Turning YOUR Hobby into a WordPress Website:
Do you have something you’re extremely passionate about? Probably have a handy dandy hobby that you like to dabble in from time to time, right?
Why not turn that passion for your hobby into a WordPress website! You’d not only be able to share your expert knowledge about your hobby with others, but also make passive income in the process!
Making a WordPress website has never been easier, and I’m going to show you why.
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The basic outline for creating your WordPress website:
- Discover your favorite hobby or passion
Start your website with WordPress via Bluehost
Create interesting and useful information for your website visitors
Generate money based on referrals you’ve mentioned within your content
Earn money for a long period of time from the resource you created in step 1
Anyone can follow this blueprint to make a website up and have it running in a few hours.
In this project guide you will learn:
- Tools needed to make a WordPress website
Why you should build an online business by making a website
How you can make money following a simple business strategy and website blueprint
The 4 basic building blocks of a successful affiliate business website
Tools (free & paid) You’ll Learn to Utilize When Starting Your Website Project:
Bluehost or Other Webhost: to house your website
Google Keyword Planner: finding profitable keywords when you make a website
Domain Name Generators: spur your creativity when creating your website
Genesis Theme and Premium Themes with essential plugins
Affiliate programs: monetizing your website with Amazon and other Affiliate Programs
Media programs: Create alternative media to expand your audience or purchase designs from Fiverr
Please note: This article is extremely in-depth with a lot of external references to follow. I can only fit so much information into this guide, and to explain everything in as much detail as other guides already provide that information would just be silly.
I’m going to explain the why and where of each process of building an affiliate business website. I will reference many guides and articles for you to
follow to actually set up and perform that step.
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Why Should You Make a WordPress Website When You’re Bored?
You should (and can!) build a website for any number of reasons:
You’re bored and need something to do (duh, that’s why you’re here right?)
Wanting to make money
Lose the crappy day job and be your own boss
Passionate about a particular topic
Unlimited earning potential
Everyone has their own reasons to create a website. Maybe they’re bored with their current job. Maybe they have a million dollar idea. Maybe they need some extra money.
Maybe they’re just bored and wanted to try something new.
Whatever the reason, it’s a decision that anyone can make. Better yet, it’s a decision you can make today!
4 Easy Steps to Make a WordPress Website
Brainstorm and research your business niche topic
Create a search engine optimized website or blog
Create and monetize epic and useful content to attract visitors and sales
Promote your content to attract readers and visitors
I know, I know. The steps above look really short and it’s obviously very abbreviated. But these are essentially the four general steps to creating a passive income business. Now, there are multiple steps within each of the four building blocks of building a business online. But in the short, this is really the basic process of making money online.
Don’t you worry, though, I will go through each building block, step-by-step. I’ll try not to bore you, though, as this will be extremely in depth.
Make a Website Step #1: Choosing Your Website’s Niche Topic and Finding a Website Domain Name
When you make a website, it has to have a theme! This is the lifeblood of why anyone wants to visit your website!
With no theme or topic, your just another website that won’t get found.
You don’t want that, and I sure as hell don’t want to see you fail because you didn’t plan ahead.
This step is all about research and finding out what you want to accomplish with your website! I’ve fully explained this step in another post I’ve written, right here.
This step is THAT important for you to find this out!
However, if you don’t want to check out that in-depth article, this step can be boiled down to a few simple steps:
- Decide what kind of website you want to make (blog, shopping, hobby, online store, etc.)
- Brainstorm website ideas
- Research keywords and their search traffic using Google Keyword Planner
Hopefully, you’ve chosen a website topic based off those results you’ve found using the Google Keyword Planner.
If you still didn’t have any success finding a niche or don’t feel confident, Stewart over at Nichehacks.com has a great guide to choosing a profitable niche to get started in.
Now the REAL fun starts!
Making your WordPress website! 😉
Choosing a Domain Name and Setting Up Your Web Host
Look, you have to own your name. You just have to. It’s the rules.
Alright so it’s not against the rules, but do you really want to have a website that looks like “guitarstringexperts.blogger.com” do you?
It’s unprofessional and plain ugly. Plus, would you trust any information from that website? Probably not.
Let’s get started and start making a website brand!
Pro Tip: This article on Quicksprout.com is a great guide to follow when looking at creating a business brand.
What is WordPress and a Web Host?
Think of your WordPress website like a car.
You have three key elements within a car:
Car Engine – Powers the vehicle
Car Frame – Determines type of vehicle and basic appearance
Body/Appearance – The fancy stuff that makes it look ooooh so pretty
Now look at the three key elements to a website:
Web Host – “Engine” of the website, holds all of the information and powers it to the web via a server
Website Builder – Basic outline of how your website will be designed and function
Theme – What makes your website look different from other websites. The paint on the car, if you will.
