So you want to start a blog in 2020? Here are all the resources you will need to get you started on the right foot, whether if it’s as a hobby blog, a profitable blog, or a combination of both.
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Green Slice of Life is my second blog. I started my first blog in 2014, a health and fitness blog, shortly after having my first son, as a way to document my weight loss.
I didn’t know what a blog really was at the time, or that you could make money from it.
My first blog didn’t make much money. And, it also took years to get traffic to it. However, I learned many lessons during those 4 years of blogging.
I ended up shutting down my first blog during my second pregnancy as I was simply too tired and exhausted to put any energy into it. But just before I shut it down, it was finally starting to pick up speed.
In 2019, I realized I missed blogging. I love everything about it, the writing, the technical aspect as well as the creative space it provided me.
So, I started Green Slice of Life and picked a new niche, one that I was truly passionate about and ran with it.
I started this new blog properly this time and brought in some traffic right away. Here’s how I did it.
Finding the right Hosting & Platform:
I started my first blog on Google’s Blogger, and I blogged there for almost 2 years with very little traction.
When I realized that I wanted to try monetizing my blog, I didn’t feel Blogger would be the right home for my blog anymore. That’s when I started to take things more seriously and started doing some research into blogging. I realized that a hosted WordPress blog was the right platform for me.
The Right Blogging Platform
Switching from Blogger to WordPress was a messy affair. I’m advising you to start with a hosted WordPress site from the get-go, even if you are not sure you want to monetize it down the line. Sure, Blogger is free, but it’s also limiting.
This time around, I started on the right track and launched from a hosted WordPress site.
Just note that WordPress does have a free version as well, accessible at wordpress.com, however, you can’t monetize from this platform.
The Right WordPress Hosting
I use GoDaddy.ca to host my WordPress site. I go against the grain on this one. It seems that most people use Bluehost since it’s the least expensive option, but I have no experience with them myself and I’ve head negative things about their customer service.
When I grow bigger, I’ll consider