WordPress is probably the number one free blogging platform in today’s society. Thus thousands of bloggers around the world use WordPress to power their blogs (including me). But how can WordPress, a FREE blogging platform, earn you some significant income? Here is a step-by-step guide showing how to make money with WordPress.
1.) Select a Niche
The absolute MOST IMPORTANT element of a website/blog is the niche. Choose a specific and unique niche you feel comfortable writing about. For example, if you’re really good at web design, write about a specific part of web design, such as coding. Make sure that your niche isn’t vague, because then search engines like Google and Yahoo! will NEVER find your website/blog Stump Blog.
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Once you’ve chosen your niche, brainstorm some articles you can write. This will help in the long run; trust me, you don’t want to start a blog, and half a year down the road, you have a severe brain fart and can’t write any more articles. Make sure your niche is specific but broad enough so you can write at least 2,000 articles on it!
2.) Create Your WordPress Blog
It would be best if you created a WordPress blog. WordPress is a free blogging platform, but you will need a website first, and the website needs to be hosted one of two ways: Free Hosting or Paid Hosting.
If you’re looking for a free hosting service to host WordPress, the best solution for you would probably be WordPress.com hosting. I recommend this option because it is 100% free and from WordPress itself! The WordPress platform automatically comes with the free web hosting service from WordPress.com (as the name suggests). You won’t have to worry about all the web hosting complications (name servers, updates, MySQL databases, etc.)! Plus, setup is a breeze, and you get to choose your own domain (it has to be a subdomain of WordPress.com, though). Trust me; free WordPress hosting doesn’t getting any better than WordPress.com!
Another option would be finding free web hosting services and installing WordPress manually. This is not recommended because it takes a lot of hassle to find a 100% free web hosting service with good up-time and support for WordPress. I would definitely recommend WordPress.com hosting over free web hosting.
The last and worst (in my point of view) option for free WordPress hosting is self-hosting your website. This is the MOST complicated process as you have to port forward according to your router, install a self-hosting service such as WAMP, and get a free domain from No-Ip.org (subdomain, of course). The worst part about it is that your website will have NO bandwidth because you yourself are hosting it. I’m not even going to go in-depth with this; you can Google how to self-host WordPress because I will not waste my time explaining my least recommended method of free web hosting.
Paid Hosting allows you to have complete control over your WordPress blog (you can write whatever you want; with WordPress.com hosting, you have to abide by their terms of service). Bloggers often use this to their advantage, as creating beautiful-looking templates and site design is a breeze with paid hosting. First, you’ll need to find a good web hosting service. I recommend HostGator because (in my humble opinion) they are cheap yet offer the best support and compatibility for WordPress. With HostGator, sign up (you get a free domain with any plan) and in your control panel, you can 1-click install WordPress! Once you’ve installed WordPress, you’ll be good to go!
3.) Get a Theme, Configure WordPress Widgets, and Start Writing Stuff!
Once you’ve set up WordPress, I recommend selecting a theme. WordPress has a large variety of themes, and you can decide which one suits your blog the best. The second step after installing WordPress is installing widgets. Widgets are special components of your WordPress blog that each have a specific function.
In my opinion, SEO, Backup, Cache, and anti-Spam are the widgets you absolutely need. Other fancy widgets are up to your discretion. After installing the widgets (you can decide which ones you need and which ones you don’t), get ready to write! Remember step one? Hopefully, you can already spit out a couple of blog posts from your brainstorming!
4.) Receive Traffic
As a webmaster, I really can’t emphasize the importance of traffic. You may have the BEST article on the planet, but if your blog’s only loyal visitor is your mom, the world won’t be able to see your beautiful writing. That’s why traffic is essential to your blog’s survival. To start, I immediately recommend you submit your site only to the top search engines (Google, Yahoo!, Bing). As a little precaution, I urge you not to focus on submitting your site to too many search engines because most of the time, search engines should find your website automatically.
Generating some beginning traffic is pretty easy, given that you have friends and family. Use Facebook, Twitter, and whatever other methods to let everyone know about your website. Assuming that you know more than 50 people globally, this should be pretty easy, and you should begin to have some steady traffic. Not much, but steady. Now it’s time to go public. One of the most effective ways to get traffic is to submit your website to the top directories such as Dmoz (Google). However, since you’re just starting, I don’t recommend this because Dmoz literally accepts less than 1% of all submissions, and your site will probably be the 99% that gets denied. Submit your website to lesser-known but trusted directories that guarantee to index.
Once you’ve submitted your website to at least 10 directories, let’s move on to some more ways to earn traffic. Traffic-exchange sites are good as longs as they are MANUAL. NEVER join an auto-surf exchange site, as the traffic has no value since everything is automated. Yet another free and effective method to get traffic is through free classified ads. , This is effective as it is not time-consuming, and thousands of top-ranked sites will be displaying your ads for absolutely no fee! Just Google “free classifieds,” and you’ll find a load of websites that allow you to post advertisements for free.
5.) Monetize Your WordPress Blog
- So far, it would help if you had a blog that:
- has a unique niche
- has at least 10+ articles/posts
- is hosted by a trusted web hosting service
- has the WordPress blogging platform (duh!)
- has decent traffic (500+ visitors a day)
- can be found on search engines such as Google
Now it’s time to reap your rewards for your painstakingly hard work! It’s time to make some money $$$!
The most effective and easiest way to earn a steady income is through advertising. There are many paths you can take. The most famous advertising service is probably Google AdSense. However, they pay ONLY by check, which may be inconvenient if you wish to be paid by other means such as PayPal. That’s why there are loads of AdSense alternatives!
Clicksor is probably the main competition to AdSense. Clicksor offers pretty much every type of advertising you’ll ever need for your blog; it’s an all-in-one solution for monetizing your blog. You can be paid in various ways, which makes Clicksor much more convenient than AdSense.
One major problem with Clicksor and other all-in-one advertising solutions is that the advertising is HORRIBLE for blogs. In fact, some blogs lose traffic due to advertisements filling up more than 60% of your blog and annoying the hell out of the visitors. You can either take the risk of losing some traffic and making your website ugly, OR you can use an alternative monetizing method: In-Text advertising.
InfoLinks is hands-down THE BEST in-text advertising. In-text advertising is effective because of its limited disturbance in your blog; it chooses random keywords in your blog and highlights them, allowing visitors to click them, generating income for the webmaster (in this case YOU). How can in-text advertising services afford to offer this type of advertising? Advertisers pay sites like InfoLinks to promote their products/services. InfoLinks hands that responsibility to webmasters like you and me, and we get paid in return for helping InfoLinks earn money. I hope I haven’t confused you. In the simplest terms, you get paid for showing links on your blog.