How to Start a Blog that Actually Makes Money – For Beginners

Start a Blog

It will be one of the best decision of your life that you want to start a blog. I can tell you a number of benefits of starting a blog.

20 years back, you had no identity if you did not have an email address. 5 years back it became compulsory to have a Facebook or Twitter account.

Within next 5 years, your blog will become your identity.

However that’s not the reason I want to convince you to start a blog now.

moneyconnexion.com is my blog. I have started this blog 6 years back. I have made more than 1 million dollars through blogging. More than 1 million people read my blog monthly.

My blog not only gave me lots of MONEY but FAME as well.

blog income

This is my income from Google AdSense and it’s one of the many incomes from my blog. You can find more INCOME proofs from my blog at the end of the post.

Recently I purchased one of most luxury car ‘BMW 520d Luxury Line‘. Its like dream come true. I purchased this car through my blogging income.

thanks google

If this excites you and you want to start making money online, then starting a blog is one of the best advice from me.

And if you are thinking that I am some super guy who knows everything about blogging, then you are absolutely wrong.

I am a very average person who some years back can’t write even a single sentence. Even my English is not that good. I don’t have even any technical knowledge.

My journey from making ‘Almost No Income’ in the first year of blogging to “More than 1 Million Dollar’ in the last 7 years gave me lots of experiences.

And one of the best experience is “How can a normal person start a Blog and Make Money from this”.

So today, I will show you how to start a blog in simple steps.

However, before I tell you those easy steps, I want to clear some of your most common doubts.

Why you should not start with a Free Blog?

If you are in confusion or heard from somewhere that starting a blog is free, then I will take just a few minutes of yours to explain to you it’s really not.

There are sites like Blogger, Wix, WordPress.com, and others that give you a free blog but a free blog has many limitations.

  • Your blog will be hosted on a subdomain like yourname.blogspot.com or yourname.wix.com which become lengthy and difficult to read but not short and easy like yourblog.com.
  • Your clients, your advertisers and most importantly your readers don't take you seriously.
  • There are many limitations to design & monetize your free blog.
  • All your content are ultimately controlled by the free blogging platform. You can’t do anything if they delete your content or even free blog.

These are the problems with a free blogging platform like Blogger, Wix and even WordPress.com, etc.

Also, I know hundreds of bloggers who started from the free platform, when they wanted to shift from free to the paid platform (after they got some response), and how cumbersome it was to shift.

And not only the shifting problem, but they also lost the audience, traffic and revenue in transferring from Free to their self-hosted Blog.

So, I recommend you a paid blog with WordPress.org with a very reliable web host.

Also, it does not cost more than $75 for a year.

It’s time to start your blog…

How to Start a blog

Here are the 6 simple steps that will help you in starting your blog.

  1. Choose a Blogging Platform
  2. How to Select a Domain Name
  3. Select Host for Your Blog
  4. Setup Your Blog
  5. Design Your Blog
  6. Start Making Money with Your Blog

1. Choosing a Blogging Platform

There are a number of blogging platforms like WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Wix, Joomla, Drupal etc. But WordPress.org is the most important blogging platform from the last few years because of many good reasons.

90% of all the blogs in the world including my blogs MoneyConnexion & SureJob uses WordPress. This itself is the reason to choose WordPress for your blog.

Let's check more reasons why:

  1. It's Free
  2. Creating a blog using WordPress is very easy.
  3. You can design almost any type of website with the help of 5000 free and paid WordPress themes.
  4. It offers 50,000 free plugins that make your blog very fast & efficient.
  5. You can find help on almost any topic on WordPress Forum or other blogs.

Here I am talking about WordPress.org and not free blogging platform WordPress.com.

WordPress.org is a software and its free. You need to buy a domain and hosting for using this WordPress.org platform.

2. How to Select a Domain Name

Choose your domain name wisely. moneyconnexion.com is the name of my domain and anyone can understand this blog is something about Money. My another blog is SureJob.in and it shows that SureJob is something related to jobs & career.

Another important thing about these domains is that they are easy to pronounce and remember.

So you choose a domain name in such a way that people can understand the topic of your blog from the name itself.

If you want to start a cooking blog, then the name must be related to cooking, if a sports blog then something related to sport, if its related to technology then some tech-related name.

