How To Start A Blog

How To Start A Blog in 30 Minutes: A Step-By-Step Tutorial With Pictures

Let me start by saying that this is one of the most comprehensive tutorials you’ll find on how to start a blog in 2018.

I decided to write this elaborate guide for two reasons:

One, to help newbies who want to learn how to start blogging.

Two, to make my humble contribution to the subject of blogging.

So, if you would spare a few minutes to read this blog post until the end, you will have a full grasp of the entire process of starting a blog.

That’s a promise.

And once you’re done, you won’t need any further help creating your own blog. You’d also be a proud owner of a standard blog.

Thereafter, you’d join the league of smart bloggers making a dent in the universe.

What This Guide Covers

  • The difference between a website and a blog
  • What you should know before starting a blog
  • Top 15 reasons to start a blog
  • 10 profitable blog niches to leverage
  • Creating a blog: the step-by-step guide with pictures
  • How to install WordPress on your blog
  • How to publish your first blog post
  • How to install a theme
  • How to use widgets
  • The top 10 free plugins to install on your new WordPress site
  • How to make money blogging

Ready? Let’s dive in.

The Difference between a Website and a Blog

Before going into the how, here’s a simple fact: many people do not know the difference between a website and a blog. I know this because I’ve been asked many times.

They feel that both terms mean the same thing, and therefore they approach blogging the wrong way based on their wrong understanding.

I’m reiterating this point simply because I see many bloggers treating their blogs like a website. They put few pages on it, publish one or two blog posts and then forget about it.

Yet they expect people to visit their blog en masse without doing the right thing (I’ll explain that in a jiffy).

So, what’s the difference between a website and a blog?

Simply put, a blog is a subset of a website. It’s what makes a website responsive and interactive.

What do I mean?

A website is a collection of static web pages, which are mostly non-interactive, while a blog contains regularly updated content in form of posts.

If what you want is high user engagement, then a blog is what you need.

What You Should Know before Starting a Blog

Do you know that there are approximately over 152 million blogs on the internet and that over 2 million blog posts are written every day?

Unfortunately, a large percentage of these blogs fail because they didn’t start for the right reasons. Other reasons why most new blogs fail include lack of clear goals, passion, creativity, and concentration.

My first two blogs failed because I obviously didn’t know what I wanted from a blog. I was also doing many things the wrong way until I figured out I could no longer continue running them.

Right now, I’m advising you to please get your acts together and define your goals before starting your new blog.

The Top 15 Reasons to Start a Blog

Let me ask you again:

Why do you want to start a blog? And why did you download this report in the first place?

There are different reasons why you may want to start a blog. Many people started their blogs unintentionally and along the line, they thought it was something great. Others were intentional about it – they wanted to make money blogging.

Whatever is your reason for starting a blog, what’s important is that you have a clear objective in mind.  Our focus here is to help you get it right from the beginning.

Now let’s take a closer look at 15 common reasons why people generally want to start blogging.

  1. To Have Fun

Social interaction has become a hobby for the teeming youth. A blog allows you to interact with people in different places all over the world. You will be able to share your experience with your readers and benefit from them too.

  1. To Help Others

If helping others is your thing, then blogging is right for you. Have it in mind that no matter the kind of blog you have, you are always helping others.

You create awareness, motivate people, provide fun, and teach people new things. Many people may find some form of fulfillment reading your blog posts, and that’s your little way of providing help.

  1. To Make Friends

Some personalities I call my friends today are those I met through my blog.  We exchange messages on the projects we’re working on and we offer to help each other.

I’ve never met many of these people in real life, yet we have made serious impacts on each other’s lives and I value my friendship with them.

  1. Personal Growth

Blogging can help you grow in so many ways. Blogging can make you an intellectual in no time, as you will learn about new topics and get more passionate about your areas of interest.

In my little journey as a freelance blogger, I’ve written on diverse topics that I didn’t know anything about. This is because blogging exposes you to a wider scope of the topic at hand and through research on different subject matters, you become more versatile. That’s a good thing for personal growth and development.

