We see it all the time on the internet: MAKE MONEY ONLINE! Most of the time these are scams or a gigantic waste of time, but there are legitimate ways to make money online. I’m not talking about a ‘few bucks here and there’ kind of money, either. I’m talking ‘thousands of dollars a month’ kind of money. There are people who have quit their tiresome, boring, 9-5 job and have started working for themselves making way more than they were before.
Doesn’t that sound, oh I don’t know, pretty appealing? Take a look at some of these figures:
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner at MakingSenseofCents.com makes $100,000+ a MONTH consistently (yeah, my mind was blown, too!).
Eden Ashley over at MintNotion.com has had a steady increase in income over the years and just recently brought in $7,000.
McKinzie at Momsmakecents.com was making $1,000 a month by her third-month blogging.
Heck, even I’ve made $200 without trying too hard!
As long as you’re willing to put in the work to build your blog up to its full potential, you can reap all the rewards later down the line. It’s not as easy as it may seem, but I can guarantee it will be worth it with the right strategies.
In this post, we’ll go through the nitty-gritty of what you need to think about before you jump in and of course, how to start a blog with Siteground!
A lot of people I know have free blogs on Blogger and Blogspot, which is awesome! I always urge people to get their thoughts and feelings out, not only because it’s therapeutic but because you never know who you may help. However, I think we all can agree that it’s ten times better to be helpful while simultaneously making money, am I right? If you have a blog using Blogger or Blogspot, I urge you to read the rest of this post and make a change that just might change your life for the better!
I’m sure you’re wondering HOW and WHY you should give up the free platform and invest in paid hosting and here it is: If you want to make money from your blog, it needs to be hosted. Free platforms don’t give you the freedom to have ads on your website and it just doesn’t seem professional to have www.domainname.blogger.com, now does it?
When you own your domain and website, you’re able to use affiliate marketing to its full potential, customize it the way you want, partner up with different companies who will deem you professional for having your own website, etc. It’s a win-win situation, I promise!
LESS THAN 10 MINUTES OF MAGIC + SOME EXTRA PRE-PLANNING TIME
Before you decide to sign up for web hosting and make some magic happen for yourself, you should first stop, take a deep breath, grab a pen and some paper, fix a snack and take a seat somewhere comfy. After that, it’s time to start planning what you really want your blog to be about.
DECIDE YOUR NICHE
A place, employment, status or activity for which a person or thing is best fitted: finally found her niche.
In terms of blogging, your niche is pretty much the type of topics your blog centers around, whether that’s finances, life as a mom, DIYs, cooking, photography, interior design, beauty, travel, you name it, you can blog about it. Here are two things to consider when determining your niche:
1. What are you passionate about in life?
It’s almost always more enjoyable and just plain easier to write about things that you enjoy the most. For example, I’m sure we all would have loved to write about our favorite video games, movies, actors, tv shows and candy back when we were in school, but that wasn’t the case. We had to write about historical figures and other boring stuff that we dreaded. Needless to say, your blog shouldn’t be that way, especially if you want it to be your full-time job down the line. Write about topics that you can go on and on about and not only you, but your readers will genuinely enjoy!
2. Do you have any experience?
One of the best ways to express yourself about a topic is if you have some experience in it. I don’t mean anything particularly professional, it could be anything pertaining to your life experiences: training and caring for dogs, teaching, writing, etc. If you’ve done it, write about it! Remember, you never know who you may help out there.
3. Will this help someone out there?
While not always the case with blogging, if you want to make money, your blog will need to be helpful for your readers. You have to make them want to keep coming back for your knowledge!
When you’ve come up with your niche, take a few moments to think up one or two potential blog post ideas, just to get your creative juices flowing and for motivation. Trust me, you really CAN do this!
PICK A GREAT DOMAIN NAME
Now that you’ve decided on your niche and have a general idea of what kind of posts you want to write about, it makes it (slightly) easier to come up with a name. There are many ways that you can go about doing this. Maybe try to think of some keywords and make something cool out of that or even using a domain generator may help. It may work out in some cases to just use your name, maybe for beauty/lifestyle/coaching blogs or something of the like.
Personally, I wanted something that could tie into all three topics of my blog (personal finance, travel, and lifestyle), which all require $$$ so for me finessingfinances.com was perfect!
Side note: Don’t get too crazy! You want something memorable but short that makes it easy for people to remember, 2-3 words at the most.
WHY SITEGROUND IS AWESOME
1. Their customer service is on point
I’m not going to name names or point fingers, but I briefly tried a highly recommended hosting website before switching to Siteground and the wait time to speak with someone was atrocious. I don’t like having to wait half a day just to ask a quick question or to get an urgent matter resolved. Siteground’s service team is available 24/7 and you won’t be waiting longer than 2 minutes to chat with someone on the phone or through their online chat, which is super convenient. They helped me with the set-up wizard and I was done in less than 10 minutes.
