There are big things happening online.
You must have seen those crazy “gurus” promising to teach you how to make thousands a day online on Facebook..
There are more people making money online than ever before in the history of the internet.
How do you get started in this crazy online world?
And is this even true? Can someone really make money on the internet?
Today, i’m going to show you Exactly how to get started.
If you read all the way to the end of this post, and take action on it, i promise you that you’ll be on your way to making money online.
Obviously not the thousands a day that the many fake gurus are promising, one step at a time.
The first thing that you need to start making money is a website or blog, and today i’m going to walk you STEP by STEP on how to achieve that for less than $100.
Choose A Topic That You’re Passionate About!
When thinking of what to blog about, i strongly believe that it should be something that you believe in, and love doing, so that you’ll be motivated to create amazing content, and have fun doing it!
Can’t think of anything yet? Here’s a little kickstarter to help you get started.
You can create a blog on any of the following topics:
Food and Recipes
Consumer Electronics or Gadgets
Money and Finance
Health and Wellness
Whichever topic you choose, try to be specific when you’re starting out, and when you have a large following, you can branch out into other topics.
For example, you may start a Health & Wellness blog, but branch out into Food & Recipes, Travel etc.
Now that you’ve chosen your blog topic that you love, and are passionate about, it’s time to get started!
Choose and Register A Domain Name
For those of you who don’t know, this is a domain name — > www.thepassivemillionaire.com
Remember, this is a Step by Step guide, so i’m basically walking you through the whole process of creating a website and a blog.
Simply go to Bluehost.com and sign up for an account.
I highly recommend Bluehost, they are the biggest and most well known hosting company in the world, and their support and customer service is outstanding.
If you want a worry free website, Bluehost is definitely the way to go.
They also offer a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee, which is absolutely awesome!
Once you click on the “Get Started Now” button, you’ll be directed to the page below, where you’ll choose your plan.
IMPORTANT: The Basic Plan is sufficient.
This is where it starts to get interesting, and you get to choose your domain, your new website url!
Let’s say you love eating good food, and you want to create a food blog, like Ladyironchef, you can pick a fun domain name that people will remember, like Letsgolah.com!
Enter your chosen domain name in the box that’s provided.
Things To Remember When Choosing A Domain:
Choose a .com domain, they’re easy to remember
Use simple, easy to remember words
Choose a keyword that is relevant to what your blog is about, if you’re a health and wellness blog, use related words
Try to think of a catchy, fun and memorable name, that people will share
When thinking of ideas for a blog, it’s always good to think globally, don’t limit yourself to reaching an audience in only one country.
Start small of course, but make sure it’s not something too local.
Don’t choose a domain name like www.singaporepets.com, instead, think of something like www.welovepets.com
Another reason why Bluehost is awesome, You get a Free Domain Name when you sign up with their hosting services, which costs less than $6 per month, a pretty reasonable price.
On the next page, remember to Uncheck all the unnecessary options, as these can add up over a long period of time.
I suggest choosing 24 months, as there is a 41% Discount, but if you’re on a budget, just choose 12 Months, the difference is not really much.
Complete your particulars, choose your plan, make payment, and you’re now the owner a Web Property that’s going to make your passive income!
We’re now going to go ahead and build your new website.
Don’t worry, the rest of the parts are 100% Free, and you’re on your way to making some serious money (with lots of time and effort of course)
Installing WordPress (The Blogger’s Best Friend)
In the next few steps, i will guide you on how to install WordPress on your new website.
In your Bluehost interface, under Website –> Install WordPress
You will be directed to the Bluehost Marketplace, just ignore everything and click on “Get Started”.
The next step… follow my arrows in the image below
Ok, this is the Final Step, and you’ll have a Website that has WordPress installed, and you’ll be ready to customize it!
Please be patient and go through all the steps, without skipping any of them.
We’re done! Congratulations on coming this far.
The next thing to do is to login to your “WordPress Admin”, this will be the place you control every single aspect of your website.
In the next screen, you will see your login credentials. We will now be going to your website url, and entering your WordPress dashboard.
This is how the WordPress Login page looks like:
And when you enter your credentials, you will be taken to the Dashboard, which looks like this:
Our next step is to customize your website, so it looks great, and you can start posting great stuff on your blog, attracting visitors, and finally, monetizing your newly created blog!
Go to Appearance –> Themes — > Add New
A Theme is a template that will make your website look beautiful and professional, and i’m going to guide you today on how to install a Theme that will make your site look professional and the best part about this, its Free of Charge!
If you’re still with me, you’re part of the 10% of readers who have taken action, and you’re well on your way to creating an online business.
We are going to do some fun stuff now, which is theme selection.
Today i’m going to use the eMag WordPress Theme, which looks like this:
When you’re in “Add New Theme”, search for “eMag”, then click on the Theme Thumbnail, install, then activate.
The next thing to do is to publish your new website, to make it visible to everyone.
This is as simple as ONE CLICK. View the arrow in the image below to make it happen!
