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Complete Guide to Set Up a WordPress Blog and Make Money

How to set up WordPress Blog and Make Money

How to set up a WordPress Blog and Make Money

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Are you a writer? Would you like to make some good money writing about topics that interest you? Then starting a blog is something that I highly recommend. Because of my experience and success, I’ve had a couple friends and family members ask me how to set this up. I thought I would share it with everyone here for free. This is a Complete guide to starting a WordPress Blog and earning money from it. And as a bonus you can download a free checklist to keep you on track. Here are the topics that will be covered:

  1. Create Blog File
  2. Picking a Domain Name
  3. Sign Up with a Web Host:
  4. Point Domain to Web Host.
  5. Install WordPress
  6. Login to WordPress
  7. Install WordPress Theme
  8. Set Up Permalinks
  9. Install Plugins
  10. Set Up RSS with FeedBurner
  11. Set Up Google Analytics
  12. Making Money – Set Up Advertising
  13. Getting Traffic to Your Blog
  14. Learning More
  15. Can Someone Do This For Me? Yes!

What Is a Blog?

A blog is a website that has some automatic organizing features included in it. Your theme, the look and feel of your website, will be consistent on every page. Your readers will find navigating your website very easy if it is in the blog format. They can browse by category, tags, or date. And you can make money all while offering your content free to your readers. How?

How Blogs Make Money

Blogs make money through having advertisements on them and also by selling products or services. I will cover all of this in detail in Step 12 below. For now, know that if you are persistent in building your blog, your content, and your readership, over time you will have the potential to make good money. How much? Some people make very little and give up. Don’t do that! When starting out, you might only make a few dollars a month while you are building your readership. Over time you could quite easily earn an extra $1000 per month from advertising revenues. Some top bloggers make a full living off their blog earning 5 or 6 figure incomes. And their are the tippity top blogs that earn in the millions. Your income potential is only limited by your belief and the work you put in. Of course you will need to be persistent and stick with it even when it seems like things are going nowhere. Build your network of blogging friends over time and compare notes, ask for feedback and share learnings with each other. And, of course, continually provide great content for your readers and they will reward you with loyalty and referrals.

Complete Guide to Setting Up a WordPress Blog

There is a ton of information available on making money through blogging. This post will give you the steps for setting up a WordPress blog, customizing it, getting traffic to your blog, and how to make money from your blog. I promise to offer details where it is necessary and help make things simpler where there is already a lot of complexity and confusion. There are other blogging platforms out there, but none compares to WordPress. It is the most popular and the easiest to use. It is also free. (Your only costs will be domain registration – about $10/year and web hosting – about $6.95 $5.95    $4.95/month.) I’ll guide you to getting the most important things done so you’ll get off to the right start. Then once your blog is up and running, you will have enough knowledge and experience to search the internet for information that will allow you to hone your blog even further. For now, this guide will be all you need. There are many steps, but with this post and the free WordPress Blog SetUp Checklist (free excel download), you can complete this quickly, in a day or two working full time, or you can spread it out over as much time as you need. The WordPress Blog SetUp Checklist will help you keep track of where you left off and a place to write down notes or questions to follow up on at a later time.

The Best Way to Use this Guide

Bookmark this page. Download the WordPress Blog SetUp Checklist (free excel document). Check off your progress and follow the steps one by one right online with this post.

The Steps to Setting Up a WordPress Blog, Building Traffic, and Earning Money

1. Create a BLOG FILE.

This is where you will keep all the usernames, passwords, affiliate codes, login URL’s, instructions and anything else relating to your blog so that you can reference them whenever you need to. There will be a lot of them, so start this right away and be diligent about putting every new item into it. The easiest way to do this is to create a text file or a Word document. This way you can just copy and paste the information into your BLOG FILE. When you need to find a particular item, just use the “Find” feature in your text file or Word document to search for the information you need. If you want you could use a notebook instead or any other method you like. For each item that you enter into your BLOG FILE, type a title of what the information is. (Example: “Web Host Username and Password”) This will make searching for the information easier in the future. I CAN’T STRESS ENOUGH HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS. Set up this simple file right away, keep it updated always and you’ll never be panicking for “what’s my password??!!!”

2. Choose a Domain Name.

This is the name of your blog ( I recommend using BlueHost for registering your domain name as well as using them for your webhost because registration is free if you use BlueHost for your hosting. So your first year you will only have the webhosting fee and no domain registration fee. (See Step #3)

When you sign up for your domain, it’s important to know that Google search engines give more favor to sites that have bought their domain for longer than 1 year. So if you have the option to sign up for more than one year, do so as this will be to your benefit: you will ultimately get more search traffic from Google.

When choosing a domain name think about how you want to brand your blog. You can choose a name related to your blog’s theme, you could choose to brand with your own name, or you can make up a name that sounds cool. Or you could do some combination of those. Usually “.com” is preferable to other extensions such as “.net” because it makes it easier for people to remember. Everyone thinks “.com” but if you can only get “.net” or some other extension with your favorite name that should be fine.  (“.cc” or “.tv” or “.co” are other common extensions)

When it comes to picking a domain name I suggest brainstorming on paper first. Mindmaps are helpful for generating ideas. You can check on availability at BlueHost. You may need to modify some of the names you thought of. They will also make suggestions for you too.

So now you’re ready to move on to Step #3 now to both buy your domain name and purchase your webhost, which for both I recommend using BlueHost. If you want additional ideas for designing your domain name click here for more information on that topic.

3. Sign Up with a Web Host.

I recommend one of the following 2 webhosts depending on your needs. Choice #1 will suit 90% of new bloggers. Choice #2 is more expensive, but a good choice if you plan to have high traffic pretty quickly.

1. BlueHost Web Hosting

A web host is the company that will store all the files of your blog and serve them via the web to your readers. I recommend using BlueHost as your web host. They are the #1 on WordPress’s list of recommended web hosts. (I don’t think there’s a better recommendation than that.) Here’s some info about BlueHost:

  • $6.95 $5.95 $4.95/month (at the time of this writing)
  • Unlimited hosting storage space, unlimited file transfers, and unlimited domains. Also unlimited Email accounts.
  • If you decide to register your domain with them, the first domain for the first year is FREE.
  • $100 towards Google ads for promoting your blog.
  • 24/7 US Based Support via phone, online LiveChat, and Support Forums
  • 1-Click install of WordPress
  • Fast, reliable, and safe. If you want the technical specs on this, click here.
  • ANYTIME Money-Back Guarantee. It doesn’t get better than this guarantee. The name says it all.

They offer an excellent deal. Once you sign up, be sure to put all the info they send you into your BLOG FILE. There are others, but BlueHost is the best in terms of both price and quality. And it is super easy to sign up right online.

2. MediaTemple Web Hosting

This option costs more, but makes sense if you have plans for a website that may include heavy traffic early on or large spikes in traffic (visitors) to your website.  If this is the case you might want to consider MediaTemple as your webhost. This is the webhost that I use for some of my sites that often experience large spikes in traffic. MediaTemple has a shared hosting “Grid-Service” that allows them to handle big traffic spikes without your site slowing down or crashing. When you get big spikes in traffic you want to be able to handle it or else you lose all that opportunity. They also offer dedicated servers if your site is going to be really big. MediaTemple‘s Grid-Service costs a little more than BlueHost ($20/month vs $5/month), but is totally worth it if you want to take advantage of big web traffic. Plus they have EXCELLENT customer service and One-Click installs for WordPress just like BlueHost.

