How to Start Your Own Blog
I have tons of people in my inbox asking me how they can start their own blog so I’m going to reveal all. Starting your own blog is a great way to express yourself online and could give you the opportunity to make money from home. Every week I come across more and more bloggers that are quitting their 9-5 jobs and are making a living from blogging. Let’s get you set up with your own blog today!
Start a Blog
Let’s get started. Now you’ve decided on your blog topic (niche) that you are knowledgeable about and are going to enjoy writing about. Here are the steps to follow to create your own blog.
- Set up web hosting
- Choose a domain name
- Create quality content
- Promote your blog
- Automate your blog business
- Start making money from your blog
Every website needs a host. A web host is a home for your site and content. WordPress is a free Content Management System. And allows anyone to create, design, write and manage their own website without being particularly tech savvy. They also have a comprehensive user support guide (perfect for beginners)! WordPress powers 25% of all websites across the internet (including this website!).
Once you’ve signed up to WP you’ll need to choose an initial theme design for your new site (you can change this later). WordPress makes it super easy to write content that looks great. Once you’ve published a couple of articles on your shiny new blog, there are endless opportunities to grow your audience and even make some money! Before I bought my own domain I used the free version of WordPress (this means that you’ll have the “example.wordpress.com” domain name).
A domain name is what people search for to view your website. beemoneysavvy.com is a domain name. There are wide range of domain name extensions available, including .com, .org, .net, .info, .biz. I bought my domain name back in 2017 from TSOHost. Not only are they super cheap (I paid £20 or my domain), but their customer service are happy to help you with free migration and any other tech support you may need. If you do decide to buy your own domain with TSOHost use code “BeeMoneySavvy” for a 10% discount!
Create Quality Content
According to an analysis from search engine land, there are over 130 trillion known web pages, so how are you going to make your content stand out? The first step is to make sure to do your research on the topic before writing. Look at other content in your niche and figure out what’s working for the niche leaders, then come up with a game plan to create even better content!
Another important thing to consider when creating your content is search engine optimisation (SEO). If you really want to improve your content with SEO, then you should try a tool called BuzzSumo. This will provide you with the top ranking content for your blogging area.
When I create publish a post on beemoneysavvy.com I make sure to monitor it’s success (or lack of) and revisit every few months to see if I can make some improvements. There are also tons of free blogging tools that I use to up my blogging game.
Promote your Blog
Building social media pages and links to your new blog should be your main focus when promoting your blog. Social media pages will attract new visitors to your blog.
- Create a Twitter account for your blog, post new articles from your blog & use hashtags
- Creating a Facebook group to complement your website will make it easier to connect with people interested in your content.
- Facebook and Instagram Ads are super effective at expanding your audience in no time. You can also target a specific demographic that may be interested in your content.
- Pinterest is one of the most underrated methods of growing your blog traffic. Make your blog posts pin-able and find groups boards in your niche.
- Comment on well-known blogs in your niche. Leave thoughtful comments related to the blog content.
You’ll also want to consider SEO for promoting your blog. Search engine optimisation (SEO) is the process of affecting the online visibility of a website in a web search engine’s unpaid results. The higher your page ranks on popular search engines, the more traffic your blog will gain organically.
Make Money From Your Blog
Once you’ve built up your following and have regular blog traffic, you can then start to consider how to make money from your blog. There are tons of ways to generate income from your blog. Here are some of the most common opportunities for new bloggers to make money:
- Sponsored/Guest Posts
- Paid Advertising
- Product Reviews
- Affiliate Marketing
- Freelance Writing
Most of the income Bee Money Savvy generates is from sponsored/guest posts. Looking to accept paid posts? Make sure you make that clear on your contact page and reply to any inquiries you get asap! If you’re fairly new to blogging you could try applying for blogging assignments via Get Blogged. Another way to find sponsored work is my looking up #BloggersWanted or #PRRequest on Twitter and networking with brands and marketing professionals!
Affiliate marketing is where you earn a small commission from a company for promoting a product or service. I personally use Awin for affiliate links on this blog but there are a whole range of affiliate opportunities depending on your blog niche and traffic. Some of the best affiliate programmes include Amazon Associates, Awin and Skimlinks.
Interested in freelance writing? Use your blog as your portfolio! Your blog is the perfect opportunity to show off your writing skills and your niche specific knowledge. Once you feel confident in your writing start sending out personal emails to individuals and companies related to your niche. Find out who in the company the email should go to, tell them what you write about, link to a great post you have published and set your prices.
Are you ready to start your blogging journey? Check out all the free tools you can use to create, design and promote your blog. Remember that all good things take time, focus on creating the content you enjoy and don’t undervalue the work you do!