To tell the truth this has been a steep learning curve on how to make a website, coding, finding reputable and legitimate services and I want to thank you for your patience as we slowly but surely get this site properly running. I’ll be going through the steps that I took to make this website and how it got monetized.
*This is my journey which could be treated as a rough guide. Any troubleshooting help required should be directed to the respective service you are having issues with.
The first step you’ll need to do is create a WordPress.com account and sign up for the Business account. Of course you can make a free site but without the business plan you can’t monetise. This plan lets you install plugins that enable you to make backups, customize your page a lot more than the cheaper/free plans, as well as make backups of your site/posts etc. Here you choose a domain name for your website (for example, ours is quirkyfanfics.com).
Once you’ve sign up to WordPress you’ll need to get a site hosting service, I chose Siteground because they were the cheapest and seemed to be the most reliable. Having gone through the multiple stress headaches I have gone through when something went wrong I can vouch that Siteground is definitely worth the money as they have again and again fixed whatever issue I have with my website. Having 24/7 support available via chat or phone call is also a huge help. I once had an issue where all my images disappeared and submitted a support ticket to both WordPress and Siteground, the Siteground support person helped me fix the issue in less than 5 mins whereas WordPress sent me an email with a vague suggestion and a question 1-2 weeks later. I honestly can’t talk more highly of Siteground.
*Update* I have recently found out that Business WordPress accounts have dedicated chat support services. It’s fantastic and very helpful. If only I knew that when I was having issues before TT_TT
Now that you have both a website with it’s domain name and a hosting service it’s time to point your WordPress domain over to Siteground because you have to build your website using their WordPress tool. This step should be done with the proper guidance of Siteground support staff, just tell them you need help pointing your WordPress domain to the Siteground domain so that it can be managed by Siteground. A guide can be found here: https://www.siteground.com/kb/point-website-domain-siteground/. Alternatively, you can transfer the domain completely across to Siteground: https://www.siteground.com/kb/transfer-domain-siteground/. Transferring your domain over to Siteground means everything will be managed at Siteground (payments and renewals etc).
After that you’ll need to install WordPress in Siteground and connect the two by entering your login details. Customizing and posting content can be done by clicking on the ‘Log in to Admin Panel’. From there you can make posts, play around with widgets, and find the plugins that work for you etc.
A theme makes your page look more aesthetically pleasing, I chose a theme from SuperbThemes as the ones they have gave me what I was looking for in a theme. Premium themes are totally optional because the free ones work just fine.
You’ll need to create Privacy and Contact pages. For the contact information on the privacy page I used an email I created from Siteground. I used WPForms Lite to create my Contact page.
Next comes the fun part, monetizing your page! As early viewers of this site may know there was a period of inappropriate and suggestive ads popping up all over the place. Thankfully we’re past that now as we use Arc.io, AdEx, and A-Ads to monetize our page. Finding the right ad network took a long time to find because the content we post here on this site is usually prohibited on a lot of ad networks. I just saved you from signing up to and then getting refused/denied by a LOT of ad networks…you’re welcome 😛
With AdEx and A-Ads you’ll need to create ads, copy the code and then paste those codes where you want them to appear – you do this by pasting it into the header and/or footer section of the Insert Headers and Footers plugin or putting the code in a custom HTML in a sidebar/header/footer widget in Appearance.
As a recap of the services I used to make this site (by clicking on these referral links you get a discount and help keep this site free and online):
Website service and domain: WordPress ($25 towards the sign up fees)
Hosting service: Siteground
Theme used: SuperbThemes – Completely optional, there are so many great free themes out there
Of course there are so many other providers for these services, however these are the ones I use because of their ease of use (I don’t know too much about making a website), price (I like a good deal), reliability (I like to have support whenever I need it and ASAP), and simply because they accepted me when others didn’t (Arc.io, AdEx, and A-Ads).
If your website is SFW then Google Adsense is also a great option to get monetized. This site is obviously NSFW which is why we use the ad networks that isn’t as strict as Adsense
If you do decided to make a website, make sure to give MLB224 a shout out when your website is ready to go and we’ll make sure to come and visit 🙂