Like email address, it's challenging to get a domain name of your choice, so you need to prepare a list and then check the availability.

From the available domains, you can finalize the best.

You can find many domain extensions other than ‘.com’. Most of the other common domain extensions are .org, .net, .co.uk, .co.in, .info etc. You can check all at the time of domain booking.

3. Select Host for Your Blog

As I told you, WordPress.org is nothing but a software. You can’t create your blog using just software. You need a web hosting space where you can install WordPress software.

Just like you need space in your mobile and PC to store and see your files, images, and videos, you need web hosting to store the content of your blog, images and videos.

You need to buy a web hosting in order to use your own domain name and to make it accessible to the world.

I have created hundreds of blogs in the last 8 years, and I have used & experienced almost all the web hosting providers.

One of most reliable hosting I found is from Bluehost.

Even WordPress.org and other top bloggers recommend www.bluehost.com.

4. Setup Your Blog

Just visit www.bluehost.com, and you will find screen something like this.

You may find something different but it will be similar so it won’t be difficult for you to understand where to begin. Click on “Get Started Now” button. You then visit the hosting plan page.

1. Choose Your hosting plan

There are 3 types of plan. If you are planning to start only 1 blog, then ‘basic’ is sufficient for you but if you want to create more blogs in future, then you can choose ‘Prime’ because you can use multiple blogs in the same hosting. You even get Domain Privacy for free.

hosting price

Click on Select to choose your plan.

2. Type Your Domain Name

Next it ask you to type your domain name. I have already discussed above how to choose the domain name for your blog. If you have something in mind then enter it in ‘new domain’ and check for availability.

For example, I want to create a technology blog. After so many trial, I finalize my domain name ‘TechMyWords.com’.

choose domain

You can try different names for your domain and if your finalize a domain then click “Next”.

If you have an existing domain with another domain registrar, then you can use that with Bluehost hosting. You can type that domain name in the “I have a domain name” field and Click ‘Next’. Then update the name server of your domain with the one provided by Bluehost.

There are many domain extensions other than .com. It’s not necessary to use ‘.com’ domain extension only. You can try other extensions like .net, .org, .info and others as shown in the image above.

If you want to choose your domain name later, then click on “Choose Later” link and then choose your domain later from your Bluehost account dashboard.

3. Complete Signup Process

Next step in starting a blog is completing your registration. You need to put your information and other formalities.

You can signup with your Google account or enter your information as shown in the image below.

create blog account

4. Choose your plan

Next, choose your plan. I recommend you to buy for 36 months because you get the lowest rate of $2.95 per month if you choose for 36 months.

If you buy for 12 months, then the price is $4.95 per month.

blog package price

You will get ‘Let’s Encrypt SSL’ free for all plans. SSL will make your site from ‘http’ to ‘https’. When people visit your site, their browser tells them that this is a secured website. This builds trust among your readers.

You don’t need to buy SiteLock Security, Codegurad Basic and Bluehost SEO Tools. Just untick all the checkboxes so that you can see the total price.

You can buy ‘Domain Privacy Protection’ which help you to protect you from Spammers. If you don’t want that, untick that as well.

For few lucky people, Bluehost give the offer of $2.65 per month for a 36 months plan. Try to take your mouse pointer outside the browser and see if you get that offer.

I highly recommend you to grab that offer immediately because you also get ‘Free Domain Privacy’.

5. Place order to start your blog

Next, scroll down and enter your credit card details. You can also pay by your PayPal account. Choose whatever suitable for you.

payment info

Then tick the checkbox of ‘Terms of Service’ button and click on ‘Submit’ button to complete the order.

You then visit the next page where Bluehost welcome you for purchasing the hosting towards the first step start your blog.

hosting order

6. Create your password

Now click on the green button to create your password.

create password

Create a strong password. Bluehost will suggest you if your password is weak.

Click ‘Next’ button.

On the next page, you will be asked to choose a theme for your blog.

choose blog theme

If you like any theme for your blog, you can choose now, otherwise, click on ‘Skip’ button at the bottom to choose your theme later.

You are taken to the next page as shown below in the image-

start building blog

Bluehost host your blog on a temporary domain for 12-24 hours if you had chosen your domain name as explained above in step 2.

Even if you had selected ‘Choose Later,’ even in that case, your blog will be hosted on a temporary domain, and when you book your domain later, it automatically removes the temporary domain and adds your own chosen domain.

