How to Start a Blog with Wealthy Affiliate: A Simple 5-Step Guide

How to Start a Blog with Wealthy Affiliate: A Simple 5-Step Guide

How to Start a Blog

Starting a blog hasn’t been as easy as it is today.

Thanks to Wealthy Affiliate, you can have a brand new blog (website) up and running within a couple minutes. Literally.

Don’t believe me?

Keep scrolling. I’ll show you.In fact, I’ll show you how I built this website you’re on (I Wanna Make Money [dot] com) using Wealthy Affiliate’s website platform, SiteRubix.

Let’s get started.

How to Start a Blog with Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix

OK so here’s the deal:

I know you either have little or no experience in building websites and making money online.

So, I am gonna make this guide so simple and easy to follow that my 10-year-old brother can follow along.

That means you can login to your Wealthy Affiliate account and follow my step-by-step actionable guide.

Step 1: Create a Free Wealthy Affiliate Account​

Obviously, you'll need your own account with Wealthy Affiliate.

So if you don't already have one, follow me. I'll show you how.

If you're already signed up with them, you can skip ahead to Step 2.

Alright.

To create a WA account, click this link here. It'll take you to the sign-up page.

Step 1a

Now, fill out the form with your details.

WA Signup Form

Notice that you don't need to give out your credit card? Awesome.

Oh, and that's it. Pretty easy, huh?

Quick Note: The WA Members' Area looks like the following screenshot. So if you're there, you're good to go.

MyWealthyAffiliate Homepage

Step 2: Registering Your Domain Name

The very first thing to do is to hover over the light blue SiteRubix tab on the left menu within Wealthy Affiliate and click on SiteDomains.

Step 2a

Next, enter your domain name idea into the search bar.

Step 2b

When you’re finished, the “add to cart” stuff will appear under the search bar. This is where you’ll choose the one you want.

Pro Tip: .com, .net, or .org domains are usually preferred.

Step 2c

Right after you choose your domain you’ll see a red bubble appear beside MY CART. Click that and then CHECKOUT.

Step 2d

You’ll end up at the checkout page, obviously.

So now simply follow the 4-step checkout process

Step 2e

...and bam. 

You’re now ready to start a blog.

Step 3: Building Your Blog with WA’s Website Builder

You should be on this page here:

Step 3a

If for whatever reason you’re not, simply hover over the light blue SiteRubix tab and click on SiteManager.

Step 3b

Then, click on the blue button that says Build a New Website.

Step 3c

OK. Now we’re good.

So…

First, click “On a Domain I Own” under Step 1. Then enter your newly purchased domain under “Add Your Domain Name”.

Step 3d

Next, enter your website’s name under the Step 2 box.

Step 3e

Then, choose whatever theme you like and hit the big blue button beside Step 4.

Step 3f

Now let it work its magic and when it’s done, you’ll end up on a page with all your details. Click the blue LOGIN NOW button.

Step 3g

You’re ready to rock.

Step 3h

Step 4: Cleaning up Your New WordPress Blog

When you first go inside your website’s admin dashboard, it’ll be a little crazy. Overwhelming, kind of.

So, if you need a minute to get to know the “behind-the-scenes” of your blog, that’s normal.I highly recommend you go through this WordPress guide that shows you around the inside.

Don’t worry. I’ll be right here. I’m not going anywhere.

...

Now:

When you’re ready, you can start to clean up your WordPress a bit.

Let’s do it...

1. Posts, Pages, and Comments

The first thing we’re gonna do is delete our default WordPress junk.

Right now, we have 1 post, 1 page, and 1 comment. We don’t need these. So let’s remove them.

So, on your page (I assume you’re on DASHBOARD), look to the box that says “At a Glance” and click on 1 POST.

Step 4a

Now click on TRASH under the post, “Hello world!”

Step 4b

Then head back to the last page you were on by clicking DASHBOARD in the left menu (toward the top left corner).

You might notice that the 1 Comment disappeared. That’s awesome. That saved us a minute.

Now click on 1 PAGE and do what you just did with the post. Trash it.

Done.

2. Settings

If you look under SETTINGS on your left-side menu, you’ll see that there are 6 items:

  • General
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Discussion
  • Media
  • Permalinks

I know it looks like a lot of work, but no. Don’t worry. WordPress is so great right now that its default settings are nearly perfect.

We’re only gonna configure a couple settings.

i. General

We’re only changing 2 here. The tagline and the timezone.

For your tagline, you’ll basically put whatever your blog is about.

For your timezone, it’s wherever you live (or close to).

Step 4c

Everything else should be good to go.

ii. Reading

Now, under READING, you’ll only need to change 1. Which is the first one.

You’ll change the 10 into 5.

Like this:

Step 4d

Everything else is all good.

You’re ready to move on.

Pretty easy, huh?

3. Your WordPress Admin Profile

Right now, your profile is under the username “admin” (without the quotes).

We’re gonna change that into your first, and maybe last name.

But first, you’ll have to change admin’s email address into your secondary email. Why? Because WordPress won’t let you have 2 profiles with the same emails.

The first thing you’re gonna do is hover over USERS in your left menu and click on YOUR PROFILE.

Step 4e

Next, scroll down to where it says EMAIL and change it into your other email address.

