I created The Pay At Home Parent in February of 2018 to help you be a successful home-based business owner, blogger or side hustler. As a wife, mom and frugal homemaker, I still make a full-time income on a part-time work schedule and I know that you can too!
In the next few minutes, I will walk you through the 5 steps you need to take to start a blog on WordPress. Whether you’re aspiring to be a hobby blogger, a side cash blogger, or a quit your day job and make big bucks blogger, then you’ve come to the right place!
Using my tutorial to start a blog on WordPress, you can have your blog set up and ready to go in less than a day.
But here is the catch. Do not get hung up on the details. If you wait until your blog looks perfect and has 25 posts before launching, then you’ll burn out before ever seeing any traffic or earning any money! The goal is to get your blog set up and launched (while working through the details as you go).
After blogging for more than three years, I can say that being a blogger is not easy. Sure, it is simple to start a blog, but it is not simple to become a successful blogger and make money from it. Success will come with reader-focused writing, social media marketing and a willingness to learn and grow as a blogger.
This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure policy for details.
What NOT to Do When Starting A Blog
So, you’re really considering starting a blog? That’s GREAT! I am so happy to have others join me in this fun (yet sometimes difficult) quest.
Blogging is a way to voice your opinions, stories and help others better themselves. When striving to help your audience, you can truly succeed as a blogger!
Before I walk you through the steps on how to start a blog, let’s briefly talk about what not to do when starting a blog.
1. Do Not Forget Your Audience
Though your audience and niche can develop in time, the most important thing to do is to remember your audience with every blog you publish.
If you publish a fantastic, long, perhaps funny blog post, but it does not help your reader or solve a problem, then you are forgetting your audience.
Always remember who you are writing for and what problems you can help solve!
2. Do Not Think That Blogging is “Easy”
Maybe you’re an avid writer and the words flow like nothing. But that does not mean that blogging for money is going to be easy!
Yes, being a great writer will help you succeed, but it’s only a piece of the puzzle of blogging. You need to remember that blogging includes writing, networking, daily learning and much more.
Join my blogger support group on Facebook and ask your blogging related questions! The more help you accept, the easier it will get!
3. Do Not Set Too Many High Goals
Starting a blog is the easiest and quickest part of becoming a blogger. But once your blog is live and you’re ready to hit publish on your post, your mind will start to set ridiculously high goals to attain.
Rather than setting high goals, collaborate with other bloggers and determine goals each week or month that you can realistically accomplish. Perhaps your first goal is to get traffic to your blog, write your blog posts the right way, get backlinks to your blog, or gain a certain number of followers on various social media platforms.
Whatever goals you set, just be sure that you keep them realistic and don’t beat yourself up if you miss a goal!
4. Do Not Give Up!
When you first start a blog, just remember that whatever you do, do not give up! It will take time to develop a successful blog. Some bloggers will see success in the first week, while others will struggle to make their first dollar before 6 months have passed!
The important thing to remember is that if you are seeking support and learning from other bloggers, then you are well on your way to becoming a successful blogger.
It’s completely normal to not make much money in the first 6 months after launching your blog, especially if you’re only working on it for a few hours per week. But in time, that work will pay off!
Why Start a Blog on WordPress?
There are many reasons to start a blog on WordPress. One of the most popular reasons I hear today is “to make money online.” It’s certainly understandable for any knowledgeable blogger to expect to make money from their dedication! Most readers will also understand that talented bloggers don’t share secrets, tips and valuable information with no intent to make a decent income in return.
Keep in mind that making money blogging doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, I wouldn’t suggest you quit your day job until you’ve established an audience. Your audience might be in the form of a social media following or an email list (or preferably both). But the most important thing is that you target your audience and then you work on building it.
I will walk you through each requirement to start your blog on WordPress.
5 Steps to Start Your Money-Making Blog
Typically, a new blogger steps into the blogging domain with the intent to make money. But there are occasions where writers are just looking for an outlet to share their story! Whether you are here to learn how to start a blog to make money or just for fun, keep in mind that the steps are the same.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Choose a Blog Subject
Believe it or not, many will think this is such a difficult step that they allow themselves to forgo starting a blog because they just can’t decide on a topic. Well, I’m here to tell you not to let this step deter you! Because guess what? You will probably pick a blog theme and topic and then change it two weeks down the road, just like I did. The point is that it’s okay to change your mind and transition to a new subject!