4. Point Your Domain to Your Web Host.

Once you are signed up with your web host, you now need to tell your registrar (GoDaddy) to point your domain name to your web host. This way when people go to your new blog ( they are automatically sent to where your blog is, at your web host (BlueHost). This may sound scary, but it is simple as pie and only takes about 5 minutes. Sometimes this step is called “Modify DNS” where DNS= Domain Name Server. Only complete this set of steps if you bought your domain through separately from BlueHost. If you registered your domain with BlueHost in addition to hosting with them, you don’t have to do this step. Steps

  1. Open email from Web Host – BlueHost.
  2. Look for the “NameServers.” There will be two.
  3. Copy the first nameserver. It will look something like:
  4. Go to and login using the user name and password they sent you in an email.
  5. Go to “Domains”
  6. Go to “My Domains”
  7. Click on your domain name (the name of your blog.)
  8. Click on NameServers
  9. Click on the “Custom Nameservers”
  10. Paste your first nameserver (that you copied) in the first nameserver box.
  11. Do the same thing with the second name server. (i.e. “
  12. Click on OK.

Here is a screenshot of where you will type in your two nameservers: Now your domain name will be pointed to your web host. That’s it! It takes about 3-5 hours for the site to propagate over at your web host. And in rare cases it can take up to 24 hours. Once propagated you and everyone else will be able to see your site on the web. Even though you can’t see your site on the web yet, you can still work on getting your blog set up at your web host! So let’s move right onto Step #5!

5. Install WordPress.

This process is where you install all the WordPress code to your server at your web host (BlueHost). This is very easy too because BlueHost has a one click install! There are a few steps but most of the steps only take 3 seconds to do. It goes pretty fast. Don’t be intimidated if you see words you don’t recognize. It justs looks weird because you’ve never done it before, but don’t worry you can do it. Just follow the steps below. If you are a visual person, you can see these steps in a free online tutorial at BlueHost here:

Steps to Install WordPress on BlueHost:

  1. Go to your new blog website. (
  2. Click on “cpanel login.” If you don’t see this then go to “”
  3. Type in your username and password that you chose when you bought the web hosting. Should be in your BLOG FILE.
  4. Scroll down to “Software/Services.”
  5. Click on “Simple Scripts.”
  6. Click on the WordPress Icon.
  7. Choose the latest version of WordPress. (The highest number is the latest.)
  8. Click “Install Now.”
  9. Select your domain name.
  10. Leave the “subfolder” box empty.
  11. Give your site a name. This is the name of your blog, i.e. “My Big Honkin Blog.” Usually the same name as your domain name.
  12. Enter a tagline – caption catchphrase. This would be like your branding, i.e. “The Place Where You Learn All About Ducks.” (You can modify this very easily later so don’t worry about it being perfect now.)
  13. Uncheck the check box next to “Generate Admin Login.” This way you can choose your own.
  14. Choose your Admin user name and password. This will be for logging into your WordPress Dashboard for writing your posts and setting up your blog. It is best if this is different from you cpanel user name and password.
  15. Leave “Automatically create a new database” checked.
  16. Check the legal agreement.
  17. Click “Complete.”

You’re done installing WordPress!The system is now installing all the WordPress code for you! It only takes a few minutes. You will receive a confirmation email from BlueHost (your web host) with the username and password you chose along with any other information you might need like support phone numbers etc. Copy and Paste the key parts of that email into your BLOG FILE. Give it the heading “WordPress Login Info” or something like that.

6. Login to Your WordPress Dashboard.

This will bring you to the place where you control almost everything about your blog including writing posts and customizing how your blog looks.

  1. To login go to: “” in your browser.
  2. Enter your WordPress Dashboard Login username and passsword that you just set up in Step#5.

If you don’t land at your dashboard, just give it a couple more minutes while your web host is installing WordPress to your site. When it is installed this is what you will see: In Step #14 I have links to multiple articles on getting started with using WordPress. In the meantime, lets continue with the next step which is setting up the look of your blog, called your Theme.

7. Install WordPress Theme.

Where to Find Free Themes

In this step you will choose the overall look of your blog. There are many free WordPress themes. The best place to search for one is at the WordPress Theme Viewer. All themes can be customized with different colors, fonts, font sizes, layouts and more. However, you should look for one that is pretty close to what you like unless you are comfortable changing the code in your theme. Below I list some premium themes that make customization easy if you don’t want to deal with changing code. (Even thought I can do the coding I find the premium themes to be well worth the cost.) Look for themes that are compatible with the latest version of WordPress that you just installed. You’ll be able to check on this at the theme view. You can also find themes by searching for “WordPress Themes” in Google or your favorite search engine. And of course in your WordPress dashboard you will be able to see lots of different themes available under “Appearance>>Themes.” The theme that I am using as of this writing is the “Genki Theme Fixed Width” by ericulous. It is compatible with WordPress 2.7 and I like how it has 4 widget areas in the sidebars.

The Benefits of a Buying a Premium Theme

If you want be able to easily customize a theme, (and not have to deal with coding!) you might want to consider a premium theme. These themes have a one-time cost that gives you an additional dashboard for changing the colors, fonts, layout and more on your theme. This is HUGE! The benefit to you-making changes to the look of your blog is easy. With premium themes you will have access to online tutorials on how to use the theme and you’ll also have access to online support when you have questions. Often these are not available with free themes. With free themes when you want to customize them you will need to change the coding which can be a little tricky if you’re not familiar with coding. If you are new to this, a premium theme can save you time and hassle learning how to code. Also, over time your free theme may not stay updated with WordPress updates and then you may be forced to find a new theme. If I were new again, I would choose a premium theme right from the start. Even today knowing how to do a little bit of coding, I would choose a premium theme just for the convenience of being able to change the theme so easily, ongoing theme updates, and online support when I need help. At some point in the life of your blog you will want to update your look even if it is incrementally. Having a customizable premium theme is the way to go. It’s a one time investment that will pay off by saving you enormous amounts of time over the lifetime of your blog. UPDATE JUNE 2012: Catalyst Theme - WordPress Accelerated I only recommend one premium theme and it is Catalyst theme. This is because:

  • easiest to use
  • has the most customization available without coding
  • many framework skeletons to begin the layout of your site
  • can view changes “on the fly” without having to refresh your site
  • one of the least expensive premium themes

I absolutely love Catalyst theme! Hands down the easiest premium theme to use. It’s fun to use too. I will be installing it soon on this site. You can see it in action on my two other sites right now:

If you want to do your own comparison, here are 3 additional Premium Themes that I have researched and tried:

1.”Headway Theme”

No Need For WordPress Developers — Drag & Drop With Headway Headway Theme is a very flexible theme. For me it was almost too flexible in terms of laying out the site, but that was me. I found that Catalyst Theme gave me more “bones” to start with, a framework, that made it easier for me to design my sites. You might like this one though if you want ultra flexbility, i.e. starting with a blank slate and building. Also it has probably improved since I was working with it a couple years ago.

2.”Thesis Theme”

The Thesis Theme from DIYthemes The Thesis Theme is very very popular. It also comes with a control panel for customizing the look of your blog. When you click on the above icon to see more about the them you’ll be able to see many blogs that have used this theme to create spectacular looking sites. To do a lot of customization requires some coding type work, but they have a great library of videos that show you how to do just about anything you want with it.

3. “Affiliate Theme”

Affiliate Theme There are many ways to configure this theme including several different layouts, all without touching a line of code! Unique Blog Designs is known for their beautiful, simple, and elegant web designs. Click here to see a very short video demonstration of how the theme looks and works. (Click on the “Learn More” button to see the video.) They are all excellent and all are highly recommended within the WordPress blogging community. But if you want to keep it simple, you can’t go wrong with the Catalyst Theme.

