How To Start A Money Making Blog In Under 15 Minutes

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How To Start A Money Making Blog In Under 15 Minutes

How To Start A Money Making Blog In Under 15 Minutes

After the AMAZING response to my first post on blogging (you can read How I Made $4,618.58 in June by Blogging here) I’ve decided to do a whole series on blogging! I received comments and a ton of emails (don’t be nervous about leaving comments, a lot of people were thinking the same things!) asking about gaining traffic, affiliate marketing, setting up a blog, emails & more.

How to Start a Blog & Make Money

I thought what a better way to start than with the very basics – launching your own blog!

Personally, starting a blog was the best thing I’ve decided to do. Besides the extra income it has given me, it’s a great way to express myself creatively and find people who just get me that I wouldn’t have been able to connect with otherwise.

Everyone should start a blog. I truly believe that. Start a blog to express yourself, to earn extra cash, to share your passions & interests with the world. I find it can be very therapeutic & if you make money, there’s the added bonus!
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LET’S GET STARTED
So you have an amazing idea for a blog, but where to start?

Set up your WordPress account via Bluehost here. Now you are probably asking yourself two questions:

Why WordPress?
I have found (& I have tried out MANY platforms) that WordPress allows for the best integrations for affiliate linking (how you’ll make $$$), social media plug-ins (which will allow you to display your Pinterest, Instagram, etc. accounts easily) & customer-friendly setup. I personally am NOT well-versed in coding so having an easy set-up was the most important feature for me.

Why Bluehost?
Self-hosting (meaning you’re at your own.com & not blogname.wordpress.com) is important if you want to start making money off your blog. First & foremost, free blogging sites can delete your account or site for any reason at any time. Seriously. Michelle from Making Sense of Cents had this happen to her on a free blogging platform. Not cool.

Also, most ad platforms & affiliate marketers will NOT even consider you unless you are self-hosting. At $3.95 per month (a special price you only get through my link here!) you will receive a FREE domain name, a FREE site builder, 1-click install for WordPress & 24/7 tech support. Not bad for the same price you’d pay for a small coffee at Starbucks!

Don’t be tempted to skip this step, trust me, I learned this the hard way. You will not be able to signup with high paying affiliates or ad platforms & many sponsors will turn their noses at unprofessional looking sites like blogger.  I sat on blogger for the longest time making absolutely no money and having no idea why. My first month using a Bluehost/ WordPress setup, I was making money.
How To Start A Money Making Blog In Under 15 Minutes

There are so many hosting sites out there – why Bluehost?
Let me count the ways:
– I personally use this hosting site so I know it’s quality (I wouldn’t expect you to use this site unless I was a member as well!)
– WordPress itself says that Bluehost is the #1 self hosting website, they recommend it on their site
– FREE domain name (this typically costs upwards of $20 or more depending on the name you want)
– FREE 24/7 tech support (like I said, I am NO web expert, I heavily relied on this support! You can contact them by email, web chat or phone.)
– FREE Site Builder (again, without this my site would not be in working order)
– Competitive pricing (Bluehost has some of the best prices out there)
– You will be self-hosted (yay, this means you can start making money!)
– Professional (it took me far too long to realize I wasn’t making money because of how my site came across – amateur)
– Self hosted emails (this looks so good when communicating with your audience & makes applying for affiliate marketing a snap!)
– Money back guarantee – for some reason you aren’t satisfied – you get your money back!

How Do I Setup?
Once you’ve clicked over to Bluehost, setup is seriously so easy!

1. Pick your plan. I would personally go with basic & then upgrade at anytime if needed.
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2. Choose your domain. This is the exciting part! Adding your domain name makes it SO REAL!
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3. Add in your account info, payment info & then you are in! I picked the 36 month plan because it is the absolute best rate. Bluehost also has a money back guarantee so it’s risk-free.
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4. And there you go! How easy is that? Once you’ve submitted the above info, go to your CPanel & click the Install WordPress button. Then just type in your account info, click submit & the whole process is complete. Now comes the fun part – create your blog posts!
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Lastly & for full disclosure sake, I am a Bluehost affiliate. This means the company pays me a commission every time someone signs up via one of my links. This does NOT influence my recommendation – I have done my research and tried multiple platforms. I recommend Bluehost because I personally use it & I honestly believe they offer the best, easiest to use & most cost-efficient hosting available.

The next step? Set yourself up with ads on your site – get the step by step guide here!

If you start your own blog, please let me know in the comments below – I’d love to check it out!

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