  1. Business Development

Blogging allows you to start a comfortable business and develop it into a cash cow. Blogging can help you power up any business because it puts you in front of several potential customers. Blogging, without doubt, is a great way to improve your existing business or to create a new one from scratch.

  1. Document Your Life

This is by far the most common reason for starting a blog. When blogging first hit the limelight, people created blogs and used them as their personal diaries and online journals.

They kept a regular account of events happening in their world and shared with friends and associates. Blogs still serve this purpose to date, and you might also want to try it.

  1. Improve Your Writing Craft

There’s no doubt that you can improve your writing skills by just blogging. The more you write, the better you would become. So if getting a big boost for your writing craft is what you’ve always craved but yet to figure out how to achieve it, then you need to start blogging.

  1. Express Yourself

Are you an introvert and you rarely express your views publicly? Or you’re an extrovert and you need to express certain ideas that you have?

Then starting a blog will help you find a suitable audience. First, it helps you conquer your fears and then gives you a unique voice of your own.

  1. Become a Polymath

Bloggers are teachers who teach others what they know. They’re entrepreneurs who make a living blogging to business people who help other businesses grow, marketers who create awareness on useful products, and mentors or life coaches who inspire people to greatness.

So, if you know something that’s worth sharing, you need a blog to do that.

  1. Become a Better Person

Have you ever seen a blogger that blogging hasn’t helped to become a better person? I personally haven’t.

There are a whole lot of personal benefits that you gain as a blogger. It helps you to improve yourself, think better, build relationships, be more confident, expand your horizon, become disciplined, build credibility, and stay focused.

Therefore, if you’ve been blogging for some time and any of these hasn’t happened to you, then you are better off doing something else.

  1. Become an Expert

As a blogger, you will know so much about a selected topic or title and at least something about everything. You can learn on the go and become an authority in any field you choose.

However, smart bloggers focus on a niche, and that’s why they’re experts (or authorities) at what they do.

For example, Brian Dean is the king of link building, and Neil Patel remains the father of content marketing.

  1. Publish Books

Having a blog is the easiest way to become a published author. Blog content collected over time is the secret behind the several books published by bloggers.

This is what websites like Writers’ Digest teach on their platforms. So get it straight- the easiest way to become a published author is to polish your blog posts and compile them into a book.

  1. Promote a Good Cause

With a blog, you can raise money for charity, create awareness on an issue of global concern or promote a petition.

A blog typically helps to create a positive impact in the society.

  1. Build Your Brand

Are you looking to create a killer brand? Use a blog.

Whether you’re a freelance writer, a digital marketer or an SEO company, you can use your blog to create a unique brand that people can easily identify with.

A blog helps you build an online personality, promote conversations, and build connections.

  1. Make Money

This list would not be complete if I fail to mention that you can also start a blog if you want to make money online. It goes without saying that you can make money whilst doing anything you want from the list above.

For me, one single reason isn’t enough. I usually encourage everyone that cares to listen to adopt what I call a “synergy of reasons.”

My blog has helped me become a better person, build my brand, make more friends, help other people, …the list is endless.

What You Should Blog About

After taking the crucial decision to own a blog and start blogging, you need to determine what to blog about. This may seem difficult at first, but don’t be discouraged. It’s not that difficult, I assure you!

Let’s apply a simple technique.  “If you want to start a new business, don’t dabble into what you are not passionate about.”

Of course, passion drives the business world.  Note that I did not say “sentiments.”

Therefore, I always advise people to create their blogs around topics they’re passionate about; something they love doing or something they do effortlessly or naturally.

I hope you understand that?

The reason for this is that even when things get a bit tough, this passion will keep you going.  You will retain the strength to hold on and move ahead. Passion makes blogging feel like you’re having fun instead of working.

You’re free to choose the topics.  Whatever area(s) you choose, you’d definitely have readers and followers.Remember that any topic you choose can be monetized.

10 Profitable Blog Niches to Leverage

There are thousands of blog niches to choose from if you’re just getting started. You need to take your time to choose a perfect niche right from the beginning, or else, you’re likely going to get stuck midway.

Here, I’m sharing10 powerful niches that you can choose from right now. But you don’t have to restrict yourself to them.

