I started blogging as a way of documenting my journey to financial freedom. At the time I felt alone, none of my friends or family really cared about saving money or side hustling and my girlfriend was fed up of me talking about the subject. I didn’t expect anyone to read it, but they did. In fact, I ended up MAKING MONEY from sharing my journey, thoughts and ideas.
In previous posts I’ve covered how to set up a free blog using wordpress.com. Unfortunatly by doing so you’ll be unable to receive sponsored posts, share affiliates, or basically make any money from your blog. Which is why today I’m sharing how you can start a blog using wordpress.org. It’s simple, straight forward and can have you earning as little as £1 a month right up to £100,000 a month.
Click here to start a blog on WordPress.org and use the directions below for helpful pointers.
Choose A Domain Name
The very first thing you’re going to need when start a blog on WordPress.org is a domain name. That’s the name of your site, like mine is www.TheMiniMillionaire.com
Having the right domain name is essential to the success of your blog. So spend some time deciding on the topics you’re going to cover and think of a relevant name that’s short, catchy and not already been taken by someone else.
When I started this blog it was selfishly going to document my own journey, rather than helping others. It was going to be a diary and therefore The Mini Millionaire seemed fitting. After all, I dreamed of becoming a millionaire. Three years later, I don’t. I’m more than happy with my financial situation as it is – and I’m not a millionaire. Instead, I now enjoy being able to help share ideas with you guys on how you can earn extra money, save more money, and spend money on the things that matter to you most – rather than the boring stuff!
You can get your domain name directly though GoDaddy. It makes the process so simple and straight forward.
In fact they’ll give you a free domain for the first year if you buy 12 months worth of hosting at just £1 a month using this link designed specifically for readers of The Mini Millionaire. I recommend GoDaddy for those with little or no web experience because the customer service is not just the best I’ve experienced in web hosting & domains. It’s the best customer services I’ve received… EVER!
Once you’ve proceeded to checkout you’re ready to install WordPress on your GoDaddy account…
Installing WordPress on your GoDaddy Account
Installing WordPress on your GoDaddy c-panel account couldn’t be made any easier. I’m 100% sure I couldn’t do a better job of explaining it than this video…
Installing WordPress on your GoDaddy account is completely free. If you get stuck or confused at any point, don’t be afraid to call the GoDaddy customer service (020 7084 1810) and they’ll help you though every step.
Setting Up WordPress.org
WOOHOO! You now have a WordPress blog.
Once you’ve installed WordPress you’ll be able to sign into your WordPress account. All the information you need for doing so will be sent to your email address once you’ve completed the step above.
This email will include your WordPress login URL. This is separate from everyone else and is the only way you’ll be able to access the back end of your WordPress account to do things such as write blog posts. The email will also include your username and password for logging into your WordPress account so you’ll want to be sure to keep this email safe.
Installing A WordPress Theme
Once you’ve logged into your WordPress account, you’ll find that your blog looks rather bare. In fact, if you click to view the site you’ll find it looks something like the image below…
Which is why you need to install a WordPress theme. There are thousands upon thousands of themes to choose from both free and paid for. For a good 18 months I used a free theme. I then bought a theme with Pipdig for around £40. Unfortunatly, I found that everyone seemed to use the same paid theme and it really didn’t help me stand out from the crowd.
Which is exactly why I decided to install a Massive Dynamic theme. It was $36 from ThemeForest. The theme comes with the ability to drag and drop different elements into your pages, which makes it perfect for beginners.
If all that is still too much then Massive Dynamic also comes with 60 pre-built designs. These can have you up and running with a professional and stylish blog design in a matter of minutes.
Most importantly, Massive Dynamic comes with 12 month of VIP support. So should you be stuck with absolutely anything you can contact them directly and they’ll help you fix it in a matter of hours!
Write Your First Post
So you’re all set up and ready to go. All that’s left for you to do is add content. Start writing your first post and editing your pages such as home and about page. If you’re struggling as to the information you need to start your first post then this video should help…
There we have it that’s everything you need to start a blog on WordPress.org. I’ve helped hundreds of people just like you start a blog using WordPress.org so if you have absolutely any problems feel free to drop me an email or contact me on Twitter or Facebook and I’ll do my very best to help.