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Hostgator- How To Start a Blog And Make Money

Hello Everyone- Blogging can be a great way to earn a nice side income from sharing your passions online. And it isn’t as difficult as one may think. If you have the willingness to learn and the follow-through to make it happen, then you must need to read this article carefully. This is a post for people who are looking to build a tech blog and don’t know where to start. Whether as a hobby or profession, tech blogging requires some technical skill. Not a lot but a little. When I started my blog, I knew nothing about making a website. I wanted to start my own blog. My friends Yash and Ravi agreed to help me set up my blog using WordPress. Web sites and blogs have gotten a lot easier and simpler thanks to WordPress. WordPress is a simple out of the box platform designed to make websites easier for those not technically savvy (like myself). It powers over 25% of the Internet and is the best platform for blogging.

 

ISN’T STARTING A BLOG HARD?

Nope, not at all! You don’t even need to know how to code, all you need to know is how to work a computer! I promise, I am going to walk you through the process step by step and if you have any questions at all, no matter how small, you can email me. I will do my very best to get back to you within 24 hours!

If you have an extra half hour then you can set up a blog today. I am going to try to make the process as easy as possible for you all. Before I do that, I am going to explain a few things regarding why I chose (and why I think you should) a self-hosted blog as opposed to a .wordpress or .blogspot!

This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to start your own blog.

BEFORE WE BEGIN: WHY START A TECH BLOG?

There are so many great reasons to start a blog today! Let’s talk about the obvious one first – money. Yes, you can earn money blogging. I just had my first $50 month on my blog and it’s only looking better and better!

I’ve been able to live a life I only dreamt about when I was waiting tables at a restaurant 2 years ago.

The best part is that now, I am able to wake up every day and do exactly what I want to do!

The nice thing about blogging is that you don’t have to make money to love it. The connections and sense of community that the blogging world offers are amazing. As a matter of fact, I blogged for many months before making any money at all.

My recommendation is to get into it because it’s something you enjoy doing. Making money is totally fine and is something you should think about from day one, but that shouldn’t be your #1 motivation.

STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR BLOG TOPIC

What are you interested in?
Blogging about what interests you is very important. If you like the topic and are interested in what you’re writing about, your readers will pick up on that. You’ll also enjoy doing it more and that is especially important if you’re going to stick with it.

Even if you’re blogging as a business, it should still be fun and something that you enjoy.

What are you good at?
If you have a particular skill (like me my particular skill is working on WordPress platform) that you think should be shared with the world, a blog is a perfect place to do it! If you can offer tips and generally help people out, they will flock to your blog.

STEP 2: CHOOSE THE PROPER PLATFORM

WordPress all the way
I won’t even discuss other options because I am so passionate about WordPress as a blogging platform. Here are a few reasons why WordPress is the best platform for blogging:

  • Great for beginners
  • Tons of free themes available
  • Easily customizable, even if you have no coding knowledge
  • There are tons of free plugins that make just about everything easier
  • WordPress is the most commonly used platform, and therefore there are tons of resources out there providing help, should you get stuck

Why not a free platform?
There are many reasons why you should avoid using a free platform for your blog. Among them are:

  • Some free platforms put their own ads on your site
  • Most free platforms restrict your ability to put ads on your site or make any money at all
  • There is virtually no support available and even something as simple as a design change warrants a cost (thus becoming not free)
  • You will have an ugly URL, such as www.yourblog.blogspot.com
  • Most importantly, you don’t own your blog when it’s on a free platform – it’s literally like building your house on land that you don’t own

Let me address that last point again. If your blog is a free platform, you do not own the blog or the URL. This means (and it has happened before) that your blog could be shut down at the drop of a hat, for any reason they see fit. Some blogs have been shut down because the blogger was working with a company that the platform owners don’t like. You don’t want to put your blog in someone else’s hands just to save five bucks a month.

