Last Updated on May 13, 2021 by Justin Su
Starting blogging is one of the best methods to make money online from home.
Starting a blog is not that much simple as it looks.
Not every blogger is successful. But those who are successful are generating six-figure income by staying at home.
But do you know how to start a blog? If you don’t then you are at the right place. I will guide you on how to start a blog and earn money in a step-by-step guide.
How To Start A Blog And Make Money In 2021
I am going to tell you how to start a blog and make money in a very simple 8 steps. In these 8 steps, you will get to know everything about how to start a blog online and earn money from it.
Let’s start with our step-by-step guide.
Step #1 – Choose A Perfect Blogging Platform
Before any step, you have to decide which blogging platform you are going to use for your blog site. There are many blogging platforms that you can use.
By using WordPress you get many features that other blogging platform doesn’t have. SEO is one of them, there are millions of plugins available to use for free.
You also don’t need any coding skills in order to host your site on WP aka WordPress.
If you follow me then I suggest using WordPress.
Step #2 – Choose A Profitable Niche For Blogging
Now in the second step, you have to choose your niche that can actually have future scope. It means if you writing an article then it should be effective after 2 or 3 years or more.
Do you know the main difference between a news site and other blogging niches? In a news site, you have to keep publishing articles or news but in blogging, you just have to publish an article once and keep updating on a timely basis.
You are free to choose any topic you want to write on. At the current moment following topics are in more traffic generators and revenue generators than others.
- Personal finance
- Investment and stock market
- Starting online business
- Runnin, Hiking, or Trekking
These are some of the best blog niches for beginners to work on.
How to choose a blog niche? The best way to check if your niche is profitable or not is by checking the competition and trend. Which you can get to know by using google trend and keyword checker tools.
Step #3 – Get Domain Name and Hosting
Do you know domain name plays an important role in visitor retention?
Suppose there are 1K people searched for best yoga mate and there are sites on google with a various domain name which includes one site with a domain name of “YogaMate” then most of the visitor will remember that domain name.
So next time before doing any search for yoga-related things most of the people will directly visit that site.
Hence you must choose the domain name that is related to your blog niche and easy to remember. On average your domain name should not contain more than 6 to 8 characters unless it is easier to remember.
Always prefer “dot COM”.
I suggest purchasing expired domains instead of searching for a new one. ExpiredDomains is the best place to find the expired domain, it is free too.
From where I should purchase the domain name? Nowadays purchasing domain names doesn’t cost more than $8 to $10 and sometimes you can also get them for free. Name cheap and SiteGround is the best site to purchase the domain name
Which is web hosting you should have? I already published an article on the best web hosting platform above you will find the link to it. BlueHost and Namecheap both are the best hosting service providers, I am using Namecheap, you will love their customer support if you are a beginner.
Step #4 – Choose Attractive and SEO Optimized Theme
After choosing a blogging platform and purchasing web hosting you have to install a Theme to your site.
Here I am guessing you have chosen the WordPress platform, if you have chosen other blogging platforms then you can google for their paid and free theme or template.
The theme affects the loading time of any site and then it affects the visitors. If you are using WordPress then you can easily customize your theme according to your need through elementor.
But do you know unique designed themes get more visits? You can use Fiverr to hire WordPress designers. It is really worth spending $200 to $500 on designing.
Step #5 – Set Up Your Website
After installing them you can’t just start writing an article. Because before that you have to set up your website in such a manner that generates more leads and views.
If you purchase any theme then it will come in a basic structure which most probably many people are already using, to make it unique you have to customize it.
You need to have your own unique logo and use them on your blog as well as on social media accounts.
Install required plugins like Yoast SEO, Affiliate plugins, Notification sender, Social media sharing, or any other plugin that you think you need to use on your blog.
Step #6 – Search For Article Topic
Now when your site is ready for publishing an article you have to search for the topics on which you are about to write an article.
It is better to create a list of article titles on which you would like to write an article.
What I do is, do research for the topics and check that if that topic has the potential to bring users to my blog or not, if it doesn’t then I put them on a notepad, and in this way, I choose a topic for the next 30 days. So I don’t need to search for a topic again and again.
But as a beginner, you should focus on those keyword articles that have low competition.
If you started blogging then you have to publish many articles on a different topic, for example, you have chosen Yoga then you will not write an article only for how to do yoga but you have to write on different topic like best yoga position (or yoga san), where to purchase yoga items, and so on.
Step #7 – Write an Article and Publish It
So how to start writing a blog?
The next step is to write an article and publishing it. You must keep publishing articles on a daily basis even though when you are not getting views, sometimes it takes time to get views.
And do a monthly review of your articles and find out why it is not getting views. Google Search Console and Google analytics are the two best free tools to check activities on your site.
Below are the things which must contain in your article.
- It must have at least 700 words
- It must contain few images with alt attributes
- The article should be written in simple language
- It must have outgoing and internal links
- Add your keyword in the title and in the middle of your article (actually at every point)
- Do not override your articles with keywords
- Use longtail keywords
Do you know what are longtail keywords? For example, your targetted keyword is “how to start a blog” then a long-tail keyword may look like this “how to start a blog on WordPress and make money for free”. Here you can find three keywords are how to start a blog, WordPress, and make money.
Step #8 – Optimize Your Site With SEO
This is the most important part of blogging. If your domain name is bad, design is bad, not published many articles but still, you can rank on Google and can get views with the help of strong SEO.
