How do I Start a Blog and Make Money Online?

This is a step by step and easy to follow guide that will help you setup your own blog from the start. This guide is not to motivate someone to start blogging. It is best suited for someone who already made the decision to start a blog and need some step by step direction of the whole process.

Who Should Use This Guide?

It goes without saying that the following information is for those that know that hard work generates reward.

This guide is intended for anyone who is looking for an answer to any of the following questions:

  • how do I setup a blog?
  • how to start a blog and maintain it?

Now, starting a blog is easy but in order to be able to successfully monetize the blog, you need to establish the blog. In this guide, I have also covered the topics that help you establish your blog so you can monetize it.

There is a lot of good content to go through, so it is a good idea to bookmark this page so you can come back to it later and go over the content at your own pace.

Blog Setup (Getting started)

  1. Getting a good domain name
  2. Getting a cheap and reliable web hosting solution
  3. Setup WordPress on your blog
  4. Selecting a nice theme for your WordPress blog
  5. What WordPress plugins to use
  6. WordPress system integration 101
  7. Creating your blog posts
  8. Creating your blog pages
  9. Adding images to your blog
  10. Using WordPress’s media library

Creating Content For Your Blog

Establishing Your Blog

Site Optimization

Security

Making Money from Your Blog

Marketing

Email Marketing

Good Practices

Useful Blogging Tips and Tricks

Tools of The Trade

To be updated…

We will be writing and publishing the bits and pieces of how to start a blog from scratch and make money online over the next few months as time permits.

If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comment section below and we will follow it up.

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Comments (185 responses)

  1. Vlad Sandu says:

    My belief is that, your business = your niche. Many starters are entering online by picking up the most competitive niches, without a passion or vision for their niche.

    I saw a lot of affiliates who are starting with make money online, weight loss or dating niche, without a clue of what they are doing.

    They end up frustrated and confused, jumping from product to product. What I hate about those products is that they are teaching you the same thing written different.

    For 13 years I only see this system in any product that I bought:

    1. Get a squeeze page. 2. Drive traffic through ads 3.Get an autoresponder. 4. Collect leads. 5. Market to the leads. What I don’t see mentioned is “choosing your niche” the niche that you are passionate about.

    There is one more problem BIG in 2016. 99% of marketing emails are now going into the Offers tab in Gmail. People started to ignore that tab.

    I feel disgusted by the spammy way people are marketing these days.

    The conclusion? Build a site around a niche that you have a burn desire for (ex. Harry Potter’s Passive income Plan) a niche that comes to you as an idea, invent something no one else has and stop duplicating the same “gurus” methods over and over again.

    Thank you for your time, reading my comment!

  2. Sagar shaw says:

    Really if you are looking forward a blog that how to make money from blogging then you have across in the right place. You will get a lot of good resources from here..Really I haven’t written any blog but I have got good vibes from here.So will start very soon :). I want to tell you one thing that through this blog I learned my shortcoming and my mistakes too.Thank you for putting your great effort..!!!

  3. Divya says:

    Amazing article. Thank-you for sharing… <3
    Bookmarked.

  4. Nidhi Nahata says:

    And from nowhere close to knowing what a blog is, after reading your article I feel so confident about writing blogs !!
    Appreciate the inputs and details provided.

    Thanks !

  5. Gaurav Verma says:

    Your blog is great. You arrange all things in one post. It really help the reader to organize content. thanks

  6. opeyemi onigemo says:

    I’ve always had passion for blogging but didn’t exactly know how to go about it. And then the issue of continuity comes in.Having gone through this beautiful and well written article, I am highly motivated. ….Thanks

  7. Aniruddha says:

    I have read many how to make money from your blogs and such articles and online posts…. Never felt they were complete or were honest. Your this entire series of posts on blogging A to Z is like a bible for aspiring and seasoned bloggers. Keep up the good work and god bless you!

  8. Gabriel says:

    This is what i have been looking for. Thanks.

  9. Asad says:

    Highly detailed and A to Z informative. Thanks much for putting this together.
    Bookmarked 🙂

  10. Wendy says:

    I’ve always had passion for blogging but didn’t exactly know how to go about it. And then the issue of continuity comes in.

    Having gone through this beautifully and well written article, I am highly motivated. Thanks a million.

