Starting a website is one of the best-kept secrets for making money and passive income. Let’s get you set up with your own WordPress blog today!
4 reasons to create a website
- Worth it just for your CV and a professional email
- Generate passive income (make money in your sleep – keep reading)
- Gives you freedom to work from anywhere
- It’s ridiculously easy and affordable (and fun
Choose and register a domain name
A domain name is what people type into their browser to view your website.
There’s a wide range of domain name extensions available, including .com, .org, .net, .info. .com is considered the best, but also the most popular so your preferred .com name may be registered already.
Registration typically costs ($13) a year.
Setup website hosting
Every website needs to be hosted. A web host is just a home for your site and its content (like a remote computer). The host then ‘serves’ the website to visitors when they type in your domain name. It sounds much more technical than it is! In a few clicks you’ll be set up and ready to start posting for the world to see.
There are hundreds of web hosts out there, but Siteground.com is by far the best choice for beginners.
Why Sitegournd? 6 main reasons:
1. Affordable (from $2.95pm)
2. Reliable (99.9% uptime)
3. Free domain name, email addresses & 1-click WordPress install
4. Brilliant support and training guides
5. 30 day full refund policy
6. Officially recommended by WordPress
To secure the super-low monthly price, you need to pay for at least one year ($71.28) but it’s cheapest ($2.95pm) for three years ($127.44). It’s ridiculously cheap for what you get.
There’s no contract and Bluehost have a no-hassle 30 day full refund policy. Even if you want to cancel after that, you can get a refund for what you won’t use!
Make the upfront payment using your normal card details or PayPal (click “more payment options”)
Install WordPress on Bluehost
Technically your online presence is secured at this stage, but if anyone goes over to your site, there won’t be much to see! That won’t be for long though… you’re about to install WordPress which allows you to easily manage your whole site, including content and design, without any technical background or coding experience.
Choose a WordPress theme
If you go to view your site now, it’ll look very basic and empty. So go ahead and change the theme of your new site.
Just go to your WordPress Admin panel, click on “Appearance” > “Themes” and browse hundreds of free themes.
When you find one you like, click “Preview” or “Install” to apply the theme with just a click!
As you’d expect, WordPress also makes it incredibly easy to start writing content that looks great. Clicking on “Posts” > “Add New” will open up the editor window, which looks similar to your typical word processor.
How to make money from your website
Once you have some kind of traffic, your website can then be monetised in dozens of ways!
The most lucrative opportunities for new bloggers to make money tend to be:
- Sponsored articles
- Google AdSense
- Product reviews
- Consultancy (or freelance work)
- Email marketing
- Affiliate marketing (the big one!)