How to start a blog
More than 100,000 blogs are created each and every day by people wanting to earn money online, either to add extra income or to serve as a full-time income. The problem is that the majority of these people don't really understand how to start to blog, let alone earn money from their blog.
I started my first blog in 2006, and grew it into a top 10 personal finance blog on the internet. I sold it for more than $25,000 in 2009, and at the time, that blog was earning me in excess of $1,500 per month. Since then I've started a number of blogs and niche sites that earn side income for me each and every month. This series will teach you the very same proven steps I've learned and use today to create my own blogs. I will teach you, step-by-step, how to start a blog and how to make money blogging.
How to start a blog - A complete walkthrough
Most sites that claim to teach you how to start a blog jump right in by walking you through the steps required to actually create and set-up the blog. I don't like to start there. See, starting a blog without thinking through it and doing a little research is generally a recipe for failure. Starting a successful blog is a combination of blogging about what you love, and blogging on a topic people are interested in. You have to find that perfect topic that meets both needs BEFORE you actually go and create the blog.
Here's a complete walkthrough on how to find that perfect topic and how to start a blog on that topic:
- What should I blog about?
- Good blog names - how to find one
- How to start a blog in in less than one hour
- How to set-up WordPress Part 1
- How to set-up WordPress Part 2
- Types of WordPress themes
- How to install a WordPress Theme
- Base plugins for blogs
- How to add Google Analytics to your blog
- Feedburner set-up
- Create your base pages
- Add WordPress sidebar widgets
- Write your first blog post
- Finding your blogging voice and 10 more articles
- Free images for blogs
- Register your blog with Google
- Building traffic to your blog
- Monetize your blog with Adsense
- How to add a Feedburner email form to your blog
- How to track finances for your blog
- Make money from your blog using affiliate programs