This ” How To Start A Blog ” post explains the steps on how to create your own blog. If you follow the steps I have in this post, you may be able to complete your blog creation in not time. See How You Can Set Up a WordPress Blog in 15 Minutes or 10 minutes or even less. Have you thought of starting your own blog but are wondering where to begin or how to start? Do you happen to like sharing your thoughts and experiences in writing and showing them to the world so people can learn from you? If your answers to these questions are yes, then, you came to the right place.
I started my blog back in December 2015 but didn’t really advertise it until mid-January 2016. My main purpose for blogging is to share my thoughts and personal experiences on debt, savings, investments, insurances, and other finance-related matters because they’ve been a part of me for a long time.
I have only been blogging for a couple of months now, but the overwhelming support of the blogging community and my ever-increasing reader base have been my strength to continue blogging. To say the least, blogging has been a positive experience for me and I am really truly enjoying every minute I spend on it.
Here are my income (reports) for the past couple of months totaling to over $25,000:
- October 2016 Blog Income Report (9th month of blogging) – $5,765.11
- September 2016 Blog Income Report (8th month of blogging) – $5,243.17
- Aug 2016 Blog Income Report (7th month of blogging) – over $4,010.00
- July 2016 Blog Income Report (6th month of blogging) – over $3,430.00
- June 2016 Blog Income Report (5th month of blogging) – over $2,950.00
- May 2016 Blog Income Report (4th month of blogging) – over $1,400.00
- April 2016 Blog Income Report (3rd month of blogging) – $657.17
Before I continue, I have to say that I am not savvy with coding and anything related to creating a blog, at first. For those who think that starting a blog is very overwhelming, it can be at first. But if you follow the steps I outlined below, then, you can setup a blog in under 10 minutes.
Step 1: Choose your niche
Ask yourself these questions to narrow your blog topic:
- What do you like to share to your readers?
- What are you passionate about and like to write about?
- What skills and experiences you have that you can share to you readers?
- Do you have tips and tricks that readers may find helpful to them?
Step 2: Register a domain
The second step you need to do is figure out what your blog or domain name would be (I used thepracticalsaver as my domain name). You can get your domain name directly through Bluehost, which make life easier than trying to search your desired domain name elsewhere.
I use Bluehost for web hosting. If you don’t know which web hosting companies you want to use and want to start a blog for cheap, then, I recommended you try Bluehost. I tell you, I am not savvy with all these web hosting stuff but setting up Bluehost is really easy even I was to do it in less than 10 minutes. So far, I have had a wonderful experience with it.
Some people like to use free websites Blogspot and WordPress.com (that’s different from WordPress.org). That’s cool, but if you intend on monetizing or making money on your website, I suggest that you go with the Bluehost route. Many free websites won’t allow you to run ads and affiliate marketing. This means that you won’t be able to make money out of your blog.
I have blogger friends who started with free hosting and converted to a paid one. I tell you it was a pain converting to a paid one after-the-fact. Just a side note to ponder.
Self-hosting is the way to go. And Bluehost setup only takes 10 minutes or less.
So, why use Bluehost for your web hosting?
There are a ton of reasons that I love Bluehost. For a beginner like me, I found that Bluehost to be outstandingly user-friendly and some more:
- Cost is as low as $3.95 per month (less than your Starbucks coffee fix)
- Bluehost mixed with WordPress, well, the setup doesn’t take a sesame street surgeon to figure it out. It’s just so easy that a 2nd grader can do it.
- If you use my link, you get FREE domain.
- WordPress Hosting
- Technical support is always there when you need it.
- See How You Can Set Up a WordPress Blog in 15 Minutes or 10 minutes or even less
- You can cancel your subscription any time (no contract required) and get a refund.
For those of you who want to start with Bluehost and use WordPress, you are in the right site. I will show you how easy it is to go setup Bluehost and WordPress in no time.
If you sign up through my like, you can start your own blog for as low as $3.49 a month. That’s less than a latte at Starbucks. I would recommend that you sign up for 12 months as it will save you more money. Remember, you are not locked in a contract with Bluehost. In case you want to cancel, you can cancel it at any time and get a refund.
