A new year is always a good time to start a new hobby, new habits, and a new business. Perfect timing, because today, we’re going to talk about how to start a blog in 2021 and make money blogging.
10 tips on how to start a blog in 2021 and make money
Before you set up your website, one of the things you need to do is to know what to blog about. If you haven’t made up your mind yet, don’t worry. I talked about how to find a profitable blog niche in my previous blog post.
Also, don’t forget that part of starting a blogging business is to have goals. This way, you will be able to have the proper mindset to keep the blog running, and a business plan as to where your blog is headed 3 to 5 years from now. For this, I recommend that you go over my post where I talked about goal setting for bloggers in 2021. I’m sure you will find a lot of helpful tips there.
Okay, so let’s get started.
- Buy a domain name
The domain name is your blog name and URL. For example, the domain name of my blog is heycrystallace.com I got it from godaddy.com You can get your domain name from other companies like:
In fact, you can get your domain name for as low as $9.99/year. Remember, the domain name is renewed annually. So make sure you mark your calendars so you won’t forget.
When choosing a domain name, go for the one that’s short and easy to remember. If you can’t decide but want to get started right away, using your name is also a good option. Finally, you can make use of words that are relevant to your niche. For example, if you want to start a food blog, use the word “food” in the domain name. For mom bloggers, try using “mamma”, “mom” “mommy”, etc. This will also help your blog appear in the Google search results.
- Find A Reliable Web Hosting Provider
Your web host is going to be the home of your blog. Therefore, you need to find a web hosting service that is reliable and will not slow down your website no matter what.
For my blog, I use Siteground I have been with them since I started and I’m glad I choose them to be my web host provider. Their standard hosting service is affordable too. Meanwhile, there are other good ones like:
Go for the one that suits your budget. Lastly, choose the one that has excellent tech support. In case something happens to the website that you can’t fix, it’s nice to have a web hosting service that provides help whenever you need it.
Note: You can get your domain name and web hosting service from one company. Take advantage of holiday deals so you can save more money.
- Install WordPress.org
Now that your domain name and web hosting is all set, it’s time for the fun part, installing WordPress. By default, WordPress will give you any of their “Twenty Series” themes. Don’t worry, there are many WordPress themes out there to choose from. In fact, here’s a list of the best free WordPress themes you can use in 2021.
- Identify your target audience and their needs
When you start a blog in 2021, your mission is to provide quality and valuable content to your readers. Thus, knowing your target audience will help you determine what type of content they need from you.
- Don’t invest too much money to get started
Unlike other businesses, starting a blog in 2021 doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, you only need three things to officially get started:
- Domain name
- Web hosting
- Legal pages
As a blogger and lawyer, I understand the importance of doing business legally. This is why I created my Website Legal Bundle. This bundle comes with three legal templates namely,
- Terms and Conditions
If you want to treat your blog as a business, my Website Legal Bundle will help you avoid content theft and other lawsuits. This is something you can’t miss.
- Bet on consistency
To keep your blog alive, you need to write new articles regularly. To ensure consistency, set goals without raising the bar too high. I advise posting once a week or at least every two weeks is a good start. Also, posting regularly will help set the momentum. If you skip a week or a month, it’s hard to get back on track.
- Connect with other bloggers
It’s the pretty side of the Internet, which allows you to connect with people you would probably never have met otherwise. But it is also a precious resource to be able to interact with someone who understands you and your blogging goals. Moreover, connecting with fellow bloggers makes the journey a little less lonely.
- Interact with your audience
Managing a blog takes a lot of time, especially when you have a job on the side. But aside from creating content that’s being searched on Google, you also need to interact with your existing audience. They could be the ones following you on social media or commenting on your blog posts. Interacting with your audience is fundamental if you want to run a blogging business. Besides, the content you make is for them.
- Don’t overthink
Unfortunately, I see a lot of aspiring bloggers that are not spending their time wisely. Some would spend weeks, even months trying to come up with the coolest domain name. Or worse, they would spend months or years learning about WordPress development, when installing a free theme will do. My point is, focus your time and energy on things that are far more important. That is, doing keyword research, content mapping, and creating your products and services. Others can wait.
- Be yourself
Lastly, be yourself. Your personality will be the wow factor your blog needs to be successful. Share the journey with your audience. People love to see what’s going on behind-the-scenes. Moreover, try your best to be genuine. You will receive a lot of hate sooner or later. But at the end of the day, what matters are your goals and living the life you want.
There you have it, my tips on how to start a blog in 2021 and make money.
If you’re not convinced, how about starting a YouTube channel in 2021? I actually have a blog post about it in case you’re interested. (insert internal link, the post about Blogging vs Youtube)
Do you want to start a blog in 2021 or you have one already?
What is your blog about? I’d love to see it. Share it in the comments.