Bluehost is what I use to power or “host” this website. They’re extremely reliable and power thousands of websites.
What’s Important When Creating a Domain and Business Name?
Much like choosing your niche topic of your online business, creating a great domain name is extremely important. This is the first thing anyone will see
when they visit your website.
It also will be doubling as your businesses name. Much like a store has a name like Target, or a restaurant has a name like Bob’s Beefy Burgers, your domain is your business identity.
A few quick tips to use when selecting a domain name for your website:
Make it short & memorable
Has a .com extension (.net is okay as well)
Ability to be brandable
Niche relevant (use variations of your niche keyword)
Examples of great domain names that are niche specific:
– Shaving tips and tricks
– Drag and drop graphic /photo design
– Everything you’ll ever need to know about starting a food truck business
– Everyone knows BuzzFeed. Funny and viral news that creates quite a “buzz”.
Are you getting the idea yet?
In case you need help thinking of some fun or witty business names, mashable.com has come up with a wonderful list of 18 tools to help pick a domain name.
Here are a few sites I used to generate some ideas for my own website:
Alright, at this point you should have a domain name ready to go in the back of your mind.
We’re going to register that domain name through our Web host of choice in the next step.
Sign up now, register your domain with Bluehost and let’s get started!
Make a Website Step #2: Making a Website with WordPress and Bluehost
Every website needs a host and a platform to build it on! Sorry, it’s just the rules.
Totally joking…But you probably don’t know how to code a website, right? I know I don’t!
Basically, a web host is basically a “space” on the internet that you’re leasing to house your website. It stores all of your data and relays that to the computers and smartphones across the world for others to see.
No Webhost = No Website. Simple as that.
So your next question is probably “What’s the difference between WordPress and a Webhost?”
Great question! WordPress is your platform or website “builder”.
WordPress is what you use to physically make your website, which in turn is then stored on your WebHost.
Signing Up for a Web Host Provider
Reasons I use Bluehost are:
Unlimited Domain Hosting (You can make more than one website!)
E-mail and Chat support and very simple to set up
Money-back guarantee (I actually used this once when I wasn’t sold on my idea yet)
One step WordPress installation (more on that in a moment)
Affordable at only a few bucks a month
Reasons to Use WPEngine are:
Online Guide for Installation of WordPress on Web Host:
For the sake of simplicity, I won’t detail exactly how to install and create WordPress through Bluehost. Why?
They actually went ahead and detailed a very nice guide for you to follow! This step will not take very long at all! 5 minutes flat if you’re really quick about it!
Pro tip: Remember that when you sign up through Bluehost, you get your domain name for free.
WPSmackdown – How to Create WordPress Installation
Other Web Hosts:
Visit this detailed guide on how to setup WordPress with any web host!
WordPress and Why You Need it to Make Your Website
According to Venturebeat.com, WordPress now powers 25% of the entire internet! This is an amazing
number of websites using this platform to create and maintain their content.
Why are we all using WordPress though? These are quite a few reasons I can think of:
Easy to understand with no coding needed
Huge database of “plugins” to give added functionality
Huge user base (25%!) of people to help support any issues that may arise
“Theme’s” allow for any type of website to be designed and look they way you need
Online Guides for Learning WordPress Basics and Advanced Instructions
Before we get started with setting up and creating your website on WordPress, browse a few of these websites and guides and get familiar with what you’ll expect.
WordPress has a very detailed and thorough guide for the first steps with WordPress
that you can follow which explains everything you need to know.
I also created a very detailed WordPress tutorial, check it out!
Other great websites also give extremely detailed instructions as to how to use WordPress to the best of your ability. They are:
Essential Pages Your Website Needs
Every website has standard pages they need to provide to their visitors. Some are for informational purposes, others are for contact purposes, and others
for the boring legal jargon that we must include on our website as well.
Most of these pages should look very familiar. Why? Because I can guarantee you’ve seen them before.
Essential Pages to Include on Your Business Website:
About / About Us
Believe it or not, people actually want to know who you are! This is a perfect page to introduce yourself and what you’re hoping
to accomplish with your business. I’ve also included a few other useful pieces of info to include in your about page. Check out my about page for a good example!
Expectations of what kind of content you’re creating
Navigation to other pages/posts that you want your visitors to visit
Basic invitation to sign up for your email list
Ask them to follow you on social media
This page is pretty self-explanatory (I hope..). Offer your readers an opportunity to contact you with any questions, concerns or
inquiries they may have for you. My contact page has a few different pieces of information.
