How to Start a Blog in 2020 and make money
Wondering How to Start a blog in 2021?
How will you feel that finally, you were able to start a blog helping you not only to make money online while blogging but also present your work out in the world. Maybe sell your digital products online or maybe even your physical products?
You can start a blog in 2020 and start making money online in a matter of minutes. Or you could finally, create a storefront and start selling from this? ,Be able to lead clients and direct them to your own self-hosted platform. All this and more like your own pretty domain name, Set up email addresses, newsletters and more.
in this posts series, I will be sharing with you how you can do it on your own website or blog within next 24 hours.
We are going through times when that is allowing us to stop and look at our surroundings. Raise questions about who we are being, what is important and what needs to be done with. Maybe you are still struggling with your surroundings and they are keeping you busy enough that you don’t even get the time to reflect on who you are being and which direction to take.
For me this time out by Universe has given me a safe place to go within and shed out the unwanted. These unwanted items not only include, purging my home, decluttering my surroundings but also in a good way I am exploring new ways to expand my online business and work. I see so many people going through all of this as well.
Some have been busy all their life doing 9 to 5 jobs, they don’t even love or are passionate about. It is like dragging themselves to work every day, going through the workload, communicating and frustrated with a nosey boss. And now when they got the time out they are wondering if this is how they want to spend the rest of their lives?
Maybe you too in a state similar to this, maybe you were also forced to sit at home, maybe you too are wondering what if there is something else to life. Maybe you are struck by fear and are not able to do anything creative. It almost feels like running in a hamster wheel. Forced life, but for how long? will this ever end? you love drawing, maybe gardening, maybe painting, do you really have to wait for your retirement to do what you love doing?
This pivot may mean
- Leaving your job and facing some uncertain times and wondering if you can too make money by blogging
- Getting overwhelmed wondering ok here I am and I would love to spend more time doing what I am passionate about but how to begin where to start from and what are my next steps.
I am passionate about helping other creative women find their inner Creative Diva and start earning a living doing what they love by blogging and selling their creativity online. And all of this starts from taking a single decision and setting a strong intention. If you are committed enough to make a change in your life, if you want to be one of the few who are strong enough to take a stand for their desires then allow me to take you by the hand and over the next few posts help you create a business doing what you love.
So in this post, I will share the initial tasks you can take right now starting today towards a strong business foundation. by setting up an online shop in less than 24 hours.
Set up and Start a blog in 2020 in 4 steps
- Choose a blog name and get a hosting
- Install WordPress in order to Start a blog
- Personalize your blog by installing a pretty and functional theme
- Add the right plugins to help you track data and traffic
- Consistently write great content that attracts your ideal client
- Monetize your blog by affiliated products or your own self hosted shop
Get a domain name & Hosting in order to start a blog
If you already have a domain name then it is great ! time saved ! if not here are. A domain name is a name that people can type in their address bars to find you. This post of mine intends to set up a website for you in 24 hours so I will not write tons about each and every step but I will guide you towards your end goal, that is …. an online shop!
So your name could be simply yourname.com or yourbusinessname.com or maybe you want to be creative and come up with something interesting for your blog name. The thing is it really doesnt matter!. Focus on just getting a name and dont get caught up and procrastinating over how good a name sounds.
I am recommending 1 and 1 Hosting for this because it is the cheapest solution out there right now, you begin with paying $1 for the Domain plus hosting for the first month and then $4 onward. For the domain name, $1 for the first year is included. I signed up for the business package and have hosted two of my website paying $8.
When you are paying this low you are lowering the mental barrier of setting up a website being expensive just go ahead give it a try what is there to lose? $1 for the domain name for the first year is ample time for you to know if you are committed to running a website.
Other recommended providers are Godaddy (Starting from $5 ) Blue Host ($3.95 free domain for first year and hosting)
What is the difference between the domain name and hosting?
I often get asked this question, believe it or not, this confusion even stops many of you from taking the first step. So a domain name is like getting a URL that can be typed in the search bar, and hosting is a place where you will upload your files to. These files will include your website data, product images, blog images files, and similar.
For people to access your website, they will be landed on a webpage hosted on your hosting provider. it will show the files you stored in the form of a homepage blog or similar.
Installing WordPress on your hosting space.
