Guide to creating a successful blog and earning money
Updated: 28 November 2017
Building a blog and making money too is not easy.
Once you make your blog and set it all up, then starts the hard part. Creating and setting up a blog nowadays has become easy with 1 click install being offered by almost all good hosting companies. I have detailed below the process to set a website up.
However, as I told you the real method to success comes only after setting up your blog. Essentially, you have to create or build a blog first and then work hard to make it popular and do SEO for it to rank in search engines, only then success will come to you.
This success can come sooner to you depending on how fast your learn stuff including (SEO, Social Media marketing, blog promotion etc) and also how good you are as a writer, writing content for your blog.
Below are some tips to generate revenue for your website as well as a step by step process (7 steps) on how to get a blog started. (video link updated here)
How to build and setup a blog in 15 to 30 minutes
I often get questions like this asked on my blog
· I want to start a blog
· How do you start a blog website
· How to Build a website using wordpress
In this post, we will link you up to all the information and resources you need to quickly set up a blog and then get it all kitted up to make money. The rest will be all up to you with your hard work once you implement all of our tips in this guide. The provided useful links will take you to more detailed posts on each subject – providing info on specific areas for your website.
Building a Blog Quickly in #3 steps :
If you want to start a blog quickly, It can be done in just 3 steps.
It can be done by picking a domain name and installing a blog with 1 click install , then writing your first post and just clicking on the publish button. ‘
The 1 st part (installing the blog) can take the most time but can be done in less than 10 minutes.
Buying a Domain name for your blog
Choosing a domain name is a decision that you and your business or organisation may be living with for a long time to come – so it’s best to ensure you acquire the best name possible from your search efforts!
A great domain name typically has the following:
· Is short (10 characters or 2 words max)
· Easy to spell and memorable
· Easy to pronounce
· Is a .com domain extension
· Is not easily confused with other brands
· Doesn’t have pluralization that could cause confusion
Keep your domain name short and clear, don’t go for long, drawn out names that are hard to remember
It’s worthwhile considering registering a name containing generic words related to your products and services, as it is easier for people to remember, but it may also have the best resale value if you should choose to sell your business and/or web site in the future.
.COM, .NET, .ORG, .INFO, AND .BIZ domain names can be registered by any organisation or individual anywhere in the world, with .com having the best recognition and therefore the best choice.
Should your preferred domain name be available in the .com domain name space it would be wise to secure it as soon as practicable while it is still available.
It’s best to check whether the name you are registering may infringe on someone else’s business name
Use your targeted keyword in your domain name.
The maximum length you can use is 63 characters. Web domain names are not case sensitive, which means you can access and display your name in advertising in upper or lower case; or even a combination of both.
Generally, there are no restrictions on who can register .com domain name, the period of registration can vary from 1 to 10 years.
FREE Domain Name with Hosting – Choosing the right Hosting Company to make your blog
You will still need to build your blog yourself, but its easy with a 1 click install with these two providers. Both of them have the quick set up 1 click wordpress blog install whihc I have used, however I prefer the blue-host 1 click install process much better , as you can
See How You Can Set Up a WordPress Blog in 15 Minutes -> with bluehost
Getting the right web host is difficult without knowing what you need to start your website . Forget about our list of the most popular top 10 web host for just a bit and think thoroughly of your own needs and reasons to start a blog.
Things to ask yourself before you start a website ( If you starting a blog , most of these are not as important )
· What kind of website are you building?
· Do you need Windows applications?
· Do you need a special version of software (ie. PHP)?
· Does your website need special software?
· How big (or small) can the web traffic volume go?
The Best WordPress website hosting providers of 2015
Amount of storage
When choosing your web hosting, one of your primary concerns will obviously be “How much data can I store?” For most small and medium web sites, you’ll find that several gigabytes should be plenty of storage. Some hosts may offer “unlimited storage”
Amount of Bandwidth
Just like storage, some hosts offer “unlimited” bandwidth; again, if you think you’ll be in a grey area, find out the limits or choose a host that sets the bar where all can see it.
Server Uptime Record
Nothing is more important than having a 24×7 operating web host. You need a web host is operating on a powerful server and stable network connections. 99.5% and above is the recommended uptime score; anything below 99% is unacceptable.
Number of website you can host on one account
It would be a pain to have to manage a hosting account for each site you own if you decide to buy more domain names and start another new blog , so make sure your web host will let you host multiple domains.
Email Accounts and Features
Make sure your webhost gives you an email Account with your website name . Most hosting companies will come with the ability to host your own email (something like email@example.com) but hey, it’s always better to check and be sure of it, yeah?