  11. Blu says:

    I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a while. haven’t had a clue where to start. Such a great resource you have here – feeling much more confident I can do this!’ Thank you for your time and effort you’ve put into this!

  12. vaishnavi says:

    That’s a really great post!!! Thank you… =)

  13. Roman Deluna says:

    What a great post, the information is well organized and very comprehensive. I can imagine the effort you put into this and especially appreciate you sharing it. Anyone starting a blog should make this their go to place to start. Kudos

  14. Aqib Khalil says:

    Great article here. I’ve been running my healthcare blog for a few months and have just recently started to spend more time on it (learning wordpress, marketing strategies, etc). I’m noway near earning anything from it yet but with effort and time, hope to establish myself as a leading pharmacy blogger.

    I’ll defiantly be implementing some of the information here. Many thanks!
    Aqib

  15. Mark says:

    Looks like you’ve got quite a guide here. I look forward to getting some great tips and tricks out of it!

  16. Sumit Thakur says:

    You almost given us complete guide for starting and earning from a blog. It is like a complete reference to blogging.
    You have discussed each topic in details.
    thanks for sharing it here 🙂

  17. kech says:

    Hello Guys, I like this and it is explained in details, it will help those facing some level of challenges in adding good content to their blog.

  18. Lisa says:

    Excellent article for anyone who wants to start blogging. I love all the monetization suggestions you have. I appreciated that your tips are for beginners but provide value for seasoned bloggers as well.
    Thanks again.
    Lisa

  19. Prashant says:

    Really… it is very helpful and supportive, great work bro !!!!!!

  20. Sam Adeyinka says:

    Trust me, this is by far the most comprehensive guide and easy to follow resource post to take your blogging journey to the next level. Thanks for providing value to us here. 🙂

  21. Hardhad Bhilare says:

    Thanks for such detailed, accurate and precise info on blogging. I feel just Like reading encyclopedia on blogging subject. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Emma says:

    Great advice for not only beginners, but intermediate and advanced bloggers.

  23. Waheed Mughal says:

    That was an excellent article I’ve noticed over the years that advertising on my blog wasn’t the most profitable. You can still make money but it would be wise not to put all your eggs in one basket.

    Affiliate marketing can be a good money maker when properly utilized. Also, selling your own products such as an ebook is an excellent way to supplement ad income.

  24. Jody Heath says:

    This is a really thorough post. I think a lot of people get lost in the forest for the trees thought. Some how they end up thinking that the blog prints paper money. In reality, the email list is what prints most of the money. The blog just facilitates getting people on your list.

    Thanks for a great post!

  25. Ron Bray says:

    Very Detailed info you have shared how to setup blog and make money online from blog, It is useful post for all bloggers and for those who have setup your blog and earn money from blogging.

  26. Saver says:

    This is a great resource, and a very complete list! By far, the most difficult aspect of blogging can be getting traffic. I about pulled my hair out trying to figure out wordpress, but finding readers was even more of a challenge. Consistency, patience and good content pays off in the end. Thanks!

  27. rachit says:

    I feel skeptical writing blogs again as i never had a good experience earlier. Had some blogs and no traffic. Going by your narrative and very useful blog, i hope that i will succeed in my blogging deeds:)

  28. Pawan says:

    Oh my God, that is a very awesome resource for all the new and pro bloggers. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Lawrence Hogue says:

    Its not easy to make money blogging , but if you follow the foot steps of other you can, something worth doing will never be easy. thanks

  30. Pexal says:

    Really nice website with loads of great content! It’s all about putting the work in first yawl & then you will see good results, eventually! Don’t give up!

  31. MISEL says:

    Admiring the commitment you put into your site and detailed information you offer.
    It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same out of date rehashed information.
    Great read!

  32. GetaGuru says:

    Great information all in one place. I am new to blogging and having a blast. Deciding on a niche was a bitch. I am interested in so many things that I had to follow all of them until I found my groove. It’s a big problem not settling in one niche. At the moment I am in two niches and celebrating the focus. Xx

  33. Kay Miley says:

    This blog is very informative for a new blogger like myself. I wish I had access to this a while ago.

  34. Karen says:

    Seems like you put a lot of work into this page, a complete list of practical blog posts, teaching people how to make a successful blog.

    I appreciate it,
    Thanks

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