How to Start a WordPress Blog on Bluehost – 2018 Edition

I have been using WordPress on Bluehost for the past 12 years for my full-time blogging business, and I’ve learned so much of the technical stuff that seemed hard at first.  In this post, I’ll clearly explain how to get started, and also some tips to help you make your site successful.

Bluehost makes it easy to set up a WordPress blog.  All you have to do is:

  1. Create your Bluehost account (I can save you some money on this step)
  2. Pick a domain name (Don’t worry, I’ll explain what you need to know here)
  3. Install WordPress in a few clicks
  4. Log in to your WordPress site and start designing (SUPER easy)
  5. Get traffic to your new site (I have some great tips for this!)

When I started my first blog, I had no idea how to get traffic so it took me a few years to get any momentum.  I learned a few tricks that skyrocketed my progress and now I have started multiple successful blogs and have earned millions of dollars in income for my family–all with WordPress.  I’ll do my best to share the most important things I’ve learned in this post.

The first step is to start your Bluehost account.  Click here to check the current price of Bluehost.  Clicking the link will open in a new tab.  That link will give you a special discount that Bluehost was kind enough to offer Income School readers.

I remember being nervous before starting my first Bluehost account.  Bluehost is cheap, but for me as a college student, it still felt like a lot.  That turned out to be the best investment I’ve ever made!  I’ve remained a loyal Bluehost customer because they are CHEAP, reliable, have surprisingly good customer support, and they make the technical part of working with WordPress really easy.

The Tech Stuff Is Easy

When you make a website, you’ll have lots of pictures and text for people to see.  Those picture and text files will be on a computer somewhere in the world.  That’s your hosting.  When you buy hosting, you are paying a company to make your website files available to anyone.

You will also need to choose a “domain name” to put on your Bluehost account.  A domain name is the .com name that you pick so people can type it in and find your website.  This website’s domain name is incomeschool.com, for example.  You could pick a “.net” or a “.co.uk”, but I HIGHLY recommend sticking with a .com domain name even if it’s hard to find one that’s available.  Don’t stress over this because you can always change your domain name later, and that only costs about $10.

You used to need to type computer code to make your website, but WordPress completely solves this.  Wordpress is free software that you’ll put on your hosting account to make it incredibly simple to put pictures and articles on your website.

You may have heard of free blogging platforms like blogger, Tumblr, etc.  These solutions aren’t adequate for any serious website project.  Using the WordPress software on Bluehost, you’ll be able to endlessly customize your site, add powerful functionality with a few clicks, and you’ll OWN your site and have total control of it.

Not to mention, free blogging platforms don’t have any tech support like you’ll get with Bluehost.  I’ve called Bluehost at midnight when I messed up my site and they had me back up within 5 minutes.  Awesome!

Step 1: Create Your Account

The first thing you will do is to create your account.  Click this link to get the special discount and start your Bluehost account in another tab.  Then you can come back to this article in this tab to follow the tutorial to get you started.

When you create your account, you’ll have options for the basic, plus, or prime plans.  I recommend starting with the basic account for your first WordPress blog.  Later, you may want to create more blog sites (it’s addicting!), and you can always just upgrade your account for a couple dollars to get the plus account which allows you to put an unlimited number of WordPress sites on one account.  Yep, unlimited!  Yet another reason to love Bluehost!

Step 2: Choose a domain name

On the next screen, you’ll choose a new domain.  This is the .com name of your website (and we do recommend choosing a .com name and not a .net or anything else).  

You WILL be frustrated during this step as you’ll likely find that all of the short and easy names are taken.  My recommendation is to not stress over this.  It’s easy to get a new domain later for just $10 and add it to your account.  Don’t let this stop you from getting started.  Just pick one!

One trick to help you get a good domain name is to think of your topic.  Let’s say your site is about makeup.  MakeupTutorial.com is probably taken, so add a modifying word to the start or end.  For example, MakeupTutorialCentral.com or MakeupTutorialQueen.com or THEMakeupTutorial.com, etc.

Here is a list of modifying words that can add to your title to find something available:

  • Prince/Princess or King/Queen
  • Central, HQ, Roundtable, Hub, Space, Zone, etc.
  • Tips, Inspiration, Ideas, Design, etc.
  • Boss, Guru, Expert, Wizard, Genius, Genie, Champ, etc.
  • Site/Blog
  • Extra, Plus, More, Bonus, etc.
  • The, One, A, i, My, etc.

