Last updated on November 29th, 2018 at 11:10 am
Are you considering starting a blog, but not sure how to go about it. WordPress can be confusing, heck it took me over 8 hours to set up my first self-hosted WordPress blog back in the day. That’s why I wanted to put together a resource of 7 bloggers who show you how to build a website you love.
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One of the most challenging things for new bloggers is learning the basics of blogging. So much goes into creating a successful blog, I don’t want you to have to struggle with it.
I remember the very first time I sat down to start my very site back in 2005. It was an exciting time, I could just taste the taste of sweet victory of success and see all the money that my blog was going to make online.
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Everyday, I’d wake up and work hard. Yet, I never had success. Back then I was looking for instant overnight success that whenever a new program or course came out that promised me overnight success, I would purchase it.
Then when that didn’t work or was taking too long. I was off in search of the next best thing. No wonder I never had success, I was never willing to stick with something long enough.
Today, I’ve realized that no matter which program I buy, it doesn’t guarantee success. I’m going to have to work hard and stay persistent to reach my goals.
As you know, the techie stuff now comes easily to me. It wasn’t always like this, I used to struggle with learning WordPress. I’ve been working with WordPress for over 8 years.
I am in the process of moving away from my WordPress freelancing business and turning this blog into a full-time business. I am sharing my own WordPress tutorials for beginners as well as my own online blogging journey.
Because I know how challenging it can be to get started with WordPress. Everyone says that it’s not rocket science, and it’s not. But if you’ve never worked with WordPress or tried to grow a blog, it can feel extremely overwhelming.
Sometimes it can make you want to throw up your hands and just say **ck it.
I’ve gone out and scoured the Internet to find some great bloggers you can turn to for help when trying to build a profitable blog.
7 Bloggers That Show You How to Build A Website
Have you ever wondered what it takes to learn how to build a website? I’m NOT talking about the design aspect of blogging. Yes, I know that you want an amazing looking blog that catches people’s attention.
While I agree, we all want a great looking website. However, I personally think that design is not as important as learning how to build a website that actually makes money.
Once you’ve figured out how to create a successful blog, then you can hire a designer to help make your blog look pretty. If you’re ready to take your blog from hobby to business but don’t know how these bloggers will help you learn not only the techie aspects of blogging.
You’ll also pick up valuable skills that will help you learn how to promote your blog so you can grow it into the business that you’ve been dreaming of.
I recommend following some of the bloggers to learn the basics from them. Some of them even have their own paid courses, which I can’t vouch for. If you do decide to buy from them, make sure that you do your due diligence.
How to Build A Website From Scratch
The links that I’ll be sharing with you will teach you how to blog on a self-hosted blog. I know that it’s possible to start a blog on a free platform. However, I am a huge believer in starting on your own platform.
All these bloggers will teach you steps on how to turn your blog into a profitable blog through hard work. You won’t find any overnight success promises here.
When it comes to turning a blog into a profitable business, I always think about ProBlogger. His blog is filled with tons of valuable information, tutorials, and tips that you can put to use right away.
You won’t really find any techie tutorials on his blog.
You will have to dig through the ProBlogger blog archives or use the search function. Darren has lots of content on his blog, but I have no doubt that this blog will be a valuable resource to help you go from hobby to business.
Make A Website Hub
Jamie has set up a website hub that has become an online resource for anyone who wants to start a website or blog. He shares tips and on the blogging basics, traffic generation and how to make money from your blog.
You can search the Make a Website Hub blog archives. I have no doubt that you’ll find some valuable information on the site that you can apply to your own blog.
Build a Profitable Blog Without the Guesswork
Sue from Successful Blogging shares valuable tips that will help you build a profitable blog. Her start here page is jam-packed with tons of information that will show you how to make money blogging.
You’ll even get some techie tips, traffic tips and tips on how to write compelling content. You definitely won’t go wrong by following Sue’s blog and picking up some nuggets that will help you with your blog.
Shout Me Loud
Harsh has worked hard to turn his blog into a successful business. You’ll find tons of information in blogging, making money and WordPress that you can use to help you grow your blog.
You’ll need to grab some coffee and spend time searching his blog archives. If I remember right, I think there are well over 2,000 published blog posts.
I love going to his blog when I need to learn something new. The great thing is that he shares everything on his blog for free.
Elite Blog Academy
Ruth has set up a huge resource for new bloggers. Ruth is the author of How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul, struggled with blogging when she started her blogging journey. She made tons of mistakes along the way.
Unfortunately, we all have to go through our own learning curves. The great thing is that as your blog continues to grow, you’ll learn from your mistakes and you will start to see success. You can start digging through the blog archives here.
She shares tips that will make it easier for you to create a successful blog. Ruth won’t sugarcoat anything and she will tell you that it’s going to take a lot of hard work to create a successful blog, so don’t expect any fluff.
The Blog Millionaire
Brandon has built a successful blog, and blog receives over 1 million visitors per month. He shares great blogging tips that you can use to help you grow. Here is the link to his blogging tips archive.
If you’re going to follow a blogger who has accomplished what you want you won’t go wrong with Brandon. You’ll discover what it takes to build a successful blog and how to grow traffic. Whether or not we want to admit it. Without traffic, our blog won’t ever make money.
Create and Go
Alex and Lauren have an amazing blog and a story. They worked hard to turn their health blog into a full-time blog.
Their Create and Go blog will provide you with a road map to learn how to create a website that allows you to live the lifestyle you desire.
They will teach you how to write amazing content your audience will love. You will also get tips on how to get traffic and monetize that traffic. Most of all, you’ll learn how to have fun while growing your blog.
Why You Should Follow Successful Bloggers
If you’re a new blogger, chances are you’re trying to do everything by yourself. You have to write content, create videos, promote your blog, network with other bloggers and etc.
The list goes on and on with everything that we have to do to grow our blogs.
Chances are you’re new to blogging and don’t know how to do a lot of these blogging tasks. Most of us who start a blog come from the employee background.
When I started my blog, I had never used social media. I had to learn everything from scratch.
If I can find a successful blogger who’s willing to share tips and resources that will help me improve my blog. You can bet that I’ll be all over it.
If you can cut your learning curve in half just by spending time on some of these bloggers blogs. Personally, I think it’s time well spent.
Just remember, you can’t spend all your time reading. You’re going to have to work hard if you want your blog to have success.
Should I Invest In Their Programs?
Some of the bloggers that I mentioned do offer a blogging course of some kind. I have only purchased one of the programs from above, which is the Elite Blogging Academy from Ruth Soukup.
I don’t mind spending money on a program if I know that I will actually use it and it will help me get from point A to point B faster.
If you do decide to purchase a blogging course from one of these bloggers, just make sure that you do your due diligence. Invest wisely and always implement what you learn in the course.
Just because you buy a blogging course, does not guarantee your success. You still need to put in the hard work to grow your blog.
Final Take Away
You can’t do it alone. It’s easy to want to hide behind your monitor and just pump out content. However, I am a true believer in finding a few mentors who have achieved what you want to achieve.
Most of these bloggers will share exactly what it takes to create a successful blog. All you have to do is roll up your sleeves and work your ass off.
How bad do you want it? Stop looking for those overnight promises, they won’t teach you how to build a website you’ll be proud of.
It doesn’t matter how long it takes you. As long as you don’t quit, I have no doubt that you’ll see the success you want.
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Have a question or comment? Want to share a tip that has helped you? Please leave it in the comment below! You can also email me at susan(at)susanvelez(dot)com and I’ll do my best to help.