Steps to Install WordPress Theme

There are two ways to install a theme. 1. WordPress Dashboard Method Most of the free themes you can install right through your WordPress dashboard under “Appearance>>Themes>>Install Themes.” Just pick the one you want, “install” and then “activate” it. 2. FTP Method Some themes, especially premium themes, use this method. Don’t be scared. It’s easy if you just follow the steps. Also check to see if your theme has special installation instructions.

  1. Download the theme that you like the best. Look for the “Download” button on the website offering the theme. This will deliver a zipped folder to your computer. Choose “Save.” For now I would choose save to your Desktop. When you’re done you can move that folder to a designated “Blog” folder that you set up for all blog documents and files. You can download and install as many themes as you like. At the end of this process you’ll choose one to activate.
  2. Open the Zipped Folder and choose “Extract All Files.” This will then open a new folder with all the files unzipped and ready to use. (If you don’t have a zip program, here’s a reliable free one: WinZip.)
  3. Important: Check to see if there is an extra folder inside the Theme folder you downloaded. So the folder you unzipped might be “ABC Theme” and when you click on that folder to see the contents you see another folder called “ABC Theme.” (Yes, the same name. Or maybe different.) The bottom line is it is this inside folder that you will need to upload. If you click on the unzipped folder and you see files and and image folder etc, then it is the top level folder that you upload.
  4. UPDATE (FEB 4 2010): You can skip steps 5-20 sometimes by using the “Add New Themes” option under “Appearance” in your WordPress dashboard.  Here are the instructions. (NOTE: You can still use FTP if this tool doesn’t work, which sometimes happens. In that case just go to steps 5-20 listed below starting with “Download FileZilla….)
    1. Click on “Add New Themes” under “Appearance” in your WordPress dashboard.
    2. Under “Install Themes” click on the link that says “Upload.”
    3. Click on “Browse” to find the zipped folder that contains all your theme files. (Don’t use the unzipped file.)
    4. Click on “Install Now.” Skip down now to Step 21 below to continue.
  5. Download FileZilla if you don’t already have an FTP application on your computer. Click on “Download Filezilla Client.” This application allows you to upload files to your blog, such as theme files, pictures, and plugins (which add functionality to your blog – we’ll get to that later.) This is quick, free, easy, and painless.
  6. Open FileZilla or whichever FTP application you have. (FireBug is another great option. It is a free add-on for FireFox browsers. It opens right in a browser tab eliminating the need to open another program, like you must do with FileZilla.)
  7. Click on File -> Site Manager.
  8. Click on New Site.
  9. In “Host” type “”
  10. In “ServerType” Choose FTP.
  11. In “User” type your WordPress FTP username. (from Step #3 – you will set this up with your webhost or they will send it to you.)
  12. In “Password” type your WordPress FTP password. (from Step #3)
  13. Click on “Connect”
  14. Under “Remote Site” expand your folders by clicking on the [+] sign. This will show you all your blog files that are on your BlueHost server.
  15. Double Click on “public_html”
  16. Double Click on “wp-content”
  17. Double Click on “themes.” Here you will see a couple of themes already loaded: “Classic” and “Default” which you are free to use if you like them.
  18. On “Local Site” search for the (unzipped) folder that holds all the theme files.
  19. Drag that theme folder to your “Remote Site” into the “Themes” folder. You will see a running log of all the files being transfered over to your site.
  20. Login to your WordPress Dashboard: “”
  21. Click on “Appearance” in the left hand navigation section. This brings you to “Themes”
  22. Click on the new theme you just uploaded. This will show you a preview of how your site will look.
  23. Click on “Activate” in the upper right hand corner of the preview box.
  24. Scroll to the top of the page and click on “Visit Site” to see how your site looks. (Bear in mind that you may not see it show up if you are still waiting for your nameservers to propagate.
  25. To customize: for Free Themes you’ll need to change code in “Appearance”->”Edit.” For Premium themes, follow their instructions to find the theme control panel within your WordPress Dashboard.

Congratulations! Your theme is set up! Troubleshooting tip: if the theme you uploaded doesn’t show up it may be because of step 3 above. Double check that again.

8. Set Up Permalinks.

This is a small little step that will make your posts more likely to show up in search results. You want this so that you will get more traffic. Here’s what you do:

  1. In WordPress Dashboard, click on “Settings” in the left hand navigation panel.
  2. Click on “Permalinks.”
  3. Click on “Day and name” option.
  4. Click “Save changes.”

That’s it. Takes less than 1 minute and it is well worth it! At this point, you could write your first post if you wanted to. If you want to wait until everything is in place then keep taking the next steps.

9. Install Plugins.

Plugins add functionality to your blog. The install is the same process as installing your theme (Step#7). You have two choices for installing.

  • WordPress Dashboard Method
  • FTP Method

WordPress Dashboard Method – just like installing a theme, go to “Plugins>>Add New.” Search for the one you want. Then choose “Install” and then “Activate.” Some plugins have additional setup options which are usually found under “Settings” in your dashboard after you have activated the plugin. FTP Method – You download, unzip, and then transfer the plugin files to your site via FTP (FileZilla) except this time you put them in the “Plugin” folder on your “remote site” not the “Theme” folder. The “Plugins” folder is inside the “wp-content” folder on your remote site. Have that folder open before you drag the plugins over. (See the exact steps below.) Once uploaded, go to “Plugins” in your WordPress Dashboard and click on “Activate” to enable each plugin. For each plugin, there may be additional instructions for usage that you will find on the page where you downloaded the plugin. Here are the plugins that I recommend installing. They are all free, as are most WordPress Plugins. The ones that are in Bold I recommend installing first. You can click on the link on each to get to the download page: Acurax Social Media Widget A Simple WordPress Plugin Which Allow You To Add Widget Which Links Social Media Icons to Your Social Media Profiles Twitter,Facebook,Pinterest,Youtube,Rss Feed,Linkedin,google plus. You can define icon style size for each widget.

Easy Adsense

Easy AdSense manages all aspects of AdSense: insert ads into posts and sidebar, and add a Google Search box. Easiest and most complete AdSense Plugin! If you are concerned with adherence to Google’s strict guidelines, you can try their pro version which ensures you won’t get kicked out of Adsense for something you missed: Easy Adsense Pro


Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You need API keyto use it. You can review the spam it catches under “Comments.” To show off your Akismet stats just put<?php akismet_counter(); ?>in your template. See also:WP Stats plugin. ByMatt Mullenweg.

All in One SEO Pack

Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.

FeedBurner FeedSmith

Originally authored bySteve Smith, this plugin detects all ways to access your original WordPress feeds and redirects them to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every possible subscriber. ByFeedBurner.

Google Analytics

— AddsGoogle analyticsto your blog, with all sorts of advanced tracking toys enabled. ByDenis de Bernardy. You will need to sign up with Google Analytics to use this. It is free.

Jetpack by

Get site statistics right inside of your dashboard – visitors, referrers, search engines, search terms, and what people are clicking on in your site! Very valuable information. Version 1.1.3 | By Automattic | Visit plugin site
Lets you add Creative commons licensed Photos to Your Posts from Flickr. By activating this plugin you agree to be fully responsbile for adhering to Creative Commons licenses for all photos you post to your blog. Version 1.0.8 | By Photodropper | Visit plugin site Shareaholic | email, bookmark, share buttons Shareaholic adds a (X)HTML compliant list of social bookmarking icons to each of your posts. Very nice looking – clean. You can choose which you want including a “print” and “email” option for your readers. Version | By Shareaholic | Visit plugin site

WordPress Backup (by BTE)

Backup the upload directory (images), current theme directory, and plugins directory to a zip file. Zip files optionally sent to email. Version 1.8.0 | By Blog Traffic Exchange | Visit plugin site

WordPress Database Backup2.2.2

On-demand backup of your WordPress database. Navigate toTools ? Backupto get started. ByAustin Matzko.