STEP 3: PICK A NAME

The first thing you need to do is pick a domain name (i.e your website name). When picking your domain name, there are no hard and fast rules on what to pick. There’s no such thing as a “wrong domain” but there are a couple of things you should know to help you pick the best domain:

Make a name that can last. If you pick “JohnsAsiaAdeventure.com” and then you leave Asia, the domain won’t make sense anymore. Make sure you pick a name that isn’t so focused that if you decide to shift gears or change your focus, you can keep the same domain name.

Try to avoid words like “nomad,” “vagabond,” “wanderlust,” and “adventure.” They have been done to death.

Pick a name that describes what you do as much as possible. I was a nomad so “Nomadic Matt” was the best pick for me. If you’re into luxury, put words in your domain that convey that. You want people to see the name and go “I get what that website is about.”

Keep it short. Use 3-4 words maximum. You want the name that rolls off the tongue. Even Ramit Sethi from “I Will Teach You to Be Rich” often abbreviates his site to “I Will Teach” or “IWT”. The shorter the better.

Keep it simple. I’m not a fan of using jargon or slang in your domain name as I think that makes things confusing for people who don’t know it. The last thing you want is something going “What does that mean?” or being confused. If someone has to think of the meaning, then you’ve already lost them. So don’t try to be clever either!

STEP 4: SIGN UP FOR HOSTGATOR

To get started, go to HostGator’s home page.

After you’ve picked out your domain name, you’ll need to register it and buy hosting (the little computer that’s going to power your website). There are a lot of basic hosting companies out there – Hostgator and Bluehost being to two biggest.

Though owned by the same parent company, I lean towards Hostgator as I find their call center customer service quicker and friendlier and they are prone to fewer outages (no one wants their website to go down). I’ve been using them for years and still have a few domains and email through them.

Here’s a walk-through of how to register your name with Hostgator:

First, choose the hatchling plan. This is the most basic plan but it’s perfect for new blogs and I wouldn’t recommend spending more money until you get a lot of traffic and decide you’re going to do this long term!

After you pick that plan, you’ll be sent to the order form. Enter your domain name and select the hosting package you want. Be sure to add “domain privacy protection” as this keeps your registration information from being public record. After this, it will have you include your billing address and payment information. It will also ask you if you want to by additional add-on services. DO NOT PICK ANY. You won’t need them. From there, it will run your credit card and presto! You have a domain name!

Add your account information:

Then you will see your order is in process wait few seconds

After you’ve paid, you’ll get to this screen where you can see your domain name and account information:

After this process you can see your Cpanel login details in your Email:-

Now you can log in to your Cpanel account

STEP 5: INSTALL WORDPRESS

After you’ve registered your domain name and got your hosting package, the next thing you want to do is install WordPress. WordPress is what will actually run the website.  The host is simply the computer your site sits on. To set WordPress up:

In the same screen as above, click “hosting” and, in the next screen, “Get Started with WordPress Today”:

You’ll be taken to this screen. Click WordPress:

In the drop-down menu, select your domain name and hit next. Enter your user information. Under blog title, enter the name of your blog. Create a strong username and then hit install.

The Base Domain for your installation.

The subdirectory you would like the site to load from if desired. You can leave this blank. Example: Should you wish your WordPress URL to be mydomain.com/site instead of just mydomain.com. Your site will always display this extension if you enter one.

For Admin Email, enter an email address where you want the admin password emailed to. Make sure this is a working email address.

For Blog Title, enter the name of the website. This is what will appear in the header as the name of your site.

For Admin Username, enter your preferred username.

Your first name.

Your last name.

Click Install WordPress when you’re ready to proceed.

After clicking on Install WordPress button you will see WordPress installation in the process:- 

And after few minutes you will see WordPress installation complete.

 

After you’ve installed WordPress onto Hostgator, go to domainname.com/wp-admin and use the username and password you created to login.