Again, don’t obsess over your name.  All of the short names will be taken.  You can make any name sound good once you design up your site and have good content on it.  Remember how ridiculous the name “iPad” sounded before we all got used to it?  There were feminine hygiene jokes for months until the iPad became a solid brand.  

Step 3: Uncheck all the boxes

On the next page you’ll be given a bunch of options for add-on services from Bluehost.  Hint: you can actually just uncheck all the boxes and save some money.  You don’t need these additional services.  It may SEEM desirable to add services like “Search Engine Jumpstart” but you do NOT need it to rank well on Google.  My sites get millions of pageviews and I do not pay for this.

Trust me.  Just uncheck all the boxes.  

Now you’ll need to create a password to access your Bluehost account.  Your account is now set up.

Step 4: Install WordPress on Your Hosting

WordPress is software that gets installed on your hosting (the computer that makes your website available to users).  For example, WordPress makes it so you can just press an upload button and attach a picture to your post instead of writing out HTML code to attach that picture. It makes writing on your site fast and easy.

On most hosts, installing WordPress is a pain that involves downloading and uploading files, creating databases, and using an FTP client.  On Bluehost, it will do all that for you and walk you through the process automatically.

Start by logging in to your new Bluehost account.  Click the blue “log in” button.

 

Now they’ll invite you to pick a theme.  A “theme” is the basic layout of your site.  Choose a free theme from the list.  Don’t even think twice about which to choose right now.  I’m going to talk about themes further down.  You can change to a better theme after getting your site set up.

Now you’ll click on the Blue “Start Building” button.  This will take you over to your site’s WordPress dashboard and WordPress will be fully installed on your site.

If you have any problems with any of these steps, Bluehost has excellent technical support.  You can click the chat button on their website or call their support number any time and they’ll get your site straightened out right away.

Step 5: Log in to Your WordPress Site

The Bluehost part is done now and you’ll only RARELY even need to access your Bluehost account.

Right now, you’ll access your WordPress site by clicking on the blue button I mentioned above.

In the future, you access your WordPress site by going to yourdomainname.com/wp-admin (obviously, the “yourdomainname.com” needs to be whatever domain you chose).  Remember that “/wp-admin” part.  That’s what you’ll type in every time you want to get into your site.  You’ll type it thousands of times over the coming years.

Now you’ll log in with the username and password for WordPress that you either set up when you installed WordPress, or if you didn’t pick a user/pass, then Bluehost will have emailed you the user/pass.

Step 6: Sign Up for My Free Newsletter (Yep—free!)

I have always tried to make my blogs as helpful as possible for the people who come to them.  To thank you for spending some time on Income School today, I put together several case studies of websites I’ve made.  In those emails, I tell you how much the blogs earn, how much traffic they get, and how long it took me to make the sites.

Best of all, I promise to only occasionally email you and only when I have something awesome to share!  No garbage.  No Spam.  Just good, helpful tips for building a really successful website.  And I will never, ever, ever sell or give your email address to other companies no matter what they offer me. 

So if you’re interested in building an awesome website and want to learn how to make a passive income from it, just enter your email address on this web page to get access to this free content!

How to Get Traffic to Your Website

Now that you have a WordPress website up and running, you will of course want to get traffic to it.  LOTS of traffic!  

Getting people to your site and learning to monetize it are in-depth topics.  In fact, I have a very popular paid course called Niche Site School where I spend 60 days with you helping you to get traffic and earn money from your site.  

But here are the most important things you can do to get traffic.

  • Write long articles.  It may seem like you’d want to write short, quick posts that quickly give someone an answer to a question they googled.  However, that doesn’t work.  After writing thousands of blog posts over the years, I looked at my stats and guess what?  The 40 posts that get the most traffic are ALL over 3,000 words long.  Over and over again, I see that the top Google search results are long, meaty, extremely helpful posts.
  • Write fewer opinion or “human interest” stories, and write more posts that directly answer questions that people would google.  Instead of writing posts like “Why Photoshopping photos is cheating”, write posts like “How to Do Skin Smoothing in Photoshop.”  Answer people’s questions and you’ll get traffic.  This site isn’t about YOU, it’s about YOUR READERS.
  • Don’t quit too soon.  It’s perfectly normal when I start a new blog to get <50 pageviews per month for the first 6-8 months.  Google takes a LONG time to test your site out and see if it belongs in the higher search engine rankings.  Then, about 8-12 months after you write your post, it starts taking off on Google.  Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see any progress in your first 6 months.  It happens to me too, and I’ve been doing this for years.