WP-ContactForm set up a contact form on your “Contact” page without having to give out your email address. WP Contact Form is a drop in form for users to contact you. It can be implemented on a page or a post. It currently works with WordPress 2.0+ ByRyan Duff, Peter Westwood.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Returns a list of related entries based on a unique algorithm for display on your blog and RSS feeds. Now with custom post type support! Version 3.5.1 | By mitcho (Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine) | Visit plugin site

In the future you may want to add more plugins as you desire more functionality. If you find yourself wishing you could do something with your blog, chances are there is a plugin that exists that can add that functionality. Simply search [WordPress plugin “type of function you are looking for”] in Google or search for available plugins.

Sharebar Adds a dynamic bar with sharing icons (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) that changes based on browser size and page location. More info and demo at: Sharebar Plugin Home. Read my review here of this social media share bar and other similar plugins.

W3 Total Cache

The highest rated and most complete WordPress performance plugin. Dramatically improve the speed and user experience of your site. Add browser, page, object and database caching as well as minify and content delivery network (CDN) to WordPress.

How to Install Plugins -FTP Method

  1. Download plugin and save to your computer.
  2. Open the zipped folder.
  3. Click “extract all files”
  4. Upload files or folder to “wp-content/plugins” on your “remote server” via FTP on FileZilla.
  5. In WordPress Dashboard, click on “Plugins”
  6. Click on “Activate” to enable each plugin.
  7. Follow any specific instructions on how to use each plugin.

10. Set Up Your RSS Feed with Feedburner

This will allow your readers to subscribe to your blog via a reader or via email for free. It will also allow you to monitor the growth of your subscribers! Steps:

  1. Sign up for free at FeedBurner.
  2. “Burn” your feed by typing in your feed URL ( Feedburner will then give you a new RSS Feed URL that will allow you to track your subscribers. (Put this new feel URL into your BLOG FILE!)
  3. Enter your Feedburner RSS feed URL into the plugin called “FeedBurner FeedSmith” to enable tracking.
  4. Add “Email RSS Form” to your Blog with the next steps:
  5. In Feedburner click on your feed.
  6. Click “Publicize” tab.
  7. Click “Email Subscriptions”
  8. Copy code for the subscription form.
  9. Go back to WordPress Dashboard.
  10. Click on “Appearance”
  11. Click on “Widgets”
  12. Choose the sidebar where you want to put this mini-form.
  13. Click “add” on “Text” widget under “Available Widgets.”
  14. Drag the widget to the location you desire. (Usually at the top)
  15. Click “edit” on the Text Widget
  16. Paste the subscription form code in the main box. You can also give the Widget a title or leave it blank.
  17. Click “Done.”
  18. Click “Save changes”

Now you can go and visit your site to see how it looks. That is the basic process for adding any widget, so you might want to copy and paste these instructions into your BLOG FILE.

11. Set Up Google Analytics

This will allow you to monitor and analyze the traffic to your site. It’s very powerful and it’s FREE! Here are the steps:

  1. Go to Sign up for free account.
  2. Copy the code they give you and paste it into the Google Analytics plugin you installed.

That’s it!

12. Making Money – Adding Advertising

There are several ways to make money. I will cover the 5 main ways here. They are:

  • Contextual Ads
  • Affiliate Ads
  • Ad Networks
  • Direct Ad Sales/Sponsorships
  • Selling you own products/services

The best way to figure out what works best for your site is to test, measure the results, and then test other options to see if it is better or worse than a previous set up.

Contextual Ads

These are ads that display on your website that are related to the content of your site. The most popular is Google Adsense and is probably all you need. It is important to note that youshould be sure to follow Google’s rules closely because if you don’t you can find yourself kicked out of their program will no chance for appeal. (You need to actually read their rules and understand them.) Being banned from their program could be a really bad thing if a lot of your income comes from them. That is why a lot of super top bloggers look to find ways to diversify or replace that income over time so as not to be so dependent on an income source that could be taken away at a moment’s notice. I still recommend using these ads because they are easy to implement and as your blog traffic grows so will your income. Yahoo also has a program. To find others do a web search for “contextual ad program.”

How to Set Up Google Adsense on Your Blog
  1. Sign up with Google Adsense. It’s free.
  2. Create the ads you want with Adsense’s tool.
  3. Copy the code they give you.
  4. WordPress Dashboard ->Appearance->Widgets
  5. Add “Text” Widget to desired sidebar.
  6. Drag widget to desire location in sidebar.
  7. Click “edit” on widget.
  8. Paste in Adsense code. (like you did in Step#10- setting up your RSS)
  9. Leave title bar blank.
  10. Click “done.”
  11. Click “Save changes.”
  12. Check how the changes look on your site.

There’s a lot more that goes into doing Adsense right. You might want to check out either or both of these books which describe how to maximize your profit from Adsense: The AdSense Code: What Google Never Told You About Making Money with AdSense~ Joel Comm Epic Adsense – by Anh Gruenhagen. New kindle ebook released 2012 discusses how to choose topics that will dovetail with high paying Google ads being served on your site. ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett

Affiliate Ads

When you become an affiliate for a certain product or service you receive a “commission” whenever you refer a sale. Sales are referred by your readers clicking on a banner ad or a text link ad that takes them to the company’s website. Here’s an example. Let’s say your blog is about dogs. So readers who come to your site are interested in dogs, so you will probably do well by having a few key affiliate products that you advertise on your site. The quality of the affiliates ads you have on your site reflect on your website so it serves you well to choose high quality products and services. Once you find products and services that you think are good quality and that your readers would be interested you will seek to join their affiliate program. Most products and stores have an affiliate program. Once you join the program you may promote their product with a banner ad in your sidebar. You set this up similar to setting up Google Ads by inserting the affiliate code into a text widget. You can also promote affiliate products directly in your blog posts. This can be more effective because you can give a description and personal recommendation of the product. In this case you simply link to the product using your affiliate link. Just like Google Adsense, with affiliate programs the product or service provider does all the tracking of sales and will usually send you payments automatically and electronically. The other way to find affiliate programs that fit well with your site is to join an affiliate network and browse for products and services with which you can become an affiliate. Here are a few well known networks:

Ad Networks

These are networks that work as a middleman. They secure the advertisers and you provide the advertising space. The way they come together is by placing their ad code in a sidebar text widget. When you sign up with any of these they will give you the code you need and instructions for placing it in your blog. They will keep track of all sales and they will usually pay you monthly either through ACH, PayPal, or a check.

Direct Ad Sales/Sponsorships

This setup is where you secure the advertisers or sponsors. You are responsible for setting your rates, invoicing and setting up the coding of the ads whether they are a text link or a banner ad. The coding is not hard at all. Here is the basic html code you would use: Text Ads HTML code:

<a href="Insert Link Here" >Anchor Text Here</a>

Banner Ads HTML code:

<a href="insert link here"  ><img src="link for image here" ></a>

You simply put the code into a text widget in your sidebar or insert it into a post. And then keep track of payments. Here is a good article on how to set your advertising rates.

Banner Advertising Services

If you don’t want to keep track of your banner ads there is a great solution: Banner Advertising Services. There are two major options at this time: PassionFruitAds and Adproval. I use PassionFruitAds. They have a very nice service and don’t take too much off the top of your revenues.

Selling your own products/services

This is pretty self explanatory. You come up with the products and services that you want to sell personally. Then you design the text or banner advertising to go along with it. You place the promotion for your products and services into blog posts and/or into your sidebar with text widgets. You can also outsource the production of products that you’d like to sell and have them drop-shipped to your buyers so that you never have to handle inventory or shipping. One example is CafePress that will produce t-shirts, mugs, and other items with your artwork on them.