Now you can start creating your blog.

Here you can either go directly to your WordPress blog dashboard by clicking on ‘Start Building’ or go to your Bluehost account by clicking ‘go to my Bluehost account’.

Your Bluehost account dashboard looks like this-

bluehost dashboard

You can login to your WordPress account of your blog directly from this page.

Now we will see next important part of starting your blog.

5. Design Your Blog

You need to do some of the most important things immediately after creating your blog.

1. Complete WHOIS verification

If you chose a new domain in step 2 ‘Type Your Domain Name’ above, then you will receive a WHOIS Verification email. Open your email and click on “Verify Your Email” link to activate your domain.

Then log in to WordPress account by clicking on “Log in to WordPress” from your Bluehost account.

After login you will find WordPress dashboard like this. It ask you Business or Personal site. Just click on ‘I don’t help link’ as shown in the image.

Refer this image to do other things related to your blog setup.

wordpress blog dashboard

2. Create a new user with Administrator Role

This is the first thing to do after starting a blog. When Bluehost installs WordPress on your hosting, it provides you with the default username ‘admin’ which is not good. Spammers and hackers can attack your blog with spam and malware.

You need to change this with strong username and password.

There is no provision to change the username in WordPress. You need to create a new user and delete the default user ‘admin’.

Click on ‘Users’ as shown in the image and then ‘Add New’.

  • Enter the details of the new user. Username, Email, First & Last Name.
  • Click on ‘Show password’ to see the password of your WordPress blog. If you want, you can change.
  • Choose Role as ‘Administrator’.

Find here the details of your WordPress blog account.

WordPress Login URL: https://YourDomain.com/wp-admin (replace YourDomain with your domain name)

Username & Password will be as given in the above steps.

Now logout of your WordPress account and login again with new username & password using the above login URL link.

Again go to ‘Users->All Users’.

Select ‘admin’ user and delete this or change the role to ‘Subscriber’.

3. Install a theme after starting your blog

You need to install or change your theme when you start a blog. There are thousands of free & paid themes provided by thousands of developers. A theme will change the overall design, style, and layout of your blog.

You can click on ‘Appearance –> Themes –> WordPress.org Themes’ to find free themes provided by WordPress.

Do some experiments with the free themes and check which one you like the most. Chose a responsive theme so that it will be compatible with the smartphone.

There are hundreds of premium themes outside WordPress provided by different companies. My favorite theme is Genesis provided by StudioPress. Premium themes have more features and easy to customize.

4. Install important plugins

WordPress plugins are like apps that allow you to add new features and functionality to your WordPress blog. You must install some essential plugins for creating your blog.

Click on ‘’Plugins –> Add New’ and search for these plugins to install and activate.

1. Yoast SEO: One of the best plugin for on-page SEO and other things like creating a sitemap.

2. JetPack Plugin: Already installed by Bluehost. You click on JetPack plugin and then click on Setup button to setup this plugin. It's is a multipurpose plugin where you can add things like contact form, share buttons, site stats and many other things.

3. Akismet Anti-Spam: This plugin will protect you from comment spammers. This plugin is already installed by Bluehost. You need to activate the plugin and go to the settings and then click “Get Your API Key” to get your free API Key for free to use this plugin.

4. WP Smush: Images are the great way to enhance the quality of your posts, but images take lots of storage space and at the same time slow down your blog. This plugin optimizes and compresses your image without reducing the quality of your images. It results in less storage and faster speed.

There are other plugins that you can add like ‘Contact Form 7’, Google Analytics, Add to Any Share Button, WordFrence Security etc.

5. Change the permalink

Permalink is a great way to create a clean & SEO friendly URL. Just click on Settings -> Permalink to change your settings. Just select the ‘Custom Structure’ and enter /%postname%/ in the text box and click the “Save Changes”.

6. Add your first post

It’s time to add your first blog post. You must write at least 1000 word blog post on your favorite topic based on your blog. Images make your content more attractive so add quality images in your post.

You can find the images on sites like Pixabay, Canva to use on your blog.

Click on ‘Posts –> Add New’ to add your first post.

Add your title and content with images and click on “Publish” button to publish the post.

Congratulation! You have published your first post after starting your blog.