Now you have a ready to go WordPress Theme, and you can start creating content.
Let’s create a few simple menu items, and then your first blog post.
To create a menu, simple go to Appearance — > Customize — > Menus — > Create Menu
You will also need to Change Your “Site Identity” aka Your website name.
Once you’re done, click save and publish.
Download Some Required (By me) Plugins
Before we write our first amazing blog post, there are some plugins that we need to install and activate to make our blogging experience a pleasant one, and also for SEO(Search Engine Optimization) purposes.
When you download a plugin, remember to activate it.
To Download a Plugin, Simply go to your Dashboard, Plugins –> Add New –> Use The Search Box
The plugins are as follows:
Tiny MCE Advanced
Insert Headers and Footers
Write your first blog post
This is the most important part about making money from blogging.
Writing the posts is easy, but takes a lot of practice, and learning.
If you’re not sure of what to write, simply visit your favourite blogs, and see what the best bloggers are writing about.
Make sure that you do not copy and paste ANYTHING from their blogs, as your site will be penalized by Google for plagiarism.
However, you can get ideas, and improve on them.
For Example, if the Post is about, “10 Places to Visit in Singapore”, all you need to do is to find 10 better places than the one in the original post, write some amazing things about them, search for some copyright free images, and publish it!
Step by Step Blog Post Creation:
Go to Posts –> Add New
Now, let’s create your first Awesome Post.
I am going to walk you through an “Example Blog Post”
Please do not copy this post, it’s only a sample.
We will go deeper into how to search for topics to monetize later on.
For now, view the image below to gain a basic understanding of how blog post creation works.
Some Tips to remember:
- Address your readers directly, write as if you’re engaged in a conversation with them
- Be as natural as possible, and try not to be someone you’re not
- Use headings, you can use this blog post as an example
- Make sure you have no spelling errors
- Space your sentences out with line breaks
- Use images so your blog won’t be boring
- Link out to trustworthy and relevant sources to back up your claims(if any)
Finding New Topics To Write About
Every blogger faces this ongoing issue, running out of topics to write about.
I’m going to teach you how to get one full year’s worth of topics in 3 hours.
All you need is a spreadsheet for your “Editorial Calendar”
Please remember, creating an editorial calendar is easy, but sticking to it is really difficult.
I suggest to commit to writing one amazing post per week, and doing that for a year.
If you have more time on your hands, you can try 2-3 a week.
You can get a copy of Hubspot’s Free Editorial calendar here
The next step is very interesting.
Go to Buzzsumo.com and sign up for a free account.
Buzzsumo is a tool that basically let’s you see the best articles on the internet, according to your interests or niche.
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This is where it gets crazy.
All you need to do, is type in a keyword, and Buzzsumo will list all the articles that have had the most social media shares according to the year, month or any date that you choose.
I want to highlight one very powerful feature of Buzzsumo, which is almost guaranteed to take your blog to money making status, if you’re willing to put in the effort and commit to writing the articles.
In Buzzsumo, type in the url of any of your favourite blogs, or websites that are in your industry.
For this example, we’re going to use ladyironchef.com – one of the really popular blogs in Singapore that’s generating a ton of money!
See how easy that is?
Now, find 52 articles from your favourite blogs, get the links, and insert all of them into your editorial calendar.
There you have it, enough content to last you for a year!
It’s a well known fact that most people read alot of stuff and don’t do anything about it.
If i were you, and i’ve managed to get this far in the article (most readers would have left by now), wouldn’t it make sense to take action by getting started with your website now?
Monetizing Your Blog
Now that you know how to create a website, and add amazing content to it, how are you going to make money from this blog?
The first thing you need is traffic, lots of it.
Monetizing a website or a blog normally goes in this order:
- Create website
- Create tons of amazing content (blog posts, videos, review photos)
- Gain traffic to your blog (SEO, Social Media, Private Network)
- Monetize with Google Adsense(Most popular), Affiliate Marketing, Digital products
Most people are clueless about #3.
How do you get people to visit your website?
Simply create great content, and start off by sharing it with your own friends on social media.
Take nice photos with your Iphone, share it on Instagram.
Use Snapchat to promote your new blog.
And of course, Facebook is still the most powerful form of social media out there today.
I suggest joining multiple Facebook groups that have 50k members or more, and posting your blog posts on those groups to get free publicity.
Be careful not to join too many groups at the same time, or risk getting your account banned, or getting kicked out of the group if you spam it.
Creating your own Facebook Group
One popular way to gain instant followers and traffic is to create a Facebook group that’s relevant to your niche or industry.
If you run a health and wellness blog, you could create a “Health and Wellness Club” and build a community.
This is still one of the single most powerful ways to build a strong following on social media.
Now that you’re equipped to start your own money making blog, i wish you all the best in your online passive income journey.
Remember to always treat your website like a business, and tend to it from now and then, you can answer facebook comments, like your followers photos etc.
These are the things that will build you an ultra strong following, which you can monetize heavily in the near future.
All this reading will go to waste if you don’t take action and start building your blog now!