10 steps to a monetised blog

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  1. Find some keywords
  2. Assess your competition
  3. Pick a domain name and set up hosting
  4. Set up your WordPress website
  5. Grab a theme and some plugins
  6. Design a header and logo
  7. Write content
  8. Set up some monetisation strategies
  9. Wait (write more content whilst you’re waiting)
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Step 1: Pick a niche

Don’t waste too much time here. Just pick a topic you love or know a lot about. it can be anything: tennis, embroidery, coding, rocking chairs. ANYTHING.

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Step 2: Find some keywords

You don’t need a fancy SEO tool here — just use your brain. Imagine you were brand new to your topic — what questions would you be asking Google? Make a list of about 100 possible blog topics.

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Step 3: Assess your competition

Google all of those blog topics that you thought of, and see who pops up.

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Step 4: Pick a domain name & set up hosting

I buy my domains from Google Domains because they’re CHEAP.

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Step 5: Set up your WordPress website

I know, I know, it can be a bit of a learning curve. Ok, a lot of a learning curve, but I love it ( here’s a Medium post that explains why) and it’s super powerful and just…the best.

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Step 6: Grab a theme and some plugins

I recommend GeneratePress because it’s super fast and has a decent amount of customisation options. The plugins I use are all listed on my resources page.

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Step 7: Design a header and logo

I like to use Canva for basic graphic design. Again, there’s a learning curve. You can either do a simple text logo or add a graphic and put text on top.

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Step 8: Writing content

This is what’ll make you your money.

  • Use unique stats (or compile existing stats in a table) — Google loves stats. And tables.
  • Format your posts properly — lots of short paragraphs, subheadings (I love a H2 tag), and lists.
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9. Set up some monetisation strategies

The main three I talk about are:

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10. Wait

Obvs you can be writing more articles whilst you’re waiting (and I suggest you do), but patience is an annoyingly large part of blogging.

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Conclusion

Yup, it’s a lot. And I’ve skipped over how frustrating WordPress and Canva can be.

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Writer, blogger. Rabbit parent to one. Plant parent to many. Occasional runner, jigsaw puzzle enthusiast.

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