A 10 Step Guide to Creating a Blog and Profiting on Day 1
Congratulations for wanting to create your own blog! If you’re here because you’re a blog newbie and want to ensure you did everything correctly, kudos to you! I spent the first 60 days doing massive amounts of research to ensure I was doing everything I was supposed to be doing. I spent hours on Pinterest, reading articles from Google and web-stalking other professional bloggers to take notes on what they were doing that made them successful.
I will tell you that I have yet to pay for anything for my blog, except for my initial hosting fee through BlueHost.com. I haven’t spent any money on themes, or advertising or support. However, now that I’m further along and I want to go further, I am researching some consulting avenues. It just so happened that I took maternity leave a day before creating my blog, so I had a few hours every day (like 8+) to complete all my research. If you don’t have time to do this, then it’s a good thing you’re here!!
My goal is to save you time by bringing everything you need in one location. Seriously, 128 hours of research?? Ain’t nobody got time for that…
Step 1—Establish your publishing domain and WordPress login.
- Choose a domain name for your blog. To determine if the name you choose is available, enter it here .
- Go to Bluehost.com and sign up, using your chosen domain name.
- Next, download WordPress. If you want to learn a bit more about using this content management system, go here.
Step 2—Create a Gmail account specifically for your blog. Once you know your domain name, use this to create a Gmail account and from here on out, only use this email to register for other things. This will save you a lot of headaches by keeping your blog and personal business separate.
- Hint: I use the same username and password for all of my accounts to make signing in easier! I suggest you make a REALLY strong password though and maybe every other month, change your password.
- Also, don’t forget to bookmark all of your accounts on your laptop! Major time saver here. I also keep a laminated listed of my accounts with the username and password so I can reference and change them easily as I go.
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— Debra Richardson (@the4bliss) February 16, 2016
Step 3— Create all (yes, ALL) of your social media accounts. Trust me, you don’t want to wait until you’ve been active for several months to decide you want a Twitter page. Go ahead and start them all at once, so you can ensure your names match AND you can sync all of your information from the get go.
- Create a Facebook page.
- Create a Twitter account.
- Create an Instagram account.
- Create a Pinterest account.
- Create a Google+ account.
Step4—Invite all of your personal friends, contacts and acquaintances to join you on those social media channels. Don’t be shy! For your first post, let them all know that you’re about to begin a new adventure and you’d really appreciate their support by liking your social media pages. Let them know when your blog will be active and maybe even do a countdown each day until the big reveal!
Step 5—Choose a theme and upload your plugins and widgets. There are lots of free themes out there and if you’re new, I’d suggest going with a free theme until you figure a few things out. That way, when you do invest in an expensive theme, it’ll be the one you want.
Step 6—Write 1-3 blog posts but DON’T publish them yet. Have them ready to go and adjust your publish date on WordPress so they’ll go live automatically after your live date.
Step 7—Understand and excel at SEO. You can’t possibly expect to earn money if you’re not optimizing your posts and content for other people to find you.
Step 8–Set up your advertising and affiliate accounts. There are so many out there to choose from! Just don’t go crazy and sign up for every one you see on Pinterest or Google. Find two that fits your needs and work with them. If a month later, it’s not what you want or you’re just not making any progress, do a little research and change accounts.
A few include:
- LinkShare: Has over 2,500 affiliate programs and is very user friendly.
- Commission Junction: Offers pay-per-action and PayPerCall programs.
- ShareASale: Has over 2,500 merchant programs and features brands like Hootsuite and PS Print.
- Amazon Associates: This is a pay-per-sale affiliate program.
- Google Affiliate Network: This is a pay-per-action network that only pays when affiliates drive sales or leads.
- InfoLinks—delivers brand messages to targeted consumers
Step 9—Sync all of your posts to automatically update on your social media sites.
This will save you SOOO much time and trust me, once you start engaging and promoting on your social media channels, you’ll easily get distracted and waste 4-5 hours trying to update with your posts. Plus, you’re human, and you need to walk away from your blog on weekends so you can recharge and spend time with family. I suggest Hootsuite and tailspin. These apps will make your life so much easier!
Step 10—Start connecting with other bloggers and network to increase your engagement. This is crucial and although I read lots of blogs and articles stating as much, I didn’t know how to go about it. I was so lost! You can find blogging groups through all of your social media channels, so don’t be afraid to search and email a few. Bloggers are very supportive, especially when you’re both new! Help each other out by sharing posts and commenting on social media platforms.
1. Once you’re active on Twitter, use the search twit list to locate bloggers with similar niches to you.
2. Conduct a simple google search and when you locate a blog you enjoy, leave them a comment and message them! Don’t be afraid to reach out.
3. Look for meetups on Facebook and exchange ideas or share resources.
That’s it folks! In 10 steps, you’re ready to start making money as soon as your first post goes live. If you leverage your current friends and family, you should be able to build up to at least 100 followers on your social media channels.
Ensure when your blog does finally go live, you only post one blog post a day. You need to decide how many blog posts you actually want to post per week. It doesn’t have to be a strict schedule, but remember, in order to profit from your blog and get people to read your posts, 90% of your time will be spent on marketing your posts and only 10% will be spent on actually writing that post.
Still feeling overwhelmed? I remember being in your shoes when I was doing all of my research. People posted outlines and guides but I was completely new to blogging and I wasn’t familiar with any of the terminology or technology being discussed.
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Learn from my mistakes and hours of research. Take the easy road, especially since it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.