How to Start a Blog That Makes Money (Lessons Learned)


Fact: The blog you’re reading now generates hundreds of thousands of dollars each month.

Second fact: Millions of readers flock to this blog each month.

Third fact: You can do it too.

Using a few proven systems, Quicksprout grew from a tiny little site with a few articles to an income generating powerhouse.

And now, we want to share our secrets with you.

Quickstart guide to blogging

Already have a blog name and idea—and just want to get started?

Go to BlueHost and sign up for a Basic Plan for just $2.95 per month. This is the best web host for beginners, and the easiest way to get a great blog up and running.

That price is for a three year plan, but it is thebest deal. Bar none.

Set up your account. When it asks you what you want to add on, choose domain privacy and protection (trust us, it’s worth it).

To build the rest of the website you’ll need to:

  1. Install WordPress. It’s the best website builder out there. Once you install it, this is where you’ll actually be blogging.
  2. Choose a theme. These designs determine how your website will look.
  3. Start blogging. Let your ideas flow in a consistent writing schedule.

If you want to make money, the steps are simple from here: Find your first customer, then your second customer, then your third customer, then your—well, I think you get the picture.

Of course, there’s a ton of different ways to make money. We’ll dive into that later.

Let’s dive into the entire blog making process in full.

Step 1: Find a blog idea

This is arguably the most important step for your blog.

Choosing your blog’s topic (or niche) determines the rest of the website’s future. This is what you’re going to be writing about and — hopefully — making money from.

The good news: There’s practically an audience out there for every single topic you might be interested in.

BUT there are some topics that tend to perform better than others. You need to find the topic that both appeals to a big audience while appealing to you.

To find the perfect blog niche, you’ll need to answer two questions:

1. What am I interested in?

What topic do you love? What are you obsessed with?

This is the basis of your blog niche. After all, if you don’t love the topic, you’re not going to want to write about it day-after-day.

To help answer this question, I suggest looking towards several areas:

  • Talents. Is there something you’re naturally talented at? Maybe a sport, game, or musical instrument.
  • Expertise. What skills and knowledge have you built up over the years? Maybe there’s something you went to school for that you can write about now. Think academic subjects or skills like languages and car repair.
  • Career. Your current career can be a fantastic place to write about. For example, if you’re a developer for a startup, you can start blogging about front-end development or the tech industry.
  • Hobbies and passions. Is there a topic you just love learning about? Think about the things you do in your free time. Maybe it’s reading books, or working on your fantasy novel, or repairing that old car in your garage. This can be great topics to write about in your blog.

ACTION STEP: Write down 10 – 15 topics you’re interested in. Pull up a Word document or sheet of paper and actually write this down. It’ll help you keep your ideas focused. Plus, you can refer back to it later when you make your final decision.

2. What are other people interested in?

This area is a bit trickier.

You need to find out what other people are interested in as well. Otherwise, you might find yourself with a blog that doesn’t draw in a lot of people.

For example, you might think that a blog all about how wonderful your dog is is super interesting — but is that going to draw in a lot of people?

On the other hand, a blog about how to take care of and train dogs appeals to a much bigger audience of readers.

You need to take your personal interest and find a way to make it universal. Think aback to how you initially gained interest in the topic. How did you gather expertise in the topic?

Think of all the questions and confusions you had when you started out and what helped you gain expertise.

To help, here are a few popular categories that always do well:

  • Personal finance
  • Fitness
  • Online business
  • Investing
  • Productivity
  • Real estate
  • Careers
  • Test prep
  • Freelancing

Pro tip: Use Google’s Keyword Planner tool to see how often people search for a specific category or niche. It’ll reveal what people are and aren’t interested in.

ACTION STEP: Take a look at your list from before. Do any of them fall under these categories? If not, that’s okay! There’s probably still an audience out there for one of your topics.

For now, I want you to choose a topic from your list that you want to turn into a blog. Once you do, you’re going to make it even more specific and niche it down.

For example, you might want to start a personal finance website. Niching it down might mean you make a personal finance website for millennials making $100,000 a year. Or for thirty-somethings who want to retire early. Or whatever else

Step 2: Find the perfect domain name

Now the fun part: choosing your blog’s name. For this, I have good news and bad news.

  • Bad news: Most of the very “best” domain names are already taken. The Internet is decades old. Makes sense.
  • Good news: That doesn’t matter because we’re going to find the best one for you.

Here are a few good rules-of-thumb to keep in mind when choosing a good name:

  • Keep it short. Don’t force potential visitors to have to type a bunch of words to visit your website. We recommend no more than 14 characters.
  • Choose a .com, .org, or .net. These are the easiest ones for people to remember.
  • Easy to spell and pronounce. You don’t want to spell it out constantly for people when you mention your blog’s domain.
  • Avoid numbers and hyphens. Not only does it look clunky in the URL but it’s also difficult to type out when you add hyphens.
  • Use your name. It’s pretty likely that your name is available as a domain. That makes it the perfect choice for a personal blog. I’ll speak more on this later.

When you come up with a domain you like, head to BlueHost to see if it’s available using their domain tool. If it is, great! If not, you now have two options:

  1. Search until you find an available domain. I highly recommend you do this until you find a domain that’s available. If you’re going to write a blog, sharpen your synonym skills by searching other words and phrases that might be available. Trust me. As a working writer, this is a VERY crucial skill.
  2. Purchase a domain name. While it is possible to buy a domain from someone who already has it, that’s an advanced option and can get expensive fast. Low-quality domains will usually go for a few thousand dollars. Highly quality domains that are two words can easily go for $10,000 to $50,000. I’ve even been in discussions to purchase domains for over $100,000 and the really hot ones can break seven figures. Not to mention all the hassle that comes from finding the person who owns the domain, negotiating with them, and transferring the domain if you can get an agreement.

Your best bet is to keep going until you find a domain that you like and can purchase directly from a domain registrar for about $10.

We go into lots of detail on which domain registrar to use here. But I highly suggest you buy a web host that allows you to register a domain for free. That means going with BlueHost.

Using your personal name as the domain

If this is your first blog and you’re not completely sure what you want to blog about, I recommend that you use your personal name.

The reason is that changing your domain later will mean that you have to start over from scratch. There are a lot of mistakes in blogging that can be corrected later; having the wrong domain isn’t one of them.

Let’s say you pick a domain like fitnessfordoctors.com. Then after six months, you realize you’d rather be doing personal finance blogging for doctors. You’d need to get a new domain and start over from scratch.

Personal domains are much more flexible — it’s just a name after all. So if you jump categories after a few months, it’s not a big deal. Take down any old content that’s not relevant with your new direction, start posting new content, and you’re good to go.

That said, personal domains have two major downsides:

  1. Scalability. It’s much more difficult to recruit other writers or grow your blog beyond your personal identity later on.
  2. Profitability. Personal blogs, even if they’re generating serious cash, are much harder to sell. Prospective buyers want a site that isn’t dependent on a single person.

These are pretty advanced problems to have though. So if this is your first blog, the benefits of using your name as the domain greatly outweigh the costs that only show up down the road.

ACTION STEP: Pick a domain name and run with it.

While it’s important to pick a good, brandable domain name, the most important thing to do in this step is to make a decision and go. You don’t want to be stuck in the dreaded state of “paralysis by analysis.” Instead, just choose one based on the system above and run with it.

Go deeper: Want to learn more about this topic? Check out our article on how to buy the right domain name.

Step 3: Sign up for BlueHost

A web hosting provider offers server space to host your website. This is where your website “lives.”

People who visit your website do so through this server. It’s one of the most important elements of your website.

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