How to Monetize Your Website

If you’re here, it’s likely because you want to build a website with a purpose.  For a lot of people, at least part of that purpose is to earn an income.  

There are a few ways that I monetize my websites to start earning money.  These are listed in the order that I do them.

  • Affiliate Marketing.  This is where you link to other people’s products and earn a commission for the referral.  The easiest affiliate program to get started with is Amazon.com.  We’ll talk more about how to do that in a minute.  There are thousands of other affiliate programs out there like Clickbank, Share-a-sale, and CJ.
  • Advertising.  Without considerable traffic, it’s hard to earn much income from advertising.  Since advertising only earns about $10 per 1,000 pageviews, I don’t really worry about advertising until I reach about 100,000 pageviews per month.  At that point, I use a service called AdThrive.  Before that, you can simply place Google Ads on your site or use other services like Media.net.
  • Information Products.  These are your own digital products that you sell on your site.  They can be ebooks, videos, audio guides, really anything that you can think of that people can download.
    I don’t recommend that you start making information products until you have a strong audience.  And only sell them if you’re willing to make an ongoing commitment to your site.  As soon as you start selling stuff on your site, it gets less passive.  No matter what your product is, there will be some amount of customer support required.
  • Physical Products.  You can also make or source a physical product to sell from your site.  This makes your site even less passive and it’s not a good fit for most niche websites.  However, it can be a good way to further monetize a niche website, especially if you want to make it your full-time job!

Do These 10 Things As Soon as WordPress Is Installed

Let’s get your website set up right the first time.  Follow these 10 steps before you do anything else.

  1. Set up Permalinks. Every time you make a new webpage or write an article, WordPress will automatically create a URL (web address) for that page.  Wordpress has a template for what this address should be so it’s not just totally random.  The bad news is that the default template won’t make sense to anyone but you.

    If you stick with the default, all of your pages and posts (articles) will have an address with the format “yoursite.com/?p=102.”  Changing your permalinks will remove the gobbledygook at the end and make it more memorable.

    It’s easy to change.  When you log on to the WordPress dashboard for your site at yoursite.com/wp-admin, go to the left side menu and hover your mouse over “Settings”.  When the drop down menu appears for settings, click on “Permalinks.”  Then pick a new template for your permalinks.  I like the one called “Post Name”.
  2. Back up Your Site.  You need to do this.  It’s happened to me where I spend hours, days, even months on a site and with one fell swoop… it’s gone!  You need a backup in case you mess something up.

    If you save a backup regularly, it won’t matter if something breaks or if your content gets deleted.  You can quickly revert to a previous version of the site and you’re back up and running.

    If you use a good host, like Bluehost, your site will get backed up for you.  If you have a problem, just call them and they’ll get your site back up and running in minutes.  They’ve done it for me.  Still though, it’s a good idea to save a separate backup at least occasionally.  There are many good backup plugins you can use for this.  Just pick one and use it.  We’ll talk about plugins next.
  3. Delete All the Plugins and Install These Ones.  Plugins are just little software programs that add features to your WordPress website.  Wordpress already comes installed with a few plugins and you really don’t need them.  So delete them.

    On your WordPress dashboard, on the left side menu, go to “Plugins” and click on “Installed Plugins”.  On this page, you can check the box next to each plugin and then, using the drop down that says “Bulk Actions”, select “Delete”.  Confirm that this is indeed what you want to do.

    Now, go to the top of the Plugins page and click “Add New”.  The page to add plugins has a search box.  Type each of these into the search box and install and activate the following plugins.

    1. Google Analytics by ShareThis
    2. Pretty Links by Blair Williams (not the paid pro version, the free one)
    3. Spam Honeypot by Matthew Turland
    4. Yoast SEO by Team Yoast
    5. Amazon Affiliate Link Globalizer by Attila Gyoerkoes, Markus Goetz (Woboq)
  4. Install a Good Theme.  A WordPress theme is basically the framework for making your site look awesome.  The theme determines the layout, fonts, and functionalities.

