How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Many people ask whether they still can make money writing blogs. If yes, how can you make money with a blog for beginners if you really don’t know where to start? Let me answer your first question. Yes, you can still make money blogging. Look at my revenue stats for a 7 day period. To be honest, it was my best time in 2016 where I managed to generate 5-figure income a month.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Now, regarding the second question. This is a guide I have specifically written for those who have no knowledge at all about blogging.

Whether you want to become a stay-at-home online entrepreneur or to earn extra bucks a month, reading this guide you’ll be able to start a blog that can create an income for you and your family. One good thing about blogging is that you don’t have to quit your job to start. Just begin laying the groundwork for a more prosperous future in your spare time.

Keep in mind that blogging is not a get rich quick ordeal. However, if you do it right, you could make enough money to support your family and quit your 9-to-5 job.  The amount of time and resources you commit to your blog will determine how much money you make.

How Much Money Can You Make From Blogging?

There are many successful bloggers who make money blogging. I mean good money.

For example, Neil Patel of NeilPatel.com makes $381,772 per month through his SEO website.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Pat Flynn from SmartPassiveIncome.com made more than $80,000 per month through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is his single biggest source of income. Over the last few years, Pat has become one of the top affiliate marketers in the world. He is now making more than $150,000 per month.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

These are good examples of how much you could earn from running a blog. I am not going to give you big promises that you will be able to earn the same amount of income by just reading through this guide. It may take you months or even years before you see a big paycheck. Anyone can make money online but it requires commitment and action for it to be realized.


How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Step 1. Choose a Niche

Before getting a website and start blogging, choosing the right niche for your blog is the most critical step.

Your online business should not feel like a day job. Earning money online should be fun, and it is fun. This all starts with choosing a niche that you are interested in and will enjoy working with. The more you enjoy doing something the less it feels like a job and the more productive you are going to be.

Your niche could be anything, but at the core of your niche selection it should be something that you “like”. Something you enjoy. Something you can talk about. Something you want to learn about.

In the simplest form, a niche is really a group of people looking for stuff. When you select your niche, you want to avoid being too broad with your niche selection. What people fail to understand is the fact that there are millions of people looking for stuff online within what seems to be the smallest of niches, but they really are not.

A few things that you should understand about niches are:

  1. You are going to be writing content within your niche
  2. You are going to be communicating within your niche
  3. You are going to be choosing products to promote within your niche
  4. You need to enjoy helping people within your niche
  5. Your first niche PROBABLY won’t be your last (so don’t worry about it being perfect)
  6. Any niche can become a “full time” successful business

Some say any niche can become a “full time” successful business but I disagree with it. Search through the internet and you will see lots of great ideas but are not properly vetted and thus failed. Just look at your phone and see how many apps you have installed and never use. You get the idea?

You need to know your target audience well and study the demand (interest) in your potential niche.

If you have no idea what to blog about and wonder what some possible profitable niches you can start with. Fire up Google Trends and check for ideas that are increasing in search queries. Google Trends tool shows to the trend of product/niche ideas based on total search volume, starting from 2004. Not only it shows the total search volume, but it will also display the countries and cities that the ideas are most popular in.

For instance, smartwatch/ fitness tracker is projected to exceed 110 million units by 2020. Ever since early 2012, it has gained significant interest from the public. World’s technology giants like Apple, Garmin, Vivoactive, Samsung Gear etc. have introduced their own smartwatches to be synchronized with their smartphones or other compatible devices.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Step 2. Name Your Blog and Get Web Hosting

Having your own domain name is ideal and gives you a huge competitive advantage when it comes to succeeding online. For example, if you owned your own domain it would look something like this…

yourwebsite (dot) com

For example, if your niche was “Macbook Air Cases”, your domain name would be:

macbookaircases (dot) com

Domain names will cost you probably $10 per year. You can register your domain at places like NameCheap or GoDaddy.

And your website name would be:

Macbook Air Cases

This is a fun part as your website name is your brand. It is how you will be remembered.

The second is web hosting. Web hosting is a service that allows your blog to be accessed through the internet. Without web hosting, your blog can’t be seen online. Without a domain name, your blog won’t have an address. The two are inseparable.

