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How to start a WordPress blog
So you’re here because you want to start a blog. Awesome! Running a blog can be a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun. I truly enjoy having a platform to share information with my readers. I have been blogging since 2011, and I really enjoy it.
The best part about having a blog is that it can also be profitable. Making money blogging takes a lot of effort, and it doesn’t happen overnight. However, it is a very real way to work from home and have extra income, or even make more money than working outside of the home. The most important thing to remember if you want to have a profitable blog is to be self-hosted through WordPress.org. Don’t worry, I will walk you through the steps one-by-one!
Use this simple, user-friendly guide to help you navigate the waters of how to start a WordPress blog. Don’t worry, even if you aren’t very technically savvy, starting a blog doesn’t have to be difficult!
How to start a WordPress blog
The first thing you’ll want to do is not sign up for a blog on WordPress.com. This is extremely important! WordPress.com does not allow you to be self-hosted (this is a must) and setting up google analytics can be challenging. It is extremely important to be self-hosted. Being self-hosted on a WordPress.org blog makes you look more professional!
It is much easier to set up a WordPress.org site in the beginning than to start with Blogger (I did this) or WordPress.com and have to go back and change everything later. If you are wanting to make money from your blog, being self-hosted on WordPress.org is critical. Advertisers won’t take you seriously if you aren’t self-hosted, and again, setting up google analytics can be challenging. Don’t even worry about going to WordPress.org to set up your blog, you can install it directly once you’ve signed up with Siteground. The first step is hosting.
I use Siteground for my hosting services on all three of my websites. I love using Bluehost for my hosting, and I would recommend them to anyone! Set up is simple, and I’ve never had any downtime. If you use my link to sign up, prices start at only $3.95 per month!
You might be wondering why I am recommending Siteground when so many other bloggers recommend Bluehost. I am going to let you in on a little secret. Bloggers make money when other bloggers sign up for hosting. Bluehost offers a higher commission than most other hosting services, including Siteground. A lot of bloggers who recommend Bluehost aren’t even using the service themselves. If this seems kind of shady, well, I agree.
I have used Bluehost in the past and I know several people who had major issues with downtime. For these reasons, I choose not to use Bluehost for my hosting. Siteground has amazing customer services and I’ve been extremely happy with their services.
I also recommend installing the following plugins on WordPress:
- Sucuri Security– Use this plugin for protecting your blog from malware, spam, and hacking.
- Social Warfare– This is a great plugin for your audience to easily share your content.
- Yoast SEO – The best SEO plugin, in my opinion!
There are many other plugins available, but these are the first three that I recommend downloading.
I have created a free 7-day mini-blogging course to help walk you through starting a blog, choosing a theme, creating great content, and more!