    There are many free WordPress themes.  Some even come pre-installed.  DON’T use these free themes.  They often have issues with plugins that can bring down your site.  And they aren’t very versatile or customizeable.

    There are lots of great premium themes out there that aren’t that expensive.  Our favorite that we use on all of our sites is called X Theme.  Click here to see current pricing and decide if this theme might be right for your site.

    Now, don’t go looking to customize your site beyond what the theme is designed to do.  Before you buy your theme, explore their site and look at demos.  Make sure that at least one demo looks how you want your site to look.  One big mistake that people make is that they buy a theme, install it, and then try to make their site look a way that their theme wasn’t designed for.  It’s like swimming upstream.
  5. Start Writing Good Posts.  Now it’s time to get writing.  To attract users to your site, you’ll want to write good content that isn’t too short.  The mistake a lot of people make is writing posts that are 500 words long.  My recommendation, don’t write any posts under 1,500 words.  I shoot for an average of more like 2,000 with the occasional 3,500-4,000 word post.  Data shows that these posts rank better on Google! If you want to learn how we write our posts directly from us, you might consider our Niche Site School program.  You can learn all about it by clicking here.
  6. Resize Images Before Adding Them to Your Site.  Pictures are an important part of a website.  But a lot of people make the mistake of uploading full-resolution images.  If your picture files are too big, it will make your web pages load slowly.  Nobody wants that.

    Whether you use Photoshop or the free website ResizeImage.Net just make sure you scale down your photos before uploading them to your WordPress site.  For full-width photos, we scale them down to 900 pixels wide.  For small photos and featured images, we scale them all the way down to 350 pixels wide.
  7. Sign Up for Amazon Associates.  If you want to make a passive income from your site, the first affiliate program you need to sign up for is Amazon Associates.  Just google “Amazon Associates” and sign up.  It’s free and they won’t reject you like your high school girlfriend did.

    Once you’re signed up, you’ll get a tracking ID for your site.  Copy that tracking ID.  Now go to your site and click “Amazon Affiliate Link Globalizer” and click on “Settings”.  Paste your tracking ID into the box next to Amazon.com.  Now, the plugin will automatically add your tracking ID to any links on your website to Amazon so you can earn money from them.
  8. Block Spam Comments.  You may have noticed that we had you install a plugin called Spam Honeypot.  This helps to catch a lot of spam comments that people post on your site.  But it won’t catch everything.

    Spam comments make your site look trashy–like your high school girlfriend.  So in addition to using the Spam Honeypot plugin, here’s what I recommend.  Go to “Settings” and click on “Discussion” on your WordPress dashboard.  Here you can actually disable comments if you don’t want to worry about them.  What I do is under “Before a Comment Appears” I check both boxes.  This allows me to look at all comments before they go live on my site.

    I also recommend you go to the section called “Comment Backlist” and in the box, type out every word your high school girlfriend used when she dumped you.  Just dump out your pottymouth in this box so any comments that use those words won’t appear on the site.  One word per line.  My list contains a lot of vulgar words as well as several prescription medications that started appearing in a lot of spam comments on my sites.

    Do that and a lot of spam and inappropriate comments will be filtered out automatically.
  9. Be Authentic and Helpful With Your Content.  The best approach to getting lots of satisfied users on your site is to be remarkably helpful.  Write articles that answer people’s questions and solve their problems.  When you recommend products, don’t constantly try to sell stuff.  Offer products that really benefit your readers.  They’ll be more likely to click on your links and you’ll get a lot more traffic in the long run.
  10. Change the Password to Your Site to Something Hard to Guess.  You might be surprised how often WordPress sites are being hacked.  People have computers running algorithms trying to guess admin passwords for WordPress sites constantly.  I actually have a site that receives over 200 attempts per day to guess my username and password!  Make sure you use a unique password that you don’t use on any other sites.  I like to create totally random passwords.  Pick something only you would know, like the sweet names you used to call your high school girlfriend.  I really miss that girl.

Let’s Do This!

Starting a blog is exciting.  Almost everyone in the world has a computer that they can use to access YOU and your ideas through your blog.  Don’t give up when you get bored of writing after a few weeks.  Keep after it and make a site your high school girlfriend would be impressed by.  She might want you back.

Comments

  1. Hi All,

    What a great group. Anyway I am in let me try to follow these instructions and lets see how far I get before
    I crash. Site is almost up.

