Life is full of so many possibilities that it’s easy to queue them up without ever delivering. You’re ready NOW to learn how to start a blog and make money. Through life, you’ll change career, move abroad, take up a new sport, and finally learn that musical instrument you’ve been thinking about for years. Whatever you plan to do, you resolve that you’ll do it one day, even as you know deep down that the right time may never come.
So how do you break out of this trap? It isn’t easy, but it is simple: you take action now, and you make it matter enough that you develop a new habit. And sure, you can’t learn to play the saxophone in a week — but you can definitely learn how to start your own blog and make money!
How To Start Your Own Blog & Launch It In 7 Days
Having a blog is creatively fulfilling and it’s a great way to connect with people. You can write about anything you like, making your thoughts accessible throughout the globe. It’s also possible to scale it to your preferred level. You can turn it into your business or just leave it as a fun side project. Generally, you don’t need to commit to your aspirations right from the start. You can just dabble and hope for the best.
If you’re interested in setting up a new blog, then why wait? Why not go for it right now?
To get things moving, this stepbystep guide teaches you how you can get your blog up and running within a week:
Come up with your main hook
For your first blog to achieve any popularity, it’ll need to offer something compelling, and that means targeting a niche with a perspective that people will want to revisit time and time again. Start by thinking about the people you hope will read your blog — what will they get out of it? Do you want them to leave entertained, or informed, or reassured? Perhaps some combination?
This blog, for instance, is about “high ROI guides, lists, tutorials and printables”, and everyone who visits knows exactly what type of content they’ll find. They understand that every post will be actionable and positive. The posts will be helping them to get things done, lead a happier life, and improve positive mental health habits. These are the precise elements that drives people to keep returning.
Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS)
Aim to summarise your blog in a similar way, coming up with a one-line explanation of what you bring to the table. If you work in a particular industry, such as mechanical engineering, then you can try the simple “Expert mechanical engineering advice from a qualified expert” framing to target people looking for education. This is your elevator pitch!
And if you’re an amateur in your industry, you can use that as your strength. For example, “An amateur’s adventures in mechanical engineering” is also a great premise for a blog. That’s because it’s generally more entertaining to follow the updates of someone with a passion for something but no formal expertise. Pick out your biggest strength, and use it at the core of your blogging hook.
Choose a blog name and URL
The first step to finding a great blog name is to niche down and choose your topic.
If you’re still unsure about what to write about, there are a couple of ways in which you can figure out a great blog topic to write about:
Or maybe just different interests you’re obsessed with are a good place to start out. Beauty, recipe blogs, travel, fashion, homemaking, and fitness are all classic, highly profitable examples. Luckily, even blogs about the slightly more obscure hobbies can be highly successful. In fact, the more niche blogs are, the more profitable they can be. This is because they are so specific and are able to really nail down an ideal customer with much more ease than bloggers with many topics (like me). Having a lifestyle blog makes monetization a bit more difficult due to the length of time it takes to curate content for all topics and still have your site rank on Google.
A Personal Blog;
if you don’t have an interest in monetization or starting a business then go down this route.
your experience with a particular topic can make you an expert in it. For example, I’ve been suffering from chronic pain for a decade but I’ve been managing my conditions very well for about 5 years. Those management strategies are a great way to prove that it is possible to live a happy, creative life.
If you plan on blogging on a specific topic, ensure that the keyword is in the name so that people know exactly what you’re all about and what you can potentially offer. Sometimes you will discover that the name you wanted is already taken but fear not, you can do a couple of things:
- Change the domain location to something like ‘.co’. Just be warned that if you do that, be prepared to be mistaken for each other.
- Add dashes or dots. But again – it’s easy to get lost and mistaken for the other blogger. You really should try to make it as distinct as possible.
- You can always use your name to appear more professional if you are offering services, or even covering a broad range of topics as a lifestyle blog. Just make sure that the blog’s tagline expresses exactly what you offer.
Choose A Suitable web hosting solution
Every website needs a host, and which one you pick will affect how easy you find it to build your blog and what you’ll be able to do with it once it’s ready to go. First, you need to select a suitable CMS. In general, the most sensible option is to set up a WordPress Blog, the most widely-used CMS in the world. You will have a self-hosted blog with a custom domain name and custom email but it’s still a WordPress blog. The blog host will act like the land people rent to build houses on, in this example, WordPress is your house.
It’s so popular for a reason: it’s free, flexible, kept updated, and very secure (it’s attacked relatively often because it’s so common, but that makes it stronger).
After testing out 5 different web hosts, I’ve outgrown them all. I’ve discovered one platform that provides the best service and up-time for both beginner bloggers and more experienced sites; A2Hosting. Registering is very easy and you can save 60% on hosting by clicking on any A2Hosting link on this blog. Choose the cheapest option to get started. I find that it also offers an incentive to launch your blog so much faster and monetize faster if it’s costing you money. Even if it is less than the price of a cup of coffee a month.
Find out how to register with A2 Hosting asap right here and install WordPress on your web hosting platform easily.
Plan On Selling Products One Day?
Now, if your goal is to one-day sell products through your blog (creating your own branded merchandise, for instance), then you may want to go in a different direction. There are two solid eCommerce paths you can take, and either one will deliver satisfactory results:
- Stick with WordPress, and configure a suitable sales plugin like WooCommerce when you’re ready to start selling. When you make the shift, though, you’ll need to check that your web host has the performance to handle the increase in traffic and demand.
