How To Start a Blog

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Want to start your own money making blog? Here’s the (potentially) million dollar recipe that you can start in less than 30 minutes of your time! Think I’m kidding? Look at Yummly! Pinch of Yum! Tasty! And there are so many others. Blogs are great fun and highly addictive! You can do them as a hobby, in your spare time or you can learn how to monetize them, make money from them and have a full-fledged career. There are all kinds of ways. To learn more about how to start, run and manage a successful blog go to my website Here I have a ton of posts and free advice about the many methods of how to make money online, from home and through blogging.

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Meanwhile, I here are the basics to starting your own food, travel, lifestyle or any type of blog you enjoy below. Cheers!

Step 1: Set up Your Blog

The first step is to set up your blog, but where should you start?

If you want to monetize your blog you need a self hosted blog. Self hosting is when you own your own domain. That means that you can’t have it hosted on a free host like or

I really recommend you read the whole post but if you want to skip over all this hullaballoo and go straight to the 5 steps then click on the link:

How to set up and start a blog in 5 simple steps!

Why Do I Need A Self Hosted Blog?

If you own your own site and all of the contents then you can have ads on it, join affiliate programs and work with big brands and eventually have an e-commerce shopping page if you like.

A ‘Free’ host site can shut you down whenever they like because they own it. So keep that top of mind! You don’t want to do all that work for nothing!

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A Note on Niches for your Blog

You have to pick a niche for your blog. Don’t get talked into writing a ‘lifestyle blog’ unless you have a team of 100 people writing a gazillion articles for you. There’s way too much competition out there. Yes, we all have a lot of different interests but you want to build an audience who come to you as an authority on a subject.

It’s too difficult as a beginning blogger to write about a huge niche like exercise one day and finances the next. You may want to focus on a smaller, more unique niche, i.e. Specific types of exercises, how to create a budget plan as a single mom, or even mapmaking

However, with that being said you want to write about something that has a huge audience as well.

A niche that is too unique and doesn’t have a lot of competition will be a tough sell. (There are always exceptions)

Read my post on niches to hone in on what you think is right for you.

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Get a domain name. Run some ideas through a domain checker like GoDaddy, Namecheap, network solutions etc. to see what is available. Always pick one that gives people an idea of what your blog will be about and make sure it ends in .com.

Get Web hosting. You’ll see a lot of cheap hosting ads out there. I like Bluehost – it’s inexpensive, fast and their customer service rocks.

You can check if your favorite website name is free right here:


Install WordPress. I started on Squarespace but WordPress is hands down the best platform for beginning bloggers.

Upload a theme of your choice. Something that represents your style yet looks professional. There are free, low cost or premium themes from a variety of companies.

Mine is from PipDig in the UK. But there are thousands of gorgeous ones out there. Don’t stress too much over it – you can always change it up later if you’re not happy.

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Update – now my theme is from WordPress built on the Genesis Framework.

Once you’re all set you’re ready to start writing, publishing content and drawing traffic!

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Methods of Drawing Traffic to Your New Blog

There are two methods of drawing FREE traffic to your new blog:

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To increase traffic through the search engines you have to do keyword research. Use Google’s FREE Keyword Tool, Buzzsumo and SEMrush.

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Write amazing, eye-catching, mega headlines that grab your ideal reader’s attention.

This is so important because if no one clicks on your headline they won’t ever read your articles and you won’t drive any traffic!


Step 3: Convert Blog Visitors into Email Subscribers

Every single blogger and online entrepeneur will tell you that building your email list is the most important thing you need to do and I’m no exception.

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Growing your list will determine how successful your blog will be.

This is because once you have emails you have a way to reach out to your readers.

You don’t want people to visit your blog and leave, never to return again lost in cyberspace.

Your job is to convince them to subscribe.

Get an automated email marketing system like Constant Contact. They let you try them for free for 60 days and have outstanding customer service.

Make certain you have a Sign-up form on your blog whether in pop up form, slider, or sidebar.

It must be compelling and offer an invaluable incentive for them to sign up.

Something that will solve your audience’s PROBLEM OR PAIN.

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Step 4: Send Valuable Content That Builds Trust

People won’t buy from you unless they trust you and like you.

Not everyone will like you but they must trust you.

Don’t bombard them will things you are trying to sell.

Build a relationship and a connection.

Offer valuable free content, expertise, and advice.

Notice how I keep adding the word ‘value?’.

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Listen to your audience. Read their comments. Read their replies to your emails. Take Surveys. Ask questions. Find out what their biggest problems are.

Then and only then do you spend the weeks and months it takes to create a product or service that SOLVES it.

Now, these are the basic steps for creating a blog. As you can see it’s pretty simple.

You need very little ‘techie’ knowledge to do it. The key is following the recipe and not swaying from it.

Types of Things Blogs Can Sell

Digital Goods

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Physical Products

Beauty Products


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How much money can you make from blogging?

The fact is, most bloggers make as much money as any other type of online entrepreneur in the beginning:

Which ain’t much. Why? Because most Quit. Plain and simple. Patience, persistence, perseverance. 

And it’s not because there’s no money in it. NO, NO, NO! Content marketing is a $400 Billion dollar business!

Smartblogger makes more than $1 million per year, Making Sense of Cents over 150K per month, Chasing Foxes 100K monthly, Pinch of Yum, Just a Girl and Her Blog, ViralNova, ViperChill, Matthew Woodward, Pat Flynn…I could go on and on…and it’s nowhere close to the most profitable blogs out there.

The Penny Hoarder made 20 Million last year through Affiliate Marketing. Yup.

Your run of the mill typical bloggers who run a business blogging makes a decent penny of 4-10K per month. Not too shabby!

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Step 5. Get Creative With Graphics for your Blog

A good blog these days has to have an incredible design.

If you have zero design skills no worries! There’s plenty of ways to get your blog looking stunning and professional with little cost these days.

Creative Market is a digital artist and bloggers dream! They have everything in the way of photos, themes, fonts, graphics, add-ons, plugins, palettes, even 3D!

Now, if you think this is really something you can put your time, passions, hopes, efforts, dreams and energy into, you’re ready to move onto the next part!

How to Start a Blog in 5 Simple Steps

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Why Should I Blog?

Blogging is simply awesome! It’s your own little part of the internet created especially by you! You can write about your passions and interests, help people with their problems, help them to be successful, teach what you already know or what you want to know, and be a part of an amazing community of other bloggers!

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