As my regular readers know, I provide ideas for obtaining side income as a creative and even starting home businesses. Lately, I’ve been receiving a lot of messages about how I started my blog, so I decided to create a basic how to start a blog post. I hope you find my tips helpful.
Next, you need to find a reputable web hosting company like BlueHost. Once you found the perfect web hosting company be sure that the company scores high in the following areas: security, pricing, disk space, and uptime rates. Remember, when you sign-up for a web host make sure to use your domain name already purchased. In my experience, I wouldn’t recommend having your domain name and web hosting with the same company.
*Please Note: It may take up to 1 or 2 business days for your website to be fully functional after signing up for hosting. It just depends on which host provider you choose, that’s why I recommend BlueHost to get started quicker.
Now that your blog is up and running, you have the task of picking the perfect template to represent your niche. When I first started I chose free templates as there were a vast amount of them available. Since you’re a beginner I would recommend you do the same because throughout your blogging journey you may decide to change up your template from time to time (no need to waste money).
1. Create pinnable images using Canva.
2. Share blog and post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
3. Create a podcast where you talk about your blog post further and link it to the actual post in the description section.
Are you thinking you don’t have time to constantly post on social media? Great News! Tailwind now allows you to schedule posts for Instagram and Pinterest. Whoa!! What a time saver.
Finally, if you’re serious about your blog then you want to monetize it. There are multiple avenues to consider when deciding to make money from your blog. This includes selling ad space on your blog, joining affiliate marketing programs, and writing sponsored posts just to name a few.
After getting my blog completely set up I initially went down the avenue of affiliate marketing. This method of monetizing your blog does take a lot of effort at first, but once you get the hang of things it becomes second nature. With that being said, I recommend signing up on ShareASale where you can apply to many affiliate programs. The best part about ShareASale is that they only require a minimum payout amount of $50 and you receive tips, emails, and other helpful information to succeed in your affiliate marketing venture.
Once again, Congratulations on starting your new blog and I hope my tips have been helpful.
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