Advanced Techniques for Making Money

The Blog Mastermind Coaching Program. This is a  step-by-step, weekly coaching program led by famous six-figure income blogger Yaro Starak. He has pages and pages of testimonials from his successful students. He teaches  you how to set up and profit from your blog. If you want to fast-track making money from your blog, this is truly worth your consideration. “Blogging All the Way to the Bank” – this ebook teaches you some advanced techniques for growing your blog and making money. I learned some new and profitable tips from this book and definitely recommend it.

13. Getting Traffic to Your Blog

The number one rule is to create valuable content. This is really important. You want people to keep returning to your site. But, how do you get them there in the first place? Time and lots of effort. If you keep at it, using these suggestions below, you will grow your site. I’ll cover both online and offline strategies. Try them both. The easiest to start with are the online ones.

Offline Strategies to Get Blog Traffic

  1. Tell all your friends.
  2. Create flyers or business cards to give to everyone you meet.
  3. Write a press release.
  4. Do some interviews on TV, radio or in newspapers.
  5. Create a local access TV program where you present similar information that your blog presents and be sure to make your blog URL prominent on the show.
  6. Post flyers in places where your target audience frequents – also try libraries, the post office bulletin board, supermarkets, and community centers.
  7. Merchandise: bumper stickers, t-shirts, etc. You could look into

Online Strategies to Get Blog Traffic

  1. Email all your contacts that might be interested and ask them to pass the info to their contacts that might be interested.
  2. Social Networking. Join the top social networking sites and grow your network of friends who are interested in your topic and who are willing to support your writing with votes on social network sites. I cover this in more detail in the next segment.
  3. Comment on other blogs. Every time you leave a comment you will get a link to your blog and people who read comments might come visit your site. Seek out blogs that are similar to your and have a large following which you can tell by the number of subscribers they have and the amount of comments the blog gets.
  4. Participate in blog carnivals. You can find out about them by searching online or you can check out
  5. SEO: Optimize your site for search engines. This practice is called Search Engine Optimization or SEO for short. I’m convinced you could read about this for the rest of your life, but at some point you need just the basics so here is a good article by a trusted source on some basic SEO techniques. (The author also offers a free e-book on identifying the best keywords to use.)
  6. Create a contest for your readers that gets them to tell other people about your blog.
  7. Write guest posts at other blogs for exposure to new readers.
  8. Build links to your blog by commenting on blogs that have “dofollow” links which means that search engines will see those links. This helps you get more search engine traffic eventually.
  9. Write really good content. Write really good content. And write some more really good content.
  10. Brand your blog for success.

Here are a few other articles on getting traffic to your blog:

Social Networking Basics

There are so many social networking sites out there that it can become dizzying trying to figure out which ones are best given our limits on time. So I will give you some basic advice that should really benefit you while keeping it simple. Here are the basic and most popular sites you should consider joining:

I recommend starting out with Twitter, Pinterest , Facebook, and StumbleUpon. Make sure that you have social media buttons on your site to make it easy for readers to share your content. Read my review of some social media plugins that are helpful. Facebook: Use this to notify your circle of friends and family about your blog and keep them up to date on posts. You can create groups on Facebook of just people who are interested in your content. You could ask them to share it with their friends. Twitter: Use this network to find people who share your interests. You can share your ideas and blog post links and help promote new blogging friends here as well. Blogher: Use this to find other blogs and bloggers. You can learn what makes a good blog. You can comment on great blogs, and also make friends with people who would like to help support and promote your writing either on social networking sites or with links to your blog. This StumbleUpon: This can probably bring you the most traffic. Here’s what to do:

  1. Join. It’s free.
  2. Read about how to use this service for discovering new websites that interest you.
  3. Search for topics related to you blog or particular blog post.
  4. When search comes up, check out the profiles on the right hand side that list users who are interested in this topic.
  5. You can contact or each of these people.
  6. Craft a polite email that says you noticed that they are interested in “Topic X” and that you write content in that topic. Offer them a link to your site or blog post. Offer to review anything that they may want you to look at.
  7. Of the people who respond, ask if they would like to agree to support you and you support them on StumbleUpon.
  8. If so, add them as a friend, write a positive “review” of their profile on StumbleUpon, and ask for their email.
  9. Compile a list of emails of social networking friends who would like to support you.
  10. Over time email your list with new posts that you would like to share with them and ask for a review if they like it. Offer to review anything of theirs in return. Be sure to use the BCC feature on your email when sending to a whole list so that your social networking friends emails are kept private.

Over time as you gain more friends, you could see considerable traffic from StumbleUpon if a lot of people review your blog posts. Always be courteous, don’t pressure people, and offer to reciprocate support. Be sure to let people know that you don’t expect them to automatically vote for you, only if they like your content.

14. Learning More About Blogging, WordPress, and Making Money.

All these steps take time, but if you are persistent and write good content, you will have success. And once you have the basics down you’ll probably want to learn more. Don’t forget to download the free Blog Setup Checklist which will help you keep track of the blog set up process and a place to write down notes or questions to follow up on at a later time. (Clicking on the link will download the free excel checklist.) Here are some basic articles from on getting started with their blogging platform:

Here are a few highly recommended programs to check out: “Blogging All the Way to the Bank” – this ebook teaches you some advanced techniques for growing your blog and making money. I learned some new and profitable tips from this book recently that I am excited to implement soon. “Launch the *** Out of Your eBook” – for when you write your first ebook. This is an awesome book that will help you sell lots of copies of your book. I highly recommend it as do many others. “SEO Book Training Program” – This is a comprehensive training program for learning SEO. It comes highly recommended. They also offer many free and very valuable SEO tools plus some basic free training. There is a fee for the advanced training.

15. Can Someone Do This For Me? Yes!

(UPDATE: Dec 14, 2009) pagely468x60_1 If after reading all the above information, you want someone else to do all the heavy lifting of setting up your wordpress blog for you including the web hosting, installing of wordpress, etc., then look no further than This is a new offering that I haven’t seen anywhere else! Everything is set up for you. There are dozens of super cool themes to choose from. The greatest part is that set up literally takes 2 minutes! And if you want read what others think of Pagely they have many testimonials praising their service. If I was starting all over again, I would be very tempted by this option! Combine this with The Blog Mastermind Coaching Program to get ramped up quickly on making money from your new blog. Blogging Extras Find out how to add a Favicon to your site. A favicon the little image that appears in the tab of your browser along with the title of the website.

Download Blog Setup Checklist

Here is the checklist again. Download it here: WordPress Blog SetUp Checklist (free excel document)

Final Words

I hope you enjoy blogging as much as I do! And I wish you much success in making money from your writing. With practice of your writing craft and persistence in building traffic to your blog, you will definitely succeed! Disclosure: Life Learning Today receives compensation from some of the companies whose products we review. We test each product thoroughly and give high marks to only the very best. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own. We do not accept compensation to review a product. We only include reviews of products that we find to be of the highest quality.

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259 Responses to Complete Guide to Set Up a WordPress Blog and Make Money

  1. Adam Sicinski March 24, 2009 at 5:57 am #

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    • agentsully March 24, 2009 at 9:29 pm #

      Thank you Adam for your kind words. I really appreciate it! I worked hard to make this very complete! 🙂

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    • agentsully March 27, 2009 at 12:26 pm #

      Thanks Paula!! I really appreciate that!

    • agentsully April 3, 2009 at 3:06 pm #

      Thank you Paula! Hope you are well!!