2. Their website uptime is amazing
You’ll hardly ever hear about Siteground’s hosted sites being down because their uptime is so great. A lot of different hosting companies go down from time to time, often for hours on end and when your livelihood thrives on your website being ready and available at all times, that’s not the greatest feeling in the world. Luckily, you guys won’t have that problem!
3. Signing up is just plain easy
No one likes dragging through a process, so it’s great that signing up with Siteground is straight forward. Once you’re all signed up, you can either get your WordPress set up on your own or you can have the awesome support team set it up for you in less than 10 minutes. This is a great option for those that are technologically challenged or just feeling a little lazy.
Seriously, I’m not just saying this, others think so too!
Time to dive in head first
So, let’s make sure we’ve got everything settled: Niche? Check. Domain name? Check. Desire to make money and enrich people’s lives? Check. I think we’ve got everything, so now it’s time for you to click here to head over to Siteground.com so you can follow with the tutorial!
Step 1: Choose your plan
Siteground has three options for web hosting: StartUp plan, GrowBig plan and GoGeek plan.
For someone who’s just starting out in the world of blogging, the StartUp plan is more than enough. For a year of service, your total is $63.25, domain included! There are also options for domain privacy and SG site scanner, which can be purchased later if you don’t want to do it right now.
The GrowBig plan is the next step up and is a great option if you want to host more than one website and need extra features. This plan is $5.95 a month, which is an awesome deal especially for all of the features that you get.
Even if you don’t decide to have more than one website, this plan is also good for those that get over 10,000 monthly views (go you!) and are hovering closer to 25,000 views. For a year of this service, you’re looking at $86.35, domain included.
The last plan that they have to offer is the GoGeek plan. This is the plan for really popular blogs and websites because your monthly visit count is up to 100,000 (whoa)! This plan includes triple the space as the StartUp plan with 30 GB and in addition to the essential and premium features offered in the GrowBig plan, you also get MORE features that enhance your website’s speed and security. The total of this plan for a year will cost you $158.35 big ones. Not a bad price for starting your own business, right?
Step 2: Domain registration and payment
After you decide which hosting plan will work best for your needs, the next step is to register your domain name or if you’re transferring to Siteground from a different hosting site, you would enter the domain that you want to be switched to Siteground.
Remember, if you’re registering a domain name, it needs to be uniquely yours. It’s a pretty quick and easy step and they’ll let you know if your domain name needs to be changed if it turns out not to be as unique as you originally thought.
Once your domain name is decided, you move on to the next step of starting your blog and that’s paying for the hosting. If you’re anything like me, you look at your debit or credit card once or twice before finally biting the bullet and typing in the information like, do I really want to do this?
YES, yes you do!
Once I entered my details and hit ‘Pay Now’, a weight was lifted off my shoulder and it registered in my mind that I took the biggest step towards my goals in buying my own website.
Step 3: Setting up your site and installing WordPress
If you’re like me and didn’t know any better when initially setting up my site through Siteground the first time, then you can go through the steps of setting up your site yourself.
Mind you, it isn’t hard to do at all through Siteground’s installer, but why not finesse and get what you paid for with the awesome support that Siteground offers.
Like I mentioned before, they can set everything up for you in a matter of minutes. All you have to do is kick back and wait. I won’t bother going into too much detail since this is a fairly simple process to navigate and/or have done for you.
Once they’re done, they’ll send you the information for the initial login on WordPress, which you can change later.
Step 4: Choose your theme
This is the best part for me, finding a great theme and customizing my blog. WordPress has tons of free themes, which is great after just shelling out some cash for the hosting, but personally, those themes just weren’t going to cut it for me.
I knew I wanted my blog to have a certain look about it, a look that I couldn’t get with the themes that WordPress offered.
I ultimately ended up getting my theme from Pipdig, which I wholeheartedly recommend. They have polished WordPress themes for good prices and when they have upgrades and updates to the theme, they automatically install on your blog. Here are a few places to find awesome themes:
These are just a few options, there are so many more out there to choose from. Happy hunting!
Step 5: Blossom and be great!
If you’ve made it to the end of this tutorial, that means you’re up and running and ready to let your words be heard…read? Ya’ll know what I mean! I’m so happy and excited for all that will come to you, because it will come as long as you really want it and put that energy into the universe to bring back to you.
You did it and now you can let your ideas flow! Congratulations!
Drop the link to your website in the comments or shoot me an email! I’m excited to read your content. 🙂