. You will be presented with the latest version of WordPress. Click on it.
Follow the direction to set up your admin log in.

STEP 6 DESIGN YOUR BLOG

STEP 7 START ADDING PAGES AND POSTS