Make Money with WordPress
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
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 sever 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
You need to create 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) and you won’t have to worry
about all the complications of web hosting (name servers, updates, mysql
databases, etc.)! Plus, setup is a breeze and you get to choose your own
domain (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 finding a 100% free web hosting service with a 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 absolutely NO bandwith due to the fact that you yourself are hosting
your website. 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, simply 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!
HostGator is definitely not the only option for WordPress hosting. Other
top-notch web hosting services can be found on the web.
3.) Get a Theme, Configure WordPress Widgets, and Start Writing Stuff!
Once you’ve set up WordPress, I recommend selecting a theme. You can find
themes on WordPress’s site. They have a large variety of themes, and you
can decide on 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
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 out, I immediately recommend you use this submission service to
start getting “known”. As a little precaution, I urge you to not 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 in the world, 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 out, 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 indexing.
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. Just google “free classifieds” and you’ll find a load of
websites that allow you to post advertisements for free. This is
effective as it is not time-consuming, and thousands of top-ranked sites
will be displaying your ads for absolutely no fee!
There are millions of other ways to get traffic to your blog. In fact,
I’m adding a separate category in my blog (Big Bux Blog) dedicated to
educate people on how to drive traffic to their website or blog. For now,
we’ll move on to why you’ve been reading this article: making money.