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


Making Money from Your Blog


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 (180 responses)

  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. Gabriel says:

    This is what i have been looking for. Thanks.

  4. Asad says:

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. vaishnavi says:

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

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. Mark says:

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

  11. 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 :)

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Prashant says:

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

  15. 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. :)

  16. 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.

  17. Emma says:

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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:)

  23. Pawan says:

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

  24. 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

  25. 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!

  26. 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!

  27. 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

  28. Kay Miley says:

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

  29. 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,

  30. Squeeze Page Engine says:

    This is by far the most comprehensive list of resources for OWNING your blog and making it a profitable money making machine. Great post thank you!

  31. Nasta says:

    Than you so much for sharing this information with us. Your tips are relevant to new bloggers and the ones that have basic knowledge and don’t make money from it.

    Really great post! Thanks,

  32. Peter Sunde says:

    Nice, I just started blogging so thank you for the tips!

  33. Gobinda says:

    Oh! Thanks for the great ideas.

  34. L. Richard says:

    I came looking for blogging tips but then I stumbled on your awesome post. I’ve already started blogging and am earning a little from it but your links are still very relevant. Seriously, I wouldn’t have come across those helpful posts detailing SEO techniques if not for your very helpful list. Many thanks.

  35. Bayu says:

    Awesome tips, i was just starting Blogging. Your site give me a guide to start making money, thanks you so much!
    Now, lot homework and learing to do, wish me luck!

  36. admin says:

    @Anurag, I would say start a standard WP blog with a news type theme. Each of your blog posts can be a news/update item. WordPress has come a long way where it is a very good CMS platform now. You don’t have to use it only for blogs. You can create a news site using the WordPress platform. This will be cheaper and quick to get going.

  37. Anurag says:

    Hi dear, after spending a couple of months on internet now i can say that this is a best informatic site i have ever come across. The information you hv provided are fantastic, awsome and most imp complete. for any new blogger like me here is complete guide book. It seems that u have written this after long long exp…so kindly help me with my few questions, i shall be highly obliged…I am from India and having a 8 years exp in journalism..i have quit my job and i want to enter in the field of internet business…for this purpose i have planned to start one blog on a particular topic in which my exp of journalism will help…secondly , i want to start a daily updated online news website for a particular segment of the society…kindly let me know:
    1. for this news site should i start a website or blog?
    2. this site will be publishing the news only for a particular segment.
    3. traditional website is costing around $800 from the designer and blog will cost around $80 only….
    4. I am already going to start a blog on a different niche…

    So, Kindly help me with this..
    Keep it up…
    p.s. if possible send ur suggestion on my mail…

  38. Christopher says:

    Great blog post! There is definitely no shortage of motivation when it pertains to successful bloggers yet often, a great deal of individuals that do not understand that there is equally as much chance of failing as there is prospering. The quantity of hard work needed may occasionally be astonishing and at that point, a great deal often be disappointed and never ever returned to try once more. Occasionally, you have to be prepared to make little to no money for months prior to things lastly begin to click.

  39. Lisa says:

    Thanks! You’ve put some great information together here. It’s so comprehensive! I love that you included everything from the nuts and bolts of getting started to how to make money.

    Will bookmark this for sure!
    Thanks again

  40. Jason Bennet says:

    Wow, that is really a great list of articles covering different component of successful blogging. Haha because of your very detailed blog post, I have spent lots of time reading your blog. Time to implement some of the methods that you have mention in your blog.

  41. Ashish punetha says:

    nice articles, very impressive, I am also a blogger i started my blog on 1st jan 2013 so I am new with these things but i hope i will do good …

  42. Danielle says:

    Wonderful tips! I am so glad that I found this. You put all of the information needed for successful blogging in one place. Now I dont have to search the internet for hours just to find one piece of information. :)

  43. Ryan says:

    Great tips on ho how to start a blog and establish it! Your blog will help me a lot.

  44. Jay Lambertim says:

    I have been making a few blogs that have gone viral and I have used “most” of your techniques so my advice would be that you are on the right track there. Thank you and great post.

  45. Maykee says:

    You’ve taught me a lot with your guide. Thanks for the useful links.

  46. Ron says:

    This is the best step by step guide on starting a blog from scratch. Thanks for sharing such excellent information.

  47. Diego says:

    Oh my god, thank you so much you just made my day. Not only you take us by the hand, but you also deliver everything we need to know to start blogging the smart way. The way you write is so clear, i will definitely keep following your advices as you inspire me :) I am simply addicted to this blog, super useful.

    Cheers, please continue

  48. Edhen says:

    Thanks for that step by step guide to setup a blog. I had no clue that one could have monetary benefits by blogging. You have covered all the aspects of blogging, right from setting it up to commercializing it.

  49. Jezsen says:

    This step by step guide to setup a blog has helped me tremendously! Thanks for sharing this great resource.

  50. Mark says:

    This almost covered all the aspects of blogging. Even myself, having several years blogging experience learned a lot! Thank you!

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