You’ll see a screen like this after you login:

If you’d like to create a different password (something stronger or more memorable), then go to your wp-login screen at domainname.com/wp-admin, click on “reset the password,” and you’ll be sent instructions on how to reset it.

That’s it! Now your website is up and running and you’re ready to start blogging!

STEP 6: INSTALL YOUR THEME

Next, you need to make your website look pretty. One of the most important things a blog needs besides good content is a good design. People decide in seconds whether or not they trust your website and choose to stay. A visually unappealing website will turn off readers and reduce the number of return visits you get. So to accomplish a good design, you will need an amazing WordPress theme (i.e., design templates and files). You have 3 options:

Free Themes – Free themes are plentiful and for budding new bloggers looking to make their mark online, they seem like a great option as it allows you to keep costs low. There are many great free themes available online but most of them are not amazing.

If you plan on blogging for a long time, this might become a problem as your website grows. However, if you just need a simple design to blog for your friends and family, then go the free route. You can find some good free themes at wordpress.org.

Premium Themes – The next step up from a free theme is a premium theme. Premium themes are paid themes that offer a bit more uniqueness, flexibility, and functionality. These cost from $25 USD and up, depending on the developer and features.

With a premium theme, you almost always have a support forum that can help you begin to learn how to customize your site yourself. This can be a great way to introduce yourself to PHP and HTML code (which is what your theme and WordPress is created with) without having to worry about breaking your site and not having anybody to help you fix it.

The two best companies to buy premium themes from are WooThemes and StudioPress. My personal favorite is StudioPress as it is more SEO-friendly, a bit sleeker, and cooler. WooThemes are great for photographers and more “fun” personal blogs.

Custom Themes – If you have the money and want a completely unique website, a custom theme is the only way to go. Hiring a website designer/developer will allow you to build the site you dream of and get everything you want. A good WordPress theme from a good designer and developer starts at about $1,500 USD, though the typical average is $3,000-5,000 USD. In my experience, you get the coding you pay for, and cheap can lead to many problems later, so you’ll want a reputable and experienced person.

The best thing to do is ask around for someone, but if you don’t know anyone, two sites you can use to find freelancers are UpWork and 99 Designs.

As a new blogger, I would go with option #1 or 2 as it will be the easiest. To install your theme, simply go to the left-hand column, click Appearance –> Themes –> upload. Whatever theme you picked will come as a .ZIP file for you to easily upload. From, there you just activate it and it’s turned on. All themes come with a manual and help file so you can customize your design to your specific needs.

STEP 7: INSTALL YOUR PLUGINS

From there, the second thing you want to do is install plugins. Plugins are a great way to add additional functionality to a WordPress-powered site. And with over 41,000 (at last check) listed in the WordPress Repository and many more premium options available from developers, there are endless possibilities as to what you can do with your site. From the main screen, click Plugins –> Add New on the left-hand column:

If you can think of a feature you’d like to have on your site, I can almost guarantee there is a plugin for it but here are my favorites:

Akismet – Just like getting junk mail in your mailbox, your website will get spammers looking to leave junk comments on your site. Akismet seeks to reduce the amount of this by automatically filtering it for you. This plugin comes installed with WordPress, and all you need do is activate it and sign up for an account at akismet.com.

Yoast SEO – The best SEO plugin out there. This combines the ability to create meta tags and descriptions for your posts, optimize your titles, create a sitemap for search engines to read, customize how your posts appear across social media and do a whole lot more. It’s simple, easy to use, and comes with foolproof instructions.

Relevanssi – While WordPress does a lot of things well, what it fails at is adding search functionality to your site. Relevanssi seeks to fix this and give your readers the most accurate results when searching on your site.

BackWPup – You can never backup your site too much. The WordPress database holds every word you’ve ever written, and if your blog has started to make you a few dollars, you would be nuts not to keep regular backups. BackWPup does it perfectly. With the ability to schedule backups, you needn’t worry about doing it manually (especially useful to the more forgetful among us). There’s also the option to upload backups to Dropbox, Google Drive, and other cloud storage services, ensuring that if the worst does happen, your data will be safe.

