FREE Guide to Starting a Great and Profitable Blog
Beginning in 2020, if you start a blog using the HostGator links on this page, email [email protected] for 100% FREE access to our comprehensive 190 slide blogging course: “The First 8 Weeks” to help get you started on the right foot! This is the detailed course that accompanies our VERY popular 8-week worksheet, which you can see here. This course has a price tag of $299 but we decided to start giving it away absolutely FREE this year. All you need to do is email us your domain name and we’ll check it against our affiliate report, then send you the course link!
Choosing a blog topic is the single biggest reason why people fail to start a blog. Chances are you’re simply overthinking it! What are you passionate about? What area do have an expanded knowledge in? What are you personally working to improve in your life? These are all things that make great topics for a blog!
If you’re struggling with coming up with an idea or niche for your blog, the best thing you can do is exactly what I did with KatieDidWhat.com- just get it going and start blogging! I didn’t think about settling into a niche, making money or any of that. I just started. Gary Vaynerchuk preaches “just do” and “just start” for a good reason. You’ll get nowhere by just thinking and thinking and never doing! This is the best advice I’ve heard and is the best advice I can give.
Need more help? Click here for a list of the most common blog topics with ways to make money on each one!
Once you have your topic, you’ll need to find a domain name that encompasses what your blog will be about. Keep this somewhat general to give you flexibility in changing your content.
Example: Instead of kimeatshealthyfood.com, try kimshealthylife.com. Just that little change will allow the blogger to move away from blogging about only food without that keyword still remaining in their domain name.
I can’t emphasize this enough: don’t let the idea of not finding a perfect domain name prevent you from starting in the first place! I get the most questions/concerns about this topic. Use the link below for help in thinking of one and move on to creating your blog! It’s what’s ON your blog that is most important.
Click here for a helpful words to include in your domain name.
Go here and type in your prospective domain. Type in your domain name and press enter. If it’s available, you’ll see a green check mark. If not, try another one until you find one that’s available and then move on to step 3.
Once you’ve found an available domain, it’s time to get hosting for your website. If you’re already on the page from the previous step, simply continue there. Click here to get back to it.
Use code GREATBLOG to get my exclusive discounted rate and pay as low as under $3/month for your hosting. The longer you sign up for at the beginning, the less per month you’ll pay.
Of all the extra options on the checkout page, the only one you need is Domain Privacy Protection. Complete checkout and you’re all set!
For a more detailed walkthrough of this process including WordPress and theme installation, click here.
We created this resource to give you the best possible launching pad for your blog. View and print it here.
You’ll learn essential actions that you can take for your blog each week to ensure your success. I wish something like this was around when I started!
Also see: How to Get People to Read Your Blog
The resources in this step and the next one are what most bloggers charge for. Every single bit of blogging advice we offer is free.
Adding on to the worksheet above, we have several blogging resources (ALL FREE) that we’ve created. They truly do contain everything we know about blogging and everything we’ve used to take our blog from $0-$10,000/month and beyond.
None of the resources linked below have any upselling or “premium” version. We truly did pour out all if the information we know in these resources.
Email series full of blogging tips | YouTube videos on blogging
A course on WordPress setup | Blog about blogging
How to Use Social Media to Build Your Blog: a FREE 32-page course.
Blogging (like anything) is hard at first and has a bit of a learning curve. Hopefully the resources we’ve provided will help and ease that curve, but you’re bound to run into some issues.
Maybe you are getting hung up on website formatting, maybe your traffic isn’t growing as quickly as you’d like or you’re having writer’s block. These are challenges that all bloggers face and it’s a good thing! This means you care about your blog and you’re trying to make it better!
The biggest key is that you continue pressing forward, produce great content and do something every day to build your blog and audience.
I truly believe (because it is exactly what I did) that if you follow the steps above and act on all of the information provided on this blog, you can make money blogging. Our income reports prove it.