• How to Build a Blog and Make Money

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    Discover How To Build A Blog and Make Money... Full article here http://designed-4-u.com/how......

    Follow the simple steps below:-

    Step 1 - Choose Your Passion
    Decide what your blog is going to be about, choose a passion that you could write about for years to come. Remember this could be a full time income stream for you and you don't what to be limited by running out of things to write about. It could be a hobby, an interest or even work related YES some people actually love there work but hate the commute. Just be sure to check if there's a market for your passion, are people looking for solutions to problems.

    Step 2 - Niche Down
    Once you have deliberated over the blog topic its time now to try and niche down even further, the more targeted you can go the FASTER you can succeed. For example my may have a passion for cooking and want to share your recipes. Look at niche down to Vegan Recipes or Gluten Free Recipes there is of course no reason why you can add niche topics as you get more successful. Another example would be Fitness, how about doing Fitness for the over 50's or Kids fitness.

    Step 3 - Decide On Your Domain Name
    Once you have your blog niche all sorted then it's time to get your domain name. Various things to bare in mind. You could choose one to include your name something like matthewwoodward.co.uk especially if you are branding yourself. Keywords are always good take socialmediaexaminer.com. Make it easy to remember and spell... don't be too clever!

    Step 4 - Choose Your Hosting Plan
    Start by signing up at Siteground. Claim your 60% discount when you sign up through my link http://designed-4-u.com/sit...

    If you are starting out and are pretty sure you will not want to change your domain then choose the start up package. I use the Grow Big as I have a Property website and my old blog, even our dogs have got in on the act and have just started their own blog "Woof ! " 🙂

    By choosing The Grow Big Package you will also get priority support (although they are lightning quick anyway) and super cacher which means your site will super quick... plus remember on all packages you get your 30 days money back offer and you can transfer from another hosting company for free.

    Step 5 - Install WordPress
    You could get the support team at Siteground to do this as explained above or do it yourself...

    If you are doing the process yourself then the next step is to install your WordPress on your hosting by using your CPanel. Sounds technical but really just a couple of clicks.

    Navigate to your account then choose the red CPANEL button

    Click the WordPress installer icon under the WordPress tools section

    Click on INSTALL

    Step 6 - Customise Your Blog
    Now you can login to your WordPress dashboard and start to customise your blog. For guidance around the dashboard here's 21 videos I have recorded to help you.

    Make sure you have the following in place before you hit the publish button...

    At least 3 pillar posts
    A great image of you ... remember people do business with people
    Links to your social media accounts
    A blog header or logo - can be created using a free site like Canva
    A clear and easy to navigate menu
    Social sharing buttons - allowing people to share your content will help grow your blog faster

    Step 7 - Write First Post
    Before you start on your first post you need to complete your about page and a disclosure page plus add a way for your audience to contact you.

    The best posts to start with on your blog are pillar posts, these are between 1000-2000 words and solve a main issue for your visitors. Look to write about 3 -5 of these. You can add information and tweek these further along your journey, by added links to other articles or resources.

    Step 8 - Get Traffic
    Traffic is very simple to achieve but most people get this wrong and struggle. The secret is find out where your ideal reader is hanging out online... could it be Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or even Pinterest. Maybe they are chatting in forums. Do some investigation see where other bloggers in your niche are hanging out.

    Once you have located this then connect with others, help others out and after a while direct people back to your articles.

    Step 9 - Make Money
    After all that time and effort setting up your blog, customising it and creating great content now you can reap the benefit by making some money. There are many ways to do this but the most popular are:-

    Affiliate products - selling other peoples products for a commission. These can range for 5% up to 50%.

    Advertising - advertising products and getting paid for directing people to possibly purchase.

    Sponsored Posts - companies pay you to feature their product or service. Your Own Products & Services - sell your own products or services. Show less
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