There are plenty of web hosting companies to choose from. Prices generally range from $4 – $14/month.

If you’re just starting a new blog, I recommend Bluehost. They are the biggest and most well-known hosting company and offer packages for as low as $3.99/month (that’s low). You can get BlueHost’s high quality hosting for $3.95 per month (36 months sign up).

To be honest, you really don’t need anything fancy at this stage. Once you hit over 25,000 unique visitors a month, you can consider upgrading, but Bluehost can scale with you.

Step 3. Install WordPress

Now you have a web hosting platform and a domain. Before you create your first content, you need a publishing platform. ManagingYourFinance.com uses WordPress, of which it is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHO and MySQL. In short, it is free, user-friendly and powerful publishing tool.

WordPress is the most powerful and widely used website platform in the world. It is used by over 30% of ALL websites (millions).

WordPress is installed on a web server. To install WordPress, please do the followings:-

Login to your cPanel hosting control panel. Install WordPress by clicking “WordPress Installer” icon

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Select the domain that you wish to install WordPress.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Within a minute, you’ll have a fully functional WordPress blog up and running.

Step 4. Design Your Blog With a WordPress Theme

In the blogging world, WordPress designs are called themes. Out of the box, your blog will look something like this:

It isn’t the fanciest design out there, but it’s workable. There are thousands of themes to choose from. But, it can be easy to get trapped in “Shiny Object Syndrome” and not walk away with anything. You can swap out your theme any time, so don’t get too caught up with the bells and whistles.

First, you need to log into your WordPress admin. Here, you’ll need to enter your user credentials to log in.

To install a new theme, hover over the “Appearance” menu in the sidebar and click “Themes.” WordPress comes with a few themes. Click the “Add New” button at the top to get access to thousands of other WordPress themes.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Once you have chosen the one you like, you could get an instant preview of what you blog will look like. If you are happy with what you are seeing, click “Install” button.

Once the installation is complete, click the “Activate” button and you’re all set.

Every new WordPress website that you install will come with “default” content. You want to get rid of this content before you can start creating content that is relevant to your niche.

The first thing you want to do is delete the default post that is added to each website.

Click on the

Posts button, within the side menu.

This will take you to the posts page where you will go to see a list of all the posts on your website. A post is simply a content page on your site (we will be explaining them in more detail later).

Simply “mouse over” the post area and it will reveal the post management buttons. You will want to then click the “Trash” button. This will delete the default “Hello World!” post. Do the same with the “Pages” link as well.

**Do note that there may not be default Pages or Posts and if that is the case, just move on.

Now we are going to do the same thing with Comments. There is one default comment with every WordPress install. To manage your Comments simply click Comments within the menu


Like the Posts page, this is where you will manage all of your websites comments. You will see the default comment showing there…


Like posts, you will simply “mouse over” the actual comment and the click the Trash button. This will delete the comment.

Step 5. Customize and Optimize Your WordPress Blog

Once you have your theme selected, you can make some customizations on your WordPress to optimize the functionalities and also the design of your site. To do that, you could alter or add extra features by installing some useful plugins.

WordPress plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to your website. They can extend functionality or add new features without having you coding.

Within WordPress, there are countless of customization that you can make. However, it is noted that the more plugins you install, the slower the site loads. Hence, only install the essentials.

When it comes to blogging, search engine optimization (SEO) is almost everything. SEO is essential as it optimizes your website to be ranked higher on search engine result page (SERP) like Google, Yahoo, and Bing for particular keywords and phrases.

Make no mistake, search engines want people to perform SEO because it can help improve their search results. Search engines provide help in the form of guidelines, blog posts, and videos to encourage specific SEO techniques.

Don’t worry if you are not familiar with this term at this stage. There are several great plugins that you can install to optimize the technical aspects of your blog.

You can get started by downloading a plugin called Yoast SEO.

Hover over the plugins menu on the side and click “Add New.”

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Search for “Yoast SEO” in the search bar and it will be the first result that comes up.

Click the “Install Now” button. Then, hit the “Activate” button once the installation is complete.