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    • agentsully April 3, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

      @helpfuture – thanks for the kind words! Please pass it along to anyone you think can benefit from it! Thanks!

  4. gallagher March 29, 2009 at 4:23 pm #

    Wow..!! Very detail and well-written guide!! Thanks a bunch!! I agree with Adam, it’s like a paradise for newbies!!

    • agentsully April 3, 2009 at 2:51 pm #

      Thanks Gallagher! It was a lot of work. Hopefully it is helpful to newbies and those who need to set up a second one and can’t remember the process! Please pass along to your friends who could benefit from it!

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    • agentsully May 16, 2009 at 5:26 pm #

      @BMB – much thanks for the support and for passing it on to your friends!

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    Ari, excellent post! That is a great list of plugins! Here are a few things I do when setting up a new blog:

    1. Have several articles together before you install your blog (with the right keywords). Then after the install immediately post the articles. The most spiders & bots will appear after the install and grab the content (and index it). This gives you a rush of traffic to your site.

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  18. virra May 5, 2009 at 4:34 am #

    I do blogging but I just use it as a form of my daily journal, I might try to enhance this and probably earn as what you have said. Thanks for the info anyways. 🙂

    • agentsully May 16, 2009 at 2:32 pm #

      @Virra – good luck with your blog and adding monetization to it!

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      @Best Instrumentals – that’s great! Please bookmark and pass on to your friends! Thanks!

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  22. Brett May 8, 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    I use adsense on my blog. It’s worked out ok. Does anyone have experience with these alternative ad networks people have listed?

    • agentsully May 16, 2009 at 2:14 pm #

      @Brett – yes, I’ve used many. Amazon is great. I’ve used BlogAds. They are so-so. They take a long time to pay which is very unusual. I’d love to hear other bloggers experiences.

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      @Rebecca – you’re welcome!! Good luck! Thank you for bookmarking!

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      @Bisnis -thanks! Good luck with your blog! If you like this article and if you have time, perhaps you would give it a thumbs up on

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      @apx – thanks! If you love it and think it’s valuable, please bookmark on Thank you! See the “Share This” at the end of the article. Thank you!

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      @Make Money – thanks. I thought about selling this as an ebook, but I wanted as many people as possible to benefit from it so that’s why it’s free here! Please tell your friends!

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      @Gorj Design – thank you. I’m glad you found the article helpful. Thanks for letting me know! Please tell your friends! Your blog looks very nice even though I can’t read your language. 🙂 Good luck!

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      @Ibrahim – thanks so much for the kind words. They mean a LOT to me! Thanks!
      Please tell your friends about the article if you thing it would benefit them! Thanks!

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    • agentsully July 8, 2009 at 3:48 pm #

      @Holiday – are you planning to switch from blogger to wordpress? I definitely recommend it. Good luck!

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      @Amy – THANK YOU!!! I’m so glad that this was helpful for you! Your blog looks great! Nice job!

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      @Pool Guy – Thanks for the Stumble!! Hope it is helpful to you or perhaps a friend of yours.

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    Thank you for the wonderful tips and techniques for setting up a blog. I feel that having the right plugins is very important for a successful blog. Someone had recommended to add the simple tags plug in…have you heard of this or used it before?
    Also, with the thesis wordpress theme, do you still need to add plugins?

    • agentsully July 8, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

      @success quotes – I’m not familiar with that plugin. Also, WordPress already has tag functionality built in. With Thesis theme, you’ll only need plugins if you want additional functionality. But they are very easy to add so don’t let that stop you from getting set up with WordPress.

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  52. VishTecho July 15, 2009 at 9:02 am #

    That’s a nice tutorial.I set up by blog by this method but have been using free hosts for the time being.Thanks a lot for this tutorial.The plugins are good.

    • agentsully July 21, 2009 at 8:59 pm #

      @Vish – thanks. Where did you find a free host?

  53. Bryan July 21, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    Thank you for writing this. I am just about to jump head first into some serious blogging so hopefully it’s still a way to generate income! Much appreciated.

    • agentsully July 21, 2009 at 8:04 pm #

      @Bryan –
      If you are dedicated, put the time into it, and present valuable content you will do well!
      Wishing you all the best. Let us know what you choose for your blog so we can check it out!

  54. Rinaldo Hasibuan July 23, 2009 at 8:23 am #

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    • agentsully July 29, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

      @math tutor – let us know when you have your wordpress blog set up!

  56. Hina August 2, 2009 at 3:16 am #

    I have plenty of ideas and information about word press. and the next step for me is to form my own new word press blog.. thanks

  57. Cheryl August 5, 2009 at 10:48 am #

    Very Nice! thanks for all your hard efforts here!

  58. milly August 27, 2009 at 8:59 am #

    Gosh that is an epic guide!

    I think the key to success is not to expect it overnight, keep posting, even if you take a break for a month or two, always come back to it, stay patient!

    • agentsully September 29, 2009 at 6:06 pm #

      @Milly – so true! It really takes persistent work to make it successful, but it is possible!

  59. Silvia September 6, 2009 at 2:29 pm #

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    • agentsully December 14, 2009 at 3:59 pm #

      @Sally – thanks for letting us know about your service. I’ve added it to this post for people who don’t have the time or patience to set things up themselves. Your site looks awesome and I can see from your testimonials that you have a winning service there.

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    • agentsully December 15, 2009 at 8:50 pm #

      @Sree – Great! So glad to hear it! Thanks for letting me know!

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    • agentsully January 24, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

      @Tuesday – thanks! I’m so glad to hear it! Let us know what your new blog is called when you set it up!
      And share it socially – with friends or online (like if you like it! Thanks!

  80. Travel Airfare Promo Price Rates January 25, 2010 at 12:31 am #

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  81. SafetyBloke February 23, 2010 at 6:26 am #

    Adam, thanks for all your time and effort. This is just what I was looking for as a newbie to the blogging world. It may take me some time to work thought it all but I will get there. Thanks again, Dave

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    • AgentSully October 24, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

      Thanks Jin! Wishing you much success!

  83. aimee April 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

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    • AgentSully October 24, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

      Aimee – how has the blog set up gone for you?

  84. Thorn May 1, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    This is really cool. but i cant help thinking that if you cant be bothered to put the effort into making a blog, you shouldnt get someone to do it for you.. lazy

  85. Preston May 31, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    Wow this is a really informative site. I will pay special attention to the tips about social networking, thanks.

  86. manidip July 5, 2010 at 5:25 am #

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    • AgentSully August 22, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

      Manidip – let us know how it goes!

  87. Roger Taylor July 19, 2010 at 8:57 pm #

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  88. Eric August 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    This is a great guide to help people get started. If you want to start an ecommerce store, you have to blog. There’s really no way around it. Google will never let you out of the sandbox without quality content. This was true in the past and it still is today. Thanks for the post on helping people enter the blog world.

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  91. Miss-Gossip September 17, 2010 at 7:41 am #

    Can anyone please tell me if there is a premium theme out there that is similar/replaces the usability of squarespace? i have briefly looked at the ones linked on this site. i am after a theme that i dont need to use any CSS or HTML.

    • AgentSully October 24, 2010 at 8:58 pm #

      The themes listed in this article shouldn’t need you to know CSS or HTML.

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  93. Anna October 11, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Hi, thanks for the info. IS there anything that’s changed from this that you know that I should take into account?

    • AgentSully October 24, 2010 at 8:37 pm #

      Hi Anna- I believe this is mostly up to date. Thank you for the implicit suggestion to revisit this and provide updates. I will do that soon. Best of luck. Please let me know how your blog setup goes.

