How to Make Money with a WordPress Website

If you’re looking for a passive income stream, you’ve probably considered trying your hand at online marketing. Building a WordPress website is a proven way to make money online, and it doesn’t require any special skills. The key is to know how to set up a WordPress website the right way, and how to leverage social media to drive traffic and build a following.

In this article, we’ll cover the steps necessary to get you started with a WordPress website and how you can use social media to grow your audience and make money with a blog.

The Basics Of Starting A WordPress Blog

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) that enables users to build websites absolutely free. It’s the most popular blogging platform in the world, and it powers millions of websites across the globe. To get started with WordPress, you just need to have a web host that suits your needs (we recommend Bluehost), and of course, you’ll need to have an internet connection.

A website built on WordPress is called a “blog”. A blog can be used to publish content ranging from personal anecdotes to in-depth analysis and beyond. While building a blog, you’ll need to consider a number of key factors, such as choosing an appropriate name for your blog, deciding on a theme for your site, and setting up your blog with a monetization strategy in mind.

Choosing A Blog Name

The first and most critical step to building a successful blog is to choose a suitable name for it. You have complete control over the name of your blog, and you should pick a name that is easy to remember and spell. Never pick a name that might be considered rude or offensive. And for god’s sake, don’t choose a name that’s already being used by another website. This could lead to any number of problems, not least of which is copyright infringement.

Once you’ve chosen a blog name, it’s time to move on to the next step. You’ll also need to consider how you want your blog to look. Do you want a professional-looking blog or a more informal look? Deciding on the overall tone of your blog is essential, and it will determine the colors, layouts, and design of your website. A good starting point is to brainstorm with your spouse or significant other on what you might want your blog to be about. Then, you can take those ideas and put them into words and develop a plan around how you want to approach the topic.

Choosing A WordPress Theme

A WordPress theme is the skin (website design software) that you’ll use to build your blog. There are dozens of WordPress themes available — free and premium — that can be used to build any sort of blog you might want. To find a suitable theme for your blog, you’ll want to do some research online, visit forums and communities where WordPress users discuss themes, and follow popular blogs that use a certain theme.

WordPress themes can also be downloaded and installed directly into your website. This enables you to test out different themes without needing to rebuild your site from scratch. You should look for a WordPress theme that is flexible, clean, and does not contain any sort of flashy design elements that might turn off your visitors — and scare away money-making advertisers.

Setting Up Your Blog With A Monetization Strategy In Mind

Once you’ve chosen a blog name and found a suitable WordPress theme, you can begin the process of setting up your blog with a monetization strategy in mind. A monetization strategy is a plan that you and your spouse or significant other can work together to bring in extra money from somewhere other than advertising. You can earn a decent amount of money with a monetized blog, and it does not require any special skills or talents — the key is to find a way to make money from a passion or hobby.

Some of the ways you can make money with a hobby blog include:

  • Affiliate marketing: Affiliate marketing is a revenue-sharing program where you promote products or services – often those of a niche origin – and get rewarded for people who click a link or make a purchase after being redirected to the seller’s website by your blog. You’ll need to find affiliate products that are relevant to your blog’s niche, and you can use any sort of digital marketing to promote them. Some good examples of affiliate products include: WordPress themes, plugins, and courses.
  • Click-through ads: To monetize a WordPress site you can use Adsense or other similar ad networks. The most important thing to remember when utilizing ads is to keep your blog’s content relevant to your target audience. If your content is too general or aimed at a completely different audience, your ads will probably be ignored or worse, disrupted by frequent pop-ups or annoying banners.
  • Product reviews: Product reviews can be a profitable endeavor if you choose the right products and platforms to promote them on. You’ll need to become an expert in the field, learn how to write reviews that are informative yet entertaining, and determine how to position yourself as an expert in the field. Sometimes a product review can be a profitable endeavor even if you don’t make a cent from the sale. For instance, if you’re lucky enough to secure an interview with a celebrity, you might be able to use the platform to promote a relevant product — perhaps even one of the products the celebrity uses personally.
  • Consent marketing: Some businesses use forms of marketing that do not involve advertising. These forms of marketing get a bad rap because they seem (to some people) to be manipulative. However, consent marketing, which is perfectly acceptable and can be easily implemented, is a form of online marketing where you engage with your audience through social media channels. For example, if you have a fashion blog, you might want to create a Facebook group for people with similar interests. Then, you can use the Facebook group to share information about upcoming fashion trends, answer questions, and engage with members of the group.
  • Video tutorials: If you have a solid understanding of HTML and design skills, you can create video tutorials that teach others about the topic you’re passionate about, whether that’s web design, digital marketing, or something else entirely. Once you’ve created a solid foundation for your blog, such as a WordPress install with a chosen theme, you can begin to research and plan out how you’ll approach each topic you tackle on your blog. Once you’ve got content curated and published, it’s time to implement a social media strategy, build a following, and begin to make money online with a blog.