How To Start A Blog
When people ask me what I do for a living and I respond by telling them I am a blogger they give me a bit of a blank stare. Like, you can make money blogging? Ummm yes! You can make a great income blogging actually! I left my job as a Registered Nurse in Labor & Delivery in order to stay home with my kids and that is when I started blogging for profit. I now make more money blogging than I did working as a Registered Nurse! I have been blogging for 9 years over at Must Have Mom and I make a full time income off of it. Want to learn how you can stay home with your kids and earn a living from home too? That’s precisely why I started this site, Blogging Is My Day Job, in order to help moms learn how to start a blog to make money. Get ready and be sure to bookmark this site because I intend to spill everything I know about making money blogging and I’ll be showing you everything step-by-step and start to finish!
Step By Step How To Start A Blog To Make Money:
There are many hosting companies out there and I’ve been with several different hosting companies over the years. For new bloggers I always recommend starting out on the Bluehost platform. Bluehost offers extremely affordable hosting that starts at just $3.95 a month when you sign up with my link which means even if you aren’t earning much income yet, it won’t hurt your pocketbook. There are many other options out there as well, however with Bluehost you’ll get the customer service and reliability you need in order to run a professional website. Plus it comes with a 30 day money-back guarantee and the option to cancel at any time. Now on to the good stuff! Let’s show you how to start a blog to make money!
I’ll show you, step-by-step, how to start a blog to make money so get ready and open up a second tab in your browser and follow along. Don’t put it off for later, just do it right now! It’s easy!!
Bluehost offers different, tiered plans to fit your needs. To start out you’ll simply need the least expensive package. The basic package is currently $3.95 per month (great deal!) when you use my link. Select Basic.
Next, you’ll need to pick a domain name. This is the fun part! Think of a name for your blog that will reflect what you are blogging about. Choose wisely because this will become your URL for your site. I suggest avoiding any tricky spellings or underscores, etc. Keep it simple and concise. Nothing too long either! I also don’t recommend using odd endings in place of .com, such as .life, .me, etc. Another thing to consider is whether or not the social handles are available for your chosen name. Check Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram to ensure your desired name is available on each channel. Once you buy your domain name be sure you also grab all the social handles for your name!
If you already own a domain name, you can enter it here, and you will just have to go through a few extra steps to make sure you get your DNS pointed to Bluehost. If you don’t already have a domain name, you can purchase one from right in the sign up process, and the best part is, it comes free with your new WordPress hosting account purchase.
Next, fill in your personal details in order to create your account. Rest assured your information is completely secure and safe. They won’t sell it or spam you either.
Now it is time to choose the package details you want. The longer the term you choose, the greater the savings. Pick a package that’s right for you. Domain registration is free. There are other add-ons that you can select as well. I suggest selecting the Domain Privacy Protection which will hide your personal information from anyone who is searching for it. This is important for your privacy and safety. The other add-ons aren’t necessary at this point, however you may want to add site backup to prevent your site from being lost should your site be hacked or have technical difficulties. Backing it up ensures it will be easily restored should you have any problems. I use google apps for work as well however it’s personal preference on what you need to run your website and business.
Complete your purchase by filling in your credit card details.Create a password for your account at this point as well.
Bluehost has worked really hard to make installing WordPress quick and easy so you can move on to the fun parts of learning how to start a blog to make money! Click on the Install WordPress button in the website box. This is one reason that I recommend always starting a blog with Bluehost as your host. Installation can’t get any easier than this. Should you choose to buy your hosting elsewhere the installation will likely be more difficult and it will not follow this step by step tutorial.
Then just hit install!
Select the domain that you just created. This can be any domain on your account, or a subdomain or a folder for one of your domains. Next, click on “Check Domain,” which will make sure the domain is assigned and pointing to your account. You may get a warning that you are overwriting files, but as long as you don’t have another website built yet, you can check the box and continue. This is mostly to make sure that you really want to install in that location. If you do have other sites built, you will want to make sure you’re not overwriting something important.
Now fill in the blanks. Make sure to check the Show Advanced Options button so it displays all the blanks. Make sure that the “Automatically create a new database for this installation” box is checked, unless you have a database already set up that you want to use.
After you’ve read the terms and conditions, check the box indicating that you’ve done so, then click “Install Now.”
Your WordPress will automatically install!! Now you’ll see the progress page, which will show you how far along the installation is. Once WordPress is fully installed, it will provide you with your site URL, the admin login URL, your username, and password. You will get a copy of this information, except your password, in your email as well. Make sure to keep it in a safe place.
Now you can log into your WordPress site by going to the admin login URL. Enter your username and password, then click “Log In.” This will take you to your WordPress dashboard. From here, you can control everything to do with your WordPress site, such as creating pages, writing posts, and changing the appearance. Do you know what that means? You’re ready to start blogging!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve shown you everything you need to do in order to know how to start a blog to make money. Starting the blog is step 1!
I told you this was a quick and painless process! I can accomplish it in 5 minutes. You can too as long as you have a domain name already thought of (I think that is the most time consuming part for me!)
Remember if you sign up for Bluehost through my link you’ll get access to the super low monthly price and a free domain!! Now you are ready to start blogging and earn an income from home! Make sure you subscribe to my newsletter (at the very top of the page!) so you can stay up to date with future posts on how to blog and earn an income from home!
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