You can access the plugin’s settings from the new SEO menu in the sidebar or by clicking the icon at the top.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

From the dashboard, go to “Your Info” and set the foundations for your blog.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Make sure that your website name and tagline are correct. Then, identify yourself as a company or person.

Click the “Save Changes” button and we’ll move on to the next step.

Next, go to the “Webmaster Tools” tab and click “Google Search Console.” Google Search Console is a webmaster tool that allows you to submit your site to their search index and optimize visibility.How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

To do that, simply go to www.google.com/webmasters, sign into your Google account, whether that’s your Gmail or Drive account.

Once you’ve logged in, click the “Add a property” and type your domain name.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Click “Alternate methods” tab and select “HTML tag.”

A new drop-down will appear with your search console meta code. Copy the alphanumeric string without the quotation marks.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Next, paste your meta code into the Google Search Console text box and click “Save Changes.”

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Finally, click the “Verify” button.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

As you tinker around in Webmaster Central, you’ll gain a wealth of data-driven insight, such as keyword phrases you rank for, errors on your blog and the ability to give Google a nudge when you publish a new post.

Next, go to the “General” tab and start the installation wizard.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Yoast will take you through a series of 10 quick steps to optimize your WordPress blog.

XML Sitemaps

One of the things I love most about Yoast is the simplicity of the setup. After going through the above-mentioned process, you already have Yoast installed and activated. Now, you have to configure your XML sitemap. An XML sitemap is a file that lists the URLs for your website.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Select the “User Sitemap” tab and toggle “Author/ user sitemap” to enabled. Don’t forget to save your changes.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)
That’s it you are done!! You are now ready to submit your sitemap to Google, Bing and any other search engine of your choice!

Setting Up Permalinks

The word permalink is a portmanteau word, meaning it is made up of two other words. Portmanteau is a linguistic blend of words like “smoke and fog” forming the word smog. PERMALINK IS CREATED FROM – Permanent and Link =Permalink.

The permalink structure will determine how each URL on your site is structured, what is important to remember is Google does not see websites it sees only web pages, to Google every page or post on your website is unique that’s why it’s called an URL (Unique Reference Location).

Why is the permalink structure so important? The structure is important for the following reasons:-

  1. You can get your keyword in the URL by using a keyword in your post title
  2. Your visitors like human-friendly looking URL’s
  3. Most people fear URL’s that are full of symbols and numbers, they think it screams spam or scam and they are usually right.
  4. Google has billions of URL’s indexed in its servers, so the simpler the better, google prefers URL’s that are simple as it helps to index and display.

I will now show you an example of a permalink structure so you can see exactly what it looks like

domain = www.mac.com

Here is a permalink for one of your product reviews

www.mac.com/review-mac-mouse-version-…..

So the structure is made of this website domain address and the name of the post. You will have to specify this prior to publishing your first post.

In the left sidebar, mouse-over “Settings” and choose “Permalinks.”

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

There are a few options to choose from. I use the “Post name” structure on my blog which uses keywords from my title to create a unique permalink.

 

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Save the settings after you’ve selected it.

Step 6. Create Two Main Pages for Your Site

Task 1: Create Your “About Me” Page

Your next task is simply to create an About Me page. This page can evolve over time so please do not try to perfect it now. You ideally want this page to accomplish the following:

  1. Connect with your audience by offering a relevant story
  2. Have a personal image of you or at the very least, something relevant
  3. Tell them why you are interested in helping them in your respective niche
  4. Offer them help if they have any questions or comments

You are likely seeing a theme here. Relevance! Although your page is about you, it is really about your audience and how you can connect with them.

It is like walking into a discussion with someone you have never met and having something in common with them. You are much more likely to hit it off. If you can create this connection of similarities, they will like and you trust your opinions and recommendations much more.

Go to “Pages” and “Add New”.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Write “About Me” in the title and start introducing yourself. There are a few tips I would like to share when you write about yourself.

  1. Write to your dream audience.
  2. Highlight the kind of work you want to be doing.
  3. Tell the truth in your own voice.
  4. Read it aloud to make sure it sounds like you.
  5. Treat it as a draft. Share it early and update it regularly.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Once you are done with this page, click “Publish”.