    What do I do next …. I use Get Response. I would use it a lot if I had someone to email too.

    Phil

  2. Today, i come first time to your blog and i found it helpful. This article is written very well but please suggest me a good free seo optimized theme for wordpress.

    1. Author

      We’re actually looking for a good free theme to recommend. We haven’t found the right one yet, but when we do we’ll post it on our site.

  3. Hey guys can I make my own photoshop theme for my website instead of using premium ones?

    1. Author

      You can. It’s a lot more work and you’d have to keep up with changes to plugins and wordpress. I’d recommend that you pick a good theme, even if it’s a free one.

  4. Hie guys
    When you write your articles, do you do keyword research and if so which keyword search tool do you use that you can recommend .
    By the way I like the way you write your articles .Simple and genuine I should say .Keep up the good work

  5. Do you guys ever use comparison tables or review plugins? You know the ones I mean, they give you an overall rating and a brief overview of the product and maybe show the star rating?

    1. Author

      Not really. They come across as really spammy or sales focused in our opinion. That’s not to say that comparison tables are bad. Sometimes they’re the most helpful way to display content. But we don’t want our sites to look like storefronts.

  6. Guys can you hit me up on my email? I’m going to start my website today through your link ($196). I’m seriously wanting to purchase your course, but I had a hard enough time convening my wife to let me get the website much less another 200 for the course.

  7. What settings in yoast do you have? would be nice to know what you set as noidex and nofollow….

  8. Hey i have a question about customization. Jim has multiple Post Pages on his DirtBike Planet site. WordPress doesn’t seem to let me do that. Does he use a plugin for that? I use the X Theme and Cornerstone to edit my website.

  9. I just want to say you guys are awesome and the best. I was about to give up starting up my site after so many frustrations, but I found you guys on Youtube and my zeal is reinvigorated.

  10. Hi guys,

    Recently found your videos on Youtube which led me here. Quick question about your niche sites design. Do you make your homepage static or do you have it show latest posts? I commented on your recent youtube video how I have a niche site which is generating roughly £75 a month and its just over 10 month old. I basically just started adding content and not really thinking about site structure. As a result, I have a static home page, no categories and a latest posts section down the side but it only shows the most recent 5 or 6….I’ve realised that this means you can’t find some of my articles when your are on my site and as this is my first site, I don’t really know what to do about it.

    Cheers

    Kris

    1. Author

      We have the homepage show latest posts. If you’re on wordpress, it’s an easy change in the settings. The nice thing about that is that one way or another, people can get to all your posts. We also use categories so our menus lead to specific post categories. You can see examples on dirtbikeplanet.com, camperreport.com, and cabinfreedom.com. Those are our 3 newest sites.

      1. Thanks for the reply Ricky,

        I’m going to change my homepage to show the latest posts then. I’m not sure whether to make that change and then just leave the site to sit for another 2 months until it’s a year old and see what happens.

        I will check those sites out too for some inspiration.

  11. Hi, guys! Learning so much from both of you. Deeply appreciate.
    I know your training would be awesome but I need only the consultation service from you because of my schedule and peculiarities in my learning style.
    Could you kindly make provision for this?
    Thank You.

    1. Author

      We certainly can. But honestly, the course is really valuable. And the nice thing is you can actually do it at your own pace. That said, if you want just the consultation we can work that out.

  12. You guys became a mentor for me. I found you both on YouTube and I liked your that strategy “stop building links instead making awesome contents”
    Thanku so much to share this amazing guide 😊

  13. Hey guys, it’s Pawel again – your regular reader 🙂 I’ve commented on November 27th but forgot to ask for a niche ideas document. Can you deliver it to my mail, please? I am about to focus more on my sites development in 2018. I currently do these types of sites in Poland, Europe, however I’m looking to expand my reach globally. From my experience, choosing the right, profitable and relatively easy niche is the key. Your ideas will be much appreciated. Thank you!

  14. Thanks guys for all the tips. I’m working on adding content to a blog on household hacks, small business efficiencies, saving money at home, etc.) It’s sort of a broader topic, but I don’t view it as an authority. The articles I intend to be very long tail. Eventually I’m looking to review budget space heaters, eco kitchen appliances, budget computer desks, stuff like that. Do you use the eBay affiliate program for anything? I’m thinking about applying to Amazon soon, but eBay let me on pretty instantly.

