creating your own website

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For the first year, I did nothing

When I first started creating my own website with WordPress, I watched a lot of videos and read a bunch of blog posts on how to create a WordPress website. I then bought web hosting and a domain name but I let it sit and collect dust for about a year because I was too shy to create and publish my own content. I wasted some money when I did that and felt guilty for not building my blog right away.


A year later

I tried again the year after, I was still a bit shy but I learned a lot about how to have a growth mindset and how to improve my mindset to work towards my goals. I felt more confident publishing my own blog posts and marketing myself a little more on the Internet.

My website had gotten a little traffic but I did not earn any money with it. But I did make some money through my Virtual Assistant services, I got my first client after 3 months of officially launching my business.

Another year having my own website and blog

After another year of having my website, I learned so much more about blogging, social media, marketing, website design, and personal development.

I also felt it was time to change my hosting to Siteground because it’s faster than Bluehost. I still think Bluehost is great for beginners though.

Darrel Wilson did an in-depth review on different web hosting companies in 2019 that I think is still a great video to check out to help you choose which web hosting to go with.

I also think it’s a great idea to have a website and blog of your own because there are different sources of income you can earn with it and having a website shows that you are serious about your online business.

And it’s okay if you don’t know what to write, take one step at a time, you can find inspiration on Pinterest or other blog posts that offer something like “100 blog post ideas”.

Or if you don’t like writing, I don’t like writing haha, you can purchase written blog posts from PLR (Private Label Rights) websites like All Private Label Content or Publish for Prosperity and edit them for your own use. That’s what I use to create some of my blog posts.

If you have a larger budget to work with, you can also work with a freelance copywriter to help write content for your business.


Choosing paid web hosting and creating a website with WordPress

You can create a free website but there are limitations to designing and monetizing it. Plus it can easily get shut down by the platform you are using and you can lose all the content you created. With paid web hosting you can create backups of your website content in case something ever happens to your website, like getting hacked or something.

It’s always best to go with the paid route to have more control over it. You can create a website with Squarespace or WordPress.org (WordPress.com is the free one, there is a difference between the .com and .org websites).

You can also create a website with Squarespace, they have really improved their website creation platform and I think it’s easier to sell products there than WordPress.

When you are creating with WordPress, you will need hosting for your website, I like to think of it as paying rent on the Internet.

There are a lot of different hosting companies you can choose from like Bluehost and Siteground that are affordable and a great choice for beginners, you can go with either one. Siteground is faster than Bluehost though.

And when paying for a plan, you are paying for a yearly subscription fee. When I first started out, other bloggers would say that the monthly subscription is about $4/month and I thought that you pay monthly but you pay yearly.

If you want an in-depth guide to setting up your website you can try a free blogging course How to Start a Profitable Blog by Carly Campbell.

WordPress resources

And if you want to learn more about WordPress you can check these websites out below.

These are the resources I go to when I want to solve something or add something to my website like Google Analytics to see where my traffic is coming from or if I need a refresher on how to use the Divi theme.

Website design

When it comes to designing you can either do some coding yourself or you can purchase a theme.

Purchasing a theme would be better than a free one because a purchased one is regularly updated, may have a better mobile design, and have a little bit of SEO optimization.

I used to use a theme from Bluechic and I liked that they let me know when there is an update for the theme I bought. Their themes are also mobile-friendly and they give instructions on how to install your new theme or update them.

I now use the Divi Theme which I find easy to use with its drag-and-drop features and it has a lot of templates you can use and edit for yourself. Bluchic has some Divi themes too. This website is made with the Divi theme.

Other design tips to keep in mind are what fonts you choose, what size, and what colour. I came across many websites that have interesting content but were difficult to read, the font was either too small, difficult to see because it was too light, or in a font design that I could not decipher.

It also helps to have the text that has a link to be highlighted so your readers know that there is more to read or that you are helping them find a resource. It helps with your affiliate marketing strategy too.

WordPress plugins

After setting up and designing your website you will need to add WordPress plugins. Most plugins are free and some are not, you can pay a one-time subscription to use them.

You will find more information in this post Must-Have WordPress Plugins That Every Blogger Needs you may want to add to your website to increase your website’s security from hacking and spam, help with your website’s loading speed, and SEO.

Saving your work

After creating your website and writing a few posts, have them automatically saved somewhere in case you ever lose everything or are moving to a new hosting plan.

I tried to move everything myself and just gave up on trying. I then deleted everything and reuploaded it on my new hosting plan.

This is one way of doing it but not the most efficient because you can lose all your traffic reports or social media shares of your website and blog posts.

I have my website saved with a WP (WordPress) plugin, and I have a copy of my blog posts saved on an external hard drive and Google Drive. It’s a good idea to save your content in two different places.

Keeping your website and business legal

Another thing that you need to have on your blog and website is website policies. You need a privacy policy, a disclosure policy if you are doing affiliate marketing, and a cookie policy and notice.

I won’t go into details on this because I’m not a professional when it comes to legalities but having these will help keep your website and business legal.

Lucrezia of Blogging for New Bloggers offers affordable courses and legal policies on her website. She has an affordable bundle called Legal Bundle Value Pack that has almost everything you need to run your blog legally. I highly recommend her products and courses.

What’s next?

After creating your website, you can make extra money in various ways. You can sell physical or digital products, offer services, affiliate marketing, and work with ad programs.

And if you are offering services you can use your website as a portfolio for your work too.

You can even make a full-time income with a website and blog but it won’t happen overnight. It takes time, it might even take a year or so before you start earning any money with your website and blog. You need to create a lot of content, like a large web of content or net that interconnects and spreads out on the Internet. The more content you have, the more people you can reach.

There are different ways of getting traffic to your website, I find that SEO, one social media platform, helpful content, and consistency in your efforts will help bring traffic to your website and content.

And there are other things you will need to learn about, like what tools to use, how to run a business, marketing, writing, designing graphics, and how to avoid scams. I’ll have a post up in the near future on how to avoid scams and what some of them look like. Remember, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

You will need to build trust and market yourself on different social media platforms and or network in person like a blogging convention (I would like to go to something like this someday). People need to see your face or hear your voice to know that you are a real person. I know it’s a bit scary to do that but you can practice at home or in a supportive Facebook group.


I hope this post has been helpful, if you still need some assistance or have any questions about creating a website with WordPress, comment below.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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