Want to start a profitable blog? It’s an easy way to make money from home, easy to get started and you can do it anywhere in the world with wifi! I can help you do it fast and effectively with five easy steps.
Why write a profitable blog fast?
Well if you want to make money with your blog, the quicker you get started the better. It took me 10 years of searching about my passions and hobbies on Pinterest and following other bloggers who inspired and sparked my creativity to finally find the guts to just do it.
But NOW was the time to start. It’s time to do something for myself and make extra money so I can stay home with my boys living our homestead dreaming and not returning to work full time when my maternity leave is up.
If you’re like me and decided to start a blog, it can be overwhelming. In this post I’ll share with you the 5 steps I took to get my blog started and share with you the lessons I learned in preparing to launch my blog.
How to start blogging in 5 easy steps
I started out by challenging myself to writing 21 drafts in 21 days. Every day I’d write and reflect on our first 3 years as homesteaders. What lessons did we learn, what worked and what failed miserably? What advice do I have for others?
It takes 21 days to start a new habit and the odds of being successful are much higher. If you’ve already jotted drafts on scrap and thrown in a shoe box over the years or it’s floating around in your head like me, you have an idea of your topic or niche you’re ready to go.
In January of 2019 I had accomplished the basics to launch my blog. I did my 21 drafts challenge for myself, and in the meantime did research about how exactly to do this all. Without a lot of time with children napping and coffee always getting cold I learned to do the following.
Over the month of January I did these 5 things to prepare to launch my blog.
1. Choose a niche
It’s important to choose a topic for your blog that speaks to your heart, something that is already a big part of your life and that you have enough information about to share with others. You don’t have to be an expert, but if you’re a go to person in your circle of family and friends on say keeping house then you’re on the right track to being an expert. If you find that people ask you advice on that topic, then you are an expert to some degree and worthy of sharing with others through a blog.
Choose a name for your blog that makes sense. Keep it simple. Spell it correctly. Then see if it’s available. I started my drafts on WordPress.com, because I thought that was the right place to do it, turns out wordpress.org is where you want to se up your domain.
2. GET HOSTING AND A DOMAIN NAME
I chose a reliable hosting company, that many other homesteading bloggers use. I went with what was recommended, and what kept coming up was Siteground. As soon as I had signed up, I was happy with how easy it was.
When you buy hosting you need to set up your domain name at the same time, that’s why its important to have already figured out your niche and a name for your blog.
Click here to go to the hosting page and follow these steps:
1. Select “Get a New Hosting Account”.
2. Select “Register a New Domain”.
3. Choose your hosting plan. Tip: If you’re just starting out, the cheapest plan is fine! You can upgrade as needed at a prorated price.
4. Complete the payment info section and submit! Tip: I would get both the privacy and site monitoring services, though they are optional.
3. SET UP YOUR BLOG
Get your site looking pretty and how you want it laid out using WordPress and a theme
You’ll need to install WordPress on your Siteground account
- Log into your Siteground account.
- Click “My Account” at the top of the screen.
- Click “cPanel”.
- Scroll until you see “WordPress”, click that button.
- Follow all on screen instructions to install WordPress on your domain.
Log into your WordPress account and click “Appearances” then “Themes” to set up your blog the way you’d like it.
Setting up my theme while working on drafts took me about a week or two worth of nap periods to get used to using WordPress and my theme. I really recommend purchasing the Midnight Theme from Victoria at a Modern Homestead for a few reasons. Her instructions are clear and help make it easy to set up a professional looking blog when you are clueless ( like I was) there’s a lot of lingo and terminology about blog set up that was new to me and she helped make sense of it all.
4. SORT OUT YOUR DRAFTS
In each niche there are several categories that can easily fall. Take those 21 drafts and try and sort them out. Check out your pinterest boards, that’s a good place to start drafting ideas. For my blog, my ideas always seemed to fall under homestead kids, homestead life, gardening and raising animals.
I found that these drafts grew from a few to many, and my ideas were broad and each draft turned into a more. Keep track of how your ideas link as you can easily use this later.
5. TAKE IT SERIOUSLY
And by that I mean take a course, learn quickly from experts and get going!
It takes a lot of time and dedication to get a blog up and running, there are tricks and tips to do it quickly but it doesn’t happen over night. If you want to have a professional looking blog and start making a profit from your hard work I recommend taking a course.
What saved me in the process of getting started was purchasing the Ebook Make money blogging at any level- from 1,000 page views and up! and then taking the Launch Your Blog course from Victoria at A Modern Homestead and Anna from Celebrating a Simplier Life. I was hesitant because I’m cheap, but it was the best decision I could have made when getting started in that first month.
I launched this blog, February 1st 2019!!! ( I write this January 26th, so the pressure is on !)
I’ve finished the course and I continue to reference to it. I’ve taken these 5 steps myself. Now I’m working on Anna’s 30 days to 10,000 page views for the month of February with the goal of 10,000 in March 2019!