    Thanks guys!

  15. You guys are amazing. I only found you guys a couple weeks ago and have been soaking up everything you guys have. Your content is refreshing, informative, and gives you the confidence to go ahead and build content, wait it out for results, which is so different from everyone else. Keep it up! Thanks for everything Frank

  16. Ricky, really like this concept and looking forward to moving on this. I sent in my survey but have not received anything. Can I get a reply on your timing? Thanks,

    1. Author

      It definitely will if your content is catered to an audience where Amazon is available. If you write in English about a topic that people in the US are interested in then you’ll get sales in the US. That’s the beauty of the internet.

  17. I own an authority niche review site – but it is seasonal and a TON of work. I came on your YouTube videos and like your fresh approach – right up my alley. I signed up for Income School and am waiting for consult to come back. I set a goal to watch all your videos and take notes so I can hit the ground running. I am researching ‘How to write long blog posts” Lol.

    See you on the inside…

  18. Hi guys,
    Would you mind posting who won the draw for the free website? I have searched everywhere and cannot find any mention of it.
    Kind regards
    Love you guys:)

  19. Hi,

    I signed up for the Income School program, got the file which I downloaded, confirmation of the signup. I haven’t received any other e-mail except those two. Now I don’t know what to do since don’t know how to open the file. And as I understood it, I was supposed to get another e-mail other than the ones I got. I checked my spam folder and nothing from you had ended up there.

    / André

    1. Author

      Hi Andre. I’m sending you and email right now. The way it works is you’ll start getting the course emails after you fill out the survey that you downloaded and we complete your consultation. Most people like to get our feedback on their idea before starting the course.

  20. Hey I have purchased a bluehost acc and the xtheme. I have my web already looking clean but i want a logo, and i was wondering how do you guys make your logos. I have visited dirtbikeplannet and beginnermotorcycleguide and both have great logos.

  21. Thanks guys. I am the one that commented on your YouTube video about not getting the niche doc. Please send it. Thanks again.

  22. hi guys just bought niche site school and received an email with documents I cant access or even understand lol. it says I should of received a survey to fill out but I cant find it. help?

  23. Can you help me?
    I have migrated a website to a new domain. Then I deleted the old content and am using that old domain for a new website.
    The old blogs that were on the old website are still coming up on google as the old website address and not the new one.
    Will this change over time or can I redirect them to the new site? Even though those blogs are now on the new migrated site already.

  24. Hi guys, great post, Given me a lot to think about, I’m new to WordPress, and never built a website, is there any WordPress courses you recommend, that would teach me all the aspects of building a website. Thanks

  25. Hey guys..first of i want to thnx b’coz u r awesome and rocking… your idea and your strategy is amazing…i’m your biggest frnd from India. i’ll never miss any video. my self Hit Jogi. and i already comment in your YouTube video. Please would you send me file link..?

    Thanks,
    Hit Jogi
    Have a great day 🙂

  26. I feel so fortunate to have found your site. I will be accelerating my involvement in the world of blogs and websites, and your information is incredibly helpful and exciting. Thank you so much for providing such motivational support.
    I don’t yet have my website, but will be creating one soon.

  27. Enjoyed your blog post, especially “Do These 10 Things As Soon as WordPress Is Installed”. Looking forward to learning from you guys about affiliate marketing. Thanks!

  28. I appreciate the work you guys do. This tutorial will solidify how to set things up. My dilemma has always been figuring out a good topic for a website. The free file you are sharing should be an excellent way to help me figure things out form that perspective. Thank you guy so much.

  29. Hi, good article with a lot of valuable information to help us to build niche site which will make money in the future.
    I just have to think about the idea of my niche website
    If u could send me the document guys 😉

  30. Hey guys, great stuff,

    Very valuable insight about the site being focused on the user, not the owner and about not quitting too soon. Seriously… been there, done that.

    You can do everything perfectly right but the lack of patience can kill your results. Most gurus won’t tell you how it really is, because this fact is inconvenient but vital for you to understand and take into account.

    Been following you guys for a while. Love your approach and authenticity! Thank you for sharing with us.

  31. Awesome information. I just started my niche site last week in the process of creating content and your advice is much appreciated.

    Thanks

  32. This is an excellent guide to setting up a WordPress blog — especially for a newbie. Thanks so much for all the generous and good services you provide!

