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It’s 2021 and you want to make money with your blog, huh? Well, today I’ll show you how to build a successful blog fast!
Check out this post to make sure your blog is operating legally!
By fast I mean within a year or less. Building a successful blog is not a get-rich-quick scheme.
It takes time and serious effort to build a blog that makes money long-term. But it is possible to do.
You’re not on this journey alone, I am right here with you. If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer.
2020 was really rough and no one knows what this year is going to bring. So many people have lost their jobs and are unsure of where their next meal will come from.
I don’t want this for my family and I’m certain you don’t either. One thing that has proven to still work despite COVID-19 is the wonderful world of blogging.
It’s can be difficult at first to be consistent and make money from your blog but once you’ve done it, it’s pretty smooth sailing from there. Of course you will have your ups and downs and your income is not a sure thing but I will give you some valuable tips and tricks to help you keep things on the up and up.
Get you a glass of wine and let’s dive right in! This guide is going to be jam-packed with a lot of things that I have learned in my years of blogging and that has helped me in one way or another.
The very first thing you need to do. Serious before you do anything else in regards to your blog, decide on a hosting company.
The company that I use and love is Siteground. So it’s only right that I show you how to sign up for an account with this hosting company.
The hosting package that I have chosen is the WordPress hosting. This works great if you are going to be building your blog on a WordPress site. We’ll discuss this a little more later.
Once you click on the orange “Get Started Button” you will see this.
Click the orange “Get Plan” button to choose the Grow Big plan. The Grow Big plan is perfect for if you are a beginner with more than one blog or you plan to start more than one blog. If you only plan to have 1 website then you may find the StartUp plan to be more than enough for you. I recommend the Grow Big plan for beginners.
This plan alone has so many awesome features but you can’t go wrong with either the Start Up or the Grow Big Plan.
Next, you should choose how long you want to cover your site for. I usually just go with 12 months because you just never know when something may change and you need a different plan.
Once you select the period you will be asked to enter your payment information and then you’re done with that part. You now have hosting!
Choose a Domain Name
You will now want to connect your domain name to your hosting company.
Brainstorm some names and decide on one really good name for your blog.
Your blog name should be something that’s not too long or too hard to remember. When people type it in you want them to have an easy time doing so and be able to get to where they need to go.
You should try to get a .com domain since this is the most common and this is what people will most likely search for. I have several domains and all of them are .com. I never buy .net, .org, or anything else other than .com, and for good reasons. .Com is easier for most people to remember.
Go here to search for an available domain name.
At the end of the day, your domain name can be anything you want it to be. So have fun with it!
Create WordPress Site
It’s now time to setup and create your WordPress site. You can do this on your own or you can pay someone to do it for you.
Having someone else do it will save you time and a huge headache but it can be costly. If you’re on a budget, you should watch some YouTube videos and get to work on creating your website yourself.
If you’re anything like me, you hate all the techy stuff that comes with creating a website. And if you’ve never actually put together a website you’re probably overwhelmed at the idea of even trying.
I felt the same way with each and every one of my websites/blogs. I now have multiple websites and blogs that I basically threw together myself. I even have one in the making that I learned to design from scratch all from a 4-hour YouTube video.
Now do you see the power of YouTube? I know I sure do!
What’s even more powerful when it comes to creating a blogging website is being able to purchase actual themes.
Website themes are so amazing and they are a lot less difficult than creating a website from scratch.
So if you think you can’t create a good looking blog on your own, you better think again, girl!
Because you can do it! If I can do it, so can you! Trust me when I say I am no graphic designer, at all.
But before you can actually install a theme and all that other cool stuff, you have to first create a WordPress.org website.
This step is very important because it’s easy to sign up for the wrong website in this case.
There’s a wordpress.com and a wordpress.org. Sign up for WordPress.org only.
The benefits are that :
- It’s a lot easier to use
- Able to monetize your blog better
- Have more control over your work
- Use your hosting plan with it
Now that you know why you should go with WordPress.org. It’s time to create an account and start setting up.
Setup Social Media Accounts
I want you to be cautious with this step.
I do feel that some social media accounts are necessary but don’t feel that you have to join every single social media site there is.
Personally, I have only Pinterest for my blog and I have found this to be my main focus. Why?
Because I want my greatest focus in 2021 to be on bringing in more organic traffic rather than relying on social media.
Social Media is okay but there’s always pros and cons to everything. The biggest issue with social media is that you’re audience is not actually yours.
If for some reason social media were to shut down and go away, so would your followers. You would no longer have access to them and no way to reach out to them.
I have a fix for that though. The very next step is going to be your answer to this problem.
Start an Email List
Yes, that’s right. All you have to do is start an email list.
Now, you probably think it’s easier said than done and I personally feel that it is. However, it’s possible to do.
Starting an email list has always been a struggle for me because I had so many ideas for my list that I could never just decide on one lead magnet.
You definitely need a lead magnet and this can be a free resource library, a helpful printable, or a email course, or an e-book.
It all depends on you. And what you see fit for your audience.