If you already have some experience doing something or you already have a business, why not create a blog around it.

Here we go…

  1. Parenting

This niche is about helping parents raise their children successfully. It will continue to be relevant because people give birth every day. Thus, it is an evergreen niche!

More so, we live in a world where a large percentage of children lack good parental care. Therefore, your parenting blog will help parents to become better parents and assist them to raise children that will become responsible members of the society.

  1. Health and Wellness

This is yet another evergreen niche that you can explore. People pay close attention to their health because they say health is wealth.

In this niche, you can focus on topics such as weight loss, dental care, natural wellness, depression, healthy food, nutrition, pregnancy, male enhancement, back pain, cancer, and reproductive health among others.

You will be sharing beneficial tips that could help your readers improve health and manage their health conditions.

  1. Education

The importance of this niche can never be over-emphasized. This niche should not be restricted to the traditional education system that we are all used to.

If you’re interested in this niche, you have lots of innovative ideas to write on. They include special education, home-schooling, adult learning, education for the less privileged, online learning, study abroad programs, scholarship opportunities, and teacher’s training etc.

  1. How to Make Money Online

This is one of the most lucrative niches you can ever imagine. The internet provides diverse ways of earning income. It doesn’t matter whether you’re working as a full-time online entrepreneur or you want some passive streaks of income, you will always find plenty options to choose from.

You can teach people how to make money through blogging, e-commerce, freelance writing, graphics design, online arbitrage, membership sites, affiliate marketing, creating an information product. The list is endless.

  1. Personal Finance

According to Investopedia, personal finance defines all financial decisions and activities of an individual or household, including budgeting, insurance, mortgage planning, savings and retirement planning.

It’s quite obvious that many people need advice on their finances. Therefore, blogging in this niche will help many people make healthy financial decisions and live more purposeful lives.

  1. Small Business

Any business that has few employees and generates less annual revenue compared to regular-sized business or corporation is a small business. Several studies show that they are the backbones of many economies of the world.

As a small business blogger, you should focus on helping your readers to identify the small business ideas they can explore to kick-start their entrepreneurial careers or expand what they currently have.

  1. Home Improvement

This niche is quite huge! Since people always love to make their homes comfortable, they develop an interest in blogs that help them achieve this goal.

Another good thing about this niche is the popularity of DIY (Do It Yourself). Cambridge dictionary defines ‘Do It Yourself’ as the activity of decorating or repairing your home, or making things for your home yourself, rather than paying someone else to do it for you.

Areas you can explore in this niche include garage maintenance, door repair, house painting, home-security, roof repair, basement extension, kitchen remodeling and bathroom renovation, among others.

  1. Food and Nutrition

The food and nutrition niche is very interesting. Apart from the fact that food is important to our survival, there are other creative ways to make food seem interesting.

On the other hand, nutrition addresses how you can combine and consume food varieties to promote good health.

In this niche, you can discuss topics such as cooking methods, recipe development, creative cooking, food preservation, healthy fast food, food for weight loss and other health conditions, etc.

  1. Agriculture

This is your niche if you’re a farmer or love farming. With a large number of people investing in agriculture these days, you stand a chance of making lots of money as an agriculture blogger.

With your experience as a farmer, you won’t find it difficult to generate quality and detailed content for your blog.

Topics you could explore include: how to get grants and loans, how to get access to fertilizer, starting a poultry business, animal husbandry, fish farming, snail and grasscutter rearing, cash crop farming, exportation of farm produce and many others.

  1. Renewable Energy

It is obvious that the world is tilting towards the use of renewable energy. It is an alternate means of generating energy that has a less negative effect on human health and environmental sustainability.

As a result, most governments are leading the advocacy for migrating from other sources of energy to renewable sources of energy.

The common areas you could focus on are solar power, hydroelectricity, wind power, biomass, and biofuels. This niche is still very hot and, no doubt, very lucrative.

There are many more niches but for want of space, it suffices to just mention them. They are politics, news, sports, fashion, automobile, travel, real estate, fitness, self-improvement, writing, martial arts, pets & wildlife, addiction recovery, hiking, tourism, and aviation.