Consider your hosting space ( which you paid $1 for the first month) links to your domain name Here is how you will do it inside 1and 1 hosting. But you will see that most of the hosting companies have similar Cpanels. Cpanel is the dashboard from where you can take various tasks from inside the hosting provider.
After you signup, you will log in to your Cpanel ( Hosing Dashboard) here is how this looks like
How to Start a Blog in 2020 and make money
You have icons presented in front of you with managing your domain name, creating email addresses, installing websites and stores, managing your hosting space, and your billing and account information. If you click on domains you will be able to see the domain name that you just purchased.
But to set up your WordPress Shop and blog you will head on over to the search bar on top of the screen and type install WordPress.
Give your website a title and click Create Website. Something Like ” Julias Art and Workshops” or whatever, don’t worry you can change it later at any time.
Type in the administrator login ( the login you will use to access your WordPress installation) I would recommend keeping it long and not including word admin in it. Here is a screenshot of how this looks like
Next, you will be presented with an option to install a managed WordPress just click on the second option
Next, you will be asked to link a domain name to the WordPress installation. From the dropdown choose the domain name that you just registered with.
And you are done!
Type the domain name in the URL space in your browser and your website is online!
Personalize your blog by installing a pretty and functional theme
For my 3 Blogs that I own i have been in a whirlwind for ages trying out different themes. The Theme in a wodpress means the whole design of the website. Think of WordPress installation as a skeleton and now you need to make it pretty. In order to make start a blog you should also think about making it pretty right?
I have added a list of recommended themes and alternatives to my own choice of wordpress theme ( Divi) in the checklist you can download it for free.
I choose Divi as my website theme because it is so easiy manageable. And besides the designers and tons of users at DIVI provide all the documentation on how to make it best work for you. And if you ever get stuck somewhere there is always a vido or help out there to overcome that.
Ofcourse there are plenty of free themes out there a few of them I have mentioned in my checklist but I choose to go with a premium one as I prefer to get all the support I can get.
Here is link to get Divi theme if you are interested.
Here is how to install a theme
- Login to your wordpress wp-login
- Go to Appearance
- Click on themes
- Click on Add New
- Click on upload
- Once it is uploaded Activate the theme!
Add the right plugins to help you track data and traffic
If you are seeking to make money from your art and by creating passive income while selling digital products and create a life of freedom here is a blog post that breaks it all for your. Perfect resource for how to sell art as digital products and make a constant flow of income out of it.
In this blog post, I am going to share with you how I make money selling my art as digital products So you can also see how easy it is.
Why do you really need to create digital products from your Art?
If you are an artist and you are creating drawings and illustrations every day then probably the next thing you would want to do is to sell them in any way. And selling them online is one of the most profitable, fun and easy way to make money while doing what you love.
The types of products that I create from my Art are clip art packs and digital invitations coloring books and of course courses.
When I am creating cliparts I start with creating an inspiration board. I use Pinterest to do that All you need to do is create a secret board and then pin various images on to it.
Then my next step is to create a related series of images that may range from 7 to 8 supporting images in the same theme. The next step is to convert all of these images as separate png and jpgs or arrange them in an EPS file for sharing.
After creating the complete set I usually package them in a Zip file and create a pretty looking preview graphic with some basic information typed as text.
My next step is to upload these preview images on various websites for sale, accompanied with the source files for sale.
A few of these websites are at the Creativemarket, Graphicriver , Art fire, Etsy and of course my own website.
Now when it comes to creating cliparts my go-to tool is Adobe Illustrator. You will have to use some photo editing software as well . You can also use canva for this but I prefer using photoshop. It really doesn’t matter, any photo editing software will help you create Pretty mockups and a preview Graphics for your clip art sets.
When it comes to making a sale it is really not difficult the main thing is that you stay consistent and create. I have seen people who have been creating and listing nearly every week for the past 8 to 10 years and their income from simply selling $1 and $2 per graphics set and making around 10 to 20k per month easily.
Besides this, if you save these graphics as EPS files and list them up on stock photo sites you will have another constant source of income.
Even if you are not familiar with Adobe Illustrator you have two options, number one you can use few of my tutorials completely free to get hands-on experience with Illustrator, or, if you are good at creating by hand maybe watercolor and painting, you can create separate icons scan them save them as jpegs and pngs package them and sell as cliparts.
Another cool way to use your graphics and clipart is to create digital invitations and designs and sell them on various websites.
