Learn How To Create A Blog
Want to learn how to create a blog? Did you know that you can actually take a passion of yours, create a blog about it and earn money by simply sharing what you love!!
In just a few short years, what initially started as a mere hobby for me has become a steady source of income! Learning how to create a blog has not only allowed millions of people like me to connect and exchange ideas and opportunities… it has become one of the easiest ways for even the most novice techie to earn extra cash online!
Let’s think about the reason most of us are using the Internet… we want some type of information. A few examples: The refrigerator isn’t working right so you go straight to YouTube and search for a video that’s going to help you fix it. You want to send your child to summer camp without breaking the bank so you Google “Affordable Summer Camps.” You need help with your child’s extremely complicated math homework so you go straight to the Internet and look for help.
So what basically began as a way to simply share ideas that would hopefully help someone has fast become one of the most popular money making industries today! There are an estimated 3.5 Billion Internet searches performed everyday!! What knowledge do you possess that someone may be searching for??? Once you have the answer to this question I can start teaching you how to make money blogging! Take it from me… blogging is a fantastic way to create a steady monthly residual income:)
So how can you make money blogging?
It’s really very easy…
- Create a blog about something you’re really good at or know a lot about.
- Share your knowledge with the world by writing about it on your blog.
- Monetize your blog.
Follow These Easy Steps On How To Create A Blog
How To Create a Blog For Free
I have tried to make the setup process super easy to follow. So whether you are 20 years old or 60 years old when you are done with this tutorial you should have a professional blog live on the Internet ready for the world to see. However if you need help, I will help you setup your blog for free. Click Here to Get Your Blog Setup For You
Step 1. Setup
Ok Get Ready… you are about to set up a blog using the same platform that 95% of the most successful bloggers are using today. You will be using a self-hosted platform called WordPress. I know what your next question is… Why? Well first of all WordPress is free to use! Score!! However, free isn’t the only reason why so many people choose to use this platform. You can install plug-ins, which are ready made software tools containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. More on plug-ins later:) You can customize your site design, and most importantly… you can make money from your site without any restrictions. Yes that’s right, in no time you will be blogging for money!
Having said that, one of the biggest mistakes beginners make when they learn how to create a blog is choosing the wrong blogging platform. Yes there are other free blogging platforms that do not offer self-hosting so they can impose a ton of restrictions and actually own your blog… not something you want when your blog is worth a lot of money!!
You might be wondering why is it free? What’s the catch?
There’s no catch.
It’s free because you have to purchase a domain name and hosting account as well as do the setup yourself.
Don’t worry… this is all SUPER EASY and it’s not going to break the bank!!!
A domain name is what people type to get to your website. It’s your website’s address on the internet or your URL. Web hosting is where your website lives and this allows your website to be visible online. Think of it as you very own piece of online real estate:) A domain name typically costs less than $10/year, and web hosting normally costs between $3.95 / month to $8.95/month, this will depend on the number of sites you end up hosting.
If this seems like a lot and is a little overwhelming don’t worry… HostGator is an official WordPress recommended hosting provider and is SUPER EASY to use! Simply Open Up Host Gator and follow these three easy steps.
The first thing you will want to do is click on the get started button.
Next you are going to choose a hosting plan. The plan you choose will depend on how many websites you plan on creating.
Then you will choose your domain name and set up payment for your hosting account.
Step 2. Install WordPress
Once you have signed up for your domain name and hosting account you will have access to your cPanel. The cPanel has dozens of small icons for different services and features. This can be a bit overwhelming, so ignore 95% of them because you will never need to use them.
Scroll down to the website section and click on the WordPress icon. At the top of your cPanel you are going to click on the tab that says Hosting.
Then.. scroll down and click on the Launch QuickInstall box.
You will be redirected to the HostGator Marketplace Quick Install screen for WordPress.
Click on the Install WordPress button.
On the next screen, you will then click on the button that says “Install WordPress”
After that, you need to enter your Site Name, username, and a password for your site. You also need to check all the check boxes and then click Install.
The QuickInstall will start installing WordPress. The marketplace will prompt you to browse WordPress themes, while WordPress is being installed. No need to do that right now. We’ll talk about how to get free WordPress themes in the next step. Once WordPress is finished installing, you will see the success notice in the top header bar. Click on the Installation Complete link, and it will take you to the screen with your WordPress login URL and password.