If a niche that interests you is not listed above, please feel free to choose yours. The door is wide open. However, the rule of thumb is that your idea or area of interest must be profitable.

Lastly, you must define your target audience and/or market. It’s either you target a Nigerian or global audience. It all depends on what you have to offer.

Knowing your target audience or market allows you to determine your traffic source and the strategies to use. You must realize that what works for a foreign audience may not necessarily work in Nigeria.

So, decide now.

Creating a Blog: The Step-By-Step Guide with Pictures

Many people still hold this erroneous belief that creating a blog is one hell of a job and that it requires a high level of expertise.

That’s far from the truth!

There are millions of self-created websites. Many of them were set up with very little resources and they enjoy massive readership and those blogs generate a decent income for their owners.

Amazingly, the process is quite simple!

In the following lines, you will discover how to create a blog without being a professional web designer and without knowing a thing about codes.

What You Need To Get Started

Essentially, you need two basic things to set up your blog: a hosting account and a domain name.

To create a domain name, you have about 2 options.

First, you have to visit sites like GoDaddy or Namecheap to register for a domain name. You will only be able to secure the domain name if it’s available. If not, you’ll have to choose another name or change the extension.

Once you’ve claimed your domain name, head over to a hosting company of your choice and host your domain name (or your website, so to speak). All you have to do is to provide the domain name that you’ve just registered.

Really, it’s up to you.

The second method has to do with setting up your domain name and hosting through the hosting company that you intend to use.

Personally, I prefer the second option for reasons that will be obvious later on in this tutorial.

The Hosting Company that I recommend for a beginner is HostUS Web Hosting Company.

Why?

I’ve been using HostUS for quite some time now, and I’ve had a good time with them since I started using their services.

Not only that, HostUS is also affordable compared to other hosting companies and they offer as much value. I can assure you that with them, you’ll always get great value for your money.

The starter plan which is suitable for small personal websites costs $2 per month and $15 per annum. They also charge $9.99 for domain name registration, so everything in total is $25 a year.

This is a good deal if you ask me.

I say so because that’s the amount you get to pay for renewal in subsequent years.

You must have seen many other hosting companies giving you some mouth-watering deals for as low as $1.79 per month. However, you get to pay as high as $7-$11 per month subsequently. Now, that’s overkill.

But with HostUS, what you pay now is what you continue paying. No hidden charges.

Here are other reasons why HostUS is just right for you:

  • Latest cPanel: all cPanel shared hosting accounts are hosted on powerful servers with Intel Xeon CPUs and at least 32GB of RAM.
  • It comes with Softaculous auto installer, with a one-click software installation. Softaculous is one of the easiest software installers, turning the daunting task of software installation into just a few clicks.

Some of the most popular apps included are WordPress, Drupal, PrestaShop, Joomla, phpBB, and many more! (In this tutorial, we will use WordPress).

  • Each hosting account is entitled to up to 10 free transfers
  • Effective transfer of websites, databases and email accounts
  • Seamless migration with minimal downtime and 99% compatibility
  • Email server (POP/IMAP/SMTP)
  • RAID Controller with Battery Backup Unit

Really, HostUS are a tested and trusted hosting company. Their huge subscriber base and shining testimonials speak volume of their exceptional services.

Apart from this, you’ll get custom domain names, which offer you freedom and flexibility that aren’t possible with a free hosted blog like BlogSpot or WordPress.

So you’ll have something like “www.mygoodwebsite.com” instead of www.mygoodwebsite.blogspot.com or “www.mygoodwebsite.wordpress.com.”

Again, using a freely hosted website is like establishing your business in a rented space. You don’t own the space. What it means is that you could get kicked out anytime.

Let’s not even talk about the limited features and usage, less captivating design templates, limited resources, lack of support, unsolicited pop-ups, and the zero-SEO value.

I’ve used BlogSpot before and the experience was nothing compared to owning a self-hosted blog.With a self-hosted blog, you have more flexibility and freedom.