Do some research on different lead magnets in your niche and decide on a few that you really like.
Then work on making them your own by adding your own touch to them.
You don’t want to copy anyone else’s work but it’s certainly okay to look for inspiration in other people’s work.
It may take your email list some time to grow but rest assured that it will grow as long as you work at it and constantly improve.
To host your email list you will want to choose an email marketing software. The one that I like to use is Convertkit but I’ve also heard some good things about Mailerlite and I plan to give them a try very soon.
Brainstorm Blog Post Ideas
Now that you have created your site and got your social media accounts and email list/lead magnet created, it’s time to start the brainstorm and writing stage.
It has been recommended to brainstorm enough ideas for the entire year but to avoid overwhelm just brainstorm enough ideas for your first post.
We’ll take it from there.
You can save your ideas in a notetaker like OneNote, or Evernote. I use both and they both are great for different things but notetaking is definitely one of them.
Think about what niche you are writing in and research other popular blog posts in that particular niche.
As I mentioned before, don’t copy anyone’s idea but use this research to find inspiration. If you write on a similar topic, think about what you could include that your competitor may have failed to mention.
This will help your blog post to be viewed by Google as more fitting to be at the top of the search results.
You have brainstormed some ideas and now you will narrow down one specific post that you would like to write about.
It’s time to move on to the next step in the process and this next step will aid in showing you how to build a successful blog fast.
Conduct Keyword Research
You have a topic now you need keywords. Keywords are very important to your blog, if you didn’t know.
I’ll be doing a post all about keywords soon so stay tuned!
There are a lot of places you can go to search for keywords. Some of the places I like to use to search for keywords is:
- Google Search
Ubersuggest is the best one to use in my opinion because other keyword research tools such as ahrefs and moz cost a fortune and I’m just not willing to pay that right now.
It’s true that you have to spend money to make money but you have to spend wisely. Not just on any and everything.
If you are looking for some really awesome free ways to do keyword research then check out Pinterest, Google Search, and Udemy.
Next step in this phase is to outline your article. Trust me when I say that outlining even a little bit goes a really long way.
I have never, even when in grade school, never been the one to do much of an outline.
I would call myself a pantser and I just write by the seat of my pants.
However, since I’ve been struggling to finish my blog posts in time to post them on the day and time that I like, I have been searching for new ways of doing things.
Now, I try to stick with outlining because it really works. I find that when I outline even just a basic outline, I’m able to write my post a lot quicker.
Do I like outlining? Not yet.
But the more I do it, the more I’m starting to like the fact that it helps me to get my work done in half the time compared to when I don’t use an outline at all.
So I recommend that you outline your article even if you’re not an outlining person. I promise you it will make a difference.
You can simply write down the basics of what you want to cover in your post and this will give you a bit of direction and keep you from wasting time trying to think or remember what you were going to say next.
For example, if I want to write a post about how to find a work from home job. My outline may look something like this:
- Create Resume
- Avoid Scams
This is really basic but it’s similar to what I do and you won’t believe that this only took me two minutes to do and It saves me hours of my time.
You now know what you’re going to be writing about and you’ve done the research. Now you should work on your title.
Personally, I think the title can be worked on at anytime but I’m just inserting it here to make sure I include it.
Some prefer to create the title first before writing the article and others like to write their titles after they’ve written their article.
This again depends on you.
However and whenever you decide to come up with your title make sure it is catchy, engaging, urgent, and specific.
You’ve put in the work and now you should start actually writing your blog.
This may seem intimidating for you if you aren’t use to writing blog posts.
I’m a published author and even I sometimes get intimidated by certain writing projects. So trust me when I tell you it’s normal and it’s okay.
You can do it.
If you have a hard time staying focused then try to use the Pomodoro technique to write your first article.
The Pomodoro Technique is where you set a 25 minutes timer and work on your post for those 25 minutes nonstop. Once that time is up you stop and rest for 3-5 minutes then you repeat until you are completely finished with your blog post.
I have tried this technique before and I feel like I didn’t really give it a chance before but I plan to try it again in an effort to get more blog posts churned out in a short period of time.
Having that outline that we mentioned earlier will definitely aid you in using this technique.
Edit Blog Post
You always want to edit your blog posts.
Correct typos, grammar and punctuation mistakes.
When writing a blog post it is okay to talk the way you talk in everyday life but make sure it is readable for the most part.
A blog post is meant to be laid back and informal unless you want your blog to be formal and proper. That’s all up to you.
However, most people like to write in a casual tone because it helps your readers to connect with you and feel that you are a normal person not some robot spitting out big words and proper terms.
That’s why I write the way I do. Not to dumb down anything because I know my readers are very intelligent but to speak to them as I would a close friend.
You’ll notice that throughout this post I may have said some things that are not “proper” but you get the point and that’s what’s important.
Make sure that your post is edited and that you aren’t making all kind of errors but speaking the way you do is okay.
Grammarly may not understand what you’re trying to say and that’s okay. You’re not writing for grammarly, you’re writing for your audience.
