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How to Setup a Moneymaking Blog … FAST

How to Setup a Moneymaking Blog ... FASTBy Holly Reisem Hanna

One of the biggest concerns for me when I launched my blog was what platform to use. I knew I had to purchase a domain name and hosting, but how to bring them together and make them work was a mystery to me. Because I was a new to tech world, I knew I wanted something easy, yet something that looked professional. However the easy solutions that were already put together looked amateurish and unprofessional.

Because of this I decided to hire a graphic designer to help me with the logistics of uploading WordPress to my host and to create a custom theme for me.

I had never worked with a graphic designer and knew nothing about how the design process was supposed to work. I ended up paying for all of her services upfront and sadly for me it was a costly mistake ($600 which did not include hosting costs or a domain purchase). After months of waiting for her to complete the work, she stopped communicating with me completely. Left with an incomplete blog, I had to find a web programmer to fix what she had left undone (another $150).

From start to finish it took 4 months to complete my blog. A process that I was initially told would take 6-8 weeks. Starting a moneymaking blog doesn’t have to be slow, expensive, or a hassle. In fact, if I had to do it all over again this is how I’d do it.

Step 1: Setup Your Hosting Account

When I setup my hosting account there were so many steps involved. I had to decide between a Linux or Windows account, then there was the whole separate c-panel, and FTP, that I was totally lost. Save yourself the headache and use Bluehost. They have made the process so simple, anyone can do it, no tech experience needed. Besides being simple Bluehost offers 24-7 support via phone, email, and chat — which you’ll want should you ever encounter a problem. They’re also affordable ($3.95 to $6.95 a month, plus a free domain), which is a huge plus if you’re launching your blog on a shoestring budget.

For step 1 all you have to do is go to Bluehost.com and click on green “get started now” button – easy peasy.

How to Setup a Moneymaking Blog ... Fast

Step 2: Select Which Hosting Plan You Want

With Bluehost there are 3 hosting options to choose from, Starter for $3.95/month, Plus for $6.95/month, or Business Pro for $14.95/month. If you have the funds, I’d suggest going with the Plus Plan, because you get more unlimited features; and as your website grows you can switch to a more robust plan.

How to Setup a Moneymaking Blog ... Fast
Step 3: Choose Your Domain Name

When you choose a domain name you’ll want to follow 3 simple rules:

1. Keep it simple. Refrain from words that are hard to spell or remember.
2. Use a dot.com – .com is what most people remember when typing in a web address.
3. Beware of words with multiple spellings: example: to, two, or too.

Once you’ve decided on a domain name type it into the search box and click next to see if it is available. You may need to brainstorm a few ideas to get the keywords and .com that you want; but don’t worry you’ll find one that works.

When you find your domain name you’ll need to create your Bluehost account which includes name, address, phone number, and email address.

How to Setup a Moneymaking Blog ... Fast
Step 4: Pay for Your Hosting Package

After you have your account created you’ll be directed to a page where you need to select your hosting package. You can choose to pay for your hosting in a 12 month period, 24 month period, or a 36 month period — the longer the plan, the cheaper your price. Next add your payment info and wait for an email confirmation of registration – this only takes a minute or two.

Step 5: Install WordPress

The awesome thing about Bluehost is they make installing WordPress a snap! No tech background needed. Once you’re registered with Bluehost you’ll receive an email with your c-panel login credentials (Don’t worry, c-panel is short for control panel and once you log in it’s a couple of clicks to install WordPress).

Once you’re logged in you’ll get a popup screen that says, install WordPress or concrete5, just click on the green “install wordpress” button. Next it will ask you which domain you’d like to install WordPress on — choose your domain from the drop down box and click on the green button, “Check Domain”. When the install starts you’ll get a screen that says, “Ok, we’re setting up WORDPRESS for you!”

When the install is finished you’ll get a status update: Installation Complete. On this page you’ll also get your WordPress login credentials – use these to log in to your new blog, congrats! From beginning to end it takes about 15 – 20 minutes to register, pay, and install.

How to Setup a Moneymaking Blog ... Fast
Step 6: Make it Pretty

Now, you may be wondering if it’s difficult to navigate WordPress and I can tell you from experience it’s not. If you can navigate around a Word Document — you’ll be just fine.

When you log in to WordPress there are some free design templates/themes (on the left hand side under, appearance) that you can use to customize your site. However if you’re willing to spend $35 – $199 you can get stylish, professional looking theme that will make you stand out from the crowd. You can either purchase a theme from the Marketplace (located on the left hand sidebar in WordPress) or you can purchase a theme through Thesis or StudioPress (they have a much larger design selection than the Marketplace).