Disclosure:

Before we get started, kindly note that there are a few affiliate links in this book. If you set up your blog with the any of the links found in this book, I could get a little commission, which will in no way affect your transaction with HostUS.

It’s just a little reward for helping them get a valued customer. Although this didn’t influence my recommendation about them, I only wish that you be part of the amazing world of HostUS and become a smart blog owner like me.

Now Let’s Get Started!

Here are the steps that you need to take right now to create your blog. And you’ll be done in less than an hour.

To get started, go to the HostUS website.

Click on ‘view plans’ on the homepage.

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You’ll see all the available plans but the one you’re going to select is the shared hosting plan.

So click on ‘learn more’ under the shared hosting plan.

how to start a blog

This will take you to the different prices and the corresponding features. The starter plan is the most suitable for small personal websites and that’s what you should use for now.

Click on ‘add to cart’ under ‘starter.’ You can see that the annual price for hosting is $15 for the starter plan. You will now be taken to your shopping cart.

how to start a blog

Next is domain name registration.

There are 3 available options. Just check the box next to ‘register a new domain.’

Type your proposed domain name in the space provided without .com and then click on ‘check.’

It will check if the domain name is available or not.

If it is available, you will see it immediately and the amount will be added to your cart.

how to start a blog

Click on continue.The next page allows you to choose your billing circle, that is, whether you want to pay your hosting fee monthly or annually.

As you can see, the monthly payment is just $2 but it’s expensive in the long run. I advise you to choose the annual billing circle, which is $15 for a full year as against $24 if you pay monthly.

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Next, click on continue.

You will be taken to the domain configuration page. Don’t do anything there, just click on continue.

Now you will see the summary of all you’ve been doing so far.

All you have to do here is to click on ‘checkout.’

how to start a blog

On the next page, fill in your personal information and billing address.

Next step: fill your domain registrant information. This is usually the same with your personal information. So leave the default contact.

Choose your preferred payment method. I’ll advise you to choose PayPal.

If you don’t have a PayPal account, you need to create one.

Don’t worry, I’ll show you how to create one and how to link your Nigerian MasterCard to it.

Click here to learn how to set up your personal PayPal account.

Click here to learn how you can link your MasterCard to PayPal.

Check the box to confirm that you agree to the terms and conditions and then click ‘complete order.’

how to start a blog

Once you complete the order, you will be directed to your order summary page. It contains your invoice items and transaction ID.

Click on PayPal checkout. This will direct you to your PayPal account that you just created. Just log in and pay.

how to start a blog

Once payment has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent to your email. You will also receive your login information.

You can now access the client area on HostUS.

How to Install WordPress on Your Blog

The next step as soon as hosting is secured is to install WordPress on your blog. WordPress is the Content Management System (CMS) that facilitates blog content creation.

Everything that happens on your blog is done from the back end through WordPress.Interestingly, installing WordPress has now become effortless, thanks to Softaculous.

Softaculous is the leading auto-installer that is widely used in the Web Hosting industry. Hosting companies like HostUS use Softaculous in their control panel.

It allows users to install applications with the click of a button. The good thing is that Softaculous is integrated into cPanel and can be installed within minutes.

Let’s see how it works…

To get started, simply log in to your cPanel account.

You will find the instructions on setting your cPanel login details in your email. This includes your username, password, and Control panel URL.

This is what the link looks like:

Control Panel URL: https://server76.mainpacket.com:2083/

Click on the link and enter your login details.

Next, look for the Softaculous Apps Installer. It’s located in the Software section.

Clicking on it will take you to a page containing lots of software that you can install to enhance your blog performance.

However, since we want to install the WordPress, we’ll just look out for the WordPress icon and click to open.

Click on the WordPress icon to continue.

You will get the latest version of WordPress automatically.

Now, you need to choose your preferred protocol. You can choose either http:// or http://www as it pleases you.

If your site has SSL and HTTPS (security certificate), then you can select either https:// or https://www as your preferred protocol.

Next, type in the domain name you just registered in the space provided. Leave the ‘in directory’ part blank.

Next is the site settings section.

This is where you set your site name and description. Clear the default text and fill in yours. This can also be set under your site identity in the customize tab.