EASY 1 click install
This is essential if you want to build websites easily on your account , 1 click install makes installing a blog or website or forums , gallery a breeze. The best Web hosts allow you to install Web apps with a single click. The feature makes it easy and convenient to install a blog, CMS portal or other useful application on your site with minimal effort.
Does The Web Host Provide 24/7 Live Chat Support?
Personally I prefer live chat over phone, feel free to change this factor to “24/7 Telephone Support” if you think otherwise. What we want is someone who can throw us the lifesaving rope instantly when we press the S.O.S button.
Free advertising credits are a great perk now offered by most major Web hosting services. Credits help you get the word out about your business without devising a separate advertising budget. Many hosting providers give your Google adwords advertising coupons ,Bing coupons free just to sign up. Free Linked in advertising vouchers are also new with this
Hosting deals, shared hosting especially, are normally selling very cheap on signup prices but charge much higher on renewals. It is an industry norm. Unless you are willing to switch host every two or three years, there is no way to avoid the high renewal prices.
A step by step guide on how to start your own blog in less than 15 mins
Below is a detailed picture guide on how to make a wordpress blog easily in less than 15 minutes with one of the most popular blogging platform wordpress, which is supported by most top hosting companies.
1.Got to bluehost to start the process – Click here
or click on get started now button in pic
2. Choose your hosting plan in next pic
3. Choose your domain name or transfer existing one
4. In this step – It will tell you if domain name is available or not and if so you can try until you get an appropriate name that is available ,then enter billing details & email
You will get your login details in email when sign up is done
5. In the next step you can choose optional options like privacy for your website ( to hide you registration name from people who want to know your name etc) and also site back up ,Seo jumpstart .
As you can see in pc your get your free domain name with the 36 month hosting plan and no setup fee
6. That’s it – You are done with the sign up process after entering your payment details in next screen
7. After this is done , you will get an email with login details and you can login in and click to start on the installing process for your blog .Its easy
Once you click on install wordpress after logging into your admin area (your received in email) , you just need to follow prompts you get to install your website ( mojo install procedure) , keep any eye on the top right hand corner of the screen while this process is happening.It should take about 10 to 15 mins
Can you make Money with your Blog and how top bloggers make money
Below are some top bloggers who make money with their blogs and do blogging as a full time job , though they hardly have to do much with the money that they earn.
Below you can see that besides the top gadget blogs and Huffington post , there is the Perez Hilton (US) fashion blog and Darren Rowse (Australia) SEO Blogging blog that makes quite a bit of money and they started off like any other ordinary blogger
Read short preview on methods below.The basics of making money for any blog in any niche is the traffic that you get to your blog. You should be able to generate a decent amount of traffic to start earning money ( minimum of atleast 100 to 200 unique viewers everyday as a start) , the more targeted your viewers are the more chances of more sales .
For eg if you blog is about cats , and you are selling cat training books and people are searching google for cat related stuff and landing on your page , the chances of them buying a book from your website is quite good. So the more people you are getting landing on your page the more chances for sales
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Once you have a blog, Just write.
Draw from your expertise and experience and write informative posts and articles about your chosen topic. Make your content excellent. In order to make money, you must have visitors, but in order to have visitors, you must have content worthwhile to visit.
Can you make a decent income online?
Yes, absolutely. At the very least, a high five-figure annual income is certainly an attainable goal for an individual working full-time from home. Making a living online allows you to be your own boss and do what you love from anywhere in the world. It means working from a beach in Thailand, a cafe in Paris, or the comfort of your couch.
1. Establish your website. If you want to make money blogging, obviously you’ll need a blog. …
2. Produce valuable content. Once you have a blog, write good relevant articles.
3. Build relationships with your audience.
4. Grow your platform (and branch out) Distribute and promote on facebook twitter etc
Affiliate marketing is also another great tool for monetizing your blog. Here is how affiliate marketing works:
· An advertiser has a product she wants to sell. She agrees to give you a commission from each sale if the buyer is coming from your site.
· She gives you a unique link that tracks your affiliate code. That way, she knows when a buyer used your link to make a purchase.
· You include your affiliate link on your site. You can do this directly in the content or through banner ads. If a reader clicks on your unique link and buys the product you have recommended, you earn a percentage of what she purchased.
Joining affiliate programs like below lets you earn some extra cash:
Many bloggers start with Amazon Associates, since Amazon sells millions of diverse products that are likely to be a fit for most bloggers. Amazon pays commissions of 4 to 15 percent, depending on volume and product type.