The process of customizing your blog will take some time (probably a few days), but it’s super easy and fun, and no professional designer is needed.

Step 7: Profiting From Your Blog

There are so many ways to earn money from your blog, from direct ad sales and ad networks, to affiliate marketing and digital earning – so make sure to check out these must read articles.

And make sure to grab my FREE blogging e-book, where you’ll learn tips for creating awesome content, getting traffic, and monetizing your blog.

Good luck on your blogging journey — keep me posted.

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18 Responses to “How to Setup a Moneymaking Blog … FAST”

  1. 1

    Great article, lots of people are put off by the technology side of creating a website so this is really helpful. One of the things I love about WordPress is that it’s easy to pick a different theme if you change your mind once the blog is set up.

  2. 2
    Michaele says:

    Just what I was looking for. I’m a bit overwhelmed but looks like I have my work cut out for me. I’ve worked at home for 20 years but I’m ready to move into creating an income with my blog. Thanks for the priceless info :-)

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    sharon says:

    This seems the best steps yet even though I am a complete novice but I am willing to learn and move towards earning some cash. My area of expertise includes Human Resources,Teen mentoring,baking (native) and more.Could you suggest what I can create as my mean blog or can I use more than one/ I nee dyour help with this. Thanks

  4. 4
    Polly says:

    Thanks for the article, helpful info, and it sounds like setting up a blog is do-able! how does a person, a potential blogger, know if they have enough knowledge/ something interesting to say that people will want to read on a daily or weekly basis?

  5. 5
    Darryon says:

    When you pay for bluehost do you have to pay for word press too? I wanted wordpress but the cost of it is just too much at the moment.

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    Gin says:

    Hi Holly,

    I’m a bit confused…are you talking about using WordPress.com or WordPress.org when setting a blog? I heard not to use WordPress.com for a blog even though its free because the blog isn’t really “yours” and they can do what they want with it. Can you clarify the difference between the .com and .org and which one should be used in setting up a website and blog?

    Also, not sure if you’ve discussed this or not, but if you can talk about the schedule a new blogger should have that would be great. For instance, how much time you dedicates to what task, etc.

    Thanks a bunch!

    Gin

    • 6.1

      Hi Gin,

      Yes, I’m talking about setting up a blog via WordPress.org. When you use the free platform WordPress.com — you limit your earning potential and you have a funky domain name: myblog/wordpress.com.

      Time management is a very personal issue. You’ll need to figure out what the right balance is for you. As a general rule of thumb you’ll want to post regularly, which depending on your niche will vary. Some coupon bloggers post multiple times a day. I generally post 3 – 5 articles a week. But a lot of research and time go into writing my posts, because they are educational in nature. Personally, I’m of the mindset that it’s better to post less and ensure that your content is awesome! You’ll also need to spend time marketing your blog daily. Then there are administrative tasks like email, bookkeeping, replying to comments, editing, etc. A good place to start is by figuring out how many free hours you have to work on your blog. Once you know that — you can use the block scheduling method to plan out your tasks.

      If you need more time management tips — there are a ton on the blog: http://www.theworkathomewoman.com/category/time-management/

      Good luck and keep me posted on your journey!

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    Heather says:

    Hi Holly, I love your website I read it a lot. I am seeking something to do working from home. I love the idea of a blog, but I can’t figure out what to write about. Is having a blog with different topics normal? Or do you think it’s better to stick with one main idea?

    • 7.1

      It’s good to have a main topic — but you can branch out from there. Many coupon bloggers post coupons, discounts, money saving ideas, ways to make money, as well as home related stuff like recipes, parenting, etc. Have you ever tried mind mapping? That would be a great way for you to discover if you have enough ideas for a blog on any given topic. Good luck and keep us posted!

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    Adeola E says:

    Hi Holly,am a regular reader of your blog.i want to start a beauty blog.i want to know if I can start with the free blog first later on I can now pay for a domain name and hosting.please explain the free blog and let me know if I can start.thank you

    • 8.1

      Hi Adeola, With BlueHost there’s not a free option. You can setup a blog for free on WordPress.com or Blogger.com — but you’re limited in how you can monetize. You also end up with a domain name like: beautyblog.wordpress.com instead of beautyblog.com. You can switch to the paid option later down the road — I’m not sure how difficult it is to make the transfer.

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