6. Start Making Money with Your Blog

Different people have different purpose of starting a blog. Someone may use this as a hobby or personal blog. Someone may use this as a business blog. Alternatively, someone wants to become a professional blogger like me.

However, making money with a blog is one of the most common goals to start a blog.

Check here some of the incomes from my blog-

Affiliate income from ClixSense

ClixSense

Affiliate Income from Neobux

neobux strategy

Here are the steps if you want to make money after creating your blog.

1. Write on Regular Basis

You must write on a regular basis after starting your blog. Your posts should have excellent research and original ideas where people can get something new. People like and share such content.

More quality content you like, more the traffic you can get.

2. Promote your blog

This is the most important step to get the traffic on your blog. Making money without traffic is difficult. It takes time to get traffic on your blog.

There are many things you can do to get traffic on your blog.

  1. Learn SEO and implement on-page & off-page SEO techniques on your blog. This way you can get good traffic from Google.
  2. Share your content on social sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest etc.
  3. Write comments and guest posts on other blogs.
  4. Create videos and upload on YouTube and other video sharing sites

3. Monetize your blog

This is the ultimate aim of every blogger after starting a blog. There are number of ways to make money from a blog but I won’t recommend many.

I will keep it simple and suggest you just 2 ways as a beginner.

You can make money with Google AdSense and Amazon.

Sign up with AdSense here (try only after you receive some traffic on your blog). Google displays ads on your blog similar to you see on this blog. When a visitor clicks on any ads, Google pays you.

Another excellent way is making money as Amazon associate.

Just signup with Amazon Associate USA or your country (available in all major countries). Login to your associate account and get an affiliate link for any product you want to promote through your blog.

Whenever someone goes to Amazon by clicking on the affiliate link on your blog and buy something, you get 4% to 12% of the ordered amount from Amazon.

Don’t look for any other ways right now as you will get confused and focus more on making money rather than making your blog successful. Even after 7 years of blogging, I prefer AdSense and affiliate marketing to earn from my blogs.

I hope this guide is useful and it helped you to start your first blog. If you have any query, then you can ask through the comment or contact us page, and I will help you to start your blog and make it successful.

244 COMMENTS

  1. I was never interested in blogging, but your great write-up about blogging really heightened my interest in becoming a blogger. Keep up the good work.

  2. sir thanks for sharing your experience with us. now I am learning how to make blogs only with the help of YouTube. if possible guide me to become a good blogger.
    from Barun (Andaman and Nicobar Islands)

  3. Clear and precise direction you have given about how a Blog can be build and how the Blog should be? And also about how one can earn money by blogging.

    Thanks lot

  4. I don’t like to say it, but I have to say it. You did some html editings using Inspect element option in browser and we can edit anything in webpage with that. For example I can change 90$ to 12,000$ and it’ll just take few seconds to do it. If you are really rich, why are you still writing articles?

    • @Ahmad ROck – I make money by writing articles on my blog. If I discontinue writing, traffic on my blog will get affected and so my income. All the information on this blog are real. You can check the worth of MoneyConnexion and my other blog surejob.in on internet to get some fair idea.

  5. Most accurate and honest guide I’ve ever read! This is really what I’m looking for.. Thank you Mr. Pritam😊😊😇

  6. Thanks, for motivate me sir I want to become like you so ,I dive in blog for 5years, because it’s time to invest than earn..

    Thanks sir

  7. The blog seems to have written with a view to have clicks on links by the reader so that you get the commission. There is no elaboration on how part of earning income.

  8. You have covered a lot in this post. I am sure this will be helpful for beginners who want to earn. Some of the tips included are fabulous and valuable. Keep up the good work mate!

  9. Hello sir, i liked so much the way you explained how to create a blog.. M thankful to you! i have 1 ques. Sir can u pls guide me more about blogging. My writting skills is not good..so what can i do first – required to creat blog first or to develop skills first?

    • HI THERE PRITAM G,
      THE INFORMATION GIVEN BY YOU IS REALLY HELPFUL AND GENUINE . THANKS FOR SHARING ALL .

  10. Starting a blog is dream come true for many peoples. Your advice of buying good hosting is good, because if we buy low quality hosting. We often see downtime by bad hosting provider. So, it advisable to buy durable and reliable hosting for your business.

