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To some people, starting a blog at age 50 sounds crazy. If you’re thinking about starting one, you might want to keep it to yourself. But let me be the first to tell you that you’re not crazy for wanting to start one.
Did you know that you can make money from blogging? Well, you can. Again, people are going to tell you that you’re going senile. Don’t believe them.
Starting a blog is a great way to make money. It won’t be easy and don’t believe anyone who tells you the money will start flowing right away. However, with hard work and dedication, it is possible to make money.
The amount of money you can make is dependent on you and how much time you devote to your blog.
Reasons to start a blog
But why would you want to? There are several reasons why staring a blog over the age of 50 is a good idea.
- great way to supplement your income
- great way to supplement your retirement or social security
- if done correctly, it’s possible to make passive income from blogging
- freedom from the 9-5, if you’re still working
- the amount of income you make from blogging is totally up to you; you determine your worth and your wealth
How to build a successful blog from scratch
This article is going to help you get started and push you in the right direction. The initial setup of your blog is essential. I will be focusing on the proper way to set it up to make money and for you to be an authority on whatever subject you choose (niche).
Step 1 – Choose a blogging platform and home for your blog
Since the purpose of your blog is to make money, you will need to go with a blogging platform that will allow for future increase in traffic. The best blogging platform is through WordPress.org.
WordPress.org is a software that will create your blog. The software is free because you have to set it up and find somewhere for your blog to live on the internet. The place where your blog will live (home) is called a host.
Sounds techy and complicated, right? That’s why it is crucial to find the right host who can offer you amazing technical support. I recommend using SiteGround.
Step 2- Choose a domain name
A domain name is the name of your blog. The domain name is part of your blog’s web address. For example, the domain name for my blog is “the Social Tourist.” The web address is thesocialtourist.com. It’s how people will find your blog on the internet.
Coming up with the right blog name is important because it should represent to the world what your blog is about. A lot of thought should go into choosing the right name because your blog’s name will be part of your brand recognition.
Here are some tips on choosing the right domain name:
- it should be memorable, uncomplicated and unique
- Choose a name that represents your blog’s niche. For example, if your blog will be centered around cooking bread the name of your blog should reflect that – something like “five loaves baking” (fiveloavesbaking.com lets your audience know your blog is about baking bread or 5 types of bread, etc.)
Step 3 – Time to purchase your domain name
There are two ways to buy your domain name. You can buy it through SiteGround (more on that later) or from a domain name registrar such as namecheap.com. The cost of purchasing your domain name through SiteGround is $15.95.
Once you purchase your domain name it is yours (as long as you pay the renewal cost); regardless of whom, you purchase it through.
Step 4 – Choose and purchase a hosting plan through SiteGround
- Once you click on the SiteGround link, you will be taken to this page:
- Click on “Managed WordPress Hosting” option
- Choose your hosting plan.
I have the GrowBig Plan because it allows plenty of room for traffic growth, and I can create multiple websites. The special price of $5.95/mo is for the first year.
You will be billed $71.40 for the entire year (no monthly payment plan). After the first year, it goes up to $19.95/mo – you will be charged $239.40.
Ouch, right? This is where you want to think about how committed are you’re going to be to your new business. Just like all new businesses, there is start-up cost.
Sure there are cheaper hosts.
But the reason why I went with SiteGround, after doing some research, was the fact that SiteGround has a low percentage of downtime (I’ve yet to experience any downtime with my blog) and they have amazing technical support. These are essential reasons for me because I’m clueless when it comes to the technical part.
- once you choose your hosting plan, you will be brought to this page
As you can see you have the option of purchasing a domain name through SiteGround or typing in a domain name you’ve already purchased through a domain name registrar. For this tutorial, I will choose to register a new domain.
- Scroll down the page to “purchase information”…, choose any extra services and enter your payment information. Confirm the terms of service by clicking in the little box then click “pay now.
Step 5 Set up your website using the SiteGround tutorial
- Follow the instructions in the tutorial for setting up a WordPress site. This tutorial also walks you through the process of transferring a website to SiteGround if you looking already have a website (blog) with another host. The cost of the transfer is free.
For more in-depth information on purchasing your domain (or transferring it) and setting up your SiteGround account, please click here to go to the getting started tutorial from SiteGround.
Step 6 – Time to build your site and write your first post using the SiteGround Tutorial “Create a Website with WordPress.”
- Follow the instructions for the create a website with WordPress tutorial. The tutorial will walk you through how to write your first post, add pics, how to pick a WordPress theme, and how to customize the theme.
You’ve done it!
Okay, now it’s time to roll up your sleeve and get to work on making your blog a success. Don’t go live with your blog yet. There is still a lot of work to be done before you click the “publish” button.
In my next post, I discuss what your next steps should be before publishing your first post.