Beginning a website is one of the most mind-blowing kept insider facts for bringing in cash and automated revenue. How about we begin assembling your own WordPress blog today! I’ve been a site designer for over 14 years. So I’ve taken in the most straightforward techniques for making another website and obtaining the most ideal costs that anyone could hope to find. Follow my speedy and simple tasks for all out novices, and you will have a website and your own (free) space name set up in 20 minutes or less. For not exactly the expense of an espresso every month.
How to make money from your website
Once you have some kind of traffic, your website can then be monetised in dozens of ways. The most lucrative business opportunities for new websites to make money tend to be:
- Sponsored articles
- Google AdSense
- Product reviews
- Consultancy (or freelance work)
- Email marketing
- Affiliate marketing (the big one!)
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is earning commission from a company for promoting an online product or service to your website visitors. The retailer or merchant provides you with a unique link that will track any sales which originate from you. The link could be placed within a relevant article, an email or on social media.
This is now a huge industry in itself. Unsurprising when you consider how many e-commerce websites there are today! But don’t get overwhelmed by the scale of the business opportunities yet. Sign up to Affiliate Window from day one. They are an established and large affiliate network giving you instant access to thousands of online retailers and services who pay you a commission for any leads. It’s just a case of copying the link across and including it within your content.
How do you create your own website?
There are four parts to creating a website: domain name, hosting, content management and design. Every website needs to be hosted. A web host is just a home for your site and its content (like a remote computer). The host then ‘serves’ the website to visitors when they type in your domain name. WordPress is a free Content Management System (CMS) that sits on your web host. It’s a bit like the operating system for your computer. WordPress allows anyone to make, design, write and manage their own website without knowing any code. The platform powers 25% of all websites (including CNN, NASA and this website) and is totally beginner friendly.
4 steps to create a website
Choose and register a domain name
A domain name is what people type into their browser to view your website. savethestudent.org is a domain name. It’s also used for email, such as firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s a wide range of domain name extensions available, including .com, .org, .net, .info, .biz. Registration typically costs £9 ($12) a year, but you can get yours free only with this link:
a. Click here to lock in the free domain name offer
b. Click “Get Started Now” and select the “Basic” plan for now
c. Type in your preferred domain name to check availability.
If your domain name is available, you’ll see the “Create your account” page. Congrats! Continue to Step 2. If it’s not available, you’ll be told to try another variation. Consider changing a word (wordhippo.com is handy), using hyphens (-), adding a number or pick a different extension. Don’t stress if you can’t think of the right domain name now. You can click the “Choose Later” link at the bottom. Names often pop into my head as I build websites. It’s also easy to move an existing website to a new domain. Today is about getting the website live!
Setup website hosting
The “Basic” package is more than enough for most new websites. You can uncheck the other paid options for now if you don’t want them.
To secure the super-low monthly price, you need to pay for at least one year. It’s ridiculously cheap for what you get. Bluehost also have a no-hassle 30 day full refund policy. Make the upfront payment using your normal card details or PayPal (click “more payment options”).
Choose a WordPress theme
Now you’ll be asked to choose the initial theme design for your new website! I recommend selecting “Ocean WP” because it’s free and versatile for any kind of site (even e-commerce). You can always change it later if you like. Hover over the panel and then click “Use this theme”. It can take a few minutes to be applied.
In the meantime, check your email inbox to verify your account, activate your domain name and get details for accessing your control panel. If you go to view your website now, it’ll likely show a holding page. Your website can take a few hours to go live across the internet. This is a good chance to start exploring WordPress and perhaps even write some content!
Publish some content
On your Bluehost control panel click “Login to the WordPress” to get going. WordPress makes it easy to start writing content that looks great. Clicking on “Posts” > “Add New” will open up the editor window. This allows you to build, format and write your post without any need for code.
Not sure what to write about? Or worried it won’t get picked up by search engines? There’s a powerful tool called Semrush. It tells you exactly what keywords people are searching for on any topic and how best to rank in Google above competitors. Once you have a couple of articles published on your website’s topic, there are endless opportunities to start growing your audience and make money from home.