About ten years ago I googled “How to Start a Blog” and it became the turning point in my life. Sound dramatic? Well the change it made in my life is nothing short of a blessing. Learning to start a blog was just the beginning, but once I learned how to make money blogging, our lives were changed. Our family went from barely being able to make ends meet to being able to support my entire family from blogging. Because we can run the blog from anywhere in the world, we can travel when we want, and have a flexible schedule that allows us to live the life of our dreams.
Why am I telling you this? Because anyone can do it. You can do it. Yes, you. Although it took me over two years to make a good, full time income – today it’s easier than ever. With ad networks, affiliate programs, companies who want to sponsor blog posts…. the potential for earning six figures is completely realistic. So I want to walk you through step by step on how to create a blog from scratch.
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HOW TO START A BLOG
So when you start learning how to start a blog, you have to choose one of two paths…..
Blogspot OR WordPress
WordPress is my answer, hands down. There’s a lot more flexibility in WordPress, along with tons of options just not available on Blogspot. Every highly successful blogger I know uses WordPress – and if you start then you’ll want to move eventually. Most brands who work with bloggers prefer WordPress blogs because they are so much more professional and it means you’re taking blogging seriously. Why not start off on the right path from the beginning? The investment is pretty minimal – you can run a blog with BlueHost for about $40 a year, complete with a domain name. Sweet, huh?
Ready to learn how to start a blog on WordPress? Then let’s get started! We’re going to walk through it on BlueHost.
STEP ONE: Find a host. If you’re just starting out I recommend BlueHost. It’s easy to use and will walk you through the process step by step. And if you make a mistake, it’s ok. They offer 24/7 support that helps you out (I got in a jam myself, they’re so great to help!)
STEP TWO: Choose a plan. Bluehost starts at $3.45 a month, which is perfect for a beginner. It will set you up on a shared server, you get a free domain name and you get a free domain-served email address. (PS – that alone can be over $300 a year on other services.)
STEP THREE: Pick your domain name. You get a free domain name when you sign up with Bluehost, or if you’ve already purchased you can use a domain you already own. TIP – when choosing a name, think things through. If you’re doing a craft blog, try to have craft in the URL – same for recipes, DIY, sewing, etc. Your domain name is pretty important, so think it through. I wanted a landing page for my own name, which is why I went that direction.
STEP FOUR: Create an account on Bluehost. Not only will this create an account so you can purchase, but it will also be your info for your dashboard. Next, follow through with all the payment info (after you’ve read the fine print, of course!)
STEP FIVE: Set up your account password. Be sure to jot it down where you can remember it!
STEP SIX: Log into your dashboard. After you get into your Bluehost Dashboard, you’ll be able to go in and add in WordPress. Look under the WEBSITE tab and click on INSTALL WORDPRESS.
STEP SEVEN: Install WordPress. You can let Bluehost do it for you (for a reasonable fee) or you can do it yourself. Let’s go with free.
STEP EIGHT: Choose the domain to install it to. Usually it pops up the correct one, but be sure to verify that it’s right. If not, select the correct one in the drop down box. You’ll set up your password, etc. Then check your email to check for details. Click CHECK DOMAIN, then it will give you the option to install. After you click that and it is finished, then you’re going to need to go over to your admin panel of your blog.
STEP NINE: Log into your WordPress dashboard. You can find it at YOURBLOGURL.com/wp-admin.
STEP TEN: Launch your site. When you log into your dashboard, it will give you a prompt, so click yes. Then you’ll be able to name your site and tell a bit of what it’s about.
STEP ELEVEN: Choose your design. Most traditional blogs start with the most recent news or updates on the front page.
STEP TWELVE: Choose your theme. You can choose a paid theme when you’re installing through Bluehost (there’s tons of great options!) or you can use a free theme. You can tweak things as much or as little as you’d like.
Then you’re ready to write! See – it’s really easy when you know how to start a blog. This whole process takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish. This is the one I created for my landing page of GinaLuker.com. It’s super simple, but if you just need a simple site to set up then you can totally do that with this same method.
Now that you know how to start a blog, let me show you how to make money blogging!
If you start a blog I’d love to see it! Just leave a note below in the comments so I can stop and say hello!