Make money blogging by Sophal Heng. Find out how I maintain my blog, the tools I use and stay updated for more resources for the future.
Editors Note: This post has been moved from Staymoneyblog.com.
Make money blogging during a pandemic is a good approach especially if you found yourself unemployed, laid off, or find yourself short on hours because your employer cannot afford to pay you for long hours.
For one, starting a blog is cheap and owning a domain is a great real estate investment. It pays off through time if done right. If you get unemployment or are receiving a stimulus check, why not just put $22 towards a domain and make some extra money?
Finding a WebHost is not hard. There are plenty of blogs promoting web hosts, but I will not be one of those writers that will make things complicated for someone who wants to get straight to the point.
Let me show you what I use to run my blogs and you can either use this same method or start searching for something similar.
I use GoDaddy to purchase my website. It is a straightforward process, and the price is affordable, unlike other hosts that I have used. The dashboard is very user-friendly, so if you are new or easily overwhelmed, GoDaddy will be a great place to start for you.
There are many negative reviews from users because some are coder snobs or website snobs. These are the same people who believe they are too smart for the simplicity that GoDaddy has to offer. Sure. It is okay to feel that way if you believe you are advanced, but I believe GoDaddy gives beginners a chance to understand how to maneuver website building.
If this is the first time you are dipping your foot into building a website, then I would recommend this company. My only suggestion is to make sure when you choose your domain, get the WordPress bulk deal.
If you do not want to use GoDaddy as a middleman, you have the option of purchasing your domain directly from WordPress.
I use the free Jetpack service because it has the basic things that I need.
- Site stats
- Brute force attack protection
- Content Delivery Network
- Automated social media posting
- Downtime monitoring
- Activity Log
There are different add on and plans that may suit your needs. Along with Jetpack, I use GoDaddy Pro to help with monitoring my site stats. Having two monitor dashboards is helpful in case one is missing some information that you need.
I use the Yoast SEO plugin. It is a free service that reminds me if I am missing something before I publish my posts. Yoast offers a Premium service but I feel like the free service is good enough as it does remind you whether your title is searchable and many other things conveniently.
What does Yoast offer with their free service?
- Free course access
- Add related key phrases in your text manually!
- Only 1 keyword or keyphrase
- Manually research, adjust, and improve your content.
- Tell Google exactly what your page is about.
- Keep an eye on all pages for outdated content.
- Google preview of your page
- Readability check
- Full control over your breadcrumbs
- No duplicate content
- Mark your links as a no-follow or sponsored.
- Works in the block editor and classic editor
- Technical stuff in the background
If you want to compare and contrast both the premium and free service, you can click this link: Yoast SEO
Google Site Kit
This is a free add-on for your WordPress. It is extremely easy to use and it links the necessities from your AdSense, analytics, and more. I know Jetpack shows your site status but Google Site Kit, it gives you the logistics from your WebCrawler and what search results brought your audience to your website.
What can be linked to your WordPress through Site Kit:
- Google search console
- PageSpeed Insights
- Tag Manager
These services can be found when you log into your Google Account but why jump around when you can add them to your WordPress dashboard, so they become conveniently available.
These are the basic tools that I use to start off my website. My start-up cost is $22 since everything else is free. As for promotion to bring an audience to your website, we can discuss that in a different article. There are many different routes that you can take to market your work. Some tools I use are free and some are affordable but worth it.
Let me know if you have a website and what do you use. Leave it in the comments below and while you are there, do not forget to sign up for my mailing list for future updates.