If you’ve been around I Heart Art’s n Crafts for quite some time, then you’ll know that I used to publish monthly blog income reports. Unfortunately I haven’t posted one in quite some time, simply because I’ve been so busy with how much my blog has grown in the last year. I first started this blog as a hobby and then when I started monetizing it my goal was to make enough to have my husband quit his full-time job and stay home with us…and we finally did it!
Six months ago my husband quit his job and I’ve been able to focus on my blog full time and most importantly our family. Do you have a passion you’d love to write about while supporting your family financially?
Start your own successful blog in just 4 EASY steps below!
After just a year into blogging I started averaging $5,000 a month and recently was able to have my husband quit his full-time job to stay home with us! So get started on your blog, share your passion and it could very well become a full-time income for you.
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Step 1: Figuring Out Your Niche
First off what are you passionate about? Write about that, something you love that you can write about over and over again. For me, my kids are my passion. Teaching my kids and seeing how much they learn every single day and how much I learn from them is what I share through my content. I also take my hobby which is Graphic Design and incorporate it into my niche by designing/creating learning printables for my subscribers. Once you figure out your niche then you can start brainstorming ideas for a name.
Step 2: Getting Your Domain & Setting Up Your Hosting
After you’ve chosen your domain name you’ll want to head over to Bluehost and get started. You can get a website host for only $3.95 per month through Bluehost, and your domain name is INCLUDED in that rate!
After navigating to Bluehost, click on the green button that says Get Started Now. You should see a page that asks you to select your plan. For a person just starting out with their first blog I would suggest going with the basic plan, then you can always upgrade later.Now you will see a page that resembles the image below. Just enter the domain name you decided on in the box titled, “New Domain”. Please Note: if your domain name is already taken you will be presented with a page of alternative domains you can choose. Just scroll down and you should see the “New Domain” box where you can try out a different domain name
If your domain was available, you should now be required to fill your personal information. You should also be required to fill out your package information. The Account Plan can be adjusted here to meet your financial needs, along with other optional services. I recommend at least getting the Privacy Protection to protect some of your personal information.
Step 3: Installing WordPress
Congratulations! You are now the owner of your very own domain! But now it is time to concentrate on getting WordPress installed so you can start creating some content and generating some income!
After logging in, navigate to your CPanel, then navigate to the MOJO Marketplace, click on one-step installs, then you will want to click on WordPress.
Click on “Start” and continue through the setup and change information where needed, for instance you may want to change your blog title (you can do this later if you don’t end up changing it now). Also make sure to write down the Admin Username & Password so you don’t forget it!
Once your done it is time to get started with personalizing your blog. Just navigate to http://www.yourdomainnamehere.com/wp-admin and enter your login credentials.
Step 4: Designing & Personalizing Your Blog
There are TONS of resources to do so whether you’d like to purchase a template there are places like Etsy and the prices range from $50 to a couple hundred. There are also free templates and plenty of free templates that you can still customize. I have hundreds of resources when it comes to designing and customizing your blog pinned on my Blogspiration board which you can view here, from everything to tips for working with brands, free social media icons, and resource links.
After choosing your theme just open your WordPress dashboard up. Under Appearance, click on Theme, then just click on Add New to begin installing your new theme.
Now to get to the important part…the money making! Head on over here once you’ve set up your site to get started on How To Make Money Blogging.
Now this may be overwhelming for those of you who are new to the idea of blogging, but I promise you that if you put the work in, really pay attention to what is and isn’t working, you’ll be able to work from home too. In a year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.
If you have any questions, just let me know in the comments down below!