Step 4f

If you don’t have one, then I’d highly suggest you create a new one. I recommend either Gmail and Yahoo! Mail.

Now, when you’re done with that, scroll down to the blue button. It'll say UPDATE PROFILE. Click it and you're done.

Step 4g

When you got the email thing covered, hover over USERS again and click on ADD NEW.

Step 4h

Next, fill out the form with your details.

It’ll look something like this:

Step 4i

Don’t forget to change the ROLE to Administrator. Otherwise, this won’t work. Cool?

Step 4j

When you’re finished, click the blue ADD NEW USER button at the bottom and you’re done.

Now you’ll wanna delete the admin profile. You don’t need it anymore. It’s useless.

To delete it, you’ll have to log out of your admin profile…

Step 4k

Log back in with your new profile…

Step 4l

Click on the USERS link in your left menu…

And delete the admin profile.

Step 4m
Step 4n

TA-DA!

Moving on…

Give yourself a pat on the back. You’re doing great.

Step 5: The Essential WordPress Plugins

I hear you…What the eff is a WordPress plugin?

Yeah. I got you.

According to WordPress, plugins are ways to extend and add to the functionality that already exists in WordPress.

In other words, a plugin is software that adds to your website. For example, Contact Form 7, which is one that adds contact forms to your site so people can get a hold of you.

So, for the essentials, you’ll need the following:

  • An SEO plugin (so your site can rank within Google, basically)
  • An anti-spam plugin (so you won’t have to deal with spam commenters)
  • A caching plugin (for a faster loading website)
  • A contact form plugin (so people can contact you)
  • A database optimizer (helps with the loading speed)
  • A lazy loader (lazy loads images for faster loading speed)
  • A social sharing plugin (adds social media buttons so people can share your content)
  • A lead capture plugin (so you can collect your visitors’ emails)

There are 2 other “essential plugins”. One for security and the other for backing up your WordPress blog.

But since you’re using Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix platform, you won’t need these. They automatically do the backup and security for you. Which is awesome.

Anyway, I know the essentials are a lot.

And I know it sounds like a lot of money.But you know what? You can get the essential types of plugins for free.

Here are my recommendations:

  • SEO - Yoast SEO
  • Anti-spam - Akismet
  • Cache - Comet Cache
  • Contact form - Contact Form 7
  • Database optimizer - Optimize Database After Deleting Revisions
  • Lazy loading - a3 Lazy Load
  • Social sharing - SumoMe
  • Lead capture - SumoMe

Note: SumoMe provides social sharing, email/lead capture, and more. It’s very nice (and free).

Now:

To install the plugins, you’ll have to delete the 2 plugins Wealthy Affiliate pre-installs, first. To do this, simply head over to the Plugins page by clicking on its link in the main menu (on the left side of your screen).

Step 5a

Next, click the DELETE button under one of the plugins, wait for the next page to load, and then “Yes, delete these files”.

Step 5b
Step 5c

Then repeat with the other plugin.

Next, click on one of the “Add New” links…

Step 5d

Go to the search box and enter in “Yoast SEO” (without the quotes).

Step 5e

Now find it in the results and click the “Install Now” button.

Step 5f

Activate.

Step 5g

BAM!

You have your legit first plugin.

Now, there is some configuring to do with every plugin. But it would probably get all overwhelming for you.

So let’s not worry about that stuff yet. The important thing to do here is to have all your essential plugins installed and activated.

So after you’re done with Yoast SEO, move onto the next one and simply repeat the installation process. It’s the exact same with every plugin.

When you’re done, you can move on.

What’s Next?

You know what? You’ve accomplished a lot today…

  • You’ve registered a domain name.
  • You’ve setup web hosting for that domain name.
  • You’ve installed and configured WordPress.
  • You’ve installed and activated the essential WordPress plugins.

And even before you started following this guide you chose your niche/blog topic and your idea for a domain name.

For one day, that’s a lot.

But an empty WordPress blog isn't gonna make anyone any money. Not even the pros.

To make money blogging, you'll have to blog. Meaning you'll create content for your potential audience.

So here's what to do...

For the next 5 days, you're gonna create some content, set up your blog's main navigation menu, and make your blog look a little more professional.

​Here's a bit of a checklist for you to follow:

Day 1 - Setup and Configure Your Plugins

Day 2 - First Pages, Main Menu, and Logo

Note: You only need one of the following:

Day 3 - Create EPIC SEO-Friendly Content

Day 4 - Setup Google Analytics and Google Search Console

Day 5 - Setup Your Blog for Email Capture (aka List Building)

Blogging is a tough game. You'll face many challenges.

Sometimes you won’t know what to blog about. Sometimes you won’t know how to fix problem X. Sometimes you won’t even feel like working.

That’s why I wanna invite you to join my mailing list.

I dedicate most of my time to my email subscribers. So whenever you need help with anything, I'm Bon Jovi. I'll be there for you.

To get my help & support, sign up below:

Don’t forget to share this with your friends so that they can make money, too! 🙂


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About the Author Julian Sakanee

Julian has been in the online game for over 2 years. He’s built many blogs, most of which were fails. This is not one of those fails. I Wanna Make Money is where he helps newbies earn money. So if you fall into that category, we highly recommend you stick around and join our mailing list.

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