I did nothing the first year
When I first created my own website, 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 creating and building my blog.
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A year later
I tried again the year after, I was still a bit shy but I learned a lot about mindset and how to improve mine to work towards my goals. I felt more confident to publish my blog posts and market myself a little more.
My website had a little bit of traffic though and did not earn any money with it.
However, I did make some money through my Virtual Assistant services, I got my first client after 3 months of officially launching my business.
One 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.
I also think it’s a great idea to have a website and blog of their own because there are different sources of income and having one 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, and 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, 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.
If you have a larger budget to work with, you can also work with a freelance copywriter to help write content for your business.
What tools and resources to use to create your website
You can create a free website but there are limitations to design and monetizing it.
It’s always best to go 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 with the .com and .org websites).
I suggest going with WordPress.org though because Squarespace has some design limitations and you don’t really own it.
When you are creating with WordPress, you will need hosting for your website, I like to think of it like paying rent on the Internet.
Hosting with Bluehost and Siteground are affordable and you can go with either one. 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 subsctiption is about $4/month and I thought that you pay monthly but you pay yearly.
I can help you set up your website with my VA services or if you want a more in-depth guide to set up your website you can try one of these free resources below. I tried them myself and they’re great for beginners.
A free blogging course How to Start a Profitable Blog by Carly Campbell.
WordPress 101 has in-depth tutorials on everything about WordPress.
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.
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 got mine from Bluechic and I like 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 them or update it.
For more design tips for your blog posts, you can check out my favorite stock photo and design websites here.
After setting up and designing your website you will need to add WordPress plugins.
Most plugins are free and some you can pay a one-time subscription to use them.
I created a post here of a list of plugins 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 you have your website up and written 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 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 my website and Google Drive.
Keeping your website and business legal
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.
Jackie from Jade and Oak has a lot of info on this and I recommend checking her website out and reading her blog posts.
With a website you make extra money in various ways. You can sell physical or digital products, offer services, and affiliate marketing.
And if you are offering services you can use your website like 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.
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
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 some day).
I’ll create a post on how I get traffic to my website with Pinterest and Twitter when I have more data to use after some experiments.
I hope this post has been helpful, if you still need some assistance or have any questions, comment below.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!