Posting for pay
You can also try paid posting to earn money, these sites below can help you:
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When I got this email from dreamhost hosting I went into panic mode. Because on the first glance this email looked pretty authentic as if it came from Dreamhost hosting. I am with Dreamhost-hosting for some of my blogs and websites and I had just got an email from them saying that I had requested to reset my admin password on my hosting account.
I was pretty sure I did not do that at all, so I went into panic mode thinking somebody was trying to mess around. I knew there were hackers out there that exploited similar type of flaws in some login pages and wordpress websites to gain access to your account, and so I panicked even more without checking the urls of the pages mentioned in the email.
Here is snapshot of the email i received
As you can see from above image
Email in inbox looks genuine
Sent fromemail looks genuine
Broken logo image is a bit of a giveaway of scammers
signature url for website has two .com.com in url ..(spelling mistakes often made by scammers)
Website Security: Avoid Clicking On Suspect Emails
Turns out it was a “phishing attempt” as confirmed by Dreamhost support which was pretty prompt in getting back tome I got a reply within 12 hours telling me it was a scammer and not click any urls in that email. Wish their response was a little bit quicker, but it turned out to be a phishing attack anyway, and i had not clicked any urls or attempted to reset my password using that emails links so I was safe
I am pretty well versed with security IT and computers so I just panicked and failed to find out the flaws in the scam/fraud email in first glance. Which was really very evident , these scammers went one step further than most, the first thing I usually check with scam emails is the sent from email, which is pretty easy to do with Hotmail. Just click more details under the email button and it show you the senders email address.
Normally scammers email will default to some Hotmail , gmail address Or anything with random firstname.lastname@example.org address email rather than an official website address email. This ender email had a domain similar to my hosting account provider address, ( starting with dreamhost)but except that this one had a .net extension rather than a .com in the end .
Anyway just to make sure before i clicked any links in that email , I immediately forwarded that email to dreamhost with the page/email content, and the normal ticket support came back to me later that day with response it was a phishing email . I had also sent a email to abuse dreamhost support email , and they came back to me later next day confirming that it was scammer email.
Turns out it was good, that I did not click that link and reset my password otherwise those scammers would have my real login email/password and got access to all my websites. Thanks Dreamhost for the awesome support . I Have been with dream host for the last 7+ years now with some good service and support from them , I rank them pretty high up there now with my other hosting service that I use like Bluehost, Hostmonster, Godaddy and Hostgator. You can go check out their (dreamhost prices over here ) if you are interested in starting a blog, they also now have 1 click quick install for starting a website.
However what i realised from this is , there will always be online criminals or hackers trying to get into your website for all the wrong reasons, and so it is also good to take a few precautions and beef up your website security.
Below are some good security plugins that you can use for you wordpress website to increase the security for your website. These word press plugins is good at making it harder for unwanted people/criminal trying to access your blog illegally , but you still have to be very careful that you don’t click links in fraud emails and send your login and password to scammers like these.
The Sucuri WordPress Security plugin is a security toolset for security integrity monitoring, malware detection and security hardening.
The Settings page allows you to configure the website to your preferred security needs. Some of it’s features include changing the email notifications, via the notification settings tab or disabling integrity checking
Secure your website with the Wordfence security plugin for WordPress. Wordfence provides free enterprise-class WordPress security. Wordfence Security is 100% free and open source. You can find thier official documentation at docs.wordfence.com and our Frequently Asked Questions on our support portal at support.wordfence.com.
The Wordfence WordPress security plugin is full-featured and constantly updated to incorporate the latest security features and to hunt for the newest security threats to your WordPress website.
Limits the number of login attempts from a given IP range within a certain time period.
Installation of login lockdown
Extract the zip file into your plugins directory into its own folder.
Activate the plugin in the Plugin options.
Customize the settings from the Options panel, if desired.
Login LockDown records the IP address and timestamp of every failed login attempt. If more than a certain number of attempts are detected within a short period of time from the same IP range, then the login function is disabled for all requests from that range.
Good Luck and stay Safe!
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This trick should get you awesome Google 5 star reviews, with a little bit of elbow grease. It involves just appending a url and copying and pasting for getting 5 star reviews on Google.
Google reviews hold a lot of value for traffic and SEO to your website and blog and that what’s we are all about, I write about SEO , building blogs and how to get traffic and monetize your blog or website and even compare hosting prices. Below is an easy hack to get reviews from the google reviewing system and getting your business or website to 5 star level. Read on..
Now I want to talk about Google Reviews. We’ve told you before about the importance of getting Google Reviews. During the week, one of my amazing crew, Courtney, pointed out a neat way for people to easily leave a review just by sending them a link in your email.
