Maliha Mannan


Maliha created The Side-Blogger as an experiment to see if turning a blog into a profitable business is a possibility for moonlighting side bloggers. Learn more here, and connect with Maliha on Medium.

How to Start a WordPress Blog with SiteGround Hosting in 2019: A Step by Step Guide

A step-by-step guide to setting up a brand new blog with self-hosted WordPress on SiteGround | Blog to Biz

Update: This post has been edited on February 18, 2019, to reflect the latest WordPress best practices.

I may sound like a broken record, but I’ll say this as many times as I have to… I’ll shout it out loud from the roof of a tall building with a megaphone if I must…

WordPress is THE BEST platform for any and all serious bloggers. Period.

So, in this blog post, I’ve decided to give you a run-down on why I believe you should choose self-hosted WordPress as your blogging platform from the get-go, and exactly how you should set up your very first blog.

Speaking of self-hosted, I’ll also talk briefly about what it means to have a self-hosted WordPress blog/website. This seems to confuse a lot of people, so spending a few minutes to shed light on this topic seems reasonable.

Best WordPress Hosting Company of 2019: 10 Reasons to Host with SiteGround

10 reasons I've chosen SiteGround as my preferred WordPress blog hosting company, and you should too | The Side Blogger #wordpress #blog #blogging #bloggingtips #blogtips #wordpresstips #bloghosting

Back in 2017, frustrated to the point of tears with my then hosting company, I decided to move away and start fresh on a new hosting platform, even though I had more than two/thirds of a year to go until my term expired.

I reached out to a customer service rep via phone about canceling my contract. Turns out, they don’t do refunds. At that point, I didn’t even care if I got a refund or not. I just wanted out. A soon as possible.

And so, I moved to SiteGround.

You see, SiteGround is one of those hosting companies that’s got the best of both worlds. It’s affordable, but unlike some other down-in-the-gutters affordable hosting companies, SiteGround [affiliate] is actually a great company that not only has some of the best, state-of-the-art features but is also generous to its customers.

And now, after almost a year and a half with them, I’m happy to announce that going into 2019, I’ll continue to use SiteGround for all of my WordPress blog hosting needs, including this very blog. …

How to Write Epic Blog Post Titles That Are Irresistibly Clickable


The hype around blog post titles is real.

And I understand why. The legitimacy of spending hours crafting titles comes down to a simple rule of “hook and skinker”.

Let me explain.

The internet is full of information, correct? Let’s say you’re a blogger. Pick a topic, any topic, and chances are, someone somewhere has blogged about it. If you happen to pick a popular blogging niche, chances are that a simple Google search for a popular keyword will result in tens if not hundreds of blog posts on the same topic. Which one do you think gets more clicks?

The ones on the first page 🙂 Yeah, SEO plays a huge role. But let’s forget SEO for a minute and focus on which title on the very first page of Google’s search results gets the most clicks.

The blog post title that gets the most clicks is the one that pinpoints the reader’s pain point and offers a solution using words that stand out from the rest of the titles about the exact same pain point and its solution.

In other words, it all comes down to the copy. …

The Side Blogger 2018 Report – 6 Months In

Year end blog-report for The Side Blogger, 6 months in. The ups, the downs, income report, and goals for The Side Blogger's future going into 2019.

The Side Blogger is a little over 6 months old, can you believe it? If I were to list the highlights of 2018, this blog would be among the top 3. I don’t know about you, but to me, this all feels a bit surreal.

I figured this is a good time to look back and see how far things have come. Without further ado, let’s jump in!

3 Side Hustle Ideas for Bloggers to Make Some Extra Cash

In this blog post, I share three side hustle ideas for bloggers to make some extra cash every month by offering services such as writing/blogging, setting up WordPress or working as a Virtual Assistant or VA | The Side Blogger | #blogger #blogging #blog #sidehustle #writing

Before a blogger makes a full-time income with their blog alone, they make it with something else: with a full-time job, or a part-time job, and in a lot of cases, by working as a freelancer.

Blogging takes time to take off. But in the meantime, you can start freelancing as soon as today! Often, when I talk to fellow newbie bloggers about freelancing, they start wondering if they have monetizable skillsets.

The good news is: if you’re a blogger, you have not one but at the very least, several skill sets. And most of these can be marketed as a service you’re looking to provide as a freelancer. This can potentially help you earn anywhere from a few hundred extra bucks per month to a full-time income, depending on how much time and effort you put in it. …

You Are My People, And I Serve You

A pledge to serve my people through this blog.

Why is it so difficult to stay true to ourselves?

That’s the questions I kept asking myself as I was listening to Seth Godin and Marie Forleo talk on Marie TV.

I’m a fan of Marie and Seth. These are two marketers who make marketing look sexy. Until I discovered these two fabulous people, I used to think of marketers as… the spawn of the devil or something. I remember, several years ago, I was chatting with a friend who was a business major at that time, and he was telling me all about how to manipulate people into buying something even when you know it doesn’t serve this group of people. Basically, he was talking about marketing in a way that made me think of con artists.

I don’t know about you but I never thought of conning people as a dream job. …