HOW TO START A PROFITABLE BLOG ( The Right Way )

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  6. Emma, I am so relieved to find this post, with so much helpful information. I have wanted to start a blog for years…. Is blogging similar to youtube, the more viewers, engagement, the more advertising you will get on your page, which equals dividend checks from bluehost? Please explain how monetizing works with blogging? With gratitude, Amber (South Florida)

  7. I’ve learned so much from your post! I started with free account with WordPress.com, and I was thinking that I’ll get a paid plan late, but now I learned that I should use Bluehost;)
    I read comments, and you already answered question about transferring all the content though Export option. I was wondering if all the followers I had on WordPress.com will be redirected to the new blog or I’ll be starting from scratch. Thanks a lot!

  8. That was a great post! I have a blog hosted in blogger but I do have my owns domain. Still having issues making money from it because of the low views I can barely get 300 views a day 🙁 don’t loose the hope

  9. So I guess my question on this is that I signed up for wordpress.com not .org and I pay for my hosting with wordpress.com (I am a Premium plan member). So I have my word ads turned on, but I have not been able to get approved for Google Ad Sense. What I am struggling with is figuring out is my paid account through WordPress.com supposedly the same thing as BlueHost? And if I switched over to wordpress.org would I loose my domain or have to start my page content all over again? Sorry for all the random questions, this has been my biggest holdup so far. I have started monetizing through becoming an Amazon affiliate, but ultimately I would like to get Ad Sense going.

    1. No, your paid account on wordpress.com is not the same thing as Bluehost. As long as you will be using WordPress.com, you will not be self hosted no matter how much you pay. WordPress.com owns your content and they get to decide what you can do or can’t do on your blog (like using Adsense). You’re just paying for them to allow you to do more things on your blog, but they still own it (since they get the right to allow or forbid you to do things). With Bluehost, you own your content, therefore you can do anything you want on your blog. You own it.
      If you switch to bluehost and WordPress.org, you will have to create a new site, but you can easily transfer all of your content (posts, pages and comments) from your current blog to your new one. As for your domain name, you get to choose what is available so if “abbeycoseattle.com” is available then you will be able to choose it. I updated the post with a widget that allows you to check if your domain name is available, it’s right under the “choose a domain name” paragraph 🙂
      I hope I answered your questions ! 🙂

      1. Wow that is super helpful! Thank you so much for all the details. Seems like a rip off if they charge you money just to own your content… I didn’t realize that! Wish I knew before I created all these domain names! I’ll have to put some time and effort into switching over. Would all my previous links not work then? Ex Pinterest pins?

        1. I think they would only work if you delete your blog and put the exact domain name on your new blog. I have never been in that situation, but since a pin leads to a web address, I don’t see why it wouldn’t lead to your new blog if you put the same address ! 🙂

    2. I just noticed that your domain name is “abbeycoseattle.blog” (It’s written abbeycoseattle.wordpress.com on my dashboard), so if your want to use the same domain name you would have to delete it first otherwise it won’t be available (since there already is a site with that name). You could just use .com, .net or something like that if you don’t want to delete your current blog.

  10. Thanks, I have already started, but this is super helpful. It gave me some good ideas, and your blog looks great, too. Thanks for posting this!

  11. Hi Emna, I’m probably the least tech-savy person out here, which is not the most helpful thing when wanting to take blogging seriously. Can you let me know how to transfer wordpress into a bluehost and if the previous content will be lost? Just a quick tip too if you have any experience getting customised fonts and editing them on to picts?
    I’ll gladly take any advice you can give 🙏🏻
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Vanessa

    1. Bluehost allows you to transfer all of your content ( posts and comments) to your new blog. You just have to go to your WP dashboard > Tools > Export. Then get a bluehost account here : http://www.bluehost.com/track/glittersandroses/comment
      Once you’ve created your blog, go to your new blog’s dashboard > Tools > import. Select the file you previously exported, and that’s all !

      About the custom fonts, I haven’t found how to have them on my blog. I only have my theme’s default font. I hope I could help !

  12. Thank you, Emma!
    Your blog is beautiful and precisely what I needed today! I am most grateful for you and the information you’ve shared! Knowledge is truly power.
    Blessings,
    Claudia

  13. Thank you for stopping by. I have been blogging for 4 years. It’s been more of a personal journey. I learned everything on my own basically and hope to one day have a foundation . I am interested in making $ only if I can give it to charity. My book is something soon I want to get going. I will look at Blue host . I have never heard of it. Take care, alesia

    1. 4 years is awesome ! I wonder what my blog will look like in 4 years. Giving money to charity is such a honorable gesture. Follow your dreams, get that book going, you are so capable of doing great things ! 🖤

  14. I’m using
    Wordpress.com
    And this is just fun for me, do I need to switch to be taken more serious? I thought I may switch after I finish school and get my degree, I never thought of making money off of this. Thanks for the post though.

    1. You can easily transfer all of your blog content by going to your wordpress dashboard > Tools > Export > Download export file. Then all you have to to is to import the file you downloaded to your new blog. 🙂

  15. Hi Emma, I think your blog looks great! Thanks for your post, really useful. I’d love to get your advice on how to use social media platforms to gain followers. Please can you write a post about how you did that, and how many hours a week you spend on social media? thanks 🙂

  16. Hey! Thanks for sharing! This is great esp the Bluehost. Im on wordpress.com, still haven’t figured out the difference between that and wordpress.org! Should really look more into that! The Easy themes was a great tip! Already stalking this and waiting for pay day! Still so impressed with your follower count, is that social media mostly? xx

    1. Thank you ! The big difference is that WordPress.com is a free-hosted platform, and WordPress.org is a self-hosted platform. As I said sooner in this post, using WordPress.com is good if you’re just blogging as a hobby and are not planning to monetize your blog and turn it into a business. If you’re planning to do that though, soon you’re going to need to switch to a self hosted platform.
      My follower count mostly comes from the WP reader, where I find bloggers of my niche and build my little community :)💖

  17. Yess! These tips are so so useful, when I started my blog it wasn’t great…comparing to now it has changed a lot, and I wish I’d known some of these tips then haha! 😉❤️

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