  33. I’ve been building blog sites for several years with little to no success. I think I’ve been listening to the wrong “experts”. You guys are a breath of fresh air. You blew my mind when you said “stop building backlinks”. That one bit of information is why I’m following your channel and reading your posts on incomeschool.com.

    Thanks again and keep up the awesome work.

    Troy

  34. Just noticed the reference for the Honeypot plugin after asking about Akismet. Sorry about that guys. Somehow missed it on the first read through.

  35. Thanks for putting this resource together guys. It’s really helpful and straight to the point.

    Would you recommend using a captcha plugin for the comments area in the site, or do you have a recommendation on a spam plugin?

    I used to use Akismet, but since they went to a paid plugin, I’ve been looking for another one that offers similar features.

    Also, do you have any tips on how to prevent spam messages through contact forms? I see anywhere from 40-60 messages per day through my content form trying to sell me articles or SEO services and it makes it almost impossible to find messages coming from actual visitors.

    Thanks again for all you do and I look forward to your responses.

    Cheers,
    Tony

    1. Just noticed that the article answered my first question about the Akismet plugin by referencing the Honeypot plugin. Sorry about that guys. Missed it on my first read through.

  36. Hi guys! I really appreciate all the information you are providing, I just started my blog a couple weeks ago and I’m following your advice. I hope to buy your course in December.

    This is a great article, however you could include a few more tips of getting the domain name and keyword research.

    Cheers!

  37. Best article for those guys who just started like me.I really like how to get traffic part i will try and follow those things.

  38. lol sweet names you used to call your girl. Once again a very informative article. There are only 2 people I am following right now, one is Neil Patel and second one is you guys. You are awesome. I am building my first authorative site now.

    1. i like the way you guys explain how your blogging system works. I am interested, but it will take me a minute to get funds in the right place for me to start with you guys. I am an artist but now a bit rusty from working in other areas. I do want to start your niche school as soon as I am able. I already have a WordPress account online but not hosted by Bluehost: is there a way to connect Bluehost to my active WordPress account? and to activate all of the recommended features that

      1. Author

        Yeah. You can migrate your current site to Bluehost. You probably have a WordPress.com account which is hosted by WordPress. We actually don’t recommend this, even their paid hosting. They really limit what you can do compared to installing WordPress on a self-hosted site like you would have with Bluehost.

    2. Hey Guys,

      First off I love you two. All your articles are so informative and I especially like the way this one is organized into steps. When it comes to computers I am all about steps. Please send me your excel spreadsheet so I can work on ranking my ideas. I want to have one picked out and ready to roll when I sign up for Income School. Thanks Vicki

  39. Hi, guys.

    I am new to online business and i am planning to start a blog next year.
    I am from Europe and I’ve been brushing up my English, because one day i want to live in the US.
    Maybe in recent future i will take an advantage of your school. You look to me as an authentic and sincere ones.

    What i like about your article?
    I like that it is profound with so much information.
    Hope i don’t miss the deadline for the free file.

    Sorry for any mistakes. My English is in progress.

    Thank you!
    Regards,
    George

  40. Great article, the part about Xthemes is right on track. I took your advice and purchased it about 8 months ago and have to agree it is the one of the best themes out there. Their tech support is first rate to, have lost count how many times they have come to my rescue now. I also took your advice and stated a store in the handgun niche, getting about 5,000 visits a month now so hope it increases some more, not sure if that is enough to monetize the site yet. Is taking up most of my time so not sure I can start another niche site. Anyway would like to see the niche report so please send, thanks.

  41. Hi Guys,
    That is a very straightforward and easy to follow and understand layout.
    I have not used bluehost but I use Hostgator and also Namecheap have a great deal going at the moment.

    I like the fact you guys are 100% transparent with your help and advice. Blogs and websites take time to get going and can be daunting. I started my sites 3 months ago and slowly and surely they are getting more traffic each and every day…what you say is true and more folk should follow you.
    Thanks again for all of the free stuff and videos you put out. I have around 1o of the podcasts you did a couple of years ago and play them in my car whilst driving to work..so positive and easy to follow, can I ask you guys to do some more? They really helped me a lot. Thanks again. Tony

  42. Income school that Ricky and Jim have put together is a great course. They provide great help in setting up a website, as evidenced by the beneficial details that they provide here in the above article.