- Create a store with an attached blog and focus on the blog element until you’ve built up enough of a following to start shifting attention to your store. The Shopify site builder is a good call for this: it has native blogging, solid SEO fundamentals, and an intuitive design.
If you go with WordPress, as is the easiest option overall, then you’ll need to secure suitable hosting (it’s a self-hosted CMS). Here’s a solid list of options, so take a look and see which host best suits your specific needs. Using Shopify will be more convenient in some ways, but you’ll also have less flexibility and likely pay considerably more.
Think about your WordPress blog design or check out a free theme to give you an idea of what your options are.
Do some keyword research
With your hook decided and your hosting lined up, it’s time to do some research to figure out how you’re going to frame your content. The perfect jumping-off point is to look into the questions that people search for using a tool like AnswerThePublic, because the questions people ask tell you everything you need to know about their intentions.
For instance, I put in “mechanical engineering” and had 131 question results, including “are mechanical engineering jobs in high demand”, “is mechanical engineering hard”, and “is mechanical engineering a good career” — those particular questions immediately suggest value in writing a piece about the pros and cons of becoming a mechanical engineer.
In addition to giving you creative direction, this research is important for structuring the content you write. Keywords might not be as important for SEO as they once were, but they still matter a great deal, and you should be building your posts around them. It’s also important to make your posts distinct: for instance, it isn’t a good idea to have two posts about the benefits of working in mechanical engineering, because each one will leech ranking potential off the other.
Commit to an upload schedule
Speaking of taking your blog seriously, you must commit to a regular upload schedule. That is if you want people to consistently return. Have you ever found a blog you like, visited twice to see no new updates, then simply stopped checking out of an assumption that there’d be nothing new? I’ve done that on numerous occasions, and it’s always frustrating and disappointing.
If you don’t make any specific claims about when you’ll upload, people won’t know when to return. If you claim that you’ll update twice every week but find that you can’t keep up with that pace, people will be disappointed and (rightfully) be frustrated with you. The solution is to only commit to an upload schedule that you can — and will — stick to.
The default option is once every week. But you could blog more frequently or rarely if you prefer. The important thing really is to drill into people when exactly your blog will update, so they’ll keep remembering to check. Adding your schedule to your homepage banner (e.g. “New updates every Wednesday!”) will help.
Write A Strong Introductory Blog Post
The first blog post you add to your new blog will set the tone and the level of quality that new readers can expect. You should make it a real statement of intent, setting out what your blog is going to be about and why people should continue to follow it. Let people know who you are, what your experiences and qualifications are, and what perspective you bring to the table.
How long should you take to write this post?
It depends on how quickly you work, but maybe commit four hours to the task and aim to at least complete a draft in that time. This should motivate you to maintain your concentration (be sure to eliminate any distractions that might get in the way). Read through it carefully once the content is essentially done. Do you come across well? If you happened upon it, would you stick around?
This is also the right time to point people towards your social profiles, and to use those social profiles to point people towards your blog. Get it established as a core part of your online existence so people know it’s something you’re taking seriously. Note that all long-form content will be hosted exclusively on your blog, and share brief introductions through social channels to whet appetites and push people to look for more.
Use PLR Content To Save Time
Please do not launch a blog with a couple of blog posts on it. You will be disheartened by the lack of traffic in the first couple of months and most give up in that time. If you want to have a successful blog, launch it with about 20 posts on there already. That gives plenty of opportunities to get your content noticed by more people and it means you can see the big money much faster.
To do that, I advise that you use something called PLR content. PLR stands for Private Label Rights and you purchase the rights to edit and publish that content on your site. BUT there is a hitch. Google HATES duplicate content. How do we work around this? Edit the article. Turn it into something that sounds like you wrote it, add in a bit of flair, sources and affiliate links.
My Favourite Resources:
It just means that you will be able to create 20 blog posts WAY faster and everything happens quicker. It’s also best if you bulk write, edit and publish when your blog is not live. Consistency is very important when it comes to blogging, so stick to a schedule. Before you launch, however, you can post as many pieces of content as you like and when you like so that there is something for people to actually read.
New Bloggers CAN Make Money Blogging:
I would advise that you install Skimlinks on your blog after you launch (make your blog go live). It’s the one affiliate program that I want to shout about from the rooftops because it has made my accountants life SO MUCH easier and she can get through my books much faster now because she isn’t calculating small amounts from 20 different affiliate programs, they’re all included in Skimlinks. It means that making money from your content is so much easier to do.
If you follow all of these steps, then you’ll end up with well defined blog on a strong foundation. You’ll have a creative plan including keyword research and a set upload schedule — along with an excellent opening blog to set out your stall and start getting some attention. That’s a very solid start, and it’s absolutely doable within a week BUT I beg of you, do not launch an empty blog. You can even start monetizing this early! Say whhaaaat?
What do you do after that? Well, I can’t tell you that, as it’ll be your blog to handle. My recommendation is quite simple, though: stay motivated, fulfil your commitments, and keep learning as you go. Blogging is tough to do well, and you get better with every blog you write, so try to enjoy the process and start blogging! You have a busy week ahead of you, go! You know how to start your own blog, so go!