Congratulations, you have created your WordPress site. That wasn’t too bad right.
Your WordPress URL will look like this:
Click on the WordPress login link to login to your dashboard. This is what your dashboard login will look like.
Now we’re ready to customize your site’s appearance and start blogging.
Step 3. Selecting your WordPress Theme
The visual appearance of your WordPress blog is controlled by themes. When you first visit your blog, it will look something like this:
I know what you are thinking… this isn’t very appealing. You are not alone… most people feel the same. That’s why I like using WordPress so much. There are thousands of ready made, super professional themes that you can choose from. You’ll be able to install your theme with the click of a button. You can change this as often as you would like:) Most of the themes are free but you can also purchase them as well. I’m sure you are going to love customizing your site! You can change your theme by going to your WordPress dashboard and clicking on Appearance » Themes.
Go ahead and click on the Add New button.
On the next screen, you will able to search from tons of free WordPress themes that are available in the themes directory. You can sort by popular, latest, featured, as well as other feature filters (i.e industry, layout, etc). This is particularly helpful when blogging about a certain niche. Ex: Pets, business, automotive, education, etc.
When you have found the theme that you like, simply hold your mouse on it, and it will show the Install button. Click on it and wait for the theme to be installed. After that, the install button will be replaced with an Activate button. You need to click on it to Activate the theme.
Once you have installed your theme, you can customize it by clicking on the Customize link under the Appearance menu. Once you have selected your WordPress theme, you are now ready to create your first blog post.
Step 4. Creating Your First Blog Post and Page
How To Write a Blog Post
One of the most important skills that you’ll need in order to be a successful blogger is learning how to write a blog. You want to make sure that you are providing your readers with helpful content. Writing about how beautiful of a day it is isn’t really something that is going to be helpful to anyone so I would steer clear from posts like that.
Writing a post on your blog is how you are going to share your expertise with the world. People love “How To” articles so I think this is always a great place to start. Depending on your niche, your post could be a “How To” article or tutorial about something you’ve learned, and now you can show others how to do it! Remember… people come to the Internet looking for information so give them something that they will find worth while reading. Creating a super helpful post is a great way to ensure that your readers will come back for more information.
Another really good idea for posts is writing reviews.
Let’s say you have a blog about wood working. You just bought a new skill saw and you think it’s awesome! You can write a review about the saw letting your readers know all about it and why they should buy it too! You can add photos, videos of you using the saw, and most importantly you can create an affiliate link back to the saw inside your review so your readers can purchase the saw and you CAN MAKE MONEY when they purchase it! YES!!
This is just one of the many ways you can monetize your blog… be sure to download your free “Make Money Blogging” cheat sheet and start learning how to make money blogging today!!
Maybe you saw a really cool video on woodworking on YouTube and want to share it with others. Your blog is a great place to do this! Just use the Share and Embed code that YouTube gives you to post the video directly onto your site!
Simply writing a brief summary of what’s happening in the video as well as your thoughts on the video is a great way to DRIVE FREE TRAFFIC to your blog!
You can also record your own videos that contain instructions, training, reviews, or whatever you want and then upload it to YouTube, and post it on your own blog. Having your own YouTube channel is another great way to drive traffic to your blog!
The possibilities are truly unlimited, and the more original, interesting, helpful, entertaining, on-topic, insightful your posts are… the more pages you’ll have indexed by the major search engines and the closer to page one you’ll be… not to mention your number of visitors will sky rocket too!
So let’s take a look how you can write your first blog post.
First, login to your WordPress admin area.
As soon as you login, in the left-hand column on the top you will see a “Posts” section. In that, click on “Add New”:
This will instantly direct you to the “Add New Post” page.
Enter a title for your post into the field that looks like this:
Then you can enter your actual post in the field below that:
When you’re satisfied with your post, click “Publish”:
After that, click the “View post” link:
You just created a brand new blog post on your website!
Simply wash, rinse and repeat this process regularly and before you know it, you’ll have lots of posts ranked in the search engines and visitors coming from all over the place!
If this all sounds like something that you are interested in make sure you download my free “Make Money Blogging” cheat sheet so you can get the inside scoop on how to easily make money blogging starting today!