Use your secure contact form plugin to create a contact form
Offer your website or business email contact
I also offered some of the same information as I did on the About Us Page, because why not? Easier navigation helps everyone
You’ll need to set up legal pages (typically located at the bottom of your website). There are a few plugins that offer creating
these pages. I would suggest not using them for the sake of legality. There are a few websites that you can visit to create the language you need
to put on these pages. These change often, so make sure you’re using the most updated version!
Terms of Service – Visit this website to generate your Terms of Service language
Earnings & Affiliate Disclaimer – Copy and paste the following: “Per the FTC’s recent policy update that requests we be transparent about
any and all affiliate relations we may have on this website, you the visitor or customer, should assume that any and all links in this website
are affiliate links. If you utilize these links and visit the resulting site, a cookie may be set in your web browser that will cause us to
receive compensation if you make a purchase.Please also note that earnings from the sale of guides, ebooks or adverts may also occur.”
Optional pages to create when you make a website:
Start Here – This is a tactic many websites will use to catch the attention of a visitors eye. This would be a page that you want to really get across
important information. It could be the beginning of your sales funnel. Maybe it’s a great directory for the rest of your important posts and
information. The choice is yours! Here’s my Start Here page!
Resource & Tools – This is a page many people use to sell products or services as an affiliate, or also offer great links to places they think would
be helpful to their readers. We created a Resource and Tool Page as well, check it out!
Blog – If you’d like to have all of your posts shown in one central place regardless of category, this is a good page to create. When you open a
new page in WordPress, look the right-hand side. You’ll see a section that states “Page Attributes”. Under “template” select “Blog”. Congrats, you
now have a page that will list all of your posts which will help get you found!
Time Out! Here’s a Review of 8 Steps We’ve Accomplished Already while Making your Website
Here’s a basic list of what we’ve accomplished so far in your endeavor to make a website:
If you haven’t completed any of these steps, I highly suggest you go back and complete these before we get started on the next part of our business
Brainstormed Niche Ideas for our business topic (probably your hobby)
Researched Keywords for our domain/ business name based on keyword research
Selected a Domain Name
Signed up for a Web host such as Bluehost and registered our Domain Name
Installed WordPress via your new Web host
Found and installed a premium theme for our website such as Genesis
Installed plugins to enhance our website’s functionality
Created essential pages every website needs such as About, Contact, and Legal Pages
Make a Website Step #3: Creating Content on Your New Website
Now we’re down to the nitty gritty here people! We have our website up and running with a theme, plugins, and some essential pages. Now we need to fill it
There’s one phrase I need you to remember: “Content is king.” Here let me say it a few more times for good measure.
Content is king. Content is king. Content is king.
….Should I say it again? Alright, maybe once more…
Content is King: Create Valuable, Unique, and Interesting Content to Attract Traffic and Give People a Reason to Visit Your Website
Before I start this section, I want to ask you a question. Are you okay with that? Okay cool.
Why do you go to the movie theater?
Is it for the excitement of the new movie? Is it for the experience? Maybe the popcorn?
I’m going to tell you why.
It’s because it’s different. It’s fun. It’s EXCITING! It’s fun. It’s EXCITING!
Think of your website in this same light. Why would anyone visit your website over the next guy? What value are you providing them that your reader can’t obtain somewhere else?
Your content is what separates you from your competitors. Even if you don’t have any competitors, you need to grab the attention of the people that land on your website.
Identify the Type of Content You’re Going to Provide Visitors
Content can be identified in many different ways and comes in several forms. What kind of content you provide is going to be determined a lot by the topic
you chose for your niche.
Are you doing a review website? Well, you’re obviously going to write reviews.
Are you writing about your favorite hobby in hopes to educate or teach others how to get active in that hobby as well? Well you’re going to write a lot of
“how-to’s” and “best-of’s”.
Maybe you want to make a series of videos that instruct people how to do something? Identify what kinds of information you’re providing your audience, and make it awesome!
Before we go further below, I created an in-depth guide on how to create content for your newly made website! Check it out!
How to Get Started Creating Content
So you made this great website, awesome! Now we have to add content.
There are some basic elements to all of your content you’ll want to follow:
- Make it original and in-depth
- Make content worth of sharing with others
- Create content that will keep visitors coming back
- Have fun, or your visitors won’t
Content Creation Guides
- Ingredients of Great Content
- 13 Ways to Create Unique, Original Blog Content
- 18 Tools for Better Content Creation: Improve Your Writing with Less Effort
- How To Create Content In A Niche You Know Nothing About
Make a Website Step #4: Monetize & Promote Your New Website
There are multiple ways to make money with your website.
I don’t have time in THIS guide to explain them all. So I created another guide on how to monetize your website.
Check it out now if you’re interested!
I know this was a HUGE guide, and I truly hope you take some or all of these steps and get started on creating a WordPress website.
I want to thank everyone I’ve linked to for their great references.
Those of you just starting, comment your website you’ve created below!