Task 2: Create Your “Privacy Policy” Page

You need to create your Privacy Policy page on your site. This is a very standard page that you need to have, but it isn’t really going to serve any tangible purpose in terms of revenue you will be generating from your site going forward. It is just a good idea to have one.

Here is what a Privacy Policy page serves (from wikipedia.org).

“Privacy policy is a statement or a legal document (privacy law) that discloses some or all of the ways a party gathers, uses, discloses and manages a customer or client’s data.”

So in essence, it tells your visitors how you are going to use their data. Although people will likely never read this, it is a requirement to have on your website for many affiliate programs, many PPC networks, and advertising programs like Google Adsense.

Below I have included an example privacy policy that you can use. Replace your own website URL with the YOURWEBSITE.com text. In this example, I would replace my URL:

howtolosebellyfatfast.siterubix.com

…with YOURWEBSITE.com.

Here is the example privacy policy:

————————————————-

Privacy Policy for YOURWEBSITE.com

If you require any more information or have any questions about our privacy policy, please feel free to contact us by email at YOUREMAIL@YOURWEBSITE.com.

At YOURWEBSITE.com, the privacy of our visitors is of extreme importance to us. This privacy policy document outlines the types of personal information is received and collected by YOURWEBSITE.com and how it is used.

Log Files

Like many other Web sites, YOURWEBSITE.com makes use of log files. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol ( IP ) addresses, type of browser, Internet Service Provider ( ISP ), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses, and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.

Cookies and Web Beacons

YOURWEBSITE.com does not use cookies.

DoubleClick DART Cookie

.:: Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on YOURWEBSITE.com.
.:: Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to users based on their visit to YOURWEBSITE.com and other sites on the Internet.
.:: Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy at the following URL – http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html

Some of our advertising partners may use cookies and web beacons on our site.

These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to the advertisements and links that appear on YOURWEBSITE.com send directly to your browsers. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies ( such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons ) may also be used by the third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and / or to personalize the advertising content that you see.

YOURWEBSITE.com has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.

You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices. YOURWEBSITE.com’s privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or web sites.

You can opt out of all communication with YOURWEBSITE.com simply by leaving this page.

If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers’ respective websites.

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Feel free to copy and paste this EXACT privacy policy above and put it on your website. The only thing you need to do is replace “YOURWEBSITE.com” with your actual website URL (domain name).

Step 7. What Topics to Write About?

After going through all the six steps above, your blog is all set up and ready to go. Here comes the content generation. The majority of your blog posts will come from personal experiences, passions, successes, failures and new learnings.

People use questions as search queries, like:

  • What should I write about?
  • What to blog about?
  • Should I start blogging?

You might be getting a sense that content is important. However, it doesn’t have to be tough and it should feel completely natural to write.

The biggest fear people have when writing is not being perfect. I can tell you from personal experience that perfect doesn’t convert.

In fact, it doesn’t even exist. What you write, what ideas you have, and how you form your content is RIGHT…and it will work for you.

A few suggestions I have for you when you sit down to write your content:

  • Don’t constrain yourself, come up with the ideas first and then write it out.
  • Break a page down into smaller ideas, then write it
  • Don’t try to perfect your content.
  • Enjoy what you are writing about and have fun with it.
  • Exercise or get some fresh air before your write content (trust me on this one)

Writing and the creation of content is going to be quintessential to your success when getting up and running with your business. Content leads to rankings, branding, trust…traffic…and ultimately success. So being able to sit down and write content without worrying about perfection is important.

I want to leave you with a famous quote today before we get into the tasks.

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”

This should apply to your writing. Don’t fear a failed article, focus on your desired success. The only thing that you can do to move closer to perfection, is practice. So write regularly, write fearlessly, and write from your own perspective!

No need to worry. It’s not complicated and it won’t take very much time.

#Read what others write

To be a successful writer, you should be an avid reader. Without it, you are broke.

While reading some of the great articles in your industry, you involve. You link the things you know together. It gives rise to new ideas.

#Watch YouTube videos

Watch videos related to your niche. Watching videos let you go through into the topic. You will start to get some unique blog topic ideas.

