My name is Vikas and I recently closed my Award-Winning restaurant to focus on my Blog full-time.
Blogging is AWESOME! I’ve got 4 blogs right now and all combined, I make about 6-7 Lakhs every month.
WHY BEGINNERS DON’T MAKE MONEY?
There are many online platforms to create free blogs. BUT, please know this, FREE blogs will never make you any money. If you are serious about making money, always go with a professional, self-hosted Blog.
Better invest Rs.5,000 to Rs.6000, and have your own blog. You will have complete control and you can set-up advertisements to make money as well. You will make Rs.50,000 to Rs.1,00,000 in the first year. This is VERY EASY!
How FREE blog looks: AgraTravelGuide.blogger.com
This is very difficult to market and looks very unprofessional.
How your professional blog looks: AgraTravelGuide.com
This looks very brandable, easy to remember and you have complete control over your blog.
You can start a blog and make money in 10 minutes. The following are the steps to start a blog and make money today!
STEP 1 – Buy Domain Name and WordPress Hosting
- The good news is, with BlueHost, you get a FREE domain for one year.
- You have 30 days money-back guarantee
- You can install WordPress blogging CMS in a few clicks
- You don’t need any technical knowledge to start a blog on BlueHost
Let’s get your FREE domain and low-cost web hosting to start your blog.
I highly recommend choosing the .com domain as it is most popular and you can target your blog globally.
Also, remember not to choose a very lengthy domain name, like:
MyTravelStoriesOfAgraIndia.com, this will not give you any results.
Instead, choose a short, catchy and easy to remember domain name, like: AgraTravelDiary.com or AgraGuide.com
On the next page, fill up the form and choose the hosting package that you like.
To save your cost, you can go with 3 years plan. Else, you can go with one year if that works best for you.
You have 30 days money back guarantee, so you are sorted.
Do not select the “Package extras” as you don’t need them.
Complete the payment.
After the payment confirmation, you might be asked to create a password. Choose your password and login to your BlueHost account.
STEP 2 – Set Up Your Blog
Fill in the details of your Blog.
Choose the type of pages you want to create:
Enter the details of your blog and continue to select your Blog theme.
Select the theme you like, I have selected the first one called “Astra” as it loads very fast and easy to manage for beginners.
CONGRATULATIONS! You have now created your Blog.
You can log into your new blog by clicking the “Login to WordPress” button.
STEP 3 – Configure Your Blog & Create Pages
Go ahead and follow the simple instructions in this video to configure your Blog and create some important pages.
STEP 4 – Start Writing Posts On Your Blog
The next step is to start writing content on your new blog. To start creating content, you need to navigate to “Add new post” as shown below:
STEP 5 – Publish Your Blog And Go Online!
Once you have added enough content (at least 4 to 5 blog posts), you can go live!
Whenever you are ready to go live, you need to disable the “Coming soon” page. You can do that by navigating:
Congratulations for creating and publishing your Blog!
STEP 6 – Monetize Your Blog To Make Money
You can start making money only when you have visitors on your blog. Without visitors, you cannot make money from your Blog.
So, how to get visitors on your blog?
The quickest way is to share your Blog with your friends on social media, Whatsapp, email and all other possible ways.
But, before you start promoting your Blog to your friends, you need to set up Monetization options to start making money.
There are various ways to monetize your blog. The BEST and the EASIEST way is the use “Affiliate Programs” and promote products in your Blog content.
TOP Affiliate Programs in India
You can sign up with the Affiliate programs of the TOP sites and start adding product links into your blog.
STEP 7 – Promote Your Blog And Make Money
Once, you have added the affiliate links on your blog, you can then start marketing / promoting your blog to your social media, friends, WhatsApp, email, and any other way you can think of.
Once your blog has readers / visitors, there are high chances they will click on your affiliate links and then make a purchase on those sites, earning you a nice commission.
The more visitors your blog has, the more money you can earn from your blog. Simple as that!
So, I hope this guide has helped you start a blog and then monetize it to start earning money.
Let me know if you have any questions.