Note that under the customize tab, your site name and description are known as site title and tagline.

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After this, you need to set your admin account. Choose a suitable username and a strong password. If you like, you can automatically fill in the username and password or set your own. In any case, you must keep these details somewhere to avoid difficulties logging in.

Lastly, enter a valid email address in the admin email field. This is where WordPress sends your notifications and password reset link to if you ever forget your password.

After all these, you can now click on the install button.

Once the installation reaches 100% you will see a success message, meaning that your WordPress has now been installed.

Here’s what it will look like:

WordPress has been successfully installed at:

https://freelancingpro.net/

Administrative URL: https://freelancingpro.net/wp-admin/

These are the links to your website and your WordPress admin area respectively. Use this detail to log in to your WordPress admin area and publish your first post.

How to Publish Your First Blog Post

As a new WordPress user, you will be welcomed to your new dashboard with several options. Just click on publish your first post.

Alternatively, you can click on posts on your dashboard and click on add new.

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Insert the title of your blog post and then type your content or paste your blog content from a saved word file document on your computer. Then click on publish.

This great step marks your sojourn into the world of blogging.

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You can also create pages by clicking on pages on your dashboard and then following the same steps you followed when you created your first post.

How to Install a Theme

Now that you have installed your WordPress, the next thing to do is theme installation. Your theme is typically the user interface of your blog.

According to WPBeginner, a theme is a collection of templates and stylesheets used to define the appearance and display of a WordPress powered website.

By default, your WordPress comes with a generic theme and it is updated every year. These generic themes are named by year.

For example, if you install your WordPress today, your default theme will be ‘Twenty Seventeen’. This is what WordPress assigns to the millions of new users. But you don’t have to use it.

To change this generic theme, go to dashboard and scroll down to appearance. Click on ‘themes’. You will see a few generic themes already installed.

Just click on ‘add new’.

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If you already have a theme in mind, head over to the ‘search themes’ and then type in the name of the theme. If not, there are a few suggestions that you can select. These are listed under the tabs named featured, popular, latest, and favourites.

Check through until you find the most suitable one for your website. Before activating, you can click on ‘live preview’ to see how the theme will look like on your blog.

If you’re satisfied with what you see, just click on ‘install’ then activate it.

But if you’re not comfortable with any of the free or built-in themes and you want a professional display of your website, you can buy a premium theme from elegant themes.

Although it could cost you a lot more money, it’s definitely worth it and will definitely pay off in the long run.

How to Use Widgets

Widgets are other great tools that enhance the functionality of your WordPress site. They are responsible for styling your navigation bars and are

quite easy to manipulate.

With your widgets, you can add features such as signup forms, recent posts, recent comments, social media plugin, calendar, blog stats, advert banners, post categories and many more.

You can have your navigation bars on different positions on your blog depending on the theme you installed. These include the main sidebar, blog sidebar, footer widget, sidebar contact, and header bar.

You can add a widget by going to ‘appearance’ once again and then click on widgets. You will see many widgets that you can use. But, trust me, you need just a handful to prevent clumsiness on your blog.

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Selecting a widget is more like a drag and drop procedure. Just drag any widget you want (from the available widgets column) into the desired block (on the right side of the screen).

You can change the title or the heading of the widget if you like. Once that is done, just click on save. Then return to your website homepage to see how the widget appears.

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If you’re creative enough, you can use your widget to create amazing things on your blog.

That’s all on the widget for now.

The Top 10 Free Plugins to Install on Your New WordPress Site

The next thing after installing your WordPress CMS is to style up your dashboard by adding great functionalities to it. This can be achieved with the use of some plugins.

WordPress plugins are great tools for adding and extending functionality to WordPress. On WordPress, you have a plethora of plugins at your disposal that you can install free of charge.

However, you should ensure that you’re using only the useful plugins that you need. Having too many plugins tends to slow down the loading of your site.

So here’s a list of the 10 best free plugins that you can take advantage of right now. Please note that some of these plugins have similar functionality. But all the plugins listed here are the best for their primary functions.