#Search Quora

Quora has been evolving as a blogging platform. It has a huge potential. It is a goldmine of blog topics. Properly leveraging Quora helps you get great blog topic ideas and helps you gain a plethora of traffic.

To get a head-start, answer the following questions and try to come out with a topic.

#Explore forums and communities

There will be forums and communities for blogs in each and every niche.

In order to search for forums in your niche, you can make use of BoardReader. It’s a forum search engine.

#Make use of Pinterest

Pinterest is basically an image sharing platform, where pinners share images of blog posts to their boards.

#Use topic suggesters online

There are a number of topic generator tools online. They help you to find effective topics to blog about.

One of the fairly new ones is the HubSpot blog topic generator.

#Ask yourself these questions

  1. “What excites, intrigues or stirs passion in my readers?”
  2. “What are common challenges my readers go through?”
  3. “What character traits do my readers possess?
  4. “What do your readers love about your niche?”
  5. “What do your readers hate about your niche?”

By just answering the above five questions, you will be able to come out with several topics you want to blog about. Try to come up with a catchy headline that will draw your readers in and then throw them a one-two punch in the rest of your content.

Step 8. Write Your Post

Your site should be really coming a long at this point and you should be getting the hang of the process of building out your site.

Making Your Content “Beautifully Readable”. Content needs to be readable. People are becoming less and less inclined to read “novels” of content these days, so by keeping your ideas a bit more brief, controlled, and allowing the eyes to have white space is going to help with readability.

Remember, if someone doesn’t read your content, then you lose all the benefits of creating content. People that engage in your content will convert.

Here are 6 things that make up a quality page or post:

  1. Small Paragraphs
  2. Separate your ideas with HEADING tabs (h3 or h4, read post)
  3. Black or dark grey text on white background
  4. Use conversational speak
  5. Use a captivating headline
  6. Use a relevant image within the first fold of the page

Your goal should be to show people something within your content, not tell people. There is a big difference when you think about it. Let’s look at an example:

Option #1: Show people how you use the website builder at WordPress by using screenshots and imagery associated with the process.

Option #2: Tell people what the website builder at WordPress is and how it works

What do you think would have a greater effect and reveal more benefits to the reader? The “showing” will have a much greater impact and make your content much more credible.

When you build out your content your ultimate goal should be to help people. We always emphasize that if you can help someone, regardless of the niche, you can build a business doing so. When you SHOW someone something versus just telling them about it, you have taught them and built trust in the process. Trust equates to conversions!

Now, to create your first post, click on “Posts” in the left sidebar and click “Add New”

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

You’ll be brought to the editor and you can begin blogging.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Add one of the titles that you developed in Step 7 in the title text box. Immediately after, WordPress will create a permalink based on the keywords used in your title.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

You can start typing the body of your article in the large text area and write until you feel happy with your content.

You can add images to your post too by clicking “Add Media”. Images always help engage readers and illustrate better than a bunch of words.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

After you’ve completed your article and before you publish your post, you can view what your blog post will look like by clicking the “preview” button at the top of the page. Before you hit that publish button, you want to make sure that your entry looks and feels the way that you want it to.

How to Make Money With a Blog for Beginners (Step by Step)

Voila, you have just posted your first post on your website!


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4 Responses

  1. John says:

    Hi Alex,

    I am totally new to the world of blogging. I always wonder where and how to start. This article serves as a great guide to me. It is easy to follow! I signed up for your email course and the step-by-step training for intermediate bloggers are really helpful and thorough.

    Thanks Alex

    John

    • Alex Y says:

      Hi Alex,

      You are welcome John. I am glad it helps. Let me know if you are stuck along the way. I am more than happy to help. You know here to look for me.

      All the best

      Alex

  2. SaM says:

    What a great article with a step by step guide. Well done, Alex! I like how you emphasize on the fact that the main ingredient of an online success and steady income is finding a niche – something you are interested in and something you think about constantly. That way you can always come up with new ideas for blog posts and try to help people within your niche! I think that is the most important detail in online marketing – not market but help! I will bookmark your page for future reference. Thank you for the help!

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