Step 3: Get familiarized with Bluehost
I can’t stress enough why you would be better off paying for web hosting than getting a free one.
When you go to the Bluehost site, you will see three options. These options are Starter, Most Popular, and Business Pro.
For those who are just starting their own blog, I highly suggest the following:
- Purchase the Starter option. This is all you need to start your blog. It’s cheap and it serves your basic needs for hosting.
- Most Popular and Business Pro options. These options are typically for those who have already been running their sites and need a new web hosting company. Note: you can always opt to any of these options later on should you find the need to do so.
- Number of web hosting years. You have the option to choose 12, 24, or 36 months. Of course, 36 months will give you cheapest cost per month. But for those starters, a 12-month hosting is enough from now. For 12 months, you are looking at paying $59 per year. Not bad at all.
- Other options. These are optional features that carry costs. I would recommend availing the ‘Domain Privacy Protection’ and that’s about it.
If you ever sign up for at least 12 months of hosting with Bluehost, you will get a FREE domain for the first year. Plus, if you want to cancel your service, you can always cancel it at any time and get a refund. Remember, there’s no contract with Bluehost web hosting service. I would stay away from month-to-month because you won’t get the FREE domain and you will constantly have to renew your service month after month.
Step 4: Dive in and create your Bluehost account
Now that I’ve introduced you to Bluehost, you can now follow the steps (below) when you are ready to create your own blog.
- Go to Bluehost. Click “Get Started Now” button.
- Choose the option you like to purchase.
- Enter your domain name (or what’s called your blog name).
- Enter both your personal and payment information. Confirm everything is correct.
- Select with package you wish to choose. If you are just starting your blog, the basic one (highlighted on the picture) is all you need.
- At this stage, all you need to do is pay.
- Register for a password, which you will use for login to your Bluehost account.
Step 5: Get WordPress
Here is the fun part, that is, installing WordPress and getting it to work. Within Bluehost, you can do WordPress Hosting. Again, there is no cost to link your Bluehost account to WordPress. It’s all FREE and doesn’t take a brain surgeon to set things up and running. So, here we go.
- Once you received a welcome email from Bluehost, click on it and it will lead you to where you need to start to setup your WordPress.
- Once there, go to cPanel and locate MOJO Marketplace. Click the “One Click Button”.
- Click on the WordPress button, located on the next page under “Blogs”. Click on the “Start” button.
- Once installation is in process, decide the domain you want to install WordPress on. You will be taken to the “Advance Options”.
- In there, create your WordPress website username and password.
- Click on “Install Now”.
- Once done, you are ready to layout your own blog. (That was easy, right?)
WordPress Tips and Tricks
I had not been familiar with WordPress or WordPress Hosting prior to using it, so, I had to do a ton of work to understand what WordPress has. Here are basic tips and tricks and terminology that can and will be valuable to you.
- Login. When you want to login to your WordPress account, always go to WordPress Admin Page.
- Posts. Posts are what you use to create your blog content. Posts are entries listed in reverse order, that is, new entries come on top.
- Categories. Categories are created as a way to group your own posts. In simpler terms, these are general topics for your site. These are your top-level ID on where your content falls under. For example, I wrote “How To Make Six Figures A Year”. This post falls under the Money Category.
- Tags. Tags are created to describe specific details about your posts. While the category for the sample post “How To Make Six Figures A Year” is Money, the tags are Finance, Income, Network, and Savings because these four words are the main focus in this specific post. Think of tags as site’s index words.
- Plugins. You’ll hear a lot about plugins as you go through the process of building your own blog. A plugin is a software that contains functions that can extend functionality or add features to your blog. Some of the plugins I use are related to email subscription, social media plugin intended for sharing your posts, and WordPress optimization.
- Widgets. I confused myself with plugins and widgets, at first. But they are different. Widgets are small blocks that perform specific functions. They are placed in your sidebars. For example, currently, I have social media plugin for subscription, search bar, and popular/latest/tags widgets on my sidebar.
If you ever find yourself in any Bluehost or WordPress problem, please contact me. I am here to help you get your blog up and running. I may not respond quickly but I will respond to your inquiries as soon as possible. Contact me at email@example.com.
Thanks and happy blogging.