How Beginners can Cheaply start a wordpress Blog to Make Money
If you have been following my series of blog posts, you by now know that blogging can be a profitable thing especially when you target a certain audience who will be reading your blog religiously and helping you make them bucks.
So you are now convinced and want to start an affiliate site or maybe a site where you earn through ads from Google adsense or ezoic but are not sure the cheapest way to do so.
Well in this post, I will tell you exactly how you can start one at the cost of $25 only for the first year.
In this post, I will be assuming that you have already done all the preliminaries about affiliate marketing.
The $20 the cost does not include: keyword research cost, content creation, premium theme or building backlinks.
The cost is only for buying a domain name and hosting your website files.
But these are the most important. Once you have them, you can have your site running.
I believe that with the right knowledge, you can do your own keyword research, write your content, use a free theme and build your own foundational backlinks to rank a low competition niche.
Now that is out of the way, let us look at what the $25 will help you do.
Selecting and buying your domain name at $6.98 from Namecheap
Yes, you will be buying your $6.98 from Namecheap.
But before you go right to buying it, you need to think about the domain name.
- It needs to be brandable.
Sometimes back, webmasters would buy exact keyword match domains (EMDs in short).
You can still do so.
But it is limiting in that you can only blog about one thing.
Say for example that I want a site where I will be reviewing the best sofas and therefore name my website exact match domain as bestsofas.com
It will be limiting in that I can only blog about sofas. I can never go to other things such as reviewing the best curtains, dinner chairs or wall clocks for your house.
At the same time, SEO experts have argued that Google is highly likely to penalize your site if you are using an exact match domain (EMD).
So what would be a brandable name for person reviewing best furniture for your home?
I would go for names that have no meaning in English say for example: houhou.com, leslyi.com, sofix.com, besto.com etc
- Short domain name
The website domain name needs to be short and precise.
Go for something that has at most 6 characters.
In our examples above, houhou has only 6 characters, sofix has 5 while besto has 5 too.
Short domain names are easy to remember for your readers.
Now, that we know what to look for in a domain name, let us look at the exact process of buying your $6.98 domain from Namecheap.
It is pretty easy.
Just click on this link to visit Namecheap.
Enter the brandable, short domain name you want and check for its availability
If you do not already have an account, Namecheap will ask you to create one.
Provide all your details and go ahead to checkout.
Check: Affiliate marketing in Kenya
Provide your loaded credit card details to complete purchase.
Once the purchase is successful, namecheap are going to notify you via email.
Shared Hosting with Namecheap at $17.50 per year
Once you are done with buying a domain name, you can go ahead and buy your $17.48 namecheap shared hosting.
Click on this link to visit the namecheap shared hosting page.
Select the stellar shared hosting for one year.
Now that you already had an account while buying a domain name, you do not need to create another but log into your already created account.
Provide the details required and checkout.
Setting up your wordpress site with the domain name and the hosting
Now that we have a domain name and hosting from namecheap, connecting the two is easy peasy.
We do not need to change any nameservers since they are already pointed to namecheap hosting.
Related: How to start a blog in Kenya
So, what we need to do is set up wordpress for the site and start things out.
When you buy your hosting, namecheap gives you access to a cpanel which is where you install your wordpress.
Login to the cpanel and scroll down to softcalous apps installer where you will find the wordpress software ready for install
Click on the wordpress icon
Click on install and set up your wordpress site name, description, username, password and admin email.
You could also select the site theme that you want to use
Once done, you can click on install and there you have it, your wordpress site.
All you now need to do is login to the site everytime you want to upload content, videos or images.
By default, the login url is sitename.com/wp-admin.
Setting up Necessary WordPress Plugins
Now that we have our site, we are not done yet.
We need to set up some wordpress plugins that all SEOs have found to be necessary in any blog.
They include Yoast plugin that helps with setting up meta descriptions and seo titles. We also have contact form 7 that helps you with having a professional contact page.
So how do we go about it.
Login to your wordpress dashboard and while there click on plugins.
We will try to install yoast plugin in this our example
You will search for ‘yoast plugin’ in the search section and a list of suggestions will appear.
We are interested inthe first suggestion.
So, I will click on ‘Install now’ button.
Once installed, I will need to activate it.
So, that’s it.
You may need to learn how to use the Yoast plugin to update your post meta descriptions and seo titles from here.
The procedure for installing contact form 7 is also the same but you might need to learn how to make a contact page from this video
Now all that we are left with is setting up the permalinks.
Permalinks show the structure of a url.
For example, the permalink for this post is http://freelancinghackers.com/beginners-cheap-wordpress-blog-to-make-money/
By default when you install a new wordpress, it would not show this.
It would be something like http://freelancinghackers.com/%20/6%/2020%
This you will agree with me is ugly.
We need to set up that permalink to reflect the postname.
So how do we do it?
Just login to your wordpress dashboard, go to settings then click on permalinks
You will find that you are using the custom permalink.
Change to postname permalink by clicking on it
And that’s it.
You can now load your content either as pages or as posts.
Once you have some good traffic, you could sign up with the amazon associates program so as to start earning.
Wrap up on Starting a Blog at $25 only
We have looked at how to cheaply start a wordpress blog at $25 only for beginners.
We have said that you need to buy a namecheap domain name that is currently going at $6.98 and also get shared hosting that is going for $17.28 for the first year.
We have also looked at how to set up the wordpress blog with a free theme plus necessary plugins.
We have also looked at how to set your permalinks from the ugly default to something cool that has only the postname.