You clicked on this post, so I guess you’re at least a bit interested in starting a blog. New years are for new beginnings, so why not starting right from day 1? I feel that 2018 is going to be a big year for blogging.
Contrary to what it may seem, starting a blog isn’t complicated at all. You don’t even need to have a plan or the best writing skills. I have learned everything I know with experience, try after try, that’s just the best way to learn. In fact, you just need a little curiosity and motivation to write about something you love!
You can start a blog in just a few minutes, it’s super easy and fast. You don’t need previous blogging skills (you’ll learn with time) or spend lots of money (the host I use costs just a few dollars a month, so save some coins and you’re good to go) and you don’t have to post everyday -or even every week- to be successful.
But I want to be honest 100% with you, so I have to say starting a blog is easy, it’s what comes after that that takes more effort. You won’t earn 5000$ in your first month of blogging, it is a slow process and you’ll have to work hard, but it’s something totally possible to do and it’s also really worth it.
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If you really feel passionate about blogging that’s not something that should scare you, but encourage you. In that case, let me show you the exact steps you need to follow to set up your blog:
You can choose free platforms like Blogger and WordPress.com (the free version from WordPress) to start your blog, but if you want to make money with it I highly recommend starting a self-hosted blog. I started my blog with Blogger but I switched to WordPress.org when I felt ready to start making money with it.
What does it mean to have a self-hosted blog?
- You really «own» your blog. For example, if you start with Blogger your website will have «blogspot.com» in the URL, and you have very little control over what happens to your site in the long term. Having a self-hosted blog means you have ownership over all of your content.
If you go self-hosted you will have your own domain («.com») and access to all the files of your blog.
So why going self-hosted?
- You don’t have design restrictions, so you can customize your blog however your want. There are endless possibilites.
You look more professional to brands.
It is indispensable if you want to earn money from your blog.
Personally, my views increased drastically when I switched to a self-hosted blog. So, basically, it is the best decision I’ve ever done.
How to Start a Blog on WordPress with Bluehost
I recommend Bluehost for your hosting service because it’s inexpensive, easy to set up, very reliable, and trusted throughout the blogger community. It’s really easy to manage and the most successful bloggers use it, so it’s so good to know that tons of other successful bloggers use and love it!
If you sign up with my affiliate link, you can get hosting for $3.95 per month and a free domain name!
Set Up Your Hosting + Domain
First of all, go to the Bluehost website. Here, you have to decide which plan you want. The plan you choose depends on your site traffic. If you’re a new blogger you can go with the «basic» plan. And you can upgrade it eventually when your blog grows.
I chose the basic plan too because I’m also new at blogging and my blog still ranges from 1000 to 2000 views per month.
Now you’ll need to set up your domain. All you need to do is writing your blog’s name in the search bar and check if it’s available. If you already had a domain name you can use it too!
After you choose your domain you will be prompted to enter your information to check out. You will also be able to choose how many months you want to pay for. I recommend paying for as many months as you comfortably can. The best price deal for hosting is purchasing the 36-month price – however, if you don’t want to make that financial commitment yet, you can select 12-month and earn back what you paid by making on your blog.
Once you fill in these details, you will be prompted to pay and set up your password:
There you are! You have finally set up your blog. You can log in to your WordPress dashboard now. Bluehost will automatically install WordPress for you.
2. Choose a Design
The next step is to choose a theme for your blog.
As I said, when you start a self-hosted blog is easy to find a beautiful design. You can start with one of their free designs and pay for a pre-made theme eventually (I got my first one on Etsy).
The good thing about self-hosting is you can pick whatever design you want and completely customize it. That means you can change practically everything and make it yours.
I’d recommend you to choose a clean design that’s easy to read. Since you want your readers to spend the most time possible on your blog, it should be comfortable and «ameno» for them to stay there.
Using a professional design will atract more brands that may be interested in collaborating with you.
Once you are happy with the way your blog looks, you can launch it. This means your blog will finally be public!
All you have to do is click on «Launch», fill the information and you’re good to go.
Congratulations, your blog is now live!
If there is something I didn’t mention, please feel free to contact me and ask! And if you found this post helpful, it would make me so happy if you would share it with your friends and followers by sharing it on Pinterest or tweeting it out. 🙂
Here are some related posts that may help you as well:
- How To Start and Run a Successful Blog as a College Student
- My First Month Blogging
- How to Become a Morning Person in One Week
Do you have a WordPress blog? Leave a link in the comments so everyone else can see what the possibilities with WordPress are!