When choosing a subject for your blog, consider starting with the topics that interest you the most. That way you will look forward to writing your next blog post! Plus, you’ll probably have the most knowledge on a subject that is intriguing to you.
11 blog subject ideas to consider for your niche:
- Money saving tips
- Parenting tips
- Health and Fitness
- Interior Design
- Trending Stories
Step 2: Select a blog platform
Choosing a blogging platform doesn’t need to be overwhelming. There are many options available, but for the purpose of this blog, I will mention the three that I’ve had experience with: WordPress, Wix and Weebly.
I’ve found that WordPress is best for a blog because it offers the most flexibility to monetize your blog with ease and load times are fast (very important).
For the purpose of this tutorial, I will walk you through each step using screenshots and instructions tailored to WordPress.
The reason I suggest WordPress is because not only is it the most popular blogging platform out there, but it is also one of the most affordable solutions. For less than $4 per month, you can maintain a blog with the potential to make enough money to cover any expenses incurred from running your blog and much more. That’s no more than the cost of just one Caramel Latte from your favorite local coffee shop.
Step 3: Decide on a host
You will need to choose a host for your new WordPress blog. If you are unsure what a host is – just think of it as a “rental space” on the internet. It costs money to store your physical property in a storage unit, and similarly, it costs money to store your written blogs and images on the World Wide Web.
Thankfully there is an affordable hosting solution with SiteGround. They have the best customer service and tech support I’ve ever contacted and they are available 24/7!
Click here to open SiteGround and start your blog
Make sure to keep this page open in a separate tab so you can continue following the instructions below!
First, open SiteGround and select the orange “Get Started” button below the plan of your choice. Simply select the plan that works best for you. If you’re just starting out, it’s okay to start with the most affordable option.
Step 4: Secure your favorite domain name (URL)
If you do not already have a domain, the next step will be to choose a domain name. I use Namecheap because it’s secure, simple to navigate and cheap.
You can choose anything from your full name (if available) to a unique sequence of words that summarizes your blog’s subject. And don’t worry; if you decide to change your domain name only two weeks later like I did, that’s okay! Most domain names are pretty cheap!
If you already have a domain name or you’ve purchased one on Namecheap, select “I already have a Domain” and then enter it on SiteGround to continue setting up your blog.
*Note: it’s not advisable to purchase both your hosting and domain name through the same company. That’s why I highly recommend choosing Namecheap.
Select “proceed” when you are ready to continue.
You will now need to setup your account with SiteGround. Fill in all information completely and accurately. Review your package selection. There are plans starting from 12 months to 36 months.
Select “pay now” when you’re ready to commit to your new blog!
SiteGround is the absolute best host for beginners and will help you choose a theme and set it up as soon as you’ve ordered! Make sure to login into your new account and start a chat with tech support if you’re not sure where to go next.
Step 5: Start Blogging!
You can now add your very first blog post! Use this opportunity to introduce yourself, your mission, your expertise, and anything else that will tell readers why they should follow your blog! You can also set up your navigation bar (home, categories, about me, contact, etc.) so that visitors can easily peruse your blog. You can create additional pages or setup an eCommerce store if you have products to showcase!
And last, but certainly not least, sit back and admire your live blog!
Get to know your target audience and create content they love to read! You can always write about what you love the most and your audience will find you. But it is always best to be proactive and get your blog in front of as many readers as possible.
Make sure to join Facebook blogging support groups, start a business Pinterest account and start sharing your new blog as soon as you’re ready to be seen!
Like I said before, it’s easy to start a blog on WordPress. The difficult part is running and maintaining a profitable blog. After you start your blog on WordPress, make sure to check out my top tips for bloggers here:
Writing a Blog Post This Way Will Make You Succeed
How to Increase Traffic to Your Blog (and Keep it There)
How to Get Backlinks to Your Blog Every Day
Click here to open SiteGround and start a blog on WordPress