How to Create a WordPress Blog with 2 Sites on 1 Deluxe GoDaddy Account
You’ve got a passion for blogging. You enjoy taking a stroll on the internet, discovering new blogs, and reading trending topics and blog posts. You’re constantly thinking about ways to grow your blog – monetarily and digitally. You read every single blog post thinking about how you can grow your audience and make more money from your efforts. Suddenly, a light bulb goes on: why not combine your love for blogging with your affinity for hosting websites to create a hybrid version of yourself? You could run a WordPress blog, write about what you discover on the internet, and monetize the content with affiliate sales and ads.
If this sounds like you, you’re in luck because you can create a WordPress blog with two sites on one account using the new WordPress product, Bits of Candy. This article will teach you how to create a WordPress blog with 2 sites on 1 deluxe GoDaddy account. You’ll also learn several monetization and growth hacks that can help you become more successful.
Step One: Sign Up For An Account
You don’t need to have a GoDaddy account to follow the instructions in this article. However, if you already use their services to host a website or email, you can sign up for a free account here.
Just click the Get Started button, enter your desired username and password, and you’re good to go. You’ll also need to verify your email address by clicking a link in the email you receive once you’ve signed up. This is so that we can send you important notices regarding your new account.
Step Two: Create Your First Blog
Now that you have a GoDaddy account, you can create a WordPress blog. If you’re not familiar with how to do this, follow the instructions here to create a blog using the classic WordPress dashboard.
Once you’re in the dashboard, click on the Add New button in the upper right-hand corner to get started. Type the name of your new blog into the Name field, and click on the blue Create Blog button.
You’ll see a spinning globe icon next to the Name field. This means your blog is still under construction and hasn’t been activated yet. Click on the globe icon to continue to the next step of creating your blog.
Step Three: Add Sites To Your Blog
Adding websites to your existing blog is easy enough. Simply go to your blog’s dashboard, click on the Settings icon in the upper right-hand corner, and select Manage Sites.
From here, you can add new sites with the click of a button. You can either use the free domain you have through your GoDaddy account or grab a cheap and temporary domain through one of the many shared hosting packages from GoDaddy (you can read our review of these hosting plans here).
Once you’ve added your new site, you can click on the site’s name to be taken to its dashboard. From here, you can configure the site in a number of ways, including changing the blog’s url (the address that appears in the location bar when someone clicks on a link to your site).
Step Four: Test Your Blog’s Speed
Just like any other website you’re likely to create, speed is of the essence with a WordPress blog. Your readers expect quick loading times and responsive functionality, regardless of whether they’re on a desktop, laptop, or mobile device.
As a general rule of thumb, you should strive to get your site’s speed levels up through your own organization. This can be as simple as changing the images you use on your site to be SVG files (since SVG’s are so much lighter than images created with the PNG format), minifying your stylesheet and scripts, and performing routine maintenance (updating plugins and creating backups).
Step Five: Monetizing Your Blog
Now that you have a couple of websites under your belt, it’s time to consider how you’re going to monetize them. While it’s always great to let your creative juices flow and write about whatever you feel like, you must consider how you’re going to make money from this content if you want to continue creating it.
You can do this through affiliate marketing, which earns you a commission when a visitor clicks a monetized link or buys a product that’s promoted on your blog (or when a merchant provides an affiliate program and you promote their products using words and images on your site).
You can also use a third-party affiliate management service like affiliate networks that have a good reputation for managing affiliate programs for high-traffic blogs (you’ll need at least 500 monthly uniques and a $5k+ monthly budget to make this strategy worthwhile).
The two primary ways to monetize your blog are through affiliate marketing and display ads, which we’ll discuss in more detail below.
The Dangers Of Going The Cheap Route
As a general rule of thumb, we never recommend going the cheap route when it comes to domain names or hosting services. While it’s tempting to opt for a cheaper option and get a free domain with hosting, these types of deals usually come with significant drawbacks.
Here are some of the dangers you might encounter if you choose this route:
No One To Answer Questions
One of the major perks of having a live chat support agent is that you can get assistance whenever you need it. If you’re starting a blog about technology, nobody is going to know more about your subject than the people you’re chatting with over the internet. This is especially convenient when you’re stuck somewhere and can’t figure out how to get a particular function to work on your website.
You might say, “Well, my blog writer and I can’t get the comments to show up on my site. Is there someone I can talk to to help us?”
You’ll either get someone who knows nothing about blogging or someone who knows a little bit about blogging, but nothing about your subject matter. So while this might be convenient for you, the person you’re talking to might not be able to help you out.
You might end up having to pay for expensive technical support, or worse yet, go without any support at all and figure everything out yourself.
Limited Control Over Your Content
When you host your site with a company like GoDaddy, you give up a little bit of control over the content that appears on your site. This is especially convenient if you want to have a certain number of posts each week or each month. Since you have to follow the rules and guidelines set by the company that hosts your site, you might not be able to control the way topics are discussed or how often certain posts are linked to.
For example, if you have a weekly newsletter with a list of the seven deadly sins, your GoDaddy-hosted blog might start featuring that content on its front page. Since you can’t control what the company does with your content once it’s up, you have to live with the results and trust that they did the right thing by putting your content in front of the right audience.
One of the biggest dangers of going the cheap route when it comes to domain names and hosting services is that it puts your site’s security at risk. Since you can’t control the security measures that get put in place by the company that hosts your site, there’s always the risk that someone could hack into your database and steal your content or infect your site with malware (adware, spyware, or malware).
You might also encounter scammers who try to trick you into paying for fake technical support or for expensive upgrades that don’t make your site any better than it was before. These days, scammers try to trick you with fake issues, so they can steal your money and run away with it.
In addition to these dangers, you have the risk of your personal information being stolen. Make sure that you always use a strong password and don’t share your username and password with anyone. Regularly update your passwords so that hackers have to work hard to get your personal information. In addition, make sure that your personal security software (like McAfee or Norton) is up to date and that you’re using it regularly.