Published: Monday, September 04, 2023, Updated: Wednesday, June 19, 2024

How to Start A WordPress Blog and Make Money

Blogging and WordPress are inextricably linked. Although there are other platforms for blogging, by far the most popular and number 1 blogging platform is WordPress.

Day by day the acceptance and usage of WordPress themes (templates), plugins, and other features is increasing. 

Read this article - If you are looking to transfer your Blogger to WordPress.

But whenever you start a WordPress blog, there are many challenges to face. And so that you can easily overcome those challenges and start blogging professionally, I will help you.

Not only to set up blogging, I will tell you at the end of the article, how you can monetize your blog and earn.

How to Start a Blog on WordPress and Make Money

What is WordPress?

Let's first get familiar with WordPress and it's very important to know. WordPress is a web content management system or software, through which dynamic blogs and websites can be created very quickly. 

All necessary management including text, image, video, gallery, archive, blog, and static page facility is here.

When you go to create a blog in WordPress you will have two options. One is and the other is is open-source software that you can install and set up on your own server or hosting, where you have full customization options. You can arrange it as you wish. 

And is Automattic's own premium package, where they will take full responsibility for setting up your blog. The company will give you full blog service through its own server, software, etc. You will get a customization facility there too. But you will not get any access to the server or hosting. 

If you are a non-tech person, I would suggest starting your blogging journey with And if you want full benefits including server access, then you can start a blog using open-source software.

If you want to set up a blog in WordPress, you need to follow the following steps.

Domain Selection

You should choose the domain name that is compatible with the topic you want to blog about. You can also use your name if you start personal blogging. 

You may ask - What is a domain? Domain is the address name of your blog or website. 

For example: is my blog address. 

Where to buy a domain? There are several domain registrars, such as Namecheap, that offer services for a fixed annual fee. 

Automattic Company will provide this facility if you take the premium service of

Hosting or Server

Once upon a time website or blogging setup was quite tricky. Only experts could do the setup. Because, at that time, the domain and hosting had to be set up completely manually and then the web content management system software had to be installed. 

But now domain-hosting providers have made it much easier. Like you can set it up yourself with just a few clicks.

If you want to set up your blog on self-hosting with instead of, there are several popular hosting providers for that. E.g.: Cloudways, SiteGround, Bluehost, Hostinger, Namecheap, etc.

Theme Selection

After domain-hosting in WordPress, you must select a theme during WordPress installation. 

What exactly are WordPress themes? This is basically the outlook of the blog. A template with a design of how your blog will look like, homepage, blog page, navigation, links, typography, etc. 

WordPress has many free & premium themes that you can use. And if you want more features and premium design, there are many premium theme providers online like themeforest, which can be purchased and installed on your blog for a fixed price. In that case, be sure to read the documentation. 

And if you want to make a custom design theme according to your own mind, you can hire an expert from marketplaces like Fiver, and Upwork and make it (of course, I am also a professional theme designer).

Plugin Selection

The plugin facility of WordPress is one of the main reasons for the popularity of WordPress. It is possible to make blogs or websites powerful through plugins. 

There are all kinds of plugins (free and premium) for your blog needs. You can even create custom plugins like themes. If you want to add security, search engine optimization, email newsletter, etc. to your blog, you can easily do it through plugins. 

Some popular WordPress plugins are WooCommerce, Yoast SEO, Elementor, MonsterInsights, Akismet, WPForms, OptinMonster, WP Rocket, etc. 

Install Essential WordPress Plugins For New WordPress Blog.

Basic Page Creation

You should create some basic pages at the beginning of your blog. For example About, Privacy Policy, Terms and Conditions, and Contact page. 

These pages will basically increase the acceptance and credibility of your blog. The Pages section of the dashboard has the option to create a new page. These are basically static pages. 

The dynamic page is called Posts, which is in the Posts section of the dashboard. This post is basically a blog. You can include the posts in different categories and tags. And WordPress automatically archives each blog post in a date format, so that all posts published on that date can be accessed.

Blog identity setup

Choose a name and tagline for your blog. This task should be done at the beginning of the WordPress setup. 

If not, you can update later from the Appearance > Customize option of the dashboard. 

Moreover, here you can set a favicon for the logo and site icon for your blog.

Publish a Blog or Article

Once your complete blog is set your blog is ready to publish a blog or article. Clicking on the Add New option in the Posts section of the dashboard will open the editor for writing the blog. 

Write and publish your blog here. 

Add images to make your post more attractive. 

Put different sections, and sub-titles in the article. And of course, give a title at the beginning. 

You can add tags, categories, and feature images to each blog post.

Grow the blog

You cannot expect millions of visitors by just publishing a blog. There are several things you need to do in the beginning to get your new blog out to different readers and visitors. 

For example: you should share blog post links regularly on your social accounts. Interact and engage with followers. 

In this case, be active regularly on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Linkedin and collect blog readers. 

Also, write articles as a guest writer on various blogs, and add two links to your blog in that article. This way you can grow your blog.

Also, you can get your blog indexed in search engines faster with Yoast or other SEO WordPress plugins so that you get organic readers and visitors from search engines.

5 ways you can earn from a WordPress blog

Display Ads

One of the most popular ways to earn passive income from a blog is display ads. You can earn from 2,000 to 10,000 dollars per month just by displaying ads and it is possible. 

In this case, regular visitors and specific locations are required, especially those based in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. 

You can display ads on your blog by connecting to platforms like Google AdSense, Mediavine, Monumetric, Raptive (AdThrive), and Ezoic. 

That's why you have to go to those platforms and sign up and apply. If their requirements are met they will approve your application and help monetize your blog.

Affiliate Marketing

Another passive income opportunity from a blog is affiliate marketing. If you are interested in blogging about product testing, then this would be great for you. 

You can start affiliate marketing by connecting through ClickBank, ShareASale, Commission Junction,, and Rakuten Advertising and sharing their product links on your blog. 

Affiliate platforms will give you a certain amount of earnings if someone buys the product from your link. So this can also be one of the income opportunities.

Paid Promotion

It's true that a professional and popular blog may receive offers for paid promotion. 

This means that someone is willing to promote your blog and you will be paid in return. Must take advantage of this great offer. 

But make sure that the promotion is related to your blog. This way your blog readers will not get bored. 

This could be paid promotion, displaying their banner, or writing about them.

Paid Post

Similar to paid promotion, this offer is mainly for post publishing. In that case, you may have to write new articles or they will. 

So deal in advance. In the case of paid posts, you should also make sure that the topic of the post goes with the topic of your blog.

Product Sales

If you want to sell your own products, your blog can be a great tool. Because your blog readers are your customers. As a result of your influence, it is natural for sales to increase. 

You can choose Amazon, eBay, or your blog site to sell products. 

If you choose your own site, the WooCommerce plugin needs to be installed and set up. 

And if you choose marketplaces like Amazon, you can add product links and pictures to your post and publish.

By now you may have realized that your blog could be your career if you are a little strategic. So write a blog regularly. By doing this you will get more visitors.

If you face any problems to create your first blog, contact me or comment here.
Elliyas Ahmed
Elliyas Ahmed
Elliyas Ahmed, founder of COMPROMATH, is a Computer Science and Engineering graduate who excels in Blogging, Website Development, and SEO. He offers freelancing services to help clients succeed online. Learn more about Elliyas Ahmed.