Google Analytics For WordPress – Adding analytic tracking to your website is an important move in finding out who your readers are, where they are coming from, and what your most popular content is. When you sign up for Google Analytics, the site asks you to place a snippet of code into your website. For most people, that can be difficult, which is why there’s Google Analytics for WordPress. This adds a lovely graphical interface to your site where you can click a couple of buttons and set up your tracking without any hassle.

SumoMe – This is the best social sharing plugin on the web. Use this. It comes with great analytics and testing features.

Jetpack – Jetpack is aimed at supercharging your website with a host of features from WordPress’s free hosting platform, giving you the best of both worlds. With this plugin, you can add a spell-checker, contact forms, extra widgets, and a whole slew of more features, all with just one plugin.

W3 Total Cache – This plugin works by creating saved copies of your site, saving WordPress from having to generate them for every new visitor. This, in turn, cuts down on the amount of work your hosting server has to do and makes loading your web pages much much faster.

STEP 8: CREATE YOUR MAIN PAGES

After you’ve uploaded your theme, you’re going to want to make a few basic pages on your website in addition to the blog posts. To create these pages (or posts), go again to your left sidebar and click Pages —> Add New. (Or, for blog posts, Posts –> Add New.) The difference between a page and a post is that a page is a static piece of content that lives separate from the blog. A post is a blog post that gets “buried” as you write more and more. For example, this post is a blog. When I update again, another post will get put on top of it and it will be pushed down in the archives, making it harder to find. But a page like my about page lives on the top of the website, right off the main URL, and does NOT get buried. It’s a lot easier to find.

I recommend creating 4 basic pages to start:

About Page – This where you tell people about yourself, your history, what your blog is about, and why it will help them. This is one of the most important pages on your website so make it personable!

Contact Page – People need a way to reach you! Be sure to be very clear on what emails you will and won’t respond to so people don’t send you spam.

Privacy Page – This is a standard user agreement page letting people know what the applicable laws on your site are, that you use cookies, etc etc. You can find out of the box examples throughout the Internet.

Copyright Page – This is a standard page letting people know you own this work and not to steal it. You can find out of the box examples throughout the Internet.

That’s it! You’ve set up your basic website. Sure, there’s social media buttons to add, blogs to write, and images to upload but these 8 steps will create the basic framework of your blog! The hard comes after when you decide you want to turn it into a profession and start thinking about marketing, product creation, and everything in between but that stuff comes later. By following these steps, you’ll get your blog up and be running so you can start sharing your stories and tips!

And remember, if you have any questions at all feel free to reach out to me! I would be more than happy to help you with anything – be it setting it up, brainstorming post ideas, or networking!

I hope this post helped you friends, and if it did I would be so happy if you could take a moment to share it using one of the social media buttons at the top!

Once you’ve got your blog set up, leave a comment down below so I can check it out! I am so excited to see what you all come up with!

Mohit Saini is a freelancer and is actively engaged with several websites providing with articles on technology. He likes to stay updated with the current tech news related to Web Hosting and Domain Registration. For any questions, mail him 11mohitsaini@gmail.com
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10 Things You Should Know Before You Start Blogging

While blogging may sound simple on the outside, running a successful blog requires time, knowledge, discipline, and the willingness to make mistakes, and learn from them. Here are 10 critical things to consider before you start blogging so that you don’t get caught off guard.

1. The Reason Why You Want to Start Blogging

You can blog for whatever reason, but you need to know the purpose of your blog beforehand because that is going to determine your actions. For instance, if you want to start a personal blog, setting up a Blogger account might just do the trick. However, if you want to make money blogging, a more powerful platform like WordPress is the way to go.

