If you’re reading this post, it’s because you’re interested in how to start a profitable blog. Maybe you have tinkered with Medium, blogger, WordPress, and Tumblr. You’ve read a lot of blog posts on ‘how to start a blog’ on Pinterest but you are yet to start.
This was me back in 2016. I was a BSc Economics & Statistics student and would read blogs upon blogs about travel and fashion or lifestyle blogs with a deep longing of want9ing to curate a similar digital space. I tinkered with blogger and WordPress, before settling on WordPress and self-hosting in 2018.
1. Find and Choose a Niche
As a Digital Content Specialist, writer on Medium and Pinterest traffic, there are a lot of topics I could talk about on my site like email marketing, blogging about blogging, traffic, eCommerce and the like.
However, I am not passionate about these topics. When choosing a niche, choose a topic you’re passionate about otherwise you’ll end up hating your blog. Writing about things you have no interest in becomes such an energy drain.
Here are the top blogging niches:
- Fashion and Beauty.
- Finance blogs
- Health and Fitness
- Make money online
- Blogging and SEO
- DIY and crafts
My blog is a lifestyle blog that covers fashion, faith, travel and writing topics. I chose Lifestyle as I am a multifaceted human being and so are my readers.
Pick a Blog Name
Choosing a blog name depends on whether you want to follow the branding route (using your own name), or use a name that best describes your blog or maybe you just want to be cute.
Branding: nderisarah.com (my own name).
A name that best describes the blog_ scarymommy.com (parenting blog).
A cute blog name: outandabout.com, or thecurlygirlnikkie.com.
You get the drift.
I don’t think the name matters as much. What matters when choosing a blog name is a firm decision on whether to choose branding or not and the content you create.
Pick a Hosting Provider
A hosting provider is a business that allows your website to be visible on the internet. Hosting providers will require you to own your domain and if you have none, they’ll help acquire one. Features offered by hosting providers include regular site backups, email accounts and WordPress support.
For a hosting provider, choose Bluehost. Bluehost offers hosting starting from $3.95 a month. Here are the perks of choosing Bluehost:
A free domain name for the 1st year.
Free SSL certificate included.
Customer support is available 24/7.
1- Click WordPress installation.
Easy to use customer dashboard.
How To Install and Set up Bluehost
Go to Bluehost and click on get started. Next, set up your domain name.
Add your billing information
Then your account password:
After this, you want to set up your WordPress account. Write your blog name and tag line and continue to choose a theme. You can always change your theme afterwards. When I started blogging, I think I used a theme called twenty-twenty but later bought a better theme from the Envato market place.
Once you’ve picked your blog theme, click on start building to proceed to your WordPress dashboard. Here you can add 10 evergreen posts to give your theme shape, which also invites Google bots to start crawling your site.
You can also add plugins to make blogging easier. Here are the essential plugins you need to install.
Sign Up For Free Blogging Courses
For blogging courses, I suggest and approve of Start Your First Profitable Blog by Ana of The She Approach. She is detailed and takes you step by step through the course. Her courses and articles are always packed with valuable information.
Unless your blog is growing at a very fast rate, I would not recommend paid courses as it might turn out to be filled with information you don’t necessarily need right now. When you first start a blog, you want to focus on writing quality content first and traffic before thinking about ways to monetize.