How to start a Blog using WordPress in 10 Simple Steps

In this post, I want to talk about the steps that I follow while creating a new website, specifically a WordPress blog for a niche or non-niche topic. I will not go into details here since each step is a massive topic and can not be covered thoroughly in a single post. I’ll be talking on the steps separately in the following days.

O.K., let me start with step number one.

STEP 1: Find A Niche

When I search for a niche idea, I try to find either a problem that people want to solve or a product that people buy already. There are many web pages and tools I go through in my niche selection step.

ClickBank Marketplace, Amazon Bestsellers, PayPal Shops and many other resources to brainstorm some profitable niche ideas. You can find literally thousands of niches in different areas and new ones are popping up every day. So, there will always be some niches that you could monetize.

STEP 2: Keyword Research

After I found a niche that I believe to be profitable, I do some keyword research. Although this step is as important as all the internet marketing gurus mention, I don’t spend days or weeks on keyword research. Since I can’t be sure if I will rank high and get some traffic without trying and just looking at the numbers. Here, I mainly use Google Keyword Tool and Small SEO Tools add on for Firefox to find profitable keywords and analyze them.

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STEP 3: Decide on the Concept of the Site

Once the keyword research is done, I think about how to monetize it. Will I go for Google Adsense, affiliate sales or some CPA offers? Will it be an affiliate review site, an info-blog or some other type? I look for related affiliate products, CPCs for related keywords and related CPA offers.

STEP 4: Find a Suitable Domain Name and Register It

When the keyword research is complete, I look up for a suitable domain name. The more a domain name is keyword-based, the better it is. However, I may go for a generic domain name – not one or two-word generic names, like free software or make money of course – if I can’t find the domain with exact keywords and if the one I selected makes me happy with it.

STEP 5: Set up WordPress

The next step is setting up WordPress for your blog. This is as straight as it is. You can download WordPress here if your hosting provider doesn’t support WordPress.

STEP 6: Choose a Nice/Niche Theme

After the blog is setup, I browse through free WordPress theme resources to find a suitable one for my niche. Since there are thousands of free nice-looking themes and every day more are coming, I’ve never paid for a WP theme, though there are some wonderful themes that I would like to purchase in the future. You may check

STEP 7: Configuration of Settings and Plugins

Once I am happy with the theme of my new site, I go through adjusting the settings and installing the necessary plugins I will make use of. Some of the plugins I use:
  • All In One SEO Pack
  • Contact Form 7
  • Advanced Permalinks
  • No Ping Wait
    There are lots of useful plugins you can find inside the WordPress plugins archive.
    I make sure to make the blog available to the public by changing the privacy settings and adding some pinging services.

    STEP 8: Tracking Traffic with Google Analytics

    I love to track things and I’m sure all the internet marketers are the same since they are doing this business. I use Google Analytics for the time and it is really sufficient for my purposes. I add the code to the footer.php file just before the closing “body” tag.
    Now it comes to populating the blog and posting something on it. When my blog has about 10 articles and the theme is settled more or less I go with the last two steps.

    STEP 9: Submit to Directories

    There are many many directories that you could submit your website, I have a list of them and submit to 3-5 directories each day. This will help my website indexed faster and will bring some link popularity.

    STEP 10: Get Traffic

    I’ve tried nearly all the traffic getting techniques like forum posting, blog commenting, video marketing, social networks though what I really like to see is the visitors coming from the search engines. The organic SEO is my favorite since you work on it only once and if you do it right, you can expect visitors for your life as long as there is people searching for the terms you built your SEO efforts on.
    I know more steps can be added to the list, and more details could be given. Though I just wanted to share my strategy with you. See you in another post.