  43. PS . It’s not necessary to post my website
    Only filled it out cause it was there.
    The website is only a seedling at this time.

  44. Love the article.
    However I’m a HostGator lover.

    The advice about being authentic in your content will always hold true. Great job guys.
    Can’t wait to get those 300 niche site ideas

  45. You guys rock!
    Great how you guys do this …”you talk the talk AND walk the walk”

  46. Hi Ricky and Jim – Meet the dumbest newbie to blogging you’ve ever known, I guarantee. I apologize in advance to your other subscribers who might read this, but I want to know what’s right. I watched your video on your 4 day niche ideas ranking formula offer this morning. I loved it and definitely want it, but I’m confused on where to leave a comment so I can qualify.
    I tried info@incomeschool like it said on the video and it brought me back here so here goes… Your spreadsheet tool’s main value is that it will save beginners a lot of time and money. I know because I already paid $23 more than I would have had I known more about niche selection before buying a domain. What happened was, I bought a domain that kinda backed me into a corner with my content variety. The next day, I watched your video on how to create content and realized that my first domain choice wasn’t recommended. So, if I would have used this niche site ranking tool first, it would have saved me $23 and my time on the phone with my host. That’s money I could have used toward your income school tuition…grrrrrr. Again, I like this tool and I know I it would be of great value for me in the future. Please send it to me right away. Thank you Jim and Ricky!

  47. Great information, I am following you on your youtube channel, you guys are doing a great job, I have seen a lot of videos and trying to make a website, good job sir keep it up

  48. wow really enjoyed this article I already have a few sites one as over 30 articles already but it is a psychic development niche. So I do hope it picks up, I will join your course soon as I can as I am very intrigued.

  49. Apart from the step by step process to getting started, this article demonstrates what you always say about authenticity and creating helpful content. It shows how to naturally insert affiliate links. Sorry can’t help with the spice and humour.

  50. Hey Guys.
    Excelent article. Thanks for all your help.
    Talk soon.

    Riaan, South Africa

  51. Thank you for the article. I would love to see you offer something for those that already have a site up and running. I am confident in the idea I am developing would love the opportunity to get your ideas on some things. I discovered you after I had my site up and running.

  52. Great article guys – really helpful for people who are just looking to get started in niche affiliate site building. Have to say you’re the most helpful IM guys (wait you’re not like that…but you get what I mean) I’ve ever come across.

  53. Wow, cool tip the one you say just respond to common answers, it makes sense.
    A good article would be how to make your articles longer/ how to add more value. I really love that you share this much info!

  54. Hi guys,

    How do I locate the 300 niche site ideas list? On yiur youtube video yoy said go to incomeschool.com/new but I cannot find it. Can you help please?

    Thanks
    Barbara

    1. Author

      In the video we tell you to read that article and then email us your feedback about the article. If you email us, we’ll respond with the list.

  55. Hi! Thanks for your great article. It’s really helpful even for me as for technical guy 🙂

    What I would like to read is more detail info about how to write article. You know, really dive deep into this process. It will be perfect if you get some live example and write it step by step: from finding info to uploading it into wordpress and optimizing meta description/title.

    Thanks for your content!

  56. Great Content. If anyone just read this and are thinking of taking their course then do it. I just took it and they do a great job. Keep up the great work guys.

  57. well written , but I think as long as Theme is concerned , it doesnt matter much if u have good content. Any theme will work well if the content is good.

  58. Thanks. Content is simple and easy to understand. Good to know that 50-100page views are good to start with and it takes about 8-10months to actually get ranked and some money. Not many people mention this. They u will make money in 30-60 days

  59. Hi
    I am looking to start a blog site. But after lots of research in the internet I am unable to choose a topic. Please help me.

      1. I have been searching for incomeschool.com/new to read the article for the 300 niche ideas you posted so I can make comments and get your link for the 300 ideas.
        Honestly I couldn’t get the link.
        Have you brought it down or what?
        How else do I get it.
        Thanks for your great work.
        My email is ovet1914@gmail.com
        Ovet.

        1. Author

          This is it. incomeschool.com/new is a pretty link. It’s basically a short URL that redirects to the full URL which is the article you’re on right now. It wasn’t meant to be confusing or tricky. It’s common practice in videos and podcasts to use shortened links to make it easier to send people to a web page. I’m emailing you the file right now.

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