How to Start a Profitable Blog with WordPress 2017 | Crash course


In this video, I’ll teach you how to start a profitable WordPress blog from scratch. There’s a lot I covered in the video, in a (what I consider)
short amount of time. Please use the links to skip ahead, using my affiliate links below help support the channel!

1:18 Selecting the best WordPress web host for your blog. You want to choose a company that is fast, secure, and has great support. Here are the 3 I mention:


4:00 Installing WordPress on Siteground using the 1-click install & overview on cPanel tools.

9:08 Plugin #1 – Installing & setting up the Jetpack plugin.

17:34 Plugin #2 – The Coming Soon plugin as a placeholder while you build & launch your new website.

19:24 Using the Twenty Seventeen theme for your blog.

20:57 Plugin #3 – Instant Images plugin for downloading free images for our blog from

23:42 Customizing the theme. In this course, we pretend to be a food blog. Watch this video on customizing the theme

25:40 A discussion on branding & positioning for your blog.

28:07 Setting up page structure & the menu for your blog.

30:30 Change the theme to a blog layout.

31:00 Importing placeholder content using

32:45 The “About page” strategy for your blog. Making it more about your visitor, than about you.

36:22 The “Subscribe page” strategy. Having a home base page where visitors can find your newsletter, podcast, and other social media channels.

37:56 Plugin #4 UpDraft Backup plugin or try BackUpBuddy

39:31 Plugin #5 WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin

41:05 Making sure your blog is setup in Google Search Console to check the health of your website.

44:00 Optimizing your posts for keyword ranking in Google, and social embeds on Facebook.

50:33 Making your blog posts look good with engaging images, good content flow, and spacing with header tags.

53:00 Inserting galleries into your posts.

54:45 Plugin #6 Monster Insights for Google Analytics tracking.

56:25 Looking at Google analytics dashboard. How I increased my traffic by 124%

58:09 Plugin #7 Improving comments with Jetpack plugin or Replyable plugin

1:01:30 Using MailChimp to build an e-mail list.

1:02:40 Plugin #8 Easy Forms for Mailchimp to capture e-mails on your Subscribe page

You might also be interested in OptinMonster lead capture & pop-up service

1:07:35 Plugin #9 Revive Old Post plugin and the service + Chrome extension

1:11:40 Plugin #10 Ninja Forms Contact form plugin

Get premium add-ons (like Mailchimp)

1:13:25 Start making money with Affiliate links from Amazon + your very own “Resource page” strategy.

1:16:14 Plugin #11 Membership plugins for WordPress, I use:

Paid Memberships Pro (Free)

Restrict Content Pro (Paid)

1:17:53 Plugin #12 Easy Digital Downloads to sell e-books & other digital products


1:20:05 Plugin #13 Increase your sales by starting an affiliate program with AffiliateWP

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