So, you wanna start a blog? I mean, that’s why you clicked the link “Start a Blog” right? Well, you came to the right place! You can find all that information right here!
I’m going to tell you what everyone else tells you. Starting a blog is simple, but starting a blog and making money with it is hard and it takes a lot of work. But if you really work at it, you will do well.
There are millions of blogs out there, but don’t let that intimidate you. Think about it. If they can do it, why can’t you? Some blog for hobby and some for business. It’s like the memes you see while scrolling through Facebook, “There Are Two Types of People in the World”. There are those that have what it takes to make money blogging and those that don’t.
Blogging as a Profession
Ten years ago, when blogging first became popular, it was more of a personal diary. A place to air out your thoughts and feelings, and express yourself. Although you can still do all of those things with a professional blog, blogging has turned into a way to show and teach others what you’re passionate about.
There are tons of sites out there about how to start a blog. Some show you how to follow the exact steps they did 5 or so years ago, some give you monthly income reports to draw you in, and then there are others like myself, who want you to climb on board in the very beginning.
Today is January 17, 2018. This is my 1st-month blogging with the intention of making it become a future career.
Why do I want to become a blogger?
- I don’t want to sit at a desk all day working in a corporate world.
- I want to have the ability to take my mom back to Germany.
- I no longer want to live paycheck to paycheck.
- I want children in my foreseeable future.
- I don’t want to spend all my money paying someone else to watch my children.
- I want to show you that just an average girl can make money from a blog.
Your reasons may be similar to mine, or they may differ completely. I’m sure the common factor here is that we both want freedom. Freedom to do the things we were too financially strapped to do before, and freedom to live & work on our own schedule. Amiright?
So Where do I start?
You are going to need the following things:
We will focus on the other stuff you’ll need later on.
You may have already had a domain name picked out for the past 2 years, and then you could be like others who are making themselves crazy trying to figure out what to use. I chose my middle name, simply because it’s original and not hard to remember.
Keep in mind that you want something short and simple…Nothing with crazy letter combinations. You want your reader to be able to remember your web address so they can find you again later if they forgot to bookmark your page or subscribe to your mailing list.
When you have a name selected, search on google for the name. See if it is attached to any other blogs. Also, keep in mind that you want a name that is unique to social media. Search Facebook for your chosen name. If you use Instagram, you are going to want to use hashtags. Hashtags will help you and others link to your site and your content. Take my hashtag, for example, #Helgamarieblog was not used prior to this blog. Therefore, I can round up all of my content into one place using the hashtag and it isn’t difficult to find.
After you have done all of these things, check to see if your domain name is available. You can do so by entering it below.
In order to own your website and the content on it, you are going to need it to be self-hosted. I use Bluehost for this and recommend them to you as well for the following reasons:
- It was the most budget-friendly option for what I needed.
- I was able to click a link from a fellow blogger to receive a percentage off
- I have needed assistance on things (I’m new, hellloooo) and they have been very helpful every. single. time.
- They have a support staff dedicated to helping bloggers with WordPress.
- They provide you with a domain name for free. (Other hosts charge extra to register a domain name.
- I loved that they have a 30-day money back guarantee.
If you click the banner below, you will get: 1 free domain, hosting, free WordPress.org installation and 50% off (if you use my link)
I know how to create a blog by using Bluehost, and seeing as I am just getting started, I have never experienced another platform, therefore I am only going into detail about Bluehost. I do not want to give someone tips I wouldn’t follow myself or have not experienced, and they have been great every step of the way. If you clicked the banner above, you will be directed to a page similar to this…
So let’s get started.
I chose the basic package for 12 months at $5.45/month. My hosting price ends up being $65.40. Woo! You can score a better deal & wind up with more savings if you grab a 24-60 month package, but I chose 12 months so that I didn’t have to pay as much upfront. (Hey..if the funds aren’t there, they aren’t there)
The next screen should look like this:
We have already discussed your domain name, so when you’re ready… go ahead and enter it in the box!
Time to create your account. Are you getting excited yet? Enter all your info in the blanks, like the ones below.
After hitting submit, you will receive an email confirmation.
Congrats, You’ve just purchased your very own website!!! Now, let’s choose a password. This is the password you will use to login to your BlueHost Dashboard and will also be used for verifying yourself when contacting support.
Be sure to write down your new URL, Admin URL, your username, and password. You can change your login information later.
I have read that a lot of bloggers say they spend too much time on this part. It reminds me of the days when Myspace was around and I searched tirelessly for an awesome background. This is similar, but you don’t have to spend too much time here. You can choose from tons of free themes, or simply purchase one. I’m currently using Fashionista. It’s Free!!
Welcome to your WordPress.org dashboard!
This is pretty self-explanatory. Choose whether your blog will be for business or personal use.
You can now start writing posts, get your “About me” section, and sidebar ready. Then when you are ready to make your blog public click Launch in blue below.
Once you’ve clicked launch and you’ve given your site a name, your homepage will look like this:
You are now set up & ready to roll! You can access your WordPress blog anytime by clicking the “My Sites” button on the left side of your screen.
Like I said before, I would love to have you along to see where the next few months will lead. I will be posting all details, tips & tricks, and traffic reports. If you are interested, follow me using the Subscription box on your right!
Disclaimer: This post contains my Bluehost affiliate link, but all opinions are my own.