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Back when I started this blog, I really didn’t know much about blogging or how to start a blog. I simply went over to Blogger, and signed up for a free blog account. At the time, it seemed to be perfect for what I needed. However, as I started to get more serious about blogging, and realized that it could turn into a career, and not simply a hobby, my blog platform wasn’t a good fit anymore. I made the move over to a self-hosted WordPress blog platform, with Bluehost as my hosting service and it has been amazing ever since.
You may be thinking that you can just go over to Blogspot or Blogger or whatever other free blog sites are out there and start up a blog. Yes, you can totally do that. But, really I want to yell “NOOOO don’t do it” to you, since a free hosting platform is not a good idea for long term profitability. You need to have your own self-hosted website to make your blog as successful as possible. The reason I picked Bluehost is because they’re one of the top web hosting companies, and they’re pretty affordable to get started with. You can put up your affiliate links, ads, sponsored posts, whatever you want! It’s your blog! Then you can start making money off of your new blog site.
I never could’ve imagined a few years ago that starting my own blog would be the best “job” I’ve ever had in my entire life. Being a mom blogger is allowing me to work from the comfort of my own home, and make additional income for my family. It’s honestly a dream come true to be able to do what I love, and get paid for it.
The thing is, I’m not doing anything super special here that you can’t do, too! All it takes is a few minutes to sign up with Bluehost, and you’ll be on your way to having your own blog site and yes, you can possibly even make some money from home from your blog site, too.
To get started here’s what you should do:
Step 1: How to Start a Blog – Find a Web Host
1. A web host provides the server space so that other people can find your blog site on the internet. Like I mentioned, you could totally use a free service, but I highly recommend that you don’t do that, and opt to have your own self-hosted website. Trust me on this one, I’ve been there and done that, and wish I would’ve just started out the correct way the first time around. Start by clicking here to head over to Bluehost (I’ve designed this link to open in a new window so you can use these instructions to guide you through the sign up).
Then, click on the green “get started now” button (the screen shot below may vary slightly from what you’re seeing, as Bluehost regularly updates their site. No worries, the process is still the same.)
Step 2: How to Start a Blog – Pick Your Plan
Choose the hosting plan that you would like to start your blog with. The Plus Plan is the most popular, and has everything you need to get started. All of the Bluehost hosting plans come with 1 free domain name and you can also upgrade to another plan at anytime.
Step 3: How to Start a Blog – Choose Your Domain Name
If you don’t have one yet, it is the web address that will lead to your website (for example my website is TheEyesofaBoy.com)
If you already have a domain name enter it into the box on the left of the Bluehost screen. This is how Bluehost will identify your account.
TIPS for choosing a domain name:
– When available, choose a .com extension of your desired web address.
– It’s best not to include hyphens, numbers, and other things that could confuse readers in your domain name
– If you’re looking for something easy, you can always use your name to start.
Step 4: How to Start a Blog – Enter Account Information
Next, enter your account information with an email address that you have access to. Your login information will be sent to this email address.
Step 5: How to Start a Blog – Choose Your Hosting Package
In the Package Information section choose the account plan that you would like. This is how long you’ll be paying for the web hosting service for. Please note that you will be billed for one year at a time, but it works out to great rate per month. Just a few dollars per month isn’t a bad price to own your very own blog website, right?
I highly recommend the Domain Privacy Protection add-on to keep your personal information protected and private in public web registration records.
Step 6: How to Start a Blog – Enter Billing Information
Step 7: How to Start a Blog – Complete Your Purchase
On the next page, you’ll be asked if you want any upgrades to your Bluehost plan. Generally, I just skip those. Continue on to complete your purchase.
Next, you’ll want to head over and check your email (the same one you used to register your Bluehost plan) and get your login information. It’s very important that you keep this information for future reference, as you’ll be using it to login to the Bluehost control panel (cpanel).
Now, you’ll be able to install WordPress on your NEW BLOG SITE!! Woohoo! (This is exciting, congrats on your new website!)
Step 8: How to Start a Blog – Login to cPanel
Head back over to Bluehost. You’ll click “login” on the top right hand corner of the screen.
Enter your login information from your welcome email into the cpanel login screen.
Step 9: How to Start a Blog – Install WordPress
On the next screen, you’ll click on “Install WordPress” under the Website section.
Step 10: How to Start a Blog – Choose Where to Install WordPress
Choose the domain you would like to install WordPress on. Since you’re just starting out, you’ll likely just choose your main domain name, and start the WordPress install.
Step 11: How to Start a Blog – Set Your Username & Password
You’ll use this username and password to login to the backend of your website.
Step 12: How to Start a Blog – Access Your New Site
CONGRATS!! You can now enter your new website address into a browser and see your new blog site. Use the login information you set up to access the backend of your blog and start posting!
Step 13: How to Start a Blog – If you Bought a Domain Elsewhere…
If you did not buy your domain name through Bluehost, you’ll have to set your name servers to point to Bluehost.
To change the name servers where your domain is currently registered, this is the information for the Bluehost name server:
Entering this into the registrar’s website (GoDaddy, etc) where you bought your domain varies, so please contact them first if you’re unsure how to do it.
NEXT… Read PART 2 to Find out how to make your blog look beautiful (click here) for part 2