Are you planning to start a blog and make money with it? If your answer is yes, then you are in the right place.
Many people jump into blogging trying to make fast money without knowing the basics of blogging… well, one in a million bloggers do make money without having the knowledge of blogging. But I’ll advice you as a good friend, do not think to enter this wildlife called blogging without preparing yourself.
The thing is, without having a well structured blog, the tools and skills, making money as a blogger might be a hard job even if you are a good writer.
How To Start A Profitable Blog
Blogging is like any offline business – you rent a shop, decorate or beautify the shop, know what the people in your area are looking for and deliver that to them.
Do you know that those who fail in blogging are those who fail to see blogging as real business? Just thought you should know 😉
As a business person that you are, before renting a shop, carrying out “feasibility study” should be the first to come to mind. Why? So you won’t end up regretting joining this business…
You need Feasibility study because, it helps you decide the strength and weakness of your business, opportunities and threat present in that environment (niche), and the prospects for success.
Today, I will show you how you can start your very own profitable blog.
All you need to know about blogging
The domain name we buy is like our plot of land and the Hosting plan we pay for is the foundation – the toughness of your blog depends on the structure and foundation you lay down.
So as a blogger, the first thing we should focus on, is getting a nice domain name and a reliable hosting plan to host our blog…
Getting a domain name
Your domain name is like your Shop Address. It is where people come when they are looking for you (your product or services).
Getting just any domain name is not that hard, but getting a “unique” domain name is where the problem comes.
Getting a long domain name may have negative effect on your blog, how do I mean?
- Your customers and readers might find the name too long to remember. That might let you lose a potential customer.
- Your readers might mistype your site’s URL, thereby, leading them away from your site.
- It might negatively affect your blog posts ranking in search engines
Though, long domain names do have its advantage. But what we want as blog owners is to have a name people will easily relate to and first time visitors would easily memorize.
Many bloggers use their names as their blog URL – if you don’t want to use your name as your blog’s URL, you can try making it a short, rich and meaningful as possible.
Getting a Hosting Space to Host your Blog
If you have finally decided on the domain name you want to use, it is finally time to go for a hosting plan to host your blog.
Buying a cheap host without proper research might look good at first, but trust me; you will definitely regret it at the long run.
When I joined the blogging world newly, I bought a cheap web host. Because the host was cheap, I didn’t care to know what their downside was and I didn’t bother to do research on the hosting providers.
After like a month of joining the wagon, my blog started facing problems after problems…
Some hosting providers might write on their page that they give 99% uptime. But in real-time, they are giving 10% uptime. Trust me; these types of hosting providers are only looking for means to make money.
As a blogger before buying anything online, first check the reviews of other bloggers to know more about the product. If it carries positive reviews, go for it.
A host doesn’t necessarily mean it will be expensive but at least, it should have a good customer service, a good C-panel, 98% uptime guarantee, speed, special services and money back guarantee 😉
Some good and trusted hosting providers that have gotten good reviews over the years are;
You can choose from that list and be off to a good start
The blogging Platform to Use
There are just so many blogging platforms out there. But the most used CMS are WordPress and Blogger platforms.
Which do you want to use?
The blogger platform is not an independent platform, so it can’t be installed on a third-party host. The only thing the blogger platform allows you to do is to use a custom domain.
But however, the WordPress platform allows you to install its platform on a third-party host.
So, which of the platforms are you going for? My guess is the WordPress platform, right? If yes, since you bought your host from the above listed sites, the c-panel that comes with it should have an auto installer called “Softaculous”.
How to Install WordPress Blog using c-panel (auto install script)
First go to your c-panel – to access your c-panel, normally the URL is “example.com:2082” and or “example.com/cpanel”.
In your c-panel area, scroll down to your “Softaculous App Installer” area >>> and click “WordPress” Script (see screen shot)
Clicking the WordPress icon, it will take you to where you can install the WordPress platform to your hosting space >>> Click “Install” to install the WordPress platform and fill out the form that comes along. (see image)
Note: do not enable the multisite option unless you’re planning to run a news or entertainment site.
Now wait for like a minute for the WordPress platform to install…
After the installation is complete, You can easily access your WordPress admin Panel through “example.com/wp-admin”.
To be continued
We’ve finally learn how to install WordPress without stress.
We shall continue the journey on how to create a profitable blog on our next blog post… so be sure to keep it a date.
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