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  95. Bob Hoesa October 24, 2010 at 7:18 am #

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  97. Haim November 12, 2010 at 4:30 am #

    Hi, I’m a newbie. And i have started my blog on wordpress but not the one hosted elsewhere. Mine still comes with the

    After reading your posts. It motivate me more on taking my blog to the next level. By getting the name and host it.

    And i have also start taking the interest in writing. I hope i will be persistent enough to keep writing and building my content.

    I must say, Well done! Good article. keep up the good work.

    • AgentSully November 14, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

      Hi Haim, That’s awesome! Let me know when you’ve got your own hosted blog. Your current blog looks great!

  98. John November 12, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

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  99. Cj November 23, 2010 at 9:02 am #

    Wow good information 🙂 This will help me a lot once I start doing my own blog site. Thank you very much and may God bless you more! xx

    • AgentSully December 19, 2010 at 11:19 pm #

      Thanks CJ! Wishing you big success!

  100. Irene December 11, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    Cool, I have learned alot from you!

  101. connie December 20, 2010 at 11:35 pm #

    Hello, let me tell you that i really enjoy readying your article this is just what i was looking for now that I’m going to joining the blog world. I have one question how do you get your own email for your blog that way on my business cards I can have my own email and not some email from aol or that sort of thing. Thanks so much hope to hear from you soon.

    • AgentSully December 28, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

      Hi Connie – once you have signed up with a webhost, they will allow you several email boxes so you can establish your email, such as “”. Check with your new webhost how to set it up. Once you have the email set up you can usually have it delivered into your Outlook program or gmail or other email. Simply check with your mail program or service for how to add incoming mail.

      In the future, if I have time I will make a note to write a post on this. Thanks for the suggestion and your comment!

  102. Rochelle Marie Modean-Napoli December 31, 2010 at 1:05 am #

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
    I am so excited and thankful that you have written this article. I have been procrastinating my WordPress blog for 3 months now. I started a blog somewhere else because I really did not know what I was doing in WordPress. I have been searching for a blue print on how I get started with my affiliate blog site. You have been an answer to my prayers.
    Since I am in a spot where I can not work outside of my house because my son just had heart surgery and he cannot come in contact with any germs. I was praying for help and getting extremely frustrated and was wasting alot of time.
    I thank you so much for taking time out and explaining the system step by step. I am very appreciative of the check list.
    Thank you so much for all of your time and effort that you have put into this blog.
    Rochelle Marie Modean-Napoli
    Soon to be affiliate blogger at Living Simply Rich

    • AgentSully January 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

      Thanks Rochelle! So glad to hear from you. I hope that your website is a huge success. I liked your post on coffee! Good advice!

  103. Manish Goyal January 3, 2011 at 1:07 am #

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  104. James January 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

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  107. wordpress secrets March 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

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  108. Tracy March 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    I just found this info today. I have had my blog since October of last year, is there any way to go backwards from here using your list? What I mean is at this late date can I still go to and BlueHost, or am I stuck where I am?

    • AgentSully August 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

      @Tracy – if I understand your question correctly, yes you can work from where you are. You can set up your own blog according to the directions in this guide and then use the WordPress tools in your new blog to IMPORT your old blog right into your new blog.

  109. Jaiz W. March 24, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    Thank you soo much for this post. This will make my website so much better. Thanks.

    • AgentSully August 14, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

      @ Jaiz – thanks for letting me know this helped you! It means a lot to me to hear from my readers! Thanks~

  110. Marshall April 9, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    I am using the free wordpress now. What would happen after I’ve purchased my domain? My previous content stays?

    • AgentSully August 14, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

      Marshall – you would need to use the conversion tools that wordpress provides and that would transfer over your content. Once your new wordpress blog is set up you’ll go to “tools”>”import” and then click on the link to import your old blog. Hope that helps!

  111. Katy May 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    Great info – I just launched my blog – and was through a number of these steps already – but I know that I have a lot to learn.

    My challenge is reaching a small, niche audience of people who life with – or are related to – funeral directors. The goal of the blog is to build a community…and tell some good stories. 🙂

    Check us out if you’ve ever wondered about life with a funeral director.

    • AgentSully July 4, 2011 at 9:36 am #

      Hey Katy! That’s awesome! Much success to you in building your online community. Your blog is great already!

  112. Cooper May 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    Thank you so much for this information. I followed your advice to the ‘T’! My site just went online, officially, May 13, 2011 and it is still a work in progress. The valuable information you provided here was such a enormous help, and made the process very painless. It is no secret that this is my first attempt at putting together a website or blog. I am really enjoying it!

    thanks again, -Coop

    • AgentSully June 24, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

      @Cooper – Awesome! So glad to hear that this helped you!! Best of luck to you!

  113. Arunsankar May 23, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    I’m having a blog at Is it possible to get it registered with a domain through and use on the blog?

    • AgentSully June 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

      @Arunsakar – as far as I know, the answer is no. Your blog can only be one or the other.

  114. maxchakma May 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    its amazing guide.i almost spent two weeks searching a proper guide for setting up a self hosted blog. But after all its seems that this is the best Guide i ever got.
    Thanks Buddy i appreciate your hard work. keep writing more.

    • AgentSully June 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

      @maxchakma – thank you! I am so happy to hear that this guide helped you so much!

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  116. d.cronk June 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    It is hard to set up a blog if you do not know what you are doing. What a great place to have a step by step guide to get up and running quickly.

  117. steven June 29, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    Very well written, remember that first time blogging days for me, after reading your checklist, I didn’t realize I have done the most, but the tips you have provided are very original and authentic, reminds me that I still have many things to do .Great post and educative. I do believe that some screen shots would help out also for those that don’t know their way around.

  118. Amith KV July 4, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    Great article. I am a blogspot blogger and really want to start a WP blog. I think I can now do it myself by following this lengthy article.

    You need to correct some links in this article which are outdated now. Thanks.

    • AgentSully August 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

      Thankyou Amith – I will check for bad links. Do you recall which ones were not working for you?
      thank you again!
      And good luck with setting up your own wordpress blog!!!

  119. Meeta July 13, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    Thanks a lot for writing this detailed article about making a WordPress Blog. It actually worked as my guide to make my blog. Thank a ton.

  120. Violet Koncz July 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    Thank you for this post! I have been looking for a website with all the info I need and your post does a really good job at being simple and informative. I even passed it on to a friend who is thinking about starting a blog online for his fitness business.

  121. siegfried July 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Oh man, this wordpress post simply rocks, what an epic article. I wish i could write like this… How long did it take to write it?

    • AgentSully July 25, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

      Thank you Siegfried. I’m so glad it helps people so much. It probably took me a few days to put it all together, but I suppose that doesn’t also take into account my “experience” time. Thanks again!

  122. Jaber August 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    I was looking for someone to explain the step by step for WordPress for my future project blog. Thank you very much for this great topic and you just got a new subscriber.

    • AgentSully August 3, 2011 at 6:32 am #

      Thank you Jaber – so glad that this post was helpful to you! Glad to have you as a subscriber!

  123. Holly August 15, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    I have been reading your instructions, sounds great. How much initially will I have to put out moneywise to get started? I notice Bluehost has several things checked etc. It looks like close to 100.00 Will there be more charges before I get to the end of the list? thanks

    • AgentSully August 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

      Holly – I think Bluehost charges 5.95/month which is lower than when I wrote this article. Maybe it’s on sale. That’s a very good price for hosting, especially the quality and volume they provide.

  124. Holly August 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    I have another question. Should I have a copyright for what I put on my blog (stuff that comes out of my head, not other peoples stuff) I was looking at Copyrightsworld and it looks ok, but I can’t decipher the price for USA etc. thanks

    • AgentSully August 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

      Holly – for copyright, I would suggest using Copyscape:
      It’s free and I really think it is all you need. You can declare on your blog somewhere that all content is copyrighted under your ownership. Some people will still “scrape” your site and use your content. I don’t think you need to worry about it too much.