Here is how to do it
Simply create a digital invitation with some mockup placeholder party details just like cliparts you will need to create a fun looking mockup for these invitations to present as a preview for the potential buyer. Next up you are going to upload this invitation to various websites few of these websites are zazzle, Cafepress, Etsy or your own self hosted website.
It is really not that difficult to create and sell cliparts graphics PDF or printables using your images the one thing that is required is consistency and as well as Not overthinking the whole process.
Just keep creating and you will find the flow and once you do …. you will see some money Rolling In, this will definitely keep you motivated.
You really don’t have to overthink about and comparing your work with the rest of the world just list and put them up for sale a few of my drawings are really crappy but they are still making me sales once in a while so it doesn’t matter do not overthink or over judge you are maybe it will come to use for someone.
Just make sure that you are coming from my place of Mindset where you are sharing value with the world and when we give value, we get value in return.
Now it is your turn tell me do you already create digital products?
if so how you are creating them and where you are selling them I would love to know and if you are entirely new at this and you need some direction?
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I am so excited to be writing this post! , why ? because I know how much value this is going to bring you. If you have an etsy shop or you are thinking about opeing one OR wondering how to start an etsy shop .
Chances are you are struggling with driving traffic to your shop and etsy listings. I was once there… I used to struggle day in and day out and my etsy listings refused to show up in page one or even near that!
And then one day (actually it took years for me to figure it out) I was finally able to figure it out and was able to successfully bring my listings ranking on the first page.
I was blown away! so excited ! the whole world of SEO for Etsy seemed like a foreign language and a divinci code to me before that I wished I would finally figure out. But infact the whole thing is just a matter of a few tweaks. Today I am feeling excited being able to share this with you.
Disclaimer: I am not an EXPERT in SEO and I do not claim to KNOW IT ALL. There can be various ways to show up on etsy’s first page, having tried many ways this is the way that worked for me and I am putting this out there in hope that this will help other struggling Artists and crafters trying to make money online or wondering how to start an etsy shop .
Below are some of the Fundamentals of creating a perfect etsy lising. In my upcoming posts I will be sharing with you the tools that I recommend to help you with the process.
For your very basic understanding The skeleton of an etsy listing consists of the following parts
- The title
- The description
- the tags
- the images
Now lets understand the importance of each of them.
The Etsy listing Title
Etsy provides a space for around 140 characters for you to create a title for the product. in order to create a traffic driving etsy title you can break it into 3 parts.
the middle and the rest
Do your long tail keyword research and place your long tail keyword in the very beginning of the title. A long tail keyword is a specific keyword that describes your product, it has a strong search potential on etsy and also on google and it comprises of 3 or more words.
for the middle and the rest you will place your OTHER keywords that also have strong search potential.
So your title could be something like this
Long Tail Keyword, 2nd Choice keyword, 3rd keyword, 4th keyword, 5 keyword, describing words for rest of space.
In my upcoming posts I will help you discover and find these Long tail, 2nd, 3rd , 4th and 5th keywords.
The description is the place where you will entice and grab your customers attention. Your customer has gone through a process and finally landed to your listing now it is upto you to sell your product. imagine you are walking into a store and a woman comes in front of you she is selling a scarf. How do you imagine she will approach you that you fall in love with the scarf enough to open up your wallet.
Here is a scenario
She walks up to you dangles the scarf in front of your eyes and goes on …..
“This scarf is made of wool, the thickness of the wool is perfect for a scarf and it took me 10 days to make it buy it”
She talks about “How this scarf will benefit you” “How this will help you keep the cold away” and “Why this purchase is going to be a good decision”
There you have it ! she sold you the scarf when she talked about YOU not How .
It is as simple as that.
Craft your description with an attention grabbing statement, followed by the problem provide a solution and then give a call to action.
We will be talking just about these parts of a perfect description in the coming posts.
OK , so now you are at the part which actually makes your shop show up in search results, The Tags!. Remember the perfect title that you crafted? take that title and write various tags out of it , various options and possibilities using the keywords used in the title and dont forget to add the descriptive words as well.
Etsy provides 10 images spaces to upload various photos. Use all of them! this does help in how healthy your etsy listing is . A picture is worth a thousand words use your photo space wisely and tell your story!
Ready to craft your own listing?