  11. Hello sir
    I have been trying to create a free affiliate blog from Ghana but don’t know how to write good contents in order to generate traffic …Can you help please.

  12. Sir! It is helpfull information but here is a few things I need to know from you.
    1 are the bluehost and wordpress compatible with smartphone to start a blog?
    2 can start a blog from Ethiopia? if your answer is “yes” for this #2 quoestion,then how do i get money from Ethiopia?
    3 are there another ways of earning money with out blogging?
    thankyou!

  13. Very awesome and great information for New Bloggers, Before 3 years i had no idea but now I have a little bit info about blogging.
    After reading this I learned a lot. Thanks

  14. Sir yeh blog padhne ke baad mujhe bahot motivation mila hain , maine blogging kucch 7 months pehle hi shuru ki hain aur main har post main try krta hu apna best du lekin aaj demotivate ho gaya tha aur aapka post padhne ke baad mujhe relief hua ko agar main mehnat karunga to jaroor successful ho jaunga

    Thanks Very Much Sir

  15. Thanks Pritam .I don’t know how I started receiving and reading your blogs.But I guess it was divine intervention.I live in sub-saharan west Africa ,i.e Ghana but I want to hear from you personally because I really like your contents and would like to start a blog asap.

  16. Bonjour,
    J’aimerai savoir si c’est une idée rentable de créer un blog pour promouvoir une société de marketing d’affiliation ainsi que ses produits.

  17. Hi sir, I have few questions….
    1) can I write many blogs in Blue hosts Basic plan?
    2) when should I monitised my blog. I mean immediate after 1st blog or after publishing some number of bloges?
    Please advice.

  18. I HAVE VERY POOR CONCEPT ABOUT BLOG AND OTHER INTERNET RELATED ACTIVITIES. I WANT TO GROW UP MY KNOWLEDGE. I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT REAL EARNING POTENTIAL AND SECURE EARNING. AS AN EXPERIENCED PERSON IN THAT FIELD HOW YOU CAN HELP ME AND GUIDE MYSELF TO EARN MONEY IN REGULAR BASIS. FIRST I WANT TO START WITH RELIABLE HOME BASED ONLINE AND OFFLINE JOB. I HAVE MY PINTEREST ACCOUNT AND PAYPAL ACCOUNT. PLEASE GIVE ME THE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW I CAN EARN MONEY FROM THE FIRST DAY. I WANT TO CREATE MY WEBSITE WHICH WILL BE VERY ATTRACTIVE. HOW I CAN DO THAT. ALWAYS MAKE ME AWARE ABOUT NEW SKOPES THROUGH MY EMAIL. THANKING YOU.

  19. Very good motivating ideas. Just have a quick question if I wanted to start a blog how much would it cost me monthly and also yearly?

  20. Hello Friend,
    I have a full fledged blog already which associated with WordPress. I am getting 100 to 200 visit count per day from all over the world. I knew that you have discouraged it, but it is (myblogname. blogspot. com) – how could I get money from it without disturbing it’s current status/position?

    Thanks and Regards
    hari.S.babu

  21. very fine and informative article on the subject . I admit the very first mistake you mentioned that wasting almost 10 years on a blog on blogger. I now want to create new blog and earn money from it. Does Bluehost helps in getting advertising income and selling of the blog ????? How much content , pages and daily visitors blog should have to earn???? and how to popularise blog without facebook account ??? sir, please guide . thanks in advance.

  22. I’ve started a blog in wordpress.com 3months ago,so I can’t earn from wordpress.com . If that it is I need change the platform. Please reply.

  23. Sir main Hindi me blogging kar sakta hu.
    Hindi woards se likna achha hoga, ya English woards se Hindi likna achha hoga. Plz sir help

  24. SIR I AM DOING SEO IN MY POST FROM 4 MONTHS BUT NOT GETTING TRAFFIC SIR PLEASE SUGGEST ME AD NETWORK WHICH PAY BY CPM.
    SIR ONE MORE THING WHAT IS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PAGEVIEWS AND VISITORS

  25. hello sir
    i m Bibek from Darjeeling and want to make a blog on the base of nature and i want to make some famous my city my birthplace “DARJEELING” through the blog. At present I am in Dubai so i m thinking about start the blog, so please sir give me some hints abt this i will be waiting of your good suggestion. PLEASE

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