Here we go…

  1. Akismet Anti-Spam: Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam comments. Your site is fully configured and being protected, even while you sleep.
  2. Custom Share Buttons with Floating Sidebar: It’s a very simple plugin for social networks. The plugin supports 9 social networking sites. With this plugin, you give users the tools to follow you on social media, share your content, product details and other information with their own networks.
  3. Jetpack by WordPress.com: Jetpack helps you to bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. With Jetpack, you can keep any WordPress site secure, increase traffic, and engage your readers.
  1. W3 Total Cache: This is one of the highest rated and most complete WordPress performance plugin. W3 Total Cache allows you to improve the speed and user experience of your site.
  2. WP Smush: Reduce image file sizes, improve performance and boost your SEO using the free WPMU DEV WordPress Smush API.
  3. Yoast SEO: The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.
  4. Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights: The best Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. It helps you to see how visitors find and use your website, so you can keep them coming back.
  5. Wordfence Security: Secure your website with the most comprehensive WordPress security plugin. Its features include firewall, malware scan, blocking, live traffic, login security & more.
  6. Broken Link Checker: This plugin will check your posts, comments and other contents for broken links and missing images, and notify you if any are found.
  7. Free Tools to Automate Your Site Growth By SumoMe: a free and easy way to double your email subscribers, plus sharing tools to double your traffic from Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & more.

How to Install a Plugin

Go to your dashboard, scroll down to the plugin. Then click on ‘add new’. You will see a search bar on the top right side of your screen that says ‘search plugins’. Type the name of the plugin that you want to install and then press enter.

Click on ‘install now’, then activate.

That’s it.

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To check your list of installed plugins, go back to plugins on the dashboard area, and then click on installed plugins.

Please note that you will be required to update your plugins regularly. This is similar to the way you update your mobile phone apps.

Once you login to your dashboard, you would see a prompt just beside your website name. This prompt will tell you the number of plugins that need to be updated. Click on it and then install all at once. Once this is done, the prompt will disappear.

The essence of updating your plugin is to ensure that you stay up to date with the recent features such as bug fixes, security updates etc. that have been uploaded by the plugin owners or developers.

There are many more things that you should do on your dashboard once your blog is set up. But you have to take a step at a time.

Some of these include setting your profile, background, headers, and menus. You’d also want to edit the general, writing, reading, discussion, and permalink settings.

How to Make Money Blogging

Every day, I come across people who find it difficult to believe that you can make money blogging.

If many people still doubt the possibility of making a career out of blogging, I totally understand. This is because I had my own moments of doubt too before I started making money as a blogger.

I started with a freely hosted blog, which I kept as an idea bank. I would post random stuff: politics, religion, poetry, and other subjects that appealed to me.

At that time, the idea of monetizing my blog wasn’t even in my head – and that was largely due to my naivety.

However, after a few months of blogging, my whole view about blogging had completely changed. I had read a lot about how successful Nigerian bloggers like Linda Ikeji, Uche Eze, Bamidele Onibalusi, Japheth Omojuwa, and Jide Ogunsanya are making a killing through blogging.

So I got fired up.

I wanted to start making money as a blogger. But, I was completely lost because I didn’t know where to start from.

At the same time, I suffered from information overload. There was too much information right there on the internet. So the more I tried to start, the more I found myself being held back.

I also suffered from procrastination and self-doubt. “Maybe this whole thing isn’t just meant for me,” I told myself on several occasions.

This continued for several months until I finally made my first online income. The motivation came after I enrolled in a masterclass a friend launched.

To cut the long story, I have been making pretty modest earnings through blogging and that’s what I’m going to share with you next.

To know how to make money blogging, which is the most important thing at this point, please click on this link now.

And remember, if you need any tips or have some questions, do email me directly at hafiz@freelancingpro.net. I’d be happy to help you out!

Author: Hafiz Akinde

Hafiz is a Freelance Writer and Content Marketing Strategist. He helps entrepreneurs and corporate brands to grow their businesses with content marketing strategies that work.

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Hafiz is a Freelance Writer and Content Marketing Strategist. He helps entrepreneurs and corporate brands to grow their businesses with content marketing strategies that work.

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