Whenever I’m talking to someone who is struggling with their desk job, and looking for more flexibility in their work/life balance, I always encourage them to start a blog about something they love. It’s not easy, so I make sure I also tell them that bloggers who make money usually have a strong work ethic and are self-motivated. I spent many months building my blog while receiving no income, but having faith I would one day be a full-time blogger.
But the fire in me was strong, and deep in my heart I knew it’s what I wanted to do. You can read more about why I chose to become a blogger here: 13 Reasons I Chose To Become A Blogger.
If you’re ready to rock and want to start setting up your blog, here’s my How To Start A Blog step-by-step guide that will help you get your website setup with Bluehost (the company I use to host my blog!).
Blogging can be grueling. But getting your blog setup is easy. Are you ready? You’ve totally got this:
1) PICK A WEB HOST
I recommend Bluehost. In my opinion they are far and away the golden standard for bloggers, especially beginners. Their setup is seamlessly easy and their support is top-notch. When you’re ready, head over to this page where you can sign up through my link. (Thank you for helping me keep my cats fed!) Once on that page, it will look like this:
2) SELECT YOUR BLUEHOST PLAN
Because Bluehost will charge you for all the months in your package at once, I had to go with the $3.95 a month plan. This plan has the least amount of bandwidth, but I think it’s a perfect, robust package when you are starting your blog OR WEBSITE. Whichever plan you choose is up to you, but I have been absolutely thrilled with the Bluehost package I purchased.
3) CHOOSE YOUR AWESOME DOMAIN NAME
I’ve got some great tips on 9 Tips To Choose An Awesome Domain Name if you need it.
4) ENTER YOUR ACCOUNT INFO
I use and highly recommend both SiteLock an Site Backup Pro add-ons.
5) ENTER YOUR PAYMENT INFO
6) CREATE YOUR PASSWORD
Create a crazy-hard password (save it somewhere safe).
7) LOGIN INTO YOUR WEBSITE
8) PICK YOUR THEME
You can always change it later or get one from a different website at another time – let’s just get this baby up and running (are you as excited as I am yet?!)
10) TAKE A PEEK AT THE DASHBOARD
The black column on the left with ‘posts’ and ‘pages’ will be the area you’ll mostly be working on your website with (promise me with not to get overwhelmed. You’ll get used to it. Breathe with me.)
11) CHECK OUT THE BLUEHOST TOOLS
These are a few of the features this amazing host provides and how they make it easy for ANYONE to have a website or blog.
12) LAUNCH YOUR WEBSITE!
It’s officially official!
13) VISIT THE BLUEHOST CPANEL
Get familiar with all the features that are available to you now -including setting up a gmail address with @yourwebsite.com and/or adding another domain.
14) FIND A SPARKLY TEMPLATE
Unless you have advanced knowledge of HTML and CSS programming languages and can design one yourself from scratch, you want to buy a ‘template’ for your site to make it look all pretty. Luckily, there are a lot of gorgeous, affordable blog templates out there. I went with Pretty Darn Cute’s popular blogging template called ‘Modern Blogger Pro’ and it was one of the best decisions I made for my blog. The support for the customization I wanted was unreal.
See, that was super painless! You are up and ready to blog. Don’t forget to checkout How Bloggers Make Money with Affiliate Sales to give you an idea of how to actually start profiting from your new website! And for anyone who clicks on my links and signs up for Pretty Darn Cute or Bluehost through me and my blog, thank you sincerely for supporting my website as I earn a commission at no cost to you!