A great way to increase your click through rate especially in local search, is to have 5 star reviews on your local listings. You won’t see stars appearing until you have at least five reviews. Here’s a great technique to enable that.
Step 1 – Google Account
Login into your Google account.
Step 2 – Brand Search Your brand/website
Do a search that brings up your brand’s Google Knowledge Panel. Usually just your brand name or website name or person name will bring this up.
I have taken this restaurant just as a random listing and this hack has nothing to do with the casa mono website . (Look at arrows on pic for the intended urls Used)
Step 3 – Review Box for Url
Click on write a review. Then you’ll see this panel pop up.
Step 4 – Append/Edit the URL
Grab the URL and add the no.5 to the end of it and hit enter.
Step 5 – Shorten and Share
You should now see the screen with 5 stars filled in. Grab the URL and just leave the stuff in that we need. For eg. here’s what Google gave me.
So delete the bit after the search phrase but before the # hash tag. Voila! You’re done! ( this part might need to be a bit modified based on which country you are , as urls get appended differently – so keep trying to append it until you get the result you want )
Start sharing. This works on Chrome & Firefox.
It does not work on Safari. I have not tested IE or any other browsers.
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You have done all the handwork and set up your wordpress blog, you even managed to make it popular and get a steady stream of traffic and then this happens. An internal or server error shows up and f***s it all up.
wordpress error establishing a database connection
"Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Please check back in a minute."
Apparently these errors can not only happen with a standard wordpess install on a self hosted server with hosting companies like godaddy, bluehost , hostgator but also on localhost, xampp install and due to debug errors.
Some tips on How to fix these errors
403 Forbidden Errors
The 403 error is easy to fix , it happens because of this
For security reasons, our servers will not allow browser access to a directory which does not contain an index file (i.e. index.php, index.html, etc…)
Just input an index page in this directory and this will get fixed , the page needs to be named eitehr index.html or index.php
508 resources limit have been used up
The error message you get
“508 Resource Limit Is Reached”
The 508 is a message from your hosting company that you have used up too much of your resources, it could be bandwidth or space but more likely bandwidth. This can be caused by dodgy plugins using bandwidth wrongly or if your site is really popular (quite unlikely) or then just other people on you shared server using too much bandwidth and you getting blamed. These can also include CPU usage, RAM usage and/or the number of concurrent processes running under your hosting account.
This can also be caused by Website traffic spikes – If your site experiences high peaks in inbound or outbound traffic it can exceed allocated resources. If this is a regular occurrence we would recommend considering an upgrade to a Virtual Dedicated Server, where no such limits are in place
You will need to contact your hosting company to know what exactly it is.
500 Internal Server Error – This can be a dangerous one
The error message you get
“The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.”
I have had this error on my websites a couple of times and it’s dangerous because your site id down and it can take time to fix. It can mainly happen due to a misconfiguration in your server, you updated a poorly coded WordPress theme or a wordpress plugin or even a wordpress or related update.
Sometimes this also happens when your hosting company updates their stuff on the server
WordPress error establishing a database connection
If you get a page featuring the message "Error Establishing Database Connection," this means that there is a problem with the connection to your database and there could be a number of reasons for this. The following are possible reasons and solutions. From wordpress.org
So basically what this means is that the connection is not being established with your database , This happened once to me when I changes a couple of passwords and for some reason the database password did not get updated so it wasn’t connecting to the database . Scan your site with Sucuri SiteCheck to ensure that it hasn’t been compromised or hacked
This could also happen if your wpconfig file has got messed up or than your site has been hacked and password ben changed.
When you can’t connect to your webmail or cPanel
“Cannot connect to webmail or cPanel”
If you can’t access webmail or cPanel of your hosting account but you’re still able to access your domain’s website, it could be your internal network’s firewall is blocking port 2095 for webmail and port 2082 for cPanel.
Try this solution
Note: replace "domainname.com.au" with your actual domain name
Website is Unavailable due to scheduled maintenance
You get this error message
"Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Please check back in a minute."
This happens often when your website has just been upgraded or your wordpress theme has just been upgraded or a plugin upgraded etc. and lasts just a couple of seconds normally , which means the server is just a bit slow and still doping the upgrade that you just clicked for or which is being done by the hosting company.
Your site going down and errors popping up could be a major pain in the ***. Hope i could help you in some way with this limited information, if you have any tips or new information that could help others please contribute in comments or by emailing me through contact page. much appreciated!
On the lighter side here are some funny error messages pics