  125. Holly August 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    Yes, Bluehost 5.95 a month, you have to pay a year up front.
    I am still working on setting this up. It seems difficult to me. I think I am down the list, ready to do plugins next. I have been working at this for days. One thing, that I am confused about is when I do log into my domain and see the Theme page, In the center of the top, it says ‘My Blog’, which I would like to personalize to something else. Then it also says ‘just another wordpress site’, does this stay on the page?

    • AgentSully August 31, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

      @Holly – those things are all things you can change and customize. Check out your Settings>General.

  126. Bryne Forgey August 25, 2011 at 2:04 am #

    What a great guide. I followed it pretty much word for word. It was incredibly helpful and I didn’t need to be an IT geek to work it all out.

    Thanks for the resource!

    • AgentSully August 29, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

      @Bryne – so glad to hear it! Thank you for commenting!

  127. Jennifer September 15, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    Such a helpful website! It has really inspired me to get to work on my blog and hopefully make money with it someday! Thank you for sharing this valuable information with us :).

    • AgentSully September 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

      @Jennifer – Thank you! Keep at it and you will succeed!!

  128. Cami October 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    What if I already have an active wordpress blog, and I want to use the domain name I created with GoDaddy? I’m on Step 5. Will installing WordPress with my webhost delete my blog or will it just change my blog’s URL?

    • AgentSully October 6, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

      Cami – If you have a blog, which is what your website link is, then no this will not delete your blog. Once you have installed WordPress at your webhost, then in the admin panel of your NEW wordpress blog, one of the option will be to import a blog….if you want to do that.

      You’ll see “IMPORT” under “Tools” in the lefthand navigation bar on your NEW wordpress admin panel. From there you’ll follow the directions to import a blog.

      Let me know if that helps.

  129. Linda October 25, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    This is so very helpful and exactly what I was looking to find and learn from. I so appreciate all your detail; I’m excited to get started!!

    • AgentSully November 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

      Hi Linda! So glad to hear this was helpful for you! Best of luck!!

  130. tanya October 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    thank you for posting this! i will be reading this and then re-reading it again!

  131. Prajith November 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Thanks for sharing .i am a blogspot blogger and wanted to start a new wordpress very helpfull tips for new wp user

  132. kat December 13, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    Woah~ That was long! 😛 Thank you for this! 😉

  133. Kushal Desai January 1, 2012 at 7:30 am #

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    • AgentSully January 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

      Thanks Kushal! Best wishes for your success!

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    Online Strategies to Get Blog Traffic this part is very beneficial for the SEO people who are working specially in SMO field.Thanks for sharing this great information through your blog.Keep it UP

  135. Rosko February 2, 2012 at 12:58 am #

    Great tutorial, however I would update it to not include GoDaddy as the hosting provider. I’d choose one like hostgator or bluehost for better reliability and support.

    Hopefully this helps someone out here….

    If you feel like really being safe, you could splurge for media temple hosting or your own private server, but I think the other two recommendations will do.


    • AgentSully February 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

      Hi Rosko,

      I agree – Bluehost is best. And Media Temple is good too, but more expensive and for most, not necessary.
      I recommend GoDaddy as a registrar only. I don’t recommend them for hosting as I’ve never used them so I can’t attest to their quality of hosting service. Thank you for the info though.

  136. mark February 4, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Tnx for share! Good job 😀

  137. how can a teenager make money February 9, 2012 at 2:10 am #

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  138. wapline February 10, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    Thats great resource for amateurs who want to have a blog. Thanks for sharing.

  139. mary February 15, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    I just got referred to this site today.. wonder why I’ve not found this page before? Thank you for posting such a thorough, detailed tutorial. I wanted to consider a blogging platform beyond Blogger but thought WordPress would be too complicated for me to figure out. Your reader comments are very helpful also. Keep up the great work and all the best to you!

    • AgentSully February 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

      Thank you Mary! Wishing you all the best!

  140. shaikh February 23, 2012 at 2:46 am #

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  142. borgy March 14, 2012 at 8:55 am #

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    • AgentSully March 15, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

      Thanks Borgy – those look really nice!

  143. Kweku March 26, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    What an insightful post, keep it up!!
    I am told you will not attract heavy traffic if your key words are not in your or part of your domain name, Is it true true ???

    • AgentSully March 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

      @Kweku – there are so many variables, that I would not worry about that one. Just write good relevant content frequently and the traffic will come eventually.

  144. Maria C. March 27, 2012 at 2:01 am #

    This post rocks! Thank you BIG time. 😉

    • AgentSully March 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

      @Maria – Thank you!! So glad it helped you! Wishing you all the best!

  145. Brandi April 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    Wow! What an amazing resource! I’ve just recently began blogging again at and I’m trying to increase my readership. I’m currently just using the hosting but have always been interested in moving over to .org. Maybe this post is what I need to push me to get started. Thanks so much!

    • AgentSully May 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

      Thanks Brandi!
      You should go for it! I like your blog and your lists! That’s me too! Please visit again and let me know when you’ve transitioned over!

  146. Brian June 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    I thought that wordpress will not let you use google adsense

    • AgentSully June 5, 2012 at 10:32 am #

      Brian – there are two wordpress blogging options. – this is a free hosted option and they don’t allow advertising. – this is where you obtain your own hosting, install WordPress, and have the flexibility to place any advertising that you want.
      This guide is about the second WordPress option.

  147. JANE TURNER June 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    does the guidance on this site refer to setting up a site from the UK? Should I use the same domain and hosting sites as recommended here or are there better uk ones?

    • AgentSully June 11, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

      Jane- this info is good for UK too! Great question. Let me know how it goes!

  148. indhirashekher June 16, 2012 at 3:13 am #

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    • AgentSully June 20, 2012 at 11:44 am #

      indhirashekher – Thanks! So glad to help. And thanks for the bookmark!

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  150. earn without work July 14, 2012 at 6:19 am #

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  151. Rick July 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Great article,I’ve picked up some great tips here. Many thanks for sharing!

  152. Nadine November 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    Thanks for all the steps! I see that your original post is from 2009, so perhaps some things have now changed. When I installed WordPress from Bluehost, it gave me the version. If I want to change this to the version in the future, can it be done easily?

    • AgentSully December 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

      @Nadine – yes it is easy.
      If you start with – their free solution – it is very easy to convert it over to your own hosted solution later on.

      You would set up your blog, get a webhost, install WordPress. Then log in to your new dashboard. Go to “Tools” Then “Import” and import your blog from

      Let me know if that helps.

  153. Tom Rossbottom November 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    This is the BEST article on setting up a blog. I have it bookmarked and refer to it whenever I have a question.

    • AgentSully December 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

      Tom – Thank you so much for saying so! That’s very kind of you!

  154. Nitish December 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    Thanks a lot it was really a nice article And helped me so much..

  155. Gandalf February 7, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    I like this article very much.
    It is very useful.
    Thank you.

    • AgentSully February 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

      @Gandalf – Thanks! So glad to hear it!

  156. Sonicjar Music April 4, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    Thanks for help!! Just installed our blog via Bluehost!! Cheers from India..

    • AgentSully June 16, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

      @Sonicjar – Wooooo! Congrats!Best of luck!

  157. Netnut November 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    I read a lot of money making blogs but this is the one I get a complete guide to make money with WordPress. Seems you are not updating long times, please keep it up.

  158. Michael Smith November 20, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    I really like your tip about a blog file. I kind of did this when I first started but had I seen this tip I would have organized it a bit better.


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