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization.
Do you know there are bloggers who are spending thousands of dollars on SEO only? Yes, they do and they earn back. You can either do SEO by yourself or can hire someone to do it for you.
Fiverr is the best place to hire SEO managers at a cheap rate. Just write SEO managers and click on Search for Freelancers and you will find freelancers.
Or you can do it by yourself.
The major factor includes in SEO is the keyword. You can use tools like Ahref and Semrush to find out the low competition keyword.
Semrush and Ahref are costlier to use directly. But you can use them through Group SEO Tools at a very cheap rate. It will cost you around $2 to $5 per month.
I suggest checking out our article on the best Semrush and Ahref Group SEO Tool provider. This tool helps you to start a blog and make money from it.
Yoast SEO also plays an important role in SEO for WordPress sites.
How to check if the keyword is easy to rank or not? The easiest way to check if you can rank in Google or not, by checking the DA and PA of an already ranked site.
If the DA & PA of the already ranked site is lower than 10 or lower than yours then you should write an article on that keyword.
Now everything is done and your website is active. So what next? Next is traffic and money, let’s understand how to gain them.
Promote Your Blog and Get Traffic
After setting up your website and publishing an article you should be waiting for traffic right? Definitely yes.
If you have done SEO at the top level then you don’t need to worry about traffic and don’t need to use any tool to receive traffic. SEO will help you to get traffic but it takes time for sure.
Creating social media pages, join microblogging sites, and other sites like Quora and forums help you to gain free website traffic.
What you have to do is just publish an article and share links to your article on these websites. I suggest spending more time on the following sites.
- FB & Twitter
- And any forum that suites with your niche
Another important method of promoting your blog is guest posting or press release. You can ask other bloggers to publish your article with your blog post link. It will cost you more but this will increase your DA and PA.
Never use Google Ads or any other ad network to get traffic on the blog site.
Make Money With Your Blog
It’s time to know how you can earn money with your website. If you search how to start a blog and get paid then you might understand how to start a blog by reading the above contents now it’s time to know how to get paid.
The simple and traditional method to make money with your blog is Advertising networks like Adsense. With Adsense, you can earn around $1.00 per 1K views.
Affiliate marketing is generating more revenue than ads networks. If your article includes, a suggestion of a product or service then use your referral link so whenever any of your users purchases any product you will earn commission from it.
The most famous affiliate program platform are;
Another method to generate income is sponsored posts, you can allow other users to publish their articles on your website and you can charge them for their articles. They will get backlinks and you will get money plus content.
There are many other methods to earn money with a blog like providing service, selling premium content, publishing books, and much more.
How Much You Can Earn From Blogging
Well after all everyone is starting a blog to make money hence you should know how much you can earn from blogging.
There are many bloggers who are generating six-figure income and I will be not surprised if any blogger already started generating 7 figure income.
Your earning depends on the niche, traffic, and method of earning. If you focus on affiliate marketing then your earning will be high even though you have very few visitors.
But if you focus on Adsense then you need a huge amount of traffic to generate income in this case you don’t need to wait for your visitor to purchase any product.
On average new bloggers are making $100 to $500 per month within 6 to 7 months. After that their earning get increased by up to $5000 to $20,000 per month within the next 1 to 2 year.
So how much it cost to start a blog site? Following is the list which will cause you to cost.
- Domain and hosting – $10/Year
- Theme – $30 one time
- Plugins – $20 to $100 one time
- Website Design – $100 to $250 one time
- SEO – $200 to $500 one time if you don’t know about SEO, and then you can do it by yourself.
- For promotion – Up to $200 per month
In this, your main expense is Theme and Domain & Hosting only others are extra costs that you have to bear if you don’t know anything about SEO, Design, and Promotion.
Must-Have Resources and Tools
To start blogging you must have the following tools. You can ignore some of them according to your requirement but you should take a look at them and their usage at least once.
- Domain & Hosting
- Divi or ThemeForest Theme
- Group Buy SEO Tools
- Fiverr To Hire Designer, Writer, or Marketing manager
- Social Warefare and Mashshare social media share plugin
- PicMaker and Canva for free banner designing
- Grammarly to find out grammar and spelling mistakes
- Yoast SEO for better SEO practices
- Google Trends and Google Analytics
- Portent and TweakYourBiz for the title suggestion
FAQ On How To Start A Blog For Beginners
How much time do I need to spend on Blogging?
Blogging is something that requires time and patience. You have to spend 8 to 10 hours setting up your website at first and daily 1 to 2 hours on publishing an article.
Do I need any experience or skills to start a blog?
No, as a blogger I know that anyone can start a blog and can learn skills while growing their blog. You don’t need any degree to start a blog. You can even start blogging in your regional language.
I can start a blog free of cost?
Yes, you can do that. But I don’t recommend it. With free blogging, you will get limited access to resources that helps to grow your blog. It is better to spend some money rather than waiting for a miracle.
There are many free blogging platforms that you can use to start a blog for free.
How to start a blog for money?
Most people do start blogging to make money and nothing is wrong with this. You just need to follow the above-given steps to start a blog.
Tips on how to start a blog and make money?
Above I shared all steps with you, but still, if you are facing any issues then you can contact me by using contact us.
Starting a blog in 2021 is a good idea or not?
You can start a blog anytime it doesn’t matter what time it is. What is required is dedicated to your blog.