This is something that you need to remember as you write. Because as bloggers we can get so focused on writing for the Google search engines but we forget that we’re supposed to be writing for humans not robots.
You should definitely add images to all of your posts. But those images shouldn’t be some random images that you chose from a Google search.
They should be legal to use and should speak to what your blog is about. If they don’t then you need to keep looking for images that help explain what your article is about.
Images are important to your blog posts as well as your Pinterest images.
Your blog post is now complete. The very next thing you want to do is promote and share your blog post all over your social media accounts.
Don’t share so much that you look like spam but definitely share quite a bit.
Make sure you spend time at first posting even in related Facebook groups on promotion days if you choose to use Facebook.
And if you choose to use Instagram share your posts using the correct hashtags.
On Pinterest, you should create images and pin as often as 25 times a day. You should also share other people’s stuff.
I will be doing a post all about using Pinterest soon so check back soon!
Decide How to Monetize
There are so many ways you can monetize a blog today.
Your aim should be to choose at least 2 or 3 forms of monetization that you plan to use with your blog.
For one, you don’t ever want to put all of your eggs in one basket. You need multiple streams of income.
When the pandemic first hit, there are some bloggers who relied solely on Amazon for their income and Amazon made a change that impacted all of their affiliates. Those who had other forms of income coming in from their blog were impacted the least.
Those who relied solely on Amazon for their income were devastated with this major change that affected their payouts.
In case you’re wondering, some of the many ways to monetize your blog are:
- Display Advertising
- Youtube Videos
- Affiliate Marketing
- Digital Products
Blog Post about monetizing a blog coming soon!
If you are just blogging as a hobby and don’t intend to ever monetize your blog then you can ignore this step.
You’re going to see me say this a lot on this blog.
That’s because I truly support the research phase.
No one would know anything about anything if they never did research.
I believe that I’m only as smart as I am because I have always been an advocate of researching and do so faithfully.
My family have declared me the “Google Queen” because I use Google faithfully to research and figure things out that I don’t know.
I use Google to confirm things I thought I already knew.
Google can be your bestfriend when it comes to research.
You will learn so much.
Part of being an amazing blogger is doing research and continuing to further your education in this area.
The only real way to do this is to get out and explore and find new courses to take and new blogs to follow.
Work Harder & Don’t Give Up
I felt it was important to give this a section of it’s own to show the importance.
You’re going to work hard…tirelessly on your blog and it may be a while before you see results.
Keep at it!
Don’t give up and don’t give in to the feelings of doubt and insecurity.
You truly can do anything you put your mind to. So put your mind to it and just do it (In my Nike voice 🤣)
Focus on What’s Important
Sometimes we can become so preoccupied with irrelevant things that important things get pushed to the backseat.
However, it’s time to turn things around.
We’re going to stop focusing on things that don’t help us get to our destination.
No more working endlessly on things that lead us to a dead end.
You may be wondering what those things are but I can’t say what they are for you because it’s going to be different for everyone.
It may make sense for your business for you too post on Pinterest 50 times a day but I don’t think that makes sense for my business and blog.
What works for one person may not work for another.
That’s why I always say it’s up to you and it depends on you because we’re all different. And just because I found success after doing something doesn’t mean that you can copy my strategy and come up with the same results.
However, I continue to share my thoughts and experiences on this blog and my other blogs for the simple fact that you just don’t know.
What works for me could definitely work for you. Or what worked for me could spark something in you that works wonders for your business.
So that’s why you have to focus on what’s important and what makes sense for your business and your business alone.
One Step at a Time
I’m guilty of this one. Trying to squeeze in every single task that needs to be done and wound up not getting anything done at all.
That’s because you’re trying to do too many things at one time.
This is the very reason I say not to feel obligated to be on every social media. And even with the social media that you do choose, don’t feel you have to be present on there everyday.
Social media and other insignificant tasks like I mentioned above, can really drain you and zap your energy. You won’t feel motivated to do anything for the simple fact that you can’t decide on what to do first.
What I like to do to help with this issue is to create a to-do list and stick with it.
Things hardly ever go as planned and there are always going to be things to throw you off track and distract you. But keep going and try to stay on course as much as you can.
That list will help you so much more than you realize.
Create a System
Pay attention to what seems to work for you and what doesn’t and create a system from it.
You can create your own system or use one that you learned from another blogger.
Again the key is to stick with it.
If you find a routine that works for you and your blog use it over and over again.
Don’t let anything throw you off course.
You need to be adaptable, true. But being adaptable doesn’t mean that you have to stop what is working for you.
Be Committed and Consistent
Stay committed to your work. If you do you will succeed. And be consistent with the work that you do.
Please don’t think that you can post 10 posts one week and not post again for 2 months. That is not going to get you to the success that you are probably wanting to see.
You have to work at it harder and consistently. Keep striving an stay on the right course of action and you will be well on your way.
I hope these tips have really shown you how to build a successful blog fast!
Which tip did you enjoy the most? Let me know in the comments below!