I’m sure the thought has already crossed your minds- I should write a blog!
Perhaps you already have, and perhaps it’s already been pushed aside and is lost in the oblivion that is The Internet. It’s easy to set up a free blog site, publish a few articles, not get any readers and give up in a matter of days.
What many people fail to realise, and what we at Cats and Backpacks didn’t realise for a long time either, is that a blog can be an extremely profitable entity. Many people make more than a full time income from their website- and you can too! With a few simple steps, anyone can have a blog up and running in just a few minutes. With commitment, a passion for writing and a love of any topic, there’s no reason why you can’t begin to build a popular and profitable blog.
I won’t lie to you, it’s not easy, but it’s worth it in the long run when you start to see your efforts pay off. With money coming in, you can start to realise your goals. For us, that’s building a location-independent income and travelling the world. We’re guessing that if you’re reading this article you’re a big fan of travelling too, and there’s no reason why you can’t do the same. But likewise, you could put money you’re earning online towards anything- a house, a family,
cats a car and more.
Putting money to the side for just a moment, there’s something extremely rewarding about connecting with readers and providing content that people find helpful and inspiring. If you have a passion about any topic- crafts, food, travel, anything– then you could start creating content that people can connect with. You’ll make new friends, learn new skills and challenge yourself in an extremely positive way.
So, what are you waiting for?
Get a Domain Name
Technically, you can create a blog for free, but the honest truth is that this isn’t going to cut it. If you want to be seen as a professional blogger and not an amateur, the first thing you’ll need is a domain name. This means you have a www.mywebsite.xyz web address rather than a www.mywebsite.bloghost.xyz one.
Luckily, web domains are available for a very low price- you can pick one up for as low as £0.99 per year from Go Daddy.
Choose something relevant to what you want to write about- remember, everyone is going to see this!
Once you’ve got yourself a domain name, you’ll need to get your blog ‘hosted’. In order to create a blog, you’ll need WordPress, and in order to get WordPress, you’ll need a host!
From WordPress, you can build your website and posts using different themes, and it’s extremely easy to navigate. We currently use GoDaddy for our web hosting as it was very straightforward to set up. However, the site traffic limit is just too low for our needs and we’re quickly realising we need to change it up to get the most out of our hosting and give you the best experience on our site. We’re planning to change to Siteground, which has been the voted the no.1 web hosting service this year. Their prices start from just $3.95 per month which is a total bargain!
Essentially, there are lots of great options out there for you to try.
Truth be told, a domain name and great hosting is all you need to get started, but there are a few things you can do to really set yourself apart from the crowd.
When you begin to customise your site, you choose from a number of themes on WordPress. The problem is that the free themes that are available don’t offer a lot of customisation or feature options, and often your site won’t look very professional. Have you been around long enough to remember any of our old site layouts? They didn’t give off great signals to readers or companies.
To get our site looking this good now (we’re so modest) we use the Divi theme and builder, available from Elegant Themes. We love our subscription to this service as we’re able to choose from 87 themes and 6 extremely useful plugins, all for one yearly price that works out at just $5.75 per month.
Divi has allowed us to create our site from scratch, and we can easily modify things if we think they need tweaking. If you don’t fancy building your blog by yourself, the other 86 choices on offer from Elegant Themes are beautiful too, and are designed with not just blogs, but online shops, portfolios, magazines and more in mind.
We’d also suggest defining your site and brand with your own logo. We created ours with the help of a talented family member, but if you need some professional help you can have one designed for as low as $5 on Fiverr. At Fiverr, people offer their services in hundreds of ways- from web design to photo editing and more, and every gig starts from just $5.
These few steps all you need to complete to set yourself up with a blog. Easy, right? Now you can start creating great content!
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