2. Your Blog’s Niche

Obviously, it is best to pick a niche or a topic you are an expert on, or at least to have enough passion for it to make up for your lack of knowledge. Also, if you are trying to monetize your blog, you’re going to want to use Google Trends for keyword research, which will allow you to find out how your niche is performing.

3. Blogging Requires Time, Money, and Effort

If you are wondering how to start a blog, you should know that you will spend countless hours burning the midnight oil, sharpening your writing skills, promoting your blog on social media, and making sure you remain consistent. And it will cost you money, too, because you will have to pay for your marketing campaign, domain name, and hosting at the very least.

4. Content Is The Single Most Important Thing

It’s not easy to figure out how to write great blog content, but you should definitely start by producing content that is informative and which provides something of real value to the reader. Make sure to use a conversational tone, instead of lecturing your visitors. In order to turn them into your regular audience, post consistently.  Take advantage of Headline Analyzer, Plagtracker, Hemingway App to make sure that your posts are outstanding and well-formed from a headline to a conclusion.

5. Copyright Laws

Before you start blogging, learn how to protect your own content, and what to do in case someone steals your work. On the other hand, while it’s OK to be inspired by someone else’s work, it is about your authentic take on a particular topic, and that should be 100% original. Also, learn when and how you can use photos you find online. Simply taking an image and crediting the author may not be enough. TheStocks.im offers plenty of royalty-free stock photos for you to choose from.

6. Your Blog’s Design Should be Simple and Sleek

Users respond to blogs which are built around a simple, yet elegant design. Also, you need to make sure that your blog features responsive design, which is optimized for display on mobile devices. In both cases, navigation should be as easy as possible.

7. The Basics of HTML and SEO

While you can get pretty much everything done on your blog without having to know HTML or CSS, learning both will allow you customize themes and plugins to your liking, as well as change the look of your posts. A Simple Guide to HMTL will teach you all you need to know. As for SEO, you will be able to drive more visitors to your blog, because your blog will be more visible in the search engines, and Beginners Guide to SEO by Moz is a good place to start.

8. Image Editing

Instead of paying someone else to do it for you, learn the basics of image editing, so that you can enhance your texts with eye-popping visual content like photos, infographics, and GIFs. We recommend creating your own original designs with Canva.

9. Social Media Presence Is Crucial

“If you build it, they will come” doesn’t work with blogging. You need to let people know about your work, and the best way to do it is through social media. Placing ads on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter is the key to generating traffic. Websites like Kissmetrics is where you can also find plenty of advice on how to promote your blog.

10. Personal Branding Is Getting More Important

All of the knowledge and skills above can help you establish a unique visual identity for your blog. But you shouldn’t stop there because it is important for all of your social media accounts to reflect that same identity if possible. People respond to brands, and you need to respond to their needs. Make sure to create accounts on most widely used social media platforms, so that you are in control of the brand and its name.

Here are two more steps to make your blog better, hope you will like this informative article.

11. Build Connections Right Away

One of the things that can launch your blog into the stratosphere is the people you know, fellow bloggers. Now, we are not suggesting that you should start sending emails every day and then end up spamming them. But, you can share some of their stuff you liked on Twitter or Facebook, and let them know about it. Reach out to influencers and start a collaboration.

12 viagra 20mg. Learning Never Stops

You will never have any time to rest on your laurels. New blogging platforms are being introduced every day, search engines alter the way they rank websites, SEO requirements change, and so on. Everything is changing constantly, and you need to stay on top of all that if you want to succeed.

Conclusion

Blogging is a lot more complex than people think. It requires you to be a jack of all trades, such as writing, design, marketing, coding, and master of most, to say the least. If you’re ready to start blogging, Earnwebtech is here to answer all of your questions. Just ask.

Mohit Saini is a freelancer and is actively engaged with several websites providing with articles on technology. He likes to stay updated with the current tech news related to Web Hosting and Domain Registration. For any questions, mail him 11mohitsaini@gmail.com